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Barbara Ann Michaels, Jester of the Peace

New York , NY
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PO Box 715, Planetarium Station
New York, NY 10024 US (map)

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646-648-0128

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ABOUT US

Experience the truth and treasure of your love shared in a wedding you help design ~ from elegant to sweet to playful! You'll feel understood and celebrated, with me as your wise, fun,... Read more
Experience the truth and treasure of your love shared in a wedding you help design ~ from elegant to sweet to playful! You'll feel understood and celebrated, with me as your wise, fun, and experienced guide. Your families and friends will feel inspired and united with you on your wedding day.

I'm your Jester of the Peace, celebrating your love and creativity at once. It's my personal and professional pleasure to honor your two authentically.

Call me today, and we'll be on our way to your wedding day.

Your Love is Your Heart's Work of Art

What's true to you two? Traditions you hold dear, contemporary elements, inventing your own rituals, writing your own vows, roles for family and friends, music, more? Our wedding writing motto is: Have Fun, Be True.

All Love is Welcome

As a non-denominational Ordained Interfaith Minister, I welcome all spiritual and cultural backgrounds. I fully support Marriage Equality. I perform marriages, commitment ceremonies, and vow renewals in New York and beyond, including destination weddings. I marry couples from all over the world.

Stephanie and Lee, both foodies, fed each other one bite of delicious food they had created for each other in secret, presented to each other in a beautiful box on a beautiful spoon...

Ian and Sean married in Central Park and shared a spontaneous first dance with a folk band performing nearby. A hundred New Yorkers and tourists sang along, and then danced with them...

Desiree and Carolee married in an indoors sports and game center, celebrating their love of games with a kid-friendly wedding. Their love story was a trivia game, with guests winning prizes. Their 3 year old son played a whistle blowing little referee...

Josh and Liz, photographers who met in a photo studio, snapped two cute and sweet Polaroid pictures of each other during their ceremony just before they took their vows...

Miguel and Sarah married in a helicopter, soaring in love with gorgeous views of Manhattan on a sunny day... and Naye and Jay married in a helicopter on a clear night, with amazing twinkling city lights like a sea of stars below them...

Herman and Joel were married by Glinda the Good Witch of the North from the Wizard of Oz, who represented unconditional love to them, as well as the beauty of old Hollywood, which they adore...



And you... what's your wonderful wish?



PS: I have an Anniversary Party to which all my married couples across the world are invited.



http://JesterOfThePeaceWeddings.com.

646-648-0128.

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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins., 30-60 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

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Natasha
Wedding:
6/26/2016
5.0/5.0
Barbara was amazing at our wedding. She created and performed a beautiful ceremony custom-made for us! After communicating via phone, Skype, and email, Barbara used all of our input and her talent in crafting our story. On the day of the wedding, she beautifully presented it with love.
Barbara's calm and peaceful presence, personal engagement with us and the audience, sense of humor, and ability to be fully present and responsive were felt throughout the ceremony. After the wedding, many of our friends kept mentioning how unique and memorable the experience was for them. And we felt the same!
Barbara combined our preferred traditions from Jewish and Russian cultures. She gracefully included my family from Belarus who were with us via Skype into the whole experience. It was a joy for my family on the other end of the world, for us, and for all the friends and family at the ceremony to be part of this connection.
We are very thankful for having had Barbara as our wedding officiant and couldn't recommend her highly enough for your special day.
Barbara was amazing at our wedding. She created and performed a beautiful ceremony custom-made for us! After communicating Read more...
Barbara was amazing at our wedding. She created and performed a beautiful ceremony custom-made for us! After communicating via phone, Skype, and email, Barbara used all of our input and her talent in crafting our story. On the day of the wedding, she beautifully presented it with love.
Barbara's calm and peaceful presence, personal engagement with us and the audience, sense of humor, and ability to be fully present and responsive were felt throughout the ceremony. After the wedding, many of our friends kept mentioning how unique and memorable the experience was for them. And we felt the same!
Barbara combined our preferred traditions from Jewish and Russian cultures. She gracefully included my family from Belarus who were with us via Skype into the whole experience. It was a joy for my family on the other end of the world, for us, and for all the friends and family at the ceremony to be part of this connection.
We are very thankful for having had Barbara as our wedding officiant and couldn't recommend her highly enough for your special day. Read less
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Hayley
Wedding:
9/29/2015
5.0/5.0
Barbara Ann Michaels....what can I say?! We knew immediately when we met over Skype, that she was "the one". Her warm, genuine and unique nature matched the big smile you see in all her photos! It was really important to us that we be relaxed on our wedding day and that we have fun...and Barbara's energy was perfect for this. Throughout the whole process, Barbara emailed us back and forth, she was always so cheerful and made us so excited to celebrate our love, and to also meet her in person!

We had an "improvised" ceremony, where Barbara asked us questions about each other & our relationship, that we answered live in front of our guests. We didn't know what she was going to ask, but knew the spontaneous aspect would make for a very natural and heartfelt ceremony. It was exactly that! In addition to our questions, Barbara had written a personalised ceremony that incorporated who we were as people, the nature of love, and our beliefs when it comes to love. She spoke some real truths in relation to love, that fit us perfectly.

Her spirit and joy is contagious, she is the real deal. Our guests absolutely loved her and kept singing her praises! We are so grateful she she made our ceremony a real, true and heartfelt experience.

After the ceremony Barbara took care of our marriage certificate, including traveling to multiple offices to obtain our apostille (as we are from Australia). We caught up again to collect our papers at a buzzing live music spot that Barbara recommended, as she knew our love for music, and it too, was perfect! We had a great time just hanging out with her! Barbara makes you forget she is an officiant, because she feels more like a friend. We cannot thank her enough for making our ceremony the highlight of our day and our life.
Barbara Ann Michaels....what can I say?! We knew immediately when we met over Skype, that she was "the one". Her warm, Read more...
Barbara Ann Michaels....what can I say?! We knew immediately when we met over Skype, that she was "the one". Her warm, genuine and unique nature matched the big smile you see in all her photos! It was really important to us that we be relaxed on our wedding day and that we have fun...and Barbara's energy was perfect for this. Throughout the whole process, Barbara emailed us back and forth, she was always so cheerful and made us so excited to celebrate our love, and to also meet her in person!

We had an "improvised" ceremony, where Barbara asked us questions about each other & our relationship, that we answered live in front of our guests. We didn't know what she was going to ask, but knew the spontaneous aspect would make for a very natural and heartfelt ceremony. It was exactly that! In addition to our questions, Barbara had written a personalised ceremony that incorporated who we were as people, the nature of love, and our beliefs when it comes to love. She spoke some real truths in relation to love, that fit us perfectly.

Her spirit and joy is contagious, she is the real deal. Our guests absolutely loved her and kept singing her praises! We are so grateful she she made our ceremony a real, true and heartfelt experience.

After the ceremony Barbara took care of our marriage certificate, including traveling to multiple offices to obtain our apostille (as we are from Australia). We caught up again to collect our papers at a buzzing live music spot that Barbara recommended, as she knew our love for music, and it too, was perfect! We had a great time just hanging out with her! Barbara makes you forget she is an officiant, because she feels more like a friend. We cannot thank her enough for making our ceremony the highlight of our day and our life. Read less
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Emerald
Wedding:
9/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Barbara was the best officiant we could ever hope for. She conducted a dream wedding. She was calm, assertive, funny, wise and truly connected with our path onto married life. She has become a close friend out of this experience and someone with whom we hope to always share special memories.
Barbara was the best officiant we could ever hope for. She conducted a dream wedding. She was calm, assertive, funny, wise Read more...
Barbara was the best officiant we could ever hope for. She conducted a dream wedding. She was calm, assertive, funny, wise and truly connected with our path onto married life. She has become a close friend out of this experience and someone with whom we hope to always share special memories. Read less
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sheri
Wedding:
9/19/2015
5.0/5.0
I wish there were more than 5 stars- because Barbara deserves it all. I can't express how wonderful she was- from our first conversation I just knew she was "it." She's the whole package (I sound like I am speaking of a date with my now husband!). While I had high expectations for the ceremony (Barbara gives you confidence and peace of mind throughout the process)- she blew it away. We wanted to her to tell our "love story", and make it "ours." She told it with love, humor, and personality. It was more than I ever anticipated. After the ceremony I can't tell you how many of my guests came up to me to express their similar love for Barbara; my married friends said they wanted to renew their vows, just to have her there, my engaged couples asked for her info for their wedding, and my single friends- said they wanted to find someone just so they can have Barbara there. This is no exaggeration. Our wedding day was pure bliss and perfection; Barbara had a tremendous amount to do with that. I can wait to be a guest at a wedding where she is officiating - so I can experience it from another perspective. I will forever be grateful I found Barbara.
I wish there were more than 5 stars- because Barbara deserves it all. I can't express how wonderful she was- from our Read more...
I wish there were more than 5 stars- because Barbara deserves it all. I can't express how wonderful she was- from our first conversation I just knew she was "it." She's the whole package (I sound like I am speaking of a date with my now husband!). While I had high expectations for the ceremony (Barbara gives you confidence and peace of mind throughout the process)- she blew it away. We wanted to her to tell our "love story", and make it "ours." She told it with love, humor, and personality. It was more than I ever anticipated. After the ceremony I can't tell you how many of my guests came up to me to express their similar love for Barbara; my married friends said they wanted to renew their vows, just to have her there, my engaged couples asked for her info for their wedding, and my single friends- said they wanted to find someone just so they can have Barbara there. This is no exaggeration. Our wedding day was pure bliss and perfection; Barbara had a tremendous amount to do with that. I can wait to be a guest at a wedding where she is officiating - so I can experience it from another perspective. I will forever be grateful I found Barbara. Read less
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Melanie
Wedding:
9/4/2015
5.0/5.0
Barbara is simply wonderful! Organized, efficient, and extraordinary :)
Barbara is simply wonderful! Organized, efficient, and extraordinary :)
Barbara is simply wonderful! Organized, efficient, and extraordinary :) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
A beautiful ceremony thanks to Barbara! A fantastic woman who made us feel happy. It was a lovely moment and Barbara help us in every step. Thank you so much!
A beautiful ceremony thanks to Barbara! A fantastic woman who made us feel happy. It was a lovely moment and Barbara help Read more...
A beautiful ceremony thanks to Barbara! A fantastic woman who made us feel happy. It was a lovely moment and Barbara help us in every step. Thank you so much! Read less
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Ben
Wedding:
8/1/2015
5.0/5.0
Barbara did an amazing job officiating our Central Park wedding. I can't recommend her highly enough. Everyone at the event complimented her work, including one guest who is a wedding professional himself. If you want a ceremony that is both professional, but also lively and interesting, hire Barbara.

She is also very easy to work with leading up to the ceremony. Barbara is really clear communicator and responds quickly to emails. She wrote an amazing ceremony for us that captured our unique relationship. I was most impressed with the way she facilitated our own involvement in the process by asking thoughtful questions and then using the answers to provide a unique flavor to the ceremony. Most importantly, Barbara's attitude is really respectful, professional and positive. The weeks leading up to the ceremony are a stressful time, but working with her was easy.
Barbara did an amazing job officiating our Central Park wedding. I can't recommend her highly enough. Everyone at the Read more...
Barbara did an amazing job officiating our Central Park wedding. I can't recommend her highly enough. Everyone at the event complimented her work, including one guest who is a wedding professional himself. If you want a ceremony that is both professional, but also lively and interesting, hire Barbara.

She is also very easy to work with leading up to the ceremony. Barbara is really clear communicator and responds quickly to emails. She wrote an amazing ceremony for us that captured our unique relationship. I was most impressed with the way she facilitated our own involvement in the process by asking thoughtful questions and then using the answers to provide a unique flavor to the ceremony. Most importantly, Barbara's attitude is really respectful, professional and positive. The weeks leading up to the ceremony are a stressful time, but working with her was easy. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Erica
Wedding:
7/12/2015
5.0/5.0
Barbara is a truly amazing and beautiful wedding officiant. I echo the sentiments of previous reviewers. She has a warm, humorous and loving energy that makes you instantly at ease and also makes her feel comfortably familiar. When you first talk, she really listens to your story and uses that to craft your ceremony. We created our ceremony by answering her seven marriage questions and reading the answers to each other in front of our loved ones. Although we had our answers prepared, Barbara makes you feel so comfortable during the actual ceremony that we both added spontaneous elements and answers. It was so moving, meaningful, personal and fun. Numerous of our guests (many of whom had only attended traditional religious ceremonies before) said it was the most beautiful and genuine wedding they had witnessed. If you are looking for a truly unique and special marriage ceremony, Barbara is the person for you. She is open to many ideas and has a great and playful nature, as her business name suggests. We would do it all again exactly the same way!
Barbara is a truly amazing and beautiful wedding officiant. I echo the sentiments of previous reviewers. She has a warm, Read more...
Barbara is a truly amazing and beautiful wedding officiant. I echo the sentiments of previous reviewers. She has a warm, humorous and loving energy that makes you instantly at ease and also makes her feel comfortably familiar. When you first talk, she really listens to your story and uses that to craft your ceremony. We created our ceremony by answering her seven marriage questions and reading the answers to each other in front of our loved ones. Although we had our answers prepared, Barbara makes you feel so comfortable during the actual ceremony that we both added spontaneous elements and answers. It was so moving, meaningful, personal and fun. Numerous of our guests (many of whom had only attended traditional religious ceremonies before) said it was the most beautiful and genuine wedding they had witnessed. If you are looking for a truly unique and special marriage ceremony, Barbara is the person for you. She is open to many ideas and has a great and playful nature, as her business name suggests. We would do it all again exactly the same way! Read less
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Marion and Vidal
Wedding:
7/5/2015
5.0/5.0
Our wedding in New York was just perfect thanks to Barbara. All our family and friends thought that she is our friend and she already knew us. She listened to us carefullly and she was really interested in our love story. So she created the perfect ceremony for us. We feel that each ceremony is important and so special for her. During the ceremony, she took care of speaking slowly to help our french family to understand english. She also accept a small cambodian ritual in the ceremony, it was important for a part of our family. Barbara is a beautiful personne with a lot of love. In one word : the PERFECT officiant !
Marion and Vidal from France
Our wedding in New York was just perfect thanks to Barbara. All our family and friends thought that she is our friend and Read more...
Our wedding in New York was just perfect thanks to Barbara. All our family and friends thought that she is our friend and she already knew us. She listened to us carefullly and she was really interested in our love story. So she created the perfect ceremony for us. We feel that each ceremony is important and so special for her. During the ceremony, she took care of speaking slowly to help our french family to understand english. She also accept a small cambodian ritual in the ceremony, it was important for a part of our family. Barbara is a beautiful personne with a lot of love. In one word : the PERFECT officiant !
Marion and Vidal from France Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Barbara was a fantastic wedding officiant with a real intuition on what makes a relationship unique and special. After a couple questionnaires and in person meetings, she was able to craft a ceremony that felt like she had known us for years. Our friends and family treasured getting to know us even better through the ceremony. Her cheer and joy also added a lot to the wedding and our interactions before. We can't recommend Barbara highly enough.
Barbara was a fantastic wedding officiant with a real intuition on what makes a relationship unique and special. After a Read more...
Barbara was a fantastic wedding officiant with a real intuition on what makes a relationship unique and special. After a couple questionnaires and in person meetings, she was able to craft a ceremony that felt like she had known us for years. Our friends and family treasured getting to know us even better through the ceremony. Her cheer and joy also added a lot to the wedding and our interactions before. We can't recommend Barbara highly enough. Read less
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