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Barbara Ann Michaels, Jester of the Peace

New York , NY
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LOCATION

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

PHONE

646-648-0128

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Experience the truth and treasure of your love shared in an inspired custom wedding ceremony you help design ~ from elegant to sweet to playful! Choose a Personalized wedding, an... Read more
Experience the truth and treasure of your love shared in an inspired custom wedding ceremony you help design ~ from elegant to sweet to playful! Choose a Personalized wedding, an Adventure setting or even a Costume ceremony for your ceremony or vow renewal. As we create your unique ceremony, you'll feel uplifted, relaxed, and in love together.

Your Love is Your Work of Art

The promises you make in your ceremony are the foundation of your marriage ~ your home. I'm your Officiant and your friend in this process. You'll incorporate elements as they feel true to you two: traditions you hold dear, contemporary elements, including perhaps inventing your own, writing your own vows if you wish, roles for family and friends, music, and more. I'm your Jester of the Peace, celebrating your love and creativity at once. Our wedding writing motto is: Have Fun, Be True!

All Love is Welcome

As a non-demonimational 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.

Melanie and Damon married on the famous dance studio floor at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with the city backdrop twinkling behind them through floor to ceiling windows...

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...

Kevin & Anoosh married barefoot on the grass and included their artist friends singing and playing instruments. They also drank wine from a single glass...

Diana and Lacey married in front of Tiffany's jewelers on Fifth Avenue in the early morning. The film Breakfast at Tiffany's was a favorite, and part of their first date. Their ceremony adapted favorite lines. Then, they went to Breakfast...

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...

Todd and Shirley renewed their vows for the 20th time in Disco outfits, entertained by Disco Roller Skaters in Central Park. I officiated... as Elvis...

Cornelious and Alexis married on the Four Weddings reality TV show on The Learning Channel. Their sweet and chic ceremony stole the hearts of viewers nationwide, and their family and friends right there...

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

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...

Christine and Simon married in their living room, embraced by a small group of family from Ireland and the US, and their young children...

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

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...



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

Enjoy my website at http://JesterOfThePeace.com. Call me to celebrate your love story at 646-648-0128. Or email me at Barbara@JesterofthePeace.com.



PS: I have an Annual Anniversary Party to which all my married couples across the world are invited. It's in a different season each year. See you there! Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes, I have officiated weddings in parks, bars & restaurants, helicopters and homes, and I welcome your creative venue.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
We decide together. I often wear black or a light color. I usually add an accent shade, which can match your wedding colors, as you choose.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes, I specialize in custom ceremonies written in collaboration with my couples ~ elegant to sweet to playful! Including costume and adventure weddings.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Absolutely. I am delighted to help you write your vows together. My writing, theater, and journalism backgrounds help guide the process.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
No, I am happy to help you find poems, passages and more that speak to your special love together.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No, yet I can make wonderful recommendations for premarital counseling.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes, as needed depending on the ceremony elements and your wishes.

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Pascal
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
We knew Barbara would be something special before meeting with her. Reading the reviews and email correspondence confirmed how great Barbara is. But we couldn’t imagine how she would transform our wedding into something awesome.
We met Barbara for the first time at the ceremony location in central park and we immediately felt that she understood us and understood the kind of wedding we wanted. During that first meeting we exchanged many ideas and started building our custom ceremony. Barbara made us feel like we've known each other for a long time.
We wanted a traditional but still fun ceremony. The end result became so us and personal, we could not have wished for better. We were so happy during the ceremony we spontaneously started dancing.
On our wedding day she was well prepared and created the most fun and sweet ceremony full of harmony and joy. She made us feel calm and natural. Not only did she make the perfect ceremony but she also learned words from three languages which she perfectly pronounced. She is truly skilled, fun and professional. All our guests keep talking about the ceremony and Barbara, we keep on smiling everytime we thinking about it.

We are so thankful Barbara was part of our special day.

Barbara will make your day beyond special. Do not hesitate to contact her!!

Forever thankful, Anooshé and Pascal
We knew Barbara would be something special before meeting with her. Reading the reviews and email correspondence confirmed Read more...
We knew Barbara would be something special before meeting with her. Reading the reviews and email correspondence confirmed how great Barbara is. But we couldn’t imagine how she would transform our wedding into something awesome.
We met Barbara for the first time at the ceremony location in central park and we immediately felt that she understood us and understood the kind of wedding we wanted. During that first meeting we exchanged many ideas and started building our custom ceremony. Barbara made us feel like we've known each other for a long time.
We wanted a traditional but still fun ceremony. The end result became so us and personal, we could not have wished for better. We were so happy during the ceremony we spontaneously started dancing.
On our wedding day she was well prepared and created the most fun and sweet ceremony full of harmony and joy. She made us feel calm and natural. Not only did she make the perfect ceremony but she also learned words from three languages which she perfectly pronounced. She is truly skilled, fun and professional. All our guests keep talking about the ceremony and Barbara, we keep on smiling everytime we thinking about it.

We are so thankful Barbara was part of our special day.

Barbara will make your day beyond special. Do not hesitate to contact her!!

Forever thankful, Anooshé and Pascal Read less
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veronica
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
I have been trying to come up with the perfect review for a perfect officiant, but I think there aren't enough words to describe the happiness and the joy we feel every time we think back to our ceremony.

Let's start from the beginning. We first contacted Barbara because I could sense a really beautiful energy through her pictures and videos in the website. We also wanted a custom ceremony, and she seemed to be happy to work with the couple. We emailed back and forth, she was very responsive, energetic and sweet!

We scheduled a call, and we fell in love! She was just the coolest. We knew in that moment that our wedding wouldn't be the same without her. And Boy we were right! She worked so hard helping us edit our ceremony and make it perfect for the timeline and for us. She was on time and super prepared ( I forgot to bring my wedding vows, but she had a copy! ). Her energy is so beautiful and calming. She did something very special for my husband and I right before the ceremony (which I will leave as a surprise for future couples) which really calmed us
down and gave us an incredible peace. Just a couple of seconds of her calming energy were enough!
The ceremony itself was so much fun, Yet heartfelt and spiritual. So many different elements. Peace, laughter, nostalgia, dreaming, crying! All in thirty minutes. When the ceremony was over my husband and I were shocked at how much fun we had during it. Later on everyone... Everyone! was asking about Barbara, everyone was impressed by her persona, her tone, her way of speaking, energy, the way she so beautifully conducted the ceremony and the crowd!

Barbara, Max and I thank you so much for helping us create a ceremony perfect for us.
I have been trying to come up with the perfect review for a perfect officiant, but I think there aren't enough words to Read more...
I have been trying to come up with the perfect review for a perfect officiant, but I think there aren't enough words to describe the happiness and the joy we feel every time we think back to our ceremony.

Let's start from the beginning. We first contacted Barbara because I could sense a really beautiful energy through her pictures and videos in the website. We also wanted a custom ceremony, and she seemed to be happy to work with the couple. We emailed back and forth, she was very responsive, energetic and sweet!

We scheduled a call, and we fell in love! She was just the coolest. We knew in that moment that our wedding wouldn't be the same without her. And Boy we were right! She worked so hard helping us edit our ceremony and make it perfect for the timeline and for us. She was on time and super prepared ( I forgot to bring my wedding vows, but she had a copy! ). Her energy is so beautiful and calming. She did something very special for my husband and I right before the ceremony (which I will leave as a surprise for future couples) which really calmed us
down and gave us an incredible peace. Just a couple of seconds of her calming energy were enough!
The ceremony itself was so much fun, Yet heartfelt and spiritual. So many different elements. Peace, laughter, nostalgia, dreaming, crying! All in thirty minutes. When the ceremony was over my husband and I were shocked at how much fun we had during it. Later on everyone... Everyone! was asking about Barbara, everyone was impressed by her persona, her tone, her way of speaking, energy, the way she so beautifully conducted the ceremony and the crowd!

Barbara, Max and I thank you so much for helping us create a ceremony perfect for us. Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
5/30/2014
5.0/5.0
We are so happy we found Barbara. She provided us with a personalized service that went above and beyond anything we could have imagined. It was sweet, funny, and meaningful and meant the world to us. We LOVE Barbara and recommend her to anyone who wants to create special memories on their wedding day.
We are so happy we found Barbara. She provided us with a personalized service that went above and beyond anything we could Read more...
We are so happy we found Barbara. She provided us with a personalized service that went above and beyond anything we could have imagined. It was sweet, funny, and meaningful and meant the world to us. We LOVE Barbara and recommend her to anyone who wants to create special memories on their wedding day. Read less
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Louisa
Wedding:
5/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Trying to organise a wedding from the other side of the world (Australia) isn't easy. Well, at least that's what we've heard. With Barbara, everything just fell perfectly into place like a movie.

Our decision to hire Barbara was the best one we made (apart from getting married of course!). We read all the amazing reviews online and decided Barbara was just the officiant we needed. Boy did she deliver – and she was even more amazing than what we initially read in the reviews!

One of the most important things Barbara does is she really takes the time to get to know you. We Skyped several times with Barbara and also had many email exchanges. In many ways she knows more about our relationship than most of our friends and family.

From this, she created a truly bespoke ceremony that fitted our personalities, our relationship and even our guests so perfectly. The creative genius that allows Barbara to do this is incredible. How she can take all this information and tie it together without it sounding like a script is just amazing. Barbara has really found her true calling in life and it's clear she absolutely LOVES every second of what she does. She put her heart and soul into our ceremony and we understand that she does the same for every couple she works with.

I think the comments from my Dad summed things up pretty well: "That was by far the best wedding ceremony I've ever been to, including my own! It was the most heartfelt, meaningful and beautiful ceremony ever. I was amazed at how well Barbara knew you both and how beautiful and personalised the ceremony was. It was perfect". Everyone there pretty much felt the same way, including us.

It wasn't just Barbara's part of the ceremony that was absolutely perfect. It was also how easy she made the rest of it. She introduced us to John who totally nailed the photos - we still can't believe how good they look and also they are exactly the style we wanted - beautiful moments of the day capturing real emotions
Trying to organise a wedding from the other side of the world (Australia) isn't easy. Well, at least that's what we've Read more...
Trying to organise a wedding from the other side of the world (Australia) isn't easy. Well, at least that's what we've heard. With Barbara, everything just fell perfectly into place like a movie.

Our decision to hire Barbara was the best one we made (apart from getting married of course!). We read all the amazing reviews online and decided Barbara was just the officiant we needed. Boy did she deliver – and she was even more amazing than what we initially read in the reviews!

One of the most important things Barbara does is she really takes the time to get to know you. We Skyped several times with Barbara and also had many email exchanges. In many ways she knows more about our relationship than most of our friends and family.

From this, she created a truly bespoke ceremony that fitted our personalities, our relationship and even our guests so perfectly. The creative genius that allows Barbara to do this is incredible. How she can take all this information and tie it together without it sounding like a script is just amazing. Barbara has really found her true calling in life and it's clear she absolutely LOVES every second of what she does. She put her heart and soul into our ceremony and we understand that she does the same for every couple she works with.

I think the comments from my Dad summed things up pretty well: "That was by far the best wedding ceremony I've ever been to, including my own! It was the most heartfelt, meaningful and beautiful ceremony ever. I was amazed at how well Barbara knew you both and how beautiful and personalised the ceremony was. It was perfect". Everyone there pretty much felt the same way, including us.

It wasn't just Barbara's part of the ceremony that was absolutely perfect. It was also how easy she made the rest of it. She introduced us to John who totally nailed the photos - we still can't believe how good they look and also they are exactly the style we wanted - beautiful moments of the day capturing real emotions Read less
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Emilie
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
I'm so happy we chose Barbara to officiate our wedding. We were both a little overwhelmed at the idea of creating a ceremony from scratch. We wanted a ceremony that was personal and intimate, yet also containted nods to traditional elements. Barbara took the sentiments we shared with her during the interview process and created a framework that then went through several rounds of patient editing and evolution. Through the editing process with her we were able to discover what would really resonate with us, and then Barbara made it sound good, too! On the day of our wedding Barbara was a calm and personable presence. She gracefully handled a last minute microphone glitch, and delivered the ceremony without amplification. Many of our guests told us they were very moved by our beautiful and unique ceremony.
I'm so happy we chose Barbara to officiate our wedding. We were both a little overwhelmed at the idea of creating a Read more...
I'm so happy we chose Barbara to officiate our wedding. We were both a little overwhelmed at the idea of creating a ceremony from scratch. We wanted a ceremony that was personal and intimate, yet also containted nods to traditional elements. Barbara took the sentiments we shared with her during the interview process and created a framework that then went through several rounds of patient editing and evolution. Through the editing process with her we were able to discover what would really resonate with us, and then Barbara made it sound good, too! On the day of our wedding Barbara was a calm and personable presence. She gracefully handled a last minute microphone glitch, and delivered the ceremony without amplification. Many of our guests told us they were very moved by our beautiful and unique ceremony. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Barbara was awesome! Her attention to detail was great and she really enjoys celebrating each couple's love story and making the ceremony unique for you. She had complete flexibility with us - we changed our ceremony style with only a few weeks until our wedding and she accommodated us with no issue at all. We were honored to have Barbara as our officiant and I highly recommend her.
Barbara was awesome! Her attention to detail was great and she really enjoys celebrating each couple's love story and Read more...
Barbara was awesome! Her attention to detail was great and she really enjoys celebrating each couple's love story and making the ceremony unique for you. She had complete flexibility with us - we changed our ceremony style with only a few weeks until our wedding and she accommodated us with no issue at all. We were honored to have Barbara as our officiant and I highly recommend her. Read less
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Howard
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Barbara is amazing at what she does and we cannot recommend her highly enough. From the moment we first made contact with Barbara we felt a sense of empathy, commitment and understanding. And from there on in, her professionalism, sensitivity, humor, grace and style never faltered. It was a great pleasure working with Barbara on our ceremony. It was a collaborative process but skillfully guided by her - always supportive, always ready to offer a suggestion, always ready to be sensitive and funny when required. Our wedding ceremony was incredibly special and pretty much all of the credit goes to Barbara for this. We opted for quite a lengthy ceremony, but many of our guests said they would have liked it to go on longer...their reason....Barbara Ann. In fact a couple of guests have asked us to do it all over again...just so they can enjoy Barbara once more! Our guests were universally full of praise for our celebrant. It's hard to find the exact words that summarize the mood and feeling Barbara created at our wedding but that is all part of her magic and charm. There is no method or theory you could study to do what Barbara does...it just flows from here in a natural and wonderful way.

So if you are reading this and wondering whether Barbara is right for your wedding....don't wonder or hesitate. Barbara will be right for you - she just is wedding perfection.
We can't thank her enough for her amazing contribution to our special day, but we certainly know she helped make the day as special as it was.

So we fully endorse Barbara as a celebrant you will be one hundred per cent happy with. She is a woman who is full of integrity and humanity and whom it has been our absolute pleasure to get to know.

Go Jester Of The Peace! - we are full of gratitude to you and marvel at what you do and the fact you do it so well.

Thank you

Howie and David Xx
Barbara is amazing at what she does and we cannot recommend her highly enough. From the moment we first made contact with Read more...
Barbara is amazing at what she does and we cannot recommend her highly enough. From the moment we first made contact with Barbara we felt a sense of empathy, commitment and understanding. And from there on in, her professionalism, sensitivity, humor, grace and style never faltered. It was a great pleasure working with Barbara on our ceremony. It was a collaborative process but skillfully guided by her - always supportive, always ready to offer a suggestion, always ready to be sensitive and funny when required. Our wedding ceremony was incredibly special and pretty much all of the credit goes to Barbara for this. We opted for quite a lengthy ceremony, but many of our guests said they would have liked it to go on longer...their reason....Barbara Ann. In fact a couple of guests have asked us to do it all over again...just so they can enjoy Barbara once more! Our guests were universally full of praise for our celebrant. It's hard to find the exact words that summarize the mood and feeling Barbara created at our wedding but that is all part of her magic and charm. There is no method or theory you could study to do what Barbara does...it just flows from here in a natural and wonderful way.

So if you are reading this and wondering whether Barbara is right for your wedding....don't wonder or hesitate. Barbara will be right for you - she just is wedding perfection.
We can't thank her enough for her amazing contribution to our special day, but we certainly know she helped make the day as special as it was.

So we fully endorse Barbara as a celebrant you will be one hundred per cent happy with. She is a woman who is full of integrity and humanity and whom it has been our absolute pleasure to get to know.

Go Jester Of The Peace! - we are full of gratitude to you and marvel at what you do and the fact you do it so well.

Thank you

Howie and David Xx Read less
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Joseph
Wedding:
3/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Barbara Michaels made the day so special and memorable. Throughout the process Barbara accommodated our needs. During the ceremony, Barbara captured the essence of our true love story and evoked an atmosphere that was personable and meaningful. Her style is graceful and spiritual.
Barbara Michaels made the day so special and memorable. Throughout the process Barbara accommodated our needs. During the Read more...
Barbara Michaels made the day so special and memorable. Throughout the process Barbara accommodated our needs. During the ceremony, Barbara captured the essence of our true love story and evoked an atmosphere that was personable and meaningful. Her style is graceful and spiritual. Read less
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Chad
Wedding:
2/22/2014
5.0/5.0
We were so beyond lucky to find Barbara Ann and have her as our officiant. She composed the most beautiful, humorous and heartfelt ceremony for the two of us and every one of our guests asked us if she was a friend of ours because she seemed to know us so well. From our first meeting through pronouncing us married, working with her was a wonderful and fun experience. What we truly loved and appreciated about her process is that it is such a collaborative and creative method between her and the couple, continuous communication back and forth crafting the ceremony until it is just right. Barbara has amazing instincts when it comes to weaving a couple’s story into a ceremony, even knowing the exact right place to put readings and making suggestions of where to expand and where to cut back. We had so many guests tell us that it was the most beautiful and touching wedding ceremony they had ever been witness to and, sorry to brag, but we have to agree and we have Barbara Ann entirely to thank.
We were so beyond lucky to find Barbara Ann and have her as our officiant. She composed the most beautiful, humorous and Read more...
We were so beyond lucky to find Barbara Ann and have her as our officiant. She composed the most beautiful, humorous and heartfelt ceremony for the two of us and every one of our guests asked us if she was a friend of ours because she seemed to know us so well. From our first meeting through pronouncing us married, working with her was a wonderful and fun experience. What we truly loved and appreciated about her process is that it is such a collaborative and creative method between her and the couple, continuous communication back and forth crafting the ceremony until it is just right. Barbara has amazing instincts when it comes to weaving a couple’s story into a ceremony, even knowing the exact right place to put readings and making suggestions of where to expand and where to cut back. We had so many guests tell us that it was the most beautiful and touching wedding ceremony they had ever been witness to and, sorry to brag, but we have to agree and we have Barbara Ann entirely to thank. Read less
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Emmy
Wedding:
2/11/2014
5.0/5.0
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Don
Wedding:
2/7/2014
5.0/5.0
To be told that you are not able to marry the person you love has always been a disappointment. For the past ten years, living in Texas our state has dictated to us that we are not allowed to Marry each other. To proclaim our love for each other we agreed to marry New York. We were thankful that two of my family members were able to witness this great event. Although we had a very limited time to have our ceremony and nearly no time for planning, we were very grateful to have found Barbara Ann Michaels. She was able to put our service together within a matter of a couple hours. When we met her in Central Park for the 1st time, it was as if we had known her for years. She was so very personable, caring, and compassionate. A very beautiful soul really. She personalized our service and it was as just for us; nothing seemed scripted. After the service was complete, she had already arranged a warm place for us to sign our marriage license and helped us top off the evening with a wonderful dinner recommendation. She genuinely cares about the couples she marries. If you are looking for a warm heart felt ceremony that was created just for you, please contact Barbara Ann Michaels. You will not be disappointed!
To be told that you are not able to marry the person you love has always been a disappointment. For the past ten years, Read more...
To be told that you are not able to marry the person you love has always been a disappointment. For the past ten years, living in Texas our state has dictated to us that we are not allowed to Marry each other. To proclaim our love for each other we agreed to marry New York. We were thankful that two of my family members were able to witness this great event. Although we had a very limited time to have our ceremony and nearly no time for planning, we were very grateful to have found Barbara Ann Michaels. She was able to put our service together within a matter of a couple hours. When we met her in Central Park for the 1st time, it was as if we had known her for years. She was so very personable, caring, and compassionate. A very beautiful soul really. She personalized our service and it was as just for us; nothing seemed scripted. After the service was complete, she had already arranged a warm place for us to sign our marriage license and helped us top off the evening with a wonderful dinner recommendation. She genuinely cares about the couples she marries. If you are looking for a warm heart felt ceremony that was created just for you, please contact Barbara Ann Michaels. You will not be disappointed! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Barbara was awesome. We wanted a wedding in the snowy park in the morning (before it gets crowded and the snow gets walked-on), and that means a 12 hours notice to make sure we expect a snowy night. Barbara was super responsive and flexible, and totally open to our unusual requests. She then built a beautiful ceremony tailored to our style and preferences. Everyone found it moving and sweet.

When it gets to the formalities and paperwork, again Barbara proved to be super sweet and flexible. She helped us get everything to the city fast and even met me there few days after the wedding to speed up the process (we needed the certificate for something urgent).

All in all - a fantastic choice for any type of a wedding!
Barbara was awesome. We wanted a wedding in the snowy park in the morning (before it gets crowded and the snow gets Read more...
Barbara was awesome. We wanted a wedding in the snowy park in the morning (before it gets crowded and the snow gets walked-on), and that means a 12 hours notice to make sure we expect a snowy night. Barbara was super responsive and flexible, and totally open to our unusual requests. She then built a beautiful ceremony tailored to our style and preferences. Everyone found it moving and sweet.

When it gets to the formalities and paperwork, again Barbara proved to be super sweet and flexible. She helped us get everything to the city fast and even met me there few days after the wedding to speed up the process (we needed the certificate for something urgent).

All in all - a fantastic choice for any type of a wedding! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
1/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Barbara Ann Michaels was absolutely amazing, she made our wedding ceremony so beautiful, meaningful and fabulous for everyone. Thank you for making this day more amazing than we could of dreamed of!
Barbara Ann Michaels was absolutely amazing, she made our wedding ceremony so beautiful, meaningful and fabulous for Read more...
Barbara Ann Michaels was absolutely amazing, she made our wedding ceremony so beautiful, meaningful and fabulous for everyone. Thank you for making this day more amazing than we could of dreamed of! Read less
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Mark
Wedding:
12/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara Ann Michaels, Jester of the Peace was a wonderful officiant!

She joyfully guided both of us, after being partners for 25 years, through the process of determining what we wanted to include in our marriage ceremony, how to include special items of meaning, and and ways to best welcome participation, support and love from family and friends.

She engaged everyone in our wedding party and was able to help us both articulate our special love for each other in a way that included all.

Truly an amazing event because of her experience and ability to share her wisdom so gracefully with all involved, making the day truly magical (before, during and after)!

Jeff's mother commented that this was the best wedding that she had ever been to or had personally been in. All those who attended commented specifically to us how much they loved the way Barbara created our special day.

Thank you Barbara!

Mark & Jeff
Barbara Ann Michaels, Jester of the Peace was a wonderful officiant!

She joyfully guided both of us, after being Read more...
Barbara Ann Michaels, Jester of the Peace was a wonderful officiant!

She joyfully guided both of us, after being partners for 25 years, through the process of determining what we wanted to include in our marriage ceremony, how to include special items of meaning, and and ways to best welcome participation, support and love from family and friends.

She engaged everyone in our wedding party and was able to help us both articulate our special love for each other in a way that included all.

Truly an amazing event because of her experience and ability to share her wisdom so gracefully with all involved, making the day truly magical (before, during and after)!

Jeff's mother commented that this was the best wedding that she had ever been to or had personally been in. All those who attended commented specifically to us how much they loved the way Barbara created our special day.

Thank you Barbara!

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Barabara was fantastic in helping us prepare for and officiate our wedding. My husband and I had no idea what to do or how to prepare..we were so overjoyed with the overturn of DOMA but were also unprepared on how to make our dream come true. In walks Barabara, who helps us prepare for the happiest day of our lives and makes it look so easy!

Barbara was fun, engaging, highly knowledgable, and went out of her way to make our day special.

I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with my husband 20 years ago when i first heard his voice. Barbara helped make a dream I've had for over half my life finally become a reality.

Thank you Barbara! David and I will never forget what you did for us!
Barabara was fantastic in helping us prepare for and officiate our wedding. My husband and I had no idea what to do or how Read more...
Barabara was fantastic in helping us prepare for and officiate our wedding. My husband and I had no idea what to do or how to prepare..we were so overjoyed with the overturn of DOMA but were also unprepared on how to make our dream come true. In walks Barabara, who helps us prepare for the happiest day of our lives and makes it look so easy!

Barbara was fun, engaging, highly knowledgable, and went out of her way to make our day special.

I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with my husband 20 years ago when i first heard his voice. Barbara helped make a dream I've had for over half my life finally become a reality.

Thank you Barbara! David and I will never forget what you did for us! Read less
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Glen
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara was such a joy to work with on our wedding. She was extremely professional while being thoughtful and caring at the same time. She made the process fun and easy. Many of our guests actually thought that we were close friends. I can't recommend Barbara enough. She will make your wedding ceremony witty and personal, joyous and loving.
Barbara was such a joy to work with on our wedding. She was extremely professional while being thoughtful and caring at Read more...
Barbara was such a joy to work with on our wedding. She was extremely professional while being thoughtful and caring at the same time. She made the process fun and easy. Many of our guests actually thought that we were close friends. I can't recommend Barbara enough. She will make your wedding ceremony witty and personal, joyous and loving. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I can't even begin to say how much I adore Barbara, and how happy I am that she was our officiant. After she married two friends of mine, I knew I had to have her officiate my own wedding. Barbara is all about love, hope, and positivity, and it shows in everything she does.

I feel like so many officiants don't really KNOW their couples, and you can always tell in those ceremonies. That is never the case for Barbara. By the time we were done crafting our ceremony, I knew Barbara "got" us and knew us well. Our ceremony reflected who we were as a couple perfectly. Our guests kept coming up to at the reception and telling us how wonderful and personal the ceremony was. One even said it was like "poetry."

Barbara - thank you again, so very very much, for being our officiant. You are an amazing one-of-a-kind person!
I can't even begin to say how much I adore Barbara, and how happy I am that she was our officiant. After she married two Read more...
I can't even begin to say how much I adore Barbara, and how happy I am that she was our officiant. After she married two friends of mine, I knew I had to have her officiate my own wedding. Barbara is all about love, hope, and positivity, and it shows in everything she does.

I feel like so many officiants don't really KNOW their couples, and you can always tell in those ceremonies. That is never the case for Barbara. By the time we were done crafting our ceremony, I knew Barbara "got" us and knew us well. Our ceremony reflected who we were as a couple perfectly. Our guests kept coming up to at the reception and telling us how wonderful and personal the ceremony was. One even said it was like "poetry."

Barbara - thank you again, so very very much, for being our officiant. You are an amazing one-of-a-kind person! Read less
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Maryanne
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I just got married this past weekend, and we were so incredibly moved by Barbara Ann's ceremony she created for us that we felt compelled to immediately shout praise from the rooftop! She is a wonderful person with an amazing gift and passion for what she does.

To all the couples out there looking for that certain someone who can put words into YOUR story and share it with meaning and love - Barbara Ann is your woman! She absolutely loves what she does, and it's apparent in her dedication and support she gives to those she works with. She was so pleasant and patient throughout the months we worked together collaborating and building the ceremony, it really calmed our nerves knowing she was going to be the one standing up there with us on our big day. She made is so easy, we just talked and told her what we felt in our hearts and she put it into beautiful words that became our ceremony.

Fast forward to wedding day…before the ceremony Barbara came in to the bridal suite to say hello and meet the MOB and the bridesmaids…she was so cool and did something fun and special that helped calm everyone's nerves making us smile and relax - much needed on wedding day! During the actual ceremony itself, we felt so comfortable with Barbara up there, she knows exactly how to guide you when you nervous and even stood behind us to help us repeat the vows so we didn't miss a beat. After the ceremony, we literally couldn't keep count of the amount of guests coming up to us and telling us how moving the ceremony was and how amazing our Jester of the Peace was. Many many many happy tears. Even our 7 year old "tough guy" nephew who carried the rings got teary eyed during ceremony, if that doesn't melt your heart I don't know what does!

Please do yourself a favor and book Barbara Ann for your wedding, you will have the most amazing ceremony and memories that will last a lifetime.
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My husband and I just got married this past weekend, and we were so incredibly moved by Barbara Ann's ceremony she created for us that we felt compelled to immediately shout praise from the rooftop! She is a wonderful person with an amazing gift and passion for what she does.

To all the couples out there looking for that certain someone who can put words into YOUR story and share it with meaning and love - Barbara Ann is your woman! She absolutely loves what she does, and it's apparent in her dedication and support she gives to those she works with. She was so pleasant and patient throughout the months we worked together collaborating and building the ceremony, it really calmed our nerves knowing she was going to be the one standing up there with us on our big day. She made is so easy, we just talked and told her what we felt in our hearts and she put it into beautiful words that became our ceremony.

Fast forward to wedding day…before the ceremony Barbara came in to the bridal suite to say hello and meet the MOB and the bridesmaids…she was so cool and did something fun and special that helped calm everyone's nerves making us smile and relax - much needed on wedding day! During the actual ceremony itself, we felt so comfortable with Barbara up there, she knows exactly how to guide you when you nervous and even stood behind us to help us repeat the vows so we didn't miss a beat. After the ceremony, we literally couldn't keep count of the amount of guests coming up to us and telling us how moving the ceremony was and how amazing our Jester of the Peace was. Many many many happy tears. Even our 7 year old "tough guy" nephew who carried the rings got teary eyed during ceremony, if that doesn't melt your heart I don't know what does!

Please do yourself a favor and book Barbara Ann for your wedding, you will have the most amazing ceremony and memories that will last a lifetime. Read less
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Alison
Wedding:
10/25/2013
5.0/5.0
As if you can't tell from reading all the other fabulous reviews, Barbara is fantastic. My fiancé and I were fairly laid back about the whole wedding planning thing, but we did want something more meaningful to us than the "do you take this person, do you take that person" thing. Almost immediately upon meeting Barbara for the first time, we knew that she fit the bill perfectly.

Over the course of a couple months, we met and corresponded with her several times, and the end result was a wedding that was completely us. We got to share our "official" story with those closest to us, which was great to hear and be able to tell. I'll admit, I was one of the "I'm cool with whatever" brides and didn't want anything that I personally thought of as kind of tedious (sand ceremonies? You mean every time I move from now until I die I have to not break this vase of sand?), but Barbara suggested a couple little touches that made the wedding that more meaningful. My guests still talk about how great the ceremony was, and I'm so happy that we decided to go with her.

If you're on the fence about Barbara, get off. She's awesome.
As if you can't tell from reading all the other fabulous reviews, Barbara is fantastic. My fiancé and I were fairly laid Read more...
As if you can't tell from reading all the other fabulous reviews, Barbara is fantastic. My fiancé and I were fairly laid back about the whole wedding planning thing, but we did want something more meaningful to us than the "do you take this person, do you take that person" thing. Almost immediately upon meeting Barbara for the first time, we knew that she fit the bill perfectly.

Over the course of a couple months, we met and corresponded with her several times, and the end result was a wedding that was completely us. We got to share our "official" story with those closest to us, which was great to hear and be able to tell. I'll admit, I was one of the "I'm cool with whatever" brides and didn't want anything that I personally thought of as kind of tedious (sand ceremonies? You mean every time I move from now until I die I have to not break this vase of sand?), but Barbara suggested a couple little touches that made the wedding that more meaningful. My guests still talk about how great the ceremony was, and I'm so happy that we decided to go with her.

If you're on the fence about Barbara, get off. She's awesome. Read less
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Cristobal
Wedding:
10/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Every guest greeted me during my cocktail hour by saying "That was the best wedding ceremony I have ever seen." Almost every person I talked to said the exact same thing. What made our wedding SO special was that it told OUR love story. It wasn't a traditional, staid ceremony. Barbara met with us early on and then gave us homework to do. We had to individually answer a series of questions about each other, how we met, what we love about the other person, and also offer other deeply detailed and personal stories. She then took all of this information and, over a couple of months, crafted a beautiful ceremony that celebrated our love story. It was moving, poignant, funny, unique and special. The ceremony addressed us as a couple, individually, as we saw ourselves, as we saw each other, and us as a future couple in marriage. It told the story of how we met, fell in love, quirks we share, shortcomings we possess, fun we have, and how we fit. I can honestly say there was not a dry eye in the house. We chose to not review the ceremony beforehand because we wanted to be surprised and I am so glad we made that decision. The emotional responses of laughter, tears, joy and love were all so clearly evident on our faces in all of our pictures. It was everything I could ever have hoped for and I owe such a debt of gratitude to Barbara for making it happen.

What’s so wonderful about Barbara is her flexibility. My wedding ceremony could probably be described as a combination Jewish, Hindu, Christian, Marriage Equality, Secular and Broadway meets Stevie Nicks affair. We crammed a lot of “difference” into one ceremony and Barbara weaved everything we threw at her seamlessly together into a beautiful and magical story. The phrase “Wedding of the Century” came up over and over during the reception and for weeks, and even months, afterwards. That is remarkably high praise for a NYC wedding. New Yorkers are hard to impress and overly skeptical, but Barbara knocked their socks off!
Every guest greeted me during my cocktail hour by saying "That was the best wedding ceremony I have ever seen." Almost Read more...
Every guest greeted me during my cocktail hour by saying "That was the best wedding ceremony I have ever seen." Almost every person I talked to said the exact same thing. What made our wedding SO special was that it told OUR love story. It wasn't a traditional, staid ceremony. Barbara met with us early on and then gave us homework to do. We had to individually answer a series of questions about each other, how we met, what we love about the other person, and also offer other deeply detailed and personal stories. She then took all of this information and, over a couple of months, crafted a beautiful ceremony that celebrated our love story. It was moving, poignant, funny, unique and special. The ceremony addressed us as a couple, individually, as we saw ourselves, as we saw each other, and us as a future couple in marriage. It told the story of how we met, fell in love, quirks we share, shortcomings we possess, fun we have, and how we fit. I can honestly say there was not a dry eye in the house. We chose to not review the ceremony beforehand because we wanted to be surprised and I am so glad we made that decision. The emotional responses of laughter, tears, joy and love were all so clearly evident on our faces in all of our pictures. It was everything I could ever have hoped for and I owe such a debt of gratitude to Barbara for making it happen.

What’s so wonderful about Barbara is her flexibility. My wedding ceremony could probably be described as a combination Jewish, Hindu, Christian, Marriage Equality, Secular and Broadway meets Stevie Nicks affair. We crammed a lot of “difference” into one ceremony and Barbara weaved everything we threw at her seamlessly together into a beautiful and magical story. The phrase “Wedding of the Century” came up over and over during the reception and for weeks, and even months, afterwards. That is remarkably high praise for a NYC wedding. New Yorkers are hard to impress and overly skeptical, but Barbara knocked their socks off! Read less
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Madelyn
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were looking for a relaxed yet unique wedding, that included an untraditinal interfaith ceremony. Barbara's ad stood out to us online because of the way she described herself as quirky and fun, two qualities that suit us as well. We enjoyed the whole process of creating "our love story" and knew that the ceremony would be something to remember. Boy were we right!! Even now, weeks after our wedding, our guests/loved ones are still raving about Barbara and regarding our ceremony as unlike anything else they have experienced. We recommend her to all couples looking for a personalized and romantic ceremony - one that will be remembered by all!
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My husband and I were looking for a relaxed yet unique wedding, that included an untraditinal interfaith ceremony. Barbara's ad stood out to us online because of the way she described herself as quirky and fun, two qualities that suit us as well. We enjoyed the whole process of creating "our love story" and knew that the ceremony would be something to remember. Boy were we right!! Even now, weeks after our wedding, our guests/loved ones are still raving about Barbara and regarding our ceremony as unlike anything else they have experienced. We recommend her to all couples looking for a personalized and romantic ceremony - one that will be remembered by all! Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife and I chose to use Barbara because we wanted an unconventional wedding as we're an unconventional couple. We wanted something short, sweet, intimate, and humorous. Barbara delivered on all accounts. She was more than happy to work with us on the verbiage of our ceremony to make truly ours. All 25 of our guests commented on how much they loved her delivery. We loved Barbara and would recommend her services to anyone.
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My wife and I chose to use Barbara because we wanted an unconventional wedding as we're an unconventional couple. We wanted something short, sweet, intimate, and humorous. Barbara delivered on all accounts. She was more than happy to work with us on the verbiage of our ceremony to make truly ours. All 25 of our guests commented on how much they loved her delivery. We loved Barbara and would recommend her services to anyone. Read less
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Adam
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara Ann was incredible throughout the entire wedding process. She helped craft a unique and extremely personalized wedding ceremony that perfectly captured the essence of our relationship. Many of our guests felt that Barbara Ann was a family friend because the ceremony she created was so meaningful and authentic. Barbara Ann brought a sense of calm and professionalism to our wedding planning process. We would highly recommend Barbara Ann to anyone looking for a highly personalized and memorable wedding ceremony.
Barbara Ann was incredible throughout the entire wedding process. She helped craft a unique and extremely personalized Read more...
Barbara Ann was incredible throughout the entire wedding process. She helped craft a unique and extremely personalized wedding ceremony that perfectly captured the essence of our relationship. Many of our guests felt that Barbara Ann was a family friend because the ceremony she created was so meaningful and authentic. Barbara Ann brought a sense of calm and professionalism to our wedding planning process. We would highly recommend Barbara Ann to anyone looking for a highly personalized and memorable wedding ceremony. Read less
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Irwin
Wedding:
10/4/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara was a brilliant, empathetic and spiritual facilitator of the most important day of my and my beloved's lives. For the rest of our lives when we reflect on our amazing marriage, we will always lovingly recall Barbara who guided and kept us sane all the way through our vows. It's funny and wonderful how some people unexpectedly come into our lives and help change them for the better. Certainly Barbara is one of those people!
Barbara was a brilliant, empathetic and spiritual facilitator of the most important day of my and my beloved's lives. For Read more...
Barbara was a brilliant, empathetic and spiritual facilitator of the most important day of my and my beloved's lives. For the rest of our lives when we reflect on our amazing marriage, we will always lovingly recall Barbara who guided and kept us sane all the way through our vows. It's funny and wonderful how some people unexpectedly come into our lives and help change them for the better. Certainly Barbara is one of those people! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara (The Jester of the Peace) was the perfect fit for us and our unusual artistic wedding, bringing her boundless creativity and attentiveness to help us express what makes our love distinctive. She was instrumental in helping us share the best of who we are individually and together as a couple.
She was always encouraging and fun throughout the entire process, supporting our wacky ideas such as having a roller-skating “Ring Bear” and “Flower Gorilla” (we got married at the Bronx Zoo). She gave us suggestions when we didn’t know what to do or felt stuck. Her communications via phone and email were always enthusiastic and timely, and even though we fell behind with our due dates she never put pressure on us, always a source of calm and positive energy. Another essential strength she offers is her emotional support, especially on our wedding day. She participated in a spiritual ritual to ground us minutes before the ceremony began, which really helped us enter into the ceremony fully present. We also greatly appreciate her sense of humor: since we got married at the zoo she agreed it would be great fun for her to wear giraffe ears and a tail for the ceremony, which is a testament to her commitment to love at its most playful and profound. We are so thankful to Barbara and highly recommend the Jester of the Peace!

--Stephanie and Peter
Married September 28, 2013
New York
Barbara (The Jester of the Peace) was the perfect fit for us and our unusual artistic wedding, bringing her boundless Read more...
Barbara (The Jester of the Peace) was the perfect fit for us and our unusual artistic wedding, bringing her boundless creativity and attentiveness to help us express what makes our love distinctive. She was instrumental in helping us share the best of who we are individually and together as a couple.
She was always encouraging and fun throughout the entire process, supporting our wacky ideas such as having a roller-skating “Ring Bear” and “Flower Gorilla” (we got married at the Bronx Zoo). She gave us suggestions when we didn’t know what to do or felt stuck. Her communications via phone and email were always enthusiastic and timely, and even though we fell behind with our due dates she never put pressure on us, always a source of calm and positive energy. Another essential strength she offers is her emotional support, especially on our wedding day. She participated in a spiritual ritual to ground us minutes before the ceremony began, which really helped us enter into the ceremony fully present. We also greatly appreciate her sense of humor: since we got married at the zoo she agreed it would be great fun for her to wear giraffe ears and a tail for the ceremony, which is a testament to her commitment to love at its most playful and profound. We are so thankful to Barbara and highly recommend the Jester of the Peace!

--Stephanie and Peter
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Rebecca
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
After looking online for officiants in NYC, I could go no further after viewing Barbara's page. I sent an email inquiry and received a response almost right away. We spoke on the phone and I immediately knew she was the officiant to marry me and wife. She took the time to get to know us both. She was so pleasant to speak with and we both felt that we'd known her for years even thought we'd only spoke over the phone and skype. Barbara put us both at ease throughout the entire stressful process of planning an out of state wedding. She even took the time to find out our interests so she could make incredibly helpful suggestions for our photo sessions and places to visit while in town.

As we left the taxi to meet Barbara at the entrance the Brooklyn Bridge for our wedding ceremony we both felt nervous. Upon meeting her in person our nerves were calmed and we instantly felt a strong sense of trust and comfort from Barbara. Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful and couldn't have been more perfect for the both of us. I would wholeheartedly recommend Barbara as an officiant to my closest of friends and family.
After looking online for officiants in NYC, I could go no further after viewing Barbara's page. I sent an email inquiry Read more...
After looking online for officiants in NYC, I could go no further after viewing Barbara's page. I sent an email inquiry and received a response almost right away. We spoke on the phone and I immediately knew she was the officiant to marry me and wife. She took the time to get to know us both. She was so pleasant to speak with and we both felt that we'd known her for years even thought we'd only spoke over the phone and skype. Barbara put us both at ease throughout the entire stressful process of planning an out of state wedding. She even took the time to find out our interests so she could make incredibly helpful suggestions for our photo sessions and places to visit while in town.

As we left the taxi to meet Barbara at the entrance the Brooklyn Bridge for our wedding ceremony we both felt nervous. Upon meeting her in person our nerves were calmed and we instantly felt a strong sense of trust and comfort from Barbara. Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful and couldn't have been more perfect for the both of us. I would wholeheartedly recommend Barbara as an officiant to my closest of friends and family. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara was everything we could have hoped for and more as our wedding officiant. From our first meeting on Skype to our real meeting in person the day before the our wedding, we felt connected and as though Barbara was one of our good friends. The time she took with us to write our ceremony, the way she told our story, and her easy going personality made it all perfect. She was great at making suggestions when we felt lost and thought of things that we never would have. All of this made our ceremony more perfect. We both still get tears in our eyes thinking of our day and all the beauty and love of the day, and Barbara really made it that way for us. Our family and friends are still raving about how the ceremony was the best one they have ever been to. We can't speak highly enough of her. We would recommend her to everyone we know.
Barbara was everything we could have hoped for and more as our wedding officiant. From our first meeting on Skype to our Read more...
Barbara was everything we could have hoped for and more as our wedding officiant. From our first meeting on Skype to our real meeting in person the day before the our wedding, we felt connected and as though Barbara was one of our good friends. The time she took with us to write our ceremony, the way she told our story, and her easy going personality made it all perfect. She was great at making suggestions when we felt lost and thought of things that we never would have. All of this made our ceremony more perfect. We both still get tears in our eyes thinking of our day and all the beauty and love of the day, and Barbara really made it that way for us. Our family and friends are still raving about how the ceremony was the best one they have ever been to. We can't speak highly enough of her. We would recommend her to everyone we know. Read less
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lesley
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara Ann Michaels performed my daughter's wedding 3 weeks ago. It was perfect! I had never met Barbara until the wedding weekend and I liked her immediately. She became part of our family. I had friends that asked me how long Barbara had known my daughter since we were all so comfortable with each other.(They only met face to face that weekend). One friend told me that this was the best ceremony that she had ever been to. Barbara told the story of the wedding couple with such joy, passion, and warmth. I can still hear the smile in her voice. Barbara did not use generic pre printed readings. Oh no. Every word was well thought out, clearly spoken, and meaningful. Barbara's ceremony was one of joy and love.
Barbara Ann Michaels performed my daughter's wedding 3 weeks ago. It was perfect! I had never met Barbara until the Read more...
Barbara Ann Michaels performed my daughter's wedding 3 weeks ago. It was perfect! I had never met Barbara until the wedding weekend and I liked her immediately. She became part of our family. I had friends that asked me how long Barbara had known my daughter since we were all so comfortable with each other.(They only met face to face that weekend). One friend told me that this was the best ceremony that she had ever been to. Barbara told the story of the wedding couple with such joy, passion, and warmth. I can still hear the smile in her voice. Barbara did not use generic pre printed readings. Oh no. Every word was well thought out, clearly spoken, and meaningful. Barbara's ceremony was one of joy and love. Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara was genuine, loving and helpful in many ways. Feeling stuck in writing your vows? She gives great inspiration! We never met Barbara face-to-face until our wedding day. Once we saw her, walking "down the aisle", it was like seeing a long lost family member. Barbara helped to make our day unique, special and memorable. It was light hearted and true to who we are as individuals and now as a married couple.
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Barbara was genuine, loving and helpful in many ways. Feeling stuck in writing your vows? She gives great inspiration! We never met Barbara face-to-face until our wedding day. Once we saw her, walking "down the aisle", it was like seeing a long lost family member. Barbara helped to make our day unique, special and memorable. It was light hearted and true to who we are as individuals and now as a married couple. Read less
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Steve
Wedding:
9/13/2013
5.0/5.0
After being together for over 10 years, my partner (now husband) & I had no doubts that we wanted to get married on our upcoming trip to Manhattan. We were clueless on the details.

We reviewed the web sites and bios of multiple NY officiants just before the trip. Barbara Ann Michaels was one of the first that we reviewed. We were both drawn to the joy for life and positive aura that she radiates. Although we continued to review other officiants, we knew that we had found the right one for us.

Now for the challenge...how do you plan a wedding in a few short weeks for a couple of guys who have no idea what their wedding plans should be? Simple, allow Barbara Ann to perform her magic! She asked us to tell her about aspects of our lives and knew exactly what to ask us to focus in order to create a personalized wedding that was absolutely perfect for us.

We were married at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. Although none of us set this up, there happened to be a 5 piece string quartet playing at the fountain during the ceremony. Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up" has always been our song to each other. Half-way through the ceremony, the quartet began playing "You Raise Me Up". Again, none of us had requested this. Did I mention that positive aura that Barbara Ann radiates!?

If you want your ceremony to be filled with love and joy, but lower on stress, I highly recommend you work with Barbara Ann Michaels.
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After being together for over 10 years, my partner (now husband) & I had no doubts that we wanted to get married on our upcoming trip to Manhattan. We were clueless on the details.

We reviewed the web sites and bios of multiple NY officiants just before the trip. Barbara Ann Michaels was one of the first that we reviewed. We were both drawn to the joy for life and positive aura that she radiates. Although we continued to review other officiants, we knew that we had found the right one for us.

Now for the challenge...how do you plan a wedding in a few short weeks for a couple of guys who have no idea what their wedding plans should be? Simple, allow Barbara Ann to perform her magic! She asked us to tell her about aspects of our lives and knew exactly what to ask us to focus in order to create a personalized wedding that was absolutely perfect for us.

We were married at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. Although none of us set this up, there happened to be a 5 piece string quartet playing at the fountain during the ceremony. Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up" has always been our song to each other. Half-way through the ceremony, the quartet began playing "You Raise Me Up". Again, none of us had requested this. Did I mention that positive aura that Barbara Ann radiates!?

If you want your ceremony to be filled with love and joy, but lower on stress, I highly recommend you work with Barbara Ann Michaels. Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
9/13/2013
5.0/5.0
We could not have been happier with Barbara. She helped us create a Ceremony as unique and as odd as ourselves. Everyone agreed that it was perfection!

Barbara held our hands (which we needed) the whole time, guiding us and help us find our voices to tell our story. She was responsive, playful, beautiful and fun.

She stayed after the Ceremony and danced the night away, and I heard nothing but amazing things about Barbara from friends and family. One soon to be bride was even offered an extra ear and heart in her creation of a ceremony with another minister!

Her love and joy in what she does shines through. An artist through and through.
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We could not have been happier with Barbara. She helped us create a Ceremony as unique and as odd as ourselves. Everyone agreed that it was perfection!

Barbara held our hands (which we needed) the whole time, guiding us and help us find our voices to tell our story. She was responsive, playful, beautiful and fun.

She stayed after the Ceremony and danced the night away, and I heard nothing but amazing things about Barbara from friends and family. One soon to be bride was even offered an extra ear and heart in her creation of a ceremony with another minister!

Her love and joy in what she does shines through. An artist through and through. Read less
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Roger
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
My partner and I planned to marry in NYC, traveling from Pennsylvania. When we research officiants, we found Barbara Ann and appreciated the personalized approach that she took to wedding ceremonies and her embracing same-sex marriages. Since we were having guests traveling between 3 and 5 hours (with one person coming from Scotland), we wanted our ceremony to be more than 2-minute "I do's". Barbara Ann did not disappoint. We selected the "weaving wedding." She posed questions about how we met, fell in love and how we expressed our love for one another. We answered some questions together and others separately. She drafted a ceremony that brought our information together to tell our story. We were able to work with her to edit the ceremony based on our impressions. She was helpful in assisting us to find a balance between humor and serious. Although admittedly longer than most ceremonies tend to be (about 22 minutes), our guests found it to not be too long and appreaciated the personalized nature of the ceremony. One of our guests expressed interest in using Barbar Ann for their 25th year vow renewals. Rev. Barbara Ann Michaels will not disappoint you if you work with her honestly to tell your love story.
My partner and I planned to marry in NYC, traveling from Pennsylvania. When we research officiants, we found Barbara Ann Read more...
My partner and I planned to marry in NYC, traveling from Pennsylvania. When we research officiants, we found Barbara Ann and appreciated the personalized approach that she took to wedding ceremonies and her embracing same-sex marriages. Since we were having guests traveling between 3 and 5 hours (with one person coming from Scotland), we wanted our ceremony to be more than 2-minute "I do's". Barbara Ann did not disappoint. We selected the "weaving wedding." She posed questions about how we met, fell in love and how we expressed our love for one another. We answered some questions together and others separately. She drafted a ceremony that brought our information together to tell our story. We were able to work with her to edit the ceremony based on our impressions. She was helpful in assisting us to find a balance between humor and serious. Although admittedly longer than most ceremonies tend to be (about 22 minutes), our guests found it to not be too long and appreaciated the personalized nature of the ceremony. One of our guests expressed interest in using Barbar Ann for their 25th year vow renewals. Rev. Barbara Ann Michaels will not disappoint you if you work with her honestly to tell your love story. Read less
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marcyanddavid
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
We had a great time working with Barbara as our officiant. She was engaging and disarming when we were at our most stressed. We had lots of concerns planning an interfaith ceremony and didn't really know where to start. Barbara was clear and concise in providing a blueprint for us to build on, and helped keep the focus on us and our own comfort level. She encouraged us to rely on her to find ideas, reminding us, "Use me to do your research." She brought a fun personality and warm demeanor to planning our ceremony that really helped ease our anxieties.
We had a great time working with Barbara as our officiant. She was engaging and disarming when we were at our most Read more...
We had a great time working with Barbara as our officiant. She was engaging and disarming when we were at our most stressed. We had lots of concerns planning an interfaith ceremony and didn't really know where to start. Barbara was clear and concise in providing a blueprint for us to build on, and helped keep the focus on us and our own comfort level. She encouraged us to rely on her to find ideas, reminding us, "Use me to do your research." She brought a fun personality and warm demeanor to planning our ceremony that really helped ease our anxieties. Read less
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Michal
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
From my first email with Barbara I knew she was going to be an amazing officiant for my fiancé and I. She has a very caring way about her and made us feel so comfortable talking to her. She was able to grasp exactly what we wanted our ceremony to feel like for our families. She incorporated such special words and sentiments into the ceremony while also keeping it mainly about 'us' and 'our story'. Aside from creating a beautiful ceremony with her words and ideas she also is an incredible speaker. We got married in central party with a group of 65 people. She spoke loudly enough for everyone to hear without a microphone and also with such emotion. It was so lovely to listen to her speak. During my reception many guests came up to me to tell me how great she was. I can't thank her enough for her hard work and caring way. She puts her whole heart into her work and makes you feel as if she's known you forever. She was excellent and helped make our wedding perfect!

Thank you Barbara!
From my first email with Barbara I knew she was going to be an amazing officiant for my fiancé and I. She has a very Read more...
From my first email with Barbara I knew she was going to be an amazing officiant for my fiancé and I. She has a very caring way about her and made us feel so comfortable talking to her. She was able to grasp exactly what we wanted our ceremony to feel like for our families. She incorporated such special words and sentiments into the ceremony while also keeping it mainly about 'us' and 'our story'. Aside from creating a beautiful ceremony with her words and ideas she also is an incredible speaker. We got married in central party with a group of 65 people. She spoke loudly enough for everyone to hear without a microphone and also with such emotion. It was so lovely to listen to her speak. During my reception many guests came up to me to tell me how great she was. I can't thank her enough for her hard work and caring way. She puts her whole heart into her work and makes you feel as if she's known you forever. She was excellent and helped make our wedding perfect!

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Tuesday
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
We would recommend anyone who is getting married in New York to book Barbara as their officiant. From the first email with Barbara she was very friendly and helpful. As we travelled from the UK to get married in New York and everything is arranged over the phone and internet it is important to have someone you feel comfortable with and who helps makes the process easy. Throughout the whole process Barbara kept in touch with us and was there for any questions we had.

We had Skype conversations with her, which made us feel like we knew he before we even met. Barbara also had us fill in questionnaires about each other and our relationship and these were then used to create a very personal ceremony. When Barbara sent us the first draft of our vows there was hardly anything to change, as she had captured us and our relationship perfectly.
Everyone who attended our ceremony said it was the best they had been to and commented on how personal it was, we all laughed and cried in equal measure during it.

Barbara is a lovely, friendly and genuine person who makes you feel at ease on what is the most important (and nervous) day.
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We would recommend anyone who is getting married in New York to book Barbara as their officiant. From the first email with Barbara she was very friendly and helpful. As we travelled from the UK to get married in New York and everything is arranged over the phone and internet it is important to have someone you feel comfortable with and who helps makes the process easy. Throughout the whole process Barbara kept in touch with us and was there for any questions we had.

We had Skype conversations with her, which made us feel like we knew he before we even met. Barbara also had us fill in questionnaires about each other and our relationship and these were then used to create a very personal ceremony. When Barbara sent us the first draft of our vows there was hardly anything to change, as she had captured us and our relationship perfectly.
Everyone who attended our ceremony said it was the best they had been to and commented on how personal it was, we all laughed and cried in equal measure during it.

Barbara is a lovely, friendly and genuine person who makes you feel at ease on what is the most important (and nervous) day. Read less
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Erica
Wedding:
8/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara is amazing! Such a wonderful, friendly and warm person whose excitement and love of love is truly palpable throughout the ceremony and planning process. When we first started planning our wedding, truth be told, the ceremony was the furthest from our minds. It was not until we met Barbara that we began to realize how special the ceremony could, and should, be to us and Barbara was amazing to work with. At one point, I had a little trouble writing my part of our ceremony and Barbara was there to speak with me on the phone and help me organize my thoughts. The result was an amazing ceremony that felt both intimate and accessible. So much so, that everyone was asking us how long we had known Barbara and some people commented on how great it was that we had such a good friend that could do the wedding! Barbara made the ceremony the perfect kick off to an amazing night and we cannot recommend her enough!
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Barbara is amazing! Such a wonderful, friendly and warm person whose excitement and love of love is truly palpable throughout the ceremony and planning process. When we first started planning our wedding, truth be told, the ceremony was the furthest from our minds. It was not until we met Barbara that we began to realize how special the ceremony could, and should, be to us and Barbara was amazing to work with. At one point, I had a little trouble writing my part of our ceremony and Barbara was there to speak with me on the phone and help me organize my thoughts. The result was an amazing ceremony that felt both intimate and accessible. So much so, that everyone was asking us how long we had known Barbara and some people commented on how great it was that we had such a good friend that could do the wedding! Barbara made the ceremony the perfect kick off to an amazing night and we cannot recommend her enough! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I hope everyone can say they had the most perfect wedding day, and we are no exception! Every element fell exactly, expertly into place, especially our ceremony with officiant, Barbara Ann Michaels.

I could not have asked for more from our experience working with Barbara, from the first moment we spoke on the phone through our wedding day in August 2013.

Following that initial conversation, we were in constant contact, with Barbara asking many questions about our love and life to ensure our wedding ceremony was nothing short of everything we wanted.

I felt confident leading up, then that day, when I saw Barbara- felt like she was more than our officiant, but a friend who knew us both. Our ceremony was sweet and personal and reflected the personalities of me and my husband. So much so that our guests laughed and cried and burst into applause as she announced us husband and wife.

Since our wedding, many guests have remarked that Barbara's unique celebration of us was one of the most touching and lovely they have had the opportunity to experience.

There is no doubt in my mind that Barbara would make that same effort for every couple, and I cannot recommend her highly enough.
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I hope everyone can say they had the most perfect wedding day, and we are no exception! Every element fell exactly, expertly into place, especially our ceremony with officiant, Barbara Ann Michaels.

I could not have asked for more from our experience working with Barbara, from the first moment we spoke on the phone through our wedding day in August 2013.

Following that initial conversation, we were in constant contact, with Barbara asking many questions about our love and life to ensure our wedding ceremony was nothing short of everything we wanted.

I felt confident leading up, then that day, when I saw Barbara- felt like she was more than our officiant, but a friend who knew us both. Our ceremony was sweet and personal and reflected the personalities of me and my husband. So much so that our guests laughed and cried and burst into applause as she announced us husband and wife.

Since our wedding, many guests have remarked that Barbara's unique celebration of us was one of the most touching and lovely they have had the opportunity to experience.

There is no doubt in my mind that Barbara would make that same effort for every couple, and I cannot recommend her highly enough. Read less
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Carolyn
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Simply Joyful
I am still on cloud 9! Barbara's wedding was romantic and powerful. Her words were so meaningful; I cannot thank her enough for how perfect it all was.
I would recommend Barbara to anyone who is looking for a wedding that is beyond the ordinary. Her attention to detail and desire for our happiness just made the whole experience even better.
Simply Joyful
I am still on cloud 9! Barbara's wedding was romantic and powerful. Her words were so meaningful; I Read more...
Simply Joyful
I am still on cloud 9! Barbara's wedding was romantic and powerful. Her words were so meaningful; I cannot thank her enough for how perfect it all was.
I would recommend Barbara to anyone who is looking for a wedding that is beyond the ordinary. Her attention to detail and desire for our happiness just made the whole experience even better. Read less
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Marva
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
I think my wedding was the best wedding I have ever been to. My ceremony was really a reflection or us and what we mean to each other. I want to thank Barbara Ann for a truly wonderful experience and really beautiful memories. Everyone wanted to know where I found her.
I think my wedding was the best wedding I have ever been to. My ceremony was really a reflection or us and what we mean to Read more...
I think my wedding was the best wedding I have ever been to. My ceremony was really a reflection or us and what we mean to each other. I want to thank Barbara Ann for a truly wonderful experience and really beautiful memories. Everyone wanted to know where I found her. Read less
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Jose
Wedding:
6/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Immediately after Sarah and I finished speaking with Barbara for the first time, we knew that she was the one who was going to be able to do our ceremony exactly as we envisioned it. We were wrong!!! She ADDED more ideas, one better than the other, and we were so pleased with her! Barbara knows what she is doing, and she is very, very good at it. Working with her was easy and pleasant, and she was able to lay down in a few words the most important aspects of our lives together! Coming from different backgorunds and trying to include all this in our wedding cermony was going to be hard, I thought, but Reverend Babs obviously has done this before, and the result of the ceremony was so pleasant. Suffice to say my mother cried, and I have never seen this in my life. I have nothing but positive remarks for her whole work. We included a translator (my sister) and this was more cause for an excellent ceremony!
She also helped (me, at least) stay so calm as we were standing there, and I was not anxious at all. I did not expect to be as calm! We thank her deeply, as she helped us start our marriage with a wedding ceremony that demonstrated all the love and care I have for Sarah! We are extremely happy with the choice we made, and we most certainly recommend anyone who is looking for an officiant, to chose Barbara. She has to be the best!
Sweet Cheers in Love and Marriage!
Immediately after Sarah and I finished speaking with Barbara for the first time, we knew that she was the one who was Read more...
Immediately after Sarah and I finished speaking with Barbara for the first time, we knew that she was the one who was going to be able to do our ceremony exactly as we envisioned it. We were wrong!!! She ADDED more ideas, one better than the other, and we were so pleased with her! Barbara knows what she is doing, and she is very, very good at it. Working with her was easy and pleasant, and she was able to lay down in a few words the most important aspects of our lives together! Coming from different backgorunds and trying to include all this in our wedding cermony was going to be hard, I thought, but Reverend Babs obviously has done this before, and the result of the ceremony was so pleasant. Suffice to say my mother cried, and I have never seen this in my life. I have nothing but positive remarks for her whole work. We included a translator (my sister) and this was more cause for an excellent ceremony!
She also helped (me, at least) stay so calm as we were standing there, and I was not anxious at all. I did not expect to be as calm! We thank her deeply, as she helped us start our marriage with a wedding ceremony that demonstrated all the love and care I have for Sarah! We are extremely happy with the choice we made, and we most certainly recommend anyone who is looking for an officiant, to chose Barbara. She has to be the best!
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Fiona
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara really is the perfect officiant. When we began to email with her, we had a ceremony draft from a previous officiant we were working with and we felt it needed help. Barbara breathed personality/life into it. Upon our first meeting, she came prepared with questions and ideas based on the original draft. She repeatedly reminded us that this is our ceremony and it can be ANYTHING we imagine! This concept opened us up to discussing tons and tons of new ideas! We continued to refine our ideas and she put together multiple revisions for us based on our feedback. The result was an engaging, fun, unique and extremely personal ceremony. Our guests were really amazed by it and are still talking about it a month later.

On a personal note, my husband's mother was sick in the hospital before our wedding. When we informed Barbara, she was willing to perform an impromptu ceremony at the hospital just incase and when I asked her how much it would cost, she refused to receive payment for it. I found this to be so remarkably giving and a lovely gesture given how tough the situation was. And when my mother-in-law passed away a month before our wedding, Barbara was incredibly understanding and helped to edit together a beautiful way to honor her spirit during the ceremony.

To sum it all up: Barbara was very responsive and highly creative to make our ceremony very unique. She is a genuine person and I would recommend her to anyone wishing to create a ceremony that will truly show the love you have for one another.
Barbara really is the perfect officiant. When we began to email with her, we had a ceremony draft from a previous Read more...
Barbara really is the perfect officiant. When we began to email with her, we had a ceremony draft from a previous officiant we were working with and we felt it needed help. Barbara breathed personality/life into it. Upon our first meeting, she came prepared with questions and ideas based on the original draft. She repeatedly reminded us that this is our ceremony and it can be ANYTHING we imagine! This concept opened us up to discussing tons and tons of new ideas! We continued to refine our ideas and she put together multiple revisions for us based on our feedback. The result was an engaging, fun, unique and extremely personal ceremony. Our guests were really amazed by it and are still talking about it a month later.

On a personal note, my husband's mother was sick in the hospital before our wedding. When we informed Barbara, she was willing to perform an impromptu ceremony at the hospital just incase and when I asked her how much it would cost, she refused to receive payment for it. I found this to be so remarkably giving and a lovely gesture given how tough the situation was. And when my mother-in-law passed away a month before our wedding, Barbara was incredibly understanding and helped to edit together a beautiful way to honor her spirit during the ceremony.

To sum it all up: Barbara was very responsive and highly creative to make our ceremony very unique. She is a genuine person and I would recommend her to anyone wishing to create a ceremony that will truly show the love you have for one another. Read less
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dana
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara Ann Michaels did an absolutely incredible job with our wedding ceremony. She worked extensively with us on drafts of the ceremony, and was always responsive with creative ideas or suggestions when asked. What we love is that Barbara was able to create our love story into a wedding ceremony that not only could we not forget, but that nobody else could forget either. In fact, a majority of our wedding guests could not wait to meet her after the ceremony to tell her (and of course us) what an amazing ceremony she performed. We 100 percent recommend Barbara to all!!! THANK YOU!!!
Barbara Ann Michaels did an absolutely incredible job with our wedding ceremony. She worked extensively with us on drafts Read more...
Barbara Ann Michaels did an absolutely incredible job with our wedding ceremony. She worked extensively with us on drafts of the ceremony, and was always responsive with creative ideas or suggestions when asked. What we love is that Barbara was able to create our love story into a wedding ceremony that not only could we not forget, but that nobody else could forget either. In fact, a majority of our wedding guests could not wait to meet her after the ceremony to tell her (and of course us) what an amazing ceremony she performed. We 100 percent recommend Barbara to all!!! THANK YOU!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The full story of how we ended up getting married in New York and meeting Barbara is far too long to tell. Sufficed to say, Barbara was the best thing that could have happened to us and saved us from chaos. Our plans were non-existent. We had a licence and Barbara’s number. That was all.

Barbara is a true individual. At first I suspected that she was putting on an act, but after talking for a few minutes I realised she was the real thing. A person who sees the best in everything and everyone and sees the world and everything in it as wondrous and beautiful. And that attitude is infectious.

We wrote a ceremony over Skype and by email. And I don’t know how, but it became perfect. When you talk to Barbara you feel like you are talking to an old friend.

In a little over a day from first talking to Barbara we were married in the Park on Cedar Hill. The ceremony was not what we planned but was, exactly what we hoped it would be. Personal, real and utterly sincere.
Barbara is everything you hope she will be. And more.
The full story of how we ended up getting married in New York and meeting Barbara is far too long to tell. Sufficed to Read more...
The full story of how we ended up getting married in New York and meeting Barbara is far too long to tell. Sufficed to say, Barbara was the best thing that could have happened to us and saved us from chaos. Our plans were non-existent. We had a licence and Barbara’s number. That was all.

Barbara is a true individual. At first I suspected that she was putting on an act, but after talking for a few minutes I realised she was the real thing. A person who sees the best in everything and everyone and sees the world and everything in it as wondrous and beautiful. And that attitude is infectious.

We wrote a ceremony over Skype and by email. And I don’t know how, but it became perfect. When you talk to Barbara you feel like you are talking to an old friend.

In a little over a day from first talking to Barbara we were married in the Park on Cedar Hill. The ceremony was not what we planned but was, exactly what we hoped it would be. Personal, real and utterly sincere.
Barbara is everything you hope she will be. And more. Read less
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Margaux Matt
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara is a wonderful and nice person, always smiling and in good mood!
She is very professional and helped us to make our dream come true!
Thank you Barbara!

Matt&Margaux
Barbara is a wonderful and nice person, always smiling and in good mood!
She is very professional and helped us to Read more...
Barbara is a wonderful and nice person, always smiling and in good mood!
She is very professional and helped us to make our dream come true!
Thank you Barbara!

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Kevin
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
What can I say about Barbara that hasn't been written before? She was with Christine and I through every step of our wedding planning. Whenever I felt nervous or unsure about something, I would email her and she would get back to me in no time flat; something she didn't have to do...she's not a wedding planner, but she always eased my worries. That said, the day was perfect! Barbara planned our ceremony with us so that it was personal and significant to us. She suggested vows and ceremonies with the ceremony that lifted our day beyond anything we could have ever imagined. The amazing Barbara took what was already the best day of my life and made it a million times better! Without a doubt the best officiant in New York City and just maybe the best person and kindest soul. Much love, Barbara.
What can I say about Barbara that hasn't been written before? She was with Christine and I through every step of our Read more...
What can I say about Barbara that hasn't been written before? She was with Christine and I through every step of our wedding planning. Whenever I felt nervous or unsure about something, I would email her and she would get back to me in no time flat; something she didn't have to do...she's not a wedding planner, but she always eased my worries. That said, the day was perfect! Barbara planned our ceremony with us so that it was personal and significant to us. She suggested vows and ceremonies with the ceremony that lifted our day beyond anything we could have ever imagined. The amazing Barbara took what was already the best day of my life and made it a million times better! Without a doubt the best officiant in New York City and just maybe the best person and kindest soul. Much love, Barbara. Read less
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Sharon
Wedding:
5/4/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife and I had Barbara as our wedding officiant on may 4, 2013 for our wedding in Central Park, NYC. Barbara is the nicest person you ever want to meet, she became a dear friend to us and provided us with the best memories ever! I highly recommend her for your wedding! Please watch our wedding video so you can see for yourself. http://www.hooplaha.com/one-of-a-kind-weddings-sharon-elis-rainbow-themed-wedding/
My wife and I had Barbara as our wedding officiant on may 4, 2013 for our wedding in Central Park, NYC. Barbara is the Read more...
My wife and I had Barbara as our wedding officiant on may 4, 2013 for our wedding in Central Park, NYC. Barbara is the nicest person you ever want to meet, she became a dear friend to us and provided us with the best memories ever! I highly recommend her for your wedding! Please watch our wedding video so you can see for yourself. http://www.hooplaha.com/one-of-a-kind-weddings-sharon-elis-rainbow-themed-wedding/ Read less
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Amber
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara did an absolutely AMAZING job officiating my recent wedding. From start to finish, Barbara was professional, warm, enthusiastic and responsive. She helped us taylor our ceremony from start to finish so that it was exactly what we wanted, and worked with us back and forth on numerous drafts, showing endless patience with our edits. She also had some amazing suggestions that really helped make our ceremony unique, including asking our guests to help her pronounce us married (that was so fun!) and helping us figure out how to include my husband's son in the ceremony. I had so many people come up to me after the wedding and tell us that it was the most personal and moving ceremony they had ever heard -- quite a compliment and definitely something we couldn't have pulled off without Barbara's help! She also handled technical difficulties during the ceremony with effortless ease... at one point our microphone cut out and she was able to seamlessly switch to projecting her un-ampliphied voice so even those in the back rows could hear her -- thank goodness, because not everyone can project their voice like that! We are endlessly grateful to Barbara for the great job she did and are so happy we found her. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a personalized wedding ceremony.
Barbara did an absolutely AMAZING job officiating my recent wedding. From start to finish, Barbara was professional, warm, Read more...
Barbara did an absolutely AMAZING job officiating my recent wedding. From start to finish, Barbara was professional, warm, enthusiastic and responsive. She helped us taylor our ceremony from start to finish so that it was exactly what we wanted, and worked with us back and forth on numerous drafts, showing endless patience with our edits. She also had some amazing suggestions that really helped make our ceremony unique, including asking our guests to help her pronounce us married (that was so fun!) and helping us figure out how to include my husband's son in the ceremony. I had so many people come up to me after the wedding and tell us that it was the most personal and moving ceremony they had ever heard -- quite a compliment and definitely something we couldn't have pulled off without Barbara's help! She also handled technical difficulties during the ceremony with effortless ease... at one point our microphone cut out and she was able to seamlessly switch to projecting her un-ampliphied voice so even those in the back rows could hear her -- thank goodness, because not everyone can project their voice like that! We are endlessly grateful to Barbara for the great job she did and are so happy we found her. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a personalized wedding ceremony. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Barbara was fantastic! We were so delighted to work with Barbara as she did our ceremony very persoalized and special.
Barbara has her own approach, she met with us a couple of months before our weeding to get to know us in person. From the first day she worked with us very closely trying to create ceremony that would be the best for us.
Barbara has a fun cheerful personality, in the same time she is very professional and always responded to our e-mails and questions right away.
Thank you again, Barbara for making our day so beautiful and unforgettable!
Barbara was fantastic! We were so delighted to work with Barbara as she did our ceremony very persoalized and special. Read more...
Barbara was fantastic! We were so delighted to work with Barbara as she did our ceremony very persoalized and special.
Barbara has her own approach, she met with us a couple of months before our weeding to get to know us in person. From the first day she worked with us very closely trying to create ceremony that would be the best for us.
Barbara has a fun cheerful personality, in the same time she is very professional and always responded to our e-mails and questions right away.
Thank you again, Barbara for making our day so beautiful and unforgettable! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Barbara is the best! She was such a huge help and her attitude is always loving and positive. Really a great advantage when planing a stressful wedding. She helped us tackle any last minute issues, always with a smile.

Our ceremony was perfect and memorable. All our guests mentioned it as the part of the wedding they liked the best. It really reflected us as a couple.

I completely recommend Barbara to any couple out there who are looking for a really personalized and special ceremony.
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Barbara is the best! She was such a huge help and her attitude is always loving and positive. Really a great advantage when planing a stressful wedding. She helped us tackle any last minute issues, always with a smile.

Our ceremony was perfect and memorable. All our guests mentioned it as the part of the wedding they liked the best. It really reflected us as a couple.

I completely recommend Barbara to any couple out there who are looking for a really personalized and special ceremony. Read less
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Denise
Wedding:
2/23/2013
5.0/5.0
I just want to say how extremely pleased both my husband and myself were to have Barbara Michaels as our Wedding Officiant. She went above and beyond what we expected for our ceremony. Everything was absolutely perfect for us! She was extremely compassionate, professional, accomodating for short notice and Barbara made the both of us feel extremely comfortable on this special day. Words used for the ceremony were very unique and nothing we have ever heard used before. We thank her dearly for her ministry and pray that she is used continually to join couples together. She is highly recommended by us. Much Love and great success to her. Mantwan & Denise
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I just want to say how extremely pleased both my husband and myself were to have Barbara Michaels as our Wedding Officiant. She went above and beyond what we expected for our ceremony. Everything was absolutely perfect for us! She was extremely compassionate, professional, accomodating for short notice and Barbara made the both of us feel extremely comfortable on this special day. Words used for the ceremony were very unique and nothing we have ever heard used before. We thank her dearly for her ministry and pray that she is used continually to join couples together. She is highly recommended by us. Much Love and great success to her. Mantwan & Denise Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
2/23/2013
5.0/5.0
If you want a warm, touching, whimsical and PERSONAL ceremony, please look no further. Barbara Ann Michaels is exactly who you are looking for. She crafted a ceremony that was so uniquely US--it truly felt like she had known us for years. We had several people walk up to us after us and tell us it was absolutely the best ceremony they have ever attended. I couldn't have been more pleased with the ceremony and Barbara was an absolute dream to work with. She met with us several times, was very responsive over email, and over all just made us feel extremely comfortable. I can't say enough good things!!

Thank you so much Barbara!!
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If you want a warm, touching, whimsical and PERSONAL ceremony, please look no further. Barbara Ann Michaels is exactly who you are looking for. She crafted a ceremony that was so uniquely US--it truly felt like she had known us for years. We had several people walk up to us after us and tell us it was absolutely the best ceremony they have ever attended. I couldn't have been more pleased with the ceremony and Barbara was an absolute dream to work with. She met with us several times, was very responsive over email, and over all just made us feel extremely comfortable. I can't say enough good things!!

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Darin
Wedding:
2/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara is a genius. An officiant-savant! She helped us craft the most wonderful ceremony we've ever been party to. OK, we’re biased, but even our friends and family were blown away. From the moment we met her up until the I-do’s we felt right at home, and at peace. We immediately knew we could place our trust in her, both in crafting the ceremony, and then handing ourselves over to her on the day of. Better than we imagined!!! Our wedding was completely joyous, and even a surprise to us after working with her for the month leading up to the day. If you place a premium on love and joy, we can’t imagine anyone better to officiate your day!!!
Barbara is a genius. An officiant-savant! She helped us craft the most wonderful ceremony we've ever been party to. OK, we Read more...
Barbara is a genius. An officiant-savant! She helped us craft the most wonderful ceremony we've ever been party to. OK, we’re biased, but even our friends and family were blown away. From the moment we met her up until the I-do’s we felt right at home, and at peace. We immediately knew we could place our trust in her, both in crafting the ceremony, and then handing ourselves over to her on the day of. Better than we imagined!!! Our wedding was completely joyous, and even a surprise to us after working with her for the month leading up to the day. If you place a premium on love and joy, we can’t imagine anyone better to officiate your day!!! Read less
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Tara
Wedding:
1/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Barbara was a pleasure to work with. We met her via Skype and had several phone conversations with her. She helped to make our ceremony original, heartfelt, warm and entertaining. She took our words and transformed them into beautiful vows. Our guests commented that it seemed she knew us our entire lives. She took the time to ensure our ceremony reflected our lives and relationship. I would recommend her to everyone.
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Barbara was a pleasure to work with. We met her via Skype and had several phone conversations with her. She helped to make our ceremony original, heartfelt, warm and entertaining. She took our words and transformed them into beautiful vows. Our guests commented that it seemed she knew us our entire lives. She took the time to ensure our ceremony reflected our lives and relationship. I would recommend her to everyone. Read less
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JENNIFER
Wedding:
12/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Barbara was awesome!!!! Our experience was more than we could have imagined. We are very grateful for Barbara and her knowledge to make a beautiful ceremony. She worked with us to the very end with more detail then we would have thought of. She was very flexible and loving with our matrimony. I would recommend her to anyone that wishes to have a perfect wedding. We got married in a helicopter over Manhattan at night and it was PERFECT!!!
Barbara was awesome!!!! Our experience was more than we could have imagined. We are very grateful for Barbara and her Read more...
Barbara was awesome!!!! Our experience was more than we could have imagined. We are very grateful for Barbara and her knowledge to make a beautiful ceremony. She worked with us to the very end with more detail then we would have thought of. She was very flexible and loving with our matrimony. I would recommend her to anyone that wishes to have a perfect wedding. We got married in a helicopter over Manhattan at night and it was PERFECT!!! Read less
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Line Maria
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
In the fairytales the prince and princess have to go through a lot of challenges in order to finally get married and live happily ever after. Our wedding was no exception as we were supposed to be married at the city hall the Friday after hurricane Sandy when our family and friends from Denmark were in town. It didn't work out as planned because of the power loss and computer issues, but luckily something much better was waiting for us :) I found Barbara Ann online and loved here sweet picture, so I gave here a call immediately that Friday to ask her if she could marry us the very next day, and the answer was yes! We didn't even get the chance to meet before the ceremony, but just from hearing Barbara Ann's voice on the phone and listening to her inputs, I knew that this is a woman we could trust and someone who has a deeper understanding of love and life. The spontaneous wedding the next day on the top of the building were we live was fun, personal and very romantic. I loved how Barbara Ann involved our guest in the ceremony and that my husband and I had the chance to speak to each other in our mother tongue (Danish) - Kleenex moment! We had a magical day and I'm so, so happy that the universe made it happen so that Barbara Ann was the one conducting this big day. She did a great job, she provides amazing service - and most important of all: she has a huge heart and she smiles with it too :)
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In the fairytales the prince and princess have to go through a lot of challenges in order to finally get married and live happily ever after. Our wedding was no exception as we were supposed to be married at the city hall the Friday after hurricane Sandy when our family and friends from Denmark were in town. It didn't work out as planned because of the power loss and computer issues, but luckily something much better was waiting for us :) I found Barbara Ann online and loved here sweet picture, so I gave here a call immediately that Friday to ask her if she could marry us the very next day, and the answer was yes! We didn't even get the chance to meet before the ceremony, but just from hearing Barbara Ann's voice on the phone and listening to her inputs, I knew that this is a woman we could trust and someone who has a deeper understanding of love and life. The spontaneous wedding the next day on the top of the building were we live was fun, personal and very romantic. I loved how Barbara Ann involved our guest in the ceremony and that my husband and I had the chance to speak to each other in our mother tongue (Danish) - Kleenex moment! We had a magical day and I'm so, so happy that the universe made it happen so that Barbara Ann was the one conducting this big day. She did a great job, she provides amazing service - and most important of all: she has a huge heart and she smiles with it too :) Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Barbara gave us the most amazing and personalized and perfect ceremony. After meeting with Barbara for the first time both my husband and I wrote more about each other and our story in secret. Barbara then wove this into the most beautiful and personalized ceremony. When I meet with people who attended our wedding they remark how meaningful and wonderful our ceremony was. It was perfect for us, it showed who we were, what we believed in, and allowed us to truly express how we felt about each other.

Simply put, Barbara has an aura of love about her, you can tell she truly loves what she does and enjoys meeting all the different couples that she can help bring together. She is professional and brings ideas and emotion to your day that I believe is unmatched by any officiant I have ever seen.
Barbara gave us the most amazing and personalized and perfect ceremony. After meeting with Barbara for the first time both Read more...
Barbara gave us the most amazing and personalized and perfect ceremony. After meeting with Barbara for the first time both my husband and I wrote more about each other and our story in secret. Barbara then wove this into the most beautiful and personalized ceremony. When I meet with people who attended our wedding they remark how meaningful and wonderful our ceremony was. It was perfect for us, it showed who we were, what we believed in, and allowed us to truly express how we felt about each other.

Simply put, Barbara has an aura of love about her, you can tell she truly loves what she does and enjoys meeting all the different couples that she can help bring together. She is professional and brings ideas and emotion to your day that I believe is unmatched by any officiant I have ever seen. Read less
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PENNI
Wedding:
10/18/2012
5.0/5.0
We were married 10-18-12, Barbara as our officiant--- We couldn't of been happier! She was organized, professional and very kind. She offered great suggestions and made things so easy for us. She definitely went above and beyond to make sure that we had a beautiful and personal ceremony. We are so happy we found her and would strongly recommend using her as an officiant!
We were married 10-18-12, Barbara as our officiant--- We couldn't of been happier! She was organized, professional and Read more...
We were married 10-18-12, Barbara as our officiant--- We couldn't of been happier! She was organized, professional and very kind. She offered great suggestions and made things so easy for us. She definitely went above and beyond to make sure that we had a beautiful and personal ceremony. We are so happy we found her and would strongly recommend using her as an officiant! Read less
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Nadia
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Barbara is amazing, she was the perfect wedding officiant we could ever asked for.. From the begining she really tried to incorporate our history into the ceremony and she did an amazing job.. She had incredible ideas about for us, and she really helped us! We would recomend her a millon times, to millions of couples out there!
Barbara is amazing, she was the perfect wedding officiant we could ever asked for.. From the begining she really tried to Read more...
Barbara is amazing, she was the perfect wedding officiant we could ever asked for.. From the begining she really tried to incorporate our history into the ceremony and she did an amazing job.. She had incredible ideas about for us, and she really helped us! We would recomend her a millon times, to millions of couples out there! Read less
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Ian
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Barbara Ann Michaels made my recent marriage to my husband a dream come true. From the first moment I virtually met Barbara over Skype - to the day of my wedding when I saw her running up to give me a huge hug - I never once doubted I had made the right choice. The months and weeks leading up to the big day were filled with happy memories and stories as Barbara personally wrote our ceremony. Every time I had a question - she was there to help us out. As we were planning the wedding half way across the country, this was a huge stress relief. She was an expert with the venue and I never once questioned her suggestions.
Barbara has truly found her calling as an officiant - and nothing that fate threw at us could ever shake her! Even when a folk band was performing directly next to our wedding venue (as it was in a public space). Not only did Barbara personally get the band to lower their volume and stop playing for our vows - she was able to arrange for them to perform an impromptu first dance for my husband and me. It was something you would see in a movie, and will forever be one of those memories that went from a possible disaster to a moment I will never forget in my entire life.
All my love to you Barbara! You have a true gift and I thank you for everything you did for us that day (and after)!
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Barbara Ann Michaels made my recent marriage to my husband a dream come true. From the first moment I virtually met Barbara over Skype - to the day of my wedding when I saw her running up to give me a huge hug - I never once doubted I had made the right choice. The months and weeks leading up to the big day were filled with happy memories and stories as Barbara personally wrote our ceremony. Every time I had a question - she was there to help us out. As we were planning the wedding half way across the country, this was a huge stress relief. She was an expert with the venue and I never once questioned her suggestions.
Barbara has truly found her calling as an officiant - and nothing that fate threw at us could ever shake her! Even when a folk band was performing directly next to our wedding venue (as it was in a public space). Not only did Barbara personally get the band to lower their volume and stop playing for our vows - she was able to arrange for them to perform an impromptu first dance for my husband and me. It was something you would see in a movie, and will forever be one of those memories that went from a possible disaster to a moment I will never forget in my entire life.
All my love to you Barbara! You have a true gift and I thank you for everything you did for us that day (and after)! Read less
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Alison
Wedding:
10/12/2012
5.0/5.0
We renewed our wedding vows with a ceremony that Barbara helped us write. She was excellent and truly amazing with finding out about us as a couple and family. She used our history together to bring some uniqueness to our day. Barbara made us both feel really at ease. She has a wonderful way with words and understood exactly what we wanted in our ceremony. We would recommend Barbara to anyone as we found her an excellent jester of the peace. Barbara has a wonderful personality which made our day more enjoyable.
We renewed our wedding vows with a ceremony that Barbara helped us write. She was excellent and truly amazing with finding Read more...
We renewed our wedding vows with a ceremony that Barbara helped us write. She was excellent and truly amazing with finding out about us as a couple and family. She used our history together to bring some uniqueness to our day. Barbara made us both feel really at ease. She has a wonderful way with words and understood exactly what we wanted in our ceremony. We would recommend Barbara to anyone as we found her an excellent jester of the peace. Barbara has a wonderful personality which made our day more enjoyable. Read less
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Ginger
Wedding:
10/11/2012
5.0/5.0
I wanted to plan a surprise wedding for my fiancé and Barbara made it possible beyond my dreams. We collaborated back and forth through emails and phone calls so that she could personalize the wedding. Barbara was extremely inspirational, fun, and creative. Even just the drafts of our ceremony brought tears to my eyes. The day of the wedding couldn't have been more perfect. Barbara took care of every little detail and more. The ceremony was heartfelt and completely personal. It was though we had all known each other for years.
I wanted to plan a surprise wedding for my fiancé and Barbara made it possible beyond my dreams. We collaborated back and Read more...
I wanted to plan a surprise wedding for my fiancé and Barbara made it possible beyond my dreams. We collaborated back and forth through emails and phone calls so that she could personalize the wedding. Barbara was extremely inspirational, fun, and creative. Even just the drafts of our ceremony brought tears to my eyes. The day of the wedding couldn't have been more perfect. Barbara took care of every little detail and more. The ceremony was heartfelt and completely personal. It was though we had all known each other for years. Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Barbara worked with us to create a ceremony so special and memorable. We knew we were in goods hands when we realized that she really would go to any length to create something that spoke to us as a couple. Her passion was clear from the first day that we met. As nerve wracking as the thought of speaking so personally in front of a crowd of friends and family can be, her presence and words of encouragement helped us to relax and concentrate on enjoying all of the very beautiful moments of our ceremony. What we were even more impressed by was her masterful spontaneity that showed her ability to be in the moment rather than being all pre-planned. It really added that special something to the ceremony and revealed her to be a truly genuine spirit that came across to all of our guests that day. We were so happy with our choice to have her represent us as a couple.
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Barbara worked with us to create a ceremony so special and memorable. We knew we were in goods hands when we realized that she really would go to any length to create something that spoke to us as a couple. Her passion was clear from the first day that we met. As nerve wracking as the thought of speaking so personally in front of a crowd of friends and family can be, her presence and words of encouragement helped us to relax and concentrate on enjoying all of the very beautiful moments of our ceremony. What we were even more impressed by was her masterful spontaneity that showed her ability to be in the moment rather than being all pre-planned. It really added that special something to the ceremony and revealed her to be a truly genuine spirit that came across to all of our guests that day. We were so happy with our choice to have her represent us as a couple. Read less
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amy
Wedding:
9/14/2012
5.0/5.0
We were referred to Barbara by a friend who knew that we wanted a personalized, but non-denominational ceremony. Barbara was extremely professional, thoughtful and flexible. We were very happy that she wanted to know our 'love story" in order to develop a touching ceremony. Many of our friends and family said that they felt that our ceremony reflected us as a couple. We highly recommend Barbara without any reservations.
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We were referred to Barbara by a friend who knew that we wanted a personalized, but non-denominational ceremony. Barbara was extremely professional, thoughtful and flexible. We were very happy that she wanted to know our 'love story" in order to develop a touching ceremony. Many of our friends and family said that they felt that our ceremony reflected us as a couple. We highly recommend Barbara without any reservations. Read less
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ely
Wedding:
8/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Barbara was so professional, flexible and thoughtful throughout the whole process. We exchanged emails and met once. She was warm, witty, and made you feel at ease. We liked the combination of how she really tried to get to know us and also her transparency with allowing us to view drafts of the ceremony. It was a creative collaboration between all of us. We had lots of questions. She offered answers and many suggestions. We blended two languages into the ceremony and other requests were met seamlessly. Guests commented to us how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how personal it was. Barbara is fantastic I highly recommend her. She made our wedding ceremony everything we wanted and more!
Barbara was so professional, flexible and thoughtful throughout the whole process. We exchanged emails and met once. She Read more...
Barbara was so professional, flexible and thoughtful throughout the whole process. We exchanged emails and met once. She was warm, witty, and made you feel at ease. We liked the combination of how she really tried to get to know us and also her transparency with allowing us to view drafts of the ceremony. It was a creative collaboration between all of us. We had lots of questions. She offered answers and many suggestions. We blended two languages into the ceremony and other requests were met seamlessly. Guests commented to us how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how personal it was. Barbara is fantastic I highly recommend her. She made our wedding ceremony everything we wanted and more! Read less
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Danny Gary
Wedding:
7/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Barbara Ann Michaels hand crafted and executed the ceremony in a masterful way, professionally delivery with class, wit, depth, sincerity, and fullness of purpose, compassion, great joy, care, laughter and an obvious deep connection with us.
The wedding ceremony far exceeded our expectations and we would not have changed a thing. The months working with Barbara Ann Michaels leading up to the day we met her in person (two days before the wedding) found us enjoying more each communication, each email received and sent, bringing us as a couple closer to her in developing a special bond which ultimately created this unbelievable day for us. She goes far beyond even the high performing officiant....she takes the meaning of getting married to a new and unmatched level. We researched and conducted an extensive search to locate the right person to handle our marriage. One will not find anyone currently practicing better prepared, more knowledgeable, skilled, who values excellence and is a true professional. She embodies love, joy, happiness, celebration and peace. Barbara Ann Michaels is second to none and who she is as a human being makes her on of a kind. Who would not want to have her be their officiant.

Danny and Gary Scaring-Hocevar
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Barbara Ann Michaels hand crafted and executed the ceremony in a masterful way, professionally delivery with class, wit, depth, sincerity, and fullness of purpose, compassion, great joy, care, laughter and an obvious deep connection with us.
The wedding ceremony far exceeded our expectations and we would not have changed a thing. The months working with Barbara Ann Michaels leading up to the day we met her in person (two days before the wedding) found us enjoying more each communication, each email received and sent, bringing us as a couple closer to her in developing a special bond which ultimately created this unbelievable day for us. She goes far beyond even the high performing officiant....she takes the meaning of getting married to a new and unmatched level. We researched and conducted an extensive search to locate the right person to handle our marriage. One will not find anyone currently practicing better prepared, more knowledgeable, skilled, who values excellence and is a true professional. She embodies love, joy, happiness, celebration and peace. Barbara Ann Michaels is second to none and who she is as a human being makes her on of a kind. Who would not want to have her be their officiant.

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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We are so grateful to Barbara! Our family/guests continue to rave about how well Barbara captured the essence of our relationship, told our story, and made our ceremony truly unique. Our guests thought she was one of our close friends because the ceremony captured our personalities so well.

Barbara is a gem-- she guided us along the way, responded to us instantly and met us several times to plan the ceremony. Barbara wrote a ceremony that balanced our love/joy with humor/laughter.

She went the extra mile for us. We spent a lot of time interviewing officiants and none came close to the way Barbara listened to us, gave us ideas, and pulled off the best possible ceremony we could ever imagine.

Our guests can't stop talking about how much they loved our ceremony!

The bonus is that she also looks great in our wedding pictures!
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We are so grateful to Barbara! Our family/guests continue to rave about how well Barbara captured the essence of our relationship, told our story, and made our ceremony truly unique. Our guests thought she was one of our close friends because the ceremony captured our personalities so well.

Barbara is a gem-- she guided us along the way, responded to us instantly and met us several times to plan the ceremony. Barbara wrote a ceremony that balanced our love/joy with humor/laughter.

She went the extra mile for us. We spent a lot of time interviewing officiants and none came close to the way Barbara listened to us, gave us ideas, and pulled off the best possible ceremony we could ever imagine.

Our guests can't stop talking about how much they loved our ceremony!

The bonus is that she also looks great in our wedding pictures! Read less
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Lucy
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
We discovered Barbara on the Internet. She was professional and joyful from day one. She guided us through writing our ceremony and her positive energy was contagious. We would recommend her to any couple. She is a natural.
We discovered Barbara on the Internet. She was professional and joyful from day one. She guided us through writing our Read more...
We discovered Barbara on the Internet. She was professional and joyful from day one. She guided us through writing our ceremony and her positive energy was contagious. We would recommend her to any couple. She is a natural. Read less
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Mark
Wedding:
6/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Barbara was so amazing and friendly from the getgo. My fiance and I had a Skype meeting with her about what we were looking to do for the ceremony. It was so easy to just get it done while at home. She was so helpful to make everything about us and have it be heartfelt. I don't think there was a dry eye in the place when she officiated over the ceremony, and everyone told us how wonderful they thought she was afterward. Barbara is phenomenal. Go with her. You won't regret it.
Barbara was so amazing and friendly from the getgo. My fiance and I had a Skype meeting with her about what we were Read more...
Barbara was so amazing and friendly from the getgo. My fiance and I had a Skype meeting with her about what we were looking to do for the ceremony. It was so easy to just get it done while at home. She was so helpful to make everything about us and have it be heartfelt. I don't think there was a dry eye in the place when she officiated over the ceremony, and everyone told us how wonderful they thought she was afterward. Barbara is phenomenal. Go with her. You won't regret it. Read less
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Serena
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Barbara was a very warm, competent, and creative officiant for our wedding at the Prospect Park Boathouse in Brooklyn, and we highly recommend her services. When we first met to discuss the possibility of her performing our wedding, we both felt a genuine connection with Barbara. She was very empathetic, genuinely interested in our conversation, and applied no pressure to hire her whatsoever. After selecting her and picking her weaving wedding option, we had a series of back and forth email discussions about the ceremony including multiple drafts. Although Barbara wrote the overall structure of our ceremony, we wanted to have strong input and we had our own creative ideas that we wanted to try. Barbara was very supportive of this, and together we created what we think was a beautiful ceremony that we received a lot of complements on in regards to its uniqueness and how personal it was. She very successfully weaved our love story in our own words with her own wisdom and sense of humor. Her delivery of the final product was perfect and received much praise from our guests! Two of her ideas that were particularly popular were having the bride and groom speaking in Chinese for part of the ring exchange portion of the ceremony (the bride’s family is of Chinese descent and the groom struggled successfully through it) and a community declaration of marriage where the guests collectively pronounced us man and wife.

The day of the wedding, Barbara was a cool soothing presence. She really handles things in stride. She is a true professional who exuded genuine warmth during the ceremony and afterwards. We are extremely happy with the job she did and would highly recommend her to any couple looking for a ceremony full of genuine warmth and an officiant that is open-minded and willing to work with you and your vision, to give you a ceremony that is beautiful, personal, and genuinely you.
Barbara was a very warm, competent, and creative officiant for our wedding at the Prospect Park Boathouse in Brooklyn, and Read more...
Barbara was a very warm, competent, and creative officiant for our wedding at the Prospect Park Boathouse in Brooklyn, and we highly recommend her services. When we first met to discuss the possibility of her performing our wedding, we both felt a genuine connection with Barbara. She was very empathetic, genuinely interested in our conversation, and applied no pressure to hire her whatsoever. After selecting her and picking her weaving wedding option, we had a series of back and forth email discussions about the ceremony including multiple drafts. Although Barbara wrote the overall structure of our ceremony, we wanted to have strong input and we had our own creative ideas that we wanted to try. Barbara was very supportive of this, and together we created what we think was a beautiful ceremony that we received a lot of complements on in regards to its uniqueness and how personal it was. She very successfully weaved our love story in our own words with her own wisdom and sense of humor. Her delivery of the final product was perfect and received much praise from our guests! Two of her ideas that were particularly popular were having the bride and groom speaking in Chinese for part of the ring exchange portion of the ceremony (the bride’s family is of Chinese descent and the groom struggled successfully through it) and a community declaration of marriage where the guests collectively pronounced us man and wife.

The day of the wedding, Barbara was a cool soothing presence. She really handles things in stride. She is a true professional who exuded genuine warmth during the ceremony and afterwards. We are extremely happy with the job she did and would highly recommend her to any couple looking for a ceremony full of genuine warmth and an officiant that is open-minded and willing to work with you and your vision, to give you a ceremony that is beautiful, personal, and genuinely you. Read less
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Melinda
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
We found Barbara at a friend's wedding the year before ours. After
the ceremony, we asked how she knew the bride and groom, assuming by
the tone of the ceremony that she must be a close friend or family
member. Once we found out she had only just met the couple in
preparation for their wedding, we knew we wanted to hire her to
perform ours. Writing this review, almost three months after our
wedding, I still get a big smile on my face and tears of joy in my
eyes. Barbara was fantastic. She worked closely with us to create a
beautiful, customized ceremony that was personal, sentimental and
funny. Our guests commented all night about her charm and whit, and
said that ours was one of the best ceremonies they had ever seen. The
pictures of the three of us smiling and laughing are worth more than I
could put into words.
We found Barbara at a friend's wedding the year before ours. After
the ceremony, we asked how she knew the bride and Read more...
We found Barbara at a friend's wedding the year before ours. After
the ceremony, we asked how she knew the bride and groom, assuming by
the tone of the ceremony that she must be a close friend or family
member. Once we found out she had only just met the couple in
preparation for their wedding, we knew we wanted to hire her to
perform ours. Writing this review, almost three months after our
wedding, I still get a big smile on my face and tears of joy in my
eyes. Barbara was fantastic. She worked closely with us to create a
beautiful, customized ceremony that was personal, sentimental and
funny. Our guests commented all night about her charm and whit, and
said that ours was one of the best ceremonies they had ever seen. The
pictures of the three of us smiling and laughing are worth more than I
could put into words. Read less
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blazer
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Working with Barbara was a great experience! She is upbeat, imaginative, insightful, flexible and highly professional. She provided us just enough structure and asked just the right quesitons to help us figure out what we really wanted to do in our ceremony. The result was a completely custom work of art that we, and those who attended, will never forget.
Working with Barbara was a great experience! She is upbeat, imaginative, insightful, flexible and highly professional. She Read more...
Working with Barbara was a great experience! She is upbeat, imaginative, insightful, flexible and highly professional. She provided us just enough structure and asked just the right quesitons to help us figure out what we really wanted to do in our ceremony. The result was a completely custom work of art that we, and those who attended, will never forget. Read less
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Joseph
Wedding:
4/27/2012
5.0/5.0
We can't begin to say enough wonderful things about Barbara. From the first time we met we knew that she was right for us. She understood that we wanted our ceremony to be about us, and our relationship, caring and love, and it all truly shined through the evening of our wedding. Our ceremony was unique, funny, and most importantly reflected us as a couple.
Working with Barbara was a phenominal experience and we would not hesitate to recommend her to any couples looking for an amazing, unique ceremony.
On a side note, the groom's mother claimed before the ceremony that she wouldn't cry, and Barbara's ceremony had tears streaming down her face. THAT, my friends, is amazing in it's own right!
We can't begin to say enough wonderful things about Barbara. From the first time we met we knew that she was right for us. Read more...
We can't begin to say enough wonderful things about Barbara. From the first time we met we knew that she was right for us. She understood that we wanted our ceremony to be about us, and our relationship, caring and love, and it all truly shined through the evening of our wedding. Our ceremony was unique, funny, and most importantly reflected us as a couple.
Working with Barbara was a phenominal experience and we would not hesitate to recommend her to any couples looking for an amazing, unique ceremony.
On a side note, the groom's mother claimed before the ceremony that she wouldn't cry, and Barbara's ceremony had tears streaming down her face. THAT, my friends, is amazing in it's own right! Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
4/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Barbara was simply fantastic! From the first meeting through the ceremony she guided us with such an open, creative, and supportive hand. We planned our own ceremony and she was invaluable in helping shape the ceremony to be great for our guests, but more importantly to be completely honest and representative of us and our love. She really was great to help relieve a lot of the stress of the day and someone we trusted all the way.

I would recommend her to anyone looking to make their own unique creative ceremony, especially for artistic types. But she's so experienced, well rounded and flexible that I'm sure she could deliver any type of wedding experience you are looking for.

Thanks Barbara!
Barbara was simply fantastic! From the first meeting through the ceremony she guided us with such an open, creative, and Read more...
Barbara was simply fantastic! From the first meeting through the ceremony she guided us with such an open, creative, and supportive hand. We planned our own ceremony and she was invaluable in helping shape the ceremony to be great for our guests, but more importantly to be completely honest and representative of us and our love. She really was great to help relieve a lot of the stress of the day and someone we trusted all the way.

I would recommend her to anyone looking to make their own unique creative ceremony, especially for artistic types. But she's so experienced, well rounded and flexible that I'm sure she could deliver any type of wedding experience you are looking for.

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Laura
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
We met with several officiants while planning our wedding and Barbara was the only one to really try to get to know us as a couple rather than discuss logistics/prices. She asked us about our first date, our goals as a couple, what was important to us for our wedding day, and so much more. After we chose her as our officiant, she helped us craft a personalized ceremony (neither of us has a religious affiliation) that many of our guests said helped them to learn about us on our wedding day. She was helpful and understanding of our schedules (both work inconvenient hospital hours) and always prompt in responding to our emails. Barbara will do anything and everything she can to make your wedding ceremony desires come true. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted and it was all thanks to Barbara! Highly recommend without reservation for any couple looking for a touching, personal ceremony!
We met with several officiants while planning our wedding and Barbara was the only one to really try to get to know us as Read more...
We met with several officiants while planning our wedding and Barbara was the only one to really try to get to know us as a couple rather than discuss logistics/prices. She asked us about our first date, our goals as a couple, what was important to us for our wedding day, and so much more. After we chose her as our officiant, she helped us craft a personalized ceremony (neither of us has a religious affiliation) that many of our guests said helped them to learn about us on our wedding day. She was helpful and understanding of our schedules (both work inconvenient hospital hours) and always prompt in responding to our emails. Barbara will do anything and everything she can to make your wedding ceremony desires come true. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted and it was all thanks to Barbara! Highly recommend without reservation for any couple looking for a touching, personal ceremony! Read less
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JoeT3
Wedding:
4/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Barbara was a joy to work with from the first meeting on Skype to discuss our destination wedding, right through to the service and reception. Her friendly, playful personality added much to our service and she was a hit with our friends at our reception.
Barbara was a joy to work with from the first meeting on Skype to discuss our destination wedding, right through to the Read more...
Barbara was a joy to work with from the first meeting on Skype to discuss our destination wedding, right through to the service and reception. Her friendly, playful personality added much to our service and she was a hit with our friends at our reception. Read less
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HappilyMarried
Wedding:
1/7/2012
5.0/5.0
To me, the ceremony would the most significant part of our wedding day; the story of our love, our vows, and inclusion of our families. Needless to say I was disappointed when my friend was unexpectedly unable to perform the ceremony. It seemed an impossible feat: To find a perfect stranger to perform a personal and genuine ceremony. We searched relentlessly, and found Barbara. Barbara was a pleasure to work with from the very first conversation. She followed through on our requests and her creative and collaborative style delivered a powerful ceremony that we will never forget. Our friends and families were engaged and entertained, crying and laughing, telling us they loved how unique and personalized the ceremony was to us, as individuals and as a couple. We recommend Barbara without reservation. Thank you Barbara for your contribution to our perfect day.
To me, the ceremony would the most significant part of our wedding day; the story of our love, our vows, and inclusion of Read more...
To me, the ceremony would the most significant part of our wedding day; the story of our love, our vows, and inclusion of our families. Needless to say I was disappointed when my friend was unexpectedly unable to perform the ceremony. It seemed an impossible feat: To find a perfect stranger to perform a personal and genuine ceremony. We searched relentlessly, and found Barbara. Barbara was a pleasure to work with from the very first conversation. She followed through on our requests and her creative and collaborative style delivered a powerful ceremony that we will never forget. Our friends and families were engaged and entertained, crying and laughing, telling us they loved how unique and personalized the ceremony was to us, as individuals and as a couple. We recommend Barbara without reservation. Thank you Barbara for your contribution to our perfect day. Read less
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Myrtlegirl
Wedding:
12/30/2011
5.0/5.0
It's always a little scary to pick a service provider without actually knowing anyone who can recommend the person. But that's what I did with Barbara, and things turned out better than I had dared imagine. First, after NY passed the marriage equality law, I decided to plan a "surprise wedding" around New Year's for my partner of 15 years and I. As a result, Barbara had to work with just one of us for the first several contacts. This she managed to do with warmth, style and grace. Her approach and smile never once suggested that I might well be out of my mind for planning a wedding a thousand miles from home without the input of the other bride. Barbara asked all the right questions to make sure that I didn't do anything irreversible yet made good decisions that kept things moving. I also had some crazy out-of-towner ideas about where and when I thought we'd want to do the ceremony. Barbara was a fountain of good information about which ideas were - and were not - feasible. Once my bride was in on the "secret," Barbara worked with both of us to ensure the wedding was all that we hoped it would be. The ceremony itself was perfectly tailored to who we are and what our life together has meant for 15 years. Barbara worked with us via telephone and Skype to plan things down to the last comma and period in the ceremony. She was nonplussed at the prospect of a little family drama (doesn't everyone have that?), and she continued to adjust things right down to the last day. In fact, when the City of New York first blocked access to planned venue for New Year's Eve, she didn't bat an eye at moving the location with less than 24 hours to go. Then when the Mayor's office made an exception with 6 hours to go so that we were able to be married on the red stairs in Times Square (and have them ALL TO OURSELVES with three of NYPD's finest watching from below) she rejoiced with us at our good fortune and conducted the ceremony as though it had been meant to be all along. Our entire family was totally impressed by how Barbara interacted with them and made everyone feel at ease. We heartily recommend Barbara's services and encourage you to discuss your dreams with her. She'll come as close as anyone can to making them come true....
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It's always a little scary to pick a service provider without actually knowing anyone who can recommend the person. But that's what I did with Barbara, and things turned out better than I had dared imagine. First, after NY passed the marriage equality law, I decided to plan a "surprise wedding" around New Year's for my partner of 15 years and I. As a result, Barbara had to work with just one of us for the first several contacts. This she managed to do with warmth, style and grace. Her approach and smile never once suggested that I might well be out of my mind for planning a wedding a thousand miles from home without the input of the other bride. Barbara asked all the right questions to make sure that I didn't do anything irreversible yet made good decisions that kept things moving. I also had some crazy out-of-towner ideas about where and when I thought we'd want to do the ceremony. Barbara was a fountain of good information about which ideas were - and were not - feasible. Once my bride was in on the "secret," Barbara worked with both of us to ensure the wedding was all that we hoped it would be. The ceremony itself was perfectly tailored to who we are and what our life together has meant for 15 years. Barbara worked with us via telephone and Skype to plan things down to the last comma and period in the ceremony. She was nonplussed at the prospect of a little family drama (doesn't everyone have that?), and she continued to adjust things right down to the last day. In fact, when the City of New York first blocked access to planned venue for New Year's Eve, she didn't bat an eye at moving the location with less than 24 hours to go. Then when the Mayor's office made an exception with 6 hours to go so that we were able to be married on the red stairs in Times Square (and have them ALL TO OURSELVES with three of NYPD's finest watching from below) she rejoiced with us at our good fortune and conducted the ceremony as though it had been meant to be all along. Our entire family was totally impressed by how Barbara interacted with them and made everyone feel at ease. We heartily recommend Barbara's services and encourage you to discuss your dreams with her. She'll come as close as anyone can to making them come true.... Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
WONDERFUL! Love, laughter, joy and true happiness.
We couldn't have asked for a better officiant! You don't have to think twice if Barbara is the one for you - she is!
Thank you Barbara for giving us the perfect day.
WONDERFUL! Love, laughter, joy and true happiness.
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WONDERFUL! Love, laughter, joy and true happiness.
We couldn't have asked for a better officiant! You don't have to think twice if Barbara is the one for you - she is!
Thank you Barbara for giving us the perfect day. Read less
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steve&will
Wedding:
12/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Barbara, was great at helping Will and I make our special day under the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center the best experience ever. Thank you Barbara.

Steve & Will
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Barbara, was great at helping Will and I make our special day under the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center the best experience ever. Thank you Barbara.

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December47
Wedding:
12/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Where can we begin? Barbara was an absolute delight to work with, extremely professional and personable. It was as if we're known her for years. She performed our ceremony as "Glinda, the Good Witch of the North" from "Wizard of Oz" and was both funny and touching, even our four year old nephew was blown away and kept asking if she was a princess. As a matter of fact, our family and friends were so taken with her that she was asked to join in the celebration and wedding dinner.
We have been together for thirty years and were concerned we made the right choices, Barbara made sure we did, by capturing the perfect balance and we can't thank her enough foe a ceremony that we will remember and cherish forever.
Where can we begin? Barbara was an absolute delight to work with, extremely professional and personable. It was as if Read more...
Where can we begin? Barbara was an absolute delight to work with, extremely professional and personable. It was as if we're known her for years. She performed our ceremony as "Glinda, the Good Witch of the North" from "Wizard of Oz" and was both funny and touching, even our four year old nephew was blown away and kept asking if she was a princess. As a matter of fact, our family and friends were so taken with her that she was asked to join in the celebration and wedding dinner.
We have been together for thirty years and were concerned we made the right choices, Barbara made sure we did, by capturing the perfect balance and we can't thank her enough foe a ceremony that we will remember and cherish forever. Read less
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MelissaJen1119
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
My wife and I felt Barbara's calming and peaceful energy the first time we saw her picture on our computer screen blowing a kiss at us! We knew, before we even contacted her, that she would be our first and last call on our journey to find an officiant.

Barbara had a very calming, yet exciting and loving energy that filled the room the day of our ceremony. It was so nice to hear from every guest, either family and or friend..."That was the best ceremony I have ever witnessed. It was absolutely beautiful". :)

Barbara is flawless at what she does and honestly, it is so hard to explain how she made us feel throughout our ceremony and the whole process. She guided us step by step, gave us unique and creative ideas since there were two brides!!! ...but she also left room for us to execute our own ideas and thoughts. Barbara WAS ALWAYS in touch and was so very reliable from start to finish. Did we mention that she did all of this with less than 30 days of planning???

We are so grateful that Barbara united us on November 19th, 2011! We will remember you forever!

Thank you Barbara, Melissa & Jennifer
My wife and I felt Barbara's calming and peaceful energy the first time we saw her picture on our computer screen blowing Read more...
My wife and I felt Barbara's calming and peaceful energy the first time we saw her picture on our computer screen blowing a kiss at us! We knew, before we even contacted her, that she would be our first and last call on our journey to find an officiant.

Barbara had a very calming, yet exciting and loving energy that filled the room the day of our ceremony. It was so nice to hear from every guest, either family and or friend..."That was the best ceremony I have ever witnessed. It was absolutely beautiful". :)

Barbara is flawless at what she does and honestly, it is so hard to explain how she made us feel throughout our ceremony and the whole process. She guided us step by step, gave us unique and creative ideas since there were two brides!!! ...but she also left room for us to execute our own ideas and thoughts. Barbara WAS ALWAYS in touch and was so very reliable from start to finish. Did we mention that she did all of this with less than 30 days of planning???

We are so grateful that Barbara united us on November 19th, 2011! We will remember you forever!

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Mary Beth
Wedding:
11/12/2011
5.0/5.0
After 37 years together we decided to have a last minute ceremony. Barbara not only was willing to work with us last minute she made us feel like she had nothing more important to do than plan a fantastic ceremony with us. With only two days to plan Barbara worked with us to produce a personalized, magical ceremony. A guest at the ceremony was so impressed that she stated that she wished she knew of Barbara for her wedding because our ceremony was so beautiful. She also stated that her and her husband would be calling Barbara when they have a vow renewal.
After 37 years together we decided to have a last minute ceremony. Barbara not only was willing to work with us last Read more...
After 37 years together we decided to have a last minute ceremony. Barbara not only was willing to work with us last minute she made us feel like she had nothing more important to do than plan a fantastic ceremony with us. With only two days to plan Barbara worked with us to produce a personalized, magical ceremony. A guest at the ceremony was so impressed that she stated that she wished she knew of Barbara for her wedding because our ceremony was so beautiful. She also stated that her and her husband would be calling Barbara when they have a vow renewal. Read less
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dickyvicky
Wedding:
10/29/2011
5.0/5.0
Barbara was fantastic, We had a Halloween Themed Wedding and everyone thought the service was great and it was exactly what we wanted, full of fun and beautifully crafted. My aunts all thought that Barbara was someone we must have known for ages, the service was so personalized.
Barbara was fantastic, We had a Halloween Themed Wedding and everyone thought the service was great and it was exactly Read more...
Barbara was fantastic, We had a Halloween Themed Wedding and everyone thought the service was great and it was exactly what we wanted, full of fun and beautifully crafted. My aunts all thought that Barbara was someone we must have known for ages, the service was so personalized. Read less
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sharssen
Wedding:
10/28/2011
5.0/5.0
We were excited to be able to have the opportunity to get married in New York this fall after marriage equality legislation passed. Barbara was more in an officiant than we could have ever imagined. From the first phone call to the day of the ceremony she was a delight to work with and had a way of making us feel special. She helped us express things about ourselves as individuals as well as a couple that make us unique and our love special. She was professional while being very genuine and interested in us and our story. Barbara took answers to questions she had each of us answer and weaved them into a beautiful ceremony for an intimate wedding in Central Park. She also helped us write a "Part 2" that we will use next summer for a larger celebration with friends and family.

Her flexibility was incredible--the day of our wedding it was pouring rain. Since we had such a small ceremony planned we asked Barbara if she could marry us the next day and she said yes without hesitation.

The ceremony was beautiful, meaningful and perfect. We will look back fondly on our ceremony always and Barbara's calm and kind presence and beautifully written words will remain part of the story of what made the ceremony so special.

Sharene and Lori
Idaho
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We were excited to be able to have the opportunity to get married in New York this fall after marriage equality legislation passed. Barbara was more in an officiant than we could have ever imagined. From the first phone call to the day of the ceremony she was a delight to work with and had a way of making us feel special. She helped us express things about ourselves as individuals as well as a couple that make us unique and our love special. She was professional while being very genuine and interested in us and our story. Barbara took answers to questions she had each of us answer and weaved them into a beautiful ceremony for an intimate wedding in Central Park. She also helped us write a "Part 2" that we will use next summer for a larger celebration with friends and family.

Her flexibility was incredible--the day of our wedding it was pouring rain. Since we had such a small ceremony planned we asked Barbara if she could marry us the next day and she said yes without hesitation.

The ceremony was beautiful, meaningful and perfect. We will look back fondly on our ceremony always and Barbara's calm and kind presence and beautifully written words will remain part of the story of what made the ceremony so special.

Sharene and Lori
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Peter and Johan
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Barbara made our day perfect, striking the exactly right notes corresponding to our lives as well as to our wishes for the ceremony. Great openness and joy in the delivery and humour and sparkling laughter , as the final spice. We strongly recommend Barbara to give you a bubbling start of married life !!
Peter and Johan from Sweden
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Barbara made our day perfect, striking the exactly right notes corresponding to our lives as well as to our wishes for the ceremony. Great openness and joy in the delivery and humour and sparkling laughter , as the final spice. We strongly recommend Barbara to give you a bubbling start of married life !!
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ktaylor27
Wedding:
10/2/2011
5.0/5.0
Our original officiant fell through about three months before the wedding and we were scrambling to find a replacement. Barbara was one of the first names we came across as we searched, and we saw some very positive reviews. We set up a meeting with her and she made me feel very calm about the whole ceremony creation process. She was friendly, warm, informative and had already created much of what would become our ceremony. She had us each answer a few questions prior to the meeting and seamlessly meshed it all together into a wonderful ceremony that amazed our friends and family. Everyone loved how personal and honest and unique the ceremony was, some of them remarking that it really captured who we were individually and as a couple. She was also very accommodating to any ideas or suggestions we had. Both my husband and I highly recommend Barbara for anyone in the NYC area looking for a wonderfully personalized ceremony
Our original officiant fell through about three months before the wedding and we were scrambling to find a replacement. Read more...
Our original officiant fell through about three months before the wedding and we were scrambling to find a replacement. Barbara was one of the first names we came across as we searched, and we saw some very positive reviews. We set up a meeting with her and she made me feel very calm about the whole ceremony creation process. She was friendly, warm, informative and had already created much of what would become our ceremony. She had us each answer a few questions prior to the meeting and seamlessly meshed it all together into a wonderful ceremony that amazed our friends and family. Everyone loved how personal and honest and unique the ceremony was, some of them remarking that it really captured who we were individually and as a couple. She was also very accommodating to any ideas or suggestions we had. Both my husband and I highly recommend Barbara for anyone in the NYC area looking for a wonderfully personalized ceremony Read less
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ladiv
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Barbara created a beautiful ceremony for us! It was personal, funny, touching and hit the perfect note for our wedding. She helped us build a bridge in the ceremony between our cultures (German and Chinese/American) with humor and love. Everyone was extremely moved by the ceremony and many people told us afterwards that it was one of the most enjoyable ceremonies that they had been to. In addition to that, helping Barbara to create the ceremony was a fascinating experience, and was a deeply bonding experience for my fiancé and I. I cannot recommend Barbara highly enough. She is really wonderful!!!
Barbara created a beautiful ceremony for us! It was personal, funny, touching and hit the perfect note for our wedding. Read more...
Barbara created a beautiful ceremony for us! It was personal, funny, touching and hit the perfect note for our wedding. She helped us build a bridge in the ceremony between our cultures (German and Chinese/American) with humor and love. Everyone was extremely moved by the ceremony and many people told us afterwards that it was one of the most enjoyable ceremonies that they had been to. In addition to that, helping Barbara to create the ceremony was a fascinating experience, and was a deeply bonding experience for my fiancé and I. I cannot recommend Barbara highly enough. She is really wonderful!!! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
9/28/2011
5.0/5.0
we had the most wonderful day and we have our jester of the peace - barbara ann michaels - to thank for helping us have it all run smoothly! not only was it seamless but her knack for making everyone feel at ease and included was essential and no couple should be without the warmth she showcased on our day! barbara really took the time to know each of us thoroughly - no question was left un-asked and no detail forgotten or left out. during the process we really felt that she was the keeper of our story and we trusted her to express in words what we were probably too nervous to do ourselves! that trust paid off as our day was effortless and natural and personal and emotional and humorous - everything we hoped it would be with just a bit more passion thrown in. barbara, as she will tell you is a true romantic and she is the ultimate medium for tuning into your connection and reflecting that back to your friends and family. it's hard to explain - but she just 'got us' - and it's not everyday that you find someone who is as dedicated to fostering a genuine connection to their clients as barbara is. as our photographer also confirmed - she is a true professional. once we were done with our vows and it was time for a kiss - she smoothly stepped to the side so that the photos were just of my husband and i with an amazing view of the natural setting behind us. barbara is all about the details and she is inherently creative - it's what makes working with her a complete joy and knowing what we know now - we wouldn't have wanted to do it without her! thank you barbara… initially you were the keeper of our story but now you have become an integral part of it as well! we are grateful we found you… love, steph & lee
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we had the most wonderful day and we have our jester of the peace - barbara ann michaels - to thank for helping us have it all run smoothly! not only was it seamless but her knack for making everyone feel at ease and included was essential and no couple should be without the warmth she showcased on our day! barbara really took the time to know each of us thoroughly - no question was left un-asked and no detail forgotten or left out. during the process we really felt that she was the keeper of our story and we trusted her to express in words what we were probably too nervous to do ourselves! that trust paid off as our day was effortless and natural and personal and emotional and humorous - everything we hoped it would be with just a bit more passion thrown in. barbara, as she will tell you is a true romantic and she is the ultimate medium for tuning into your connection and reflecting that back to your friends and family. it's hard to explain - but she just 'got us' - and it's not everyday that you find someone who is as dedicated to fostering a genuine connection to their clients as barbara is. as our photographer also confirmed - she is a true professional. once we were done with our vows and it was time for a kiss - she smoothly stepped to the side so that the photos were just of my husband and i with an amazing view of the natural setting behind us. barbara is all about the details and she is inherently creative - it's what makes working with her a complete joy and knowing what we know now - we wouldn't have wanted to do it without her! thank you barbara… initially you were the keeper of our story but now you have become an integral part of it as well! we are grateful we found you… love, steph & lee Read less
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mholly
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Barbara was a joy to work with from start to finish! When we first met with her and discussed what we wanted from our ceremony, my husband's request was that it be interesting. I thought that was a tall order for a wedding ceremony, but I have to say that she succeeded admirably!

We loved working with Barbara and designing the ceremony with her was one of the most meaningful parts of our wedding journey. In the end, our ceremony was a wonderful, heartfelt and yes, interesting reflection of our relationship and now marriage.
Barbara was a joy to work with from start to finish! When we first met with her and discussed what we wanted from our Read more...
Barbara was a joy to work with from start to finish! When we first met with her and discussed what we wanted from our ceremony, my husband's request was that it be interesting. I thought that was a tall order for a wedding ceremony, but I have to say that she succeeded admirably!

We loved working with Barbara and designing the ceremony with her was one of the most meaningful parts of our wedding journey. In the end, our ceremony was a wonderful, heartfelt and yes, interesting reflection of our relationship and now marriage. Read less
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Des4593
Wedding:
9/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Finding it difficult for my partner and I to envision our nontraditional and fun ceremony we found ourselves getting very discouraged. Then we found Barbara Michaels who after just one phone call knew she was exactly what we needed and wanted. She was able to take our crazy ideas and materialize them into a ceremony that kept our guests on the edge of their seats some times laughing and sometimes crying with tears of joy. We could not have asked for anything more.
Finding it difficult for my partner and I to envision our nontraditional and fun ceremony we found ourselves getting very Read more...
Finding it difficult for my partner and I to envision our nontraditional and fun ceremony we found ourselves getting very discouraged. Then we found Barbara Michaels who after just one phone call knew she was exactly what we needed and wanted. She was able to take our crazy ideas and materialize them into a ceremony that kept our guests on the edge of their seats some times laughing and sometimes crying with tears of joy. We could not have asked for anything more. Read less
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Diana Goelz
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
My partner and I had a vision of bringing the sparkle and excitement of Breakfast at Tiffany's to our ceremony, Barbara did that and more. She made everything about the vows romantic and humorous without ever loosing sight of our story. She inspired our creativity by providing a questionnaire that on our special day she transformed into a magical moment. She made our wedding, well she made our wedding perfect! I cross my heart and kiss my elbow :)
My partner and I had a vision of bringing the sparkle and excitement of Breakfast at Tiffany's to our ceremony, Barbara Read more...
My partner and I had a vision of bringing the sparkle and excitement of Breakfast at Tiffany's to our ceremony, Barbara did that and more. She made everything about the vows romantic and humorous without ever loosing sight of our story. She inspired our creativity by providing a questionnaire that on our special day she transformed into a magical moment. She made our wedding, well she made our wedding perfect! I cross my heart and kiss my elbow :) Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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citydwellers
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Barbara was great. She was just an amazing and perfect officiate. She portrays such a positive and cheerful vibe that is infectious. Professional. Confident. Kind. Amazing. We loved her and so many of our wedding guests remarked how great she did. She is more than just an officiate, she is a good person. We could not be happier with our choice. Thanks Barbara!
Barbara was great. She was just an amazing and perfect officiate. She portrays such a positive and cheerful vibe that is Read more...
Barbara was great. She was just an amazing and perfect officiate. She portrays such a positive and cheerful vibe that is infectious. Professional. Confident. Kind. Amazing. We loved her and so many of our wedding guests remarked how great she did. She is more than just an officiate, she is a good person. We could not be happier with our choice. Thanks Barbara! Read less
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Susan
Wedding:
8/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was to take place on a Fire Island beach right after Hurricane Irene hit the east coast. The venue changed on the day of the wedding and Barbara was happy to accommodate us with an impromptu wedding in the park. We did have the ceremony the following week on the beach. Barbara created two beautiful wedding ceremonies for us. Her personal touches to both ceremonies made them even more special. Barbara has a calming presence about her and she creates memorable weddings.
Our wedding was to take place on a Fire Island beach right after Hurricane Irene hit the east coast. The venue changed on Read more...
Our wedding was to take place on a Fire Island beach right after Hurricane Irene hit the east coast. The venue changed on the day of the wedding and Barbara was happy to accommodate us with an impromptu wedding in the park. We did have the ceremony the following week on the beach. Barbara created two beautiful wedding ceremonies for us. Her personal touches to both ceremonies made them even more special. Barbara has a calming presence about her and she creates memorable weddings. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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slvl301
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Barbara really has a talent for taking your real stories and turning into a beautiful set of vows. We got married during the Hurricane Irene and Barbara couldn't be more accomodating and traveled to Westchester to marry us. She is very professional, flexible, easy to work with and most importantly, let you focus on the real meaning of marriage, love!
Barbara really has a talent for taking your real stories and turning into a beautiful set of vows. We got married during Read more...
Barbara really has a talent for taking your real stories and turning into a beautiful set of vows. We got married during the Hurricane Irene and Barbara couldn't be more accomodating and traveled to Westchester to marry us. She is very professional, flexible, easy to work with and most importantly, let you focus on the real meaning of marriage, love! Read less
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dkd
Wedding:
8/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Barbara was very open to creating a ceremony and day that truly expressed us, our relationship with one another and our families and friends. she was very flexible and helpful as we dreamed up a perfect ceremony.
Barbara was very open to creating a ceremony and day that truly expressed us, our relationship with one another and our Read more...
Barbara was very open to creating a ceremony and day that truly expressed us, our relationship with one another and our families and friends. she was very flexible and helpful as we dreamed up a perfect ceremony. Read less
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Debbie
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Barbara did an amazing job on our ceremony. My husband and I left the ceremony until the last minute - as many couples do. Barbara was recommended to us and once we met with her, we knew she would be perfect! She had such unique ideas and suggestions. She helps you truly learn things about each other and put into words your love for one another. She turns any negative into a positive and was a joy to meet with and talk to! I will actually miss talking to her! She is genuinely interested in your story and creating a ceremony that you will never forget. We had so many compliments on our ceremony - which ended up being my favorite part of the wedding. This is what the whole wedding is about - and Barbara personalizes it. Its as though you are sharing a bit of yourself with your whole family, and it felt great! We laughed and cried - it was everything I hoped for thanks to Barbara.
Barbara did an amazing job on our ceremony. My husband and I left the ceremony until the last minute - as many couples do. Read more...
Barbara did an amazing job on our ceremony. My husband and I left the ceremony until the last minute - as many couples do. Barbara was recommended to us and once we met with her, we knew she would be perfect! She had such unique ideas and suggestions. She helps you truly learn things about each other and put into words your love for one another. She turns any negative into a positive and was a joy to meet with and talk to! I will actually miss talking to her! She is genuinely interested in your story and creating a ceremony that you will never forget. We had so many compliments on our ceremony - which ended up being my favorite part of the wedding. This is what the whole wedding is about - and Barbara personalizes it. Its as though you are sharing a bit of yourself with your whole family, and it felt great! We laughed and cried - it was everything I hoped for thanks to Barbara. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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GudrunAxel
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
We came all the way from Vienna, Austria to get married in New York. Therefore, our expectations to make this a spectacular wedding in every aspect were very high. I can only say that as far as the ceremony in itself is concerned Barbara has not only met but exceeded all our expectations! She is just the most wonderful person and we cannot thank her enough for the beautiful memories she has created for us.
We came all the way from Vienna, Austria to get married in New York. Therefore, our expectations to make this a Read more...
We came all the way from Vienna, Austria to get married in New York. Therefore, our expectations to make this a spectacular wedding in every aspect were very high. I can only say that as far as the ceremony in itself is concerned Barbara has not only met but exceeded all our expectations! She is just the most wonderful person and we cannot thank her enough for the beautiful memories she has created for us. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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carolive
Wedding:
2/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Barbara married us on 02/17/2011 on Times Square, it was a wonderful ceremony with emotion, love and happyness. she realised our dream.
Barbara is like a part of us now because she shows and translate love and secrets we had one for the other.
Now we're back in France with a lot of happy memories.
thank you so much Barbara.
Barbara married us on 02/17/2011 on Times Square, it was a wonderful ceremony with emotion, love and happyness. she Read more...
Barbara married us on 02/17/2011 on Times Square, it was a wonderful ceremony with emotion, love and happyness. she realised our dream.
Barbara is like a part of us now because she shows and translate love and secrets we had one for the other.
Now we're back in France with a lot of happy memories.
thank you so much Barbara. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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madelman
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Barbara was an invaluable piece of the puzzle for our wedding. She seems to be able to do anything - from the most eclectic wedding to a completely traditional affair. We had something right in the middle, ourselves, and she did an incredible job listening to what we wanted and being open to changes and edits in the service as we got closer to the wedding. We recommend her most highly!
Barbara was an invaluable piece of the puzzle for our wedding. She seems to be able to do anything - from the most Read more...
Barbara was an invaluable piece of the puzzle for our wedding. She seems to be able to do anything - from the most eclectic wedding to a completely traditional affair. We had something right in the middle, ourselves, and she did an incredible job listening to what we wanted and being open to changes and edits in the service as we got closer to the wedding. We recommend her most highly! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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actapalled7
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Barbara Ann was a wonderful officiant. She helped make the day of our wedding amazing, special, and personal. We loved that she really was interested in our story and our lives together and she was able to incorporate that so well in our vows. She was able to touch the hearts of not only us, but of our guests as well. Barbara is very flexible and was able to work around our schedule in order to make the ceremony special. We highly recommend her services as you and your guests will only be ecstatic about the outcome.
Barbara Ann was a wonderful officiant. She helped make the day of our wedding amazing, special, and personal. We loved Read more...
Barbara Ann was a wonderful officiant. She helped make the day of our wedding amazing, special, and personal. We loved that she really was interested in our story and our lives together and she was able to incorporate that so well in our vows. She was able to touch the hearts of not only us, but of our guests as well. Barbara is very flexible and was able to work around our schedule in order to make the ceremony special. We highly recommend her services as you and your guests will only be ecstatic about the outcome. Read less
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awamanda
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
Barbara was the perfect person to marry my husband and I. We thought for awhile about having a family member or friend marry us but didn't have anyone in our lives that seemed right. Barbara became that friend we were looking for. She learned all about who we are as a couple and as people in order to created the most personal, moving and special ceremony we could have every imagined. Guests were in awe of our ceremony and continue to talk about how grateful they are we shared ourselves in the way we did. All of that is thanks to Barbara. I smile everytime I think of our ceremony. Its difficult to imagine a stranger playing such a large role in an incredibly important moment in your life but with Barbara all our fears disappeared. I would highly recommend her!
Barbara was the perfect person to marry my husband and I. We thought for awhile about having a family member or friend Read more...
Barbara was the perfect person to marry my husband and I. We thought for awhile about having a family member or friend marry us but didn't have anyone in our lives that seemed right. Barbara became that friend we were looking for. She learned all about who we are as a couple and as people in order to created the most personal, moving and special ceremony we could have every imagined. Guests were in awe of our ceremony and continue to talk about how grateful they are we shared ourselves in the way we did. All of that is thanks to Barbara. I smile everytime I think of our ceremony. Its difficult to imagine a stranger playing such a large role in an incredibly important moment in your life but with Barbara all our fears disappeared. I would highly recommend her! Read less
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YRuggiero
Wedding:
6/11/2010
5.0/5.0
Working with Barbara was a pleasure and joy. She is an exceptionally talented professional.
Working with Barbara was a pleasure and joy. She is an exceptionally talented professional.
Working with Barbara was a pleasure and joy. She is an exceptionally talented professional. Read less
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erinreynolds
Wedding:
5/1/2010
5.0/5.0
We are so thankful that we found someone as wonderful as Barbara to marry us. Barbara’s professionalism, attention to detail and passion are second to none. Not only did we feel Barbara did an amazing job, but our family and friends are still raving about our ceremony and all of its personal touches. She truly took the time to get to know us as a couple and captured the essence of our love in the ceremony. Thank you so much Barbara!!!

- Erin & Adam, May 1, 2010
We are so thankful that we found someone as wonderful as Barbara to marry us. Barbara’s professionalism, attention to Read more...
We are so thankful that we found someone as wonderful as Barbara to marry us. Barbara’s professionalism, attention to detail and passion are second to none. Not only did we feel Barbara did an amazing job, but our family and friends are still raving about our ceremony and all of its personal touches. She truly took the time to get to know us as a couple and captured the essence of our love in the ceremony. Thank you so much Barbara!!!

- Erin & Adam, May 1, 2010 Read less
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jpindigo
Wedding:
4/16/2010
5.0/5.0
Barbara was a great officiant. She has a great process that helped Bob and I create a unique and personalized ceremony that expressed our commitment, love, values, hopes and dreams beautifully. She energized the process of creating vows and a personalized ceremony with her creativity and ideas while being completely sensitive to our vision. Bravo.
Barbara was a great officiant. She has a great process that helped Bob and I create a unique and personalized ceremony Read more...
Barbara was a great officiant. She has a great process that helped Bob and I create a unique and personalized ceremony that expressed our commitment, love, values, hopes and dreams beautifully. She energized the process of creating vows and a personalized ceremony with her creativity and ideas while being completely sensitive to our vision. Bravo. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Dksratl
Wedding:
10/2/2009
5.0/5.0
Barbara Ann made our renewal ceremony an incredible, touching, and personal experience that my husband and I will cherish for the rest of our lives! By speaking to us by phone, in just a couple of phone calls, she was able to capture the spirit of our marriage. Her writing style is unique and delightful. Her personality is simply joyful. We can't stop raving about her! You are sure to be pleased with Barbara Ann for your ceremony!
Barbara Ann made our renewal ceremony an incredible, touching, and personal experience that my husband and I will cherish Read more...
Barbara Ann made our renewal ceremony an incredible, touching, and personal experience that my husband and I will cherish for the rest of our lives! By speaking to us by phone, in just a couple of phone calls, she was able to capture the spirit of our marriage. Her writing style is unique and delightful. Her personality is simply joyful. We can't stop raving about her! You are sure to be pleased with Barbara Ann for your ceremony! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Susan
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
There is absolutely nothing negative to say about Barbara! Not only did she officiate at the wedding I planned for my cousin, she coordinated every detail from 3,000 miles away! Barbara met my cousin and fiance over skype and within a few months you would have thought they'd known each other for years by the beautiful and personal ceremony she performed. It was perfect and one of the most emotional weddings I have ever been to!
There is absolutely nothing negative to say about Barbara! Not only did she officiate at the wedding I planned for my Read more...
There is absolutely nothing negative to say about Barbara! Not only did she officiate at the wedding I planned for my cousin, she coordinated every detail from 3,000 miles away! Barbara met my cousin and fiance over skype and within a few months you would have thought they'd known each other for years by the beautiful and personal ceremony she performed. It was perfect and one of the most emotional weddings I have ever been to! Read less
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Erica
Wedding:
9/7/2013
4.9/5.0
Barbara was wonderful, always positive and willing to help make your day special. I had a surprise wedding and had to change locations the night before. She was flexible and had no problem helping me contact the band I hired to make my day less stressful. She helped make our day perfect and ceremony exactly the way we wanted it.
Barbara was wonderful, always positive and willing to help make your day special. I had a surprise wedding and had to Read more...
Barbara was wonderful, always positive and willing to help make your day special. I had a surprise wedding and had to change locations the night before. She was flexible and had no problem helping me contact the band I hired to make my day less stressful. She helped make our day perfect and ceremony exactly the way we wanted it. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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omguy
Wedding:
4/6/2012
4.9/5.0
Barbara radiates compassion, loving kindness, and joy. From the moment my husband and I talked with her to plan our ceremony, we knew she was the one for us. Barbara was interested in who we are as a couple, our story, and how we incorporate our love into everyday life. Together the three of us, with Barbara's guidance created the ceremony we wanted to share with our friends and family with a message of love, commitment, and community. We particularly wanted a Hindu ritual and a community ritual incorporated into our ceremony and Barbara welcomed and celebrated with us the inclusion of these to make the ceremony special for us.

We asked Barbara to join us at the reception. She was incredibly open and engaged all our guests with here compassion and interest in people.

Barbara's mission is to bring joy and love to the world. She is a community builder who believes in cerebrating love and commitment between two people forming a new family. She is an ally to the LGBT community and is responsive and professional. She is truly a being of great love.
Barbara radiates compassion, loving kindness, and joy. From the moment my husband and I talked with her to plan our Read more...
Barbara radiates compassion, loving kindness, and joy. From the moment my husband and I talked with her to plan our ceremony, we knew she was the one for us. Barbara was interested in who we are as a couple, our story, and how we incorporate our love into everyday life. Together the three of us, with Barbara's guidance created the ceremony we wanted to share with our friends and family with a message of love, commitment, and community. We particularly wanted a Hindu ritual and a community ritual incorporated into our ceremony and Barbara welcomed and celebrated with us the inclusion of these to make the ceremony special for us.

We asked Barbara to join us at the reception. She was incredibly open and engaged all our guests with here compassion and interest in people.

Barbara's mission is to bring joy and love to the world. She is a community builder who believes in cerebrating love and commitment between two people forming a new family. She is an ally to the LGBT community and is responsive and professional. She is truly a being of great love. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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robertlinnett
Wedding:
11/11/2011
4.9/5.0
Barbara was fantastic. We found her at the last minute and we are so lucky we did. She helped to make our marriage ceremony a very special event.
Barbara was fantastic. We found her at the last minute and we are so lucky we did. She helped to make our marriage Read more...
Barbara was fantastic. We found her at the last minute and we are so lucky we did. She helped to make our marriage ceremony a very special event. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
Barbara took the time to get to know us and crafted a ceremony that truly reflected us as a couple. Her delivery was excellent and she responded to our crowd in the moment. Many of our guests commented that the ceremony was one of their favorites that they'd ever been to. We could not have asked for better!
Barbara took the time to get to know us and crafted a ceremony that truly reflected us as a couple. Her delivery was Read more...
Barbara took the time to get to know us and crafted a ceremony that truly reflected us as a couple. Her delivery was excellent and she responded to our crowd in the moment. Many of our guests commented that the ceremony was one of their favorites that they'd ever been to. We could not have asked for better! Read less
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sarah
Wedding:
8/3/2014
4.6/5.0
Barbara crafted our ceremony into an inclusive, loving story with much laughter and cheer from our guests. Everyone said, it was the most 'real' and engaging ceremony they'd ever been to. As the bride and groom, we felt in good hands throughout the process, and she made us feel confident and peaceful on the big day. Can't say enough good things about the Jester of the Peace! :)
Barbara crafted our ceremony into an inclusive, loving story with much laughter and cheer from our guests. Everyone said, Read more...
Barbara crafted our ceremony into an inclusive, loving story with much laughter and cheer from our guests. Everyone said, it was the most 'real' and engaging ceremony they'd ever been to. As the bride and groom, we felt in good hands throughout the process, and she made us feel confident and peaceful on the big day. Can't say enough good things about the Jester of the Peace! :) Read less
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Gemma
Wedding:
8/11/2012
4.0/5.0
We spoke to several officiants while planning our wedding and Barbara was the only one who really tried to get to know us as a couple rather than discuss religion. She asked about how we meet, first date, our future plans and what we wanted for our ceremony rather than being told how the ceremony will pan out. After we made the decision to have Barbara officiate our ceremony she sent us her idea and we were able to adapt it to our style and she was ok with all the changes made by us. She was helpful and understanding of the fact that we live in the UK and were unable to meet until the morning of our wedding but we spoke over the phone and via emails. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted and reflected our live and relationship so it show Barbara had done a good job with finding out all the information from the first day we meet and through to our wedding day.
We spoke to several officiants while planning our wedding and Barbara was the only one who really tried to get to know us Read more...
We spoke to several officiants while planning our wedding and Barbara was the only one who really tried to get to know us as a couple rather than discuss religion. She asked about how we meet, first date, our future plans and what we wanted for our ceremony rather than being told how the ceremony will pan out. After we made the decision to have Barbara officiate our ceremony she sent us her idea and we were able to adapt it to our style and she was ok with all the changes made by us. She was helpful and understanding of the fact that we live in the UK and were unable to meet until the morning of our wedding but we spoke over the phone and via emails. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted and reflected our live and relationship so it show Barbara had done a good job with finding out all the information from the first day we meet and through to our wedding day. Read less
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