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Carissa Ceremonies

Niskayuna , NY
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Niskayuna, NY US 12309 (map)

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518-858-0141

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Congratulations on your upcoming ceremony and celebration! With Carissa Ceremonies, you have found just that “right fit” in an officiant for your day. With a philosophy that emphasizes... Read more
Congratulations on your upcoming ceremony and celebration! With Carissa Ceremonies, you have found just that “right fit” in an officiant for your day. With a philosophy that emphasizes your voice, your vision and your day, Ceremony Officiant Jessica Rowell works closely with each client bringing her warmth, creativity, professionalism, resourcefulness and dedication to the process of designing the ceremony of your dreams. Read less
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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

REVIEWS

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Michele
Wedding:
7/19/2014
4.6/5.0
Jessica provided us with a wonderful ceremony. It was exactly what we wanted and she was helpful every step of the way. Our guests commented on how lovely our ceremony was. I highly recommend Jessica as your wedding officiant. She made us feel comfortable and loved on our wedding day.
Jessica provided us with a wonderful ceremony. It was exactly what we wanted and she was helpful every step of the way. Read more...
Jessica provided us with a wonderful ceremony. It was exactly what we wanted and she was helpful every step of the way. Our guests commented on how lovely our ceremony was. I highly recommend Jessica as your wedding officiant. She made us feel comfortable and loved on our wedding day. Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
11/23/2013
5.0/5.0
We were just married by Jessica at Carissa Ceremonies on November 23, 2013. Jessica was awesome and we would highly recommend her! She was responsive to our inquiries and incredibly helpful with all questions related to the process. She made our ceremony special to us and provided unlimited support throughout the planning process. If you are looking for an officiant who will go above and beyond to make sure your special day is perfect, Carissa Ceremonies is the way to go!
We were just married by Jessica at Carissa Ceremonies on November 23, 2013. Jessica was awesome and we would highly Read more...
We were just married by Jessica at Carissa Ceremonies on November 23, 2013. Jessica was awesome and we would highly recommend her! She was responsive to our inquiries and incredibly helpful with all questions related to the process. She made our ceremony special to us and provided unlimited support throughout the planning process. If you are looking for an officiant who will go above and beyond to make sure your special day is perfect, Carissa Ceremonies is the way to go! Read less
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John and Katie
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Jessica from Carissa Ceremonies was spectacular as our wedding officiant and we could not have been happier to have her guiding us through our big day!. From our initial meeting, she really wanted to create as personal a ceremony as possible by having us tell her "our story". She truly helped us design a ceremony that centered around family and friends; exactly what we wanted. Initially, having to decide all of the wording of a wedding ceremony seemed like a daunting task, but Jessica provided us with a huge amount of samples that we could choose from and even encouraged us to find readings that would have particular meaning to us. Jessica was incredibly helpful during our rehearsal, taking the time to make sure everybody in our party knew exactly what to do and was even a great source of encouragement before the actual ceremony. With Jessica, it felt like a great friend was there guiding us through the most important day of our life. We would definitely recommend Jessica to anybody looking for a person that can make your wedding ceremony a beautiful, personalized event and a day you will never forget!
Jessica from Carissa Ceremonies was spectacular as our wedding officiant and we could not have been happier to have her Read more...
Jessica from Carissa Ceremonies was spectacular as our wedding officiant and we could not have been happier to have her guiding us through our big day!. From our initial meeting, she really wanted to create as personal a ceremony as possible by having us tell her "our story". She truly helped us design a ceremony that centered around family and friends; exactly what we wanted. Initially, having to decide all of the wording of a wedding ceremony seemed like a daunting task, but Jessica provided us with a huge amount of samples that we could choose from and even encouraged us to find readings that would have particular meaning to us. Jessica was incredibly helpful during our rehearsal, taking the time to make sure everybody in our party knew exactly what to do and was even a great source of encouragement before the actual ceremony. With Jessica, it felt like a great friend was there guiding us through the most important day of our life. We would definitely recommend Jessica to anybody looking for a person that can make your wedding ceremony a beautiful, personalized event and a day you will never forget! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
6/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Out of everyone in our wedding team, we received the most compliments about Jessica. Her warm spirit is contagious! Jessica led and coordinated our wedding ceremony with the utmost professionalism and confidence, demonstrating her credibility, knowledge, and experience in the industry. She provided us with example readings, vows, and traditions that we could use and tweak for our own ceremony, resulting in a very personal and unique ceremony that fit us perfectly. Jessica makes a strong effort in getting to know all of her clients, and we are so fortunate to have had her. We'd recommend her to anyone :)
Out of everyone in our wedding team, we received the most compliments about Jessica. Her warm spirit is contagious! Read more...
Out of everyone in our wedding team, we received the most compliments about Jessica. Her warm spirit is contagious! Jessica led and coordinated our wedding ceremony with the utmost professionalism and confidence, demonstrating her credibility, knowledge, and experience in the industry. She provided us with example readings, vows, and traditions that we could use and tweak for our own ceremony, resulting in a very personal and unique ceremony that fit us perfectly. Jessica makes a strong effort in getting to know all of her clients, and we are so fortunate to have had her. We'd recommend her to anyone :) Read less
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Keri
Wedding:
6/1/2013
4.5/5.0
Jessica was great! She helped us through the ceremony. She was on time, she spoke great at the wedding. She got me through the ceremony without crying too much and was ready to go. She was a little expensive, but made me feel confident so we went with her and glad we did.
Jessica was great! She helped us through the ceremony. She was on time, she spoke great at the wedding. She got me through Read more...
Jessica was great! She helped us through the ceremony. She was on time, she spoke great at the wedding. She got me through the ceremony without crying too much and was ready to go. She was a little expensive, but made me feel confident so we went with her and glad we did. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
5/18/2013
4.8/5.0
Jessica was fabulous to work with! Out of all of our vendors we received so many compliments about her and the ceremony. She made it so personal and was so genuine.
Jessica was fabulous to work with! Out of all of our vendors we received so many compliments about her and the ceremony. Read more...
Jessica was fabulous to work with! Out of all of our vendors we received so many compliments about her and the ceremony. She made it so personal and was so genuine. Read less
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Judith
Wedding:
11/11/2012
4.8/5.0
Jessica was responsive right from the start. She was referred to us by a trusted mentor and friend so I was not too concerned. However, we still reviewed all of her ratings online and they were stellar! Jessica "got us" from our very first meeting. We felt connected to her and trusted that she would execute our vision. Three months after our wedding people say to us that our ceremony was the most unique, loving and thoughtful ceremony they have ever experienced; it surely was (and in our personal opinion) should be the highlight of our wedding- for us, it was the most intimate and memorable part of the whole process. Jessica helped to make this so. She offered suggestions that gave our wedding a unique and special touch, She even researched some ethnic customs for us to consider, as this was important to us. I would recommend Jessica to serve as an officiant without any reservation.
Jessica was responsive right from the start. She was referred to us by a trusted mentor and friend so I was not too Read more...
Jessica was responsive right from the start. She was referred to us by a trusted mentor and friend so I was not too concerned. However, we still reviewed all of her ratings online and they were stellar! Jessica "got us" from our very first meeting. We felt connected to her and trusted that she would execute our vision. Three months after our wedding people say to us that our ceremony was the most unique, loving and thoughtful ceremony they have ever experienced; it surely was (and in our personal opinion) should be the highlight of our wedding- for us, it was the most intimate and memorable part of the whole process. Jessica helped to make this so. She offered suggestions that gave our wedding a unique and special touch, She even researched some ethnic customs for us to consider, as this was important to us. I would recommend Jessica to serve as an officiant without any reservation. Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were referred to Jessica from Carissa Ceremonies by our wedding planner for our fall 2012 wedding. Neither my husband nor I belong to any religious institution or particular school of thought but knew we wanted to have a meaningful ceremony that was a direct reflection of us and our love story. Jessica was a huge help from the very beginning, she provided us with many many samples of past ceremonies she performed for reference and offered up unique ideas and solutions for issues we had trouble working out ourselves. Both my parents are deceased and I was having a hard time figuring out a way to honor them, acknowledge my guardians and not have our special day and marriage turn into a "weighty" remembrance of the dead. Jessica helped us devise special roles for the members present and helped us with wording to honor those who were not. On our wedding day she was prompt and poised and made both of us feel very relaxed. I would definitely recommend Jessica for the couple who does not want the typical cookie-cutter wedding ceremony but rather prefers to work with someone who can help tailer it to the specific needs of the couple.
My husband and I were referred to Jessica from Carissa Ceremonies by our wedding planner for our fall 2012 wedding. Read more...
My husband and I were referred to Jessica from Carissa Ceremonies by our wedding planner for our fall 2012 wedding. Neither my husband nor I belong to any religious institution or particular school of thought but knew we wanted to have a meaningful ceremony that was a direct reflection of us and our love story. Jessica was a huge help from the very beginning, she provided us with many many samples of past ceremonies she performed for reference and offered up unique ideas and solutions for issues we had trouble working out ourselves. Both my parents are deceased and I was having a hard time figuring out a way to honor them, acknowledge my guardians and not have our special day and marriage turn into a "weighty" remembrance of the dead. Jessica helped us devise special roles for the members present and helped us with wording to honor those who were not. On our wedding day she was prompt and poised and made both of us feel very relaxed. I would definitely recommend Jessica for the couple who does not want the typical cookie-cutter wedding ceremony but rather prefers to work with someone who can help tailer it to the specific needs of the couple. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/1/2012
4.2/5.0
This was our second marriage and Jessica was the perfect officiant for our intimate, outdoor wedding. We wrote our own vows and had friends read poems that meant a lot to us. She was flexible with the flow of the ceremony and put us at ease with her warmth and humor. At the wedding rehearsal she made great suggestions for seating and other concerns.

My daughter will be getting married in June, and she also chose Jessica to officiate her big day. It will be so comforting to know that all will go smoothly at her ceremony with Reverend Jessica at the helm!
This was our second marriage and Jessica was the perfect officiant for our intimate, outdoor wedding. We wrote our own Read more...
This was our second marriage and Jessica was the perfect officiant for our intimate, outdoor wedding. We wrote our own vows and had friends read poems that meant a lot to us. She was flexible with the flow of the ceremony and put us at ease with her warmth and humor. At the wedding rehearsal she made great suggestions for seating and other concerns.

My daughter will be getting married in June, and she also chose Jessica to officiate her big day. It will be so comforting to know that all will go smoothly at her ceremony with Reverend Jessica at the helm! Read less
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Cheryl
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Jessica was the best officiant I could have ever hoped for!! She gave us an absolutely beautiful ceremony and made us both feel very relaxed on our big day. When we began planning our ceremony we had no idea of where to start and Jessica's advice was priceless. She helped throughout the year in preparing our ceremony and was very professional and personable throughout our experience with her. She did an amazing job guiding us throughout the rehearsal and the actual ceremony. I recommend Jessica without reservation!
Jessica was the best officiant I could have ever hoped for!! She gave us an absolutely beautiful ceremony and made us both Read more...
Jessica was the best officiant I could have ever hoped for!! She gave us an absolutely beautiful ceremony and made us both feel very relaxed on our big day. When we began planning our ceremony we had no idea of where to start and Jessica's advice was priceless. She helped throughout the year in preparing our ceremony and was very professional and personable throughout our experience with her. She did an amazing job guiding us throughout the rehearsal and the actual ceremony. I recommend Jessica without reservation! Read less
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Blnd E
Wedding:
10/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Jessica was incredible!!! She took the time during our inital meeting to really get to know us as a couple (from how we met to what our families are like). She made our ceremony about us and not some cookie cutter ceremony. We were totally at ease with her like a friend that you've known for years. She was able to take the tension of being the center of attention and make it feel like it was just the 2 of us.
Jessica was incredible!!! She took the time during our inital meeting to really get to know us as a couple (from how we Read more...
Jessica was incredible!!! She took the time during our inital meeting to really get to know us as a couple (from how we met to what our families are like). She made our ceremony about us and not some cookie cutter ceremony. We were totally at ease with her like a friend that you've known for years. She was able to take the tension of being the center of attention and make it feel like it was just the 2 of us. Read less
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VandR2011
Wedding:
9/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Jessica absolutely made our wedding ceremony the most memorable moment of our lives. We felt like she was part of our family. She understood that we wanted to showcase how important family and friends are to us on and especially central on our wedding day. She embraced all of the personal touches we discussed with her and weaved them beautifully into our ceremony. She had great pointers on the flow and special moments for our ceremony. Her positive energy, professionalism, guidance, charisma, and warmth made our big day perfect. So many of our guests commented to us about how she led our ceremony, and how she felt just as excited and connected with us as our own family did. We can't say enough about how amazing our experience was and HIGHLY recommend Jessica for life's important events. Thank you, Jessica!
Jessica absolutely made our wedding ceremony the most memorable moment of our lives. We felt like she was part of our Read more...
Jessica absolutely made our wedding ceremony the most memorable moment of our lives. We felt like she was part of our family. She understood that we wanted to showcase how important family and friends are to us on and especially central on our wedding day. She embraced all of the personal touches we discussed with her and weaved them beautifully into our ceremony. She had great pointers on the flow and special moments for our ceremony. Her positive energy, professionalism, guidance, charisma, and warmth made our big day perfect. So many of our guests commented to us about how she led our ceremony, and how she felt just as excited and connected with us as our own family did. We can't say enough about how amazing our experience was and HIGHLY recommend Jessica for life's important events. Thank you, Jessica! Read less
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sarah
Wedding:
8/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Every child is a miracle, and deserves a celebration.Those were my feelings this past summer when we had Jessica, of Carissa Ceremonies perform a dedication service for our third daughter Emily.After struggling with infertility issues for years,it was the most welcome surprise last spring when we found out that we were going to have another baby. I knew that this baby was such a blessing in many ways, and we had to find a special way to acknowledge this gift.
I have known Jessica for a long time, when she was a social worker with an adoption agency , she was a great support for my husband and I. Infertility is a difficult road, and her compassion and friendship during that time in our lives helped me more than she could know.So who better to perform this celebration than the person that has seen our family through so much.
In planning the service,being able to work with someone that knew our history and why it was so important to me to really celebrate this baby was invaluable. I could bring what I wanted to convey,and Jessica had the creativity and experience to bring it to life.
Emily's dedication was everything I hoped for and more,a beautiful day of family and friends. The service was genuinely meaningful and fun, complete with music,a sand blending ceremony,a nursing break for the guest of honor and a grand finale with all of the kids present releasing a rainbow of balloons.Thanks to Jessica everyone understood what we were celebrating, and why it was so important to us.
At one point in my life, Jessica was witness to some of my saddest days,when I didn't know if I would ever have a family.I consider it a gift that she was able to be an integral part of one of my very best. I believe that this day meant as much to Jessica as it did to us,and it came through in our service.I think we both knew, that we had come full circle .
Every child is a miracle, and deserves a celebration.Those were my feelings this past summer when we had Jessica, of Read more...
Every child is a miracle, and deserves a celebration.Those were my feelings this past summer when we had Jessica, of Carissa Ceremonies perform a dedication service for our third daughter Emily.After struggling with infertility issues for years,it was the most welcome surprise last spring when we found out that we were going to have another baby. I knew that this baby was such a blessing in many ways, and we had to find a special way to acknowledge this gift.
I have known Jessica for a long time, when she was a social worker with an adoption agency , she was a great support for my husband and I. Infertility is a difficult road, and her compassion and friendship during that time in our lives helped me more than she could know.So who better to perform this celebration than the person that has seen our family through so much.
In planning the service,being able to work with someone that knew our history and why it was so important to me to really celebrate this baby was invaluable. I could bring what I wanted to convey,and Jessica had the creativity and experience to bring it to life.
Emily's dedication was everything I hoped for and more,a beautiful day of family and friends. The service was genuinely meaningful and fun, complete with music,a sand blending ceremony,a nursing break for the guest of honor and a grand finale with all of the kids present releasing a rainbow of balloons.Thanks to Jessica everyone understood what we were celebrating, and why it was so important to us.
At one point in my life, Jessica was witness to some of my saddest days,when I didn't know if I would ever have a family.I consider it a gift that she was able to be an integral part of one of my very best. I believe that this day meant as much to Jessica as it did to us,and it came through in our service.I think we both knew, that we had come full circle . Read less
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Brie
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Jessica was wonderful. She was warm and kind and was perfect for us. She explained how everything works and gave us a ton of options for our ceremony and was completely open to our ideas - even letting our dog be the ringbearer! I would reccommend her over and over again!
Jessica was wonderful. She was warm and kind and was perfect for us. She explained how everything works and gave us a ton Read more...
Jessica was wonderful. She was warm and kind and was perfect for us. She explained how everything works and gave us a ton of options for our ceremony and was completely open to our ideas - even letting our dog be the ringbearer! I would reccommend her over and over again! Read less
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MTaylor
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
When my now husband & I began looking for an officiant for our Saratoga wedding, we were looking for someone who would listen to our ideas, someone who would provide guidance (since we felt like we had no idea what we were doing!), and most importantly, someone we felt we could connect with in the small amount of time we had available to meet face to face, since we were planning our big day from Boston. Jessica Rowell of Carissa Ceremonies exceeded our expectations in every way. Her warm yet professional manner put us at ease immediately. She listened to all of our ideas, answered all our questions, and incorporated everything we asked into the ceremony. She provided guidance and addressed all of our concerns with productive and creative suggestions. There were tons of people at our rehearsal, but she calmly took charge and ran through everything like a rock star! She had no problem accommodating a last minute change I requested. I was a stressed bride on my wedding day, but the one thing I had absolutely no worries about was the ceremony since I knew it was in such good hands. It turned out perfectly! Our friends and families were impressed by her professionalism, grace, and warmth. Jessica went above and beyond for us and I can’t imagine what our big day would have been like without her. She is truly a gem!
When my now husband & I began looking for an officiant for our Saratoga wedding, we were looking for someone who would Read more...
When my now husband & I began looking for an officiant for our Saratoga wedding, we were looking for someone who would listen to our ideas, someone who would provide guidance (since we felt like we had no idea what we were doing!), and most importantly, someone we felt we could connect with in the small amount of time we had available to meet face to face, since we were planning our big day from Boston. Jessica Rowell of Carissa Ceremonies exceeded our expectations in every way. Her warm yet professional manner put us at ease immediately. She listened to all of our ideas, answered all our questions, and incorporated everything we asked into the ceremony. She provided guidance and addressed all of our concerns with productive and creative suggestions. There were tons of people at our rehearsal, but she calmly took charge and ran through everything like a rock star! She had no problem accommodating a last minute change I requested. I was a stressed bride on my wedding day, but the one thing I had absolutely no worries about was the ceremony since I knew it was in such good hands. It turned out perfectly! Our friends and families were impressed by her professionalism, grace, and warmth. Jessica went above and beyond for us and I can’t imagine what our big day would have been like without her. She is truly a gem! Read less
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morgsandbri
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Jessica was wonderful to work with. In our first meeting we felt like she was so easy to talk with and had such a presence. We also felt like she was open helping us make our ceremony simple, yet meaningful and personal. She helped to give us suggestions or readings, and ways to incorporate our family. She gave us guidance on writing our own personal vows. She was also quick to respond to emails and was at all times professional. I felt like she truly enjoyed her job and working with us.
She worked well with our ceremony location to make our rehearsal effortless. Our ceremony was beautiful. Everything she worked with us on in advance materialized. It was such a beautiful ceremony and most everyone was crying. Afterward so many people asked us about her, and talked about what a beautiful ceremony it was. I would definitely recommend her to other brides :)
Jessica was wonderful to work with. In our first meeting we felt like she was so easy to talk with and had such a Read more...
Jessica was wonderful to work with. In our first meeting we felt like she was so easy to talk with and had such a presence. We also felt like she was open helping us make our ceremony simple, yet meaningful and personal. She helped to give us suggestions or readings, and ways to incorporate our family. She gave us guidance on writing our own personal vows. She was also quick to respond to emails and was at all times professional. I felt like she truly enjoyed her job and working with us.
She worked well with our ceremony location to make our rehearsal effortless. Our ceremony was beautiful. Everything she worked with us on in advance materialized. It was such a beautiful ceremony and most everyone was crying. Afterward so many people asked us about her, and talked about what a beautiful ceremony it was. I would definitely recommend her to other brides :) Read less
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Charlie
Wedding:
7/6/2011
5.0/5.0
For my 15 year vow renewal, I can't imagine it would have gone any smoother with anyone else besides Jessica. Never having met her, living in Florida and trying to plan a surprise renewal for my husband in New York was certainly a challenge, for myself and I am sure for Jessica. She calmed my anxiety when I thought I couldn't make it happen and reassured me that it would be wonderful. The ceremony was everything I expected and more and I couldn't have been happier. She is a true professional and I am so happy I chose her to celebrate my marriage! Thank You Jessica from the Bernardo's!
For my 15 year vow renewal, I can't imagine it would have gone any smoother with anyone else besides Jessica. Never having Read more...
For my 15 year vow renewal, I can't imagine it would have gone any smoother with anyone else besides Jessica. Never having met her, living in Florida and trying to plan a surprise renewal for my husband in New York was certainly a challenge, for myself and I am sure for Jessica. She calmed my anxiety when I thought I couldn't make it happen and reassured me that it would be wonderful. The ceremony was everything I expected and more and I couldn't have been happier. She is a true professional and I am so happy I chose her to celebrate my marriage! Thank You Jessica from the Bernardo's! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Jessica was a continual source of guidance, reassurance, humor, and warmth throughout our year-long wedding-planning process. Professional yet caring and easy-going, Jessica offered many suggestions about how to structure a ceremony — sending us a wide variety of sample ceremony scripts for us to browse through, for example — without ever imposing on us a particular vision of what a ceremony is “supposed” to be like. As my husband and I come from very different cultural backgrounds (Cambodian and Greek/Sicilian), we were so happy to see that Jessica was not only open to hearing about our various wedding traditions but downright enthusiastic about finding ways to incorporate them into our ceremony. Jessica helped us edit the ceremony script into a polished final product that balanced my husband’s culture and religion with my own and managed to be deeply meaningful without sounding overly sentimental.

Since we didn’t hire a wedding coordinator, we greatly appreciated the fact that Jessica was always ready to roll with the punches, keeping up with multiple changes to previously longstanding plans, making herself available to meet on several occasions, and deftly turning an initially chaotic rehearsal into a productive meeting. On the day of the wedding, Jessica was simultaneously a bastion of calm (soothing everyone in the bridal suite when my grandmother’s ride was late, lost, and out of cell-phone range; reassuring the nervous groom as he waited at the altar) and a pro-active problem-solver, coordinating with the D.J. and handling last-minute issues on her own.

Our ceremony went off beautifully, earning us (unprompted!) rave reviews from our guests in the days and weeks following the wedding. What is more, everyone who had any level of contact with Jessica mentioned how wonderful she was. One friend even commented that Jessica was her ideal of what an officiant should be. My husband and I whole-heartedly agree!
Jessica was a continual source of guidance, reassurance, humor, and warmth throughout our year-long wedding-planning Read more...
Jessica was a continual source of guidance, reassurance, humor, and warmth throughout our year-long wedding-planning process. Professional yet caring and easy-going, Jessica offered many suggestions about how to structure a ceremony — sending us a wide variety of sample ceremony scripts for us to browse through, for example — without ever imposing on us a particular vision of what a ceremony is “supposed” to be like. As my husband and I come from very different cultural backgrounds (Cambodian and Greek/Sicilian), we were so happy to see that Jessica was not only open to hearing about our various wedding traditions but downright enthusiastic about finding ways to incorporate them into our ceremony. Jessica helped us edit the ceremony script into a polished final product that balanced my husband’s culture and religion with my own and managed to be deeply meaningful without sounding overly sentimental.

Since we didn’t hire a wedding coordinator, we greatly appreciated the fact that Jessica was always ready to roll with the punches, keeping up with multiple changes to previously longstanding plans, making herself available to meet on several occasions, and deftly turning an initially chaotic rehearsal into a productive meeting. On the day of the wedding, Jessica was simultaneously a bastion of calm (soothing everyone in the bridal suite when my grandmother’s ride was late, lost, and out of cell-phone range; reassuring the nervous groom as he waited at the altar) and a pro-active problem-solver, coordinating with the D.J. and handling last-minute issues on her own.

Our ceremony went off beautifully, earning us (unprompted!) rave reviews from our guests in the days and weeks following the wedding. What is more, everyone who had any level of contact with Jessica mentioned how wonderful she was. One friend even commented that Jessica was her ideal of what an officiant should be. My husband and I whole-heartedly agree! Read less
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Angela
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Jessica did an amazing job with our wedding. She is very flexible and willing to design a ceremony that truly reflects the bride and groom. She helped us to craft a beautiful civil ceremony that was meaningful to us. We appreciated her thoughts and advice and she did an amazing job reading the script on the day of our wedding.
Jessica did an amazing job with our wedding. She is very flexible and willing to design a ceremony that truly reflects the Read more...
Jessica did an amazing job with our wedding. She is very flexible and willing to design a ceremony that truly reflects the bride and groom. She helped us to craft a beautiful civil ceremony that was meaningful to us. We appreciated her thoughts and advice and she did an amazing job reading the script on the day of our wedding. Read less
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Sophia
Wedding:
1/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Jessica performed an adoption ceremony for us. While we were designing our ceremony she provided us with information and examples as well as guided us in making our ceremony individualized to meet our needs. She also provided a lot of feedback assisting us in developing the flow of our event as well as our programs. She was responded quickly and fully to questions. The quality of our ceremony was perfect, she met all of our needs and all of our guests kept remarking how beautiful our ceremony was. We would strongly reccommend Jessica to friends and family who are in search of an officiant for any event, weddings, adoption ceremony, commitment ceremony...
Sophia and Brian
Jessica performed an adoption ceremony for us. While we were designing our ceremony she provided us with information and Read more...
Jessica performed an adoption ceremony for us. While we were designing our ceremony she provided us with information and examples as well as guided us in making our ceremony individualized to meet our needs. She also provided a lot of feedback assisting us in developing the flow of our event as well as our programs. She was responded quickly and fully to questions. The quality of our ceremony was perfect, she met all of our needs and all of our guests kept remarking how beautiful our ceremony was. We would strongly reccommend Jessica to friends and family who are in search of an officiant for any event, weddings, adoption ceremony, commitment ceremony...
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