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Ceremonies of Heart

Fairfield County , CT
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Fairfield County, CT 06850 US (map)

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203-840-1364

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Your ceremony is the centerpiece of your wedding day. Brimming with love, a well-crafted ceremony embraces you in moments of true meaning. For example, after an introduction, I tell your... Read more
Your ceremony is the centerpiece of your wedding day. Brimming with love, a well-crafted ceremony embraces you in moments of true meaning. For example, after an introduction, I tell your love story, sharing all the romance, humor, and unique details of your courtship, the proposal, and your hopes for your future together. Perhaps there will be poetic readings, or a lovely ritual. Then come the solemn vows and the exhilarating moment when I pronounce you "husband and wife." As a certified life-cycle celebrant and ordained interfaith minister, it is my honor to help you take these precious steps into married life. Whether you want your ceremony to be traditional or unconventional, simple or elaborate, interfaith or secular, I stand ready to help you put together the magical wedding ceremony you will always remember. To schedule a complimentary meeting about your ceremony, please e-mail me: maryjoy@ceremoniesofheart.com or call me at (203)840-1364 I create and officiate weddings throughout Connecticut (specializing in Fairfield and New Haven Counties) Rev. Mary Joy Leaper Wilton, Connecticut Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Earth-Based, Hindu, Jewish, No Denomination, Quaker, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
<30 Mins., 30-60 Mins.

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Wedding:
8/1/2015
5.0/5.0
We really enjoyed working with Mary Joy on our wedding ceremony. We were looking for someone willing and able to perform a handfasting ceremony in the forest, but her unique offering to also tell our "love story" is what hooked us. So many of our guests complimented us on our magical, special, and meaningful ceremony. It was so full of personal anecdotes and thoughtful references that some asked if we had written it ourselves. We did not -- it was all Mary Joy! Will always remember it!
We really enjoyed working with Mary Joy on our wedding ceremony. We were looking for someone willing and able to perform a Read more...
We really enjoyed working with Mary Joy on our wedding ceremony. We were looking for someone willing and able to perform a handfasting ceremony in the forest, but her unique offering to also tell our "love story" is what hooked us. So many of our guests complimented us on our magical, special, and meaningful ceremony. It was so full of personal anecdotes and thoughtful references that some asked if we had written it ourselves. We did not -- it was all Mary Joy! Will always remember it! Read less
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Viviane
Wedding:
6/27/2015
5.0/5.0
Mary Joy Leaper was great to work with - from the start, she was very resourceful and organised, helping us plan out our ceremony to reflect what we wanted. She had many vow, reading, blessing, and ritual options for us to choose from, and was able to make our ceremony heartfelt and personal using the information from the detailed questionnaire she sent us. After the ceremony, we received many comments about how beautiful the ceremony was, and received a copy of the final reading to keep - such a nice touch! We communicated mainly via email, and she was very quick to respond and to make amendments to the reading when needed. Mary Joy was also always available to answer any of our questions. Overall, Mary Joy provided us with a wonderful and memorable ceremony, and we would recommend her to anyone looking for a unique and personal ceremony.
Mary Joy Leaper was great to work with - from the start, she was very resourceful and organised, helping us plan out our Read more...
Mary Joy Leaper was great to work with - from the start, she was very resourceful and organised, helping us plan out our ceremony to reflect what we wanted. She had many vow, reading, blessing, and ritual options for us to choose from, and was able to make our ceremony heartfelt and personal using the information from the detailed questionnaire she sent us. After the ceremony, we received many comments about how beautiful the ceremony was, and received a copy of the final reading to keep - such a nice touch! We communicated mainly via email, and she was very quick to respond and to make amendments to the reading when needed. Mary Joy was also always available to answer any of our questions. Overall, Mary Joy provided us with a wonderful and memorable ceremony, and we would recommend her to anyone looking for a unique and personal ceremony. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Kimberly
Wedding:
5/15/2015
5.0/5.0
Mary Joy Leaper was just so sweet and fantastic. She made our ceremony and wedding as a whole a beautifully personal one. My husband and I were so grateful for her to take part in our special day. Highly recommend!
Mary Joy Leaper was just so sweet and fantastic. She made our ceremony and wedding as a whole a beautifully personal one. Read more...
Mary Joy Leaper was just so sweet and fantastic. She made our ceremony and wedding as a whole a beautifully personal one. My husband and I were so grateful for her to take part in our special day. Highly recommend! Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Mary Joy was a wonderful celebrant who helped us create a unique ceremony filled with poetry and meaning - our guests are still talking about how moving it was. We couldn't have been more happy with her attention to detail, warmth, responsiveness, and efficiency. We highly recommend Mary Joy!
Mary Joy was a wonderful celebrant who helped us create a unique ceremony filled with poetry and meaning - our guests are Read more...
Mary Joy was a wonderful celebrant who helped us create a unique ceremony filled with poetry and meaning - our guests are still talking about how moving it was. We couldn't have been more happy with her attention to detail, warmth, responsiveness, and efficiency. We highly recommend Mary Joy! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Alison
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Mary Joy created the most beautiful ceremony for our wedding. We couldn't have imagined a more personal and special ceremony! She is amazing!
Mary Joy created the most beautiful ceremony for our wedding. We couldn't have imagined a more personal and special Read more...
Mary Joy created the most beautiful ceremony for our wedding. We couldn't have imagined a more personal and special ceremony! She is amazing! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Kathryn
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were married by Mary Joy Leaper on the beach in Groton Long Point, Connecticut, on October 5, 2013. We had met Mary Joy by Skype 5 months prior and we immediately liked her strong, calm energy. We corresponded through email, filling out detailed questionnaires, that helped her write our unique ceremony. We first met her in person at the rehearsal the day before we were married, and we immediately felt that we were in good hands. Her ceremony for us was personal and detailed, but also understated, allowing our union to be the focus. The fact that the sun was shining and the weather was warm was icing on the cake. It was a beautiful ceremony that we will cherish for years to come. We credit Mary Joy for the success of our ceremony and strongly recommend her to others.
My husband and I were married by Mary Joy Leaper on the beach in Groton Long Point, Connecticut, on October 5, 2013. We Read more...
My husband and I were married by Mary Joy Leaper on the beach in Groton Long Point, Connecticut, on October 5, 2013. We had met Mary Joy by Skype 5 months prior and we immediately liked her strong, calm energy. We corresponded through email, filling out detailed questionnaires, that helped her write our unique ceremony. We first met her in person at the rehearsal the day before we were married, and we immediately felt that we were in good hands. Her ceremony for us was personal and detailed, but also understated, allowing our union to be the focus. The fact that the sun was shining and the weather was warm was icing on the cake. It was a beautiful ceremony that we will cherish for years to come. We credit Mary Joy for the success of our ceremony and strongly recommend her to others. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Beverly
Wedding:
9/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Mary Joy was fantastic to work with. From the very start she was very prompt to return emails and was flexible in arranging a time for our initial consultation. She did an excellent job of figuring out exactly the type of ceremony we were aiming for by meeting with us in person and through the very thorough couples questionnaire she asked us to complete. She was very helpful in giving us sample vows to pick from and was a great resource for selecting our readings as well. The editing process was extremely straight forward since there were only very minor changes to be made, and Rev. Mary Joy was very quick to incorporate any edits. We do not consider ourselves to be religious, but Rev. Mary Joy was not at all judgmental and helped us capture the symbolism and spirituality that we wanted to include. After the wedding, many of our guests commented on how beautiful the ceremony was and really enjoyed how personal it felt. Rev. Mary Joy is a true professional and was a dream to work with. Although it may be slightly more expensive than a justice of the peace, it was truly worth it to have such a wonderful and meaningful ceremony.
Rev. Mary Joy was fantastic to work with. From the very start she was very prompt to return emails and was flexible in Read more...
Rev. Mary Joy was fantastic to work with. From the very start she was very prompt to return emails and was flexible in arranging a time for our initial consultation. She did an excellent job of figuring out exactly the type of ceremony we were aiming for by meeting with us in person and through the very thorough couples questionnaire she asked us to complete. She was very helpful in giving us sample vows to pick from and was a great resource for selecting our readings as well. The editing process was extremely straight forward since there were only very minor changes to be made, and Rev. Mary Joy was very quick to incorporate any edits. We do not consider ourselves to be religious, but Rev. Mary Joy was not at all judgmental and helped us capture the symbolism and spirituality that we wanted to include. After the wedding, many of our guests commented on how beautiful the ceremony was and really enjoyed how personal it felt. Rev. Mary Joy is a true professional and was a dream to work with. Although it may be slightly more expensive than a justice of the peace, it was truly worth it to have such a wonderful and meaningful ceremony. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We highly recommend Mary Joy Leaper as a wedding officiant. We asked her to help us create a very special and intimate non-religious ceremony and she did exactly that. She listened to our story, asked us to fill out questionnaires, and helped us craft a truly unique ceremony. All of our guests walked away saying how great she was. We also like that she gives a keepsake version of the wedding ceremony. Our wedding ceremony was very special thanks to Mary Joy!
We highly recommend Mary Joy Leaper as a wedding officiant. We asked her to help us create a very special and intimate Read more...
We highly recommend Mary Joy Leaper as a wedding officiant. We asked her to help us create a very special and intimate non-religious ceremony and she did exactly that. She listened to our story, asked us to fill out questionnaires, and helped us craft a truly unique ceremony. All of our guests walked away saying how great she was. We also like that she gives a keepsake version of the wedding ceremony. Our wedding ceremony was very special thanks to Mary Joy! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Cathryn
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Mary Leaper was a joy to work with. She communicated with me/us the whole time leading up to the ceremony. She met with us prior as well. I loved the idea of a love story and she followed what we asked. She even gave great ideas and advice. The ceremony was beautiful and I am very glad and thankful for her. She even gave us a copy of the final ceremony readings!

Definitely would recommend her to anyone looking to do something unique, professional and memorable.
Mary Leaper was a joy to work with. She communicated with me/us the whole time leading up to the ceremony. She met with us Read more...
Mary Leaper was a joy to work with. She communicated with me/us the whole time leading up to the ceremony. She met with us prior as well. I loved the idea of a love story and she followed what we asked. She even gave great ideas and advice. The ceremony was beautiful and I am very glad and thankful for her. She even gave us a copy of the final ceremony readings!

Definitely would recommend her to anyone looking to do something unique, professional and memorable. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Danielle
Wedding:
7/21/2009
5.0/5.0
She was do great with taking care of our unique needs and last minute changes. She also was priced fair and went beyond what others would have done.
She was do great with taking care of our unique needs and last minute changes. She also was priced fair and went beyond Read more...
She was do great with taking care of our unique needs and last minute changes. She also was priced fair and went beyond what others would have done. Read less
Services Used: Officiant

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