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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant

Keene , NH
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31 Dover Street
Keene, NH 03431 US (map)

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603-313-4107
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ABOUT US

Delighted and honored to have been awarded Bride's Choice Awards for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, Market Survey of America's Best of the Best for the greater Keene Area,... Read more
Delighted and honored to have been awarded Bride's Choice Awards for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, Market Survey of America's Best of the Best for the greater Keene Area, 2013 and 2015 and Keene Sentinel Readers' Choice 1st place for best Wedding Officiant.
Being a practicing Justice of the Peace/Wedding Officiant for the State of New Hampshire, since 2004, is an incredible honor! I continually remind my children to surround themselves with vocations that bring this kind of satisfaction. Since becoming a JP, I have steadily increased the number of weddings I have officiated at, traveling throughout New Hampshire , Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine. Being an integral part of a couple’s wedding experience is humbling. I love to write, and generally I put an entire ceremony together for a couple as part of our fee arrangement. I encourage couples to write their own vows, but if they would rather I write a litany, I am happy to do that as well. Tailoring a ceremony specifically to a couple is what I do, unless a couple wants a simple no frills ceremony or perhaps an elopement.
My speciality is writing a ceremony that encompasses a unity piece crafted for each couple. My formula is to get to know my couples so that each and every element is reflective of their journey to marriage and their vision for the future. My speciality is a tree unity, which I have refined over the past 11 years and a brand new one I refer to as "There is Always Room For Love." Please ask me about them!
If I am not available to officiate for you, consider having a family member or close friend read a ceremony that I have custom written for you. In the last year I wrote over ten ceremonies for close friends or family to perform! Please contact me with any questions on how this can be done.
My fee is based upon the complexity of the ceremony, the venue, the amount of people, travel time and arranging to be present at a rehearsal. Please do not hesitate to call me with questions.
As a NH JP, officiating in MA. requires a waiver form that can be faxed to the Secretary of State’s office. There is no extra charge for this waiver. I've officiated in Topsfield, Newburyport, Holyoke, Cohasset, Wellesley,Templeton, Stow, Manchester-by-the Sea, Greenfield, Chatham, Gloucester, Boston, Salisbury, Tewksbury, Georgetown and Whately!
I have also officiated in Quechee,VT, Stratton Mtn., VT and Saco & York Beach, Maine. Because there is not reciprocity from state to state, some states require more for out-of-state JPs to officiate in their states. Just ask me and I'll tell you what my experience has been. I've officiated in every county of New Hampshire. Some of the venues I frequent are Cathedral of the Pines, The Shattuck, The Bedford Village Inn, LaBelle Winery, Zorvino Vineyards, Keene Country Club, Stonewall Farm, The Grandview and Alyson's Orchard. I look forward to making your wedding a memorable experience. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
No Denomination
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
30-60 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
MA, NH, VT

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aimee
Wedding:
7/27/2015
5.0/5.0
Jane created the most beautiful ceremony. She was so helpful from beginning to end. She had such a calm presence, My husband keeps saying how she made him so calm the entire time before I walked out when he was nervous. She made our 3 children feel involved and that was really important to us. She went above and beyond our expectations and I feel so blessed to have had her part of our day.
Jane created the most beautiful ceremony. She was so helpful from beginning to end. She had such a calm presence, My Read more...
Jane created the most beautiful ceremony. She was so helpful from beginning to end. She had such a calm presence, My husband keeps saying how she made him so calm the entire time before I walked out when he was nervous. She made our 3 children feel involved and that was really important to us. She went above and beyond our expectations and I feel so blessed to have had her part of our day. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
7/11/2015
5.0/5.0
Jane was the best person to marry my husband and I. She got us from the very beginning based on our questionnaires we filled out. She saw things in us that I hadn't even though of and wrote the most beautiful ceremony based on those answers. After our first meeting, we left knowing that our ceremony would be just as special as the first dance, cake, etc.. Sometimes people rush through that part, but Jane took her time and really emphasized our love, families, friends, and the future we were creating. I felt so comfortable with her and would recommend her to everyone. She is a valuable asset to your perfect day!!!
Jane was the best person to marry my husband and I. She got us from the very beginning based on our questionnaires we Read more...
Jane was the best person to marry my husband and I. She got us from the very beginning based on our questionnaires we filled out. She saw things in us that I hadn't even though of and wrote the most beautiful ceremony based on those answers. After our first meeting, we left knowing that our ceremony would be just as special as the first dance, cake, etc.. Sometimes people rush through that part, but Jane took her time and really emphasized our love, families, friends, and the future we were creating. I felt so comfortable with her and would recommend her to everyone. She is a valuable asset to your perfect day!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Jane Rokes is a powerful speaker, with a beautiful mind and stunning words. Jane makes a custom ceremony for you and your partner; she listens and puts words and firm ideas of what your love is. I still think back to my ceremony and remember how her voice grounded me and her words, which was formed out of the love and ramblings of my partner and I, left goosebumps on arms.
Jane took her time with us, listened to what we had to say, and constructed a ceremony that was unique to us and her as well! I cannot write enough of how much I appreciated having Jane officiating our ceremony.
Thank you Jane for everything you did!
Jane Rokes is a powerful speaker, with a beautiful mind and stunning words. Jane makes a custom ceremony for you and your Read more...
Jane Rokes is a powerful speaker, with a beautiful mind and stunning words. Jane makes a custom ceremony for you and your partner; she listens and puts words and firm ideas of what your love is. I still think back to my ceremony and remember how her voice grounded me and her words, which was formed out of the love and ramblings of my partner and I, left goosebumps on arms.
Jane took her time with us, listened to what we had to say, and constructed a ceremony that was unique to us and her as well! I cannot write enough of how much I appreciated having Jane officiating our ceremony.
Thank you Jane for everything you did! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Andreia and Corey were married at The Shattuck in Jaffrey - Mount Monadnock was in their background while we celebrated their devotion to each other. They wanted a simple ceremony with no unity so we worked hard to find the perfect sentiment to make their ceremony meaningful and full! We did it with a great combination of words and elements.
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Charity
Wedding:
6/27/2015
5.0/5.0
Jane is a very passionate, compassionate beautiful person who puts all her love, care, time and individuality of each couple into her ceremonies!! A friend gave me a list of potential Wedding Officiants & when I saw Janes information, and her description I knew that she was the perfect one to Officiate our special day!! Janes ceremony was so beautiful & our family & friends are still talking about how beautiful the ceremony was. We shared laughs, & when I broke down with happiness during my vows Jane was there every step of the way helping me regather myself so that I could say her beautiful vows she had written for us audibly :) :). If you do not live in an area Jane covers, I would tell anyone to consider their wedding planning in an area she does just so you can experience working with such a amazing, genuine, and wonderful person as her!! Thank you Jane for all your time, love, flexibility, compassion & care you put into our special day. The ceremony was the most touching, memorable piece & Mike & I will hold your wisdom & love in out hearts always!! As you say... GO LOVE!! :) :)
Jane is a very passionate, compassionate beautiful person who puts all her love, care, time and individuality of each Read more...
Jane is a very passionate, compassionate beautiful person who puts all her love, care, time and individuality of each couple into her ceremonies!! A friend gave me a list of potential Wedding Officiants & when I saw Janes information, and her description I knew that she was the perfect one to Officiate our special day!! Janes ceremony was so beautiful & our family & friends are still talking about how beautiful the ceremony was. We shared laughs, & when I broke down with happiness during my vows Jane was there every step of the way helping me regather myself so that I could say her beautiful vows she had written for us audibly :) :). If you do not live in an area Jane covers, I would tell anyone to consider their wedding planning in an area she does just so you can experience working with such a amazing, genuine, and wonderful person as her!! Thank you Jane for all your time, love, flexibility, compassion & care you put into our special day. The ceremony was the most touching, memorable piece & Mike & I will hold your wisdom & love in out hearts always!! As you say... GO LOVE!! :) :) Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Charity and Mike got married in the Marble Room at Hidden Hills in Rindge. Charity's mom and her godmother walked her down the aisle to Mike and and Mike's dad was a groomsman. Family is simply the most important part of their lives - a family member made their cake and the list goes on. I was happy to be in the company of wonderful people as two lives and two sets of family and friends were joined together!
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
6/20/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband and I felt very blessed to have such a wonderful ceremony created for us by Jane. We could tell she worked hard to take our words and craft them into personal and meaningful vows. It was an absolute pleasure to have her share with us our special day. Thank you so much!
My husband and I felt very blessed to have such a wonderful ceremony created for us by Jane. We could tell she worked hard Read more...
My husband and I felt very blessed to have such a wonderful ceremony created for us by Jane. We could tell she worked hard to take our words and craft them into personal and meaningful vows. It was an absolute pleasure to have her share with us our special day. Thank you so much! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

The Keene Country Club was the venue Elizabeth and Jason chose to share their wedding with their families and friends. A Blessing of Gratitude was created for them and we shared the breaking of the glass to celebrate! It was a celebration tailored to them - a great time to share their love story.
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Marilu
Wedding:
6/14/2015
5.0/5.0
Jane did an awesome job!
Jane has been an officiate for three other family members and friend. We live in MA, and realized it was going to be hard to make appointments with her. Adam grew up in Keene, NH and knew Mrs. Rokes well. I think you appreciate some one who already knows a little bit about you to officiate your wedding.
We conversed through e-mails and phone calls. It was hit and miss a couple of times but some how Jane understood every detail we wanted to present of our love to our family.
Jane was very easy to get a long with. She arrived presentable and very helpful while we all scrambled around to get ready. We thank her so much for being a part of our special day. You are awesome!
Marilu and Adam Spiess
Jane did an awesome job!
Jane has been an officiate for three other family members and friend. We live in MA, and Read more...
Jane did an awesome job!
Jane has been an officiate for three other family members and friend. We live in MA, and realized it was going to be hard to make appointments with her. Adam grew up in Keene, NH and knew Mrs. Rokes well. I think you appreciate some one who already knows a little bit about you to officiate your wedding.
We conversed through e-mails and phone calls. It was hit and miss a couple of times but some how Jane understood every detail we wanted to present of our love to our family.
Jane was very easy to get a long with. She arrived presentable and very helpful while we all scrambled around to get ready. We thank her so much for being a part of our special day. You are awesome!
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Jackie
Wedding:
6/13/2015
5.0/5.0
Jane Rokes was the officiant for our wedding a few weeks ago and we both have nothing but wonderful things to say about her. We shared personal memories with Jane and she incorporated every last thought into a beautiful ceremony piece, which really reflected us as a couple. She was supportive and respectful through every step of the wedding process especially while we were planning the wedding from out of state. For anyone looking for an officiant, I highly recommend Jane for her knowledge and also for her amazing personality!
Jane Rokes was the officiant for our wedding a few weeks ago and we both have nothing but wonderful things to say about Read more...
Jane Rokes was the officiant for our wedding a few weeks ago and we both have nothing but wonderful things to say about her. We shared personal memories with Jane and she incorporated every last thought into a beautiful ceremony piece, which really reflected us as a couple. She was supportive and respectful through every step of the wedding process especially while we were planning the wedding from out of state. For anyone looking for an officiant, I highly recommend Jane for her knowledge and also for her amazing personality! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Jackie and Kyle were married at Cobb Hill Estate in Harrisville - or the "top of the world" with vistas that are beautiful - but not as beautiful as Jackie that day. Working with Jackie and Kyle was wonderful because I could hear Kyle's voice in the planning as loudly as I heard Jackie's. It was a beautiful ceremony with all their family and friends there to cheer them on and celebrate with them!
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Lisa
Wedding:
6/6/2015
5.0/5.0
We found Jane through a recommendation from our planner, and simply could not have been more overjoyed with her services. From the first meeting, we were impressed by her understanding and receptiveness to our vision for our wedding. We had literally no idea what we wanted, but knew exactly what we didn't want, and weren't sure how to proceed. Jane sent us a thorough worksheet to complete, which asked my husband and I to discuss our relationship, our future and how our families influence us. Jane used our words to weave a rich and personalized story of our life. She made gentle suggestions about the flow and order of the ceremony, and was open to edits and revisions of her work. I consider myself to be very picky about the use of specific words, but Jane wrote a nearly flawless ceremony on the first try.

During my engagement, Jane was available to answer every question I had. Our last phone conversation before the ceremony focused on logistics, including several details I hadn't even considered. She was entirely professional and I felt more confident about this aspect of the wedding than any part of the reception!

On the day of the wedding, Jane was helpful and supportive while still allowing me to enjoy the morning. The ceremony itself went perfectly, down to the last grain of rice thrown. Friends and family were raving about how personal the words were, and how truly and accurately they reflected our relationship. To quote a guest, "it was the first wedding ceremony I actually wanted to hear more of".

COULD NOT HAVE ASKED FOR BETTER!
We found Jane through a recommendation from our planner, and simply could not have been more overjoyed with her services. Read more...
We found Jane through a recommendation from our planner, and simply could not have been more overjoyed with her services. From the first meeting, we were impressed by her understanding and receptiveness to our vision for our wedding. We had literally no idea what we wanted, but knew exactly what we didn't want, and weren't sure how to proceed. Jane sent us a thorough worksheet to complete, which asked my husband and I to discuss our relationship, our future and how our families influence us. Jane used our words to weave a rich and personalized story of our life. She made gentle suggestions about the flow and order of the ceremony, and was open to edits and revisions of her work. I consider myself to be very picky about the use of specific words, but Jane wrote a nearly flawless ceremony on the first try.

During my engagement, Jane was available to answer every question I had. Our last phone conversation before the ceremony focused on logistics, including several details I hadn't even considered. She was entirely professional and I felt more confident about this aspect of the wedding than any part of the reception!

On the day of the wedding, Jane was helpful and supportive while still allowing me to enjoy the morning. The ceremony itself went perfectly, down to the last grain of rice thrown. Friends and family were raving about how personal the words were, and how truly and accurately they reflected our relationship. To quote a guest, "it was the first wedding ceremony I actually wanted to hear more of".

COULD NOT HAVE ASKED FOR BETTER! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Lisa and her husband were married at Moody Farm in Wolfeboro. The sunken garden ceremony site was breathtaking. The reception site was unique too - a barn with two floors and pleasing features. I met Lisa over the phone and we hit it off instantly. Every ceremony I write makes me a better listener. Lisa is a writer too so we made edits collaboratively with an eye toward capturing their story perfectly. I smiled the entire ride home!
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Briana
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Jane's dedication, professionalism and passion for what she does is evident in every moment you spend with her. She took the time to get to know my husband, myself and our 14 month old son personally and it made our ceremony so much more special. Within our ceremony, Jane helped us to acknowledge members of both of our families who have passed and who we wanted to be honored and remembered in our ceremony. She did so delicately and with such grace and love that it truly touched us. After the ceremony had been written, we threw her a curve ball and asked her to include in the ceremony that we would be welcoming another baby to our family this fall. Jane not only worked it into the service graciously and seamlessly, she delivered the news with joy and love and helped to make our very special announcement perfect! In the week since our wedding, we have received many compliments on Jane's beautiful ceremony and how the care and love she put into it made our day so much more special. To any couple thinking about having Jane officiate your ceremony, please know this: your service will be crafted carefully by one of the most pure, genuine, loving hearts we have ever had the pleasure of knowing and you could not choose a better person to help you start your life together. From the first moment I spoke with Jane all the way through our wedding day, she held us in her heart and cared for our family; and for us, that made all the difference.
Jane's dedication, professionalism and passion for what she does is evident in every moment you spend with her. She took Read more...
Jane's dedication, professionalism and passion for what she does is evident in every moment you spend with her. She took the time to get to know my husband, myself and our 14 month old son personally and it made our ceremony so much more special. Within our ceremony, Jane helped us to acknowledge members of both of our families who have passed and who we wanted to be honored and remembered in our ceremony. She did so delicately and with such grace and love that it truly touched us. After the ceremony had been written, we threw her a curve ball and asked her to include in the ceremony that we would be welcoming another baby to our family this fall. Jane not only worked it into the service graciously and seamlessly, she delivered the news with joy and love and helped to make our very special announcement perfect! In the week since our wedding, we have received many compliments on Jane's beautiful ceremony and how the care and love she put into it made our day so much more special. To any couple thinking about having Jane officiate your ceremony, please know this: your service will be crafted carefully by one of the most pure, genuine, loving hearts we have ever had the pleasure of knowing and you could not choose a better person to help you start your life together. From the first moment I spoke with Jane all the way through our wedding day, she held us in her heart and cared for our family; and for us, that made all the difference. Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Bri and Darrick were married in their backyard that butts Darrick's father's back yard - and it was lovely. We worked hard to ensure that their ceremony captured everything Bri mentioned in her review - including a first for me: the announcement of a baby. We cheered and there were tears and it was emotional and wonderful. They lit a memorial candle for loved ones as a Remembrance and they did a tree unity which was fitting as well. I not only got to officiate for them, but met wonderful friends for a lifetime!
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Kelly
Wedding:
5/29/2015
5.0/5.0
Jane was more than wonderful. She made our special day perfect! She went out of state and did all the paperwork needed. I would highly recommend using her. Loved that she wrote our ceremony through all of our words. She takes the time to get to know you to make your special day amazing!!!
Jane was more than wonderful. She made our special day perfect! She went out of state and did all the paperwork needed. I Read more...
Jane was more than wonderful. She made our special day perfect! She went out of state and did all the paperwork needed. I would highly recommend using her. Loved that she wrote our ceremony through all of our words. She takes the time to get to know you to make your special day amazing!!! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Kelly and Jason were married in Whately Mass at the Quont Quont Farm - there were 14 people present - intimate and romantic. Every detail was perfect. Kelly wanted it to be picture postcard perfect and it was all that and more.

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