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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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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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Samantha
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
Jane wrote and performed a wonderful and moving ceremony for our May 2015 wedding. She was so wonderful and accomodating and did such a beautiful job! She made the best day of our lives all that much sweeter, and we will forever be grateful to her for our moving and lovely ceremony!
Jane wrote and performed a wonderful and moving ceremony for our May 2015 wedding. She was so wonderful and accomodating Read more...
Jane wrote and performed a wonderful and moving ceremony for our May 2015 wedding. She was so wonderful and accomodating and did such a beautiful job! She made the best day of our lives all that much sweeter, and we will forever be grateful to her for our moving and lovely ceremony! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Sammie was married in Laconia at the Belknap Mill and it was an intimate gathering - just the perfect mix for their venue and their closest friends and family. Being in a historic site added depth to their ceremony. I'm sure their marriage will be rich with longevity because they've worked hard to get where they are.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Jane was great to work with! She worked with us to get our ceremony to reflect us as a couple and our dreams for the future. She also was so helpful and responsive whenever I had little miscellaneous questions. I highly recommend her to any brides (and grooms!)!
Jane was great to work with! She worked with us to get our ceremony to reflect us as a couple and our dreams for the Read more...
Jane was great to work with! She worked with us to get our ceremony to reflect us as a couple and our dreams for the future. She also was so helpful and responsive whenever I had little miscellaneous questions. I highly recommend her to any brides (and grooms!)! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Samantha and Bob were married at Alyson's Orchard in Walpole - May is tricky, because the weather can be challenging, but nothing could deter the day. Everything came together perfectly - even the birch easel they had for signage. It was a great wedding for a great couple.
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Megan
Wedding:
3/21/2015
5.0/5.0
Provided a catered ceremony that fit our relationship perfectly. It was absolutely beautiful and concise just as we hoped for.
Provided a catered ceremony that fit our relationship perfectly. It was absolutely beautiful and concise just as we hoped Read more...
Provided a catered ceremony that fit our relationship perfectly. It was absolutely beautiful and concise just as we hoped for. Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Megan and Jason were married in Hudson, NH. They did a lemon tree unity - a piece that is perfect for a couple that aren't in their own home yet, but still want a tree unity. Megan's vision was clear from the get go and we worked well together, staying on top of all the details so at no point did we feel overwhelmed - kind of like the way a good marriage works - together! Go love!
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Erin
Wedding:
3/7/2015
5.0/5.0
Jane was the best! We really felt like she took the time to get to know us even with the short timeline we gave her. She listened to what we wanted and more than followed through. She was very good at communicating throughout the entire process. I loved our ceremony and had many praises from family and friends at what a fantastic job Jane did! I would recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent officiant that really takes the time to make your ceremony personal and special! Thank you Jane! Erin and Morgan
Jane was the best! We really felt like she took the time to get to know us even with the short timeline we gave her. She Read more...
Jane was the best! We really felt like she took the time to get to know us even with the short timeline we gave her. She listened to what we wanted and more than followed through. She was very good at communicating throughout the entire process. I loved our ceremony and had many praises from family and friends at what a fantastic job Jane did! I would recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent officiant that really takes the time to make your ceremony personal and special! Thank you Jane! Erin and Morgan Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Erin and Morgan were married at The Grandview Inn, in Jaffrey, NH. It was a wonderful ceremony with Mtn. Monadnock in the distance. The ceremony was equal parts of family and friends and equal parts of laughter and reverence. Balance is important to them in life and in love and their ceremony reflected this.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Jane was fantastic! It was hard picking an officiant online but many people told me amazing things about her! I loved how experienced she was and the fact that anything I forgot, she filled in the blanks and reminded me. An overall amazing women who puts her heart into every ceremony she does. You will not be disappointed, but rather blown away !
Jane was fantastic! It was hard picking an officiant online but many people told me amazing things about her! I loved how Read more...
Jane was fantastic! It was hard picking an officiant online but many people told me amazing things about her! I loved how experienced she was and the fact that anything I forgot, she filled in the blanks and reminded me. An overall amazing women who puts her heart into every ceremony she does. You will not be disappointed, but rather blown away ! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Katie and Nick's winter wedding at Alyson's Orchard was wonderful - warm even in January. Katie looked picture postcard perfect and Nick was smiling instantly when he saw her make her entrance! I loved standing with them - a tremendous honor for a couple who put their love for each other in the forefront of their lives!
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Molly
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Jane was absolutely amazing and added so much to our wedding day! The ceremony she wrote for us was lighthearted and fun and a perfect representation of us as a couple. She was extremely easy to work with and kept us calm and laughing. We couldn't have asked for anything more and we are so glad we chose her!
Jane was absolutely amazing and added so much to our wedding day! The ceremony she wrote for us was lighthearted and fun Read more...
Jane was absolutely amazing and added so much to our wedding day! The ceremony she wrote for us was lighthearted and fun and a perfect representation of us as a couple. She was extremely easy to work with and kept us calm and laughing. We couldn't have asked for anything more and we are so glad we chose her! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Molly and Patrick were married at Alyson's Orchard. We did a unique unity piece - that generated an appreciation for their first meeting. We laughed, and cried. It was extra special.

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