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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, and the Couple's Choice Award for 2014 and 2015, Market Survey of America's Best of the... Read more
Delighted and honored to have been awarded Bride's Choice Awards for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and the Couple's Choice Award for 2014 and 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 guests, travel time and arranging to be present at a rehearsal and meet and greet. My pricing range is from $200 to $500 generally, which includes travel. 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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Emily
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
Jane was fantastic. She was incredibly responsive to all emails and phone calls. She also made sure to stay in contact both during the planning, and as the wedding got closer.

Jane wrote a beautiful ceremony with input from my fiance and myself. She took the time to get to know us and customize the ceremony so it didn't feel like a cookie cutter wedding.

I feel fortunate that I was able to find someone that listened to my input and helped me realize what I wanted in our ceremony and made that happen. She was wonderful and I would absolutely recommend her.
Jane was fantastic. She was incredibly responsive to all emails and phone calls. She also made sure to stay in contact Read more...
Jane was fantastic. She was incredibly responsive to all emails and phone calls. She also made sure to stay in contact both during the planning, and as the wedding got closer.

Jane wrote a beautiful ceremony with input from my fiance and myself. She took the time to get to know us and customize the ceremony so it didn't feel like a cookie cutter wedding.

I feel fortunate that I was able to find someone that listened to my input and helped me realize what I wanted in our ceremony and made that happen. She was wonderful and I would absolutely recommend her. Read less
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Brieanna
Wedding:
3/12/2016
5.0/5.0
She was PERFECT! It was like she already knew us on the phone and the ceremony had everyone in tears! We loved her and are so happy she did our wedding!
She was PERFECT! It was like she already knew us on the phone and the ceremony had everyone in tears! We loved her and are Read more...
She was PERFECT! It was like she already knew us on the phone and the ceremony had everyone in tears! We loved her and are so happy she did our wedding! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

I hope my husband of 34 years describes me in much the same say - Perfect is also the term I would use to describe my love of being an officiant. It's a perfect fit, because I love being married! So, thank you Bri for asking me to be part of your wedding experience. Go love!
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Janet
Wedding:
1/2/2016
5.0/5.0
Jane wrote a beautiful ceremony that captured our vision perfectly. She was professional, eloquent and personable, making our day truly unique and special. Jane's input and suggestions made our ceremony a memorable one, and I would highly recommend her to anyone getting married! Meet her once and you'll love her!
Jane wrote a beautiful ceremony that captured our vision perfectly. She was professional, eloquent and personable, making Read more...
Jane wrote a beautiful ceremony that captured our vision perfectly. She was professional, eloquent and personable, making our day truly unique and special. Jane's input and suggestions made our ceremony a memorable one, and I would highly recommend her to anyone getting married! Meet her once and you'll love her! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Janet & DJ were married at their friend's home on 1/2. Their new blended family of three children each filled the front row and they shared a family bouquet unity with their parents, which will eventually get dried and hung to enjoy for years - a reminder of what is truly important - family! This was a second wedding for Janet and DJ - entirely different from their firsts - this chapter will no doubt be filled with love!
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Becca
Wedding:
12/31/2015
5.0/5.0
I've had the distinct pleasure of knowing Jane and her family since I was in diapers. She's worked closely with my family for years in different capacities, so when I got engaged it was without question who I would ask to perform our ceremony. Jane was not only super flexible during the whole planning process, but she also helped us to create our dream ceremony through her vast experience, tools, and talent. She would call or text when she had new ideas, and also sought to include the smallest, most meaningful details for us. When I received the draft of our ceremony, I cried. She had captured everything we had shared with her, and then some. It was absolute perfection. The day of, and the days leading up to, the wedding she was so supportive, and made sure that both my husband and I felt 100% comfortable with everything. The ceremony was just as beautiful in person as it was on paper. It was sentimental and followed the prescribed structure, but was fluid and allowed us to both savor all the little unexpected hiccups and funny moments we hadn't planned for. The whole process of working with Jane, and having her officiate over our wedding, will forever be one of my most favorite memories. If you are looking for someone to make you feel like she's known you forever, look no further. Jane is the absolute best in the business.
I've had the distinct pleasure of knowing Jane and her family since I was in diapers. She's worked closely with my family Read more...
I've had the distinct pleasure of knowing Jane and her family since I was in diapers. She's worked closely with my family for years in different capacities, so when I got engaged it was without question who I would ask to perform our ceremony. Jane was not only super flexible during the whole planning process, but she also helped us to create our dream ceremony through her vast experience, tools, and talent. She would call or text when she had new ideas, and also sought to include the smallest, most meaningful details for us. When I received the draft of our ceremony, I cried. She had captured everything we had shared with her, and then some. It was absolute perfection. The day of, and the days leading up to, the wedding she was so supportive, and made sure that both my husband and I felt 100% comfortable with everything. The ceremony was just as beautiful in person as it was on paper. It was sentimental and followed the prescribed structure, but was fluid and allowed us to both savor all the little unexpected hiccups and funny moments we hadn't planned for. The whole process of working with Jane, and having her officiate over our wedding, will forever be one of my most favorite memories. If you are looking for someone to make you feel like she's known you forever, look no further. Jane is the absolute best in the business. Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Becca and Kyle rang in 2016 at Alyson's Orchard on 12/31 by tying the knot. It was a wonderful affair full of family and friends who traveled from near and far to share their evening with them! I have known Becca since she was a young lady and she has grown into a wise and lovely young woman who will be a great life partner for Kyle. Kyle's is personable and down to earth. What a lucky couple to be in love and share this life together.
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Private User
Wedding:
10/18/2015
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Jane was so lovely to work with. She makes a point of getting to know the bride and groom- what matters to them, the details of their love story, and how they envision their ceremony. She writes beautiful, specific, individualized ceremonies. I (of course) saw ours, and an example of another couple's and they were both so unique. Jane would never create a cookie cutter ceremony. Jane is incredibly flexible, professional, and just a pleasure to communicate with really. I hate talking on the phone and we easily spoke for over half an hour when I first called her. At the end, we felt like she had known us for much longer than the few exchanges we had. I highly recommend her!
Jane was so lovely to work with. She makes a point of getting to know the bride and groom- what matters to them, the Read more...
Jane was so lovely to work with. She makes a point of getting to know the bride and groom- what matters to them, the details of their love story, and how they envision their ceremony. She writes beautiful, specific, individualized ceremonies. I (of course) saw ours, and an example of another couple's and they were both so unique. Jane would never create a cookie cutter ceremony. Jane is incredibly flexible, professional, and just a pleasure to communicate with really. I hate talking on the phone and we easily spoke for over half an hour when I first called her. At the end, we felt like she had known us for much longer than the few exchanges we had. I highly recommend her! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Maddie and Mark were married on a crisp fall day at Alyson's Orchard in Walpole. So many lovely elements were woven into their ceremony - her wearing her Bubbie Anne's antique vale, her grandfather's prayer shawl displayed on their chuppa and the breaking of the glass at the end of the ceremony. It was personal, special and lovely.
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Erin
Wedding:
10/16/2015
5.0/5.0
Jane was absolutely wonderful. She was kind, caring, professional and creative. I contacted her about being the officiant for our wedding and within a day she had contacted me and wanted to speak personally on the phone to create a more personal experience. The way she creates and writes your ceremony makes it so special and personal, it's a different story for everyone. I couldn't have asked for a better ceremony, it was so unique and special and her enthusiasm really showed how much she genuinely enjoyed bringing two people together. Thank you Jane!
Jane was absolutely wonderful. She was kind, caring, professional and creative. I contacted her about being the officiant Read more...
Jane was absolutely wonderful. She was kind, caring, professional and creative. I contacted her about being the officiant for our wedding and within a day she had contacted me and wanted to speak personally on the phone to create a more personal experience. The way she creates and writes your ceremony makes it so special and personal, it's a different story for everyone. I couldn't have asked for a better ceremony, it was so unique and special and her enthusiasm really showed how much she genuinely enjoyed bringing two people together. Thank you Jane! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Erin and Richard were married at The Bedford Inn. It was a lovely garden wedding with a wine box ceremony. Working with Erin was easy and really nice - we got things done in a timely manner so there was never an ounce of feeling rushed. Go love!
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
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Jane was the perfect choice of JP for our wedding. She tailor-made our ceremony, which is exactly what we wanted, and it was absolutely amazing! Although we didn't know Jane before choosing her as our officiant. she took the time to learn about us and our relationship, and put together a meaningful and beautiful ceremony for us.
Thank you, Jane!!!
Jane was the perfect choice of JP for our wedding. She tailor-made our ceremony, which is exactly what we wanted, and it Read more...
Jane was the perfect choice of JP for our wedding. She tailor-made our ceremony, which is exactly what we wanted, and it was absolutely amazing! Although we didn't know Jane before choosing her as our officiant. she took the time to learn about us and our relationship, and put together a meaningful and beautiful ceremony for us.
Thank you, Jane!!! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Rachel and Brian were married at Brookstone in Derry. It was the perfect October evening wedding.

Rachel and I worked well collaboratively - deciding early on that they wouldn't use a unity piece so it was even more important to choose readings that would resonate for them and making sure too that their ceremony was well balanced. Being a Wordsmith with a love of literature and prose made writing their ceremony even more meaningful.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
To say that Jane Rokes was an amazing officiant would be the understatement of the year. She was phenomenal. To give this some perspective, two of our parents (bride's side) and an uncle (groom's side), as well as several friends were available and able to officiate our wedding. We wanted to be able to give them a chance to just relax and enjoy the ceremony, so we began looking for a local JP. I talked to MANY on the phone and knew they were simply not right for us. Until I found Jane. I first noticed that friends of ours had a picture on her website and so I texted my friend to ask whether or not they liked her "SHE WAS AMAZING, BOOK HER," she sent me back. As mentioned above, amazing is an understatement. Jane took time to get to know us as individuals, as a couple, and to hear our story. And she wove all of these nuances into our ceremony in the most touching way. Our family thought it was beautiful, we found it so special and meaningful, and she helped to calm us down during some rather stressful moments prior to the ceremony. I will recommend Jane to all of my friends because of her sweet, caring nature and her ability to truly be present with each and every person she interacts with. Just like us, she LOVES LOVE and we LOVE her!
To say that Jane Rokes was an amazing officiant would be the understatement of the year. She was phenomenal. To give this Read more...
To say that Jane Rokes was an amazing officiant would be the understatement of the year. She was phenomenal. To give this some perspective, two of our parents (bride's side) and an uncle (groom's side), as well as several friends were available and able to officiate our wedding. We wanted to be able to give them a chance to just relax and enjoy the ceremony, so we began looking for a local JP. I talked to MANY on the phone and knew they were simply not right for us. Until I found Jane. I first noticed that friends of ours had a picture on her website and so I texted my friend to ask whether or not they liked her "SHE WAS AMAZING, BOOK HER," she sent me back. As mentioned above, amazing is an understatement. Jane took time to get to know us as individuals, as a couple, and to hear our story. And she wove all of these nuances into our ceremony in the most touching way. Our family thought it was beautiful, we found it so special and meaningful, and she helped to calm us down during some rather stressful moments prior to the ceremony. I will recommend Jane to all of my friends because of her sweet, caring nature and her ability to truly be present with each and every person she interacts with. Just like us, she LOVES LOVE and we LOVE her! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Emily and Jason were married at The Grand View Estate in Jaffrey. Lots of personal details were appreciated. It was emotional and serious and light hearted and really nice. I met with Emily and Jason months before they were married, and we made very few changes to the original draft. They are a wonderful match!
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Lillian
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
Jane was awesome! She personalized our wedding by really getting to know us so it felt very special and not generic. She also included my children in the ceremony in such a nice way. Afterwards, I received many compliments from guests about the ceremony. I would definitely recommend her to anyone getting married. Loved her!
Jane was awesome! She personalized our wedding by really getting to know us so it felt very special and not generic. She Read more...
Jane was awesome! She personalized our wedding by really getting to know us so it felt very special and not generic. She also included my children in the ceremony in such a nice way. Afterwards, I received many compliments from guests about the ceremony. I would definitely recommend her to anyone getting married. Loved her! Read less
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Lillian and Cliff were married at the Hunt Castle or Sunridge Castle in Rindge. Lillian's boys were dressed up like Knights. Every piece was wonderful for this lovely couple - an intimate gathering that will stay in my heart. They shared a unity piece, and wove a role in for the boys. Go love!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
Just got married this September and Jane made everything about our ceremony very comfortable and beautiful. The whole ceremony was based on who my husband and I were as individuals and as a couple. I love that it wasn't your standard ceremony. I can't say much more on how beautiful Jane made everything and how special it was. She will forever be in our hearts and a long time friend.
Jennifer LeBlanc "Pierce"
Just got married this September and Jane made everything about our ceremony very comfortable and beautiful. The whole Read more...
Just got married this September and Jane made everything about our ceremony very comfortable and beautiful. The whole ceremony was based on who my husband and I were as individuals and as a couple. I love that it wasn't your standard ceremony. I can't say much more on how beautiful Jane made everything and how special it was. She will forever be in our hearts and a long time friend.
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Jane E. Rokes, NH Justice of the Peace / Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Jenn and Ryan were married at The Shattuck - we worked together over the course of a year - they are planners - and by the time their wedding day had arrived - there was not a detail left to take care of it. Things went smoothly and we all enjoyed their ceremony that was steeped in family and love.

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