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Journeys of the Heart

Jenkintown , PA
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Jenkintown, PA 19046 US (map)

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215-663-8980

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Journeys of The Heart is a non-denominational ceremonial ministry service made up of skilled, joyous, warm and engaging officiants who create ceremonies centered around you and your... Read more
Journeys of The Heart is a non-denominational ceremonial ministry service made up of skilled, joyous, warm and engaging officiants who create ceremonies centered around you and your specific wishes. With full appreciation of the uniqueness of each person we serve, we craft your ceremony based on your beliefs and individual spirituality, your own style and personality.

By working with an officiant from Journeys of the Heart, you can approach your special occasion with great joy knowing you have a wonderful ceremony created to fit your specific desires as well as the security of a professional and committed organization to fulfill your ceremony needs.

Journeys of the Heart’s officiants are ready to help you create a sweet and wonderful memory for whatever your own special occasion may be: wedding, renewal of vows, civil union/commitment service, a funeral or memorial service, or any other life passage ceremony. With great respect and joy we will honor your specific needs and wishes.

Email us at journeys@journeysoftheheart.org or give us a call at 215-663-8980 or 877-936-2779. We would be honored and delighted to help! 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, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins., 30-60 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA

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Kristin
Wedding:
6/5/2016
5.0/5.0
Our officiant was Susanne Wilson, and she was simply amazing. So responsive, easy going, encouraging, and kind. She had so many suggestions for readings, ceremonies, vows, you name it! We really felt like she took the time to get to know us and our ceremony really felt like a reflection of us. We received so many compliments on the ceremony. We loved Susanne, and highly recommend her!
Our officiant was Susanne Wilson, and she was simply amazing. So responsive, easy going, encouraging, and kind. She had so Read more...
Our officiant was Susanne Wilson, and she was simply amazing. So responsive, easy going, encouraging, and kind. She had so many suggestions for readings, ceremonies, vows, you name it! We really felt like she took the time to get to know us and our ceremony really felt like a reflection of us. We received so many compliments on the ceremony. We loved Susanne, and highly recommend her! Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
6/3/2016
5.0/5.0
We used Jim R. For our wedding ceremony. He was absolutely amazing and I cannot say enough kind words about him! All night, I received compliments on how wonderful our ceremony and officiant were! Our ceremony was completely tailored to us, and the reflection that Jim wrote about us was beautiful, and exactly what I was looking for! He was a pleasure to work with and offered kind and comforting words throughout our entire journey together! Jim was absolutely amazing, and he helped to make our wedding the best day of our lives!!
We used Jim R. For our wedding ceremony. He was absolutely amazing and I cannot say enough kind words about him! All Read more...
We used Jim R. For our wedding ceremony. He was absolutely amazing and I cannot say enough kind words about him! All night, I received compliments on how wonderful our ceremony and officiant were! Our ceremony was completely tailored to us, and the reflection that Jim wrote about us was beautiful, and exactly what I was looking for! He was a pleasure to work with and offered kind and comforting words throughout our entire journey together! Jim was absolutely amazing, and he helped to make our wedding the best day of our lives!! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
5/29/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I come from different faith backgrounds, so we wanted to find an officiant who could make our ceremony non-religious but still personal and meaningful. Previewing the officiants availabe, I immediately connected with Naila's background as a writer, and we couldn't have been happier with our choice! Naila was a warm, personable guide as we thought through each step of our ceremony. She provided us with helpful resources that helped us hone in on what we wanted to include/exclude. Planning weddings can be stressful, as anyone can tell you. But, throughout the process, Naila was the calm, collected presence we needed to make sure everything was going to be ok. After some collaboration, our ceremony ended up being exactly what we wanted. Everyone at the wedding loved it, which is sometimes not the most memorable part of a wedding! If I were to do it all over again, I would most certainly go with Naila again! Thank you for helping us put together the most beautiful ceremony we could have imagined!
My husband and I come from different faith backgrounds, so we wanted to find an officiant who could make our ceremony Read more...
My husband and I come from different faith backgrounds, so we wanted to find an officiant who could make our ceremony non-religious but still personal and meaningful. Previewing the officiants availabe, I immediately connected with Naila's background as a writer, and we couldn't have been happier with our choice! Naila was a warm, personable guide as we thought through each step of our ceremony. She provided us with helpful resources that helped us hone in on what we wanted to include/exclude. Planning weddings can be stressful, as anyone can tell you. But, throughout the process, Naila was the calm, collected presence we needed to make sure everything was going to be ok. After some collaboration, our ceremony ended up being exactly what we wanted. Everyone at the wedding loved it, which is sometimes not the most memorable part of a wedding! If I were to do it all over again, I would most certainly go with Naila again! Thank you for helping us put together the most beautiful ceremony we could have imagined! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
5/28/2016
5.0/5.0
We met Susanne Wilson at a wedding sampling at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. Even though we met many officiants throughout the day, we felt an immediate connection with Susanne. Since we were planning our PA wedding long distance from SC, we communicated through Skype and email throughout the next couple months. Susanne helped us create the unique ceremony we were looking for, but still retained some of the traditional Catholic elements we grew up with. Words cannot describe how happy we were with the way our ceremony turned out. Our family and friends are still complimenting us about how our beautiful our ceremony was and how it was "us". We highly recommend Susanne and Journeys of the Heart.
We met Susanne Wilson at a wedding sampling at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. Even though we met many officiants throughout the Read more...
We met Susanne Wilson at a wedding sampling at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. Even though we met many officiants throughout the day, we felt an immediate connection with Susanne. Since we were planning our PA wedding long distance from SC, we communicated through Skype and email throughout the next couple months. Susanne helped us create the unique ceremony we were looking for, but still retained some of the traditional Catholic elements we grew up with. Words cannot describe how happy we were with the way our ceremony turned out. Our family and friends are still complimenting us about how our beautiful our ceremony was and how it was "us". We highly recommend Susanne and Journeys of the Heart. Read less
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Lynn
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
Words cannot express how grateful we are to have David Braneky from Journeys of the Heart to be our officiant for our wedding in May 2016. David, you are absolutely amazing! I wish all couples could be as fortunate as we are to have you for this experience!
My husband and I are not very religious, my family are Chinese and his family are Methodist. We want our ceremony to honor both families, be unique, sentimental, but also fun. We emailed and met a few officiants, and none of them felt like the right fit until we found Journeys of the Heart.
I talked with Diane over the phone about our situation, and she recommended David. During our first meeting, David talked with us for over an hour to really get to know us, and we got to know his style and were very comfortable with it. A month after we met, David provided us a first draft of the ceremony, and I cannot tell you how much thoughts and efforts he put into it! Not only did he provided many different options to consider for our non-religious ritual and readings, he also researched the traditions of Chinese tea ceremony and the vows in Chinese (even the pronunciations) to incorporate into our wedding! I had some family members came from China who did not speak English, but still felt so involved during the ceremony.
Thanks again David and Journeys of the Heart for making this day so special and memorable!

Lynn & Jared
Words cannot express how grateful we are to have David Braneky from Journeys of the Heart to be our officiant for our Read more...
Words cannot express how grateful we are to have David Braneky from Journeys of the Heart to be our officiant for our wedding in May 2016. David, you are absolutely amazing! I wish all couples could be as fortunate as we are to have you for this experience!
My husband and I are not very religious, my family are Chinese and his family are Methodist. We want our ceremony to honor both families, be unique, sentimental, but also fun. We emailed and met a few officiants, and none of them felt like the right fit until we found Journeys of the Heart.
I talked with Diane over the phone about our situation, and she recommended David. During our first meeting, David talked with us for over an hour to really get to know us, and we got to know his style and were very comfortable with it. A month after we met, David provided us a first draft of the ceremony, and I cannot tell you how much thoughts and efforts he put into it! Not only did he provided many different options to consider for our non-religious ritual and readings, he also researched the traditions of Chinese tea ceremony and the vows in Chinese (even the pronunciations) to incorporate into our wedding! I had some family members came from China who did not speak English, but still felt so involved during the ceremony.
Thanks again David and Journeys of the Heart for making this day so special and memorable!

Lynn & Jared Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
Absolutely fantastic!!! We chose Maria as our officiant. She just seemed to fit our personality right away and would be perfect to celebrate and officiate me and my husband's special day. From day one she was friendly and more than accommodating to what we were looking for. As a non religious couple she tailored the ceremony so that it was a unique and beautiful experience for not only my husband and I but our guests as well. The ceremony ran smoothly and was an intimate yet concise event for us and our guests. Highly recommended!
Absolutely fantastic!!! We chose Maria as our officiant. She just seemed to fit our personality right away and would be Read more...
Absolutely fantastic!!! We chose Maria as our officiant. She just seemed to fit our personality right away and would be perfect to celebrate and officiate me and my husband's special day. From day one she was friendly and more than accommodating to what we were looking for. As a non religious couple she tailored the ceremony so that it was a unique and beautiful experience for not only my husband and I but our guests as well. The ceremony ran smoothly and was an intimate yet concise event for us and our guests. Highly recommended! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
5/20/2016
5.0/5.0
Jim was our wedding officiant from Journeys of the Heart. He was absolutely spectacular. He made the experience smooth and memorable, and offered a calming presence even under the pressure of exchanging personal vows. We really appreciate the impactful role he played in our wedding, and would highly recommend him
Jim was our wedding officiant from Journeys of the Heart. He was absolutely spectacular. He made the experience smooth and Read more...
Jim was our wedding officiant from Journeys of the Heart. He was absolutely spectacular. He made the experience smooth and memorable, and offered a calming presence even under the pressure of exchanging personal vows. We really appreciate the impactful role he played in our wedding, and would highly recommend him Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Long story short, David Braneky at Journeys of the Heart was a great officiant! Would highly recommend him!

Here is the long version of the story: we were originally going to try to save money by having a friend do our ceremony, but after going to other weddings where the lack of experience really showed (e.g., the officiant never told guests to sit down, so everyone stood for the whole ceremony despite having chairs; general nervousness/rambling on the part of the officiant, etc), we decided we would rather pay the money to have an experienced officiant perform our ceremony. Journeys of the Heart was recommended to us by our venue and by several friends. My husband and I are both Catholics, and were planning on having a separate, family-only Catholic ceremony later on, but we knew we wanted a touch of religion in our civil ceremony. David, as a pastor, ended up being a great choice. He was somewhat shy in person at our first consultation, but he did an absolutely perfect job at our ceremony. You could tell he was very comfortable addressing a crowd. We ended up making several major changes to our ceremony draft a few weeks before the wedding, but he was very accommodating and changed everything that we requested. He was also very helpful in creating a meaningful celebration for our moms (and dads), as our wedding was over Mother's Day weekend and we knew we wanted to include that as part of the ceremony.

I was nervous because we went with the cheapest option, which did not include an actual rehearsal with him the day before the wedding, but he guided us the whole way through the ceremony, discretely telling us to step closer/hold hands/etc when appropriate. No fumbles, no guests standing for the whole ceremony :) It was perfect! Seriously, spend the money and give yourself piece of mind that your wedding ceremony will go as planned! Highly recommend David Braneky!
Long story short, David Braneky at Journeys of the Heart was a great officiant! Would highly recommend him!

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Long story short, David Braneky at Journeys of the Heart was a great officiant! Would highly recommend him!

Here is the long version of the story: we were originally going to try to save money by having a friend do our ceremony, but after going to other weddings where the lack of experience really showed (e.g., the officiant never told guests to sit down, so everyone stood for the whole ceremony despite having chairs; general nervousness/rambling on the part of the officiant, etc), we decided we would rather pay the money to have an experienced officiant perform our ceremony. Journeys of the Heart was recommended to us by our venue and by several friends. My husband and I are both Catholics, and were planning on having a separate, family-only Catholic ceremony later on, but we knew we wanted a touch of religion in our civil ceremony. David, as a pastor, ended up being a great choice. He was somewhat shy in person at our first consultation, but he did an absolutely perfect job at our ceremony. You could tell he was very comfortable addressing a crowd. We ended up making several major changes to our ceremony draft a few weeks before the wedding, but he was very accommodating and changed everything that we requested. He was also very helpful in creating a meaningful celebration for our moms (and dads), as our wedding was over Mother's Day weekend and we knew we wanted to include that as part of the ceremony.

I was nervous because we went with the cheapest option, which did not include an actual rehearsal with him the day before the wedding, but he guided us the whole way through the ceremony, discretely telling us to step closer/hold hands/etc when appropriate. No fumbles, no guests standing for the whole ceremony :) It was perfect! Seriously, spend the money and give yourself piece of mind that your wedding ceremony will go as planned! Highly recommend David Braneky! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/6/2016
5.0/5.0
Gabby (Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer) was an absolute delight to work with. Our guests were raving about how beautiful our ceremony was. Everything we asked for she delivered and much more! Thank you so much!
Gabby (Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer) was an absolute delight to work with. Our guests were raving about how beautiful our Read more...
Gabby (Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer) was an absolute delight to work with. Our guests were raving about how beautiful our ceremony was. Everything we asked for she delivered and much more! Thank you so much! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
4/23/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are not very religious, but still wanted a personal and spiritual ceremony. We selected Diane as our officiant and were so lucky that she was available! She was a perfect fit for us. We meant with Diane via Skype to learn more about the process and her experience - we booked her right after that call, because it was clear that she is a true professional with a true passion for wedding ceremonies. Not to mention, she has so much experience - she's seen and dealt with it all! She sent us a rough draft of our ceremony with options built in for us to choose from, such as unity ceremony options, reading options, etc. There were multiple options for almost every aspect of the ceremony script, which gave us the opportunity to customize it. Among these options were over 30 different vows that my husband and I mixed and matched to create our individualized vows that said exactly what we wanted to say to one another (without the pressure of having to completely free-write our vows). Diane totally knows what she is doing. For example, she taught us how to take the rings and put them on each other in a seamless way. She stepped aside and whispered the vows in our ear so that the focus would be on us saying the words - and we were able to look at one another the entire time instead of at a paper. Before the ceremony, she talks to the DJ, the wedding party, and anyone reading at the ceremony to ensure that everyone is informed about their duties and on the same page. We were continually impressed by Diane. Many of our guests told us throughout the night that it was one of the most beautiful and personal wedding ceremonies they had ever been to. That it had felt like us. It was truly magical- such a wonderful memory. Thank you for everything, Diane! Highly, highly recommended!!
My husband and I are not very religious, but still wanted a personal and spiritual ceremony. We selected Diane as our Read more...
My husband and I are not very religious, but still wanted a personal and spiritual ceremony. We selected Diane as our officiant and were so lucky that she was available! She was a perfect fit for us. We meant with Diane via Skype to learn more about the process and her experience - we booked her right after that call, because it was clear that she is a true professional with a true passion for wedding ceremonies. Not to mention, she has so much experience - she's seen and dealt with it all! She sent us a rough draft of our ceremony with options built in for us to choose from, such as unity ceremony options, reading options, etc. There were multiple options for almost every aspect of the ceremony script, which gave us the opportunity to customize it. Among these options were over 30 different vows that my husband and I mixed and matched to create our individualized vows that said exactly what we wanted to say to one another (without the pressure of having to completely free-write our vows). Diane totally knows what she is doing. For example, she taught us how to take the rings and put them on each other in a seamless way. She stepped aside and whispered the vows in our ear so that the focus would be on us saying the words - and we were able to look at one another the entire time instead of at a paper. Before the ceremony, she talks to the DJ, the wedding party, and anyone reading at the ceremony to ensure that everyone is informed about their duties and on the same page. We were continually impressed by Diane. Many of our guests told us throughout the night that it was one of the most beautiful and personal wedding ceremonies they had ever been to. That it had felt like us. It was truly magical- such a wonderful memory. Thank you for everything, Diane! Highly, highly recommended!! Read less
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