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Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace

Norwalk , CT

LOCATION

Norwalk, CT US 06854 (map)

PHONE

203-838-1038

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Working together, we can create an unforgettable dedication of love, whether civil or religious, that will reflect your desires. I will help you personalize your vows to reflect your... Read more
Working together, we can create an unforgettable dedication of love, whether civil or religious, that will reflect your desires. I will help you personalize your vows to reflect your spiritual, intimate, heartfelt feelings. All faiths welcomed.

Personalized services for your Wedding, Vow renewal, and same sex marriage / civil union / commitment celebrations -- from the traditional to contemporary, non-religious or religious. Your service is customized to YOUR needs. I am happy to meet with you and attend any rehearsals.

If you are a CT resident or want to marry in CT, ask me for my planning site with ceremony suggestions, checklists, timelines, a large collection of vows and budget/planning tips.

When you and your fiance' dream about your ceremony (marriage, same sex marriage, civil union, or vow renewals), what descriptive pictures do you see in your mind? a seaside ceremony, a quaint setting under a gazebo, a colorful garden background, familial home surroundings, or an elegant resort?

I speak conversational Spanish and I am learning French so I can perform your ceremony in English, Spanish and French. Or if you like we can also have your ceremony in any two languages using a family member native speaker who reads the ceremony in the 2nd language.

Ask for my informational packet with special wedding locations...couples are thrilled to see all the options I have discovered for them.

Celebrities, you can trust that my discretion is assured.

Call or e-mail me to book your ceremony and rehearsal date- whether it is for next year or for today.

Mary Pugh

Connecticut Justice of the Peace

Norwalk, CT 06854

Phone 203 838 1038

Fax 206 984 4343

Cell 203 434 5038

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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes, certainly!
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Black Tuxedo suit
 Robe: black, white, creme, navy, chocolate, gold, silver, purple, red 
 Stole (no religious symbols) all those colors plus more.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Everything is customized to the couples
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes, and I provide them to them printed on cardstock paper in 14 PT type double spaced.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I have a lot of sample vows and readings, but they are not forced to use anything.
How long are your ceremonies?
Shortest legal ceremony- a few minutes
 Normal wedding- from 15 to 30 minutes depending on the couple.
 Weddings can be as long or as short as a couple desires.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
no, but I provide some information they can review.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes, and I also provide "Quick Tips" for couples that do not want a rehearsal or who are planning to do a quick one without me.
 I also arrive 30 minutes early so I can go over the process quickly if desired
Do you supply a sound system?
Yes, I provide a "speaker" sound system. it is not for playing music.
 For weddings without a DJ or major sound system, I also provide music that plays from my iPhone and is connected to a small speaker (good for backyard and smaller venues)/

REVIEWS

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Chris
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Mary Pugh was the most helpful and pro-active vendor of our entire wedding planning experience. She not only provided us with excellent advice and reading materials leading up to the wedding but also provided so much more than was required of her on the day of the wedding including printing out our readings and vows and taking pictures which she shared with us the next morning. She is incredibly professional and extremely easy to reach in the time leading up to the ceremony which was very helpful in terms of our planning. I would recommend Mary to anyone I spoke with and give her the highest compliments possible.
Mary Pugh was the most helpful and pro-active vendor of our entire wedding planning experience. She not only provided us Read more...
Mary Pugh was the most helpful and pro-active vendor of our entire wedding planning experience. She not only provided us with excellent advice and reading materials leading up to the wedding but also provided so much more than was required of her on the day of the wedding including printing out our readings and vows and taking pictures which she shared with us the next morning. She is incredibly professional and extremely easy to reach in the time leading up to the ceremony which was very helpful in terms of our planning. I would recommend Mary to anyone I spoke with and give her the highest compliments possible. Read less
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John
Wedding:
8/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Mary was OUTSTANDING, from the very first phone call many months ago through our wedding ceremony. Mary made the process as easy as it could be, she presented us with options, scripts, sites for the ceremony and did it all with warmth, positive energy and support. I am a career counselor and I can tell you that Mary loves what she does and she excels at her chosen profession. Thank you Mary for having such a wonderful impact on our life and family. --John & Ryan
Our experience with Mary was OUTSTANDING, from the very first phone call many months ago through our wedding ceremony. Read more...
Our experience with Mary was OUTSTANDING, from the very first phone call many months ago through our wedding ceremony. Mary made the process as easy as it could be, she presented us with options, scripts, sites for the ceremony and did it all with warmth, positive energy and support. I am a career counselor and I can tell you that Mary loves what she does and she excels at her chosen profession. Thank you Mary for having such a wonderful impact on our life and family. --John & Ryan Read less
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Kellie
Wedding:
8/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Mary was such a HUGE help on the one day that I have been waiting my whole life for. She was very professional and the one thing I loved about her is that she responded right away. I was looking around for a Justice of the Peace for our wedding and my friend (and bridesmaid) helped me out big time. We were at work and she googled around Mary's name popped up so I decided to give her a quick email. I emailed several other JP's and did not hear back from one. Right away I had received an email back along with a meeting a few days later.
After meeting Mary my fiancé and I knew she is going to be perfect. We booked her right away. Mary was very helpful throughout the entire process. I was able to read what the ceremony was going to be a few weeks before our wedding day to make sure it was what we would like. Everything was perfect!
Along with performing the ceremony Mary takes pictures along with a video to help remember your day and makes a keepsake of the ceremony for you as well.
I highly recommend Mary to anyone who is looking for a JP
Mary was such a HUGE help on the one day that I have been waiting my whole life for. She was very professional and the one Read more...
Mary was such a HUGE help on the one day that I have been waiting my whole life for. She was very professional and the one thing I loved about her is that she responded right away. I was looking around for a Justice of the Peace for our wedding and my friend (and bridesmaid) helped me out big time. We were at work and she googled around Mary's name popped up so I decided to give her a quick email. I emailed several other JP's and did not hear back from one. Right away I had received an email back along with a meeting a few days later.
After meeting Mary my fiancé and I knew she is going to be perfect. We booked her right away. Mary was very helpful throughout the entire process. I was able to read what the ceremony was going to be a few weeks before our wedding day to make sure it was what we would like. Everything was perfect!
Along with performing the ceremony Mary takes pictures along with a video to help remember your day and makes a keepsake of the ceremony for you as well.
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Anna
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I strongly and without reservation recommend Mary! Not only was Mary extremely well prepared and willing to help with input and guidance, but she was exceptionally patient and personable. Despite our crazy personal and business travel schedules, Mary was helpful and accommodated our changing needs. In the end, we opted for a vintage, classic romantic sunset wedding at Longshore, located in Wesport. Mary’s guidance to find the right scripts and listing inspirational options made our planning an easy and smooth experience. Our experience was smooth and hassle free. We would highly recommend Mary anytime.
My husband and I strongly and without reservation recommend Mary! Not only was Mary extremely well prepared and willing to Read more...
My husband and I strongly and without reservation recommend Mary! Not only was Mary extremely well prepared and willing to help with input and guidance, but she was exceptionally patient and personable. Despite our crazy personal and business travel schedules, Mary was helpful and accommodated our changing needs. In the end, we opted for a vintage, classic romantic sunset wedding at Longshore, located in Wesport. Mary’s guidance to find the right scripts and listing inspirational options made our planning an easy and smooth experience. Our experience was smooth and hassle free. We would highly recommend Mary anytime. Read less
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christine
Wedding:
6/15/2014
5.0/5.0
We got married on June 15,2014 and we asked Mary Pugh to be our JP. She did a fantastic job. Mary has a friendly personality and she is an amazing person. Mary did a lot of extras for the same price.She went far beyond her job.Thank you Mary you did an wonderful job with our ceremony,certificate,pictures and great personality.
We got married on June 15,2014 and we asked Mary Pugh to be our JP. She did a fantastic job. Mary has a friendly Read more...
We got married on June 15,2014 and we asked Mary Pugh to be our JP. She did a fantastic job. Mary has a friendly personality and she is an amazing person. Mary did a lot of extras for the same price.She went far beyond her job.Thank you Mary you did an wonderful job with our ceremony,certificate,pictures and great personality. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Mary is absolutely great. I reached out to Mary in late September/early October to hire her for my January wedding. From our first phone call, we got along very great and she made me feel comfortable and informed me across the board. Not being familiar with Connecticut she asked what we were interested in and gave us many choices as far as locations, cities, and so forth.

We reserved Mary via Paypal and the moment that she received payment I got a personal drop box filled with photos, forms, hotel/restaurant recommendations, and anything I would need to consider such as vows and different types of ceremonies. Recently, we had to relocate our wedding to closer to home instead of traveling to Connecticut. Reaching out to Mary about our changes in plan, not only was she really pleasant and actually provided a refund of the full amount.

I really loved working with Mary and appreciated how much information she provides. I like to know all my choices and like being able to reach out to someone immediately and I can do that with Mary. She answered whenever I called and always emailed back immediately. I would honestly recommend her to anyone who wanted to get married in that region and we're upset that we had to change our plans because of how much we really enjoyed her.
Mary is absolutely great. I reached out to Mary in late September/early October to hire her for my January wedding. From Read more...
Mary is absolutely great. I reached out to Mary in late September/early October to hire her for my January wedding. From our first phone call, we got along very great and she made me feel comfortable and informed me across the board. Not being familiar with Connecticut she asked what we were interested in and gave us many choices as far as locations, cities, and so forth.

We reserved Mary via Paypal and the moment that she received payment I got a personal drop box filled with photos, forms, hotel/restaurant recommendations, and anything I would need to consider such as vows and different types of ceremonies. Recently, we had to relocate our wedding to closer to home instead of traveling to Connecticut. Reaching out to Mary about our changes in plan, not only was she really pleasant and actually provided a refund of the full amount.

I really loved working with Mary and appreciated how much information she provides. I like to know all my choices and like being able to reach out to someone immediately and I can do that with Mary. She answered whenever I called and always emailed back immediately. I would honestly recommend her to anyone who wanted to get married in that region and we're upset that we had to change our plans because of how much we really enjoyed her. Read less
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Rain
Wedding:
10/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Mary made our day unforgettable. She made it so easy to pick out exactly what we wanted by filling out her online questionnaire. It also helped us pick some special things to make the day perfect. She took so many pictures and even a video. She was warm and caring and just a joy! Thank you Mary. Kevin & Rain
Mary made our day unforgettable. She made it so easy to pick out exactly what we wanted by filling out her online Read more...
Mary made our day unforgettable. She made it so easy to pick out exactly what we wanted by filling out her online questionnaire. It also helped us pick some special things to make the day perfect. She took so many pictures and even a video. She was warm and caring and just a joy! Thank you Mary. Kevin & Rain Read less
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Roselyn
Wedding:
10/17/2013
5.0/5.0
I've heard of Mary Pugh through reviews on theknot.com. I am very happy we chose her to be our officiant. She was professional and so sweet. She gave us tips on what we should do and how we should stand during the ceremony. She made us feel comfortable. She also gave us ideas and choices to choose from for our ceremony and vows if we did not have any. She also took some pictures for us and our guests during the wedding and emailed it to us. She also gave us a folder with a copy of our ceremony and vows on the day of our wedding. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for an officiant.
I've heard of Mary Pugh through reviews on theknot.com. I am very happy we chose her to be our officiant. She was Read more...
I've heard of Mary Pugh through reviews on theknot.com. I am very happy we chose her to be our officiant. She was professional and so sweet. She gave us tips on what we should do and how we should stand during the ceremony. She made us feel comfortable. She also gave us ideas and choices to choose from for our ceremony and vows if we did not have any. She also took some pictures for us and our guests during the wedding and emailed it to us. She also gave us a folder with a copy of our ceremony and vows on the day of our wedding. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for an officiant. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Good Morning Ms. Pugh,

On behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Carmichael we would like to again truly say THANK YOU!!!!! It brings tears to my eyes and truly warms my heart when I think of how you literally organized an "Amazing" wedding for us on the beach in Connecticut in less than 24 hours after a 5 minute phone call. In my mind I cannot explain it other than knowing..."There is a God who sits high and looks low and intervenes in the affairs of mankind," and I no doubt believe that you are one of God's Angels!!! You have a Divine calling and we must again say THANK YOU for marrying us; THANK YOU for your amazing support to the Military and for not charging Military members for weddings; THANK YOU again for organizing our amazing wedding (to include the beautiful pictures) in a moment's notice and in less than 24 hours. Ms. Mary Pugh we truly appreciate and Thank God for you and all that you do!

Our thoughts and prayers are and will forever be directed toward you and your family and we are and will continue to pray all of God's Best for you!

One final time, again, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!
Good Morning Ms. Pugh,

On behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Carmichael we would like to again truly say THANK YOU!!!!! It Read more...
Good Morning Ms. Pugh,

On behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Carmichael we would like to again truly say THANK YOU!!!!! It brings tears to my eyes and truly warms my heart when I think of how you literally organized an "Amazing" wedding for us on the beach in Connecticut in less than 24 hours after a 5 minute phone call. In my mind I cannot explain it other than knowing..."There is a God who sits high and looks low and intervenes in the affairs of mankind," and I no doubt believe that you are one of God's Angels!!! You have a Divine calling and we must again say THANK YOU for marrying us; THANK YOU for your amazing support to the Military and for not charging Military members for weddings; THANK YOU again for organizing our amazing wedding (to include the beautiful pictures) in a moment's notice and in less than 24 hours. Ms. Mary Pugh we truly appreciate and Thank God for you and all that you do!

Our thoughts and prayers are and will forever be directed toward you and your family and we are and will continue to pray all of God's Best for you!

One final time, again, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! Read less
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Angela
Wedding:
10/15/2013
5.0/5.0
My Fiancee and I heard of Mary through another gay couple who had used her, so we decided to contact her and get some information back in the spring for our upcoming wedding in October. She responded immediately and was very thorough with everything. She even suggested a town where we could get married on the same day, since the day we chose was important to us! She immediately emailed us all the paper work we would need to fill out so we would have it done ahead of time, and gave specific directions to town hall. She sent us MANY different vow choices, and different nice spots where we could have the ceremony. She took a lot of nice pictures of us and even videoed the ceremony! It was wonderful and I highly recommend her!
My Fiancee and I heard of Mary through another gay couple who had used her, so we decided to contact her and get some Read more...
My Fiancee and I heard of Mary through another gay couple who had used her, so we decided to contact her and get some information back in the spring for our upcoming wedding in October. She responded immediately and was very thorough with everything. She even suggested a town where we could get married on the same day, since the day we chose was important to us! She immediately emailed us all the paper work we would need to fill out so we would have it done ahead of time, and gave specific directions to town hall. She sent us MANY different vow choices, and different nice spots where we could have the ceremony. She took a lot of nice pictures of us and even videoed the ceremony! It was wonderful and I highly recommend her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Same-sex marriage officially began in New Jersey yesterday, October 21st, 2013. The governor withdrew his second appeal (which would have put those getting married in limbo). We really thought it would not happen until 2014. That being said, we're still glad that we chose Connecticut to get married. Darien is a beautiful town, it is only 60 miles from our home, the beach was a perfect setting (although Mother Nature didn't comply . . . it was chilly and drizzling), we had 33 days to arrange our wedding with Mary Pugh. She (and the state of Connecticut) made everything easy and stress free. Connecticut is one of the few states where one can apply for their license and get married in the same day. Mary was always an email or phone call away and always timely getting back to us.

We loved the pictures and video that Mary took for us. The shore-themed ceremony that she penned was just perfect. The wedding package that she provides is a great value, cost-wise.

Mary Beth & Stephanie from Northern New Jersey
Same-sex marriage officially began in New Jersey yesterday, October 21st, 2013. The governor withdrew his second appeal Read more...
Same-sex marriage officially began in New Jersey yesterday, October 21st, 2013. The governor withdrew his second appeal (which would have put those getting married in limbo). We really thought it would not happen until 2014. That being said, we're still glad that we chose Connecticut to get married. Darien is a beautiful town, it is only 60 miles from our home, the beach was a perfect setting (although Mother Nature didn't comply . . . it was chilly and drizzling), we had 33 days to arrange our wedding with Mary Pugh. She (and the state of Connecticut) made everything easy and stress free. Connecticut is one of the few states where one can apply for their license and get married in the same day. Mary was always an email or phone call away and always timely getting back to us.

We loved the pictures and video that Mary took for us. The shore-themed ceremony that she penned was just perfect. The wedding package that she provides is a great value, cost-wise.

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C
Wedding:
9/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Having Mary Pugh as our Justice of the Peace made our elopement so easy and hassle free. She recommended locations and ceremony options. Helped with obtaining marriage license. Even called us when there was an issue with the trains the day we arrived. Couldn't be happier with how our ceremony and trip went. Thanks!
Having Mary Pugh as our Justice of the Peace made our elopement so easy and hassle free. She recommended locations and Read more...
Having Mary Pugh as our Justice of the Peace made our elopement so easy and hassle free. She recommended locations and ceremony options. Helped with obtaining marriage license. Even called us when there was an issue with the trains the day we arrived. Couldn't be happier with how our ceremony and trip went. Thanks! Read less
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Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your review. It was lovely performing your ceremony on the beach- you are cuddle bunnies and the pictures are so romantic and happy!

What fun to have a couple from my "home state"- I know that trip must have been a bit crazy arriving at the airport and no trains to CT. But I was happy to pick you up at your hotel in Stamford to get your license then help you get your rental car. Later, meeting you at the beach at sunset made the whole day worthwhile! So sweet of you to give me a generous tip- so unexpected, but much appreciated....and now this wonderful review...such sweeties! thanks so much, I appreciate it.
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Bob and Mike
Wedding:
8/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Mary was extremely helpful prior to our ceremony by providing us with detailed information about how and where to obtain our marriage license. We flew into CT from FL just to get married.

The wedding service was superb!!! Just the way we asked for it: simple, but sweet!! And the photos Mary took are awesome!!!

We recommend Mary for ANY wedding type, but especially same sex ceremonies!!

THANK YOU, VERY MUCH, MARY!!!

Bob and Mike
Mary was extremely helpful prior to our ceremony by providing us with detailed information about how and where to obtain Read more...
Mary was extremely helpful prior to our ceremony by providing us with detailed information about how and where to obtain our marriage license. We flew into CT from FL just to get married.

The wedding service was superb!!! Just the way we asked for it: simple, but sweet!! And the photos Mary took are awesome!!!

We recommend Mary for ANY wedding type, but especially same sex ceremonies!!

THANK YOU, VERY MUCH, MARY!!!

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Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Bob and Mike,
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! You warmed my heart with your kind words!
Your wedding was so lovely, overlooking the water on the deck was the perfect spot to get married.
I enjoyed meeting your family....and the beautiful thoroughbred dalmatian dogs!!!
You have take wonderful care of each other for years....and I know you will continue to so happy together...there is such joy in your relationship. Thanks again and keep in touch!
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carla
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Mary you are absolutely amazing at what you do. I couldn't have been happier to have you marry Patrick and I.

You are like no other officiant I have seen.

From the rehearsal to the day of the wedding and even after the ceremony you made me feel at ease with everything because you had everything under control.

You were so great, fun, and thorough. Thank you again!

My friends from Massachusetts are getting married next September and asked about you, but you don't come to Massachusetts :( They were so sad.
Mary you are absolutely amazing at what you do. I couldn't have been happier to have you marry Patrick and I.

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Mary you are absolutely amazing at what you do. I couldn't have been happier to have you marry Patrick and I.

You are like no other officiant I have seen.

From the rehearsal to the day of the wedding and even after the ceremony you made me feel at ease with everything because you had everything under control.

You were so great, fun, and thorough. Thank you again!

My friends from Massachusetts are getting married next September and asked about you, but you don't come to Massachusetts :( They were so sad. Read less
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Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Carla and Pat,
Now I ask you....could you have had a more spectacular wedding. The venue was perfect, you both looked awesome....the wedding party was a collection of beauties.... the SUNSETTING! Wow...so many spectacular moments!

Thank you for your kind words about my services. I love to take wonderful care of my couples.... going that extra mile to make them smile and be happy! With you two, everything was so easy!
Hey, let's do it again! A vow renewal at the beach....
Thanks again for taking the time to share your experience with other couples....it means so much to me.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Mary was wonderful.. She was very professional
Mary was wonderful.. She was very professional
Mary was wonderful.. She was very professional Read less
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Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Aren't you sweet! Thanks so much....I am so happy you are pleased!
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Matt
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Mary was an absolute joy to work with as the officiant for our wedding! From start to finish Mary made the process easy for my wife and I, by asking us questions, listening to our ideas and feedback, and encouraging us to think of things we may not have thought of by ourselves. Our ceremony couldn't have gone any more smoothly, and we owe that to Mary Pugh. Thanks again, Mary! - Matt + Lindsay Vallee
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Mary was an absolute joy to work with as the officiant for our wedding! From start to finish Mary made the process easy for my wife and I, by asking us questions, listening to our ideas and feedback, and encouraging us to think of things we may not have thought of by ourselves. Our ceremony couldn't have gone any more smoothly, and we owe that to Mary Pugh. Thanks again, Mary! - Matt + Lindsay Vallee Read less
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Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Lindsay and Matt,
You are so sweet to take the time to write such a nice review. I loved helping you create a special wedding.... it was very dramatic doing the wedding from the balcony!! Everything was lovely!!

It was so kind of Janice to recommend me to you .... I enjoyed your wedding so much. Glad you had a great honeymoon... you must have just returned!! Take wonderful care of each other...I know you will!
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Lauren
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
It is no surprise that Mary does hundreds of weddings each year- she is truly the best of the best! Mary writes incredible ceremonies for every kind of couple, and was open and willing to make changes to personalize so that our ceremony reflected us. We were able to watch the video of our ceremony (an awesome included perk) as soon as the next day! Mary did such a great job and we would recommend her to anyone in need of an officiant!
It is no surprise that Mary does hundreds of weddings each year- she is truly the best of the best! Mary writes incredible Read more...
It is no surprise that Mary does hundreds of weddings each year- she is truly the best of the best! Mary writes incredible ceremonies for every kind of couple, and was open and willing to make changes to personalize so that our ceremony reflected us. We were able to watch the video of our ceremony (an awesome included perk) as soon as the next day! Mary did such a great job and we would recommend her to anyone in need of an officiant! Read less
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Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Lauren, thank you for your beautiful and heartfelt review. It warmed my heart. I love making my couples happy and I think that shows with the photos and video and make and send over ASAP... I try to think of what my couples would enjoy...and then do that!!

Weddings are SO much fun, it is great being there... Your wedding was so beautiful at the Guilford Yacht Club... I was so happy the weather cleared so you could enjoy your wedding on the water..such a beautiful venue. How clever to provide those pashmina stoles...to keep all the ladies warm...very thoughtful!

Thanks again for such a wonderful review...I appreciate your taking the time!! Stay in touch.... on facebook!!
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Matthew
Wedding:
5/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Mary was easy to work with, accomodating with our schedules, and worth every penny for officiating, picture taking, a movie, and binder with all pieces of documentation including copies of personal vows.
Mary was easy to work with, accomodating with our schedules, and worth every penny for officiating, picture taking, a Read more...
Mary was easy to work with, accomodating with our schedules, and worth every penny for officiating, picture taking, a movie, and binder with all pieces of documentation including copies of personal vows. Read less
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Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thanks for the review! I appreciate your kinds words.... it is fun to work with couples and try to make it all work for them. We are all pretty busy these days so flexibility is a plus! Glad you like the photos, movie and portfolio!! thanks again!
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Heather
Wedding:
5/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Thank you so much Mary, you did such an amazing job with our ceremony, and we are so happy we chose you as our officiant! We received so many compliments saying how beautiful it was! We also appreciate all the guidance you were able to give to us and the wedding party, and because of that everyone knew what to do when it came time for the ceremony and everything ran smoothly. We highly recommend your services to anyone looking for a high quality JP who goes above and beyond!
Thank you so much Mary, you did such an amazing job with our ceremony, and we are so happy we chose you as our officiant! Read more...
Thank you so much Mary, you did such an amazing job with our ceremony, and we are so happy we chose you as our officiant! We received so many compliments saying how beautiful it was! We also appreciate all the guidance you were able to give to us and the wedding party, and because of that everyone knew what to do when it came time for the ceremony and everything ran smoothly. We highly recommend your services to anyone looking for a high quality JP who goes above and beyond! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

What a wonderful review...thank you so much. I love performing weddings and making the day special for my couples!!

You had a great wedding party!! Good listeners and everyone had so much fun.

You are a beautiful couple...inside and out...and it was my honor to officiate at your wedding.... thank you again for your kind words of appreciation!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience working with Mary for our wedding. She was highly professional and had very helpful suggestions about the content of the ceremony. She was generous with her time, conducting several calls and an in-person meeting with us prior to the big day. She also took some really great photos and her video camera captured the ceremony beautifully. We would definitely recommend her services to others. - Kate & Bill
We had a great experience working with Mary for our wedding. She was highly professional and had very helpful suggestions Read more...
We had a great experience working with Mary for our wedding. She was highly professional and had very helpful suggestions about the content of the ceremony. She was generous with her time, conducting several calls and an in-person meeting with us prior to the big day. She also took some really great photos and her video camera captured the ceremony beautifully. We would definitely recommend her services to others. - Kate & Bill Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your wonderful review..... just the pick-m-eup I needed on this rainy day!! You made my day!!

Your wedding was beautiful and such fun. I am glad you like the photos and the video.

Enjoy this weekend...and let's hope for some sun on Monday!!
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Eric
Wedding:
4/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Mary did a great job communicating with us as we planned our ceremony. At the time of the wedding, she was prompt, professional, and sincere. She helped to make our special day perfect.
Mary did a great job communicating with us as we planned our ceremony. At the time of the wedding, she was prompt, Read more...
Mary did a great job communicating with us as we planned our ceremony. At the time of the wedding, she was prompt, professional, and sincere. She helped to make our special day perfect. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Eric...... what a fabulous evening... I loved performing your wedding up on the "High line" in NYC.... what a beautiful spot...perfect for a special couple.

I loved that you used my photos right away on facebook...and your honeymoon to Paris...wow, what a great time you both had. Smiling from ear to ear.....all across Paris!!

Thank you for your great review... I really appreciate it. Such a sweet couple.....everyone stopped and watched..and I think enjoyed seeing you get married...... one fella in particular...I am waiting for him to call me..lol
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Gina
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Loved Mary, Did a wonderful job. I highly recommend her.
Loved Mary, Did a wonderful job. I highly recommend her.
Loved Mary, Did a wonderful job. I highly recommend her. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thank you Gina!! Your wedding was great and it was my honor to officate!! You are such a beautiful couple and I appreciate your thoughtfulness in taking the time to provide a review to other couples.

thanks again!
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Peggy
Wedding:
12/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Excellent! Mary was extremely kind and knowledgeable in all aspects of wedding planning. She answered all our queries promptly and guided us through the license application. Her friendly manner set the perfect tone for our ceremony which was customized to us to a tee. I can't recommend her highly enough!
Excellent! Mary was extremely kind and knowledgeable in all aspects of wedding planning. She answered all our queries Read more...
Excellent! Mary was extremely kind and knowledgeable in all aspects of wedding planning. She answered all our queries promptly and guided us through the license application. Her friendly manner set the perfect tone for our ceremony which was customized to us to a tee. I can't recommend her highly enough! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Hi Peggy,

What an exciting evening we just had! Lots of snow....which made the Lockwood Mansion look even more spectacular! Your wedding on the red steps was magnificent. You and Bill look fantastic together. I wish I were tall....sigh! I still cannot believe that you are your sister are not twins.... you looked so beautiful together.

Thanks for writing such a wonderful review. It was fun getting to know you both...and I love your zest for life.
Take wonderful care of each other!!
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Deborah
Wedding:
12/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary provided us with excellent service. Ours was a private wedding, just me and the groom, and we didn't have much money. We thought it wasn't going to be that big of an event for us because of that, but Mary was able to make it so much more. She recommended a venue for us which was free to use and she did the process to get it. She provided us with video of our ceremony as well as wedding photos which made us so happy since we couldn't afford having any pictures taken. She even provided music during the ceremony and let us choose what she would wear. She took care of all those little details which made that day absolutely perfect for us. We really appreciate everything Mary did for us!
Mary provided us with excellent service. Ours was a private wedding, just me and the groom, and we didn't have much money. Read more...
Mary provided us with excellent service. Ours was a private wedding, just me and the groom, and we didn't have much money. We thought it wasn't going to be that big of an event for us because of that, but Mary was able to make it so much more. She recommended a venue for us which was free to use and she did the process to get it. She provided us with video of our ceremony as well as wedding photos which made us so happy since we couldn't afford having any pictures taken. She even provided music during the ceremony and let us choose what she would wear. She took care of all those little details which made that day absolutely perfect for us. We really appreciate everything Mary did for us! Read less
Services Used: Officiant, Photography, Wedding Venue, Videography
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thank you Deborah....it gives Joy to my Heart to be able to help couples on a tight budget, have a lovely wedding...in spite of it. Everyone should have a wonderful start to their wedding...and it does not have to be an expensive affair to be wonderful!
It was my pleasure and delight to help you have a great wedding....and photos and a video to share with your family and friends.

Thanks again for the sweet review... and take wonderful care of each other!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
mary was great
she let us write our whole same sex wedding ceremony and put in some beautiful surprises that delighted us during the ceremony
i.e. we had a floral crown ceremony borrowed from the greek tradition and she added the switching of the crowns and kisses in between each switch even though we didn't write t hat in and it was one of the most delightful memories we have of the ceremony.
she was warm and affordable and got back to all my emails right away
she wore a white "robe" similar to a judge's black robe for our ceremony and used a custom wedding book to read our vows from
she did all the legal stuff for us of making the marriage official etc.
no complaints, mary was great!!!!
she did rub our other vendors the wrong way and could be kind of bossy, but no one can please everyone all the time :)
she was great to us!
mary was great
she let us write our whole same sex wedding ceremony and put in some beautiful surprises that delighted Read more...
mary was great
she let us write our whole same sex wedding ceremony and put in some beautiful surprises that delighted us during the ceremony
i.e. we had a floral crown ceremony borrowed from the greek tradition and she added the switching of the crowns and kisses in between each switch even though we didn't write t hat in and it was one of the most delightful memories we have of the ceremony.
she was warm and affordable and got back to all my emails right away
she wore a white "robe" similar to a judge's black robe for our ceremony and used a custom wedding book to read our vows from
she did all the legal stuff for us of making the marriage official etc.
no complaints, mary was great!!!!
she did rub our other vendors the wrong way and could be kind of bossy, but no one can please everyone all the time :)
she was great to us! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Lol...thank you for your review... YES, I AM BOSSY! As I say to my wedding parties.....I am overdirective!! BUT is is NOT MY FAULT, the couple picked me.

And frankly, couples pick me typically because they have seen one of my weddings and see the difference a BOSSY JP can make!!! If something is happening that can impact the day, I will speak up and try to rectify it... So Bossy be me....and that might be what makes me a wee bit special.... thanks again!! You are both so beautiful...I loved all the PINK and WHITE...it was like an old fashioned wedding.....all styled by the two of you....Great job!
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Esmeralda
Wedding:
11/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary made our special day even more so!
She made everything easy and stress-free! It was the perfect simple ceremony, just the way we wanted it and she understood exactly what we wanted.
Mary also sent pictures right after the wedding that were absolutely beatiful. It was a great surprise to have these while still waiting for photographer to send the wedding pictures.

Michael and Esmeralda
Mary made our special day even more so!
She made everything easy and stress-free! It was the perfect simple ceremony, Read more...
Mary made our special day even more so!
She made everything easy and stress-free! It was the perfect simple ceremony, just the way we wanted it and she understood exactly what we wanted.
Mary also sent pictures right after the wedding that were absolutely beatiful. It was a great surprise to have these while still waiting for photographer to send the wedding pictures.

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Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thank you Esmeralda for the wonderful review. Your wedding was beautiful and I am glad I got to be part of such a special day!

I am so pleased you are enjoying the photos and video. It is great to have them to share the day with others who could not come...and just to have photos quickly... The photographers make their photos perfect and that takes TIME!! But these are fine for sharing and enjoying quickly.

Thanks again for sharing your experience with me with others...so they can reflect on what they want from a JP.
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Cat
Wedding:
10/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary is wonderful!! She knows exactly how to make any ceremony go as smoothly as possible, and can whip any wayward wedding party member into shape :-) Without even attending the rehearsal, she had every single person in our party where they needed to be, when they needed to be there the day of. She also was completely open to meeting with us a few times before the actual ceremony to clarify everything and ease our minds. She has hundreds of options of vows, ceremony types, and so forth, for you to take pieces from, to use, or you can create your own! She truly loves what she does, and as a result, comes across to couples and guests as incredibly genuine. It makes the ceremony that much better! Highly recommended!!
Mary is wonderful!! She knows exactly how to make any ceremony go as smoothly as possible, and can whip any wayward Read more...
Mary is wonderful!! She knows exactly how to make any ceremony go as smoothly as possible, and can whip any wayward wedding party member into shape :-) Without even attending the rehearsal, she had every single person in our party where they needed to be, when they needed to be there the day of. She also was completely open to meeting with us a few times before the actual ceremony to clarify everything and ease our minds. She has hundreds of options of vows, ceremony types, and so forth, for you to take pieces from, to use, or you can create your own! She truly loves what she does, and as a result, comes across to couples and guests as incredibly genuine. It makes the ceremony that much better! Highly recommended!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Cat, your review is so great, that I think that angel mom of mine must have been sitting on your shoulder as you typed it!

Wow, I am blow away by your kind words!! Thanks so much for sharing all this with the world of KNOT brides and grooms!!

Your wedding was beautiful and a lot of fun. I always come early if my couples don't want a rehearsal to make sure everyone knows what to do. With the QUICK TIPS file I send for you to share with everyone....and my arriving early...that tends to do the job well.

Thanks again...and take wonderful care of each other!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Mary was great!! We were a clueless bunch and she knew exactly what she was doing to direct us in both a fun and professional way!!
Mary was great!! We were a clueless bunch and she knew exactly what she was doing to direct us in both a fun and Read more...
Mary was great!! We were a clueless bunch and she knew exactly what she was doing to direct us in both a fun and professional way!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thanks for the review- lots of couples are anxious before a wedding...but it is fun to see them relax and enjoy it.

Weddings are so much fun. I am glad that you came to me so I could calm your fears and make it fun for you.

Thanks for taking the time to write a review for me! I appreciate it. Now maybe another anxious couple will call me..... hey, that's my job...to create calm out of chaos!!
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Christine
Wedding:
10/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary brought the love of my life together on our special day. She is very positive and energetic. Mary made us feel very comfortable and everything went very smooth. I would highly recommend Mary's services. Thank you for being you.
Mary brought the love of my life together on our special day. She is very positive and energetic. Mary made us feel very Read more...
Mary brought the love of my life together on our special day. She is very positive and energetic. Mary made us feel very comfortable and everything went very smooth. I would highly recommend Mary's services. Thank you for being you. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thanks Christine for the great review. I love to help couples make their wedding as special as it can be!!

You are so sweet to take the time to write a review for other couples!

thanks again.....
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary was absolutely amazing and I cannot say enough good things about her. My fiance and I searched through many reviews to find all of our vendors and couldn't pass up on Mary due to all of her wonderful testimonials. Well, she definitely did not disappoint! She was so helpful during the planning process and answered all of our many questions very quickly. She also helped us plan a wonderful ceremony that was geared completely towards us. When we finally met her the night before our wedding, she was instantly friendly and warm and it felt like I've known her for years. She was so wonderful at our wedding and we were constantly receiving comments about how great and special our Officiant was. She even taped our whole ceremony and sent us a ton of pictures the very next morning which was so nice to see right before leaving for our honeymoon. I highly highly recommend her as your wedding officiant!!...
Mary was absolutely amazing and I cannot say enough good things about her. My fiance and I searched through many reviews Read more...
Mary was absolutely amazing and I cannot say enough good things about her. My fiance and I searched through many reviews to find all of our vendors and couldn't pass up on Mary due to all of her wonderful testimonials. Well, she definitely did not disappoint! She was so helpful during the planning process and answered all of our many questions very quickly. She also helped us plan a wonderful ceremony that was geared completely towards us. When we finally met her the night before our wedding, she was instantly friendly and warm and it felt like I've known her for years. She was so wonderful at our wedding and we were constantly receiving comments about how great and special our Officiant was. She even taped our whole ceremony and sent us a ton of pictures the very next morning which was so nice to see right before leaving for our honeymoon. I highly highly recommend her as your wedding officiant!!... Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Lauren,
Thank you so much for your spectacular review. I loved performing your wedding... you are such a beautiful bride!

Your testimonial means so much to me....it means I lived up to your expectations after you read the testimonials on my website.. www.ct-jp.com

I love taking photos at the wedding so my couples have something to see really soon after their wedding....and can even post on facebook right away.

Take wonderful care of each other!!
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Meggan
Wedding:
9/27/2012
5.0/5.0
They day was perfect. My wife and I enjoyed our special day because Mary made everything chaos free and it ran smoothly.
They day was perfect. My wife and I enjoyed our special day because Mary made everything chaos free and it ran smoothly.
They day was perfect. My wife and I enjoyed our special day because Mary made everything chaos free and it ran smoothly. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thank you Meggan..... your wedding was so much fun. It was great getting to know you both... thank you for your kind words!!
Take wonderful care of each other!!!

You are so sweet to share your thoughts with other brides and grooms... it means so much to me...thank you again.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary was very professional, responded quickly by email to all my questions and ceremony revisions, and was great to work with. She supplied us with dozens of sample scripts to read through in order to find the tone and content that we were looking for in our ceremony. We were very pleased with the modern options and examples she provided to us, and we ended up with a very unique and thoughtful ceremony that we were thrilled with.
Overall we were incredibly happy with Mary's performance and all of the services she provides. I highly recommend her!
Mary was very professional, responded quickly by email to all my questions and ceremony revisions, and was great to work Read more...
Mary was very professional, responded quickly by email to all my questions and ceremony revisions, and was great to work with. She supplied us with dozens of sample scripts to read through in order to find the tone and content that we were looking for in our ceremony. We were very pleased with the modern options and examples she provided to us, and we ended up with a very unique and thoughtful ceremony that we were thrilled with.
Overall we were incredibly happy with Mary's performance and all of the services she provides. I highly recommend her! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for writing such a sweet review. You may be anonymous here, but I know who I married on that date!

I am so happy you enjoyed looking through the wedding script samples. I am writing vows all the time and it is fun to create scripts that fit my couples well

Take wonderful care of each other.....and thanks again for the review!
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Daryle
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
We loved Mary! She was amazing!
We loved Mary! She was amazing!
We loved Mary! She was amazing! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Daryle,

Aren't you sweet! Thank you so much for your kind works.. It is easy to be amazing when you have a great couple to work with!!

Take wonderful care of each other!! And thanks again for taking the time to comment... it really means a lot to me!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Mary Pugh made our event memorable. Everything we wanted in our ceremony she made sure to do! She was very enjoyable to work with and I would recommend her to anyone planning on having a beautiful ceremony. Planning the event was so easy with the help of Mary Pugh. She supplies many ideas of vows that you can read through and guides you through all the steps needed to be married.
Mary Pugh made our event memorable. Everything we wanted in our ceremony she made sure to do! She was very enjoyable to Read more...
Mary Pugh made our event memorable. Everything we wanted in our ceremony she made sure to do! She was very enjoyable to work with and I would recommend her to anyone planning on having a beautiful ceremony. Planning the event was so easy with the help of Mary Pugh. She supplies many ideas of vows that you can read through and guides you through all the steps needed to be married. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thanks for your review. It was my pleasure to create a special day for you! Couples enjoy looking at a variety of possibilities...and having created so many ceremony scripts...it is fun sharing them.

Thanks again for taking the time to add your comments here!
Take wonderful care of each other!
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Rere
Wedding:
7/1/2012
5.0/5.0
I love Mary P. She is amazing and a life saver !
I love Mary P. She is amazing and a life saver !
I love Mary P. She is amazing and a life saver ! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Brandi and Brittany
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary made our day special! We felt like she cared as much about our day as we did. We will definitely call her again when we are ready to renew our vows!
Brandi & Brittany Banks
6-23-2012
Mary made our day special! We felt like she cared as much about our day as we did. We will definitely call her again when Read more...
Mary made our day special! We felt like she cared as much about our day as we did. We will definitely call her again when we are ready to renew our vows!
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Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with all the other brides and grooms on WW.

Your wedding was beautiful-- I was honored to perform the ceremony and would love to see you again and perform your vow renewal!

Have a wonderful new year...and look forward to your 1st anniversary!!
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Selina
Wedding:
6/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Professional, very accommodating, just a gem of a lady! Mary Pugh made our wedding day "perfect"! Thank you, Selina & Lisa Cash
Professional, very accommodating, just a gem of a lady! Mary Pugh made our wedding day "perfect"! Thank you, Selina & Lisa Read more...
Professional, very accommodating, just a gem of a lady! Mary Pugh made our wedding day "perfect"! Thank you, Selina & Lisa Cash Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thanks Selina and Lisa! How kind of you to take the time to write a review for me.

Your wedding was so sweet and beautiful, I am so glad you enjoyed it! After coming up all the way for Georgia, it surely had to be great!!

I enjoyed getting to know you both and sharing "Georgia" stories... it has been a while since I have been there...need to head on down for a visit soon!! Before it gets too hot!

Thanks again for this wonderful review...I appreciate it..and you two take wonderful care of each other!
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Michelle
Wedding:
5/4/2012
5.0/5.0
You are simply amazing, god bless you and your family!
You are simply amazing, god bless you and your family!
You are simply amazing, god bless you and your family! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thank you.....you are so sweet to say that.... and I need all the blessings I can get!!

You are so kind to share your thoughts...I really appreciate it. thanks again... and take wonderful care of each other!!
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TarazzleDazzle
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Mary is fantastic! She is funny, professional, and goes above and beyond. She helped us to create a ceremony that was the right fit for us and it turned out beautifully. Mary even filmed our ceremony for us with her video camera and tripod (as we did not have a videographer) and took tons of photos before and after the ceremony (so that we'd have some immediate shots to see). The day after our wedding, I already had photos of the big day to gush over!

Mary is extremely responsive and is always happy to answer questions or offer up an idea. She kept our wedding party laughing and smiling during our rehearsal and did a great job with the ceremony.
Mary is fantastic! She is funny, professional, and goes above and beyond. She helped us to create a ceremony that was the Read more...
Mary is fantastic! She is funny, professional, and goes above and beyond. She helped us to create a ceremony that was the right fit for us and it turned out beautifully. Mary even filmed our ceremony for us with her video camera and tripod (as we did not have a videographer) and took tons of photos before and after the ceremony (so that we'd have some immediate shots to see). The day after our wedding, I already had photos of the big day to gush over!

Mary is extremely responsive and is always happy to answer questions or offer up an idea. She kept our wedding party laughing and smiling during our rehearsal and did a great job with the ceremony. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thanks for the great review....I take pride in creating wedding script ceremonies that fit my couples and express that they want in a wedding. I enjoy taking pictures and a video so you can enjoy it that soon after the wedding....typically same day...but as I told you..... don't worry about email on your wedding night!!

Yes, I am all over my couples like a wet pancake... because I know if I were the bride..I would not want to wait for a response...!!
Thanks again for your kind words! I appreciate it!
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Shelley
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
We selected Mary Pugh as our wedding officiant. We talked on the phone initially and were impressed with her warm, sincere personality. She is a great listener and cares about delivering a ceremony that is unique and customized to meet the bride and grooms needs. Mary is very organized, returns phone calls and emails promptly and is on time! She worked with us to create a memorable,
ceremony that captured everything and more we asked for. Mary worked hard with the entire wedding party at our rehearsal dinner to ensure we were ready for our "Big Day". The day of our wedding she was all set up with her audio, coordinated with our flutist, harpist and wedding plannner to allign with the sequence of our wedding program. She is an excellent public speaker and coached us all on appropriate wedding etiquette. She provided those "extra touches" of memorial remembrance, hand blessing, ceremonial braid and an overall ceremony that was appreciated by all. Mary also as a "special gift" took photographs of our wedding right after the cermony and created a memorable CD for us- it is beautiful- and much appreciated. She also provided us with a beautiful copy of the wedding ceremony on gorgeous paper with lovely font. Mary also was very instrumental in assisting us with the process of obtaining a marraige liscense. Mary is very experienced as a wedding officiant- She offers those special touches to customize and meet your needs on your special day. We highly recommend Mary Pugh as a wedding officiant!
We selected Mary Pugh as our wedding officiant. We talked on the phone initially and were impressed with her warm, sincere Read more...
We selected Mary Pugh as our wedding officiant. We talked on the phone initially and were impressed with her warm, sincere personality. She is a great listener and cares about delivering a ceremony that is unique and customized to meet the bride and grooms needs. Mary is very organized, returns phone calls and emails promptly and is on time! She worked with us to create a memorable,
ceremony that captured everything and more we asked for. Mary worked hard with the entire wedding party at our rehearsal dinner to ensure we were ready for our "Big Day". The day of our wedding she was all set up with her audio, coordinated with our flutist, harpist and wedding plannner to allign with the sequence of our wedding program. She is an excellent public speaker and coached us all on appropriate wedding etiquette. She provided those "extra touches" of memorial remembrance, hand blessing, ceremonial braid and an overall ceremony that was appreciated by all. Mary also as a "special gift" took photographs of our wedding right after the cermony and created a memorable CD for us- it is beautiful- and much appreciated. She also provided us with a beautiful copy of the wedding ceremony on gorgeous paper with lovely font. Mary also was very instrumental in assisting us with the process of obtaining a marraige liscense. Mary is very experienced as a wedding officiant- She offers those special touches to customize and meet your needs on your special day. We highly recommend Mary Pugh as a wedding officiant! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Wow Shelley...this review is so great...they will think my mother write it!
Thanks so much! I do take a lot of pride in what I do...and I really do my best to make the ceremony really create a statement about my couples!!

I am thrilled you enjoyed the photos and the video. I know that if I were the bride I would want to see cool pictures as quickly as possiible....waiting for weeks would be so hard....so at least my couples have photos to send to famiily and friends...and to post up on facebook. A LOT of couples post ALL of my photos...which is fun to look at online.

Thanks again for great review....I really care about my weddings and I appreciate your noticing that!! Take wonderful care of each other!!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Mary was great, loved that she took the time to sit down with us to get to know us prior to the wedding and did everything we asked her to!!
Mary was great, loved that she took the time to sit down with us to get to know us prior to the wedding and did everything Read more...
Mary was great, loved that she took the time to sit down with us to get to know us prior to the wedding and did everything we asked her to!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thank so much for the great review! Yes, I love meeting with my couples at a local Starbucks so I can get to know them. It was fun getting to know you and creating a ceremony that works so welll.

Thanks again...and take wonderful care of each other!!
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dena.reiter
Wedding:
10/3/2010
5.0/5.0
mary was extremely knowledgeable and helped us from start to finish in terms of picking out a script for our vows, helping us with the structure of the ceremony, going through the rehearsal with us, getting the marriage license, and finally, performed a beautiful ceremony on the big day. she is reliable, punctual, and very nice and personable. everyone commented on how nice and smooth our ceremony was. mary took her own photos before and after the ceremony and sent them to me and my husband the day of the wedding. it was so fun to see what everyone was doing while we were getting ready, taking pictures, etc. it was definitely a nice bonus! mary definitely takes her job very seriously and really seems to care about each and every person she works with.
mary was extremely knowledgeable and helped us from start to finish in terms of picking out a script for our vows, helping Read more...
mary was extremely knowledgeable and helped us from start to finish in terms of picking out a script for our vows, helping us with the structure of the ceremony, going through the rehearsal with us, getting the marriage license, and finally, performed a beautiful ceremony on the big day. she is reliable, punctual, and very nice and personable. everyone commented on how nice and smooth our ceremony was. mary took her own photos before and after the ceremony and sent them to me and my husband the day of the wedding. it was so fun to see what everyone was doing while we were getting ready, taking pictures, etc. it was definitely a nice bonus! mary definitely takes her job very seriously and really seems to care about each and every person she works with. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much for this fabulous review! Your wedding was so much fun. I really enjoyed working with you to make it special.'

Yes, I do take my weddings seriously...it is one of the most important events in your lives...and I NEVER forget that!!

I am glad you enjoyed the photos. I have fun taking them...I try to take all the pictures that I think YOU would take if you weren't so busy being the bride!!

Thanks again!! and take wonderful care of each other!!!
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Howard
Wedding:
12/30/2009
5.0/5.0
Mary made our very simple ceremony a very special day. She provided exactly what we asked for, and made it even better with her own ideas.
Mary made our very simple ceremony a very special day. She provided exactly what we asked for, and made it even better Read more...
Mary made our very simple ceremony a very special day. She provided exactly what we asked for, and made it even better with her own ideas. Read less
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Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thanks Howard....how kind of you to write a review. I KNOW how busy you are!!

Your wedding at Calf Pasture Beach was great. It was a bit nippy....but you both dressed for the weather and it was a lot of fun..we took our time and enjoyed it out there and took lots of pictures! One more year and it is time for your 5th anniversary and a vow renewal!!

Thanks again for being so sweet!
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Skip
Wedding:
8/21/2006
5.0/5.0
Mary really cares for her couples. She always goes out of her way to make everything special for all who attend.
Mary really cares for her couples. She always goes out of her way to make everything special for all who attend.
Mary really cares for her couples. She always goes out of her way to make everything special for all who attend. Read less
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Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Skip, aren't you sweet. There aren't many couples that get married in a French castle...but you are one!

thanks so much!
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Carolyn
Wedding:
6/26/2005
5.0/5.0
Ms. Pugh arrived early for the ceremony so she could take pictures, and took pictures after as well, which she sent me on a beautiful disk. I didn't ask for this service, but was so grateful to her. The pictures were beautiful. Mary spent a lot of time working with my husband and myself on our vows, and provided a beautiful ceremony for us. I recommend her to anyone.
Ms. Pugh arrived early for the ceremony so she could take pictures, and took pictures after as well, which she sent me on Read more...
Ms. Pugh arrived early for the ceremony so she could take pictures, and took pictures after as well, which she sent me on a beautiful disk. I didn't ask for this service, but was so grateful to her. The pictures were beautiful. Mary spent a lot of time working with my husband and myself on our vows, and provided a beautiful ceremony for us. I recommend her to anyone. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Hi Carolyn,

Sorry for the slow response. I hadn't been checking for reviews. In fact, I just discovered I got the award for 2012 when then called me to say I got it for 2013...so I went to look...and saw these reviews...wow...so I then got my self into gear and send out one of their little requests for review...so a bunch just got added.

Your wedding was beautiful..and it was fun making the personalized cds for my couples. Now, I send the photos and video, name change kit, copies of the script and the certificate...all via Dropbox! It makes it easy to send them...NOTE: And if any of my couples have lost their photos....I have most of them so just ask...and I can send them via dropbox! now)).

Thanks again for the review...you are every sweet and I appreciate it. Take wonderful care of each other!!
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amber
Wedding:
3/23/2013
4.8/5.0
Mary was wonderful. she married my girlfriend and I and her example ceremonies for same sex weddings were amazing and beautiful. I would strongly recommend her.
Mary was wonderful. she married my girlfriend and I and her example ceremonies for same sex weddings were amazing and Read more...
Mary was wonderful. she married my girlfriend and I and her example ceremonies for same sex weddings were amazing and beautiful. I would strongly recommend her. Read less
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Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much for your review! I enjoyed meeting you both....and performing your wedding. I hope you enjoy the photos and video!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
Mary was super friendly during our meeting, and very very organized at the rehearsal. DH & I thought this was really important, because we had seen another relative's wedding ceremony that hadn't flowed very well. Mary took care of positioning our party, talking about how to walk, hold flowers, smile, and more during the rehearsal. DH had basically written our whole ceremony from her template suggestions (taking a bit from here, and a bit from there), and she had no issues with us doing that. The one part we had trouble with, was that each of us was to say our vows, then she was supposed to ask the other if they accepted them- this way we could say "I do." Then we would say something while giving our rings. During the ceremony, she handed DH a paper with his vows AND the ring words written on it, so when it came time for her to ask me if I accepted, she forgot she had to say something. I had to mouth to her quickly to ask, and DH showed her the paper, at which point she did. A minor problem in all. What we really liked about Mary was that she would step to the left and right during the ceremony. This was perfect for our venue, because then our photographer (and friends!) could get clear shots of just the two of us standing at the venue. It made for some really fantastic pictures. Mary also took some of her own pictures before and after the ceremony, as well as a video of the ceremony, which is included in her price.
Mary was super friendly during our meeting, and very very organized at the rehearsal. DH & I thought this was really Read more...
Mary was super friendly during our meeting, and very very organized at the rehearsal. DH & I thought this was really important, because we had seen another relative's wedding ceremony that hadn't flowed very well. Mary took care of positioning our party, talking about how to walk, hold flowers, smile, and more during the rehearsal. DH had basically written our whole ceremony from her template suggestions (taking a bit from here, and a bit from there), and she had no issues with us doing that. The one part we had trouble with, was that each of us was to say our vows, then she was supposed to ask the other if they accepted them- this way we could say "I do." Then we would say something while giving our rings. During the ceremony, she handed DH a paper with his vows AND the ring words written on it, so when it came time for her to ask me if I accepted, she forgot she had to say something. I had to mouth to her quickly to ask, and DH showed her the paper, at which point she did. A minor problem in all. What we really liked about Mary was that she would step to the left and right during the ceremony. This was perfect for our venue, because then our photographer (and friends!) could get clear shots of just the two of us standing at the venue. It made for some really fantastic pictures. Mary also took some of her own pictures before and after the ceremony, as well as a video of the ceremony, which is included in her price. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Your wedding was one of my favorites... I love performing weddings at Mystic....and yes, I did get a little distracted for a second when those two Beluga whales zoomed over when I moved to the side for the vow exchange..oops.... but it all went well. It is not typical for the couples to verbally accept each other's vows... so I missed that for a second...good thing you whispered a clue to me. But that is a VERY nice touch in a ceremony.... I love all the photos with the Beluga and the video was great. It is such fun when they spritz water on us all... It is a wonder I wasn't fumbling all over the place!!

Yes, I tend to optimize how I position myself...and the entire bridal party so that the photographer can get the best photographs. A lot of my weddings are actually referred to me by photographers for that reason. They know the bridal party has been trained and rehearsed to have the setup for great photos of everyone...not just the couple...and the spacing and pauses add elegance and pagentry to the event. You did a wonderful job planning out your entire wedding...and I was honored to be chosen to officiate at it.

Thanks again for your great review.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
Mary was on time, professional, and got the job done! We could tell she had a lot of experience with weddings. She is even willing to run a rehearsal beforehand so that everyone knows where they need to be! Would recommend, especially to anyone who has some unruly wedding parties! =)
Mary was on time, professional, and got the job done! We could tell she had a lot of experience with weddings. She is even Read more...
Mary was on time, professional, and got the job done! We could tell she had a lot of experience with weddings. She is even willing to run a rehearsal beforehand so that everyone knows where they need to be! Would recommend, especially to anyone who has some unruly wedding parties! =) Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

Well, thanks for the review....Not sure what I did that warranted giving me 4's across the board...but everyone has an opinion, particularly when it is anonymous. lol

Glad you were happy with me...and appreciated the rehearsal - wedding parties can be like herding cats!!

Take wonderful care of each other....and see the bright side in your lives.
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Katie
Wedding:
8/10/2013
3.8/5.0
Okay, so she was... interesting. Very organized, very professional and an awesome price. However, she was a little more animated than I had expected. I found it a little strange. She was also a little abrupt when explaining to my bridal party and family what to do and expect. She kind of freaked me out 10 minutes before walking down the aisle. Oh well. Were married, thats all that matters, and some of my guests appreciated her animation. And it made for a light ceremony because me and my husband kept laughing to ourselves.
Okay, so she was... interesting. Very organized, very professional and an awesome price. However, she was a little more Read more...
Okay, so she was... interesting. Very organized, very professional and an awesome price. However, she was a little more animated than I had expected. I found it a little strange. She was also a little abrupt when explaining to my bridal party and family what to do and expect. She kind of freaked me out 10 minutes before walking down the aisle. Oh well. Were married, thats all that matters, and some of my guests appreciated her animation. And it made for a light ceremony because me and my husband kept laughing to ourselves. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Mary Pugh, Justice of the Peace responded with the following comments:

lol. When the bride chooses not to have a rehearsal and then delays having me explain the process.... abrupt is what can happen. At some point people need to know what to do....and we couldn't wait any longer.

Animated? Well, there are plenty of monotone JPs out there....I will not be one of them,. but appreciate the kind comments.
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Stefanie
Wedding:
7/19/2013
3.0/5.0
Up until the wedding day we were looking forward to working with Mary, she has that type A personality, seemed very well organized and prepared me with a ton of information for the wedding ceremony which I greatly appreciated. At the end we also got our ceremony printed out in a folder, she took some great photos she sent us after as well which were extra things many JPs would not do. With all of that I was so very surprised as how upset we were with her performance on the actual wedding day.

We created our own ceremony based on samples she gave us but I was disappointed she didn't spend more time reviewing what we put together or give us some suggestions as to how it was ordered, everyone said we jumped into vows pretty quick which I figured she would have caught and told me about, but no. I also wanted a 15/20min ceremony, which she claimed it was set to be, and it lasted about 7 minutes which was a huge disappointment to me as I would have included more in the ceremony had I known I had the time! We also started a few minutes late on her account. Mary said she'd be there early to get everyone ready and had a few things to tell the bridal party. She was nowhere to be found and she apparently showed up and sat in her car until the Best Man called to ask where she was. She also mispronounced my husband's last name!! I found this unacceptable, we reviewed it plenty of times and she said she had it down but to be announced at the end of the ceremony incorrectly was unbelievable.
Up until the wedding day we were looking forward to working with Mary, she has that type A personality, seemed very well Read more...
Up until the wedding day we were looking forward to working with Mary, she has that type A personality, seemed very well organized and prepared me with a ton of information for the wedding ceremony which I greatly appreciated. At the end we also got our ceremony printed out in a folder, she took some great photos she sent us after as well which were extra things many JPs would not do. With all of that I was so very surprised as how upset we were with her performance on the actual wedding day.

We created our own ceremony based on samples she gave us but I was disappointed she didn't spend more time reviewing what we put together or give us some suggestions as to how it was ordered, everyone said we jumped into vows pretty quick which I figured she would have caught and told me about, but no. I also wanted a 15/20min ceremony, which she claimed it was set to be, and it lasted about 7 minutes which was a huge disappointment to me as I would have included more in the ceremony had I known I had the time! We also started a few minutes late on her account. Mary said she'd be there early to get everyone ready and had a few things to tell the bridal party. She was nowhere to be found and she apparently showed up and sat in her car until the Best Man called to ask where she was. She also mispronounced my husband's last name!! I found this unacceptable, we reviewed it plenty of times and she said she had it down but to be announced at the end of the ceremony incorrectly was unbelievable. Read less
Services Used: Officiant

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