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Rev. Jim Rooney

Beacon , NY
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LOCATION

376 Breakneck Road
Beacon, NY US 12508 (map)

PHONE

917-745-3376

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ABOUT US

Your life together begins here…
“What you are is God’s gift to you; What you make of it, it’s your gift to God.”

This is the reflection I have on my Ordination Card. It... Read more
Your life together begins here…
“What you are is God’s gift to you; What you make of it, it’s your gift to God.”

This is the reflection I have on my Ordination Card. It sums up my belief in life and relationship with God, family and friends.

We all need the time and space to hear that inner voice to allow us to be who we are called to be. I believe we can only experience this self-discovery by allowing ourselves to touch and be touched in all of life’s experiences and then taking the time and space to hold on to them; to cherish and sometimes to let go.

To this end I’ve created Beacon Hermitage. The Hermitage is situated in the beautiful Hudson Valley at the base of Mount Beacon, the highest point in the Hudson Highlands.

In the quiet and calm of Beacon Hermitage you will find a place that affords you both an opportunity to focus on what really matters: your relationship and future happiness. It will help you deal with the most important aspects related to planning a wedding- you and your partner. Envision the loving moments you will experience here with your partner that will empower you both to remember why you are getting married. This marriage is a public declaration and commitment of your love for each other that has the power to inspire and enrich you for life.

Awaken into your creativity for inspiration and self-expression on your personal path to the altar of life. Seek each other’s beauty of spirit. This is the soul who is entrusting their life to you. Find the reassurance from each other to step confidently into a journey that will require your love, strength, patience, wisdom, forgiveness, charity and joy.

I invite you to join me in allowing the Spirit of our Creator to touch your mind, body and spirit. I look forward to sharing with you in your journey as you seek renewal and recommitment to life and community.

I am an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Tradition and registered civil marriage celebrant based in Beacon, with a wide experience of performing various ceremonies including: weddings, same sex weddings,funerals, memorials, baby naming days, commitment ceremonies, anniversaries and special occasions.

My training and experience have given me a deep knowledge of the role of officiant and celebrant in the community and the important role of ritual and ceremony in our lives. Together we will create a beautiful Order of Service that expresses your deepest feelings and most powerful emotions – whether they be feelings of love, joy, optimism, grief or acceptance.

The first step may seem daunting but I will personalize a ceremony to your every need and I will share with you my broad collection of ideas, poetry, readings, music and rituals, if you don’t know where to begin.

As a priest, officiant and chaplain I really love what I do, and you can be sure that I will always put your needs and wishes first and help you develop the ceremony you want. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
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
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I can wear a suit, vestments or my kilt (clerical tartan)
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes, it's your wedding ceremony.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
Yes. I can email them to you.
How long are your ceremonies?
The length of the service depends on your requirements.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No, but I would recommend it.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes.
Do you supply a sound system?
No.

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JEFFREY
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Jim was wonderful and all our guest have been saying what a special and beautiful service he gave at our wedding! He is a great guy and after getting to know him you will have a friend for life.
Jim was wonderful and all our guest have been saying what a special and beautiful service he gave at our wedding! He is a Read more...
Jim was wonderful and all our guest have been saying what a special and beautiful service he gave at our wedding! He is a great guy and after getting to know him you will have a friend for life. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Phenomenal! We wanted a intimate and spiritual ceremony with a reception for family and friends held at a later date; Jim exceeded our expectations. We communicated via email and phone, but only met in person that day. Immediately were drawn to his gentle and spiritual manner. After the ceremony, held in Rev. Jim's garden, he invited us into home and genuinely talked with us over coffee and tea. We would wholeheartedly recommend Rev. Jim to anyone. I do hope our paths cross again. He is a man worth knowing.
Phenomenal! We wanted a intimate and spiritual ceremony with a reception for family and friends held at a later date; Jim Read more...
Phenomenal! We wanted a intimate and spiritual ceremony with a reception for family and friends held at a later date; Jim exceeded our expectations. We communicated via email and phone, but only met in person that day. Immediately were drawn to his gentle and spiritual manner. After the ceremony, held in Rev. Jim's garden, he invited us into home and genuinely talked with us over coffee and tea. We would wholeheartedly recommend Rev. Jim to anyone. I do hope our paths cross again. He is a man worth knowing. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Jim provided us with the most amazing ceremony. He took the time to really get to know us and what was important to us and it really came through during the ceremony.
Our family and friends raved about the ceremony and how beautiful it was.
I highly recommend Jim and can't thank him enough.
Jim provided us with the most amazing ceremony. He took the time to really get to know us and what was important to us and Read more...
Jim provided us with the most amazing ceremony. He took the time to really get to know us and what was important to us and it really came through during the ceremony.
Our family and friends raved about the ceremony and how beautiful it was.
I highly recommend Jim and can't thank him enough. Read less
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Tara
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
We were married on September 20, 2014. My husband and I were referred to Rev. Rooney by our venue. From my first conversation with Jim I had a good feeling about working with him. Aside from being very kind and thoughtful, I felt as though he was invested in getting to know us. Throughout the process of speaking and meeting with Jim, he made it a personal and welcoming experience. Not only did we get to know Jim but he also had such a wonderful ability that led us to growing closer in our relationship. As part of the meeting process, I felt like a guest in his home. playing with his adorable dog Angus and being blessed with some of his wonderful cooking! During the last meeting, Jim sent us out on a hike in the trails behind his home. The whole process reminded us why we were getting married, in addition to the investment that would be required by both in any sucessful marriage.
The ceremony was amazing and I am still receiving compliments on how special it was. Rev. Rooney incorporated what was important to us and our family in such a unique and personal way. As flexible as he was during the planning process he was also very helpful and gave us great recommendations for our ceremony. My husband and I are both Roman Catholic so our experience has always been very traditional, leading us to experience some initial hesitantly in having such a personal and family oriented ceremony. I'm so glad we listened to his suggestions because I can't stress enough as to how much we loved the ceremony. We and our guests smiled, laughed and cried throughout it all! What a wonderful experience!
We were married on September 20, 2014. My husband and I were referred to Rev. Rooney by our venue. From my first Read more...
We were married on September 20, 2014. My husband and I were referred to Rev. Rooney by our venue. From my first conversation with Jim I had a good feeling about working with him. Aside from being very kind and thoughtful, I felt as though he was invested in getting to know us. Throughout the process of speaking and meeting with Jim, he made it a personal and welcoming experience. Not only did we get to know Jim but he also had such a wonderful ability that led us to growing closer in our relationship. As part of the meeting process, I felt like a guest in his home. playing with his adorable dog Angus and being blessed with some of his wonderful cooking! During the last meeting, Jim sent us out on a hike in the trails behind his home. The whole process reminded us why we were getting married, in addition to the investment that would be required by both in any sucessful marriage.
The ceremony was amazing and I am still receiving compliments on how special it was. Rev. Rooney incorporated what was important to us and our family in such a unique and personal way. As flexible as he was during the planning process he was also very helpful and gave us great recommendations for our ceremony. My husband and I are both Roman Catholic so our experience has always been very traditional, leading us to experience some initial hesitantly in having such a personal and family oriented ceremony. I'm so glad we listened to his suggestions because I can't stress enough as to how much we loved the ceremony. We and our guests smiled, laughed and cried throughout it all! What a wonderful experience! Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
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Reverend Rooney was everything we were looking for in a wedding officiant - He was experienced, professional, responsive and helped us every step of the way in creating a unique, personal ceremony. Thank you again Jim.
Reverend Rooney was everything we were looking for in a wedding officiant - He was experienced, professional, responsive Read more...
Reverend Rooney was everything we were looking for in a wedding officiant - He was experienced, professional, responsive and helped us every step of the way in creating a unique, personal ceremony. Thank you again Jim. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Reverend Jim Rooney was fantastic. From the planning process to the ceremony he was always on time, quick responses, and truely cared about our love for each other. He asked many questions and met with us multiple times to get to know us so he could convey our love to all those who witnessed our marriage. Everyone said our ceremony was beautiful, different, and compassionate. A neighbor of mine was so excited to see he was the reverend because she went to a wedding recently that he did and said he is just amazing. Jim suggested the wine box which added a twist, something different from the traditional wedding and it truely was the best moment in my life.
Reverend Jim Rooney was fantastic. From the planning process to the ceremony he was always on time, quick responses, and Read more...
Reverend Jim Rooney was fantastic. From the planning process to the ceremony he was always on time, quick responses, and truely cared about our love for each other. He asked many questions and met with us multiple times to get to know us so he could convey our love to all those who witnessed our marriage. Everyone said our ceremony was beautiful, different, and compassionate. A neighbor of mine was so excited to see he was the reverend because she went to a wedding recently that he did and said he is just amazing. Jim suggested the wine box which added a twist, something different from the traditional wedding and it truely was the best moment in my life. Read less
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Cristy
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Ok, here is the short version. Rev Jim is the absolute best and made our ceremony amazing. I would recommend him 100 times over and after your first conversation with him, you will know he is the best choice to officiate your ceremony.

Long version: we found Rev Jim on wedding wire and after reading all of his reviews, decided to reach out. We had our initial Skype meeting and I was already in tears by his beautiful thoughts on love and marriage and how he truly wanted to hear our story.

Throughout the entire process, he was kind and genuine and touched our hearts. He invited us to his house and we ate together and talked through every detail of the story that brought us together. We left feeling loved, and confident that our ceremony would be personal, joyful and insightful.

Day of, Rev Jim was at the venue early and made sure to spend some time with me, reassuring me that I looked beautiful and the ceremony would be an amazing celebration of love. And, I tell you - it was. He was charming and funny and made sure the ceremony was about us. There was not a dry eye in the room. When I was shaking up there, all I had to do was look at Jim with his calming presence and then was able to focus on what that moment meant.

At the reception, almost every guest mentioned how amazing he was and how it was the most beautiful ceremony they attended. One guest rightfully said "There was no fluff, every word was meaningful and honest." That was exactly what we asked for and I can truly say it was the most beautiful moments of my life.

Thank you Rev Jim Rooney. We will never forget the gift you have to us.
Ok, here is the short version. Rev Jim is the absolute best and made our ceremony amazing. I would recommend him 100 times Read more...
Ok, here is the short version. Rev Jim is the absolute best and made our ceremony amazing. I would recommend him 100 times over and after your first conversation with him, you will know he is the best choice to officiate your ceremony.

Long version: we found Rev Jim on wedding wire and after reading all of his reviews, decided to reach out. We had our initial Skype meeting and I was already in tears by his beautiful thoughts on love and marriage and how he truly wanted to hear our story.

Throughout the entire process, he was kind and genuine and touched our hearts. He invited us to his house and we ate together and talked through every detail of the story that brought us together. We left feeling loved, and confident that our ceremony would be personal, joyful and insightful.

Day of, Rev Jim was at the venue early and made sure to spend some time with me, reassuring me that I looked beautiful and the ceremony would be an amazing celebration of love. And, I tell you - it was. He was charming and funny and made sure the ceremony was about us. There was not a dry eye in the room. When I was shaking up there, all I had to do was look at Jim with his calming presence and then was able to focus on what that moment meant.

At the reception, almost every guest mentioned how amazing he was and how it was the most beautiful ceremony they attended. One guest rightfully said "There was no fluff, every word was meaningful and honest." That was exactly what we asked for and I can truly say it was the most beautiful moments of my life.

Thank you Rev Jim Rooney. We will never forget the gift you have to us. Read less
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Denise
Wedding:
8/29/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I came to NY from the UK to get married in Central Park and came across Jim on the internet - he seemed too good to be true! Great reviews and Scottish (my husband is Scottish also) - we really hoped he would be everything we imagined and we were not disappointed. From our first Skype meeting we all clicked instantly and Jim took the time to get to know us, not just as a couple but as individuals. We spent most of the time laughing and swapping stories. When we first met him in person on the day of the wedding it was like we had known each other for years! Jim came to lunch with us after and fit right in with our family and friends. Everyone thought he was wonderful and had conducted a really personal and relaxed ceremony, just as we had wanted. I would not hesitate in recommending Jim to anyone (and his clerical kilt is very smart!) - we have found a new friend for life in the Rev. Jim Rooney and can't wait to visit him at his lovely Beacon Hermitage home next time we visit the Big Apple. Thanks Jim!
My husband and I came to NY from the UK to get married in Central Park and came across Jim on the internet - he seemed too Read more...
My husband and I came to NY from the UK to get married in Central Park and came across Jim on the internet - he seemed too good to be true! Great reviews and Scottish (my husband is Scottish also) - we really hoped he would be everything we imagined and we were not disappointed. From our first Skype meeting we all clicked instantly and Jim took the time to get to know us, not just as a couple but as individuals. We spent most of the time laughing and swapping stories. When we first met him in person on the day of the wedding it was like we had known each other for years! Jim came to lunch with us after and fit right in with our family and friends. Everyone thought he was wonderful and had conducted a really personal and relaxed ceremony, just as we had wanted. I would not hesitate in recommending Jim to anyone (and his clerical kilt is very smart!) - we have found a new friend for life in the Rev. Jim Rooney and can't wait to visit him at his lovely Beacon Hermitage home next time we visit the Big Apple. Thanks Jim! Read less
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Jason
Wedding:
8/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jim Rooney was incredible! His attention and thoughtful suggestions provided great support leading up to our ceremony. Through his suggestions and guidance we were able to create the perfect ceremony that had all the right components and included a very personal touch from us. The evening of our ceremony he was supportive and provided a calm influence during a hectic time. He really connected with our guests as well; this really created an amazing setting for our marriage. Rev. Jim instantly created an environment that made everyone feel like they were an integral part of our ceremony. Our family and friends still can't stop raving about how perfect the night was!!
Rev. Jim Rooney was incredible! His attention and thoughtful suggestions provided great support leading up to our Read more...
Rev. Jim Rooney was incredible! His attention and thoughtful suggestions provided great support leading up to our ceremony. Through his suggestions and guidance we were able to create the perfect ceremony that had all the right components and included a very personal touch from us. The evening of our ceremony he was supportive and provided a calm influence during a hectic time. He really connected with our guests as well; this really created an amazing setting for our marriage. Rev. Jim instantly created an environment that made everyone feel like they were an integral part of our ceremony. Our family and friends still can't stop raving about how perfect the night was!! Read less
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Nicolette
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
We had a wonderful experience with Jim he went above and beyond our expectations. Our guests said that it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever witnessed. It was tailored to our lives and so personable! We love jim and highly recommend him to everyone!
We had a wonderful experience with Jim he went above and beyond our expectations. Our guests said that it was the most Read more...
We had a wonderful experience with Jim he went above and beyond our expectations. Our guests said that it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever witnessed. It was tailored to our lives and so personable! We love jim and highly recommend him to everyone! Read less
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Kristen
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
Throughout the night and even beyond the wedding itself, our guests kept coming up to us to tell us how beautiful the ceremony was and how, because of Reverend Rooney, they really felt as though they knew our story and were part of the ceremony rather than just an onlooker. During the three meetings we had with Reverend Rooney he took the time to truly get to know us and what brought us together and keeps us together. I would absolutely recommend Reverend Rooney for anyone looking for a personalized ceremony.
Throughout the night and even beyond the wedding itself, our guests kept coming up to us to tell us how beautiful the Read more...
Throughout the night and even beyond the wedding itself, our guests kept coming up to us to tell us how beautiful the ceremony was and how, because of Reverend Rooney, they really felt as though they knew our story and were part of the ceremony rather than just an onlooker. During the three meetings we had with Reverend Rooney he took the time to truly get to know us and what brought us together and keeps us together. I would absolutely recommend Reverend Rooney for anyone looking for a personalized ceremony. Read less
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John
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Ronney was excellent throughout the entire process. He invited us to his home on three separate occasions and made sure everything out our marriage ceremony was special and personal. I would highly recommend his services to anyone getting married.
Rev. Ronney was excellent throughout the entire process. He invited us to his home on three separate occasions and made Read more...
Rev. Ronney was excellent throughout the entire process. He invited us to his home on three separate occasions and made sure everything out our marriage ceremony was special and personal. I would highly recommend his services to anyone getting married. Read less
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roseanne
Wedding:
8/16/2014
5.0/5.0
jim was fantastic our friends and family thought the ceremony was beautiful and thought jim had known us for years the ceremony could not have been better would highly recommend jim
jim was fantastic our friends and family thought the ceremony was beautiful and thought jim had known us for years the Read more...
jim was fantastic our friends and family thought the ceremony was beautiful and thought jim had known us for years the ceremony could not have been better would highly recommend jim Read less
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Kevin
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Jim was not only an integral part of our ceremony, he has become a part of our story as a couple. He shared so much with us, brought us into his home and taught us so much about the commitment we were making. His wisdom about marriage helped us craft a ceremony that was uniquely expressive of our ideals, and was inspiring for our friends and family. He took the time to know us, know our story and our relationship, so much that by the time we stood up to take our vows, he spoke as a friend. He is a lovely man, wise and generous with his time and thoughts. He's an experienced celebrant of marriage, and so good with sharing instructive insight with couples finding their way through a big step. We can't thank him enough, and choosing him was as good a decision as the one to marry each other!
Jim was not only an integral part of our ceremony, he has become a part of our story as a couple. He shared so much with Read more...
Jim was not only an integral part of our ceremony, he has become a part of our story as a couple. He shared so much with us, brought us into his home and taught us so much about the commitment we were making. His wisdom about marriage helped us craft a ceremony that was uniquely expressive of our ideals, and was inspiring for our friends and family. He took the time to know us, know our story and our relationship, so much that by the time we stood up to take our vows, he spoke as a friend. He is a lovely man, wise and generous with his time and thoughts. He's an experienced celebrant of marriage, and so good with sharing instructive insight with couples finding their way through a big step. We can't thank him enough, and choosing him was as good a decision as the one to marry each other! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
8/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Jim was fantastic. It was great meeting with him before the wedding and getting to know each other. He was able to integrate both our backgrounds and personalities into the ceremony. We would highly recommend him!
Jim was fantastic. It was great meeting with him before the wedding and getting to know each other. He was able to Read more...
Jim was fantastic. It was great meeting with him before the wedding and getting to know each other. He was able to integrate both our backgrounds and personalities into the ceremony. We would highly recommend him! Read less
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Sasha
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Reverend Rooney was great!! He went above and beyond to make sure that our ceremony was completely personalized. He kept the ceremony light by adding in some humor and personal anecdotes, it made it very special! All of our guests thought that Rev. Rooney was a close family friend because of the personal stories that he told, but he learned our story through the several meetings that we had leading up to our wedding. I would highly recommend Rev. Rooney for your wedding!
Reverend Rooney was great!! He went above and beyond to make sure that our ceremony was completely personalized. He kept Read more...
Reverend Rooney was great!! He went above and beyond to make sure that our ceremony was completely personalized. He kept the ceremony light by adding in some humor and personal anecdotes, it made it very special! All of our guests thought that Rev. Rooney was a close family friend because of the personal stories that he told, but he learned our story through the several meetings that we had leading up to our wedding. I would highly recommend Rev. Rooney for your wedding! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Rooney was an absolute pleasure to work with! From the moment my husband and I met him we knew he would be perfect for us! He took his time to get to know us and he genuinely took an interest in us as individuals and as a couple. My husband is pretty quiet especially when he meets someone new but Rev. Rooney found a way to get him to talk and put us both at ease. We met with him three times and during our last visit he made us a delicious meal and encouraged us to take a walk where we reflected on our relationship, our love and our future.

The day of our wedding Rev. Rooney was absolutely AMAZING! All of our guests LOVED him! He was funny, witty and delivered a beautiful ceremony for us. Some of our guests thought he was a family friend because of how well he seemed to know us! We wanted a ceremony that was unique, special and one that reflected us and it was everything we dreamed of. Rev. Rooney gave us a lot of material to work with and helped us shape the kind of ceremony we envisioned. If you are looking for someone who will deliver a wonderful and personalized wedding ceremony for your special day, look no further than Rev. Rooney. We started out looking for an officiant and in the end, we made a lifelong friend. Thank you!!!
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Rev. Rooney was an absolute pleasure to work with! From the moment my husband and I met him we knew he would be perfect for us! He took his time to get to know us and he genuinely took an interest in us as individuals and as a couple. My husband is pretty quiet especially when he meets someone new but Rev. Rooney found a way to get him to talk and put us both at ease. We met with him three times and during our last visit he made us a delicious meal and encouraged us to take a walk where we reflected on our relationship, our love and our future.

The day of our wedding Rev. Rooney was absolutely AMAZING! All of our guests LOVED him! He was funny, witty and delivered a beautiful ceremony for us. Some of our guests thought he was a family friend because of how well he seemed to know us! We wanted a ceremony that was unique, special and one that reflected us and it was everything we dreamed of. Rev. Rooney gave us a lot of material to work with and helped us shape the kind of ceremony we envisioned. If you are looking for someone who will deliver a wonderful and personalized wedding ceremony for your special day, look no further than Rev. Rooney. We started out looking for an officiant and in the end, we made a lifelong friend. Thank you!!! Read less
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Esther & Richard
Wedding:
7/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Thank you for making our wedding a truly wonderful experience. Definitely a once in a life time moment! We are really lucky to have you as our Officiant, You were AWESOME!!!
Thank you for making our wedding a truly wonderful experience. Definitely a once in a life time moment! We are really Read more...
Thank you for making our wedding a truly wonderful experience. Definitely a once in a life time moment! We are really lucky to have you as our Officiant, You were AWESOME!!! Read less
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Tammy
Wedding:
7/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev Jim was the best part of our wedding. Through his friendship and guidance he helped us create an unforgettable ceremony that all our guests talked about during dinner. Even though we only knew Rev Jim a short period before we got married, he rembered so much about us as a couple and was able to talk about our relationship like he was in our lives for years. And we know that he will be as we will keep in touch with him to help counsel us throughout our marriage. His professionalism, patience, understanding, wisdom and willingness to do what we needed was amazing. I cannot say enough about our experience or Rev Jim. It was perfect.
Rev Jim was the best part of our wedding. Through his friendship and guidance he helped us create an unforgettable Read more...
Rev Jim was the best part of our wedding. Through his friendship and guidance he helped us create an unforgettable ceremony that all our guests talked about during dinner. Even though we only knew Rev Jim a short period before we got married, he rembered so much about us as a couple and was able to talk about our relationship like he was in our lives for years. And we know that he will be as we will keep in touch with him to help counsel us throughout our marriage. His professionalism, patience, understanding, wisdom and willingness to do what we needed was amazing. I cannot say enough about our experience or Rev Jim. It was perfect. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
There are no words to truly describe the ceremony that Rev. Rooney helped us create. If you want an intimate and customized ceremony that your guests will continue talking about long after the day has passed, look no further. Reverend Rooney took the time to get to know us as individuals and as a couple, to really help us create a powerful ceremony that truly reflected who we were and what we wished for...and more. We met face-to-face on several occasions and we always felt comfortable, always shared laughs, and enjoyed our time with him. We had several guests tell us what a beautiful ceremony we had, and that I was the best they'd ever been to. I found Rev. Rooney on a review site just like this, and I hope someone else reads this review and reaches out to him just like I did. You will NOT be disappointed. When I think back on our special day, Jim will always be a part of that. He is a great person and I am happy to have shared our day with him.mony our guests had ever been to.
There are no words to truly describe the ceremony that Rev. Rooney helped us create. If you want an intimate and Read more...
There are no words to truly describe the ceremony that Rev. Rooney helped us create. If you want an intimate and customized ceremony that your guests will continue talking about long after the day has passed, look no further. Reverend Rooney took the time to get to know us as individuals and as a couple, to really help us create a powerful ceremony that truly reflected who we were and what we wished for...and more. We met face-to-face on several occasions and we always felt comfortable, always shared laughs, and enjoyed our time with him. We had several guests tell us what a beautiful ceremony we had, and that I was the best they'd ever been to. I found Rev. Rooney on a review site just like this, and I hope someone else reads this review and reaches out to him just like I did. You will NOT be disappointed. When I think back on our special day, Jim will always be a part of that. He is a great person and I am happy to have shared our day with him.mony our guests had ever been to. Read less
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prince
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jim is amazing & phenomenal!!!! He is very organized, attentive and professional. He takes time to listen to your wishes and makes it happen. It felt like we knew him for a long time. Rev. Jim is a sweetheart and makes you feel at home. We highly recommend his services and facility to everyone.
Rev. Jim is amazing & phenomenal!!!! He is very organized, attentive and professional. He takes time to listen to your Read more...
Rev. Jim is amazing & phenomenal!!!! He is very organized, attentive and professional. He takes time to listen to your wishes and makes it happen. It felt like we knew him for a long time. Rev. Jim is a sweetheart and makes you feel at home. We highly recommend his services and facility to everyone. Read less
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Jill
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
We were so thrilled and lucky to have found Rev. Jim to officiate our wedding.
Right away, we knew we had found the right person when he asked us about how we met.
He was genuinely interested in knowing about us. And in fact, after the ceremony, people asked us if we had know Jim a long time, when we had only met weeks before! He really took the time to get to know us, inviting us to his home for a "retreat". He was warm, funny, and sincere. He suggested many options, so that we really felt like we were able to create our own special ceremony. He also reminded us that this was what it is all about, not just the reception, but the commitment to each other.
I wish we could do it again with him! Thank you, Jim!
We were so thrilled and lucky to have found Rev. Jim to officiate our wedding.
Right away, we knew we had found the Read more...
We were so thrilled and lucky to have found Rev. Jim to officiate our wedding.
Right away, we knew we had found the right person when he asked us about how we met.
He was genuinely interested in knowing about us. And in fact, after the ceremony, people asked us if we had know Jim a long time, when we had only met weeks before! He really took the time to get to know us, inviting us to his home for a "retreat". He was warm, funny, and sincere. He suggested many options, so that we really felt like we were able to create our own special ceremony. He also reminded us that this was what it is all about, not just the reception, but the commitment to each other.
I wish we could do it again with him! Thank you, Jim! Read less
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Clare
Wedding:
6/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev Jim was/is amazing. From our first contact, to visiting him at his beautiful home for a home-cooked brunch and a stroll through to our ceremony he was a joy to work with. An absolute professional who listened, absorbed and advised. He helped us with our vows and to understand what marriage really means to us through sharing his thoughts and experience. His ceremony and sermons were flawless and informed and he made our day more special by being there with us, guiding us through and throwing in his great personality and nature.

Rev Jim is a special guy that can make a wedding memorable and powerful and it's something we will remember and be grateful for forever.

Thanks Jim!

Andy and Clare
Rev Jim was/is amazing. From our first contact, to visiting him at his beautiful home for a home-cooked brunch and a Read more...
Rev Jim was/is amazing. From our first contact, to visiting him at his beautiful home for a home-cooked brunch and a stroll through to our ceremony he was a joy to work with. An absolute professional who listened, absorbed and advised. He helped us with our vows and to understand what marriage really means to us through sharing his thoughts and experience. His ceremony and sermons were flawless and informed and he made our day more special by being there with us, guiding us through and throwing in his great personality and nature.

Rev Jim is a special guy that can make a wedding memorable and powerful and it's something we will remember and be grateful for forever.

Thanks Jim!

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Marcie
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Jim was amazing on the day of our wedding. I first saw Jim at a friends wedding. He had this way of captivating the crowd and bringing you into their relationship as a couple.I remember e-mailing Jim to see if he was available for the day of our wedding. His response was almost immediate and open to meet whenever, I was nervous meeting with him but once we sat down at his house in Beacon a weight had been lifted. I knew that he was the one to marry us. He was always available for our questions and was flexible since we had busy schedules. He asked us how we met, about our families and what we wanted our ceremony to be. His goal was always to present our love as a couple and that our guests were there to support our decision to be married and to have their blessings. He helped me with suggestions on how to plan our ceremony with readings and unity suggestions like a wine tasting. We are so thankful to have had Jim as part of our day. I am still receiving compliments about of ceremony and how intimate it was and that they loved our officiant Jim.
Jim was amazing on the day of our wedding. I first saw Jim at a friends wedding. He had this way of captivating the crowd Read more...
Jim was amazing on the day of our wedding. I first saw Jim at a friends wedding. He had this way of captivating the crowd and bringing you into their relationship as a couple.I remember e-mailing Jim to see if he was available for the day of our wedding. His response was almost immediate and open to meet whenever, I was nervous meeting with him but once we sat down at his house in Beacon a weight had been lifted. I knew that he was the one to marry us. He was always available for our questions and was flexible since we had busy schedules. He asked us how we met, about our families and what we wanted our ceremony to be. His goal was always to present our love as a couple and that our guests were there to support our decision to be married and to have their blessings. He helped me with suggestions on how to plan our ceremony with readings and unity suggestions like a wine tasting. We are so thankful to have had Jim as part of our day. I am still receiving compliments about of ceremony and how intimate it was and that they loved our officiant Jim. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We found Rev. Jim to be very accommodating and responsive to our needs. He took the time to get to know us as a couple while recognizing our individuality. He guided us through the process and helped you create a meaningful and personal wedding. During the ceremony he encouraged our guests to participate and share in our special occasion. We are more than pleased and recommend him very highly.
We found Rev. Jim to be very accommodating and responsive to our needs. He took the time to get to know us as a couple Read more...
We found Rev. Jim to be very accommodating and responsive to our needs. He took the time to get to know us as a couple while recognizing our individuality. He guided us through the process and helped you create a meaningful and personal wedding. During the ceremony he encouraged our guests to participate and share in our special occasion. We are more than pleased and recommend him very highly. Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
There aren't enough words to express how happy we were with Jim Rooney as our officiant. I am still getting compliments several months later about how great he was! From the moment we met him on our first skype call, we knew he was the perfect officiant for us. He is passionate about what he does and so eloquent with his words and always reminded us the real reason we were getting married. I would highly recommend meeting with him in Beacon on a retreat. It's great because he gets to know you better as a couple to make the ceremony more personal, but also its a great time as a couple to take a step back, hike and swim in beautiful Beacon, and relax a bit before the wedding! (plus he cooked an amazing breakfast!)

The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and I still get chills thinking about it. It was so personal and special and romantic (and I'm not saying that just because it was ours haha) He really worked with us to make it "ours" but also brought a lot of his elements, got our friends and family involved, and even surprised us a bit :) It was perfect and he will work with you to get exactly the ceremony you want. The nice thing is Jim provides lots of example ceremonies, passages, poems, vows, etc etc to help guide you in making the perfect ceremony whether you want a religious or non-religious ceremony. Our was a perfect mix of Irish catholic, christian, and most importt US... Absolutely perfect.

The last thing I think that is important for a bride to know is Jim is super easy to get ahold of via email, phone,etc. He communicates great and there is no guessing game so you will never have to worry...

If we could get married again, we 100+% would use Jim...in fact we have a couple friends that are hoping to have him officiate their wedding.
There aren't enough words to express how happy we were with Jim Rooney as our officiant. I am still getting compliments Read more...
There aren't enough words to express how happy we were with Jim Rooney as our officiant. I am still getting compliments several months later about how great he was! From the moment we met him on our first skype call, we knew he was the perfect officiant for us. He is passionate about what he does and so eloquent with his words and always reminded us the real reason we were getting married. I would highly recommend meeting with him in Beacon on a retreat. It's great because he gets to know you better as a couple to make the ceremony more personal, but also its a great time as a couple to take a step back, hike and swim in beautiful Beacon, and relax a bit before the wedding! (plus he cooked an amazing breakfast!)

The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and I still get chills thinking about it. It was so personal and special and romantic (and I'm not saying that just because it was ours haha) He really worked with us to make it "ours" but also brought a lot of his elements, got our friends and family involved, and even surprised us a bit :) It was perfect and he will work with you to get exactly the ceremony you want. The nice thing is Jim provides lots of example ceremonies, passages, poems, vows, etc etc to help guide you in making the perfect ceremony whether you want a religious or non-religious ceremony. Our was a perfect mix of Irish catholic, christian, and most importt US... Absolutely perfect.

The last thing I think that is important for a bride to know is Jim is super easy to get ahold of via email, phone,etc. He communicates great and there is no guessing game so you will never have to worry...

If we could get married again, we 100+% would use Jim...in fact we have a couple friends that are hoping to have him officiate their wedding. Read less
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Eric
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Rooney was incredibly generous with his time and thoughts about tailoring a very personal service for us. He had great ideas that made the service so very special. Lovely Man.
Rev. Rooney was incredibly generous with his time and thoughts about tailoring a very personal service for us. He had Read more...
Rev. Rooney was incredibly generous with his time and thoughts about tailoring a very personal service for us. He had great ideas that made the service so very special. Lovely Man. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Reverend Jim married us a few weeks ago, and we couldn't have been happier with the support, guidance, and professionalism that he brought to the table, both leading up to the big day and at the ceremony itself. It is difficult to find an officiant as flexible as he is while also taking the time to get to know you personally in the months leading up to the wedding. Highly recommended!
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Reverend Jim married us a few weeks ago, and we couldn't have been happier with the support, guidance, and professionalism that he brought to the table, both leading up to the big day and at the ceremony itself. It is difficult to find an officiant as flexible as he is while also taking the time to get to know you personally in the months leading up to the wedding. Highly recommended! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Jim did a fabulous job at our wedding. He was friendly, accommodating, and knowledgable the light the planning process. We couldn't be happier!
Jim did a fabulous job at our wedding. He was friendly, accommodating, and knowledgable the light the planning process. We Read more...
Jim did a fabulous job at our wedding. He was friendly, accommodating, and knowledgable the light the planning process. We couldn't be happier! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Reverend Jim Rooney married my husband and I a couple of weeks ago, and I couldn't have asked for a better officiant. He really took the time to get to know us and our life story and made our ceremony very personal. In doing so, he really captivated all my friends and family who adored him and the ceremony.

Rev. Rooney has many resources and can offer guidance in creating a ceremony that fits anyone. We had three meetings with him to discuss our ceremony and any questions or concerns we might have had. The highlight for us during these meetings was visiting him in upstate New York on our last meeting, where cooked us a delicious meal, and gave us the time to reflect on our vows at his property which opens to a pleasant and beautiful hiking path.
Reverend Jim Rooney married my husband and I a couple of weeks ago, and I couldn't have asked for a better officiant. He Read more...
Reverend Jim Rooney married my husband and I a couple of weeks ago, and I couldn't have asked for a better officiant. He really took the time to get to know us and our life story and made our ceremony very personal. In doing so, he really captivated all my friends and family who adored him and the ceremony.

Rev. Rooney has many resources and can offer guidance in creating a ceremony that fits anyone. We had three meetings with him to discuss our ceremony and any questions or concerns we might have had. The highlight for us during these meetings was visiting him in upstate New York on our last meeting, where cooked us a delicious meal, and gave us the time to reflect on our vows at his property which opens to a pleasant and beautiful hiking path. Read less
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RICHARD
Wedding:
4/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev, Jim was absolutely excellent. Professional and experienced. Not just in the wedding ceremony but also the weeks leading up to the day. I know sometimes it’s easy to just put 5 stars as the rating but I honestly could not write anything less.
Rev, Jim was absolutely excellent. Professional and experienced. Not just in the wedding ceremony but also the weeks Read more...
Rev, Jim was absolutely excellent. Professional and experienced. Not just in the wedding ceremony but also the weeks leading up to the day. I know sometimes it’s easy to just put 5 stars as the rating but I honestly could not write anything less. Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
2/22/2014
5.0/5.0
My (now) husband and I feel very lucky to have found Jim. He was recommended to us by our wedding planner and it worked out brilliantly. Jim comes across as warm and spiritual - and he made the process fun for us. My husband originally was trying to stay at arms length from this part of the process, and ended up getting really involved because of Jim.
Some of the highlights:
Jim gave us a lot of material with ideas and suggestions for the ceremony, which made it easier to craft the ceremony. He was also very flexible throughout the process. Jim spent a lot of time getting to know us - via Skype, and at an in-person lunch at his house where he cooked for us! That was a really enjoyable experience.
And most importantly, on 'the day of' Jim nailed it. He led a comfortable, yet poignent ceremony (which is just what we were looking for). He also add a big of character with his kilt (which we asked him to wear). We received a ton of compliments from guests on our ceremony and specifially our 'Scottish priest.'
We could not recommend Jim any more highly. He's a gem.
My (now) husband and I feel very lucky to have found Jim. He was recommended to us by our wedding planner and it worked Read more...
My (now) husband and I feel very lucky to have found Jim. He was recommended to us by our wedding planner and it worked out brilliantly. Jim comes across as warm and spiritual - and he made the process fun for us. My husband originally was trying to stay at arms length from this part of the process, and ended up getting really involved because of Jim.
Some of the highlights:
Jim gave us a lot of material with ideas and suggestions for the ceremony, which made it easier to craft the ceremony. He was also very flexible throughout the process. Jim spent a lot of time getting to know us - via Skype, and at an in-person lunch at his house where he cooked for us! That was a really enjoyable experience.
And most importantly, on 'the day of' Jim nailed it. He led a comfortable, yet poignent ceremony (which is just what we were looking for). He also add a big of character with his kilt (which we asked him to wear). We received a ton of compliments from guests on our ceremony and specifially our 'Scottish priest.'
We could not recommend Jim any more highly. He's a gem. Read less
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Caitlin
Wedding:
11/23/2013
5.0/5.0
He was amazing !! Rev. Rooney was very caring about our ceremony and truly cared about our thoughts and feelings. We had so many compliments on our ceremony. We also really enjoyed being able to personalize our ceremony . I would recommend him to anyone !
He was amazing !! Rev. Rooney was very caring about our ceremony and truly cared about our thoughts and feelings. We had Read more...
He was amazing !! Rev. Rooney was very caring about our ceremony and truly cared about our thoughts and feelings. We had so many compliments on our ceremony. We also really enjoyed being able to personalize our ceremony . I would recommend him to anyone ! Read less
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Casey
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
I can't express how happy my wife & I were with Rev. Rooney. We were lucky to find him and he was extremely helpful every single step of the way. Best of all, he genuinely cared and wanted to get to know both of us so he could make our wedding ceremony as personal and meaningful as possible. We're so happy we got to share our special day with Rev. Rooney. We couldn't recommend him enough... -CK
I can't express how happy my wife & I were with Rev. Rooney. We were lucky to find him and he was extremely helpful every Read more...
I can't express how happy my wife & I were with Rev. Rooney. We were lucky to find him and he was extremely helpful every single step of the way. Best of all, he genuinely cared and wanted to get to know both of us so he could make our wedding ceremony as personal and meaningful as possible. We're so happy we got to share our special day with Rev. Rooney. We couldn't recommend him enough... -CK Read less
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Christa
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Reverend Rooney is simply the best. Our wedding ceremony was our favorite part of our day, we loved it so much. It was absolutely beautiful thanks to Jim. It was so wonderful getting to know him. He is so warm and so kind, and really helped us put together a ceremony that was so perfect for us. We received so many compliments on how beautiful it was.
Reverend Rooney is simply the best. Our wedding ceremony was our favorite part of our day, we loved it so much. It was Read more...
Reverend Rooney is simply the best. Our wedding ceremony was our favorite part of our day, we loved it so much. It was absolutely beautiful thanks to Jim. It was so wonderful getting to know him. He is so warm and so kind, and really helped us put together a ceremony that was so perfect for us. We received so many compliments on how beautiful it was. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Jim was a wonderful find and a great support during the whole process. Jim will take the time to get to know you as well as give you tons of templates to pick from for the ceremony. Sometimes we would talk about the wedding details, but a lot of times he would talk to us about how we were doing, and honestly that was more helpful than hashing out details. He is very flexible with scheduling, he is very creative, and he was there early on the day of the wedding. Our ceremony was lovely and he added beautiful personal touches that made it really special for us. I definitely recommend him!
Jim was a wonderful find and a great support during the whole process. Jim will take the time to get to know you as well Read more...
Jim was a wonderful find and a great support during the whole process. Jim will take the time to get to know you as well as give you tons of templates to pick from for the ceremony. Sometimes we would talk about the wedding details, but a lot of times he would talk to us about how we were doing, and honestly that was more helpful than hashing out details. He is very flexible with scheduling, he is very creative, and he was there early on the day of the wedding. Our ceremony was lovely and he added beautiful personal touches that made it really special for us. I definitely recommend him! Read less
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CJ
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Jim married my wife and I about 2 weeks ago. For obvious reasons it was the best day of our lives. Jim made that possible for us. He helped guide us through the process of planning our own personalized ceremony listening to our desires and wishes. It felt very spiritual and fun at the same time. This was especially important for me as I had an uncle pass away last year who was a Catholic priest. I always thought he would be the one to marry me and since that could not happen now Jim really filled that space beautifully. He really welcomed us into his life and we hope to have his guidance going forward in our spiritual lives.
Jim married my wife and I about 2 weeks ago. For obvious reasons it was the best day of our lives. Jim made that possible Read more...
Jim married my wife and I about 2 weeks ago. For obvious reasons it was the best day of our lives. Jim made that possible for us. He helped guide us through the process of planning our own personalized ceremony listening to our desires and wishes. It felt very spiritual and fun at the same time. This was especially important for me as I had an uncle pass away last year who was a Catholic priest. I always thought he would be the one to marry me and since that could not happen now Jim really filled that space beautifully. He really welcomed us into his life and we hope to have his guidance going forward in our spiritual lives. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jim Rooney is an amazing person and an amazing officiant. We could not have asked for a better ceremony. With his attention to detail, and his charisma we had a beautiful ceremony, in which we will remember for the rest of our lives. We were very lucky to have met Rev. Jim.
Rev. Jim Rooney is an amazing person and an amazing officiant. We could not have asked for a better ceremony. With his Read more...
Rev. Jim Rooney is an amazing person and an amazing officiant. We could not have asked for a better ceremony. With his attention to detail, and his charisma we had a beautiful ceremony, in which we will remember for the rest of our lives. We were very lucky to have met Rev. Jim. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
My fiancé and I were so blessed to find Reverend Jim Rooney and be able to have him marry us at our wedding this past weekend. We actually had a different priest lined up for our ceremony, but with 6 weeks to go we were given some information that caused us to fire him. . Luckily Jim was one of the initial priests we reached out to and he was still available and calmed us down by telling us not to worry we still had enough time. We went to Beacon to meet with Jim and had a great first meeting. He spent the time at that meeting asking us good questions about ourselves, how we met and why we were getting married. You could tell he really cared about making it personal – more so than many others we had talked to. As soon as I got in the car I called my mom to tell her how much we loved Jim and how we were sure we had found the person who was supposed to marry us all along. We had two subsequent meetings with him and he really pushed us to make a personal ceremony and understand the importance of what we were about to do. He made the time to get to know us, and that definitely showed in the end result. I can say without a doubt we would not have ended up with the great ceremony that we did without Jim’s help. On the day of the wedding he was even able to incorporate a few additional personal details that he noticed in the items we had decorating our wedding. Our guests also raved about the ceremony saying it was one of the best they had ever been part of. In the beginning we were looking for a wedding officiant, in the end we found a friend and we could not be happier. If you want a personal, meaningful ceremony as part of your wedding delivered by a truly caring officiant, you cannot go wrong with Rev. Jim.
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My fiancé and I were so blessed to find Reverend Jim Rooney and be able to have him marry us at our wedding this past weekend. We actually had a different priest lined up for our ceremony, but with 6 weeks to go we were given some information that caused us to fire him. . Luckily Jim was one of the initial priests we reached out to and he was still available and calmed us down by telling us not to worry we still had enough time. We went to Beacon to meet with Jim and had a great first meeting. He spent the time at that meeting asking us good questions about ourselves, how we met and why we were getting married. You could tell he really cared about making it personal – more so than many others we had talked to. As soon as I got in the car I called my mom to tell her how much we loved Jim and how we were sure we had found the person who was supposed to marry us all along. We had two subsequent meetings with him and he really pushed us to make a personal ceremony and understand the importance of what we were about to do. He made the time to get to know us, and that definitely showed in the end result. I can say without a doubt we would not have ended up with the great ceremony that we did without Jim’s help. On the day of the wedding he was even able to incorporate a few additional personal details that he noticed in the items we had decorating our wedding. Our guests also raved about the ceremony saying it was one of the best they had ever been part of. In the beginning we were looking for a wedding officiant, in the end we found a friend and we could not be happier. If you want a personal, meaningful ceremony as part of your wedding delivered by a truly caring officiant, you cannot go wrong with Rev. Jim. Read less
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Ed
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Jim made our wedding ceremony incredibly personal, memorable and special. When we first started planning our wedding we did not realize how special the ceremony could become. It will continue to be one of the things I remember most about our wedding day. Jim was an incredible in getting to know us and we consider a close friend and a person we loved to get to know. I can't recommend jim enough.
Jim made our wedding ceremony incredibly personal, memorable and special. When we first started planning our wedding we Read more...
Jim made our wedding ceremony incredibly personal, memorable and special. When we first started planning our wedding we did not realize how special the ceremony could become. It will continue to be one of the things I remember most about our wedding day. Jim was an incredible in getting to know us and we consider a close friend and a person we loved to get to know. I can't recommend jim enough. Read less
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Douglas
Wedding:
8/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Jim was amazing. We found Rev Jim through the internet and to be frank, we could have had a very different experience through the randomness of an on-line search.

I wish we could give him more than 5 stars. He helped make our day - outstanding. Thank you Jim.
Jim was amazing. We found Rev Jim through the internet and to be frank, we could have had a very different experience Read more...
Jim was amazing. We found Rev Jim through the internet and to be frank, we could have had a very different experience through the randomness of an on-line search.

I wish we could give him more than 5 stars. He helped make our day - outstanding. Thank you Jim. Read less
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Todd
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
From the moment we met Rev. Rooney we felt at home and an amazing connection. His ease and tranquil demeanor was a welcome retreat from the oft hectic whirlpool that is wedding planning. This ease and comfort that we felt with Rev. Rooney transcended right through the ceremony which he officiated with humor and grace. From the rather religious to the non, the friends and family in our congregation all were amazed and complimented on the ceremony, as it was truly a highlight among many on that day.
We feel truly blessed to have had Rev. Rooney officiate our wedding and to welcome him into our lives, and would highly recommend him to any couple.
From the moment we met Rev. Rooney we felt at home and an amazing connection. His ease and tranquil demeanor was a welcome Read more...
From the moment we met Rev. Rooney we felt at home and an amazing connection. His ease and tranquil demeanor was a welcome retreat from the oft hectic whirlpool that is wedding planning. This ease and comfort that we felt with Rev. Rooney transcended right through the ceremony which he officiated with humor and grace. From the rather religious to the non, the friends and family in our congregation all were amazed and complimented on the ceremony, as it was truly a highlight among many on that day.
We feel truly blessed to have had Rev. Rooney officiate our wedding and to welcome him into our lives, and would highly recommend him to any couple. Read less
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Dawn
Wedding:
6/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jim met with us twice to discuss the marriage and service. This helped alleviate the wedding jitters of my fiancé. He asked what we wanted for the service and it was so very helpful to do this. He was there on time and did a wonderful ceremony. It was perfect.
Rev. Jim met with us twice to discuss the marriage and service. This helped alleviate the wedding jitters of my fiancé. He Read more...
Rev. Jim met with us twice to discuss the marriage and service. This helped alleviate the wedding jitters of my fiancé. He asked what we wanted for the service and it was so very helpful to do this. He was there on time and did a wonderful ceremony. It was perfect. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We can’t recommend Rev. Jim enough! Our ceremony was perfect (content, time & laughs) & people are still commenting on it. From the moment we met with Rev. Jim, we knew he was the perfect choice. Rev. Jim focused on getting to know us (over meetings in the city, a great lunch at his retreat center) & incorporating "our story", as well as the traditional religious elements. Rev. Jim shared ceremony ideas & prayers to help us start planning the ceremony but we were really able to make it unique and our own, which everyone at our wedding commented on. Rev. Jim was calm, fun and had great insight - he frequently reminded us the importance our vows & marriage. The meeting at his retreat center came at the perfect time - allowing us to personalize our ceremony and reflect on what our vows meant. The day of the wedding Rev. Jim did a fantastic job - he knew our ceremony, added a few laughs & incorporated our family & friends. Rev. Jim has a "ring blessing" tradition that incorporates guests which is a fun addition to get everyone involved. Rev. Jim was incredibly professional, responsive and flexible. He addressed all of our concerns in pre-wedding meetings, came to our rehearsal and was always on time. When I was late in submitting the final edits to the ceremony during the hectic last minute days, Rev. Jim casually sent me a reminder email. I was raised Catholic and my husband Jewish and Protestant. We got married outside at our reception venue & as a result, a Catholic priest wasn't able to marry us. It was important to me that our ceremony incorporate as many Catholic traditions and prayers as possible. Rev. Jim worked with us to identify what could be incorporated and how to still maintain the personalization. This is one of the most important days of your life - you want it to be perfect, personalized, memorable and not boring for the guests. Rev. Jim brought all of that to our ceremony - it was perfect in every way and we so enjoyed working with him.
We can’t recommend Rev. Jim enough! Our ceremony was perfect (content, time & laughs) & people are still commenting on it. Read more...
We can’t recommend Rev. Jim enough! Our ceremony was perfect (content, time & laughs) & people are still commenting on it. From the moment we met with Rev. Jim, we knew he was the perfect choice. Rev. Jim focused on getting to know us (over meetings in the city, a great lunch at his retreat center) & incorporating "our story", as well as the traditional religious elements. Rev. Jim shared ceremony ideas & prayers to help us start planning the ceremony but we were really able to make it unique and our own, which everyone at our wedding commented on. Rev. Jim was calm, fun and had great insight - he frequently reminded us the importance our vows & marriage. The meeting at his retreat center came at the perfect time - allowing us to personalize our ceremony and reflect on what our vows meant. The day of the wedding Rev. Jim did a fantastic job - he knew our ceremony, added a few laughs & incorporated our family & friends. Rev. Jim has a "ring blessing" tradition that incorporates guests which is a fun addition to get everyone involved. Rev. Jim was incredibly professional, responsive and flexible. He addressed all of our concerns in pre-wedding meetings, came to our rehearsal and was always on time. When I was late in submitting the final edits to the ceremony during the hectic last minute days, Rev. Jim casually sent me a reminder email. I was raised Catholic and my husband Jewish and Protestant. We got married outside at our reception venue & as a result, a Catholic priest wasn't able to marry us. It was important to me that our ceremony incorporate as many Catholic traditions and prayers as possible. Rev. Jim worked with us to identify what could be incorporated and how to still maintain the personalization. This is one of the most important days of your life - you want it to be perfect, personalized, memorable and not boring for the guests. Rev. Jim brought all of that to our ceremony - it was perfect in every way and we so enjoyed working with him. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
6/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Reverend Jim Rooney was amazing. He really made an effort to get to know us and because of this, he put together the most beautiful, thoughtful and personalized wedding ceremony. We felt like he really cared about us and wanted to make sure our values were represented in our ceremony.

Many of our guests commented on how lovely the ceremony was and how much they loved Reverend Rooney as our officiant. We feel so lucky to have had him as part of our wedding.
Reverend Jim Rooney was amazing. He really made an effort to get to know us and because of this, he put together the most Read more...
Reverend Jim Rooney was amazing. He really made an effort to get to know us and because of this, he put together the most beautiful, thoughtful and personalized wedding ceremony. We felt like he really cared about us and wanted to make sure our values were represented in our ceremony.

Many of our guests commented on how lovely the ceremony was and how much they loved Reverend Rooney as our officiant. We feel so lucky to have had him as part of our wedding. Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
From the first time we met Rev. Jim to the day of our ceremony, he made us feel comfortable and made us realize how special our day was going to be. Our ceremony was amazing and the way he got everyone involved really made it even more special and memorable. We had many guests say how they felt touched by it. He truly was the best.
From the first time we met Rev. Jim to the day of our ceremony, he made us feel comfortable and made us realize how Read more...
From the first time we met Rev. Jim to the day of our ceremony, he made us feel comfortable and made us realize how special our day was going to be. Our ceremony was amazing and the way he got everyone involved really made it even more special and memorable. We had many guests say how they felt touched by it. He truly was the best. Read less
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margaret
Wedding:
5/4/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev Jim was amazing. He made our big day truly memorable. Almost all of our guests commented on the thoughtfulness of the ceremony and how moving it was. There wasn't a dry eye in the house! My husband and I were impressed with the care that Rev Jim put into the day - and it started during our first meeting, the following meetings (and meals) that ensued, conversations and questionnaire. And somehow he integrated and absorbed who we were and what we wanted to accomplish in that short time and managed to infuse our ceremony with all of those details and ideas that were meaningful to us. I cannot say enough nice things or express how truly grateful we were for his involvement in our big day.
Rev Jim was amazing. He made our big day truly memorable. Almost all of our guests commented on the thoughtfulness of the Read more...
Rev Jim was amazing. He made our big day truly memorable. Almost all of our guests commented on the thoughtfulness of the ceremony and how moving it was. There wasn't a dry eye in the house! My husband and I were impressed with the care that Rev Jim put into the day - and it started during our first meeting, the following meetings (and meals) that ensued, conversations and questionnaire. And somehow he integrated and absorbed who we were and what we wanted to accomplish in that short time and managed to infuse our ceremony with all of those details and ideas that were meaningful to us. I cannot say enough nice things or express how truly grateful we were for his involvement in our big day. Read less
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Keri
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
If you're looking for a reliable, professional officiant who will honor your wishes and respect your beliefs, Reverend Jim is your guy!
Thank you, Jim, for our simple, sweet wedding ceremony in Cold Spring! See you in September! =)
If you're looking for a reliable, professional officiant who will honor your wishes and respect your beliefs, Reverend Jim Read more...
If you're looking for a reliable, professional officiant who will honor your wishes and respect your beliefs, Reverend Jim is your guy!
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Linda
Wedding:
2/15/2013
5.0/5.0
We first met at Rev. Jim's home and immediately felt welcome and comfortable. After spending some time together, Rev. Jim just knew what we where all about and together with his guidance prepared a beautiful and powerful ceremony that included our family and friends. We knew after our first meeting that we did not want to look any further. I cannot tell you how many times we communicated by phone and email to prepare the perfect ceremony. We wanted a small wedding and Rev. Jim came to our home to perform the ceremony. It was such a beautiful experience as our family and friends were able to surround us. Rev. Jim is absolutely wonderful! Linda & Tom
We first met at Rev. Jim's home and immediately felt welcome and comfortable. After spending some time together, Rev. Jim Read more...
We first met at Rev. Jim's home and immediately felt welcome and comfortable. After spending some time together, Rev. Jim just knew what we where all about and together with his guidance prepared a beautiful and powerful ceremony that included our family and friends. We knew after our first meeting that we did not want to look any further. I cannot tell you how many times we communicated by phone and email to prepare the perfect ceremony. We wanted a small wedding and Rev. Jim came to our home to perform the ceremony. It was such a beautiful experience as our family and friends were able to surround us. Rev. Jim is absolutely wonderful! Linda & Tom Read less
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Margie
Wedding:
11/4/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Rev Jim Rooney. Not only did we get an officiant for our wedding, we gained a new friend. Unfortunately my brother passed away a day and half before the wedding and Rev Rooney went out of his way to help with the entire planning of the ceremony and had to do all the readings as we were all preoccupied. He made the ceremony everything we imaged by putting our personalities into it along with making sure my brother was spoken about. Your wedding will not be complete without him. He is great!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Rev Jim Rooney. Not only did we get an officiant for our wedding, we gained a Read more...
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Rev Jim Rooney. Not only did we get an officiant for our wedding, we gained a new friend. Unfortunately my brother passed away a day and half before the wedding and Rev Rooney went out of his way to help with the entire planning of the ceremony and had to do all the readings as we were all preoccupied. He made the ceremony everything we imaged by putting our personalities into it along with making sure my brother was spoken about. Your wedding will not be complete without him. He is great! Read less
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Matthew
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jim Rooney was such a joy to work with and we will be forever grateful for the beautiful, meaningful and personal ceremony he created for our wedding on Oct 27. Jim really listens to his clients and pulls inspiration from each person to develop a process that leads to a truly unique event. We highly recommend his services.
Rev. Jim Rooney was such a joy to work with and we will be forever grateful for the beautiful, meaningful and personal Read more...
Rev. Jim Rooney was such a joy to work with and we will be forever grateful for the beautiful, meaningful and personal ceremony he created for our wedding on Oct 27. Jim really listens to his clients and pulls inspiration from each person to develop a process that leads to a truly unique event. We highly recommend his services. Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have asked for a better officiant. Jim was able to put us at ease and made us realize that our wedding was our special day. He has many suggestions and lots of good ideas on how to make our ceremony a personal reflection of our relationship. We were invited to his home on a few occasions where we discussed what we hoped our future would be like together. Jim did an excellent job of incorporating our lives and our family into our ceremony. He stayed to enjoy the reception and mingled with our friends and family, all of whom couldn't stop giving us compliments on how touching and beautiful the service was. Jim truly understands how to create lasting wedding memories for a couple. Much love and respect, Amy & Steven
We couldn't have asked for a better officiant. Jim was able to put us at ease and made us realize that our wedding was our Read more...
We couldn't have asked for a better officiant. Jim was able to put us at ease and made us realize that our wedding was our special day. He has many suggestions and lots of good ideas on how to make our ceremony a personal reflection of our relationship. We were invited to his home on a few occasions where we discussed what we hoped our future would be like together. Jim did an excellent job of incorporating our lives and our family into our ceremony. He stayed to enjoy the reception and mingled with our friends and family, all of whom couldn't stop giving us compliments on how touching and beautiful the service was. Jim truly understands how to create lasting wedding memories for a couple. Much love and respect, Amy & Steven Read less
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Alex
Wedding:
10/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Working with Rev. Jim was a wonderful experience - In the beginning steps he was well organized, thoughtful, and responsive. He spent time to go thru all steps of planning with us, and flexible to make sure the ceremony was what WE wanted. He also made sure that we never lost focus of what a wedding actually MEANS, and took the time to help us reflect upon what the vows and ceremony meant to us! He was incredibly personable, easy to coordinate with (we live in brooklyn, but were able to meet with him in manhattan despite our weddinf being upstate!), and very charismatic. During the ceremony, he kept a steady cadence, not rushing any moment (and reminding us to 'savour' every moment of the ceremony as well!). He kept the service serious, yet lighthearted at the same time. We considered ourselves lucky to have him officiating our service, highly recommend him , and would be glad to provide further review information upon request.
Cheers!!
//Alex + Jeanette
Working with Rev. Jim was a wonderful experience - In the beginning steps he was well organized, thoughtful, and Read more...
Working with Rev. Jim was a wonderful experience - In the beginning steps he was well organized, thoughtful, and responsive. He spent time to go thru all steps of planning with us, and flexible to make sure the ceremony was what WE wanted. He also made sure that we never lost focus of what a wedding actually MEANS, and took the time to help us reflect upon what the vows and ceremony meant to us! He was incredibly personable, easy to coordinate with (we live in brooklyn, but were able to meet with him in manhattan despite our weddinf being upstate!), and very charismatic. During the ceremony, he kept a steady cadence, not rushing any moment (and reminding us to 'savour' every moment of the ceremony as well!). He kept the service serious, yet lighthearted at the same time. We considered ourselves lucky to have him officiating our service, highly recommend him , and would be glad to provide further review information upon request.
Cheers!!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
There are not enough words to express how wonderful Jim was, not only on the day of our ceremony, but also leading up to it.
He met with us several times before the ceremony to discuss our wishes and plans for the ceremony. He was also gracious and kind, and he listened to us and everything we wanted.
He also took the time to find out about us as a couple. My husband and I gained so much from the time we spent with Jim. I don't know of many people who would have gone out of there way to make our ceremony so special the way he did.
I recommend Jim wholeheartedly. He is absolutely wonderful and we highly recommend him as an officiant for any wedding.
Jenny and Kevin
There are not enough words to express how wonderful Jim was, not only on the day of our ceremony, but also leading up to Read more...
There are not enough words to express how wonderful Jim was, not only on the day of our ceremony, but also leading up to it.
He met with us several times before the ceremony to discuss our wishes and plans for the ceremony. He was also gracious and kind, and he listened to us and everything we wanted.
He also took the time to find out about us as a couple. My husband and I gained so much from the time we spent with Jim. I don't know of many people who would have gone out of there way to make our ceremony so special the way he did.
I recommend Jim wholeheartedly. He is absolutely wonderful and we highly recommend him as an officiant for any wedding.
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Brendan
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
No regrets hiring Jim Rooney as our wedding officiant! He guided us through the process of creating our own, unique ceremony. Always a pleasure to be with. After our wedding we received many compliments on how great the ceremony was and how lovely Jim is. Perfect!
No regrets hiring Jim Rooney as our wedding officiant! He guided us through the process of creating our own, unique Read more...
No regrets hiring Jim Rooney as our wedding officiant! He guided us through the process of creating our own, unique ceremony. Always a pleasure to be with. After our wedding we received many compliments on how great the ceremony was and how lovely Jim is. Perfect! Read less
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Bld2012
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
Reverend Rooney did a beautiful job with our ceremony. He worked very closely with us and helped us with every detail to make sure our day was special and exactly what we wanted. Our guests absolutely loved Reverend Rooney and what he brought to our ceremony. People are still telling us how wonderful he was and how they enjoyed it. We thank Reverend Rooney so much for everything and for making our wedding day so special!
Reverend Rooney did a beautiful job with our ceremony. He worked very closely with us and helped us with every detail to Read more...
Reverend Rooney did a beautiful job with our ceremony. He worked very closely with us and helped us with every detail to make sure our day was special and exactly what we wanted. Our guests absolutely loved Reverend Rooney and what he brought to our ceremony. People are still telling us how wonderful he was and how they enjoyed it. We thank Reverend Rooney so much for everything and for making our wedding day so special! Read less
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Lorie
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Jim was wonderful. His services were beyond what we could have imagined! His ideas were both creative and spiritual and helped to make our day meaningful and so beautiful! We are so grateful to him and will forever hold him close in our hearts as our officiant and now as our friend.
Jim was wonderful. His services were beyond what we could have imagined! His ideas were both creative and spiritual and Read more...
Jim was wonderful. His services were beyond what we could have imagined! His ideas were both creative and spiritual and helped to make our day meaningful and so beautiful! We are so grateful to him and will forever hold him close in our hearts as our officiant and now as our friend. Read less
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C
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Reverend Jim is simply a beautiful, kind person. While he is an officiant who is for hire, he really takes the time to get to know you and your partner in order to conduct a ceremony that comes from the heart.

Jim worked very hard to get to know where my husband and I were coming from--who we are, what is important to us, what we wanted out of the ceremony. All of his hard work paid off and he did an incredible job on the day of. He had the added challenge of working with our cantor for our interfaith ceremony, but as I expected, he did a wonderful job sharing the stage and still infusing his style and the Christian aspect to the event.

Thank you, Jim! Peter and I really appreciate your hard work and love!
Cathy and Pete
Reverend Jim is simply a beautiful, kind person. While he is an officiant who is for hire, he really takes the time to get Read more...
Reverend Jim is simply a beautiful, kind person. While he is an officiant who is for hire, he really takes the time to get to know you and your partner in order to conduct a ceremony that comes from the heart.

Jim worked very hard to get to know where my husband and I were coming from--who we are, what is important to us, what we wanted out of the ceremony. All of his hard work paid off and he did an incredible job on the day of. He had the added challenge of working with our cantor for our interfaith ceremony, but as I expected, he did a wonderful job sharing the stage and still infusing his style and the Christian aspect to the event.

Thank you, Jim! Peter and I really appreciate your hard work and love!
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Alanna
Wedding:
7/20/2012
5.0/5.0
From our first meeting with Jim, we knew that he was the perfect person to officiate our wedding. He immediately put our (my) nervousness at ease and asked thought provoking questions, which helped us both reflect on the importance and sanctity of marriage. Jim is extremely kind and genuine and went out of his way to get to know us, as individuals and as a couple. He encouraged us to customize our wedding ceremony to reflect elements that were important to us, making it truly original. On our actually wedding day, words cannot describe what a wondeful job he did he did officiating. I cannot tell you how many people complimented us on such an enjoyable and unique wedding ceremony and how it was the perfect beginning to a magical day. Choosing Jim was one of the best decisions we made throughout the entire wedding process.
From our first meeting with Jim, we knew that he was the perfect person to officiate our wedding. He immediately put our Read more...
From our first meeting with Jim, we knew that he was the perfect person to officiate our wedding. He immediately put our (my) nervousness at ease and asked thought provoking questions, which helped us both reflect on the importance and sanctity of marriage. Jim is extremely kind and genuine and went out of his way to get to know us, as individuals and as a couple. He encouraged us to customize our wedding ceremony to reflect elements that were important to us, making it truly original. On our actually wedding day, words cannot describe what a wondeful job he did he did officiating. I cannot tell you how many people complimented us on such an enjoyable and unique wedding ceremony and how it was the perfect beginning to a magical day. Choosing Jim was one of the best decisions we made throughout the entire wedding process. Read less
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Denise
Wedding:
7/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Jim Rooney was amazing very professional, put us at ease.
He was kind Friendly
I would recomend him highly
Jim Rooney was amazing very professional, put us at ease.
He was kind Friendly
I would recomend him highly
Jim Rooney was amazing very professional, put us at ease.
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Andrew
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Five stars across the board. Rev. Jim Rooney added so much to our special day.
We were especially impressed with the amount of time Rev. Rooney spent with us in the lead up to the wedding. He genuinely wanted to get to know us, and what it was that had brought us together. This was reflcted in his sermon on the day. We couldn't imagine anyone else officiating at our wedding. Rev. Rooney has a very professional manner but is also a calming influence on a day when very little is calm. We also loved the elements of humor he added to his sermon as well as his overall manner.
Rev. Rooney undoubtedly helped make our wedding day the best day of our lives.

Andrew & Leslie Weir
Brooklyn, NY
Five stars across the board. Rev. Jim Rooney added so much to our special day.
We were especially impressed with the Read more...
Five stars across the board. Rev. Jim Rooney added so much to our special day.
We were especially impressed with the amount of time Rev. Rooney spent with us in the lead up to the wedding. He genuinely wanted to get to know us, and what it was that had brought us together. This was reflcted in his sermon on the day. We couldn't imagine anyone else officiating at our wedding. Rev. Rooney has a very professional manner but is also a calming influence on a day when very little is calm. We also loved the elements of humor he added to his sermon as well as his overall manner.
Rev. Rooney undoubtedly helped make our wedding day the best day of our lives.

Andrew & Leslie Weir
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Katiemae LeVan
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Jim Rooney is it!! If you are looking for a compassionate, sincere, smart, witty and hilarious person to completely make you comfortable then Rooney is your officiant. I am terrified of public speaking and was most worried about that (probably the most important part!) Jim made us feel comfortable, had our guests immediately laughing in the beginning and most were crying at the end... really just an amazing person. Obviously having a wedding creates a busy schedule but Jim was so flexible, asked us out to his home but was willing and did come to our home for lunch...and we hope to see him again and again for as long as he'll let us hang out with him. Thank you Jim Rooney!!
Kaitlyn and Jim LeVan
Jim Rooney is it!! If you are looking for a compassionate, sincere, smart, witty and hilarious person to completely make Read more...
Jim Rooney is it!! If you are looking for a compassionate, sincere, smart, witty and hilarious person to completely make you comfortable then Rooney is your officiant. I am terrified of public speaking and was most worried about that (probably the most important part!) Jim made us feel comfortable, had our guests immediately laughing in the beginning and most were crying at the end... really just an amazing person. Obviously having a wedding creates a busy schedule but Jim was so flexible, asked us out to his home but was willing and did come to our home for lunch...and we hope to see him again and again for as long as he'll let us hang out with him. Thank you Jim Rooney!!
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mary
Wedding:
5/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Jim was everything we thought he would be and more! From the moment I heard his voice and after I explained our situation, I knew he was the one! He completely understood our situation, and knew where I was coming from interns of our ceremony. I needed a religious ceremony in a non-church setting. He sent lots of helpful info regarding vows, ceremonies, readings, etc. He was always an email/phone call away!
Our visit with him was delightful and so very comfortable! We laughed and talked and he allowed us to learn/discover new things about ourselves that many years of dating had not covered!
The wedding ceremony itself was great! Jim was able to integrate "us" into the ceremony so that it had not only the spiritual that I needed, but he made it so very personal and beautiful...he even allowed our families to be part of the ceremony. After the wedding people came up to us commenting how much they loved our ceremony! Have no doubts... Jim is wonderful!
Jim was everything we thought he would be and more! From the moment I heard his voice and after I explained our situation, Read more...
Jim was everything we thought he would be and more! From the moment I heard his voice and after I explained our situation, I knew he was the one! He completely understood our situation, and knew where I was coming from interns of our ceremony. I needed a religious ceremony in a non-church setting. He sent lots of helpful info regarding vows, ceremonies, readings, etc. He was always an email/phone call away!
Our visit with him was delightful and so very comfortable! We laughed and talked and he allowed us to learn/discover new things about ourselves that many years of dating had not covered!
The wedding ceremony itself was great! Jim was able to integrate "us" into the ceremony so that it had not only the spiritual that I needed, but he made it so very personal and beautiful...he even allowed our families to be part of the ceremony. After the wedding people came up to us commenting how much they loved our ceremony! Have no doubts... Jim is wonderful! Read less
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bride2point0
Wedding:
3/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Reverend Jim was a wonderful officiant and a personable and loving shepherd through our marriage preparation process. Jim invited us into his home again and again, taking the time to really get to know us, which made for a very comfortable and relaxed wedding day celebration. The ceremony was exactly what we had hoped for, touching and personal, reverent but still warm, and interactive and inclusive of our loved ones. We enthusiastically recommend Jim to prospective brides and grooms.
Thank you Jim!
Reverend Jim was a wonderful officiant and a personable and loving shepherd through our marriage preparation process. Jim Read more...
Reverend Jim was a wonderful officiant and a personable and loving shepherd through our marriage preparation process. Jim invited us into his home again and again, taking the time to really get to know us, which made for a very comfortable and relaxed wedding day celebration. The ceremony was exactly what we had hoped for, touching and personal, reverent but still warm, and interactive and inclusive of our loved ones. We enthusiastically recommend Jim to prospective brides and grooms.
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NRKnowlton
Wedding:
1/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jim Rooney was our Officiant for our January 14th wedding and we could not have asked for anyone better! We were completely comfortable with him and really liked how positive he was and his great sense of humor. He was easy to work with and he gave us many different options for the ceremony to make it personal and unforgettable. Jim helped us with our rehearsal and was very helpful on the BIG day. He helped break the ice and helped us relax during the service. We would highly recommend Rev. Jim Rooney to be a part of anyone's wedding. <3 Natalie & Matt
Rev. Jim Rooney was our Officiant for our January 14th wedding and we could not have asked for anyone better! We were Read more...
Rev. Jim Rooney was our Officiant for our January 14th wedding and we could not have asked for anyone better! We were completely comfortable with him and really liked how positive he was and his great sense of humor. He was easy to work with and he gave us many different options for the ceremony to make it personal and unforgettable. Jim helped us with our rehearsal and was very helpful on the BIG day. He helped break the ice and helped us relax during the service. We would highly recommend Rev. Jim Rooney to be a part of anyone's wedding. <3 Natalie & Matt Read less
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Lauren & Nick
Wedding:
12/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jim did a wonderful job officiating our ceremony and gave us great advice throughout the wedding planning process.
Rev. Jim did a wonderful job officiating our ceremony and gave us great advice throughout the wedding planning process.
Rev. Jim did a wonderful job officiating our ceremony and gave us great advice throughout the wedding planning process. Read less
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JandA NY91
Wedding:
12/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Everyone at our wedding raved about Rev. Jim. Our guests had a chance to mingle with him before and after the ceremony, and he really made quite an impression. As for us, we clearly enjoyed working with him. He was responsive to our needs and helped guide us to create a special and memorable ceremony.
Everyone at our wedding raved about Rev. Jim. Our guests had a chance to mingle with him before and after the ceremony, Read more...
Everyone at our wedding raved about Rev. Jim. Our guests had a chance to mingle with him before and after the ceremony, and he really made quite an impression. As for us, we clearly enjoyed working with him. He was responsive to our needs and helped guide us to create a special and memorable ceremony. Read less
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Perrin
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Jim was called in at the very last Minute to be the officiant at our wedding. He asked all the right questions, got a good understanding of what we wanted, and made suggestions of his own. Jim is extremely personable. He engaged our friends and family and made everyone feel relaxed and at home. The ceremony was exactly what we asked for, with just the right degree of solemnity and humor. Our time with Jim was very short, but I would highly recommend him as an officiant.
Jim was called in at the very last Minute to be the officiant at our wedding. He asked all the right questions, got a good Read more...
Jim was called in at the very last Minute to be the officiant at our wedding. He asked all the right questions, got a good understanding of what we wanted, and made suggestions of his own. Jim is extremely personable. He engaged our friends and family and made everyone feel relaxed and at home. The ceremony was exactly what we asked for, with just the right degree of solemnity and humor. Our time with Jim was very short, but I would highly recommend him as an officiant. Read less
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Ozone
Wedding:
10/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jim Rooney was wonderful; we met with him several times at his home getting know him and having him getting to know my husband and I. We felt very comfortable which allowed us to share very personal things with Jim. His warmth and welcoming love made the experience with him amazing! The scottish accent also adds to his charm. We asked him to wear his kilt and he did and looked ever so dapper which added to intimate wedding we had at the Dutchess Manor! We took the time to come up with our format of the wedding ceremony- which as a wonderful gift from Jim; he had Laminated for us to keep and cherish over the years! We had so many compliments from our family and friends; Jim stayed through the reception by our invitation and celebrated our marriage and the love of that special day with our family and friends and the children who attended! A great time had by all!
Rev. Jim Rooney was wonderful; we met with him several times at his home getting know him and having him getting to know Read more...
Rev. Jim Rooney was wonderful; we met with him several times at his home getting know him and having him getting to know my husband and I. We felt very comfortable which allowed us to share very personal things with Jim. His warmth and welcoming love made the experience with him amazing! The scottish accent also adds to his charm. We asked him to wear his kilt and he did and looked ever so dapper which added to intimate wedding we had at the Dutchess Manor! We took the time to come up with our format of the wedding ceremony- which as a wonderful gift from Jim; he had Laminated for us to keep and cherish over the years! We had so many compliments from our family and friends; Jim stayed through the reception by our invitation and celebrated our marriage and the love of that special day with our family and friends and the children who attended! A great time had by all! Read less
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Susan
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
We were over the moon with Jim Rooney as our officiant for our wedding.
He was warm, sensitive and very open to our needs and wants for our ceremony. He was always on time for our meetings and always provided great insight. He gave us sites to guide us as well as his personal experience.
He was there for us on the most special day of our lives and helped to make our wedding what it was-----absolutely perfect.
We were over the moon with Jim Rooney as our officiant for our wedding.
He was warm, sensitive and very open to our Read more...
We were over the moon with Jim Rooney as our officiant for our wedding.
He was warm, sensitive and very open to our needs and wants for our ceremony. He was always on time for our meetings and always provided great insight. He gave us sites to guide us as well as his personal experience.
He was there for us on the most special day of our lives and helped to make our wedding what it was-----absolutely perfect. Read less
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cerveza930
Wedding:
10/3/2011
5.0/5.0
You could never have a better experience than the one that my partner and I had with Rev. Jim Rooney on our wedding day October 3 2011. Rev. Rooney was extremely personable, professional, caring and sincere. He is blessed with a phenominal sense of humor and has a gift for making those around him feel comfortable. He mingled with us as well as our guests after the ceremony and felt like an old friend. I could not give a higher recommendation of Rev. Jim Rooney. A bonus is his beautiful Scottish accent. He could speak "the hokie pokie" and have everyone around him enamored. Thank you Rev. Rooney for turning our modest event into something grand, with your presence.
You could never have a better experience than the one that my partner and I had with Rev. Jim Rooney on our wedding day Read more...
You could never have a better experience than the one that my partner and I had with Rev. Jim Rooney on our wedding day October 3 2011. Rev. Rooney was extremely personable, professional, caring and sincere. He is blessed with a phenominal sense of humor and has a gift for making those around him feel comfortable. He mingled with us as well as our guests after the ceremony and felt like an old friend. I could not give a higher recommendation of Rev. Jim Rooney. A bonus is his beautiful Scottish accent. He could speak "the hokie pokie" and have everyone around him enamored. Thank you Rev. Rooney for turning our modest event into something grand, with your presence. Read less
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Nicole122781
Wedding:
9/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev Jim Rooney was an absolute pleasure to work with. My husband and I were first interested in working with him because of his religious background, open mindedness, and his personable disposition. He took the time to meet with us, get to know us, and promptly respond to any and all phone calls and emails. He helped us to put together a unique and special ceremony by sending us a large variety of ceremony material. Once we put our ceremony together, Jim met with us to personalize it and offered his recommendations to make it everything we wanted. During our reception, our guests could not stop commenting on what an eloquent speaker Jim is and how uniquely amazing our ceremony was. We are so happy and grateful that we were able to work with Jim for the most amazing day of our lives.
Rev Jim Rooney was an absolute pleasure to work with. My husband and I were first interested in working with him because Read more...
Rev Jim Rooney was an absolute pleasure to work with. My husband and I were first interested in working with him because of his religious background, open mindedness, and his personable disposition. He took the time to meet with us, get to know us, and promptly respond to any and all phone calls and emails. He helped us to put together a unique and special ceremony by sending us a large variety of ceremony material. Once we put our ceremony together, Jim met with us to personalize it and offered his recommendations to make it everything we wanted. During our reception, our guests could not stop commenting on what an eloquent speaker Jim is and how uniquely amazing our ceremony was. We are so happy and grateful that we were able to work with Jim for the most amazing day of our lives. Read less
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kme
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Reverend Jim Rooney officiated our September 17, 2011 wedding in NYC. The first time we met with him - many months before our wedding - we knew we wanted to work with him and knew he would become a special and memorable part of our day. Reverend Jim has a wonderful, kind presence, is very open-minded and was readily available leading up to the day of our wedding to develop a very unique and personal ceremony. He even wore his Scottish kilt and tartan colors! In our receiving line we had so many compliments on the ceremony and officiant and how special it all was and we couldn't have been happier with everything. We would recommend Reverend Jim to anyone.
Reverend Jim Rooney officiated our September 17, 2011 wedding in NYC. The first time we met with him - many months before Read more...
Reverend Jim Rooney officiated our September 17, 2011 wedding in NYC. The first time we met with him - many months before our wedding - we knew we wanted to work with him and knew he would become a special and memorable part of our day. Reverend Jim has a wonderful, kind presence, is very open-minded and was readily available leading up to the day of our wedding to develop a very unique and personal ceremony. He even wore his Scottish kilt and tartan colors! In our receiving line we had so many compliments on the ceremony and officiant and how special it all was and we couldn't have been happier with everything. We would recommend Reverend Jim to anyone. Read less
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pjsass
Wedding:
9/16/2011
5.0/5.0
From our initial meeting with Reverend Jim Rooney until our wedding, Jim was attentive, engaged, helpful, warm, and thoughtful. He guided us gently through the process with wisdom and reverence. We even had several guests who said that his presence added a huge degree of warmth and beauty to this special occasion. It could not have been better and I will always be grateful to him for his help and am happy that he is now my friend.
From our initial meeting with Reverend Jim Rooney until our wedding, Jim was attentive, engaged, helpful, warm, and Read more...
From our initial meeting with Reverend Jim Rooney until our wedding, Jim was attentive, engaged, helpful, warm, and thoughtful. He guided us gently through the process with wisdom and reverence. We even had several guests who said that his presence added a huge degree of warmth and beauty to this special occasion. It could not have been better and I will always be grateful to him for his help and am happy that he is now my friend. Read less
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jenn022584
Wedding:
9/6/2011
5.0/5.0
we loved rev. jum rooney.. he was so great to us.
we loved rev. jum rooney.. he was so great to us.
we loved rev. jum rooney.. he was so great to us. Read less
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Elisa
Wedding:
8/21/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Jim was a pleasure to work with. From the very beginning he made us feel very comfortable and the ceremony came out beautiful! Thanks Jim!
Rev. Jim was a pleasure to work with. From the very beginning he made us feel very comfortable and the ceremony came out Read more...
Rev. Jim was a pleasure to work with. From the very beginning he made us feel very comfortable and the ceremony came out beautiful! Thanks Jim! Read less
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mare and kath
Wedding:
7/26/2011
5.0/5.0
The Reverend Jim Rooney did a wonderful job of quickly meeting us and giving us exactly the ceremony we wanted. It was really nice to have someone as excited about same sex marriage as we are. He is incredibly hospitable, opening his home to us for our ceremony. We will never forget his kindness and generosity of spirit.
The Reverend Jim Rooney did a wonderful job of quickly meeting us and giving us exactly the ceremony we wanted. It was Read more...
The Reverend Jim Rooney did a wonderful job of quickly meeting us and giving us exactly the ceremony we wanted. It was really nice to have someone as excited about same sex marriage as we are. He is incredibly hospitable, opening his home to us for our ceremony. We will never forget his kindness and generosity of spirit. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Jim is THE BEST! He worked with the Rabbi and they came up with an amazing low-key wedding ceremony that was not too religious for either side.
Everyone who attended LOVED him, and wants to hang out with him!!!
He made our ceremony stand out. He will make any type of wedding/commitment ceremony incredible
Jim is THE BEST! He worked with the Rabbi and they came up with an amazing low-key wedding ceremony that was not too Read more...
Jim is THE BEST! He worked with the Rabbi and they came up with an amazing low-key wedding ceremony that was not too religious for either side.
Everyone who attended LOVED him, and wants to hang out with him!!!
He made our ceremony stand out. He will make any type of wedding/commitment ceremony incredible Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
8/12/2006
5.0/5.0
Jim Rooney was actually not originally going to officiate our wedding - we did not know he existed! Our original officiant realized that he had doulble-booked himself TWO weeks before our wedding date!! Luckily we found Jim and I truly believe that things worked out much better with him than they would have with the officiant we had originally chosen. Jim took the time to get to know us in the short period before our wedding date and he truly understood the type of wedding we wanted and the tone we wanted our officiant to establish in order to make our ceremony a gathering of our community, with an intimate feel, where everyone self included in our ceremony even though we have nearly 150 guests. He knew how to establish this tone so as to make it as inclusive as possible of all of our guests. I could not possible recommend Jim any more highly.
Jim Rooney was actually not originally going to officiate our wedding - we did not know he existed! Our original officiant Read more...
Jim Rooney was actually not originally going to officiate our wedding - we did not know he existed! Our original officiant realized that he had doulble-booked himself TWO weeks before our wedding date!! Luckily we found Jim and I truly believe that things worked out much better with him than they would have with the officiant we had originally chosen. Jim took the time to get to know us in the short period before our wedding date and he truly understood the type of wedding we wanted and the tone we wanted our officiant to establish in order to make our ceremony a gathering of our community, with an intimate feel, where everyone self included in our ceremony even though we have nearly 150 guests. He knew how to establish this tone so as to make it as inclusive as possible of all of our guests. I could not possible recommend Jim any more highly. Read less
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erin
Wedding:
5/10/2014
4.9/5.0
While looking for an officiant, I stumbled across Rev. Jim Rooney here on wedding wire. As soon as I contacted him, he immediately responded to us and we set up a date to meet.

Danny and I went to his home in Beacon to meet with him. He asked us personal questions, the usual.. how did we meet? why do we want to get married? what do we love about each other? Basically a whole bunch of questions that had me crying the entire time (hey, pouring your heart out to someone is an emotional thing!) After we met with him, we both knew we didn't even need to look at anyone else.

We met with him a few more times and exchanged emails. We had a retreat at his home. He led us to a path and had Danny and I walk down to the river. We had 2 tasks to complete before we were allowed back. (This was 4 days before our wedding)

1. Tell each other how we were feeling.
2. To tell each other one thing we were each going to say in our vows to each other, and why. (we were exchanging our own vows)

To be quite honest, I was dreading this. I was a nervous + emotional wreck with the wedding being so close. Of course my fiance forced me to follow through with what Jim asked of us. I have never felt better after I did both of them. I was calm, excited, and all my worries about the wedding were gone.

Rev. Jim Rooney is an amazing man. Our wedding this past weekend was absolutely beautiful. The ceremony was amazing and everyone was asking about him. Our ceremony was not serious at all, we were laughing, the guests participated in the blessing of our rings. It was so personal, words can not express how thankful I am to have had Jim marry us. He was such a big part in our day.
While looking for an officiant, I stumbled across Rev. Jim Rooney here on wedding wire. As soon as I contacted him, he Read more...
While looking for an officiant, I stumbled across Rev. Jim Rooney here on wedding wire. As soon as I contacted him, he immediately responded to us and we set up a date to meet.

Danny and I went to his home in Beacon to meet with him. He asked us personal questions, the usual.. how did we meet? why do we want to get married? what do we love about each other? Basically a whole bunch of questions that had me crying the entire time (hey, pouring your heart out to someone is an emotional thing!) After we met with him, we both knew we didn't even need to look at anyone else.

We met with him a few more times and exchanged emails. We had a retreat at his home. He led us to a path and had Danny and I walk down to the river. We had 2 tasks to complete before we were allowed back. (This was 4 days before our wedding)

1. Tell each other how we were feeling.
2. To tell each other one thing we were each going to say in our vows to each other, and why. (we were exchanging our own vows)

To be quite honest, I was dreading this. I was a nervous + emotional wreck with the wedding being so close. Of course my fiance forced me to follow through with what Jim asked of us. I have never felt better after I did both of them. I was calm, excited, and all my worries about the wedding were gone.

Rev. Jim Rooney is an amazing man. Our wedding this past weekend was absolutely beautiful. The ceremony was amazing and everyone was asking about him. Our ceremony was not serious at all, we were laughing, the guests participated in the blessing of our rings. It was so personal, words can not express how thankful I am to have had Jim marry us. He was such a big part in our day. Read less
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ROllis
Wedding:
11/12/2011
4.9/5.0
I particularly liked the way that Rev. Jim personalized the wedding in his opening comments and got to know the family members during the preceding cocktail hour. He was also very flexible regarding our desire to keep the ceremony non-religious. He did make several helpful suggestions as we were writing our ceremony, as well as providing many samples to help us select a format. Since we were from out of town, we didn't choose to have an actual rehearsal of the ceremony, which I think would have been helpful, so we should have tried harder to find a time to schedule that.
I particularly liked the way that Rev. Jim personalized the wedding in his opening comments and got to know the family Read more...
I particularly liked the way that Rev. Jim personalized the wedding in his opening comments and got to know the family members during the preceding cocktail hour. He was also very flexible regarding our desire to keep the ceremony non-religious. He did make several helpful suggestions as we were writing our ceremony, as well as providing many samples to help us select a format. Since we were from out of town, we didn't choose to have an actual rehearsal of the ceremony, which I think would have been helpful, so we should have tried harder to find a time to schedule that. Read less
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Catherine
Wedding:
5/26/2012
4.8/5.0
We loved working with Rev. Jim and having him officiate our ceremony. He is kind and funny and just a pleasure to spend time with. Jim gave us a lot of ideas and was very helpful as we designed our ceremony. Our wedding day was wonderful, and my husband and I both agree that the ceremony with Jim was the best part.
We loved working with Rev. Jim and having him officiate our ceremony. He is kind and funny and just a pleasure to spend Read more...
We loved working with Rev. Jim and having him officiate our ceremony. He is kind and funny and just a pleasure to spend time with. Jim gave us a lot of ideas and was very helpful as we designed our ceremony. Our wedding day was wonderful, and my husband and I both agree that the ceremony with Jim was the best part. Read less
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Erica
Wedding:
8/23/2013
4.6/5.0
Jim was amazing! He takes the time to meet with couples as often as you would like, talk through your vows and he makes sure that your day is just perfect!
Jim was amazing! He takes the time to meet with couples as often as you would like, talk through your vows and he makes Read more...
Jim was amazing! He takes the time to meet with couples as often as you would like, talk through your vows and he makes sure that your day is just perfect! Read less
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e
Wedding:
7/7/2012
4.6/5.0
Jim is very spiritual which was very helpful for us as we are not great at vocalizing our feelings. He definitely made guests feel like they were at something special.
Jim is very spiritual which was very helpful for us as we are not great at vocalizing our feelings. He definitely made Read more...
Jim is very spiritual which was very helpful for us as we are not great at vocalizing our feelings. He definitely made guests feel like they were at something special. Read less
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Amymae
Wedding:
6/25/2011
4.5/5.0
Reverend Jim did a fantastic job officiating our wedding. We were very pleased with the service. He really took the time to get to know us and give us the kind of ceremony that we wanted!
Reverend Jim did a fantastic job officiating our wedding. We were very pleased with the service. He really took the time Read more...
Reverend Jim did a fantastic job officiating our wedding. We were very pleased with the service. He really took the time to get to know us and give us the kind of ceremony that we wanted! Read less
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