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Stepping Stone Ceremonies

Bayside , NY
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LOCATION

12-29 Robin Lane
Bayside, NY US 11360 (map)

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347-276-5827

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ABOUT US

Hello and Congratulations!

Your decision to marry was a momentous and joyful occasion. Since you've come to Wedding Wire, I understand that you now wish to publicly proclaim... Read more
Hello and Congratulations!

Your decision to marry was a momentous and joyful occasion. Since you've come to Wedding Wire, I understand that you now wish to publicly proclaim your loving intentions, and to share your happiness with family and friends, through a beautiful ceremony.

I can help you to create a unique event that is a true reflection of your own personal vision.
As a certified celebrant, my expertise lies in performing ceremonies that commemorate life’s milestones: weddings, commitment ceremonies, civil unions and other events, both joyous and somber. I honor all philosophies and religions, beliefs and traditions, whether secular, religious, spiritual or interfaith. Please visit my web site to learn more about my services. It's at http://www.SteppingStoneCeremonies.com

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to hear from you soon!

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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?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I ask the couple for their preference in regard to my attire.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Absolutely!
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?
No. I provide a substantial list of readings from which they may choose. They are free, however, to use any material from that selection, or any readings of their own choosing from other sources.
How long are your ceremonies?
Generally, between 20 and thirty minutes. If a couple wants a more elaborate ceremony, and the venue will permit it, then we can go for as long as needed.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes - either on the day of the wedding or on a day prior to the wedding.
Do you supply a sound system?
Yes. My sound system is wireless and has worked well in every type of setting from a large outdoor park to a rather small room for about 50 people.

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Roberta was great to work with from the start. We were able to work together even though we were planning from outside of NY. She made it very easy to create our ceremony in a way that met all of our needs. She also calmed our parents down at our rehearsal dinner! The ceremony itself was perfect. She is excellent all around!
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Katie
Wedding:
10/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Roberta was such a pleasure to have at our wedding. She is an expert at what she does. The ceremony that she wrote for us was so personal and beautiful. She paid close attention to details and made it solely about our love and experiences together. We are still getting compliments from family and friends about how beautiful our ceremony was. I highly recommend Roberta as an officiant. She will make your wedding a memory that will last forever.
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Katie
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I wanted to have a meaningful and personal ceremony though neither of us are religious. We really struggled at first to find an option that fitted who we are and what we wanted our wedding to look like, but once we found Roberta we knew she was exactly the Officiant for us!

Leading up to the wedding, she was extremely professional and caring in her suggestions to us, and very easy to communicate with. She asks all the right questions and is able to get to the core of who you are to really make your ceremony reflect your personalities and aspirations.

On the day of our wedding she was just as professional and helpful, arriving early to make sure everyone knew how the ceremony would unfold, giving helpful instructions to everyone.

The ceremony she crafted for us was just so perfect -- making it personal (and emotional!) while also keeping it light-hearted and enjoyable for ourselves and our guests. Everyone remarked on how wonderful and *very us* our ceremony was (our family are used to long drawn our religious ceremonies which was exactly what we DID NOT want).

I couldn't be happier with our decision to have Roberta as our Officiant, and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a meaningful, personal ceremony.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Roberta was everything we were looking for in an officiant and more. She was recommended to us by a colleague at work who also was recently married by Roberta. We couldn't have been happier with her personal touch and warmth. She took the time to personally invite us into her home to get to know us before the wedding. She was incredibly responsive and anticipated needs and logistical issues that would need to be coordinated in advance. She was sensitive to our cultural and personal preferences. She was punctual. But most of all, it was Roberta's warmth and sincerity that made our wedding ceremony so memorable. We really couldn't have asked for a better ceremony thanks to Roberta's hard work!
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Andrea
Wedding:
9/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Being that my husband and I are not religious we were at a loss as to who we could find to marry us. I didn't want a dry, legal ceremony and was so lucky to come across Roberta's profile on a wedding site. From our first meeting Shaun and I were completely comfortable with Roberta and the idea that she would perform our ceremony. She was always accessible to any questions or suggestions that we had. We have received so many compliments about our ceremony regarding how personalized and special it was. We couldn't have been happier with everything. Roberta is a great person and made our wedding day all the more special.
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Emily
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I wanted a casual, non-religious ceremony. Roberta was kind enough to invite us into her home and ask us thoughtful questions about ourselves and our relationship, after which she crafted a sweet and very personal ceremony that suited us perfectly. On the day of the wedding, she arrived early to discuss the flow of events and performed our ceremony with grace and a bit of humor. We are so pleased that Roberta was part of our wedding. She made our day infinitely more special.
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Candice
Wedding:
8/31/2012
5.0/5.0
We loved working with Roberta. She was very professional, and you can tell she is quite passionate and committed to what she does. When we initially met with her, she led us through an interview process wherein she got to know us, and she had several interesting ceremony ideas that we had not seen anywhere else. She is great with email, always responded to questions immediately, and let us know everything we needed to do. You can tell she is a very intelligent and thoughtful person, and takes the task of joining two people in marriage seriously.

Our actual ceremony was beautiful. She made it very personal and quite a few people had tears in their eyes. We got many questions from our guests about where we found her and how we got the ideas for the ceremony (all from Roberta). Many of our guests raved about the ceremony. We were very happy with our choice to go with Stepping Stone Ceremonies. Roberta knows her craft thoroughly, and we would recommend her to any couple looking for an extremely knowledgeable, passionate, and thorough officiant.
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Nicky
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Roberta was wonderful to work with and did an excellent job of officiating our wedding ceremony! She is a great person with a bright spirit and really made the ceremony a happy and joyful one. She was well prepared with the appropriate equipment. Her speaker system wasn't too loud or intrusive and it made for a very intimate ceremony. She made a point to really get to know us throughout the whole process, which made for a very personal ceremony. Everything was scripted beautifully....we highly recommend her!
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Joseph
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
We could not have asked for a better officiant than Roberta for our wedding. Not being a religious couple, we didn't have much of a plan for our ceremony other than keeping it short and sweet. Roberta did a great job of leading the planning of our ceremony; setting up our meetings, writing & revising the drafts and taking charge at our rehearsal dinner (corralling our family can be a challenging task). The ceremony itself was beautiful and better than anything we could have asked for. She helped us select readings that matched our personalities, matched our wedding themes and that all of our guests enjoyed. She punctuated the ceremony well and kept both ours' and our guests' interest and attention the whole time (unlike many other weddings we've been to). I would recommend Roberta to any other couple planning a wedding; she is a pleasure to work with, does a great job and is very reasonably priced.
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JMB1978
Wedding:
4/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Words can't describe how exceptionally pleased my wife and I both were with every aspect of Roberta Koepfer's service to us as our celebrant. We met well in advance of the wedding and had a wonderful conversation about our needs for our wedding, and she helped us craft the perfect ceremony for us. On the day, she led a service that was exactly what we wanted. Our family told us that our wedding embodied our personalities perfectly. Roberta Koepfer is the perfect mix of professional and personal. We feel so lucky that Roberta helped us have the perfect day.
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Jerry
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
We recently got married 3 months ago and had the most wonderful experience with Roberta. From the get-go she was patient, brought up many sweet ideas for our wedding ceremony, and brought together the ideas of our union with our cultural and religious (Buddhist) backgrounds perfectly. We are both ER residents and our schedules were erratic and efficiency with getting the wedding tasks done fell by the wayside at times, but Roberta was so ever patient with us, and more importantly, kept us on task with gentle, kind reminders. She never made us feel rushed, stressed, or made us feel like we were compromising. We truly appreciated her working with us, as not every vendor we used for our wedding were so efficient and professional in addition to being so pleasant to work with. It was such a relief to have someone on your side to actually decrease your level of stress in the stressful time of wedding planning.

Roberta initially gave us a comprehensive packet with aiding us picking "the asking", our vows, "the ring ceremony", and an additional ceremony i.e. stepping stone ceremony for us and was able to tailor her speech specific and unique to us and our family. A draft was crafted and was reviewed a few times before the final draft is created by Roberta.

Her exceptional service and value of her work is truly all we can ask for and would highly recommend her to anyone going through the great endeavors of a wedding.
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sskiba
Wedding:
3/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Roberta was exceptional to work with. She spent nearly two hours meeting with us as we were "interviewing" officiants and was warm and welcoming from the start. The interview worked both ways and she included details from this conversation in our ceremony, which added a lovely personal touch.

Roberta is very tech-savvy and communicated with me regularly through e-mail. She was very understanding and flexible (skills derived, I'm sure, from her former career as a professor) with the multiple changes I asked her to make on the final draft of my ceremony.

On the day of the wedding, Roberta arrived early to our wedding venue and was flexible (again!) when our Maitre'D asked her to make some changes. She was (again!) tech-savvy and read the ceremony off her kindle (many of my guests commented on how "cool" this was!). Many of my guests were impressed with her speaking abilities and wondered if she was a friend or family member by the way she was able to speak about us as though she'd known us for years.

I would highly recommend Roberta as a wedding officiant. I have not one complaint!
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Nat
Wedding:
2/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Roberta is absolutely amazing!! The ceremony she created and performed for us was far beyond anything we could have imagined or wanted. She really captured who we are and who we are together – and it was truly a one-of-a-kind ceremony prepared personally for us - it could not have been more special. We received many complements from guests who commented on how much they loved our Officiant and that it was one of the best ceremonies they had ever witnessed. Not only did the product exceed our expectations, the process itself was a pleasure. Roberta is very warm, responsive, flexible, and she listens. She has tremendous passion for this art and it really shows - she creates magic.
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Kelly
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Roberta was absolutely fantastic throughout all aspects of the wedding process. She was incredibly efficient and immediately got back to us with answers to any questions we posed. The ceremony was beautifully personalized and captured the exact feel of who we are as both individuals and a couple. Our families continue to tell us just how beautiful and emotional our ceremony was. We could not have asked for anything more.
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macattack12
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Roberta was a wonderful officiant. She took the time to meet us and get to know what we envisioned for our ceremony. She also compiled many different options for readings, vows, and ideas to tie together the three very different cultures we were joining together at our wedding. She wrote a wonderful speech about my husband and I, using both her observations and our own words to create a special, meaningful ceremony that had our family and friends laughing and crying along with us. She was also very flexible, changing the whole ceremony a few days before the wedding in order to accommodate us. I would highly recommend her services for any couple looking for a unique, touching and personal ceremony - especially a couple with different cultural or religious backgrounds who are looking to find a tasteful and special way to combine them. Thank you Roberta!
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tamaracat
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Roberta was amazing! We met with three celebrants and she was our favorite from the getgo. Not only is she great at what she does, but she's a great person too, she volunteers at a womens prison in her spare time! Her questionnairre (out of the other celebrants we looked at) was the most complete, and unlike the others she actually had us complete a good portion of it before we met with her so that she would know about us beforehand and could already give us ideas for a ceremony. She reminded us of all the things we had to do (marriage liscence, pick a reading, write vows, etc) and kept us on track. We loved personalizing our ceremony, writing our own vows, and making our wedding ceremony about US and OUR LOVE. We got so many compliments on how beautiful it was and how it was the best ceremony most of our guests ever attended. I also loved that Roberta read the ceremony script from a Kindle! From start to finish, Roberta was an A+.
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Heather
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Roberta was great....she is so flexible, nice, and easy to work with. We had an interfaith(non-religious) ceremony and everyone from both sides(jewish and catholic) said how great the ceremony was. She personalizes it to you so everyone really does listen and see how the two of you are as a person. I would highly recommend Roberta to anyone!!
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sharmagotreddy
Wedding:
9/4/2011
5.0/5.0
My sister found Roberta and we knew immediately that this was going to work out. Roberta came up with a beautiful ceremony very quickly and was flexible with last minute changes. It was a pleasure working with her - I highly recommend her services. See pictures from the ceremony here at sharmagotreddy.com
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BrookLL
Wedding:
9/4/2011
5.0/5.0
My ceremony was perfect. Since I am Catholic and my husband is Jewish, we did not know what to expect. She made our ceremony so beautiful. The ceremony was tailored to exactly what we wanted. It was emotive, intelligent, and truly representative of our love. There was not a dry eye in the house. Roberta is not only well versed in wedding traditions, but she spoke from the heart. She delivered her words with such feeling you would think she had known us always. She really listened to us and understoodwhy we wanted to be married and why we love each other. She is a beautiful person, wonderful to work with. We had an amazing wedding, and it is in large part due to the mood that Roberta set when officiating our ceremony. The thing we heard most from family and friends following the wedding (and we still hear) is that we were the happiest bride and groom. How could we not be when the whole reason for the event -- our love -- was presented so eloquently and elegantly in our ceremony! Everyone went to our reception feeling the love!!

Just to illustrate the point of how much our ceremony meant to us, I'll share with you that my husband and I have already discussed having Roberta perform a baby welcoming ceremony when that time comes. It is something we will look forward to very much.
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Mrs.Schulze
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Roberta was an absolute pleasure to work with to say the least. To this day our guests are still raving about our ceremony and how beautifully it was conducted. Throughout the process of creating our ceremony Roberta was both considerate of our requests and creative in the areas where we were unsure of what we wanted. When my husband and I decided we did not want a religious ceremony, I feared that our ceremony might perhaps be less spiritual or lose some of the meaning that is found in a traditional religious ceremony. However, after reading just the first draft of the ceremony that Roberta planned for us, we knew that we could not have made a better choice for our officiant. She was able to translate our love and commitment to each other into such a beautiful ceremony and come the wedding day, there was not a dry eye in the crowd =). No matter what kind of ceremony you are looking to create I can confidently say that Roberta's creativeness and attention to detail are sure to make your ceremony and wedding day the most special day of your life, just as she did for us. <3
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Kevin and Jessica
Wedding:
8/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Jessica and I can not say enough about the time and care that were put into our ceremony. Although we were very "picky" about specifics, Roberta was very patient to listen to our ideas and thoughts. After meeting with us in person, she worked through two drafts of our ceremony along with a number of revisions back and forth. It was a pleasure to communicate through email as Roberta was very quick with all matters.
Once we made it to our big day, she took a vested interest in seeing everything through smoothly, calming a tense situation with the groom, and preparing everything so we did not have to worry. During the ceremony her words flowed out even more beautiful than they were written, and Roberta was truly happy to be there with us to share our day.
Thank you so much Roberta, and we hope this will help many other couples to make their decision much easier! Love, Kevin and Jessica!
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Happy Couple
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Roberta did an excellent job as our wedding officiant. She was professional and delivered a wonderful speech. Several of my guests commented on how impressed they were at her deliverance. I highly recommend her.
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Tina
Wedding:
6/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Perfect! The ceremony was personal and went perfectly with our personalities! She was also very open to suggestions, questions, and your own input! She was great!
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Brett
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Roberta was great and very attentive. She worked very closely with us to craft a ceremony that perfectly reflected our relationship.
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new
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Roberta for our wedding ceremony draft. She personalized our ceremony and was so extremely pleasant to work with. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to work with someone who truly cares. I received a lot of compliments about the message, readings, and style of the ceremony. All suggestions from Roberta were used. You're in good hands with her.
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hcs567
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
We had an interfaith wedding. I'm Irish Catholic and my husband is Jewish. We didn't have a very religious ceremony, but we did combine pieces from both sides and Roberta did a beautiful job of seamlessly blending the two cultures. She also traveled all the way to Montauk for our ceremony and we appreciated her going the distance.
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kpd
Wedding:
5/1/2011
5.0/5.0
We can not say enough about Roberta. From our first meeting we knew she was the one for us. Very professional and she created a perfect ceremony tailor made to our needs. So many people at our wedding were very impressed by Roberta.
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Lady T
Wedding:
4/23/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I really wanted to be married. We did not want our wedding to be a public spectacle due to the economic times; nor did we want the typical "quickie wedding" experience because our intentions were deliberate. We simply wanted to confirm our commitment before God; and despite our hectic schedules, Roberta assisted us in doing that. Her warm spirit, calm demeanor and thoughtful choice of words helped make our sacred moment divine.
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DanielC
Wedding:
4/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Dr. Roberta Koepfer did an excellent job officiating our April 17, 2011 wedding. My wife and I wanted to have a complex and highly individualistic ceremony, complete with a string quartet playing on cue during the readings and at certain moments (my wife is a cellist and arranged her own music). We also wanted the mood of the ceremony to be solemn and dignified, but at the same time heartfelt (without being spiritual). We knew that we needed to find an officiant who would act as a partner in making our vision a reality, and in Roberta we found that officiant. She spent a great deal of time getting to know us during our initial meeting, crafted a detailed and very individualized first draft of the ceremony based on that discussion, and then worked with us to polish the ceremony script into exactly what we wanted.

When the big day came, almost everything went according to plan. The only hitch was that it was a very windy day, and our unity candle wouldn't light, but Roberta lightened up the mood, and all was well. Our guests, and in particular, our parents, were very impressed with Dr. Koepfer. Most of all, we were very pleased with how the ceremony unfolded, and a lot of the reason why was because of the way Roberta officiated: she was professional and dignified, but at the same time warm and genuine. We really couldn't have asked for a better job from her.

If you are looking for an officiant who will go beyond the same tired scripts we've all heard at our friends' weddings, Dr. Koepfer is one of the best options out there in the New York metropolitan area. She had the intelligence to understand exactly what we wanted in a ceremony, and the skill to execute that vision exactly as we intended. And even if you are not sure what you want in a ceremony, she has an wonderful selection of readings and vows to help you make your wedding beautiful and meaningful. We would recommend her to anyone looking for a non-church wedding.
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Jenna
Wedding:
4/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Roberta created an amazing non-religious ceremony for our wedding. From our first phone conversation to our wedding day ceremony, Roberta made us feel comfortable with her inviting, flexible demeanor. She really took great care in understanding who we are as a couple and then tailored every last detail of the wording to our personalities. Thank you, Roberta, for making our wedding day complete and worry free. You helped us create special memories that will last forever.
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Dan
Wedding:
11/30/2010
5.0/5.0
This is coming from a groom. My wife gets the credit for finding Roberta - especially since I didn't know what a 'celebrant' or 'officiant' was at the time. Once we decided that we didn't want a religious ceremony, we simply started looking for someone who could perform a memorable ceremony. To put it simply, Roberta is absolutely amazing. I don't know how I could possibly do justice to the beautiful, personalized ceremony she wrote and performed for us. Everyone who attended our ceremony absolutely raved about what a 'wonderful' ceremony we had and how great Roberta was. She put in the time and effort to make it perfect. And thanks to her, it was. Plus, she is a warm, kind and wonderfully intelligent person. Just meet with her. You'll agree. We look forward to seeing and working with her again.
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jzj30
Wedding:
10/29/2010
5.0/5.0
Roberta played a very large part in making our wedding day special. As a couple with a variety of different cultures and religions between us, we wanted an officiant who could incorporate different aspects of our spiritual beliefs into our ceremony. Roberta delivered us a moving, beautiful, heartfelt ceremony that was very meaningful to us and was deeply touching to many of our guests as well. Roberta was a dream to work with, very kind and professional, we could not have asked for a better officiant. A number of people complimented us on the ceremony and noted specifically how they loved that it was unique and tailored specifically to us as a couple, not just a generic script with our names subbed in.
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Julie
Wedding:
10/24/2010
5.0/5.0
We were extremely pleased with Roberta and our wedding ceremony. It was exactly what we wanted and could not have been better. She gave the ceremony such a personalized feeling and was a pleasure to work with, always bringing a sense of warmth and serenity. I received several compliments from friends and family saying how much they loved the ceremony. Roberta is a wonderful person and incredible officiant, I recommend her without hesitation.
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docinasaddle
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
We knew Roberta was right for us when she asked us to fill out this 10 page homework assignment. She really wanted to KNOW who we are, what we meant to each other, and what we both wanted in our future. She incorporated all that we wrote into our ceremony. It really felt like our wedding ceremony was OURS. She gave us many choices for readings, vows and additional ceremonies. She incorporated my daughters and both our families into the ceremony. We received many compliments during the reception about how wonderful and different our ceremony was....even brought a few to tears, including both of us. Roberta was also the first officiant to call us back and was quick to reply to all our emails and phone calls during the planning process. She invited us into her home when we first met with her and she made us feel at home. We had absolutely no glitches or broken promises...she was wonderfu and we would highly recommend her. Good Luck and happy weddings to you all. Donna and Gary
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vwilliam
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Roberta. We planned our Long Island wedding from Boston and throughout the entire process she was incredibly responsive and accommodating. Roberta is warm, thoughtful and endearing. She aided us in crafting our ceremony by providing us with sample ceremonies, readings and vows. We completed a detailed "couple questionnaire" and Roberta incorporated our responses into the script. The result was the most beautiful, eloquent ceremony we could have imagined. It was a perfect celebration of us as a couple and our family and friends. We can’t thank Roberta enough and we would highly recommend her.
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KatB
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Where can I even begin? Roberta is an absolute dream to work with if you are looking for a personal, unique and very meaningful wedding ceremony. She is professional, accommodating and extremely responsive. Roberta took information from our couple questionnaire and our meeting, and created the most beautiful ceremony. At our reception, our guests kept asking us how long we had known Roberta, and if she was a part of our family. Roberta truly allowed my husband and I to express everything we wanted to on our wedding day. I cannot praise her enough! I would highly recommend her to any bride!
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goldaim
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
Roberta was terrific to work with and performed a wonderful ceremony for us. She is pleasant, helpful, smart, patient and made our ceremony personal and meaningful, which is just what we wanted. She provided great options for us to choose from for every part of the ceremony (intro, readings, vows, blessings, etc.), which made the planning process much easier, and we felt the final product really represented "us." Our family and friends raved about how lovely the ceremony was and how special Roberta made it. We highly recommend her.
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TribecaWC
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
Roberta provided excellent service to us. She was professional at every step along the way. Our wedding service was excellent in every respect.
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ConnieMike
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
Roberta was a wonderful officiant who created a beautiful ceremony. Everyone who attended the ceremony raved about the beautiful things she said and those who met her loved her. She has a warm personality and sense of humor! She is detailed oriented and takes the time to learn about the type of couple you are and the type of ceremony you want. We didn't supply her with a lot of information about us, yet everything she said was perfect. I believe the more info you give her, the more tailored the ceremony will be.
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NYBride
Wedding:
8/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Working with Roberta was one of the best parts of our wedding planning, hands down. We highly recommend her. I really can't say enough about her! Not only is she a consummate professional, she is incredibly kind, knowledgeable, understanding, warm, approachable, and empathetic. It also meant a lot to us that she was great in dealing with our families, always so nice and respectful. She worked really hard to make everyone happy - which is hard to do! My husband and I are also in awe of her patience. We had a potentially complicated interfaith ceremony, with a lot of people and components, but not only was Roberta instrumental in making it so organized, it was very personalized and the ceremony of our dreams. She also worked beautifully with the Hindu priest we hired. The priest, along with my family and I, we were so impressed with her knowledge of Hinduism! She really put my husband and I at ease with everything, and we are so thrilled with how it all went. It has been a few months now and we still get comments from guests on both sides about how much they loved the ceremony. Everyone tells us how lovely, unique, and touching it was. Thank you, Roberta!
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Miodrag
Wedding:
7/31/2010
5.0/5.0
Roberta really dedicates herself to the ceremony. She tailored the speech to the specificities of our relationship and the type of wedding we wanted. She wasn't imposing her own preconceptions of what the ceremony should be like and she incorporated our feedback.
She also has a nice smile, which warmed up our informal ceremony even more.
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Therese
Wedding:
6/19/2010
5.0/5.0
Roberta was a fantastic officiant. Her kindness and professionalism were much appreciated during a very busy time for us. She took the time to get to know us and spent a lot of time and care crafting a wonderful ceremony. She had many options for us to choose from and was very patient with us as we worked together to create something memorable. No matter the type of ceremony (ranging from funny, to spiritual to everything in between) Roberta can work with you. For us, from the readings she helped choose to the words she wrote, everything came together so beautifully. Our particular ceremony was a mix of non-denomination spirituality and many ruminations on love...with a little dab of funny thrown in. roberta was there with us every step of the way

Purely from a professional standpoint, Roberta was always on time, very prepared but also very patient and giving. We can't stress enough how flexible she was with both her time and her ideas.

We recommend her with much confidence and hope that you will allow her to do for you, what she did for us.
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mickeym2073
Wedding:
5/29/2010
5.0/5.0
We had a beautiful wedding, thanks to Dr. Koepfer. We felt that the wedding was customized for us-like no one else's wedding. Dr. Koepfer was flexible and accommodated us for our meeting because we were from out-of-state. When we met, she had a packet for us with sample readings, sample vows, and gave us some ideas on planning our wedding vows. We filled out a questionnaire and Dr. Koepfer wrote a beautiful script based on our answers. She was able to incorporate our personal experiences into the script. We chose our vows and readings from her selections. Dr. K was able to write up a mini-ceremony for our wedding on the same day! She gave us great ideas and we were able to make a customized mini-ceremony for our wedding. Our family and guests all commented on how beautiful our wedding was and there was nothing like it. Dr. Koepfer is professional, timely, flexible, and accommodating. Dr. Koepfer, thank you very much for making our wedding most memorable!
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ikcin98
Wedding:
5/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Roberta was wonderful to work with. It was a pleasure meeting with her and discussing our ideas for our ceremony. She sent us several drafts of our ceremony and we made changes to make sure it was exactly what we wanted. On the wedding day, she was great - it was our perfect ceremony!
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MontaukBride
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
Dr. Koepfer gave us the ceremony of our dreams. We really could nmot have imagined a more perfect cermony that incorporated our individuality and spirituality.

From the very beginning, I knew that Dr. Koepfer was someone special. Something just clicked when I first spoke with her on the phone just a couple months after our engagement. Some of those elements might have more significance for my now husband and me, given that we are both physicians, and I, a physician-scientist. Dr. Koepfer is a also a biology professor and a former pre-med advisor. So the fact that she is a scientist who is deeply spiritual really appealed to me. Beyond that, Dr. Koepfer also has a very calm and calming demeanor. She is so warm and personable. She is also very learned and open-minded such that she brought something very special to our ceremony, something that I firmly believe no other celebrant could have done.

The process of designing and creating our ceremony was special and memorable in itself. We met with Dr. Koepfer twice to draft and edit our ceremony. And honestly we could carry on talking well beyond matters concerning our ceremonh details. She is responsive and accommodating. And what really touched my husband and I is how well she "got" us. That understanding of us came through clearly in even the very first draft of the ceremony.

And of course the actual ceremony itself was wonderful--- absolutely beautiful. So many of our family and friends commented on how special and personal our ceremony was and how warm Dr. koepfer was. She carried out the ceremony in the perfect tone and feel. My husband and I are so happy that Dr. Koepfer was our celebrant and feel very lucky that we found her.
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Matthew
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
I am both delighted and honored with how much Roberta worked with us to develop such a personalized and thoughtful wedding script. She is magnificent in every way. She was able to incorporate parts Chinese poems that honored my wife's family, and helped me pick a reading among American and English poets that was perfect for my English-teacher father. As a professor Roberta combines her great intellect to form a sophisticated and personalized script with her ability to deliver and speak so wonderfully during the ceremony. I could not recommend anyone higher, she is outstanding.
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sparkle027
Wedding:
10/9/2009
5.0/5.0
Roberta is an amazing officiant, shes very flexible, easy going, caring and thoughtful. She will help you get all that you want from the ceremony and more. Our ceremony was absolutely perfect. It was all that we wanted. We Highly recommend Roberta because she is easy to work and very professional.
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Sophia
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
We were so pleased with the ceremony Roberta wrote for us. Neither my husband nor I are are very religious, and we wanted our ceremony to be spiritual and genuine but not overly sentimental. When we met Roberta, we knew almost immediately we had found the right person (we'd met with 3 other officiants before) - she was very calm, warm, and reassuring in person and during our wedding planning process. And developing a ceremony with her required very little efforts from us (a good thing as last couple of months leading up to our wedding were very hectic). We responded to a questionnaire from her, she wrote a terrific draft that needed only a few tweaks. Rates are very competitive compared to other officiants we met.
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Mindy
Wedding:
8/29/2009
5.0/5.0
Roberta was a wonderful officiant! She was very intuitive, wrote a beautiful ceremony for us, and even stood out in the rain for our ceremony!! (We had someone hold an umbrella for her!) We are so glad to have found Roberta, and hope that others find her for the ceremony of their dreams.
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Lois
Wedding:
7/24/2009
5.0/5.0
My husband and I have an interfaith marriage and wanted to find someone that not only understood us but our different faiths as well. After meeting with many celebrants we found Dr. Koepfer and I knew that our wedding ceremony would be what we wanted! She helped us create the perfect ceremony to combine both faiths. She was respectful, helpful, and very friendly. I would recommend her to any of my friends and family.
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merowl
Wedding:
7/18/2009
5.0/5.0
The ceremony script Roberta wrote for us was beautiful! She gave us a great selection of wonderful passages to modify and personalize to our particular needs. Roberta's style was very professional, soft, and spiritual, yet captivated our guests with a refined and elegant ceremony. We had an enchanting New York wedding in the ballroom at the New York Athletic Club on Central Park South overlooking Central Park, and Roberta set the tone with an eloquent poignant ceremony! I would highly recommend her to all couples that are seeking someone special to marry them on their wedding day!!
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Tom V.
Wedding:
7/11/2009
5.0/5.0
Roberta has been extremely accommodating to my wife and I from the day we met her. She took time to get to know us and to construct a ceremony that met our every need, and more. Overall, her service and professionalism were outstanding.
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Nicholas
Wedding:
6/14/2009
5.0/5.0
Finding Roberta was one of the luckiest and most rewarding events we had in planning our day. She scripted a very personal, elegant ceremony that was a highlight of the wedding. We truly appreciated how well it reflected our wishes and our perspectives, and we received many compliments on what a beautiful ceremony it was.
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Cara
Wedding:
6/6/2009
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Roberta was nothing more than a pleasure. She made the preparation for our ceremony enjoyable, and something close and personal. Roberta is professional, knowledgeable and exudes a warmth you'd want for your wedding.

Cara & Ben
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/31/2009
5.0/5.0
I feel TRULY lucky to have found Roberta for our wedding. She was everything we hoped for and more. I stumbled upon her web site and immediately knew I'd found the right person. Turns out, Roberta lives only a few blocks from our house! During our first meeting, my fiance and I knew that she was the one. She took her time getting to know us and truly aimed to make our ceremony completely tailored to us. And though she is able to make suggestions and share ideas, she didn't try to impose anything on our ceremony and was unbelievably flexible and understanding. Roberta will work with you as long as it takes to get your ceremony perfect. And she really knows what she's doing. When we got the first draft of our ceremony, we couldn't believe how beautiful it was. We made a few edits to fit our style and needs, and Roberta was always responsive and accessible during the whole process. She is a true professional with such a kind spirit and heart. Roberta was on time and fantastic at our wedding. She made sure things ran smoothly and her officiant performance was flawless. Even as a gust of wind blew her pages out of order, she kept going as if nothing happened. She was totally prepared - having the ceremony mostly memorized. Her calm and kind presence really added to the loving and warm mood. I would absolutely recommend Roberta to anyone. We could not have been happier!
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/25/2009
5.0/5.0
Choosing Roberta as our officiant was perhaps the best choice I made during my entire wedding process. She took a simple ceremony and created one for my husband and I that was beautiful, symbolic of us and still simple. As an interfaith couple, we wanted only a few religious touches in an otherwise secular ceremony and she was able to work those touches into our ceremony in such a way that noone's family was offended. During the rehearsal and the wedding, she was an incredibly calming presence and made a touchy situation incredibly easy without having to involve either my husband or I. I would recommend Stepping Stone Ceremonies to anyone getting married.
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jsgould
Wedding:
5/16/2009
5.0/5.0
Roberta was a joy to work with from beginning to end. When we first met with her, I appreciated her thoughtful questions and the way she observed us as a couple and really paid attention to our answers. The ceremony Roberta wrote for us was beautiful and while she let us make all the edits we wanted, we didn't change too much from her first draft. What I appreciated most about working with Roberta was her responsiveness -- how quickly she got back to me any time I emailed, her patience with my many questions, and her very pleasant demeanor! So many of our guests complimented our ceremony, we know we made the right choice.
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Nancy
Wedding:
5/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Roberta was exceptional! Immediately upon meeting her I knew she was going to marry us. She has a wonderful demeanor, and is so warm and kind hearted. She really listened to us and put together a wonderful ceremony, we absolutely loved the results. I have an aunt who is a retired Colonel in the US Army; she was completely enthralled by our ceremony. She raved about the spirituality of it and how it really portrayed us in such a loving way. It was off the charts fabulous.
~Nancy Lee Samuel
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CarineM77
Wedding:
2/22/2009
5.0/5.0
Roberta married us on February 22, 2009, and we truly believe that she was the best officiant we could find. She listened to our needs and was very patient with our special wedding (we came from France to marry in New York City and we had to manage everything over the Internet).
Everything she suggested added truly nice moments to the ceremony and the speech she created after trying to know us was truly beautiful. All of our guests appreciated her too and everyone told us (with no exception) she was a great choice.
On top of doing a really good job, she agreed to read part of the ceremony speech in French for the members of our family who did not speak English.
We would recommend her without hesitating a second.
Thank you Roberta for participating in making this special day extra special!
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Ciaran
Wedding:
11/28/2008
5.0/5.0
Roberta, of Stepping Stones Ceremonies, recently officiated our Wedding Ceremony (Nov 28th '08), she was fantastic, the ceremony was exactly what we had organized it to be and the unique touches that Roberta had originally suggested truly made it a day to remember for both us and our guests. The positive feedback we have been getting from family and friends is overwhelming. From the 1st contact we had with her to the actual ceremony Roberta was professional, helpful, organized and just truly a celebrant that strives for perfection and delivers, flawlessly. She is a delightful lady who actually cares for her clients and if ever again I need a Celebrant, for whatever reason, I would have no hesitation in using Roberta's services. This is a 5 star professional service with a human touch. Ciaran & Octavia Malone.
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echabora
Wedding:
8/15/2008
5.0/5.0
Stepping Stone Ceremonies provided us with a completely unique, meaningful, and unforgettable wedding ceremony. There was a wonderful, open communication with the officiant and she considered our input sincerely and incorporated it into a beautifully crafted ceremony. The officiant was very patient with our schedules and was very willing to adjust her own to make things more convenient for us.
After the ceremony, we received many compliments from guests on how beautiful the event was crafted and executed.
In summary, our wedding would not have been as beautiful or as deeply moving if it were not for the skill and care of the officiant from Stepping Stone Ceremonies.
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vahaya
Wedding:
6/28/2008
5.0/5.0
Roberta is a warm, caring, and kind person. She really got to know each of us and our personalities and tastes so she could help us to design our ceremony. We are both non-traditional when it comes to religion, and she helped us to create a ceremony that was meaningful to each of us. My husband has children from a previous relationship and we wanted to make them a part of the ceremony, as well. Roberta had some really great ideas on how to include them and celebrate not only our new marriage, but also our new family. She really listened to us and put a lot of thought into the ceremony. We even had a stone ceremony where every guest was given a stone and made a wish for us, which we collected at the end and still have in our house to remind us of the day and how important each guest is to us. It is a wonderful keepsake, and one that we'll love to display long after the wedding is over. So if your looking for real personal attention and something more to your tastes than the standard ceremony, I highly recommend Roberta Koepfer. Thanks Roberta!
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kblendi
Wedding:
4/19/2008
5.0/5.0
My Wife and I thought that Dr.K (Stepping Stone Ceremonies) couldn't have been more helpful accommodating and we really enjoyed her service. Just the thought alone of having Dr.K take care of the most important part of our wedding (our ceremony) put at an ease of mind such that we could have taken care of the rest of our things. She was so helpful every time we had a question or wanted to clarify part of the program that she prepared for us that we always felt happy that she was our officiant. Her work and dedication was above what we expected and everything went without a hitch during the ceremony. She was very accommodating when it came to dressing for our ceremony and she looked as a very integral part of our motifs. We can't thank her enough.
We recommend her services to anyone who is looking for a great ceremony and the lack of stress that comes with choosing Stepping Stone ceremonies as the Officiant for your special day. :)
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Sheena
Wedding:
4/19/2008
5.0/5.0
From start to finish, Roberta was exactly what we were looking for in an officiant. Her pleasant demeanor was greatly appreciated both during the planning stages and especially during the actual wedding. I cannot imagine anyone else performing our ceremony than Roberta. She was an integral part of our day and succeeded in making it as perfect as possible.

We filled out questionnaires and met with Roberta to talk about what we wanted for our ceremony. The first draft that Roberta sent us was more perfect than I could have hoped for. She incorporated personal touches that our guests loved and that made the ceremony perfect.
The few changes we asked for were made without a problem and the final draft was just right.

On the day of the wedding she was calming, punctual, organized and seemed to thoroughly enjoy herself. I highly recommend Roberta as an officiant. She will do all that she can to give the ceremony you are looking for.
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elatorre
Wedding:
7/10/2011
4.9/5.0
From the very beginning, Roberta was taking in everything she could to make it the perfect ceremony. She stayed in contact with us, consistently editing the script to our specifications. She is very easy to talk to and friendly. We have recommended her to a friend for her wedding. I have the utmost confidence in her as an officiant
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Daniella
Wedding:
8/26/2010
4.8/5.0
Dr. Koepher is a former Biology professor who became a wedding Officiant following her retirement. She is a very sweet person and was a pleasure to work with. She has you fill out a detailed questionnaire, which she uses to write a personalized ceremony. Dr. Koepher created a very unique, poetic, romantic ceremony that really honored our vision and captured our spirit as a couple. We couldn’t have been happier and we received many compliments about how lovely everything was.. In addition to everything else, Dr. Koepher was very organized and professional. She always answered emails right away and was on top of everything. I highly recommend her!
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Hilary
Wedding:
7/3/2010
4.8/5.0
Roberta was a delight to work with. My fiance and I met her a 2 months before the wedding to discuss the ceremony. She was very professional and had several alternate services already written, though with great flexibility of creating our own ceremony.
Roberta arrived exactly on time and gave a beautiful ceremony that everyone adored.
Thank you Roberta for making our wedding. You are highly recommended.
Hilary
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Anthony
Wedding:
5/15/2010
4.8/5.0
When Roberta welcomed us into her home to meet us, she spent about an hour getting to know us and how we met. She walked us through a typical ceremony and took her time to make sure she catered our ceremony to our preferences. She drafted the ceremony script promptly and made sure we were on schedule to have a final draft ready prior to our wedding day. We appreciated her flexibility to change her schedule to rehearse the ceremony with us the day before. Our guests responded to the ceremony with warm laughter and everything went smoothly.
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Marisa
Wedding:
8/22/2009
4.8/5.0
Roberta was a wonderful officiant. She catered to all of our needs especially our personal desire not to have it be a religious ceremony. She had some great ideas on how to make our ceremony unique. We really loved the stone ceremony. In addition, she was very organized and answered all of my emails promply. I would recommend her whole-heartedly.
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Sharon
Wedding:
9/15/2012
4.0/5.0
The customization and flexibility of the services provided by Roberta of Stepping Stone Ceremonies seemed like a terrific fit for what we were looking for. Upon filling out a personalized questionaire and meeting with Roberta "our officiant" it became clear that we didn't need to look any further. She delivered exactly what we wanted -a classic, and yet custom taylored, service that was truly indicitave of our unique story. The time that she took to get to know us was not only appreciated, but reflected in our joyous ceremony which added to our perfect day.
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