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We Are Gathered...

Milford , MI
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3363 Shale Court
Milford, MI 48380 US (map)

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248-705-2742
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Commitment? Reception? Rehearsal? Budget? List these items in their order of importance and let's work from there.

I am an educated, experienced, ordained minister. The... Read more
Commitment? Reception? Rehearsal? Budget? List these items in their order of importance and let's work from there.

I am an educated, experienced, ordained minister. The weddings I write and perform may be highly personalized, secular, religious (Yes, including Catholic.), spiritual, inter-faith, or some of each. I welcome all marriage scenarios. I am equally comfortable in either a suit and tie, a collar, or even a Hawaiian shirt if that's what's desired. I travel. I will match the services and beat the price of any bona fide written service proposal. No fancy speech. No flashy website. Just solid results based upon 40+ years of experience.

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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.

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Private User
Wedding:
6/4/2016
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Reverend Fred! From the first time we met him at my older sister's wedding three years ago, we knew he would be a perfect fit to officiate our wedding. He is so sweet and caring. He makes sure everything is perfect and that the ceremony is exactly what you want. We were able to personalize our ceremony to fit our personalities. Reverend Fred is very knowledgable about everything wedding and was wonderful in giving advice to what would work for us in our ceremony. He listens to everything that you want and makes it happen! Reverend Fred made our day one to remember forever because of his thoughtfulness, extremely kind and caring personality, and wonderful smile! :) We would highly recommend him to anyone that has any kind of special event that they are planning. He will truly make it a wonderful and memorable event! :) We love Reverend Fred!!!! :)
I cannot say enough good things about Reverend Fred! From the first time we met him at my older sister's wedding three Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Reverend Fred! From the first time we met him at my older sister's wedding three years ago, we knew he would be a perfect fit to officiate our wedding. He is so sweet and caring. He makes sure everything is perfect and that the ceremony is exactly what you want. We were able to personalize our ceremony to fit our personalities. Reverend Fred is very knowledgable about everything wedding and was wonderful in giving advice to what would work for us in our ceremony. He listens to everything that you want and makes it happen! Reverend Fred made our day one to remember forever because of his thoughtfulness, extremely kind and caring personality, and wonderful smile! :) We would highly recommend him to anyone that has any kind of special event that they are planning. He will truly make it a wonderful and memorable event! :) We love Reverend Fred!!!! :) Read less
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Greg
Wedding:
6/4/2016
5.0/5.0
Words can't describe how great Reverend Fred is! He lets you personalize your ceremony to make it what you want. We were able to fit our ceremony to our wants and hopes for our wedding day. He made our day stress-free and such a wonderful time! His smile and personality melted away any stress or concerns that we had. He is very helpful with anything that you need. Thank you so much for making our special day so special!
Words can't describe how great Reverend Fred is! He lets you personalize your ceremony to make it what you want. We were Read more...
Words can't describe how great Reverend Fred is! He lets you personalize your ceremony to make it what you want. We were able to fit our ceremony to our wants and hopes for our wedding day. He made our day stress-free and such a wonderful time! His smile and personality melted away any stress or concerns that we had. He is very helpful with anything that you need. Thank you so much for making our special day so special! Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
Reverend Fred was perfect for us! He is wonderful to work with in every way. He worked around our busy work schedules for our initial meetings and not only spent time getting to know us, but gave us a look into his life and passion for what he does, which really made us feel a lot more connected to him. His ceremony is completely customizable, which was perfect for us as we wanted to include some of the more traditional aspects of a Catholic wedding into ours. He delivered the ceremony and dinner blessing just beautifully. We received many many compliments on how wonderful he was and how much everyone enjoyed the ceremony. He really made our day truly special and memorable.
Reverend Fred was perfect for us! He is wonderful to work with in every way. He worked around our busy work schedules for Read more...
Reverend Fred was perfect for us! He is wonderful to work with in every way. He worked around our busy work schedules for our initial meetings and not only spent time getting to know us, but gave us a look into his life and passion for what he does, which really made us feel a lot more connected to him. His ceremony is completely customizable, which was perfect for us as we wanted to include some of the more traditional aspects of a Catholic wedding into ours. He delivered the ceremony and dinner blessing just beautifully. We received many many compliments on how wonderful he was and how much everyone enjoyed the ceremony. He really made our day truly special and memorable. Read less
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We Are Gathered... responded with the following comments:

Sara, you are very kind. Thank you for that and for the honor of being your officiant. Your ceremony was a tasteful blend that included some aspects of Catholicism, some non-denominational, and some secular. The occasion opened with the recital of The Lord's Prayer. Shortly thereafter your sister, Kaitlyn, read from a beautiful secular story, "The Velveteen Rabbit". Your God-Father, Dennis, delivered the the Apostle Paul's words about love form his first letter to the church in Corinth. Your vows ended with the words "So help me God", which I personally feel is appropriate. John's son, Christopher, served as the Best Man by presenting the wedding rings. And, near the conclusion, the secular Box, Wine, and Love Letter Ceremony was performed. Perhaps most importantly, Sara, you were significantly pro-active during the creative process. That interaction is what lends the greatest assist in composing something very personal. Sara...John...that you again for the faith and trust placed in me. Reverend Fred
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Alexandra
Wedding:
4/30/2016
5.0/5.0
While we ended up paying more than we budgeted for to get Reverend Fred, we couldn't have been more happy with how things went- it was absolutely worth the slight extra cost! Reverend Fred is just the type of person who goes above and beyond the usual- he made designing our custom ceremony so easy and kept working with us through many different drafts until we had it exactly how we wanted it! I was also a little unprepared for the rehearsal and he stepped up and helped run things and it went surprisingly smooth. You can just replace all the experience this man has, he's an expert-that's for sure! I highly recommend spending a little more to book him, he was amazing and me and my husband could not have been happier with how things ended up!
While we ended up paying more than we budgeted for to get Reverend Fred, we couldn't have been more happy with how things Read more...
While we ended up paying more than we budgeted for to get Reverend Fred, we couldn't have been more happy with how things went- it was absolutely worth the slight extra cost! Reverend Fred is just the type of person who goes above and beyond the usual- he made designing our custom ceremony so easy and kept working with us through many different drafts until we had it exactly how we wanted it! I was also a little unprepared for the rehearsal and he stepped up and helped run things and it went surprisingly smooth. You can just replace all the experience this man has, he's an expert-that's for sure! I highly recommend spending a little more to book him, he was amazing and me and my husband could not have been happier with how things ended up! Read less
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We Are Gathered... responded with the following comments:

Alexandra, first let me say that you made a beautiful Bride and you and Tim are a handsome couple! And, I loved your Flower Girl and Ring Bearer, too! :-)

Thank you for the gift of your time writing your review. It is candid...and true. Certainly there are officiants who perform wedding ceremonies that are more economical...and who provide less value. My 47 years of experience should add to the value of a wedding ceremony. (I sure hope that I am not coming across self-righteous.) At the rehearsal, it wasn't so much that you were unprepared. Instead, during a rehearsal a lot of direction of people, and the impart of much information, takes place at an unfamiliar environment in a very short time. The task may be daunting. (That's one instance of where my experience is valuable.)

I love the venue you and Tim selected. Built in 1858 as the First Congregational Church, the Hartland Music Hall is a quaint example of Greek Revival architecture and the curator, Don Thompson, knows the place inside and out. In the absence of direction, or anything else, he is capable of providing a more than satisfactory resolution.

Alexandra, yours was a beautiful, personal, and intimate wedding containing much Christian inference. (I was so pleased when you wanted the inclusion of The Lord's Prayer.) Your Aunt Lori, and your cousin, Stephanie, performed recitals from old and new testaments beautifully. From the beginning of the process of creation to the realization of your ceremony was, for me, a blessing.

Thank you again, Alex and Tim, for the trust and confidence you placed in me.

Reverend Fred
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Amanda
Wedding:
4/16/2016
5.0/5.0
Reverend Fred was impeccable. We were able to create our entire ceremony with his help. He responded to emails quickly and provided a beautiful ceremony. He also did the dinner blessing which was a special touch on our reception. We couldn't have asked for a better officiant. He was very professional and also very personal to what we wanted.
Reverend Fred was impeccable. We were able to create our entire ceremony with his help. He responded to emails quickly and Read more...
Reverend Fred was impeccable. We were able to create our entire ceremony with his help. He responded to emails quickly and provided a beautiful ceremony. He also did the dinner blessing which was a special touch on our reception. We couldn't have asked for a better officiant. He was very professional and also very personal to what we wanted. Read less
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We Are Gathered... responded with the following comments:

Amanda, you and Dan are such a super couple. With you, creating and delivering the wedding ceremony was an honor and a joy! And, I have to tell you that I so love the very first two lines of your vows, "I love you. You are my best friend." Those two short lines say so much! Thanks you so much for the blessing the both of you bestowed upon me. Reverend Fred
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Lesley
Wedding:
1/16/2016
5.0/5.0
Reverend Fred was a pleasure to work with. He works hard to make sure that the ceremony ends up just how you want it to be and his wedding ceremony book is a great resource. He also did an excellent job at the ceremony. Many of our guests commented on him.
Reverend Fred was a pleasure to work with. He works hard to make sure that the ceremony ends up just how you want it to be Read more...
Reverend Fred was a pleasure to work with. He works hard to make sure that the ceremony ends up just how you want it to be and his wedding ceremony book is a great resource. He also did an excellent job at the ceremony. Many of our guests commented on him. Read less
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We Are Gathered... responded with the following comments:

Lesley, thank you for taking the time to leave this review. They are so very important to future couples. You live out of state but came home to Michigan for your wedding. Referred to you by Zingerman's Cornman Farms in Dexter, we first met online and a couple of months later met in person. In between, you worked with my Wedding Guide which was sent to you via the USPS Priority Mail. Thanks to Skype, and to the USPS, interacting with couples who live out of state is easily accomplished. As an aside, you (and your family) wanted a person of the cloth as an officiant. I was pleased to wear my clerical attire. All said, with you closet family and friends in attendance, your wedding ceremony had that warm and loving feeling that only a small and intimate gathering, where everyone can gather close, can impart. I am so grateful to have been selected as your Pastor of choice. I wish, and pray, for your every happiness. Reverend Fred
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Angela
Wedding:
10/30/2015
5.0/5.0
We are so happy we had chosen Reverend Fred for our recent wedding. He was very easy to work with and informative throughout the process. Reverend Fred helped make the perfect ceremony feel like a breeze. Everything turned out perfect and we couldn't be happier with our choice!
We are so happy we had chosen Reverend Fred for our recent wedding. He was very easy to work with and informative Read more...
We are so happy we had chosen Reverend Fred for our recent wedding. He was very easy to work with and informative throughout the process. Reverend Fred helped make the perfect ceremony feel like a breeze. Everything turned out perfect and we couldn't be happier with our choice! Read less
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We Are Gathered... responded with the following comments:

Hi, Angela! Thank you!! You and Phillip were wonderful to interact with!!! I can hardly wait to see your photos. Together you were a picture perfect couple. I'm blessed by having the opportunity to perform many wedding ceremonies. They're all wonderful, sincere, and genuine. They are not always, however, presented as the sacrament that they are. Yours was. And, that's very special. As an aside, I had the chance to spend a little time waiting in the wings with Phil and his guys. Just observing them interacting was heart warming. Thank you both for the honor of including me. Reverend Fred
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Reverend Fred was amazing! Part of his process involves providing you with a gigantic binder of different ceremonies to either choose, mix'n'match, or simply get inspiration from. We ended up doing a mix and match of a few, with a bit of ourselves mixed in, so that what we had was perfect for us. He was very thorough and accepting of any questions.

One thing that stuck out, which was evident through his binder of previous ceremonies, is that he wanted the ceremony to be what we wanted it to be. Whether you are devoutly religious, not at all, or anywhere in between, Reverend Fred was there to help you have the ceremony you want and make it special.

You can definitely tell that he was never going through the motions and genuinely cared about us and providing a beautiful ceremony. He responded quickly to emails and phone calls. He also was able to handle a last minute change without blinking an eye.
Reverend Fred was amazing! Part of his process involves providing you with a gigantic binder of different ceremonies to Read more...
Reverend Fred was amazing! Part of his process involves providing you with a gigantic binder of different ceremonies to either choose, mix'n'match, or simply get inspiration from. We ended up doing a mix and match of a few, with a bit of ourselves mixed in, so that what we had was perfect for us. He was very thorough and accepting of any questions.

One thing that stuck out, which was evident through his binder of previous ceremonies, is that he wanted the ceremony to be what we wanted it to be. Whether you are devoutly religious, not at all, or anywhere in between, Reverend Fred was there to help you have the ceremony you want and make it special.

You can definitely tell that he was never going through the motions and genuinely cared about us and providing a beautiful ceremony. He responded quickly to emails and phone calls. He also was able to handle a last minute change without blinking an eye. Read less
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We Are Gathered... responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Angela! A longggg time ago, there was a TV show name "Yours, Mine, and Ours". That is a perfect description of the process we shared while developing yours and Brian's wedding ceremony. And, it is my very most favorite way of doing so! So often I say "This is YOUR wedding. Not MINE." and that is as it should be. Your ceremony was absolutely unique to you and Brian.

Our first communication was back in October of 2014. You resided across the country from me. My Wedding Guide [Also known as the "gigantic binder".]was sent and returned via Priority Mail. We worked a lot on the telephone and via e-mail. And, while the process presented it's own set of challenges, the end result, your wedding ceremony, was "amazing". Why did it all work so well? Because you, and Brian, and I wanted the same thing: THE VERY BEST, MOST PERSONAL WEDDING CEREMONY EVER!

Angela, thank you so much for your review. I'll do my best to live up to the image of me you have portrayed. Reverend Fred
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Cory
Wedding:
10/9/2015
5.0/5.0
Words alone cannot express how wonderful our ceremony was for not only us but for our guests as well. Reverend Fred made sure that the ceremony was perfect for us we could not have been happier with our day. We selected Reverend Fred based on all the positive feedback and just as important was his personal responses to every single review. He knows how important your wedding day and works personally with you to make sure that your ceremony is exaclty what you want it to be...perfect. You can hear in his voice how honored he was to be a part of our day and the compliments that we received from all of our friends and family confirmed that his sentiment was able to be heard by all. To all Detroit area couples looking for an officiant that will make sure that your day is just as special as you both deserve then let us recommend Reverend Fred. Thank you for everything!!!
Words alone cannot express how wonderful our ceremony was for not only us but for our guests as well. Reverend Fred made Read more...
Words alone cannot express how wonderful our ceremony was for not only us but for our guests as well. Reverend Fred made sure that the ceremony was perfect for us we could not have been happier with our day. We selected Reverend Fred based on all the positive feedback and just as important was his personal responses to every single review. He knows how important your wedding day and works personally with you to make sure that your ceremony is exaclty what you want it to be...perfect. You can hear in his voice how honored he was to be a part of our day and the compliments that we received from all of our friends and family confirmed that his sentiment was able to be heard by all. To all Detroit area couples looking for an officiant that will make sure that your day is just as special as you both deserve then let us recommend Reverend Fred. Thank you for everything!!! Read less
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We Are Gathered... responded with the following comments:

Hi, Cory! What a kind review! Hey, Cory, besides the Detroit area, if someone want's to take me with them to their destination wedding in Tahiti, that will be okay, too! ;-) I remember that during the planning process, Angela was concerned about your daughters, Antonia's and Olivia's, performance as part of the Unity Candle ceremony. They were great! And, early on in the ceremony, having your Mother's light the outside tapers was cool. Cory, your presentation of the necklaces to Olivia and Antonia, and your vows of support spoken to them was magnificent. Yours was a beautiful wedding! Reverend Fred
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Robyn
Wedding:
9/19/2015
5.0/5.0
Rev. Fred performed our wedding ceremony this past weekend, and we couldn't be HAPPIER with everything he did for us! From start to finish, he was knowledgeable, professional, prompt, accessible when we needed him, patient, and most importantly - a very kind man, with tons of experience. Our ceremony was personalized just for us, and we loved that he was able to convey the thoughts and feelings we have for each other, when we were a bit lost for words. I could go on and on about how wonderful he was, but I'll just say if you are looking for the perfect officiant for your wedding (or other ceremony), look no further than the one, the only, Reverend Fred. A million thanks for making our special day, even more memorable. Robyn & Ryan Stanton
Rev. Fred performed our wedding ceremony this past weekend, and we couldn't be HAPPIER with everything he did for us! From Read more...
Rev. Fred performed our wedding ceremony this past weekend, and we couldn't be HAPPIER with everything he did for us! From start to finish, he was knowledgeable, professional, prompt, accessible when we needed him, patient, and most importantly - a very kind man, with tons of experience. Our ceremony was personalized just for us, and we loved that he was able to convey the thoughts and feelings we have for each other, when we were a bit lost for words. I could go on and on about how wonderful he was, but I'll just say if you are looking for the perfect officiant for your wedding (or other ceremony), look no further than the one, the only, Reverend Fred. A million thanks for making our special day, even more memorable. Robyn & Ryan Stanton Read less
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We Are Gathered... responded with the following comments:

WOW, ROBYN! THANK YOU! You and Ryan reminded me about how much fun interacting with a couple during the development and delivery of a really serious ceremony can be! Thank you, again for that. :-) Following the first time we met, I made notes about the things we went over. One tiny piece of those notes read "...SECULAR, PERSONAL, AND LIGHTHEARTED CEREMONY...". And, that's EXACTLY what we did. [As an aside, I just wish it could have been a little but warmer outdoors for the bare shouldered ladies. :-( ] None the less, yours was a beautiful wedding. My sincere appreciation for you and Ryan choosing me to be a part of it. Robyn, you know that I'm a "hugger" so...BIG HUG! Reverend Fred

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