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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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ABOUT US

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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ldeezy04
Wedding:
1/23/2016
4.8/5.0
Reverend Fred was wonderful to work with. He was very supportive and knowledgable. He created a ceremony that was entirely tailored to us. It truly was a pleasure to work with Fred. We will never forget what he brought to our special day. Absolutely, wonderful! (Oh, and we look at our wine box on a daily basis.) :).
Reverend Fred was wonderful to work with. He was very supportive and knowledgable. He created a ceremony that was entirely Read more...
Reverend Fred was wonderful to work with. He was very supportive and knowledgable. He created a ceremony that was entirely tailored to us. It truly was a pleasure to work with Fred. We will never forget what he brought to our special day. Absolutely, wonderful! (Oh, and we look at our wine box on a daily basis.) :). Read less
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We Are Gathered... responded with the following comments:

Hello, Lyndsay. Thanks for the praise. Performing your wedding ceremony was such an honor. Your friend, Sophia, penned a beautiful poem entitled “Love is…” for you and Bryan. I wish that I could have praised her in person. And, I do hope that her child mended well and completely. I’m sure that it was difficult for her to not be present on you most important day. Perhaps it could be presented once more, by Sophia this time, upon the occasion of your first wedding anniversary. Maybe even just before you and Bryan open your magnificent wooden box. The one that safely holds within itself one bottle of wine and two love letters, each letter written one to the other, before being married, to be shared as a “Well done!” and as a re-dedication to your promises to one another, and your re-commitment to your marriage. A fitting and deserved celebration, I think. Thank you for including me as a part of your lifelong journey. I am honored. 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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Brent
Wedding:
9/27/2015
4.5/5.0
Reverend Fred is incredibly accommodating and accepting of however you want your ceremony to be. This was very important to my wife and I as we are both very detailed. Kind and warm and funny, and an all around genuine person. I actually meant to give him a 5, but my mobile won't let me select it! He was very friendly with the guests and they all really liked him as well. He was always prepared and helpful during our meetings. An all around great officiant to work with!
Reverend Fred is incredibly accommodating and accepting of however you want your ceremony to be. This was very important Read more...
Reverend Fred is incredibly accommodating and accepting of however you want your ceremony to be. This was very important to my wife and I as we are both very detailed. Kind and warm and funny, and an all around genuine person. I actually meant to give him a 5, but my mobile won't let me select it! He was very friendly with the guests and they all really liked him as well. He was always prepared and helpful during our meetings. An all around great officiant to work with! Read less
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We Are Gathered... responded with the following comments:

Brent, that doggone mobile phone! ;-) Thank you for your comments. Your, and Jamie's, wedding ceremony included some of may favorites like the inclusion of The Lord's Prayer and, Brent, a very special reading by your father, Scott. (The father of the Groom is all-to-often excluded.) I enjoyed the time with your family and friends. And, your choice of venue, Pine Knob, is a favorite, too! Brent and jamie, thank you including me as a part of your wedding day! 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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Melissa
Wedding:
9/19/2015
0.3/5.0
I made an appointment after speaking with Rev. Fred on the phone to fill out paperwork and leave the required $50 deposit to save our date. Just before our schedule appointment, I received an email saying that someone else gave him a deposit first so he was no longer available. I think it would have been more professional to call and ask if I would like to meet a few days sooner to give him the deposit instead of just giving the date away. Very disappointed because he seemed wonderful over the phone. I emailed him stating I was disappointed and did not feel it was very professional to not offer to meet sooner before just giving the date to someone else and he never responded. :/
I made an appointment after speaking with Rev. Fred on the phone to fill out paperwork and leave the required $50 deposit Read more...
I made an appointment after speaking with Rev. Fred on the phone to fill out paperwork and leave the required $50 deposit to save our date. Just before our schedule appointment, I received an email saying that someone else gave him a deposit first so he was no longer available. I think it would have been more professional to call and ask if I would like to meet a few days sooner to give him the deposit instead of just giving the date away. Very disappointed because he seemed wonderful over the phone. I emailed him stating I was disappointed and did not feel it was very professional to not offer to meet sooner before just giving the date to someone else and he never responded. :/ Read less
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We Are Gathered... responded with the following comments:

Melissa, I apologize again. I had already met with the couple who placed the deposit before you and I had ever spoken. At the time we spoke on the telephone they had not shared a decision one way or the other. Shortly after we spoke I received their phone call, followed by a delivered deposit. My practice has always been to reserve a date for the first couple who places their deposit. In this instance, when the actual transaction happened, it did so very quickly. Because I respect you and your time, within hours I let you know that we couldn't meet and why. When I received your following e-mail, my thought was that there was no response that would be acceptable. Rather than continue the upset, I opted to not respond. Melissa, I always do my very best to not disappoint anyone. I think my efforts are borne out in the other reviews posted here. This time I failed.
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Sean
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
From the moment my wife Kara and I met Reverend Frederick we knew he was the man to marry us. He was so warm and welcoming and put our overwhelmed minds at ease. It was clear how genuine and experienced he was with his stories of the couples he has joined in the past and the love he has shared with his wife since he was a young man. He was well prepared with a book full of previous ceremonies and allowed us to tailor-make our own without judgments or pressures to be heavily religious.

Reverend Frederick spent many hours with us refining our ceremony and made it a priority to be there the day before our wedding to iron out all the details. Being that Kara and I had a DIY wedding, we were very overwhelmed with everything falling into place. During the entire planning process Reverend Frederick was dependable, which was of the utmost importance to us. He helped us in every way that he could, sometimes without us asking or knowing we needed the help.

On our wedding day, Reverend Frederick was delightful. The ceremony was beautifully done, with any hitches caused by others being smoothed over by his years of experience and wisdom. After the ceremony, we were flooded with compliments from guests that loved every minute, and every detail.

Kara and I would highly recommend Reverend Frederick to anyone. His kindness, warmth, and grace was an inspiration to us on our most special day; a day and a man we will always remember. Thank you, Reverend.
From the moment my wife Kara and I met Reverend Frederick we knew he was the man to marry us. He was so warm and welcoming Read more...
From the moment my wife Kara and I met Reverend Frederick we knew he was the man to marry us. He was so warm and welcoming and put our overwhelmed minds at ease. It was clear how genuine and experienced he was with his stories of the couples he has joined in the past and the love he has shared with his wife since he was a young man. He was well prepared with a book full of previous ceremonies and allowed us to tailor-make our own without judgments or pressures to be heavily religious.

Reverend Frederick spent many hours with us refining our ceremony and made it a priority to be there the day before our wedding to iron out all the details. Being that Kara and I had a DIY wedding, we were very overwhelmed with everything falling into place. During the entire planning process Reverend Frederick was dependable, which was of the utmost importance to us. He helped us in every way that he could, sometimes without us asking or knowing we needed the help.

On our wedding day, Reverend Frederick was delightful. The ceremony was beautifully done, with any hitches caused by others being smoothed over by his years of experience and wisdom. After the ceremony, we were flooded with compliments from guests that loved every minute, and every detail.

Kara and I would highly recommend Reverend Frederick to anyone. His kindness, warmth, and grace was an inspiration to us on our most special day; a day and a man we will always remember. Thank you, Reverend. Read less
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We Are Gathered... responded with the following comments:

Sean, thank you and Kara for the kind, and certainly elegant, words. Thinking back, I recall that, during our creative processes, we were joined for almost 10 months. The vows that together you and Kara wrote and exchanged were so touching...so you. But, Sean, not to diminish any other part of the ceremony what I will always remember best is the box you made that was comprised of different woods, each with their own soul, the dove-tail joints meticulously crafted as an integral part them severally, and the whole that was created when first, your Mother's, and then Kara and you, joined each piece. My being so close, and having the opportunity to observe, was tremendous! Sean, I'm about to include here just a little of the ceremony that spoke to those memory making moments. I hope you don't mind. "Our Groom, Sean, is, among many things, a very talented wood craftsman. He taught me that dove-tail joints have been used for centuries to tightly interlock pieces of wood. Such joints have excellent staying power, they are highly stable, and they are not easily pulled apart. Just as these two beautiful individuals here before us, the two dovetail joints are very different. Each piece of wood has had a life of its own. Yet, when joined, each compliments the other to create a perfect, incredibly strong bond. Similarly, in marriage, each partner’s uniqueness contributes to, and is enhanced by, the strength of their bond. Sean and Kara, the strength of your bond, the merging of your two lives, will result in a beautiful marriage." Wow... After that, there is nothing more to say...except "Thank you." one more time. Thank you.

Reverend Fred
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Holly
Wedding:
8/7/2015
5.0/5.0
Our wedding ceremony was perfect. I would highly recommend Reverend Frederick Jolicoeur to my friends and family who plan on getting married. Reverend did a wonderful job on our ceremony my family commentented on how well and beautiful the ceremony was. Reverend Fred also takes the time to go over all information with you and if you have any questions- they are very informative.
Our wedding ceremony was perfect. I would highly recommend Reverend Frederick Jolicoeur to my friends and family who plan Read more...
Our wedding ceremony was perfect. I would highly recommend Reverend Frederick Jolicoeur to my friends and family who plan on getting married. Reverend did a wonderful job on our ceremony my family commentented on how well and beautiful the ceremony was. Reverend Fred also takes the time to go over all information with you and if you have any questions- they are very informative. Read less
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We Are Gathered... responded with the following comments:

Holly, there are so many things about you and Paul that make it so easy for me to respond. You are both genuine. You harbor no false pretenses. You are respectful...and you show that respect to everyone. You are always considerate...even when it would be easy to be otherwise. Your two sons are what young boys are but, non the less, they are well behaved and not at all rude. And, having been blessed by interacting with your families, your Parents, Grandparents, and Uncles and Aunts, it is easy to see why you are the people you are. Sitting here composing, choosing my words, the term "Christ-like" came to mind. Many of your attributes are "Christ-like" and God bless you for that.

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