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We Are Gathered...

Milford , MI

LOCATION

3363 Shale Court
Milford, MI 48380 US

PHONE

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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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
0.7/5.0
Due to a health issue, Rev Fred was unable to perform our ceremony. We received notice via text from a friend of the family. However, the contract states that if he is unable to perform the ceremony, deposit is to be paid back in full or a substitute would be found to replace him. Neither of those was done. We now need to put a deposit on another officiant and quickly work on a ceremony (which was never finalized by Rev Fred). His home or cell phone will not answer any calls or return calls even after leaving messages. I understand that the health issue was an unfortunate event, but what is a contract for if not to protect both the client and the provider. They should be returning deposits.
Due to a health issue, Rev Fred was unable to perform our ceremony. We received notice via text from a friend of the Read more...
Due to a health issue, Rev Fred was unable to perform our ceremony. We received notice via text from a friend of the family. However, the contract states that if he is unable to perform the ceremony, deposit is to be paid back in full or a substitute would be found to replace him. Neither of those was done. We now need to put a deposit on another officiant and quickly work on a ceremony (which was never finalized by Rev Fred). His home or cell phone will not answer any calls or return calls even after leaving messages. I understand that the health issue was an unfortunate event, but what is a contract for if not to protect both the client and the provider. They should be returning deposits. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
1.0/5.0
We actually had a recommendation for this particular reverend and we happy to find out everything was going to work out. We had booked our date and the ceremony was written. Everything was set. Then I got a call that said due to extenuating health problems reverend Fred would no longer be performing our ceremony. He had no recommendations on who might be available and whomever was making his phone calls for him made it very clear we would not be getting our deposit back as it was non refundable. He had saved our date and had two 20 minute meetings with is?! Who cares that he saved our date since he no longer will be performing the ceremony...a ceremony he wrote that does us no good since we had to scramble to find someone new to marry us. Someone who has their own ceremonies to use. I understand non-refundable if I cancelled on him...but for him to just take the money and run seemed very unprofessional. I would have been further ahead to not get involved with him. What a waste of money.
We actually had a recommendation for this particular reverend and we happy to find out everything was going to work out. Read more...
We actually had a recommendation for this particular reverend and we happy to find out everything was going to work out. We had booked our date and the ceremony was written. Everything was set. Then I got a call that said due to extenuating health problems reverend Fred would no longer be performing our ceremony. He had no recommendations on who might be available and whomever was making his phone calls for him made it very clear we would not be getting our deposit back as it was non refundable. He had saved our date and had two 20 minute meetings with is?! Who cares that he saved our date since he no longer will be performing the ceremony...a ceremony he wrote that does us no good since we had to scramble to find someone new to marry us. Someone who has their own ceremonies to use. I understand non-refundable if I cancelled on him...but for him to just take the money and run seemed very unprofessional. I would have been further ahead to not get involved with him. What a waste of money. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.5/5.0
We contracted Reverend Frederick Jolicoeur to perform our wedding ceremony eight months prior to our wedding date and paid him the required deposit to reserve the date. Less than two months before the wedding, we were notified by his representative that he would not be able to perform our ceremony due to unfortunate circumstances. Although the terms of the contract clearly call for a full refund of our deposit, his representative refused to provide us a refund. We contacted PayPal to dispute the transaction but they only allow disputes within 180 days of the transaction. His representative notified us of his unavailiablity to perform the service on the 181st day after the payment. We have since disputed the matter with our credit card company. We empathize with the Jolicoeur family, but denying a refund for work that was paid for but not performed is shockingly rude and unprofessional behavior, especially considering the substantial investment we made to procure his services. We therefore cannot recommend using his services to anyone.
We contracted Reverend Frederick Jolicoeur to perform our wedding ceremony eight months prior to our wedding date and paid Read more...
We contracted Reverend Frederick Jolicoeur to perform our wedding ceremony eight months prior to our wedding date and paid him the required deposit to reserve the date. Less than two months before the wedding, we were notified by his representative that he would not be able to perform our ceremony due to unfortunate circumstances. Although the terms of the contract clearly call for a full refund of our deposit, his representative refused to provide us a refund. We contacted PayPal to dispute the transaction but they only allow disputes within 180 days of the transaction. His representative notified us of his unavailiablity to perform the service on the 181st day after the payment. We have since disputed the matter with our credit card company. We empathize with the Jolicoeur family, but denying a refund for work that was paid for but not performed is shockingly rude and unprofessional behavior, especially considering the substantial investment we made to procure his services. We therefore cannot recommend using his services to anyone. Read less
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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.1/5.0
Please take a look at his responses when he doesn’t receive his typical 5-star review. He buckles under criticism and redirects blame elsewhere when his weaknesses are identified. At the second meeting, his demeanor was sour and annoyed. He confused our ceremony details with others, rescheduled/cancelled meetings, “fired” himself and took deposit and ran. He's wonderful and flexible until he receives correction, direction, guidance, edits etc. from his paying clients. He “fired” himself (we never implied nor ask to cancel our agreement) and upon him canceling on us, we requested our $250 deposit be returned and he has refused and said, "go ahead and send your lawyers after me". Be aware.
Please take a look at his responses when he doesn’t receive his typical 5-star review. He buckles under criticism and Read more...
Please take a look at his responses when he doesn’t receive his typical 5-star review. He buckles under criticism and redirects blame elsewhere when his weaknesses are identified. At the second meeting, his demeanor was sour and annoyed. He confused our ceremony details with others, rescheduled/cancelled meetings, “fired” himself and took deposit and ran. He's wonderful and flexible until he receives correction, direction, guidance, edits etc. from his paying clients. He “fired” himself (we never implied nor ask to cancel our agreement) and upon him canceling on us, we requested our $250 deposit be returned and he has refused and said, "go ahead and send your lawyers after me". Be aware. Read less
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We Are Gathered... responded with the following comments:

Please do examine all of my reviews anywhere. They speak for themselves.
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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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