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Officiant in Edgewater, New Jersey,

All Faiths Ceremonies by Reverend Dr. Sheila Gay Gross

104 Panorama Drive
Edgewater, New Jersey, NJ
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(201) 886-3007
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  • 294 Reviews


    Meghan

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  • Sheila put together a fantastic and deeply personal ceremony for us. Someone told us that even our DJ misted up! Everything went according to plan and I think our families really appreciated feeling so included. We have a big blended family and Sheila found something for everyone. Sheila is a little more expensive than the other officiants we spoke with, but from our first meeting it was clear that she is head and shoulders above the rest. Some of the best money that we spent on our wedding!

    Jenn

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  • Sheila performed our wedding ceremony on April 24 and she was excellent. For us, these were her major strengths as an officiant: - Willingness to incorporate spiritual elements in a secular ceremony. We don't belong to a church but believe in God and being part of a larger world, and she takes the time to understand, honor and fit the couple's beliefs. - Great speaking style with the just the right amount of formality. She sounds polished and prepared, but speaks simply and in a modern way that reaches out to all guests. No "thou shalt" cheesy, overly flowery wedding language or any hint of "going through the motions" in her tone or delivery. - Creativity - our ceremony included a special blessing related to New Jersey (our lifetime home and part of our wedding theme). She created a structure, coordinated our friends as speakers and it came together beautifully. She suggested that my father and mother walk me down the aisle, which we all loved, and she engaged the entire audie... Read more

    Kristina

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  • Reverend Dr. Sheila Gay Gross was our minister for our wedding we had on 3/26/2010 in Belleville, NJ at Nanina's in the Park. She was truly amazing at what she did and has a true gift for her job as a minister. She was able to bring out our love and describe our personalities in a way I never thought was possible for a wedding ceremony. There was not one person who didn't come up to us after the ceremony and say hands down, it was the most personal and best ceremony they have ever been to and this wouldn't have been possible without Sheila. She involved our guests and allowed our family and friends to speak about my husband and I during our ceremony. She even allowed them to speak over the time she allotted for them and did not cut them off. She incorporated important parts of our lives into our ceremony and geared it totally to our love and life. Sheila made our day so special and we would recommend her as the absolute first choice for anyone looking for an officiant for their ... Read more

    Laura

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  • I can not say enough good things about Sheila. My husband and I were married in February with 100 of our friends and family. After the ceremony, we went into the cocktail hour and were blown away by how many people told us they were brought to tears by our ceremony or how it was the best most genuine ceremony they have ever attended. Everyone wants to think that there wedding is something special that everyone will always remember, but I honestly believe that ours will, and I know it is because Sheila is such an amazing officiant. When we first started looking for an officiant we were discouraged by what seemed like an impersonal, generic process. My first contact with Sheila was a breath of fresh air. She was the first officiant to want to talk to me on the phone. After an hour conversation we set a date for her to meet me and my fiance. We spent two hours talking and laughing, sharing stories and getting to know each other. She shared her ideas for our ceremony in a way t... Read more

    Pamela

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  • Sheila was so wonderful - from my first conversation with her until even after the wedding. Everything I had read about her was confirmed before, during and after our ceremony. My husband and I had a small intimate affair in November and Sheila was our officiant. We are planning a more elaborate ceremony with a priest and we have asked Sheila to officiate with the priest for that affair as well. I am Jewish and my husband is Catholic and I always thought that I would have a Rabbi present, but Sheila is able to bring in many of the traditions that a Rabbi would have and I know she will once again do a wonderful job. She incorporated so many aspects of our lives into the ceremony and involved members of both of our families into the ceremony. She did so many special things that made everyone a part of our wedding more than simply being there as guests. I can't wait to have her officiate over our ceremony in October because I know it will be just as special as the first wedding a... Read more

    Jean

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  • Dear Reverend Sheila, The wedding ceremony was.... and I am being so very honest when I say this....... the most beautiful wedding ceremony I have ever attended. And it wasn't because it was my son's wedding, that I say that. The ceremony was so personal with you sharing Joseph and Lynsey's thoughts, feelings and love for each other. And it was also very personal for the people attending because you included ALL OF US in the ceremony.... the parents coming up and placing our hands on our children.... the rings being passed/touched by the bridal party....and having all of us joining in and pronouncing Joseph and Lynsey as husband and wife. OH! Sooooo beautiful.... everyone was included in this wedding and it made such a very special and happy time. I love how you gave a little history of how and when Joseph and Lynsey met. It was as if they were telling us their story themselves and it was good for the folks attending who didn't know the history. It was also good for us who did k... Read more

    Lorna

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  • We couldn't have asked for a better officiant. Sheila did an amazing job. We had met with several officiants and Sheila offered a service we couldn't find anywhere else. For her, each wedding is as unique as the couple. She sat with us and talked with us via phone and email several times before the wedding. Her approach is to get to know you as a couple, your story, why you love one another, and what your wedding will be like. She had us both write our own vows and not share them with each other until the day of the wedding, that was a gift we had for each other. This makes the ceremony completely unique and personal. Even the day of the wedding when I was frantic and stressed out Sheila was able to calm me down, make me laugh and get me back on track. During the wedding and even now, a month later, I still have people contact me about how wonderful and touching the ceremony was. I think one of the best compliments we received was that it was 'wonderfully refreshing'. People rav... Read more

    Emily

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  • Numerous guests commented on how touching and unique our ceremony was - it was all thanks to the dedication and time Sheila willing spent with us in order to ensure that we had a memorable experience. No matter how many questions I had and/or how much assistance I requested, Sheila was always by my side to share her valuable experiences and comments with me.

    olivia

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  • Sheila Is AMAZING !!! A special and unique gift to the world of unions and spiritual blessings. Our Wedding Ceremony will Forever be the most Awesome part of our whole day. After meeting with Sheila, we instantly knew she Had to perform our ceremony. We just got married October 23rd,2009 Outside..in Roosevelt park,Edison N.J. It was the Coldest day in Oct. and about to Rain or Sleet!! Not good for a shortsleeve dress....Anyway.. Sheila met us in the parking lot and assured us that she intends to perform the whole ceremony and would not " skimp" out, due to inclimate weather. What a Pro!!! we love her :) A few months earlier, we had found Sheila via the internet. We connected and met for a consult in her beautiful and enchanted home. Time flew by effortlessly as she really got to know us and got a feel for what we wanted to create. Sheila nailed It! On our special day- she performed the most Personal,Warm,and Unique ceremony which also included our 4 year old son Carter. Everyone Ev... Read more

    Laura

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  • Our commitment ceremony was filled with joy, love and friendship all orchestrated by our wonderful Officiant Reverend Dr. Sheila Gross. On our first meeting, Sheila was able to capture our love for each other, as well as the love we wished to share with our family and friends. She was easy to speak with and advised how we could incorporate the ones we love, who were not among the wedding party. And like most couples in love and in disagreement, Sheila was able to counsel us on how we could celebrate those who had passed. Sheila is so warm and open she moved us to tears on our very first meeting. On the day of the ceremony, with her big heart and sincere tone, Sheila was able to envelope our family and friends with her words of kindness and inspiration, words meant not only for us, but also for everyone witnessing our union. From the ring warming to the seven Blessors, she took a piece of everyone’s emotion and transposed it into the most wonderful memory. And with that, she also s... Read more

    Laura

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  • Our commitment ceremony was filled with joy, love and friendship all orchestrated by our wonderful Officiant Reverend Dr. Sheila Gross. On our first meeting, Sheila was able to capture our love for each other, as well as the love we wished to share with our family and friends. She was easy to speak with and advised how we could incorporate the ones we love, who were not among the wedding party. And like most couples in love and in disagreement, Sheila was able to counsel us on how we could celebrate those who had passed. Sheila is so warm and open she moved us to tears on our very first meeting. On the day of the ceremony, with her big heart and sincere tone, Sheila was able to envelope our family and friends with her words of kindness and inspiration, words meant not only for us, but also for everyone witnessing our union. From the ring warming to the seven Blessors, she took a piece of everyone’s emotion and transposed it into the most wonderful memory. And with that, she also... Read more

    Claire

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  • When we met with Sheila for the first time, it was for about 2 hours. She had really positive energy and we felt welcomed in her home. She asked us some really interesting questions about how we met and what it was about each other that we loved. Very few people in our lives, even our really close friends had asked us these types of questions. It felt great to speak directly to one another about the qualities and characteristics we valued in each other. The ceremony was exactly what we expected. Our friends and family loved how personal it was - especially that they were involved in blessing our union. They couldn't believe we found Sheila on the internet. We would recommend her to anyone.

    Jana

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  • My husband and I got married on August 16, 2009. It was the most amazing day of my life and largely due to Sheila. She made our ceremony so special, unique and personal. My husband is Catholic and I am Jewish and we both feel pretty strongly about our backgrounds and traditions. Sheila was able to creatively respect both of our traditions within the ceremony. Our guests raved about it. They loved how personal it was and how involved they were. One of my friends said she didn't want the ceremony to end! My favorite part of the whole day was when Sheila turned us to face our guests and had them pronounce us man and wife. I can chills thinking about it. Sheila is a special part of our lives and we will be seeing her in future for baby namings and other wonderful, exciting events in our lives!!!

    Joann

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  • Sheila really took the time to understand Joe & I as a couple and as individuals. Our friends and family felt honored to learn about how we started as friends, then best friend and years later at the alter. She suggested that we have a few people close to us come up and say a few words. She guided our speakers to open their minds and speak from their hearts--that was one of the most amazing parts of our ceremony. Our friends and family commented on how this the best wedding ceremony they have ever experienced. Thank you Sheila for letting us be us and showing the world our love!

    Sophia

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  • We liked the fact that our ceremony was unique and suited to us.

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