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Officiant and Planner in Westfield, NJ,
(908) 525-8913
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    Tiween Jeanite

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  • AMAZING!!! (period point blank). This is the best description that we have for the amazing ceremony that Aretha crafted for our last minute wedding. Upon contacting Aretha, we had recently lost our originally booked wedding officiant. Luckily for us, with less than three months notice, Aretha was available. And we must say, meeting Aretha was meant to be, and we are so glad to have booked her instead. She was so professional and organized. Not to mention so sweet. Aretha was able to craft a ceremony for us that was even more beautiful than we could have ever imagined. Everything from our nearly two-hour telephone consultation, to her seamless delivery was perfection. Aretha was able to share our love story to our wedding guests better than we ever could. It was like she knew us all along. Everything about our ceremony was personal and filled with love. We cannot thank her enough for making our wedding day so special. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

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    Thank you Tiween! I loved everything about your special day and it was truly an honor to officiate your ceremony. All the very best to you and Standley!

    Tonya L. White

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  • 7.31.20…A day that will forever be remembered as the start to our forever. I am Tonya and I married my love, Monte, on this date. We had a virtual and magical ceremony officiated by Aretha Gaskin, Weddings By Aretha, on this day. It would be an understatement to say Aretha is the best. Aretha is a blessing!!! In a short time, she got to know Monte and I, ensuring our wedding would be just about us and our wishes for this day. I reached out to Aretha just 3 weeks before, after searching for an officiant online in our area. Immediately after talking with her, we knew Aretha Gaskin was a “GODsend” and our choice to getting married in these challenging times. Monte and I planned to marry last May and celebrate with close friends in Jamaica. With Aretha’s help and day of coordination, we married and celebrated with more family and more friends over Zoom. Aretha welcomed everyone individually to our Zoom wedding, spoke beautiful words to myself and my groom during the cer... Read more

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    Thank You Tonya! It was my pleasure! I have never seen two people who complement one another more! Wishing you and Monte years of love and joy!

    Roxanne Foster

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  • Aretha was a true pleasure to work with. From the beginning she was professional, very kind with a genuine desire to make her couples day extra special. Whenever we were unsure of something, she would offer suggestions to help guide us. She listened to what we wanted and created a beautiful ceremony that we will cherish forever. She was open to customization and created a warm and wonderful ceremony. If you want someone who listens, genuinely cares, and is also very professional – please consider her as your Officiant. You won't regret it! We are so happy we chose her for that very important time in our lives.

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    Thank you so much Roxanne! It was truly my pleasure. Wishing you and Richard all the happiness in the world!

    Casey Balsham

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  • Aretha was awesome! She was so lovely to communicate with beforehand, she was punctual and organized throughout, and she was such a positive presence in a turbulent time. After our wedding got delayed twice we decided to pull the trigger and just get married in 2020 anyway!! She helped make our day special, fun, and filled with love and joy. I'm so glad we found her!! Casey and Robby

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    Thank you Casey! I had the best time working with you two. Big congrats and best wishes as you embark on this new and exciting journey!

    Chelsie Berg

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  • From our first conversation, Jeff and I knew we wanted to work with Aretha – her upbeat and professional demeanor was inviting and refreshing. She made us laugh and wrote the most beautiful, heartfelt vows for us. Our families even commented on how loving and special her words were on our important day. She was always available over email and for a meeting. Although the pandemic and quarantine altered our original wedding plans, Aretha helped to make the day feel romantic, intimate, and joyful, and her words will be remembered for a long time, both by ourselves and our families.

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    Thank you Chelsie! Everything was perfect about your special day! I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and Jeff and meeting your loved ones. Congrats to you two!!

    Dylan Shortt

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  • Thank you so much Aretha, for making our wedding day so amazing and most importantly, the best day of our lives! It was truly a dream come true for us and we appreciate the time and effort you put in to make everything perfect! Thanks again!

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    Thank you Dylan! Your day was pretty magical, and I was so happy to be a part of it all. May the years ahead for you and Dorina be filled with lasting joy!

    Kiara Brito

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  • Aretha honestly made our experience so smooth from the moment we spoke to her. On the day of our wedding she helped calm our nerves. She is absolutely amazing and did an awesome job. Thank you for such a great time!

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    Thanks Kiara, your big day was EVERYTHING!! Thanks for having me, it was truly an honor! You and your family sure know how to host a fabulous wedding!

    Nathaly Calles

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  • Aretha is not just any Officiant, she is truly one of a kind. I interviewed with different Officiants, but none came close to making me feel excited and less stressed out about our wedding day. She was able to guide me through the process and it made things so much easier for us. Aretha customized our ceremony to feel like us. It was funny and romantic and even had some people in tears. Aretha even included our son in the unity candle ceremony. Everyone has been talking about our ceremony and how beautiful and memorable our ceremony was. It was everything I asked for. Aretha, thank you for telling our story and making our day even more special.

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    Thank you Nathaly! Marrying the love of your life is a blessing and I’m so honored to have officiated your beautiful ceremony. Here's to a long and happy marriage!

    Rosebud Baker

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  • Aretha Gaskin made our ceremony feel so personal to us, and handled everything with compassion and humor, during a time in our lives when we had good reason to be nervous about more than just the wedding (ahem, COVID.) From the very beginning, meeting with her allowed us to feel like everything was going to work out perfectly. Her step by step approach enabled us to stay in the moment and avoid getting carried away by the stress of planning our wedding. As for the ceremony itself, having her calm, steady energy at the altar was crucial to our wedding day, since we both came in a little hot. As a couple with a lot of energy and enthusiasm (sometimes a little too much,) she reminded us both to breathe, to look at one another, to really be present in our marriage ceremony; and I hope to carry the message she gave us into our everyday lives as a married couple. Looking back at our wedding, we both can honestly say that the ceremony was our favorite part. Standing there surrounded by our ... Read more

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    Thank you Rosebud! I had a blast getting to know you and Andy and then officiating your beautiful ceremony. It was truly my pleasure! Big virtual hugs and best wishes to both!

    Nino Dzneladze

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  • During this pandemic me and my husband thought we’d have to wait till it ended to get married, but fortunately, from the first moment we got in touch with Aretha, we realized that we didn’t have to wait to say “I do”. Aretha attended to our every need before and after the wedding. She genuinely cared about us and what had been happening with our wedding details. I was able to email her and call her whenever I needed and if I could not get hold of her, she promptly called me back. We had our wedding ceremony outside with a very beautiful view and we absolutely loved it there! Aretha, you were amazing, efficient, amiable, caring and super helpful with everything! There are no words to express the level of our gratitude.

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    Thank you Nino! It was truly my pleasure. Thanks for having me. Congrats and best wishes to you and Troy!

    Tevonda

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  • My then fiance and I had to postpone our destination wedding twice due to the coronavirus pandemic. After the reality of this fact settled, and the disappointment and weariness subsided, we humbly decided to have a very small intimate wedding. Our first task in doing this was, to find the perfect officiant. We did a Google search and we came upon, Weddings by Aretha. I contacted Aretha, via email, with very little expectation of a response. I was pleasantly surprised to see, that within a couple of hours we received an email from her. That one email proved to us that Aretha was prompt, considerate, professional and invested in making weddings everything that they should be. After we engaged with Aretha during our Zoom consultation, we were elated. We felt excited, yet relaxed and calm. But most of all we felt that we were in good hands. Aretha took her time and thoroughly explained the process about what we could expect prior to, during, as well as after the ceremony... Read more

    Sheldon Cooper

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  • When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. This note is to express our heartfelt gratitude to Aretha for making our dream become a reality. Sheldon & I could not have successfully jump the broom without her. Aretha in every aspect surpassed every one of our expectations by delivering a flawless personalized ceremony sprinkled with a dash of humor, reminding us why we decided to become one. Aretha was friendly, professional, prompt, funny and most of all patient. We feel honored that she took the time on such short notice to help us in making a lifelong commitment to each other in front of our family and friends. We are forever grateful to Aretha for being apart of our celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. Sheldon & Natty Sept 20 2020

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    Thank you Sheldon & Natty! The love you two share is so beautiful to witness. I was truly honored to be part of your special day. Thanks for having me and best wishes for a wonderful and happy marriage.

    Corinne Bittiger

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  • The year of 2020…. Pandemic, quarantine, social distancing. For us, it is also the year we decided to get married. Deciding to get married is a big step. My partner and I were planning to move in together, but really wanted to solidify our blending families by getting married. We contacted Aretha Gaskin whose professionalism guided us through the process of having a wedding safely at home. She met with us virtually to discuss what the expectations of our wedding would be and gave great advice with her expertise. She was responsive each time we contacted her with questions or concerns and was always reassuring. She performed a lovely ceremony at our home that included our children and a few family members. Purroy Production photographers, who worked alongside Aretha, were wonderful, fun, and took beautiful pictures of our memorable day. We are so grateful to have been able to spend such a special day at home with loved ones, and be joined as husband and wife. Thank you Aretha!

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    Thank you Corinne! I know I speak for myself as well as the photo/video team in saying that we thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and capturing the memories for your special day! Thanks for having us!

    Armand

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  • The circumstances caused by Covid-19 derailed our original wedding plans. Aretha was able to not only make it happen, but make it feel just as magical as it should have been. We were a bit nervous about having a Zoom wedding, but Aretha is warm and professional, and she walked us through the process start to finish. As soon as she began the ceremony, everything else fell away, and it felt as intimate and enchanting as if we were all right there together. Our loved ones felt the same. We knew our wedding day would always be one of the most important days (if not the most important) of our lives. We could not be happier that Aretha was the person to whom we entrusted our sacred moment. Thank you, Aretha, for making our Covid wedding special.

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    Thank you Arman! It was truly my pleasure getting to know you two and officiating your intimate Zoom Wedding with your loved ones. Thank you for the honor of sharing in your special day. I wish you all the best as you embark on this wonderful new journey.

    Ceretha Johnson

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  • We are grateful that Aretha’s website appeared in our search box when we were searching for an Officiant. The COVID pandemic caused the Civil Courthouse to close until further notice and our Marriage License expired. Once the phone lines opened in June and the County Clerk told us the expiration was waived and to find an Officiant, we found Aretha. She counseled us and gave us great advice before and after the marriage. Aretha is professional and a beautiful soul and we admire her greatly. We highly recommend her services.

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    Thank you Ceretha, I was honored to be part of your special day! Congratulations on your marriage and best wishes always!
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