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Officiant in New York, NY,

Barbara Ann Michaels, Jester of the Peace

PO Box 715 Planetarium Station
New York, NY, NY
Services: Officiant | Login to save vendor
(646) 648-0128
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  • 169 Reviews


    Lysa

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  • Words cannot express how grateful my new husband and I were to have Barbara Ann Michaels create our wedding. She took so much time to learn our love story and created a magical ceremony for us and our guests. We worked with her for a few months before the wedding to co-create the perfect wedding experience. She guided us to write our personalized vows and create a unique ceremony full of love and meaning. Barbara Ann is kind, personable, grounded, easy to talk to, and her experience gave tremendous support before and during our wedding. She even was very considerate during the ceremony and would move to the side when my husband and I spoke to give us intimate moments. Her beautiful energy and way with words made our ceremony heartwarming and everyone was so moved. Our guests, my husband and myself were all brought to tears and laughed with joy during the ceremony. We are so grateful to Barbara Ann for giving us these beautiful memories and feel so blessed to have had her as par... Read more

    Estefania

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  • Barbara was amazing! She made our small ceremony exactly what we wanted!

    Kimberly Wittmayer

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  • Our experience with Barbara was better than we even had hoped. It was as if we had known her for years. She was a friend (even though we had only really just met). She prepared for the ceremony and created something that was personal, unique and truly special. I highly recommend her; you will not be disappointed.

    Molly

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  • Our ceremony was everything we'd hoped and much, much more, all thanks to Barbara. She brought tremendous kindness and humor to telling our story, and every part of working with her—from our very first chats through the wedding day—was a pleasure. Guest after guest sang her praises and asked us how long we'd known her, or even how we were related! i can’t recommend Barbara highly enough.

    Nina

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  • We just got married at a wonderful place in Central Park in New York City on 9/22/2018. Barbara was our Officiant. From the first time we spoke with Barbara through today — WE LOVED HER!! Our ceremony was beautiful and it was wonderfully done by Barbara!!!

    Fiona Goh

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  • Nothing short of a pleasure working with Barbara who took pains to get to know us (remotely no less as we are based in Singapore) n telling our story w much sincerity n love.

    David

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  • We are thrilled that we selected Barbara Ann Michaels as our Wedding Officiant. Barbara is a professional who takes the stress out of planning the perfect ceremony. She listens carefully and then works with you to create a unique presentation of your love story. Barbara is an artist who is easy to work with and reviews every detail from beginning to end. She is a walking encyclopedia on "everything wedding". You can ask her for advice on photographers, accessories and traditions and have excellent answers in an instant. When the big day finally came, Barbara's delivery was superb and our guests alternated between laughter and tears of joy. Our personalized ceremony spoke volumes about how our love story came to life and set the tone for the rest of the day. Thank you Barbara for a job well done!

    Andrew

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  • From our initial contact with Barbara Ann, we knew we were in good hands. We documented our love story, the basis of our ceremony, from a starting point that was founded in caring interviews Barbara Ann conducted with us individually. From this exercise of having us each relive how we came together, what we mean to one another, how our families are blending, and the vision we share for our future together, Barbara Ann designed a ceremony that was unique to us. As the big day approached, we finalized the details together, Barbara Ann reassuring us at each step. And, as we readied ourselves for what is often a ‘nervous moment’, Barbara Ann held our hands in hers, told us that our only job was to love each other and repeat after her, we were reassured that everything would be perfect. It was. The comments we received from our guests praising the beauty and spirituality of the ceremony speak volumes more than I can attest here. People were touched, deeply. Barbara Ann’s warmt... Read more

    Paul

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  • 50th Wedding anniversary ceremony in a small Church....Barbara interviewed each person separately for an hour or two..She then prepared a 4 page summary of our lives together..she delivered a very professional and moving presentation to our family and friends from the alter..and having each of them provide something special from our 50 years together..Barbara lead the way and reassured us to be calm and trusting as she has years of wedding experience to draw on..and she was right..everyone was super pleased with the event.

    Priscilla

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  • Coming from Australia to NYC for our wedding was made easy with Barbara - we could not have ask for a better day. We highly recommend Barbara and can't rate her high enough. Barbara was an excellent Celebrant - she is a fantastic communicator and organiser. Best of all, she's a very nice person.

    Jill

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  • It was truly a pleasure working on our ceremony with Barbara! She is a very talented story teller and we received many compliments from our guests on her delivery and on our vows, which were tailor made for us. Neither my husband or I are religious and we were not sure how to create a ceremony and vows that would be meaningful, personal, and interesting to others. Barbara walked us through her process of telling our story and creating the ceremony we wanted. We are also not very sentimental and are a bit more reserved. Barbara understood our style and never had us do anything that felt unnatural to us. She had good recommendation to make things more unique and personal that helped us create our ceremony. We highly recommend working with Barbara to share your love story!

    Paul

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  • Barbara is absolutely amazing! From the beginning to the final moment, she helped us through the entire process with ease, excitement, and splendor. She made our ceremony more than the usual process, she helped make it a moment to treasure and adore forever! She handled so much of the process and challenges that it made everything go so smoothly for our perfect moment. Barbara is amazing and she possesses a unique talent to bring love and happiness to each couple she assists in there special moment of marriage. She even had great ideas and recommendations for other aspects of the ceremony which proved extremely successful! I full-heartedly recommend Barbara and words are just not enough to express how AWESOME she really is!

    Chelsea

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  • We reached out to Barbara last minute to officiate our wedding. She was flexible and easy to work with, even though we gave her a super tight time frame. Our ceremony was perfect - exactly how we wanted it. She takes direction and makes you feel comfortable with whatever decisions you make about your day.

    Kate

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  • Barbara was everything we could've wished for our wedding. The ceremony was so personalized and was exactly what we had always dreamed of. Our friends and family post the wedding all raved about the ceremony. Barbara was professional, spoke with emotion and really got us as a couple. Would highly recommend her!

    Xiao Li

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  • Barbara is a great person to work with. We created a beautiful ceremony with her, pulling readings from Buddhist, Hindu, Christian holy books. She gave us a list of profound meaningful questions to ponder before she interviewed us individually to write our love story. She is a great storyteller and a kind compassionate loving soul, she'll certainly add to your ceremony, and it won't be a generic ceremony experience, she's one of a kind special.
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