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Officiant in Woodbury, NY,
(516) 785-4191
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    Indy Singh

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  • Well yes, "wedding planning" and "easy" can be used in the same sentence and not, they do not have to be separated by "is not".... My wife and I reached out to April and instantly knew she will be the one officiating our wedding. She made the entire process around our ceremony so effortlessly easy to plan with easy to follow templates, encouraging words and just so much love for what she does. Not a single soul at our wedding forgot to mention how much they loved April. She is a FABULOUS public speaker and makes your ceremony nothing less than magical. If you are getting married and are looking for an officiant - please do yourself a favor and get in touch with April. This is one decision you will thank yourself for making every step of the way. She is amazing and so are the beautiful people that work with her. I'd marry (my wife) again just to have April conduct our ceremony again.. Need I say more? : )

    Elizabeth Stachtiaris

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  • April was able to fit us in a few weeks in advance with a socially-distant ceremony during the covid pandemic. When we were scrambling just to be able to get married, she suggested a nice area to get married outside with lovely scenery to make out day special. Her speech was lovely, she definitely does a great job. She was recommended to me by several friends. I also highly recommend her.

    Emily Rutter

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  • Rev. Joe made the task of reimagining our wedding due to COVID-19 easy! As soon as we made the decision to postpone, we reached out to April via the website, and Rev. Joe got back to us immediately. Scheduling was flexible and he penciled us in right away, not knowing how the climate would be in a few weeks. He was instrumental in helping us secure our marriage license and so helpful every step of the way! The ceremony was perfect, exactly what we always imagined, personal and modern. We received compliments from all guests on what a wonderful job he did. We can't thank him enough for being an instrumental part of our big day!

    Heather Pirolo Gianotti

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  • I can’t say enough kind words about Rev. April. I knew from the day I met her that I needed her to be the biggest part of my wedding day by marrying me and my now husband. By speaking to us for just a short period of time she was quickly able to draft up our “love story” with the most beautiful words. I cried while hearing our first draft and all throughout our ceremony as she took our 9 year relationship and spun it into the best story of who we were together as a couple and what we would now become as husband and wife. I hope to recommend Rev. April to all my friends and family who are soon to be married.

    Emma Gilbert

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  • THANK YOU Pastor April!! You made our planning process so easy with all your guidence! Your completely personalized ceremony was the high light of our wedding! All the guests complemented us on how moving and special it was! You are the best around and we are so lucky to have had you be a part of our special day! Xoxo

    Julia Mule

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  • Rev April was so incredible to work with. She truly made our ceremony special and one of a kind. Everyone thought she was one of our family members because of how she spoke about us and our relationship. She truly cares about every couple she marries and we are so blessed to have been able to have her! I will definitely be recommending her to every couple I know getting married. Thanks again April!!

    Robert Lehmann

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  • Wow! What a great job Reverend Joe did at our wedding last Saturday. He guided us with our vows and did a great job at our ceremony. He is such a pleasant guy and made everyone feel comfortable. We got many compliments on his service. Thank you Rev Joe! Bob & Patty

    Christa Pugliese

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  • April was absolutely amazing. All of our guests were stunned by how great the ceremony was. She only met us once, but the way she spoke about us during the ceremony made it seem like she knew us for years; in fact many guests asked if we knew her personally. You cant go wrong with April she will make your ceremony beyond perfect, I cant recommend her enough!

    Robyn

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  • We highly recommend pastor April! She did a wonderful job on our ceremony. She met with us prior and we sat together to talk about ourselves, at the same time she was able to come up with a rough draft of our entire ceremony. From then up until the week of the wedding, we worked together to make changes until we felt completely comfortable with the finished write up. She was there every step of the way to show us what we needed to do and what to expect in regards to getting out marriage certificate, changing names etc. We could not have asked for anyone better! You will surely be in wonderful, experienced hands!!!

    Nicole

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  • April was FABULOUS! She made our ceremony so personal and beautiful. Most guests asked me how long I’ve known April because of the words she spoke during the ceremony - they were all surprised when I said only a few months! I would absolutely recommend her to officiate anyone’s wedding! She even gave us a personal keepsake binder with the script from the ceremony she used and decorative marriage certificate. I could no recommend her enough! She's actually going to officiate my best friend's wedding too.

    Jillian Viola

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  • I found the Church of Ancient Ways on this site and I reached out for more information. I immediately got a response from April Gismondi and I knew right from the get go that she would be our officiant. April is such a warm and caring person who puts you at ease, which is very welcome during the stressful wedding planning process. She met with my then fiance and I in her home and got to know us and our story. She in about an hours time she had a beautiful outline of our wedding ceremony and it was so personal and so us, it was everything we wanted and more. April was also very quick to answer any and all questions or concerns. Which I didn't have many, because her website was also chock full of lots of helpful information and links to other information that I may need regarding marriage license info and name changing paperwork etc. Our ceremony was beyond beautiful and everyone there kept commenting after about how great the ceremony was and how great a speaker April was, how she seem... Read more

    Heather Raso

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  • April helped to make our wedding day so special and meaningful for us. She is so caring and intuitive and has an extraordinary way with words. My husband and I are not your traditional couple and sometimes doing things in a non-traditional way can be stressful but she made our vision come to life and alleviated any anxiety I had about our upcoming ceremony. We had a small gathering at our house with family and close friends and they were blown away by our cozy, intimate ceremony. Highly recommend for those couples that want a little personal touch included in their vows. April is so sweet and really brings out the best qualities of what a wedding should be, filled with love.

    Amanda

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  • April was phenomenal ! Since the beginning, very easy to communicate with. She listened to every word we said. Our reading was very intimate and personal which was amazing. It’s our true love story that she was able to capture. We’ve only been married two weeks, and I still have guests calling me telling me how great our officiant was. April is great!

    Kristen

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  • My wife & I were having a hard time finding an officiant that we just clicked with until someone had recommended April. We spoke with her on the phone & then met with her in her home. The moment we walked in we both felt such comfort and connection. We spent 3 hours with April and booked immediately after the meeting was finished. She took the time to get to know us, our story, and what type of ceremony we were looking to have. No more than a couple of days later we already had our whole ceremony sent to us with different options & instructions. If we had any questions April answered them within 24 hours and was always pleasant and extremely helpful! She sent me information that I didn’t even know I needed or thought of. Now the ceremony- I was beyond nervous before it started. After walking in April started speaking and her calming nature took over and I felt excited and relaxed all over again. She had a beautiful book she read out of that we were able to keep. After the ceremon... Read more

    Amanda Frankel

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  • My favorite part of my wedding was the ceremony. This is because Pastor April brought such a fun vibe to the day and really made our ceremony personal. We have gotten so many compliments on how beautiful the ceremony was and how much it really fit our unique personalities, this is all to thank Pastor April for!! She is a true gem and a one of a kind genuine person. Take this from some one in the wedding field...she’s the BEST.
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