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Officiant in Ithaca, New York,
(607) 227-5074
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  • 22 Reviews


    Kevin Nick

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  • My fiance and I worked with Janet on elopement plans after our original wedding plans were scrapped due to the pandemic and we had to consider other cities. We decided to be 'nimble' for our little outdoors micro-elopement, which meant making late decisions about time, date, and location based on the weather. It took months for things to line up correctly to make it all happen, and Janet stuck with us throughout and was supremely calm, patient, and understanding of our situation. (Not only that, but she did some location scounting for us as well, since we were not local to the area!) Janet's kind, calming, and supportive style was the perfect fit for us. She helped us shape the ceremony to make it personally meaningful and to incorporate our families in it (distant as they had to be). Highest possible recommendation. Janet is all of the things I cited in my review title-- thoughtful, professional, personable, flexible, and so kind!

    Meagan Rogers

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  • Janet was awesome! Our ceremony was everything personalized, and everything we wanted., including laughs. We have received many compliments on the ceremony. Would highly recommend working with Janet if you want something personal that celebrates you in the way that you want. THANK YOU Janet!

    Catherine Holmes

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  • Janet Shortall was the only person we considered to preside over our wedding ceremony. She asked both of us to respond to a number of questions a few weeks in advance and had us send her written responses. She then wove our comments into the service. It was absolutely lovely and personal!

    Dylan Cromer

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  • Janet was a wonderful officiant to work with. My wife and I were referred to Janet by a friend, and we are both very grateful to have had her officiate our wedding. She was both full of ideas about the details or our ceremony, but also very focused on making it personalized to our relationship and what we pictured for ourselves. She created a beautiful ceremony that touched both my wife and I as well as our family. I honestly cannot imagine our wedding without Janet performing the ceremony. She and her husband joined us for dinner afterwards at our invitation, and were marvelous company. I cannot recommend her services enough.

    Loren

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  • We exchanged vows in 1998, with Rev Shortall officiating a ceremony that we wrote. She accommodated all our wishes and helped bring a sense of calm to this stressful (er, joyous!) time in our lives’. An outdoor ceremony, August blooms, 90 guests, and perfect weather. A most memorable experience. Flash forward 20-years with us being honored with Rev Shortall as she officiatied over our renewal of wedding vows. An equally joyous occassion, joined by our best friends who were also wed by Rev Shortall. With our children in attendance, and many of the same guests from 20-years ago, Rev Shortall officiated a beautiful ceremony. We are in love with Rev Shortall, and hope she’s available in another twenty years!

    Jayme Luciano

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  • Janet performed our wedding ceremony at the Aurora Inn and she provided an exceptional service for us. She was prompt and professional, guided us through the entire process with ease, and wrote a beautiful ceremony for us. We were overjoyed with how wonderful the ceremony was and a number of our guests complimented her and the ceremony as well. We highly recommend Janet.

    Diogo and Emily

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  • Janet is one of the most wonderful warm caring persons you will ever know, and she made our wedding memorable - a true dream wedding. Not only did she officiate beautifully, she gave us so many great ideas regarding the service, the decoration, such thoughtful attention to detail that made all our guests and family feel that it was a unique special ceremony. Everyone loved our wedding thanks to Janet, it was intimate and magical.

    Savannah

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  • Janet created a beautiful, personal wedding ceremony for us. She took the time to get to know us as a couple, and helped us to articulate what we wanted our special day to be like. She was very open but also had many great ideas and suggestions. She asked us both to write reflections that she wove together into the service. It was a perfect, moving and joyful reflection of our relationship. All of our family members have asked for a copy of the script.

    responded with the following comments.

    Thanks so much Savannah! Hope all is well with you in your job... hopefully we can meet for tea soon. I will follow up. Kind Regards, Janet

    Marge

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  • Janet’s vision and gift with words beautifully captured the essence of us as a couple in the ceremony. She helped us covey to our families and guests and helped us make it an intimate and relaxed ceremony which was our goal.

    responded with the following comments.

    Thank you Marge (and Beth)... all good wishes to you both -- nice to remember that lovely warm day at Foundation of Light. Thanks for taking time to write such a kind review. Warm Regards, Janet

    Kristine Deluca

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  • If you want a ceremony that reflects the true you; the real relationship between the couple; who each of you are - you MUST use Janet Shortall! She is amazing! I would have changed my desired wedding date in order to be able to have Janet there with us - she was that critical to making it the experience of a lifetime! She spent time getting to know us; asked deep questions to reveal true and honest emotion; and incorporated our thoughts and feelings throughout the ceremony. After the event, everyone said our ceremony was "so us"! We couldn't have done it without Janet. If you want someone who has true compassion; will walk with you through the details; will make you feel like there has never been a more important ceremony than yours; and who truly celebrates your love and your joy - you MUST have Janet as a part of your special day!!!

    Emma

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  • Janet was amazing. she is professional, willing to spend time to understand her client and has created a great ambiance in the wedding. plus she is humorous and knowledgeable. I would recommend her to anyone. I believe the whole process was perfect and the reflections made both of us laugh to tears.

    Brenda D'angelo

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  • Janet was wonderful to work with. We wanted a private ceremony and she had great ideas to help us create exactly what we wanted and to involve our friends and family. The ceremony was beautiful as a result.

    Haley

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  • Janet was a dream come true for my wedding. When my husband and I started planning our wedding, we put extra care into choosing a celebrant. We come from different faith backgrounds, so it was extremely important for us to find someone who could respect that and could craft a ceremony that would honor both of our families and traditions. Janet went so far above our expectations. From the first time we met with her, she was so warm and personal, and had so many wonderful ideas about how to make our ceremony perfect for us. Janet had lots of ideas but also wasn't at all pushy, and gave us plenty of room to add in any ideas we had. In the end, she did an absolutely amazing job of blending together Hinduism and Catholocism into one ceremony that was heartfelt and extremely personalized to us as a couple. I saw people cry who I have NEVER seen cry in my life! Even my husband's extremely serious uncle shed a tear. We still have people talk to us about how amazing and emotional the ceremony w... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Hello Haley. Thank you so much for taking time and writing such a generous review....it really was such a privilege to take part in your special day (and rehearsal). Wishing you well in this holiday season. Kindest Regards, Janet

    Jessica C

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  • Janet was so amazing to work with and we could not imagine having a better officiant. Janet met with us and really got to know us and her understanding of us really showed in what she shared during the ceremony. Janet is the perfect mix of kind, caring, funny, and professional. She was great at meeting as where we were at regarding level of religiousity/spirituality. She handles last minute changes with grace and a sense of humor that really helped put me at ease. With all the stresses that come with executing a wedding, she was one factor I never had to worry about. I'm so thankful she agreed to officiate our wedding.

    Jessica

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  • Janet was so amazing to work with and we could not imagine having a better officiant. Janet met with us and really got to know us and her understanding of us really showed in what she shared during the ceremony. Janet is the perfect mix of kind, caring, funny, and professional. She was great at meeting as where we were at regarding level of religiousity/spirituality. She handles last minute changes with grace and a sense of humor that really helped put me at ease. With all the stresses that come with executing a wedding, she was one factor I never had to worry about. I'm so thankful she agreed to officiate our wedding.

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