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Officiant in Hoboken, NJ,
(201) 388-0069
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    Jen Latz

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  • When two people and their families come together in marriage, they are like two countries being joined by a bridge. You wouldn’t take a chance on forever by allowing a shaky bridge to join all that you and your partner are, and rest assured, Jody is the farthest thing from a shaky bridge. One second you’re a couple smiling over dinner at the table together before watching your favorite show and then the next you’re engaged and thrusted into the world of figuring out your wedding. It is challenging to find the right place, the right aura, and the right energy that matches the love within your relationship. It’s rare to find all of that in the person officiating your wedding. Jody is that person. She speaks the one universal language - the human experience. Jody went above and beyond in her quest to identify and highlight our story, our relationship, and the nuances that make our relationship meaningful to us. Not only did she want to write our story and make it as specific and u... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Jen and Danny, what an adventure we have all shared! As I said in your ceremony, witnessing the 2 of you move through this unimaginable set of circumstances required every skill built into the very foundation of any strong marriage. I have no doubt you two will navigate all life will brings you with graceful love in action! Thank you so much for choosing me as your officiant, a true honor!

    Basia Tran

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  • If you're looking for an officiant that could make a quarantine wedding as relaxing as possible, look no further. On the day of our wedding our officiant got sick, but thankfully we found Jody and we could not have been happier to have done so. She was very friendly, understanding and flexible. We only wish we could have spent more time and go through the regular experience of wedding planning with her. She provided us with a venue and gave us clear instructions to make our small wedding successful on a very, very short notice. Our wedding was streamed for the rest of our friends and family and she made sure to engage with them and make them feel like they were a part of it, which we really appreciated. Her eloquence and kind words were very touching. Someday when this is all over and we can have an actual wedding with all our friends and family we would love to have her back. I wholeheartedly reccommend her to everyone.

    responded with the following comments.

    Thank you Basia, it was such a pleasure to meet you both and share this intimate moment. I'm so happy to know your family felt included on the live stream, I felt as if they were right there with us! I would so appreciate the opportunity to officiate at your bigger celebration if it feels right!

    Ningxi Xu

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  • We had a rather unusual wedding in the middle of the pandemic. Although we're planning on having more formal weddings/celebrations with family and friends next year, we're grateful to have found Jody who made our union official in the state. The ceremony was performed in her backyard, and with just us and our witnesses, the venue was perfect. Even though it was a very low-key ceremony whose main goal was to make our marriage legally recognized, Jody made it a special process beyond merely signing papers. She was also very flexible, responsive, and easy to communicate with.

    responded with the following comments.

    Thank you for your kind words NIngxi. It was a pleasure to meet you both under these most unusual circumstances and mark this simple and meaningful milestone on your longer journey of celebrations.

    Nancy Kleissler

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    5 out of 5
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  • I didn’t have any idea as to who I should hire as our wedding officiant, but came across Jody’s amazing reviews and knew I had to reach out. Luckily, she had an opening on our wedding day! This was the best vendor choice I made. She was very understanding, warm and made scheduling time with her with such ease. Driving to Hoboken to meet with her was honestly something I looked forward to as part of our wedding planning. She took the time (hours) to listen to our story and understand us inside and out. This showed us that she truly cared and was passionate about her work. Throughout the process, Jody was always encouraging and lead us in the right direction. On the big day, she made us feel very comfortable at the altar and came prepared. She truly made our union of marriage special and an experience we will always treasure. I highly recommend Jody to a couple who’s looking for the missing puzzle piece to their perfect wedding day. 5 stars all around!!!! Thank you so much Jody!!!

    Caroline

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    5 out of 5
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  • Jody is an excellent officiant who made our wedding ceremony very special for us and for our guests. The warmth and comfortable vibe she created at our wedding would've made you think she's known us for years and is our "cool aunt." We enjoyed the whole process of working with Jody, from the in-person meetings where she asked questions about our story, how we met, what we love about each other, etc. (she served us tea and cookies as if we were part of her own family), to the collaborative writing and feedback sessions, to her presentation itself on the big day. She even figured out a way to creatively craft the ceremony so that we could make all sides of the family happy; we are not religious, but with Jody's help, we were able to incorporate just the right amount of spiritual nods and prayer that everyone was pleased -- from grandmothers to college friends and all 150 people in between. There were even some tears of joy coming from unexpected eyes! We would highly recommend Jody for a... Read more

    Gianella

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    5 out of 5
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  • We met with a few other officiants and NOT ONE Of Them comes Even Close to someone like Jody. She’s very welcoming from the moment you meet her. When we first met her, we just knew we had to book her! Everything of who she is gave us a good vibe that she’s the one for our wedding day. We feel extremely lucky to have found someone like her for our special day. She’s very on time and on top of everything and more! When we told her how me and my husband met, she made us feel very good about sharing our love story with her. We don’t have enough words to describe her amazing work and commitment to us. Trust us, when we tell all of you that she is THE ONE for your wedding day! To the future Mr. & Mrs. who are still looking for an officiant, LOOK NO MORE. You found already the one you want to spend the rest of your life with, Now you need to find THE ONE who will marry you. And Jody IS The One for your wedding day. Our ceremony was beautiful because of her :) What a great time it was ... Read more

    Andrew Verderame

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  • Reverend Jody did an outstanding job with our wedding ceremony. Everything went smoothly from the first time that we contacted her. She sat down with us for several hours before writing the ceremony to really get to know us. It was very evident that she captured our personalities and relationship in her writing. She was very responsive and gave us plenty of time to review her draft of the ceremony, but for us it was perfect on the first read through. On the day of the wedding, she was professional and brought the perfect mix of formality and fun. Many of our guests commented on how wonderful a job she did and how the ceremony fit the two of us perfectly. We could not agree more. Jody is an excellent person to work with and we would strongly recommend her to anyone.

    Suzie

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  • Jody is unlike any other wedding officiant I've seen. We could not be happier with our experience working with her to create our ceremony and to be there to marry us on the day of our wedding. From our very first meeting with her, we knew that she would create something truly beautiful and different. We wanted our ceremony to be unique and to give our guests a good feel for what makes our relationship so special. We met with Jody for many hours to discuss our relationship, how we met, how things evolved and how we feel about each other. It was so evident from the very first draft of the ceremony that she understood us fully. She put our love into words in a way that we could not have even done ourselves. We also decided to write our own vows which she helped us to articulate. On the day of the wedding she was such a calming presence and we felt so happy to be standing there with her. If there's one comment we've received the most about the wedding it's that people could really feel ou... Read more

    Mary

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  • Jody was exactly what we were looking for, we wanted warm, simple and joyful - nothing over dramatic. Jody was like Gumby, she could bend and twist and be the officiant we needed because she heard us and she wanted to give us the ceremony that suited Us as a couple. She read us and our guests, and totally went along with us for the ceremony - we wanted a coin toss as to who would say their vows first, she worked it into our ceremony. Jody is timeless - a joy to work with!

    Noelle

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  • We had the pleasure of working with Jody for our wedding and it was one of the best decisions we had made! The process of finding a reverend may not always be easy but we were lucky to meet with Jody first on our long list of "to-do's". Luckily, she had us hooked at the start! From the beginning introductions she was always very responsive, kind, caring and funny. We met with Jody for the first time a few months before the wedding and we were greeted with a big hug, some apps and good laughs (to us, this was an important note because we wanted that warm feeling at our wedding!). During our first meeting she really helped us understand the process, what needed to be done, a timeline, ceremony styles and the writings she had done for her clients. We were blown away with the amount of detail and love she put into all weddings before us! We wasted no time in hiring her! From there on out, we met with Jody a few more times to really tell our story (mind you, we had 12 years to tell). Af... Read more

    Heather

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  • Jody was an amazing, fantastic officiant and we feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to work with her! She met with us when we were first deciding on officiants, described her style and options, and showed us several unique ceremonies from other couples. We got a great feel for how open she is to tailoring a ceremony to each couple and making it as religious or non-religious as we were comfortable with. Jody then stayed in touch over email and sent us potential readings. We met with her a couple months before the wedding to create our ceremony. During this meeting, she went through our entire relationship with us to get to know us. She spent time with us and really seemed to care about getting it right. She created a personalized ceremony with our story and guided us in writing our own vows since that’s what we wanted to do. Overall Jody really worked with us to make sure our ceremony was not cookie cutter and went above beyond to make our day special and meaningful. We wo... Read more

    Kristin

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    5 out of 5
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  • You will thank yourself for partnering with Jody for your wedding ceremony. We are so incredibly grateful to Jody as she saved our day! We had originally planned to have a grandfather officiate our wedding ceremony. As the day quickly approached we realized that this task may be too challenging and sought out an officiant with not too much time in advance. Jody is in high demand but it is for a reason. Despite this, she had availability for our wedding and took us on, not because she needed to, she had another wedding on Friday and our wedding was far for her, but because she wanted to help us. Despite the time constraints, Jody was insistent that we would spend time together prior to our wedding. We were out of state so we could't meet in person so we improvised. We spent hours on the phone, video conferencing and it was such a nice experience. My husband (then fiancé) and I had dated for so many years, yet in a few hours on the phone with Jody, we had pealed back beautiful layer... Read more

    Arielle

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  • We hired Jody for our wedding and she did an amazing job! She spent a lot of time to get to know us on a personal level to tell our story and write a ceremony that was very meaningful to us. My husband and I are both non-religious but we also come from different-faith backgrounds. In order to make our families happy, Jody was able to incorporate a prayer for his Catholic side and the glass breaking tradition for my Jewish side. She was so accommodating that she even agreed to do our wedding on her birthday! I highly recommend hiring Jody as your officiant.

    Stefanie

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    5 out of 5
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  • The process of getting the ceremony written with Jody was about as smooth and painless as anyone could possibly want. We had two face to face meetings, and I emphasize face to face, with Jody to hash out what we were looking for in a wedding ceremony. I prefer to work face to face with my vendors because we prefer a more human interaction and really appreciated Jody giving us the time to do that. Jody showed us a few sample ceremony samples so that we may decide on the right tone for our ceremony, and she allowed us to write our own vows and pick any readings we might want to include. The final ceremony was beautifully written. We had a unique story, and we were glad that she chose to include it in the ceremony. Everyone thought it was sweet and heartwarming. Jody was also super helpful in walking through the process of getting a marriage licence. I really appreciate that as I really didn't know what I was doing.

    Dana

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  • Jody was wonderful to work with! She took time to get to know us each individually and as a couple and provided a truly touching ceremony. We both answer "perfect!" when asked how our big day was, and Jody was a big part of that. We highly recommend her for anyone looking for an officiant who goes above and beyond to put a personal touch on your ceremony.
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