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Officiant in Hoboken, NJ,
(201) 388-0069
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    Sara Friel

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  • There are not enough kind words to describe Jody! We originally had a Church wedding planned for September 19th 2020. Due to COVID we had to rethink the whole layout of our wedding a month before. We decided to have an intimate wedding celebration with only our closest family and friends. Jody is a family friend of my husbands and when we decided to tie the knot in my parents’ backyard it was an easy decision. Jody was SO easy to work with and I truly felt like we were meant to have her officiate our wedding. She met with us twice for 2 hours each so that we could fully get to know each other and she could better understand our love story. She was so easy to talk to and it made this whole process seamless. During the ceremony I truly feel she was able to tell our love story in a way that was so special and intimate that all our guests left with a better understanding of whom we are as a couple. Jody was always available to answer any questions and even walked us thro... Read more

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    Thank you for your kind words Sara! The honor of sharing this incredible milestone with you & Dan, and your families as your officiant was a rare COVID gift and my great pleasure. Your wedding day was filled with so much fun and joy as I know your life will be!

    Laura

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  • After 2 cancelled weddings in the UK (thanks to Covid!), we decided to do a small intimate wedding in Hoboken. We met Jody in her garden on several occasions and she really took the time to get to know us before our big day. She helped walk us through everything we needed to do and was great at communicating (ensuring we didn't miss anything important!) She wrote and delivered a fantastic ceremony, setting the tone perfectly, and interacted with our families on zoom to make them feel part of the day. This was really important to us as half of our family are in New Zealand and the other half in the UK. We really couldn't recommend Jody enough! Thank you Jody, for making what we thought would be a daunting process so fun and easy. Thank you for including our families

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    Thank you for your kind words, Laura, and for collaborating equally as precisely in every way. We had quite a bit of fun as we made these beautiful, heartfelt memories that will last a lifetime despite all that Covid threw at us! Congratulations!

    Aloysius Pawlowicz

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  • Jody was by far one of the most kind genuine person we have met during our journey. She took the time to get know both of us, and made our ceremony naturally beautiful. We could have not picked a better officiant for our marriage. I highly recommend her.

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    Thank you Al, I feel the same about you and Lisa, kind and genuine! We were all lucky to found each other, congratulations!

    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

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    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!

    Bonny Lehman

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  • With Covid-19 changing our original plans to be married in City Hall we were in need of finding someone to be our officiant. My fiancé and I found Rev. Jody online, contacted her, and within minutes we heard back from her. She was professional but very easy to talk with. After our initial conversation we scheduled time to speak to her so we could all get to know one another more. Jody made the process so easy, exciting, and special. She wrote our vows and allowed us to make changes if we wanted. The day of the wedding she was at the location with ample time to spare. She was truly wonderful in presiding over our wedding. We are blessed to have met her and honored that she made the day even more special for us.

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    Thank you for choosing me as your officiant and for your kind words. Regardless of COVID and a heatwave, I'm happy we collaborated to create a meaningful and heartfelt ceremony enjoyed by all of us, including your family in person and online! All the best to you both!

    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.

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    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.

    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.

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    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!

    Jennifer

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  • We chose Jody to write and deliver our wedding ceremony and it was a wonderful experience! We could not have asked for anyone better to work with for our special day. With our wedding in Jersey City, we looked for an officiant in the area who would truly take the time to get to know us and deliver a meaningful ceremony. Jody certainly did! We initially met with her to learn a little about each other and discuss our approaches to the ceremony. Jody was easy to talk to, made great recommendations and we instinctively knew she was the right person to marry us. In our second meeting with Jody, we shared our love story with her. Jody was able to take the various anecdotes and stories from our courtship and weave them into a meaningful ceremony with an overarching theme. She emailed us an initial draft of the ceremony and we all worked together to tweak it to perfection. She also provided a helpful list of reading options for a friend who was doing a reading in the wedding... Read more

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    Jen, I can't thank you enough for taking such care to write in so much detail to highlight my work. I am certain that other couples will surely consider my services on the wings of your thoughtful words. Working with the both of you was delightful and memorable.

    Nancy Kleissler

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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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  • 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
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