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Officiant in Rhinebeck, New York,
(845) 337-6996
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  • 114 Reviews


    Eleanor Kolodziejski

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  • I am so glad we chose Jude as our officiant. She truly went above and beyond. From our first meeting, Jude was friendly and kind. She took the time to truly get to know my wife and I. She went out of her way to understand our relationship, and she delivered a wonderfully sweet and personal service on our wedding day. There wasn't a dry eye in the house! I would highly recommend her to anyone.

    Ashley

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  • Jude married a good friend of mine and I knew as I watched their beautiful ceremony that I needed her to be my officiant someday (even though I was single at the time hah!). Fast forward 5 years, I'm engaged, and when it came time to think about our wedding ceremony and who would marry us, Jude came immediately back to mind! From the start it was so easy to work with her, she has such a warm and welcoming presence. She took so much care and time with us to create a really special ceremony that touched us and our guests. There weren't many dry eyes, and so many guests had to make a point to tell me during cocktail hour that it was the most special ceremony they had witnessed. My Husband and I thought the ceremony was going to be particularly challenging since we are not religious and our families are, but Jude found a beautiful common ground that we were all happy with. Another huge point for me was how calm Jude made me feel on my wedding day, both before the ceremony started and throu... Read more

    Casey Michael

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  • Jude was a fantastic fit for our wedding officiant. From beginning to end she was always punctual and detail oriented. The day of was something I will never forget. I never cry...but that day I might've. ;) She was able to express our relationship in fluent poetic words and it was truly incredible. She made both my wife and I feel comfortable and calm throughout the entire process. It wasn't a boring recited ceremony like they often are. Jude gets to know you as a couple and uses that to form the most beautiful ceremony for you and your loved one. A day we shall never forget!!

    Jade Michael

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  • There are truly no words big enough to describe how well Jude executed our wedding day ceremony. From our first meeting to the last she was always on point with all details. The way that she was able to put our relationship into words and express it in a way that was heartfelt, comedic, and truly real was something that we are forever grateful for. She creates each ceremony she does specifically to each couple and it made it so personal for us and our guests. Our friends and family raved after the ceremony how captivating it was and there was definitely not a dry eye around. We will forever cherish the special words from our ceremony and plan on reading them every year on our anniversary. There is no person in this world that could have been more down to earth and authentic than Jude. If you are looking for an officiant consider your search over...Jude's your girl!

    Theresa Adami

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  • Hands Down - Rev. Jude is the absolute BEST! From the moment we made contact to the day of the ceremony - Rev. Jude made sure that every detail was covered to our satisfaction. She is warm, sweet and most sincere. She was easy to work with and her bubbly personality was felt by all who attended the ceremony. Thank you Rev. Jude for creating such a beautiful blessing ceremony for our granddaughter. We wish you so much more success in making other people as happy as you have made us.

    Jon Tario

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  • I can't say much really about the pricing, but I worked a wedding this past weekend with Jude, as I was the guitarist for the ceremony. Jude was very organized, clear about all of the cues, and performed a caring and thoughtful ceremony. From someone on the otherwise of the wedding ceremony, she was by far the easiest officiant to work with and an excellent choice for sure!

    Erin Tierney

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  • I don't even know where to start. Jude is unreal. She gets to know you and your fiancé on such a personal level and genuinely cares about you both. We met with her multiple times and talked with her on the phone even more often. During our ceremony we were both completely relaxed because we felt so comfortable around her. Before the ceremony she reminded us to just look at her and listen to what she was saying, so we were able to soak up the moment and feel the love we shared. We trusted her completely and she always made sure that the ceremony felt right for us. Her words touched all of our family and friends as well. There was lots of sniffling from the audience. During the reception, SO MANY people approached us to compliment the ceremony, even people who we would have thought were there mostly for the party ;) She gave us resources to help choose the elements of our ceremony and documents to help us write our ring vows and personal vows. She also gave us clear and organized ch... Read more

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    Dear Erin and Chris, Your unsolicited words brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. My deepest wish is for all couples to feel the power of their love - with lots of laughter and warmth and perhaps a few tender tears. Thank you for taking the time to so generously share the magic that we created together, and the reasons why. An extraordinary wedding ceremony is always a co-creative process. Thank you for trusting me to take you to where I promised you we would go. May you continue to live happily ever after. Much love, Jude

    alex Joffe

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  • When we started thinking about who would do the honors of marrying us, we initially thought we would ask someone close to us - a family member or friend. As time went on and there was no clear choice as to who would be perfect for the job, we decided to look into hiring an officiant. My husband and I come from different backgrounds and while neither of us really practice our faith, we do have traditions that are important to us both. We wanted to find an officiant who would create a ceremony based around our commonalities and the principle of love rather than religion. We wanted our ceremony to reflect our love for one another, our personal beliefs and outlook on life together, warm the hearts of our guests, and ensure that no one felt offended or left out. Jude did a wonderful job at blending our faiths, backgrounds, families, traditions and wishes. She really took the time to listen to us both, asked a lot of questions and helped us get to a place of comfort. Her calm demeanor and c... Read more

    claire dulka

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  • Jude went above and beyond as our officiant for our wedding this past September. She comes from a place of love & joy and it shows! She took the time to get to know us and craft a ceremony that was unique and touching. She provided guidance and wisdom in the months leading up to our wedding. I 100% felt that we were in good hands the entire time. Our wedding was a magical day thanks to Jude!

    Lisa Spatafore

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  • Rev. Jude is amazing! We were fortunate enough to have her officiate, not one but two ceremonies for my family! Both were special in their own ways. Several guests complimented me post ceremonyparty and told me how beautiful and unique everything was and it was in part to her. She is professional, very warm and knowledgeable in executing a ceremony. She lets you lead the way with how you’d like your ceremony to go in terms of reading selections, music choices, optional special words from guests, etc., etc, and still manages to guide you every step of the way to making sure your special moment is truly special and truly right for your family. We highly recommend her! She brought the right vibe to our ceremony!

    Ricky Bustamante

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  • Our initial meeting with Jude was in Rhinebeck, NY, to get to know each other better. Our first impression of Jude was that she is someone who is extremely professional, but incredibly warm and inviting. Her office space exuded a sense of calm and Jude herself has an aura of peace and serenity surrounding her. Not ever meeting with an officiant before, we were unsure what to expect, but Jude made us feel peaceful, reassured and helped us understand what was to be expected of us, and how the entire ceremony would proceed on our wedding day. Any questions or concerns were approached with care and insight, she is a wonderful listener and excellent at explaining everything. We had many great options to make our ceremony truly be in our own words and convey the feelings we have for each other. We opted to not write our own vows, but were able to pick from pages of beautiful vows and tailor the ones we did pick to suit ourselves and how we feel about each other. They came out beautifully and... Read more

    Travis Kreilick

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  • Jude is a wonderful person with a heart of gold. Her exceptional attention to detail made our special day go on without a hitch. She went above and beyond to make a personal connection with my wife and I and it really made our ceremony special. Our guests really enjoyed her positive energy as well! We Highly recommend Rev. Jude Smith!

    Courtney Kreilick

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  • I couldn’t picture my ceremony being any more perfect! She takes her job very seriously and truly wants to get to know the couple to make the most perfect/honest ceremony. She has a very calming energy about her and calmed any nerves there may have been. I would Absolutely recommend her without hesitation!

    ralph

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  • Professional, courteous, kind and compassionate...... These are just a few words that encompass the experience with Jude on our special day. From the initial scope call to our face to face to the actual day of, Jude exhibited such class and professionalism that truly took our vision and knocked it out of the stratosphere. We will forever be grateful to her and welcome her as part of our family. (You truly are family) Jude is a skilled operator of impeccable character and I would highly recommend her to anyone / any couple looking for a true professional and Interfaith Minister.

    Jenny

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  • Rev. Jude is a true professional: organized, detail-oriented and thorough from beginning to end. She was a delight to work with from Day One and made our wedding ceremony truly beautiful. We are so grateful for the time she took getting to know us (and our ring bearing dog!) and for personalizing our ceremony—keeping it true to us. She was also so wonderful at keeping us calm the day of our wedding when our ceremony got delayed because of wind and rain. We so appreciate that! She helped make the most important day of our lives special and memorable. We can’t say enough good things about Rev. Jude.
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