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Officiant in Spring Lake, NJ,
(848) 702-3499
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    Holly Cannon

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  • We found Michael by searching reviews on this site and I'm so glad we ended up with him. He came up with a personalized and beautiful ceremony that brought many tears. Michael was so sweet when we met him on Skype the first time and made us feel comfortable. So glad we chose him! I mean he did Mike the Situation's wedding, you can't go wrong with Mike;)

    Jessie

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  • Rev. Michael Whalen blew our guests away with a touching, personal, and heartfelt ceremony. He worked with us to come up with a custom, personalized ceremony script that helped bring out our personalities as a couple and individually. All of our friends and family thought that he knew us personally because of how great the ceremony was. I can't thank him enough for helping my husband and I tie the knot. He is definitely the best in the business and I would recommend him to anyone looking for an AMAZING officiant!

    Cheryl

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  • Some brides plan 2 years in advanced, some 2 months. Reverend Michael is ideal for either case, mine being the latter. He accommodated our low-key style on the river at the Salt Creek Grille and kept the communication open, with a personal first meeting and updates when needed. He is very respectful to what makes you feel special and expressed whatever I wanted edited or changed with the ceremony wording he would have no problem with. And he didn’t, as I wanted to highlight my deceased grandmother’s meaning in our relationship, rather than focusing on all details of our proposal. He dresses professional, projects his voice very clear and confident, and has a fantastic smiling presence that family and friends complimented on. Thank you so much- I didn’t even have to think about if he’d be there on time or in right place— I walked down the aisle and felt so great as everything was in place!

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    Tyvm for your kind words Cheryl. You and Marco showed us all how much love you shared together and for your families. Ty for allowing me to be a part of your day !

    Christina

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  • We loved Rev Michael from the first time we met with him in person. We really wanted to meet and connect with someone in person rather than on the phone or video chat. Michael met with us free of charge and really got to know us. He cares about your personal story and he makes the ceremony special. We also did not want someone who was cracking jokes or trying to be funny and Michael respected that. The ceremony he provided was exactly what we went over with him and it was perfect. We are so glad we found him! We also had guests speaking about how much they loved our ceremony and Rev Michael! Thank you!

    melissa

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  • Rev. Michael Whalen was hands down amazing! He was such a pleasure to work with and made the process simple, stress free, and fun. He was so professional and we started to feel like he really knew us for a long time! On our wedding day he made us feel at ease, and everything went smoothly! We are so happy we chose him as our officiant!

    Amy

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  • Rev. Michael was great! We were nervous at first because it can be scary to pick a Reverend, a major part of your wedding day, without knowing anything other than reviews online. When we met with Rev Michael all our worries were gone! We loved meeting him at a laid back environment and were able to tell him about ourselves and what we were looking to. About a week or so after the meeting Rev Michael emailed us a draft of a ceremony with different readings and unity ceremonies. We were able to add, take away and pick everything for our ceremony. We kept it under 20 minutes and everyone in attendance loved him and all the readings picked! I would without a doubt recommend Rev Michael!

    Brittany

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  • I cannot wait to get our wedding video back so I can watch our personalized, intimate ceremony performed by Rev. Whalen. He took the time in the beginning to get to know my husband and I and our story, so he could successfully relay it to our guests on the big day. He did a fantastic job. Throughout the entire process he was on top of any revisions to our ceremony outline, and he accommodated last minute changes with grace when one of my readers could not make it. I loved the choices and variety for readings and vows that he provided us with, and it was easy for us to go through and pick what suited us best. We did not write our vows ourselves, but it still felt like they were made for us. They were perfect. He also filed our marriage license for us after the wedding. It was nice to come back from our honeymoon and have nothing left to do but pick up our certificate. We seriously could not have said "I Do" without you!

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    Tyvm Brittany. Your warm and friendly personalities are what makes my job easy and fulfilling. All the best to you and John!

    Jonathan

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  • Michael helped to perform a complicated ceremony that involved Jewish and Mexican traditions. He was very professional and accommodated all requests for our wedding. I would highly recommend Michael to anyone in need of an officiant!

    kristen

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  • We had met a few vendors before Reverend Michael and they made it feel like a business. The minute we met Reverend Michael, we knew he was the perfect fit for us. He was energetic, sincere, and personable. He created a personalized, romantic ceremony for us and gave us carte blanche to edit until our hearts content. We customized and personalized our story, our vows, and our readings. Through Reverend Michael, we were able to tell the story of our love and it was perfect. Not only was working with us easy, but the way he delivers the ceremony was heartfelt, professional, and genuine. His cadence and his voice left a mark on the event. We highly recommend Reverend Michael!

    David Bulmer

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  • We had our wedding in Point Pleasant, NJ and Rev. Whalen went above and beyond to ensure our ‘special day’ was special. During the build up we had open lines of communication, he catered to all of our needs, let us take the lead and offered guidance without instruction. On the ‘big day’ he made everyone in attendance feel very welcome and he put my wife and I at ease. The ceremony was outside and rain was in the forecast, Rev. Whalen ensured that the service was heart felt, thorough and that nobody got wet at the same time! We were able to have a lovely ceremony, everyone stayed dry (just) and this was all part to Rev. Whalen. To be able to deliver a beautiful service and work in potentially difficult conditions, shows just how experienced and professional he is. We would recommend to anyone! Thank you Michael!

    Christine

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  • Michael was excellent. He took the time to Facetime us so he could get to see us and see our personality before the wedding. He also wanted to know our personal story of how we met and about our families. Our ceremony was beautiful! I highly recommend him for anyone needing an officiant!

    Ashley

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  • My husband and I were so happy to have Rev. Whalen as our officiant for our special day. We came across his information on Wedding Wire and decided to contact him after reading his wonderful reviews. After a Face Time chat meeting with him, my husband and I knew he was perfect for our wedding. He asked questions about how we met, our lives and families in order to get to know us. He was extremely easy to work with, professional, and has a one of a kind personality. The day of our wedding, Rev. Whalen was extremely kind and warm to our friends and family. At one point during our ceremony, my husband could not hold back his sense of humor. All of our guests and Rev. Whalen himself, enjoyed a few laughs making it even more of a joyous and unforgettable moment. He used the details from our conversations with him to share our love story with our guests and did so perfectly. Our ceremony was more special than we could have ever hoped for thanks to him! We HIGHLY recommend!!

    Megan

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  • We couldn't be any happier with our choice of Rev Michael for our big day! We received SO many compliments about the ceremony! We knew he was a perfect fit after our first meeting. We were very comfortable with him and he definitely fit our style. Michael sent us a great sample ceremony outline after our meeting and we were able to pick from some suggested readings and customize our vows. We were able to have a customized ceremony without having to write it all ourselves. Michael added some special touches and incorporated details about our love story into the ceremony - it was really personal. We knew we wanted to add an additional ceremony but we weren't sure what. Michael offered some suggestions and we settled on a fisherman's knot tying ceremony. It was unique and perfectly fit our style. Michael was prompt, professional, and helped keep us calm on the big day. We really appreciate him and are so glad we chose him. We would recommend him to anyone!

    Catherine

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  • Rev. Michael was THE BEST! He was recommended to us by the staff at Eagle Oaks, after which we met up with him for a consultation. My (then) fiancé and I felt instantly comfortable with him. He was warm, funny, and made the officiant-finding process a breeze. He catered the ceremony to our wishes, and was very open to the edits that we suggested. He also had some creative ideas for us to incorporate into the ceremony, which ultimately created memories for us that will last a lifetime! We've received so many compliments on our ceremony, which really meant a lot. All credit goes to Rev. Michael who helped make the most important part of the day perfect!

    Lisa

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  • Rev. Michael Whalen did a great job at our wedding at The Palace at Somerset Park on 3/31/2019. He was prompt in his responses leading up to our wedding and gave us a lot of options for the ceremony! It was personal, heart felt, thoughtful, and well spoken. We had many compliments after the ceremony on how great it went and our guests enjoyed it/felt the love! Thank you again!
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