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Officiant in Elizabeth, NJ,
(973) 907-0200
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    Faith Decina

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  • Reverend Phil is amazing! He was extremely professional and responsive throughout our planning process, and he presented a beautiful, thoughtful ceremony that all of our guests raved about. He provided us with a sense of peace and serenity during the chaos of planning a wedding during such a stressful time. We will definitely be recommending him to all of our family and friends, thanks Reverend Phil!

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    Thanks Faith and Adam, that's so nice of you! I really enjoyed officiating your ceremony at Chateau Hathorn in Warwick, surrounded by nature and your loving fam. It was kind of magical under those shady trees, all in honor of your love. Stay blessed!

    Carol Patryn

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  • My marriage date was Sept. 15, 2020. The ceremony Phil gave was just beautiful. He made it feel so special. The reading of the words touched me. He is well spoken With a great personality. My ceremony was small at my house. My sisters also said it was beautiful. I’m happy I chose him he is wonderful.

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    Thanks Carol and Joseph, it was an honor to meet you and your triplet sisters, and celebrate a special wedding day at your home under the singing cardinal who flew by. God bless Joe, and thanks to him for his tremendous service to our country as a Marine who gave of himself over and over again, from Vietnam to Iraq. Congrats to you both!! You are so blessed.

    Diane

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  • Rev. Phil is exactly what we were looking for. My husband and I were both married in a Catholic church before for our first marriages. Even though we both had grounds for annulments we didn't want to spend the money or go through the process being we wanted to get married in the gardens at our venue. Rev. Phil was completely understanding and helpful. Not only did he listen to our needs and wants but he also recommended a book about 2nd marriages we read. He gave us his time and energy and was open to all of our ideas. For example- blessing rings for our children (my husband has a son and I have a son and 2 daughters), Unity Cross, gem vase where our guests each had a glass gem and placed it in a vase before taking their seats, giving us their blessing (we incorporated this into the ceremony). He included elements of a Catholic based ceremony such as readings and the Our Father per our request. His words were heartwarming and personal. Everyone still compliments us on our ceremony and ... Read more

    Dev Poonawala

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  • Phil performed an extremely beautiful ceremony for my wife and I. He was very respectful of our wishes of what we wanted our ceremony to be like and spoke eloquently and from the heart. Phil was also able to incorporate personal anecdotes and stories into our ceremony and was professional, funny and extremely responsive throughout the entire process. Honestly, look no further for an officiant to perform your ceremony!

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    Thanks so much Dev and Jasleen! It was fun and inspiring to celebrate with you on that gorgeous day, at Lambert Tower by Garrett Mountain. I enjoyed your touching love story, the wooded mountain setting, and you both looked so happy. It was great to simulcast on Zoom too to your friends around the world. Best wishes to you both and happy Fall!

    Megan

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  • Phil gave us the best ceremony which everyone still talks about. He was such a professional coming on-time, prepared and incorporated so much personalization about the two of us. We had laughs and so much love throughout our ceremony. All the while Phil was a calming presence who kept the ceremony flowing with no awkward pauses or moments. Our family really enjoyed the stories about us he told and everyone was laughing at his jokes. We couldn't be happier with the outcome and would highly recommend him to anyone else. We even invited him to stay for the ceremony because we just felt so much like he was a friend of our family. Thanks again Phil!

    Swenja & Andy

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  • Phil was amazing to work with and made our ceremony perfect. He met with us a few times until we had everything pat down for our big day. We highly recommend Phil Thank you for making our day special Swenja & Andy

    Michael Wierzbicki

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  • We specifically chose Phil as our officiant because he could perform the ceremony in both English and Portuguese. We were able to edit the ceremony "script" to our liking and were very pleased with Phil's services. Additionally, we had him play acoustic guitar before the ceremony, for the walk, and lasty for the close of the ceremony. The guests really loved that part, as we received many compliments. Communication was very easy, and the whole process went smoothly. Thanks, Phil!!!!

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    Thanks Michael and Afonso, for letting me be a part of your wonderful morning wedding at Bobo Restaurant in the West Village, NYC. You were both beaming with joy.... everyone loved your heartfelt vows!

    David

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  • Due to my Fiancee's visa, we had 30 days to get married. Everything was last minute and we were in serious doubt that we could pull it off! Our pastor was unavailable on such short notice so we did not have an officiant. Thankfully, one of my friends highly recommended Rev. Phil. From the very start, Rev. Phil gave us great confidence that we had found the right wedding officiant. His ceremony templates are extensive and varied enough that is easy to choose the perfect flow and content. We chose a Christian based ceremony but he can basically accommodate any type. He is also very flexible. In our rush, we waited until the very last day to send him final revisions and he seamlessly worked them into the ceremony. His communication was also great...he always responded in a timely manner and provided whatever help was required. The wedding itself went off without a hitch thanks in large part to Rev Phil's great officiating. He even wove in personal touches about our rel... Read more

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    Thanks David & Roxanne! That was a real special day, you could feel it in the air. I was so happy to be part of your cool little wedding in that art gallery space in TriBeca. Your handwritten vows were very moving. (I actually almost teared up at Roxanne's at one point.) Hearing the story of your courtship reminded me how devoted and powerful love can be. I also loved your unique decorations and the hospitality of all your family and guests. God bless your love!

    Yoli Reyes

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  • Accommodating, and excellence service!

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    Thanks Yoli! Nice to officiate for you in Español and English. My first wedding at the Grand after it changed from the Bethwood - beautiful place for a beautiful couple. God bless!

    Alessandra

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  • Our wedding was bilingual and interfaith, which required an unusual amount of flexibility and preparation from Reverend Phil. He was simply perfect: caring, professional, extremely likable.

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    Thanks so much Alessandra and David. It was a true joy to officiate for you and your warmhearted families from Brazil and New York, at The Castle in Tarrytown. You decorated the chapel so wonderfully with all the candles... in this special place, it was easy to see the joy in each of your eyes throughout the ceremony. David also gets a gold medal for all the Portuguese he spoke - he pronounced it so well! Thanks for picking the more interesting options that many couples never choose, including kneeling, sharing wine, breaking the glass, and having the Ringbearer enter to Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now"!! That was such a hit. It all really made a difference. God bless you both!

    Fernando Lopez

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  • Phil was great to work with and made us feel at ease before, during, and after the ceremony. He had many helpful suggestions and ideas for the ceremony and was flexible, responsive, and willing to help whenever we needed it. He has a great sense of humor and demeanor and guests at our wedding commented on how great a job he did for our ceremony.

    Maria

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  • My husband and I were looking for an officiant/ reverend to officiate our wedding, someone who could give a nice ceremony without being boring. I have to say that reverend Passantino exceeded our expectations! What an amazing ceremony he did!!! Our families were absolutely delighted by Phil! He is super calm and that helped us A LOT! standing in front of 100+ people is not the easiest :). We definitely recommend him !

    Jessica Campana

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  • Phil did an amazing job conducting our ceremony. We are still receiving compliments. He was easy to work with and tailored our ceremony to fit our needs. He threw in some jokes to keep the crowd alive and also had loving, serious moments to make everyone feel the love in the room. Thank you for making our day so special, Rev. Phil!!

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    Thanks so much Jessica and Matt... Yes you’re right, we really could feel the love in the room. It was kind of a magical night at Florentine Gardens - glad to be a part of it! All the best - Phil

    Kaitlin

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  • Rev Phil did an amazing job for our ceremony!! He was so easy and fun to work with. I got so many compliments about how beautiful the ceremony was. He really worked to make it special for you as a couple. Thank you for being amazing!

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    Thanks Kaitlin and Gerald, you rock! What a magical night at David's Country Inn, & you looked so happy together. Sorry that your cat Clark couldn't be there with us, but I know he was home thinking of you. :) Stay blessed and keep smiling!

    Megan Julian

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  • Rev. Phil was the officiant at our wedding on 10/19/18 and he did a great job! From start to finish the planning process was smooth and simple. Rev. Phil is really easy going and a total pro at what he does. We met once in person prior to the wedding and we corresponded several times leading up to our big day. He arrived early and prepared. I would definitely recommend using him as your officiant!

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    Thanks Megan & Andy! That was a nice day with you at Skyview Golf Club... glad we could do it outside. And the Breaking of the Glass was a fun touch at the end. All the best! - Phil
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