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Officiant in Elizabeth, NJ,
(973) 907-0200
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    Andrea D.

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  • Rev Phil was wonderful! He gave such a beautiful ceremony there was not a dry eye in the room. The reading that he gave was just perfect and made us feel so special. Since our wedding was Jan 8, 2021 he was very accommodating and flexible. My family just loved him and we were blessed to have him with us.

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    Andrea, thanks so much and congrats! I felt moved by the spirit. You both were radiant. So wonderful to celebrate with you and that amazing view, at the Vue overlooking the historical Rutgers buildings of New Brunswick. Loved meeting his mom too and seeing how proud she was of you both. God bless. Keep in touch! - Phil

    Jaime R.

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  • Personal, meaningful,memorable

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    Jaime and Paul, it was a joy to officiate your wedding under the beautiful tree arbor at Eastlyn Golf Course in Vineland! So nice to meet your family, including Uncle Butch and your Dad who were so fun to hang with. God bless your love, and thanks for the caring work you do in your careers! You are making a difference.

    Kathy C.

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  • Phill was absolutely fantastic in every aspect i recommend him 100% My Husband and I are very grateful for your wonderful work🥰

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    Thanks so much Kathy and Alex!! I enjoyed spending time with you and your fam at Costa Del Sol in Union. You both looked so happy and in love, you made my job easy. God bless!!

    Mariset A.

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  • Phil was wonderful to work with! We wanted a ceremony that had a religious tone to it and he delivered beautifully! Phil also accommodated our request to have the ceremony bilingual so our parents can enjoy. He took his time to get to know us and it really came thru during the ceremony. My family and friends commented on how special it was. Thank you Phil for making our wedding day extra special, we loved it! Mariset & Octavio

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    Thanks so much Mariset! That was such a beautiful day outside at Bridgewater Manor. I remember the eyes of your guests were filled with love. And they enjoyed hearing the funny story about how you met on the job, and you were wondering why this guy kept talking to you, distracting you from your work ha! God bless you both. I’m so glad I could be a part of your day! Also I finally tried Abigail’s Restaurant, it was awesome :) Thx for recommendation. next stop: Tony Da Caneca!

    Carol P.

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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.

    Alexandra M.

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  • Rev. crafted a beautiful ceremony for our microwedding. He played guitar & officiated such a memorable day

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    Thanks so much Alexandra - Glad you had such a sunny, warm fall day. What a gorgeous setting for the ceremony, in front of that 300-year-old colonial fireplace at The Inn at Glencairn in Princeton. Like stepping back in time! All the best to you both

    Paula B.

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  • Thank u so much he was excellent i would definitely recommend him

    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 P.

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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!

    Faith D.

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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!

    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 A.

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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 W.

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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 R.

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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!
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