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Officiant in Garwood, NJ,
(973) 945-1481
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    Casey hughes

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  • I can not say enough great things about this man! He made our ceremony so special! From our first meeting he made everything so easy and made sure we had the ceremony that WE wanted. Our guests loved him as well! Everyone was asking how we found him. If you are getting married you should DEFINITELY have Richard perform your ceremony, you will love him!

    Jess Guerriero

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  • There are not enough positive things to say about Richard Colonna. From the organization throughout the months leading up to the wedding, all the way through the professionalism of the actual wedding day, and even beyond, he was nothing short of outstanding. He makes you feel comfortable and calm throughout the entire process while ensuring that your ceremony will be EXACTLY the dream you are hoping it turns out to be. He even made light of a faulty microphone at our wedding and the ceremony did not even skip a beat. The care that he shows for his married couples, partnered with his ability to add a touch of humor into such an important day are just SOME of his qualities he will bring to your wedding day and the days leading up to it. Guests are still complimenting me to this day about how wonderful our officiant was and have even asked me for his information. I would recommend him to anybody in a heartbeat! Thank you for making our day as perfect as we imagined it would be! - Jess & ... Read more

    Jessica Rusin

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  • My husband and I knew we wanted Richard to officiate our wedding the moment we met him. He is extremely professional and great at what he does, while also being easy-going and personable making the entire wedding process fun! He made our wedding ceremony stress-free by walking us step-by-step through everything and even helping with retrieval of our wedding certificate after everything had ended. He gave us so many opportunities to personalize our ceremony and bring our wedding vision to life. The night of our wedding we received countless comments from guests saying how heartfelt and genuine Richard's words were. He helped make the most important night our life truly magical and I would recommend him to any couple in a heartbeat.

    Alyssa W

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  • Richard was recommended to us by our wedding planner, Nicole, with EVJ Wedding Co. My now husband and I met with Richard about a year prior to our wedding. We were beyond impressed. He was so well prepared and gave us such a clear vision of what to expect on our wedding day. He provided us with a sample script, readings, vow samples, etc. His experience showed and we knew he would be the perfect officiant for our wedding. Our wedding day was perfect. Richard has such a relaxing, calm, and fun demeanor. He calmed my nerves in front of all of guests and made our ceremony so fun, happy, and special. Our guests gave us so many compliments on the ceremony alone all of which would not have been done without Richard.

    Cait Wessely

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  • Reverend Rich officiated our wedding ceremony in December- he did the most amazing job!! He was amazing throughout the entire planning process. He really guided us and helped create a ceremony that was just what we envisioned. We have been getting so many compliments from our guests about how beautiful our ceremony was and we owe a lot of that to Reverend Rich. We highly recommend! :)

    Danielle Spinelli

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  • Rev Rich is the officiant you NEED. He is absolutely awesome! My husband and I have been to a lot of weddings and we knew a good officiant made SUCH a difference, so this is one vendor we spent a lot of time researching. After meeting with Rev Rich, he immediately presented us with an example script of a ceremony, and ensured us we'd be able to customize it however we'd like. Rich pays attention to every single detail that you would have never thought of to ensure the ceremony will go smoothly. This was HUGE for me - You can trust him to perform a beautiful ceremony without a hitch, and he took care of all of the marriage license documentation for us, which was a huge relief. He is professional, responsive, and fun to work with! Several guests told us our ceremony was the best / most beautiful ceremony they have ever been to. Do not hesitate to book him!!!

    Danielle

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  • Richard was absolutely amazing! From the start, he made the process very easy and made sure we understood everything that was needed up until the big day. He was open to catering the service to our wants and needs which turned out beautiful and heartfelt. The biggest testament was that our guests thought Richard was a family friend who had known us for years which was exactly how we would want it! We would recommend his services to our friends and family. Thank you again for being part of our special day!

    Arielle

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  • Richard was so easy to work with! At our first meeting he answered a lot of questions I had about the ceremony and provided us with many options for readings, vows, etc. He introduced the wine box ceremony to us which we decided to use for our wedding day! Richard also looked up where to apply for and pick up our marriage license and provided that info to us. He sent a draft for us to look over so we knew exactly what was going to take place during our ceremony. He arrived with enough time before the ceremony to meet the wedding party and made sure everything was in order. After the ceremony, I received many compliments on his presentation. I would definitely recommend Richard J. Colonna Ministries!

    Megan

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  • Working with Reverend Richard was amazing from the very beginning. He was so easy to work with and very responsive, accommodating and helpful with the whole process. Our ceremony was absolutely perfect and we got so many compliments on how great he was. Definitely would recommend to anyone in need!

    Heather Newland

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  • My husband and I are so happy we chose Richard for our wedding! From the beginning he was helpful, flexible, down to earth, and made us feel at ease. The day of our wedding we had to make a few minor changes and he was flexible and thorough. Even throughout the ceremony he made us feel completely comfortable almost as if it were just him my husband and I at the altar. Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful. We would definitely recommend Richard to anyone who is getting married.

    Amy

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  • Matt and I are so happy we chose Richard for our wedding! From the beginning, he was nothing but professional, fun and beyond helpful. He was completely flexibile with travel and made us feel comfortable. Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful and our guests raved about it for days. I would and 1000% will recommend Richard to anyone getting married! He created a very magical and special evening for us :)

    Nhan Dang

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  • Richard was our officiant for our wedding and he ran the ceremony flawlessly. We were on a tight schedule on the day of but Richard managed to rehearse us and got everybody on the same page. He knows exactly what to do. Since the first meeting, he has prepared us with his program, which described every step very clearly and in a very organized manner. He is very easy to work with. Most importantly, he is very organized and eloquent. His voice is very clear, and his speech is very easy to follow and understand. Highly recommend.

    Malia

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  • Richard was an amazing officiant for our ceremony! He was able to pick up on our personalities and the type of people we were and factored that all into customizing our ceremony. He is so sweet and funny, and makes the whole process super simple so you don’t have to worry about a thing. I highly recommend Richard to all the future brides and grooms out there, he is really the best you’ll get and a pleasure to work with!

    Katelynn

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  • My husband and I chose Rev Richard through the knot. He was professional and very easy to communicate with. He outlined our ceremony before the day of and was extremely organIzed the day of dealing with all the details with the maitre D at the venue. Could not have asked for a more beautiful ceremony with a light hearted feel!

    Jillian

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  • From our first meeting with Rev. Richard Colonna we were confident that he would perform our wedding ceremony. Though we didn’t have our ceremony in a church, we were still looking for someone distinguished to hold that role. He is friendly, professional, and organized. He used our ideas to coordinate a beautiful ceremony.
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