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Officiant in New Paltz, New York,
(845) 255-2278
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    Kathy McLoughlin

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  • After exploring a number of websites looking for a minister for our wedding, we couldn't have been happier when we met Puja. She was absolutely delightful. She provided us with as many sample weddings as we requested, and assisted us in writing the perfect ceremony that mirrored our beliefs, enabling us to express our feelings to our families, friends, and each other on our special day. Puja presented our ceremony in a caring and cheerful manner, enabling a nervous bride and groom to truly enjoy the day so that we could focus on the vows and promises that we were sharing. We will look back fondly on our wedding ceremony for the rest of our days, and are grateful to have chosen Puja to officiate at such an important milestone in our lives.

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    Thanks, Kathy, for your comprehensive review from the beginning to the fruition of our work together for your ceremony. I was very happy to be your officiant and wish you all the best for 2021!

    Angela Bova

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  • Puja is incredibly composed, professional, and warm. She is accepting of all ways of thought and is so very helpful in the entire process of marrying the one that you love. She will help you plan your ceremony down to every detail, answer any question you may have, and help follow through with all of the official details necessary to complete the process. She made our day truly special, especially with such a intimate elopement ceremony. She even braved the cold weather with us at Mohonk Mountain House this winter and conducted a ceremony outside by the lake on the porch! She was a true adventurer and a companion in the beginning of our marriage. Thank you so much again Puja.

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    What a lovely review, Angela! It was a delight to work with you so that your ceremony truly embodied the essence of you, Samuele and your special commitment to each other. Thank you!

    Jhuna Markham

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  • We are enjoying life as a married couple now. We had our intimate wedding ceremony in Mohonk Mountain House last Oct 13, 2019. She did great both in preparation and on an actual day!. She was extremely helpful and accommodating. We really appreciate her effort in the ceremony, making sure we had a good understanding of details. It was an honor to have her as part of our wedding. We, highly recommend her to any future couples! Jhuna and Ben

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    Thanks Jhuna and Ben! I appreciate your kind words and am so glad you have settled well into married life here..

    Phil G

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  • We got married during the COVID-19 pandemic and found Puja through our new venue since the first one canceled. Puja was incredibly responsive, and helped us through the process of everything we had to do even on fairly short notice. The wedding ceremony was better than we could have asked for.

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    Thanks so much, Phil and Emma! It was lovely to work with you so that everything came together as you wished it...

    Suzanne

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  • Puja is absolutely wonderful. We had our wedding in the middle of Nov. Words can not describe how grateful Richard and I are to have had her officiant our wedding. When we first met Puja, our daughter was 5 months and we were in the process of getting our first home. To say things were a bit chaotic would be an understatement. It was so difficult to get anything done regarding the wedding as we were preparing to move end of November. I can’t stress enough how helpful Puja was from the very beginning to make sure our ceremony was exactly the way we wanted. The ceremony was beautiful and our families couldn’t stop talking about it and her. She made us feel so special and really took her time with us. Thank you so much Puja for creating and setting the perfect tone for the rest of our evening. We are forever grateful!

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    Thank you for your very complimentary words. I was happy create a ceremony for you that included your beautiful baby daughter, Primrose in such a lovely, intimate setting at Elm Rock Inn. Blessings!

    Alyssa

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  • My husband and I got married in September. Reverend Puja was amazing!!! She made the ceremony planning process smooth and personable. Our ceremony was so perfect and so us. She was very professional and always made us feel calm and supported. She is wonderful to work with and a wonderful human being. Our ceremony wouldn’t have felt so magical without her.

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    Thanks ! I'm very happy to read your exceedingly positive post sharing your experience of working with me to create your personalised ceremony !

    Deb Mc

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  • This was the second marriage for both of us. Every single aspect of this day had meaning...the venue (our beloved 38 acre family home), the Chapel my husband built for us to be married under (trees harvested here, locally milled raw beams from friends), our rings (Change You Can Wear) (his). Puja was The Perfect Fit. She Listened. She was so attentive, kept us on track when we were scattered and overwhelmed. She understood what we wanted and gave us the most beautiful options and ideas for our ceremony. Her calm demeanor, her guidance...was incredible. She understands people, she recognizes their hearts and what they need. Prior to meeting her (after reading reviews), and most CERTAINLY after meeting with Puja, there was never anyone else we imagined officiating our union. She is delightful and perfect and I am grateful and humbled to have had her be such an integral part of our day.

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    Thanks so much for posting your glowing review so promptly! I was amazed that you found time to do so - so soon after your wonderful wedding. I am very happy that I was your officiant!! Sending love and blessings...

    Karen Lynch

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  • My husband and I are non-traditional people, and we were thrilled to work with Puja in creating and performing our wedding ceremony. She got to know us, offered us some different ideas, and ultimately crafted something for us that was not only unique and beautiful, but truly representative of us as people, and a couple. We couldn't have asked for a better experience, and we give Puja the highest recommendation.

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    Thanks so much for your very positive review. It was certainly a pleasure on my end too! Happy Holidays to you both!

    Colin Beattie

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  • Puja was a wonderful officiant for our wedding! She was able to share her wealth of experience with us, while remaining flexible enough to let our ceremony feel like it was our very own. She provided us with sincere guidance during several meetings as our wedding approached. We both felt that she was sincerely invested in the long-term strength of our new marriage. Having her participate in our ceremony will remain a special part of our wedding memories.

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    Thank you Colin and Laura for your positive comments. It was a pleasure to work with you to build your very personal perspectives into your ceremony.

    Augusta

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  • I'll start by saying, working with Puja was easy and comfortable, but what made the experience truly fantastic was the outcome. As a not particularly religious couple, at the onset of our wedding planning my husband and I did not feel particularly strongly about the ceremony, but Puja's guidance and help in crafting everything from the opening prayer through to the vows, truly made it one of our favorite parts of the entire day. She worked closely with us to make sure the service was representative of us as a couple, and truly spoke to our love and future together. Not to mention, that throughout the reception and in the weeks following, I have had numerous people from friends to family to friends of family, all come up and rave about our ceremony and vows, noting how unique and honest they were. Many have also specifically complimented Puja and the calm steadiness she brought to the service.

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    Thanks so much Augusta for your very thoughtful review. You expressed so well what my hope is in working with each couple and it was a pleasure indeed to work with you!

    Emma Martin

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  • Reverand Puja was the talk of our wedding! She did such a beautiful job on our ceremony it blew our family and friends away. She was extremely helpful through the whole process and very accommodating of traditions we wanted included. Puja made everything very personal and we could not be more grateful. She made our wedding ceremony the moving, intimate, and powerful event we had been dreaming of. We can't thank her enough.

    Emma

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  • Reverand Puja was the talk of our wedding! She did such a beautiful job on our ceremony it blew our family and friends away. She was extremely helpful through the whole process and very accommodating of traditions we wanted included. Puja made everything very personal and we could not be more grateful. She made our wedding ceremony the moving, intimate, and powerful event we had been dreaming of. We can't thank her enough.

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    What I remember is how joyful your wedding ceremony was right from the start with the "elder flower girls" leading the way, and other "surprises"!! It was truly my pleasure to be your officiant. Thank you!

    Jian Ho

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  • We found Reverend Puja Thomson (“Puja”) through a referral by our wedding venue (Mohonk Mountainhouse), and we are immensely grateful for this chance encounter. Although I do not belong to any one specific religion, I am deeply spiritual, and I felt that sense of kinship with Puja. The closest description I can say is that she radiates goodness and positivity. We felt a deep connection with Puja who guided us and helped us craft a ceremony that was most appropriate for our wedding. Her officiating our wedding was truly a blessing.

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    Thanks so much for your very touching comments. I wish you and Grace all the best for your first Holiday Season as a married couple..

    Laurie

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  • Puja was the most amazing collector and organizer of all the different aspects of our wedding ceremony. We arrived at our meeting totally clueless and somewhat overwhelmed. She helped us understand tradition as well as personal choice. She gave us many options to choose from as well as being totally supportive of our ideas. The result was an amazing ceremony that was both official and very personal. I would give more than five stars if I could. Thank you Puja for an amazing event.

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    I was delighted to be your officiant! Thanks for asking me... and I'm so please that that your ceremony exceeded your expectations. I'll always remember you singing the first part of your vows together!

    Beth Ann

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  • I have delayed writing this review because I felt my words couldn't fully express my gratitude for Puja. She helped to make our August 2018 ceremony so meaningful and was just a pleasure to work with. Puja helped us create a ceremony that reflected our personal beliefs while being accessible and welcoming to all our guests. It was an honor to have her as part of our wedding. Many of our guests, on the day and since then, described our officiant as the most wonderful they had ever seen. I agree and am so glad we found Puja.

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    Thank you so much for your heart-felt review! I was so happy to work with you both and wish you all the best for 2019 and beyond! Do keep in touch...
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