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Officiant in New Paltz, New York,
(845) 255-2278
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  • 74 Reviews


    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...

    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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    5 out of 5
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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

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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!

    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.

    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...

    Olesya

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  • Rev. Puja Thomson was our co-officiant at our August wedding at Onteora Mountain House. She came to our rescue after we realized our online-ordained ULC minister would not be viewed as legal on her own. Though she and our officiant did not meet each other prior to the wedding day, they blended perfectly to deliver a beautiful, seamless ceremony. It actually made the ceremony more lively and exciting to have two strong, wonderful women share the ceremony script. We had a Skype meeting with Rev. Puja to get to know each other better. She made helpful suggestions to improve our self-written ceremony script and vows. She is an organized, lovely, spiritual person who has passion for what she does. We would recommend Rev. Puja for any couple seeking an incredible officiant for their wedding.

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    Thank you so much for your positive comments. It was a pleasure to walk up there with your friend as co-officiant. We did bond as a team on your behalf!

    Erica

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  • Puja was a pleasure to work with & really takes the time to get to know you as a couple. She also explained everything about the ceremony very well to make sure we had a good understanding of all the details. Would highly recommend to anyone of all faiths.

    Peggy

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  • Puja was a pleasure to work with! The day of the ceremony was better than I expected... The ceremony was opened with a Tibetan bowl sounding which Puja performed beautifully(feedback was that guests & myself wanted it to go on longer.) The ceremony as she recited and her deliverance of the wording of the ceremony was articulated and pronounced very deliberately and with reverence, which added to the feeling that something very special was happening. Loved her as our officiant!! Thank you, Puja for helping to make our day special.

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    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and positive review!

    Maggie

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  • Puja was absolutely amazing! The only thing we wish we had that we didn't get was more time with her! Everything went so fast, but we knew what an amazing person we had beside us! We strongly recommend her. She really takes the time to listen to what is important to you and helps guide your ceremony to be meaningful for a lifetime. Her spirit is bright and beautiful. You will not regret hiring her!

    Lauren

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  • It was an absolute pleasure working with Puja, and I would highly recommend her to others. My husband and I were so glad to have her by our side throughout the planning process, at our rehearsal dinner, and during the day of our wedding. We were initially drawn to Puja because of her calming and grounding demeanor and her openness to working with us on our interfaith Jewish/Methodist ceremony. Her charming Scottish accent was a plus, as well! At the beginning, we had very general ideas of what we wanted from our ceremony. With Puja's guidance we were able to craft a truly unique and inclusive ceremony that incorporated elements from both of our families and faiths. The end result was a highly personal representation of the two of us as a couple – our values, families, and love for each other. Many of our guests commented on how moved they were by our ceremony, and how very "us" everything was. I really can't think of a higher compliment than that, and we have Puja to thank for helpin... Read more

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    Thank you so much! It was a great pleasure to be your officiant!

    Dawn

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  • She did an amazing job in such short notice and made my special day perfect

    Maria

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  • We knew from our first meeting that Puja was the right officiant for us. Her warmth, knowledge and advice were everything that we needed to help create the ceremony we wanted. We received a lot of compliments at our wedding about how beautiful it was and how it expressed exactly who we were. As 2 people marrying later in life, we wanted something thoughtful and personal, which Puja helped us create. Additionally, her grace and presence at the wedding also fit perfectly.
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