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Officiant in Montclair, New Jersey,
(973) 464-1374
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  • 114 Reviews


    cara

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  • Highly recommend ! Customizes the wedding just the way you like !

    Anna

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  • Gerry went above and beyond to make our day perfect. We met a few weeks before to come up with a personalized and very unique Ceremony. I must say he has a very vast knowledge of different cultures and traditions, which definitely helped in merging our families and the different backgrounds. The day of the wedding we had a quick rehearsal, which made everyone very comfortable with the proceedings. Most of all, however, I believe it was Gerry's personality and way of speaking that just put us all at ease and made the day go by smoothly. Would not hesitate to recommend Gerry to my family and friends in the future.

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    Beautiful!

    Alice

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    5 out of 5
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  • We are so lucky that we found Gerald to be our officiant! We interviewed 10 officiants until we met him, and from that first meet-up, we knew he would be perfect. His demeanor is genuine and enthusiastic, and he commands presence in a subtle and sweet way. Some of our favorite things about working with him were: 1) He is a pro at weaving together a ceremony that is meaningful for each couple. We weren't sure exactly which elements of a ceremony we wanted, but his suggestions captured exactly the feel and vibe we were going for. For example, we wanted to honor my Bulgarian roots by using Orthodox crowns, but in a subtle and not weird way. We were leaning towards nixing it all together until we saw his suggested phrasing and timing, which we loved. I'm so glad that we were able to have this ode to my heritage as part of the ceremony, all thanks to Gerald! 2) He is reliable. Gerald always replied promptly to any emails, he showed up on time for the rehearsal, and he kept our rowdy c... Read more

    Jordan

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  • Gerald was an amazing officiant and made our wedding ceremony very very special. From the planning stages by using his expertise on probably every religious and cultural norm, he had fantastic ideas on how to incorporate my brides customs (Persian) with my customs (Catholic) and together we created a wedding plan that tributed and complimented both sides in special ways. After learning about us as a couple (and our chihuahuas) Gerald, being the best storyteller I’ve ever heard, created a story of us. It was light hearted but also deep, funny but also serious, and most importantly it was a true reflection of who we are. The day of, Gerald was very professional and our guiding light for all things related to the ceremony. On a nyc rooftop where there can be lots of noises, wind, etc Gerald was perfect from his voice projection to his gestures and manorisms, he kept the audience on the edges of their seats and focused that attention onto us. He spoke with eloquence and heart, and to... Read more

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    Thanks for the lovely words and for sharing such a special moment with me.

    Michael

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    5 out of 5
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  • We hired Gerald to officiate our recent wedding in NYC. He was fantastic from the very beginning! He first chatted with us via Skype for about an hour to get to know us as a couple and to find out what our vision was for our wedding. He was extremely easy to talk to, and it was clear that he had a lot of previous experience. After the initial Skype call, he sent us each a document with questions to fill out in order to find out more about our background as a couple and our preferences for the wedding. With this information he went to work to find pieces to use during the ceremony that fit our personal story. We talked once again via Skype so that he could explain the entire wedding ceremony he had drafted specifically for us. We could not have been any happier with the pieces he found to include in our ceremony. Each one that he reviewed with us was a perfect fit for our relationship. He then sent a word document with the entire ceremony outlined so that we could review and make any ch... Read more

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    Thanks for the great review These are the words I want to hear!

    J

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gerald was absolutely amazing! We would like to thank Gerald so much for making our wedding so memorable! My husband and I were already married, but we wanted to have a wedding to share with our family and friends. We wanted to have something fun, meaningful and interactive. Gerald captured just that and more. Gerald is very responsive and kept in touch via email. He made the whole process seamless. We had our first meeting and he took the time to get to know us as individuals and as a couple. We then had another meeting, where we all collaborated and shared ideas. It was a very open and fun process. I have to say it again, but Gerald takes the time to get to know you, to create a ceremony that is perfect for you. On the day of, Gerald arrived early and had a quick run down with us and everyone involved on timing and where to stand, etc. He was not just a wedding officiant, but he was like a friend. Things were going off track and I started to feel the stress, until Gerald cam... Read more

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    You summed up the whole evening as I always try to make it happen. Of course, it all happens because it reflects who you are, what you need and want. Such a pleasure to be a part of your celebration.

    Jessica

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  • Gerry was such a pleasure to work with! He was super professional and we got so many compliments on our ceremony. A lot of our friends and family told us that it was literally the best ceremony they’ve seen and they thought Gerry was great. At our initial meetings with him, we got to talk through and create the entire ceremony from beginning to end - we were able to incorporate some unique things such as a statement of love and a wine box. Gerry also incorporated some personal experiences from my and my husbands love story, and our guests especially liked those parts. We would definitely recommend this vendor if you want a unique and personalized ceremony! Our expectations were definitely exceeded on our wedding day! Thanks for being such an important part of our special day =)

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    Thank you for including me in your wonderful love story

    Jill

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gerald was a perfect fit for our wedding ceremony! He was very flexible about the ceremony script and allowed us to contribute a lot of our personal beliefs and preferences into it. We had a perfect balance of tradition and our own modern twist. Our meetings with him always went very smoothly and he accommodated our busy schedules. He always responded to emails or phone calls promptly. He also made sure he was available for a rehearsal the night before the wedding, which was so helpful for us. We got a lot of positive compliments from our guests about the ceremony and how moving it was. There wasn't a dry eye in the house!

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    Thanks for the review It was a pleasure to work with you and share this wonderful time together

    Valerie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gerry, you provided us with the most touching, sweetest ceremony that was fitting to our personalities!!! You made the process so easy and seamless, and we are so happy with everything!!! Thanks so much for everything!!!

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    Sharing the day with you was special for me too. Have a Happy New Year I'm lucky to be a part of such happy stories.

    Jill

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  • Gerry, you are amazing! It was such a pleasure to have you as our officiant at our wedding! You created a beautiful ceremony for Matt and I. It was so touching and really showcased our love for each other. Our guests were also blown away and loved how sweet and unique our ceremony was. Thank you for making our day so special!

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    Thank you for including me in your celebration. I loved sharing your happiness.

    Erick

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    5 out of 5
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  • We where so appreciative to have Gerald officiate our ceremony. We went into our search like most ppl ok who's highly rated how legit are these reviews. When I came across Gerald on this site and went on his website there was a sense that here is someone who gets it. That we can bring friends and family together in a way that is far from typical. Gather round grab a hand and help us start this journey together. We all search for ways to express our inner self in a way that is true without getting lost in the moment. Gerald was our conduit to the world that day with his ability to tell our story with careful attention to our incite of each other. All of our guests felt engaged in the ceremony and not too many dry eyes among then. Thank you sir for making the entire process easy, fun and most of all special.

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    And thank you for including me in this wonderful time - how nice to think that in twenty years when you look at your photos you'll remember the ceremony with such warmth

    Lauren

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  • Gerry was a pleasure to work with! He helped us create a beautiful ceremony and executed it perfectly! Something that we loved about our ceremony was the fact that Gerry helped tell our story and really personalized it for us! Our ceremony was loved by all!

    Megan

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  • Gerald recently officiated our wedding in October. We chose Gerald because of his unique format and delivery of wedding ceremonies, and the day of the wedding he gave us exactly what we wanted. It was so personalized and it truly felt like he was invested not only in that day but also in our relationship as much as our friends and family that were present for the ceremony. Gerald was by far the easiest of all of our vendors to work with, and exceeded our expectations at every step. He includes you in each major step of the process including the planning and revisions of what he prepares to say that day and the overall script of the ceremony. We highly recommend Gerald for anyone who is looking for a one of a kind and personalized wedding ceremony.

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    Thanks for the lovely review Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year.

    Stacy

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gerald was amazing, from beginning to end! We met with a couple other officiants and he was the only one who really took the time to get to know us and make sure that the ceremony was personal and meaningful, and allowed us to review and request minor revisions several times. He was quick to respond and extremely flexible and accommodating! Some other officiants just have a Mad-Libs-esque template but Gerald's ceremony was obviously written with thought and care, and we've gotten nothing but compliments over how beautiful it was. He even managed to wrangle everyone at the rehearsal and make sure that everyone involved knew their roles for the next day. It was truly a pleasure to work with him - we cannot recommend him enough!

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    Wrangling makes everything look better and gives you the best picture. I'm glad you mentioned it. It was a beautiful day!

    Matthew

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Gerald was great! Awesome to collaborate with over the course of a few months. He took care to get to know us, our history and interests, in order to devise a ceremony everyone was pleased with. I will say, he runs a tight ship hahaha very punctual, and he'll whip your party into shape - so be ready to get rehearsed! Overall would totally recommend. A really sweet and funny guy, and very professional.

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    And you were great too I'm so lucky to be able to share these wonderful moments with my clients.

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