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Officiant in Hadlyme, CT,
(860) 395-8920
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 119 Reviews


    Lilyanna

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    5 out of 5
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  • I found Fred here on Wedding Wire a few months ago after a long and arduous search for an officiant I felt fit the bill. My now husband and I are pretty laid back and were looking for someone a little more fun and creative than the typical droning JP. I immediately felt comfortable with Fred from our first correspondences, he took a good amount of time in our initial meeting to get our full story and crafted our ceremony to be exactly how we wanted it. I joked that we were considering an Elvis impersonator and he didn’t even totally shut down the opportunity, he wants to make couples happy and the day exactly how the want! He managed to wrangle our families through the rehearsal and made everyone’s duties very clear and stress free. Fred also joined us for the reception and everyone was raving about how great he was not only as an officiant but as a genuine, caring, fun person. I cannot thank Fred enough for making our day so special and memorable.

    Kaylee Byram

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  • We loved working with Fred. It's been a month since our wedding and we are still getting compliments on our beautiful and personal ceremony. Fred made that all possible. He helped guide us through the whole process and gave us many options for how we'd like our day to go. We did the knot tying, and read our own vows. He held our hands and helped make sure we accomplished everything we wanted for our ceremony. We are so grateful for Fred!

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    Kaylee & Chris, it was a pleasure to hold your hands. :-) From the moment I met you both I knew we were going to hit it off. Thank you for allowing me to meet your friends and families and to be a part of helping craft your special day. May the journey be long and happy and the blessings many. Warmest regards, Fred

    Melissa Buckley

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    5 out of 5
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  • Fred was such a special part of our wedding day. Since meeting him last February to chat about hiring him to be our officiant, we were impressed with his organization and knowledge about all things wedding - he gave us so many options to customize our ceremony and make sure the entire day would go smoothly. We were able to consider ways to honor both of our family traditions and beliefs, and involve our guests in a community ceremony. He attended our rehearsal dinner and met our friends and family, came early the day of the wedding to make sure everything was ready to go, had a tissue at the ready as I cried all the way through reading my vows, assisted our photographer in getting family together for pictures and made sure we had a drink in our hands as soon as the reception started! Fred is a true professional, and his passion for helping couples celebrate their love is real. He helped make our farm wedding heartfelt, genuine, and fun! Fred brings much more than advertised, and we... Read more

    Ashley

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wed by Fred was great! He took his time during our first meeting to explain the ceremony process, explain all the options available to us, and really get to know us. He was very responsive throughout the wedding planning and was more to happy to answer all of our questions. During the rehearsal, he was able to gain the attention of our rowdy bridal party to instruct them on their responsibilities. During the ceremony, he told our guests to put their phones away and our pictures are so much better for it! Not one phone in any of our pictures! The ceremony went by perfectly and Fred made it that much better.

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    Ashley & Jamie, it was a pleasure to be a part of your day at Aria. Thank you so much for including me and allowing me to experience and help guide your special day. And the sprinkles were an awesome addition to the festive day. May your love continue to flourish and grow. Fred

    Tamara

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    5 out of 5
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  • I don’t even know where to begin, Fred was so wonderful to work with. Going into our first meeting I was a little confused as to why he scheduled two hours, but quickly realized why. Fred took the time to explain the entire process in great detail from the day itself to the months leading up to it. He had so many different ceremony examples and endless aspects to integrate into the ceremony to truly make it your own. We ended up incorporating the hand fasting ceremony which was so unique and meaningful - had it not been for Fred this is something we would not have even considered or realized we can do. He also really got to know us and our story to ensure he could truly make our ceremony our own - he even secretly worked with our parents for a little add on during the ceremony. And trust us, we didn’t give him that much guidance from info to how we wanted the ceremony to run, and he did a flawless job. Really better than I ever could have imagined. He was on top of EVERY detail, fr... Read more

    Kiersten Holder

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    5 out of 5
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  • Fred put my husband and myself totally at ease. He spent time listening to us and was always in our corner as we navigated coordinating a wedding. He is thoughtful and kind, and our day wouldn’t have been as perfect without Fred. We couldn’t recommend him any more highly!!!

    Elizabeth

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  • Finding an officiant from a huge pool on wedding wire was daunting. But, after meeting Fred we knew he was the perfect fit. He put us at ease and made the process simple and easy! He lived up to all the great reviews and really exceeded our expectations. He was easy to get in contact with, and gave us plenty of options and examples for the ceremony. He made me feel super prepared at the rehearsal by going through everything with detail and organization (including how to stand and hold my flowers so I would look great in pictures!!) When it came to the day, Fred was there to make sure everything went smoothly before the ceremony. He came with a bag of tricks with everything needed for emergencies. He even made a perfect makeshift boutonnière complete with ribbon and pin for my dad after we realized one was missing! People raved about “our story” that he wrote for us. After the ceremony he stayed to help organize family for pictures and really kept everything together for us. If you... Read more

    sarah

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    5 out of 5
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  • Where to begin? Fred may have been the most unexpectedly amazing part of this wedding. First, we live in Florida so were unable to meet him in person--he was easy to reach and we had a Skype conversation. We chose Fred because he took the time to get to know us and gave us so many options for the wedding ceremony. Many other vendors sent us 1-2 sample ceremonies that were your typical, run of the mill, ceremony. Fred shared so many different options and we ended up doing a handfasting ceremony which I had not heard of until he introduced it us. Fred insisted we have a rehearsal since we have 14 people in the wedding party--a very good decision. It's a chatty group but he really took charge and made my life easy. At the dinner, he went so far as to organize the speeches and put champagne at our sears--none of which were his responsibility! The wedding ceremony was perfect and he gave a little story about Alex and I which personalized the moment. He also had bobby pins to keep ... Read more

    Brittany M. Dusza

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    5 out of 5
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  • Fred was highly recommended by our venue The Heritage Hotel to be our officiant! My husband and I truly lucked out and found a gem! Fred was simply amazing! He walked us through all the options for our ceremony and was always available to answer our questions! He checked in regularly as well. We did not realize all the responsibilities that the officiant is responsible for a wedding! With Fred, we did not have to worry about one thing! He was extremely professional and prepared! Fred has over 30 years of experience and you can trust that your special day with be magical! You can count on Fred!

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    Britt & Gary, it was so much fun getting to know the 2 of you and crafting your custom ceremony. Your family and friends were a delight, although I did think your Maid of Honor was going to pass out during the rehearsal! Glad she was better by your big day. :-) Looking forward to hearing about your 10, and 25 year anniversaries! Warm regards, Fred

    Skyler

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    5 out of 5
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  • Fred is an AMAZING person with such a wonderful sense of humor. He truly made our ceremony unique and fun! He went above and beyond! We were completely comfortable with him from the very first meeting. He has a wonderful vibe and soul. You know he loves what he does and cares about making your day 100%. Any questions, concerns or mishaps were handled with professionalism and care. He went over everything ahead of time with us, and helped us throughout the planning process and the day of. He helped with everything from making sure the photographers could get optimal shots with the best views (and holding our beers for photos) to putting out desserts and gathering the crowd. By the end of it all he is more than a JP, he is a friend. Everyone loved him! You can't find better than Fred!

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    Sky, thank you for an amazing couple of days. The rehearsal with your family and the ceremony day with friends and family were awesome! Your attitude, relaxed natures, and senses of humor helped make my "job" so much easier. I am sure I had at least as much fun as your guests. Definitely made new friends...the Puffers!

    Kaila

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    5 out of 5
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  • Listen to everyone else on here and book Fred! He was AMAZING! There's nothing I can say that everyone else hasn't already said. I think I was the most worried about the ceremony because I wanted it to be meaningful but not stuffy. he knows exactly how to create your vision, even when I didn't totally know what that vision was. One you book him you get a ton of example vows, readings, ceremony layouts, additional things you can do which was exactly what I needed. I was able to go through everything he sent along with all the questions he asked us and create something I'll remember forever. He was very attentive through email and Beginning with the rehearsal the day before he was prepared for any and EVERYTHING! He had the little hot hands for every girl to hold during pictures (it was November 3rd and a little chilly), he was able to direct people around, he bustled my dress, he ran and got me drinks from the bar when mine was empty! His knowledge is SO evident during the rehearsal. He... Read more

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    Kaila, thank you for your very kind words. I had so much fun getting to know you both and working with you to create

    Michaela

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    5 out of 5
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  • Fred was so great with everything on our wedding and leading up to it. He is extremely thorough and organized, he walked us through the entire process, and we are so lucky that he was able to perform our wedding ceremony. He was able to help us the day of with organizing our family members and creating a very memorable experience. When we think back on our wedding, we will have great memories thanks to Fred. If you are lucky enough to book him for your ceremony, you will be overjoyed with the outcome.

    Amy

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  • We highly recommend Wed by Fred! We chose him from the very beginning because of our connection with him and also his professionalism and knowledge about all things wedding related. Of course, we had no idea the first thing about how to run a ceremony other then our vows and I do's. Fred has many choices and expertise of various traditions so you can design your personal ceremony. Fred recommended a group photo after the ceremony and we opted out thinking we had plenty of time for family photos. It turns out our photographer missed some key photos and I regret not listening to Fred's advice about that! Not only was friend our JOP he stuck around for our wedding and supported us through-out the night. The best part is he tamed my fiesty grandmother and comforted her when we did not have the time. He is great at what he does and overall a great person too - Fred truly cares! Look no further for your JOP.

    Cyndi

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • Beginning with our consultation, we knew that working with Fred would be different. He walked us through every step of the ceremony and gave us more options than we knew what to do with, which was great. We needed a lot of help putting together our ceremony and we appreciated Fred's input. Our ceremony ended up being exactly what we wanted and it was great to have Fred there with us throughout the reception, rehearsal, and rehearsal dinner. He had so many tips and pointers that we would not have considered otherwise.

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    Cyndi & Alex, Thank you for a truly wonderful experience. I loved meeting and getting to know your friends and family, and being able to help make your big day so special. I still can't believe that your mothers picked the same material for their dresses without even knowing it. What a special coincidence! And the rain didn't dampen the mood at all. May your lives be filled with love and laughter...and "mate" too! Fred

    Alex

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    4.4 out of 5
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  • We hired Fred to be our officiant for our wedding this fall and were so happy with our ceremony. The initial consultation was very thorough on all of the information that Fred gave us and we made notes of each detail. He had many ideas on how to make our ceremony personalized and important even though we wanted it to be short. He accommodated a special request I had of a cultural blessing. He also attended our rehearsal and made sure our party was comfortable and knew what we had to do for the next day. Fred showed up the day of and took some stress off my hands by picking up flowers for me and was prepared with a bridal wedding kit/sewing kit in case we needed it. He was polite and asked what I would prefer him to wear such as his robe or his suit. We could not be happier with our decision in Fred. thanks for everything and for making our day so special!
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