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Officiant in New York, NY,
(661) 644-0337
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    Sarah Guariglia

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  • We saw Yael officiate a friends wedding and knew we had to have her for ours! She spends so much time, thought, and effort into writing the ceremony. Everyone thought we had known her for years- which is exactly how we felt at our friends wedding. Yael has the most amazing ability to personalize ceremonies to make it feel truly unique and special. I also worked with Yael in writing vows. She spent hours with me to write the most beautiful vows ever! Could not recommend her enough. She is the best!

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    Thank you so much for this thoughtful review Sarah! I loved working with you (especially on your vows) and Noah, and I wish you both the absolute best in your new lives together!

    Kait

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  • Yael was everything you would ever want or need in a wedding officiant. She made everything so easy and lovely and really took the time to get to know us as a couple, which allowed her to write the most beautiful ceremony. She was always responsive and so incredibly helpful. We cannot imagine our day without her!

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    Thank you Kait! I loved getting to know you and Josh over the past year and your picture-perfect wedding day was just the cherry on top. Best wishes as you begin your lives together!

    Bonnie Kessinger

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  • Yael advertises that she offers customized ceremonies, and that’s exactly what she provides. While she does share a “template” with a general format and ideas for customs and traditions that can be included in the ceremony, she will reword, adjust, alter, and mix up the ceremony so that it is perfect for the couple. Yael is also familiar with traditions and customs from various religions, so she was able to create the perfect ceremony for us: it honored my Jewish Heritage (Ketubah signing, stepping on the glass) yet didn’t feel overly religious and also included a fun twist on the traditional wine ceremony (my husband popped a bottle of champagne at the altar). To get us started, Yael spent quite a bit of time with us on the phone to answer our initial questions. She also sent us her general template, and several lists of ideas to get us thinking (wedding traditions, readings, and more). A few weeks later, she met us in person in NYC so that she could get to know us better. ... Read more

    Kristen

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  • Yael was the officiant for our 9/7/19 wedding and she was AMAZING! I hate to copy from another review, but someone mentioned how she “exudes kindness” and that is so spot on. She asked such thoughtful questions during our first meeting and the conversation was so easy it felt like we were just catching up with an old friend. Yael put together a beautiful ceremony, and was so open to the couple tweaks we had, it was absolutely perfect for us. We got so many compliments on the ceremony in the weeks since the wedding. A lot of guests even asked how we knew each other, the personal feel that Yael gave the ceremony had many people thinking we were good friends. We’re so happy Yael was able officiate us and could not recommend her enough!

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    Thank you so much for this amazing review Kristen! I loved working with you and Pete and your wedding day was picture perfect! Lots of love!

    Jenny Kai

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  • Yael was an absolute pleasure to work with from the beginning! We received praise from our friends and family and were actually asked if Yael was a friend officiating! A large reason why we chose Yael was because of her professionalism and friendliness, which she exuded even from our Skype call. There was no doubt in my mind at any point that she would deliver and was pleasantly surprised by how supportive she was throughout. Our initial conversation was for an hour, with fun and well-thought out questions which led to a beautiful rendition of our story for the ceremony. Yael was also happy to provide ideas of how to make our ceremony our own and include cultural traditions and readings. Finally, we were also able to send in our vows (separately) to Yael for a final read through and it was comforting to receive her encouragements before the big day! If you are looking for a stellar officiant who can set the tone to your wedding in a lovely, warm, and intimate way, choose Yael!

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    Thank you so much for this kindhearted review Jenny! It was such a pleasure to work with you and Rob and I wish you the best in your future adventures together :)

    samantha

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  • We really lucked out when we found Yael to officiate our wedding! Meeting her felt like meeting an old friend - she made the conversation flow naturally and made us feel so comfortable. She seemed genuinely excited to get to know us and our story. We knew we wanted some Jewish traditions weaved throughout the ceremony which Yael was familiar with which was a plus. Our ceremony was absolutely perfect. She kept it short and sweet just like we wanted, but didn't leave anything out! She really nailed us and our story to a T! We couldn't be happier with our choice to have Yael officiate our wedding.

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    Thank you so much Samantha! Reading this review just gave me goosebumps :) It was such a joy working with you and Dan and I'm so excited for your future together!

    Miriam

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  • Yael did such a wonderful job with our June 2019 wedding. From the start, it was clear she wanted to get to know us as a couple and make the ceremony as personal as possible. She managed to get my husband, typically a man of few words, to talk about how we met, our relationship, and the proposal and turned our conversation into a really beautiful ceremony. She included just enough of our Jewish traditions but also worked with us to make it feel updated and modern — relevant to us as a couple. I can’t imagine having had our wedding with any other officiant.

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    Thank you so much for including me in your very special day Miriam! I loved getting to know you and Josh and your venue was amazing. Best wished in the future!

    Shonlyn Ferrari

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  • Yael truly went above and beyond for our ceremony. She took the time to learn our history and wove it beautifully into the ceremony. She told a story instead of just reciting a rehearsed monologue. She is so well organized with everything! Go with Yael, you will be so happy you did!

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    Thank you so much Shonlyn! It was so special to come out to California for your wedding--thank you for allowing me to officiate your ceremony. I wish you and Elie the very best!

    Jennifer

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  • One of the hardest parts of planning our wedding was choosing an officiant that would fit our young, goofy yet loving personalities, and be able to blend our unique story with Jewish traditions. When we met Yael, we knew she was exactly what we were looking for. Yael does her homework. We met for dinner one night and she interviewed us for over an hour. She put together a beautiful ceremony, which explained all the Jewish traditions, included her own commentary on our love story, and she told it all in a beautiful, soothing voice that had the entire crowd both in tears and fits of laughter. Many people have remarked it was the most beautiful ceremony they ever witnessed.

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    Thank you for this review Jennifer! It was such a pleasure working with you and Alexander and I wish you the very best that life and marriage have to offer!!!

    Julia

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  • Yael was a great officiant who really took the time to get to know us in order to write a personalized ceremony. She was very responsive, on time and we got our marriage certificate back within about three weeks after the ceremony without any issues. She was also very flexible when we had a last minute time and location change for our ceremony due to rain,

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    Thank you so much for such a kind review, Julia! It was a pleasure working with you and Barry and I wish you only happiness in your life together!

    Jason

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  • Yael served as the officiant on our wedding on 7/7/18. It was the best decision we could have made! After an exhaustive search for someone to Wed an interfaith couple we concluded that Yael was heads and tails above the other vendors. She was a true professional throughout the process, captivated the audience at the ceremony, and took the time to get to know us and our relationship. Her personal touch truly paid off as our guests repeatedly commented on how it was nice we had a "friend" serve as our officiant. You made our day incredible Yael, Thank you so much! -Stacey & Jason

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    Thank you so much for such a kind review! It is THE best compliment I can receive when guests think I'm a friend of the couple. I hope we'll always be friends as the two of you begin your life together :) It was such a privilege working with you!

    Michele

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  • Yael is simply the best! As we started looking for a wedding officiant, we knew we wanted our ceremony to be extremely personal with a touch of religion, but weren't quite sure if we were going to find what we were looking for. After doing some research, we came across Yael on Wedding Wire. From the start, Yael was very responsive and flexible to meet with us in order to start the process of getting to know each other. The first time we met, we sat in a coffee shop for almost 2 hours, while she carefully took detailed notes and got to know all about us and our relationship. We knew right from the start that Yael was going to craft a personal and thoughtful ceremony, which she absolutely did. As we got closer to the wedding, we were able to see a draft of the ceremony and made any necessary changes we wanted. On the day of the wedding, Yael delivered such a beautiful and personalized ceremony that we will never forget. We appreciate the time and effort she put in into getting to know us... Read more

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    Thank you for this wonderful review Michele! It was such a pleasure working with you and Justin and your words mean so much to me. I wish you both the best in your married future together! -Yael

    Kathryn

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  • We feel so lucky to have found Yael to be our officiant and would absolutely recommend her. She played a huge part in making our day come to life. Her warm disposition, calming voice, and ability to connect with us as a couple, all contributed to making our ceremony extremely special. We received several thoughtful compliments from our guests about how much they enjoyed the ceremony, and many actually thought that we had known Yael for years. Brian and I had a great first meeting with Yael; choosing to work with her was a very clear decision for us, and she was a pleasure to work with the rest of the way through. She was well organized, extremely thoughtful about the ceremony structure, responsive, and very accommodating of our requests. She very committed to making our ceremony exactly what we wanted. Thank you again Yael for contributing to what was truly an amazing day.

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    Thank you so much Kathryn! I enjoyed working with you and Brian and absolutely love that so many of your guests thought we had known each other for years! Congratulations again :)

    Niki

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  • My husband and I are so happy that we picked Yael to officiate our wedding! From the first phone call I knew she would be perfect. She is such a warm and genuine person and she instantly makes you feel comfortable. You can also tell she is truly passionate about officiating weddings! We booked Yael very early because we knew we would be moving out of the country before our NYC wedding and we wanted to make sure we were able to meet with our officiant before the wedding. Also, since we were getting married outside of our country of residence we needed a couple extra odds and ends and Yael was so accommodating and wonderful about everything. She met with us for coffee and did a really in depth interview about us as a couple so that she could write the perfect ceremony for us. Both my husband and I are pretty new to weddings and hadn't been to many before, so we were unsure about a lot of aspects. Yael really helped to calm some of our fears and was amazing at explaining our different op... Read more

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    Thank you so much for this glowing review! You both were so great to work with and I'm happy I could help make your wedding day something meaningful and memorable :) Keep in touch!

    Betina

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  • You will appreciate Yael's approach to creating a personalized and unique ceremony that fits your story. Take the time to sit down with her so that she can learn about you. As a former reporter, she is good at ferreting out important nuggets and will use the details to make your guests laugh and cry as she paints a vivid picture of you and your relationship in her remarks.

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