Welcome! I am an ordained,licensed interfaith minister who delights in helping you create the most unique, loving, and personalized ceremony you have dreamed of. This ceremony is the cornerstone of your marriage, it should be no less than amazing. This is your special day.
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When we met with Dr. Gross (Sheila) to discuss our plans, it was as if we'd known each other for years. She KNEW us. She is such a warm and engaging person, and we enjoyed meeting with her so much that we didn't want to leave that day! Sheila created a ceremony that absolutely represented both of our spiritual beliefs while respecting those of our families.
Dr. Gross completely tailored the ceremony to match our personalities perfectly. She asked the right open-ended questions to get the information she needed without it seeming like the inquisition. We felt like we were talking to an old friend. (Indeed, we intend to keep in touch with Sheila!)
No one could believe that my sister, who helped plan the wedding, had found Sheila on the Internet! Sheila really was one of the family on our special day, giving us a beautiful wedding gift with her ceremony, which was perfect.
Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Personable : 5.0
Customized Ceremony : 5.0
Reliable : 5.0
Presence : 5.0
Review: Amazing and Couldn't Have Wished For More!
Reviews Posted: 1
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not? Sheila has the wonderful ability to make you feel comfortable - as if you've known her forever. She is a great listner and attentive to any concerns or questions that you have. As we are a gay couple, there were reservations about finding an officient who wouldn't judge, be biased or harbor any negative feelings about gay marriage - and Sheila IMMEDIATLY removed any of those possibilities. In four words: SHE IS A BLESSING!
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected? Her knowledge of different cultural norms and traditions is outstanding. She was able to tell "OUR" story as if she were there with us along the way. She was personable - almost like a family friend.
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony? Sheila incorporated every single detail that we shared with her....how we met...the moment we KNEW...how much joy we bring to one another. It was amazing to see and hear during your own ceremony-just how real and personal the ceremony was.
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests? Our family and friends have raved about the entire day - but we've heard so many people say" Your ceremony was touching!" "Your officiant was amazing!" "Her attention to detail and knowing about different customs and sayings were fantastic!"
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not? What DIDN'T she do! From the moment we met Sheila we knew she was the one. She was so genuine, and really took a lot of time to hear our story and wanted to feel as if she's known us forever. We had so much fun talking to hear, explaining our wants and desires, things we hoped to incorporate in the ceremony.
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected? The story of how we met! When we met with her we told her exactly how we met, I thought she just wanted to know to get a better sense of who we are but to our suprise she told everyone during the ceremony!! It was great, some of my husbands relatives that I didn't know so well later told me that they felt they knew me better because of the detail Sheila has in our ceremony.
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony? sheila incorporated my mom and my husbands father who are deceased into the cermony in such a happy way as well as our 5 nieces and nephews. Donald and I really wanted to stay true to ourselves and have the ceremony really speak to us and our relationship and with Sheila's guidance and expertise it was everything and more than i ever hoped for.
And...my only wish was that we wrote our own vows and my husband initially was not too excited BUT Sheila has this way about her and she guided him to write his own vows and i have to say that I was so touched and it was one of the best parts of the ceremony. And if you know my husband you would have never in a million years thought he would agree to writing his vows. But Sheila is amazing and he wrote the most beautiful vows ever!! It was the best present.
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests? To this day we still receive compliments on the ceremony, how it was so personalized and interesting, not the typical boring ceremony. I can't stop raving about her, she is great person with a loving heart and if you choose to have her you will NOT be diappointed. There needs to be more Sheila's out there!!
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not? Shiela made ou weding truly ours. She took the time to get to know us and created the most personalized ceremony imagineable. She crossed every T and dotted every i throughout the entire process and we knew from the day we booked her that he very crucial portion of our union was in good hands.
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected? Incorporated everyone in attendance in our ceremony. Her recollection of detail about us was amazing, as if she knew us from the early days.
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony? Mostly information and some menial items that are now some of our most values and memorable symbols of our union.
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests? Dear Sheila,
Words can not begin to properly express the gratitude Raquel and I have for the amazingly perfect ceremony you performed. We have received numerous compliments about how personal and elegant the ceremony was. We have repeatedly been told how our guest have never been to a wedding ceremony like ours. Words like "unique", "elegant", "personal", "beatiful", and "special" have filled our voicemail and they are all compliments to you. How personal and simply beautiful it was. I believe I will be getting tons of request for your number. We can not stop thinking about how perfect you made our wedding. We thank you and we love you, if our ceremony is any indication of how our marriage will be then we have a wonderful future ahead of us. I am so glad our paths crossed when they did, it was truly a match made in heaven. You were meant to marry us.
Thank you and all the blessings and good fortune to you.
Mr. & Mrs. Cotto
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not? Sheila is a people person! She is full of wonderful energy and a warm spirit! She listened closely to our story of how we met and related it back in the ceremony with added humor which delightfully surprised us! Shelia was able to translate our specific needs into a beautifully orchestrated ceremony. She gathered our excitement and nerves into a relaxing and fun and down-to-earth yet serious wedding. We were both applauded for how cool, calm and collected we looked, but it was because Sheila was able to keep us smiling. Sheila was also polite and friendly to our families. Everyone commented on how she was a great director and ceremony leader.
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected? Our story of how we met. It was grreat!
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony? All we had to do was explain to her our backgrounds, our families' religious backgrounds, what we didn't want and we sort of knew what we did want. Sheila was able to fill in blanks with exactly what worked for us - such as spiritual love stories, a handfasting that didn't accentuate paganism, but honored Love as all traditions do.
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests? EVERYONE LOVED HER! It was our favorite part of the day!
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not? She let us add as much or as little of our religion into the ceremony as we wanted. She really made it a Christian ceremony for us, even though she may not share our exact beliefs. She never made it an issue, which was very important to us, and made us feel very comfortable that she knew just what she was doing.
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected? During the ceremony, we realized that there was no glass of wine for our communion part of the ceremony. So instead of cutting that part out, she thought on her feet and continued along with the ceremony using "invisible" bread and wine. It was really special and I'm glad she "made it happen"!
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony? We met with Sheila twice before the ceremony. She took very detailed notes on the questions she asked us. She wanted to know all about our families, one another, and what we wanted our ceremony to be. From here, she was able to suggest some really awesome ideas and readings that we could choose from to include in our ceremony to make it personalized for us.
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests? Everyone, and I mean everyone, absolutely loved it. It was non-traditional, and fun!! There's no reason a ceremony has to be boring and serious. We were able to really express who we were in this ceremony. People are still talking about my wedding and how much they loved that they got to pronounce us husband and wife along with Sheila!
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not? We were very concerned about our children's thoughts and reaction to us getting married as this was the 2nd time around for both of us. I met my husband's children twice and they probably met my son twice prior to learning we were tieing the knot. Needless to say, they were not receptive. Rev. Dr. Sheila Gay Gross addressed our concerns by meeting with all 5 of us at her home. She was very personable, patient and engaging with us especially with our children and we all walked away with a lighter, better understanding.
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected? Rev. Dr. Gay Gross was very specific about what to expect on our special day, however, we had no clue until we were standing at the alter that she planned to share the thoughts we had of each other when we viewed each other's pictures for the first time online. We both were unimpressed with each other's picture, however, we enjoyed each other's profile. Wynton, sent me an impressive email and the rest is history! It was unexpected, romantic and funny! It really added a nice touch to our ceremony and it was clear our guests enjoyed the details especially those who were still shocked that we met and got married in less than six months.
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony? Prior to our ceremony, we had a "Tasting" at The Grey Cliff where our wedding was held and we asked Rev. Dr. Gay Gross to join us. We spent 2 hours getting to know each other and answering Dr. Gay Gross' detailed questions regarding how we met, what our first thoughts of each other were and what our future goals are. Also, we told the Rev. that we wanted to write our own vows so she told us NOT to share them with each other but to send them to her prior to our wedding day.
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests? So many guests came to us after the ceremony and marvelled at Rev. Dr. Gay Gross' performance. The popular question was where did you find this woman? So many guests told us our wedding was by far the most romantic, hearfelt and enjoyable wedding they had ever attended. My husband and I attributed that mostly to Dr. Gay Gross who definitely set the pace. Thanks again Rev. Dr. Gay Gross for EVERYTHING!!!
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not? Basically held my hand before, during and after - from the moment we spoke on the phone her comforting words (breathe, everything is going to be perfect) I knew Rev. Sheila would deliver.
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected? Originality, Magic, love and care. Rev. Sheila was very careful how she handled each aspect of our interesting family relationships. Rev. Sheila included everyone in our families with small but important rituals.
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony? Just our time and an open heart. She handled the rest.
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests? Tears - laughter - smiles - and nods of - wow! that was great.
Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Personable : 5.0
Customized Ceremony : 5.0
Reliable : 5.0
Presence : 5.0
Review: Beautiful, Personal, Engaging. Just wonderful!
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not? Sheila spent a lot of time just getting to know us as individuals and as a couple. It was obvious that she cared as much as we did about making our ceremony perfect for us and enjoyable for our guests.
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected? She added the perfect amount of humor. We STILL have friends and family commenting on how wonderful our ceremony was and our wedding happened over a year and a half ago. Our guests were included in the ceremony in their own way and were captivated by Sheila's outgoing and genuine nature. I wouldn't have changed one thing!
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony? At our one and only meeting before the ceremony, Sheila spent a few hours with us discussing our individuality and our relationship and religious/spiritual beliefs. We told her personal stories about our courtship. There was a particular object that represented our past together and Sheila helped us integrate it into our ceremony. Now that object holds even more meaning to us. I think that that is one of the wonderful things about Sheila. She has a wonderful ability to understand the love between two individuals and to help convey that love in their ceremony. I had a friend who also used Sheila for her ceremony!
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests? I think that the best comments that we received regarding the ceremony were how wonderful Sheila was and how she made them laugh and kept them captivated through the entire thing. We were so glad that no one got bored and that they genuinely enjoyed watching us exchange vows. Like I mentioned before, people STILL comment on how much they enjoyed our wedding.
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not? Sheila gave us a tremendous amount of time throughout the engagement period to meet with her and plan a ceremony that was everything we wanted. She listened and supported us and really understood the vision we had. She allowed us to be creative and added the most wonderful touches to our ceremony based on the informatiomn we shared with her about our families and our wishes.
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected? Laughter, Love and a sense of who Jason and I truly are as a couple. the group pronouncement was the BEST!!!
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony? We shraed who we are individually and as a couple. We shared our hopes and dreams for the future and things from the past that have shaped who we are today. We shared the reasons why we love each other and what makes us unique.
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests? The best ceremony they have ever been to- rave reviews! Everyone commented on how personal it was and that it painetd the picture of who we are as a couple. There was not a dry eye in the entire audience! In our wildest fantasies- we could not have dreamt of a more perfect experience. We live it over and over again...it was a fairy tale come true!