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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.
Serving all faiths, traditions, orientations.




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Wedding on 2016-03-04


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AMAZING, GENUINE

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Let me first start out by saying that Sheila is wonderful and I mean that with all of my heart. My husband and I were struggling with finding an officiant who was right for us. I come from a Catholic family but no longer practice and my husband was not raised on religion nor does he practice any religion. We were already stepping out of the norm for my family by having our ceremony outside of the church and instead at our venue. I did not want to ruffle any feathers or disappoint anyone by having a completely non-religious ceremony so we decided to try and find a priest who would do our ceremony at the venue. We found one. It didn't feel right but we went with it anyways. Flash forward two months before our ceremony and I am having a complete meltdown about the most important day of my life. I just could not bear the thought of standing up at the altar with my soon to be husband and making promises to a religion and to a God we did not whole heartedly believe in just for the sake of my family. I emailed Sheila and she called me right away. Immediately she told me not to worry and that she would help us figure this out. I felt so calm and at ease with Sheila and I knew right away that she was the right fit for us. We met, we laughed, she listened, she understood and she wanted to make sure our wedding day was about US and OUR LOVE not about anything else. Let me tell you--she delivered! Our ceremony was filled with so much emotion and love. People were crying, laughing and then crying again. I could not imagine a more perfect ceremony. Afterwards, I had my Catholic traditional family members telling me just how WONDERFUL our ceremony was. There wasn't a single person who did not love it. Sheila helped to make our wedding day so special and I can not thank her enough for that. She is an amazing person and a fantastic officiant. I HIGHLY recommend anyone who is getting married to book her ASAP! You will not regret it. Thank you Sheila :)



Wedding on 2016-02-06


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Unbelievable Experience!

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If you want a once in a lifetime ceremony for your wedding, Sheila is the one for you! From the moment I spoke to Sheila on the phone, a sense of warmth and comfort filled my soul. My husband and I met with her in Asbury Park, talking about our love story. After chatting for about 3 hours, I felt as if Sheila was an old friend that we were catching up with! The second time we met with her, she gave us a glimpse of what her talk would sound like. She didn't get past the second sentence before I started balling my eyes out! Sheila is truly one of a kind. The way she was able to express our love to the guests at our wedding was nothing short of amazing! Our guests constantly told us how unique, passionate, and warm hearted our ceremony was. They had never seen anything else like it! From intimate stories to personal speeches from our loved ones, Sheila took everyone's breath away!!! She even called me the day before our wedding to make sure I was calm and ready for the big day! I cannot thank Shelia enough for this once in a lifetime experience. She is the BEST!!!




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A beautiful ceremony that was uniquely ours . . .

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely. Sheila is enthusiastic and compassionate, listens to and records everything, and incorporates it all into the ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Nothing that was unexpected as we discussed everything in detail in advance . . . that said, we did not know exactly how her sermon would go and that was a very pleasant surprise; it was lovely and captured exactly who we are.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had several meetings, during which Sheila asked probing questions and took detailed notes, and we collectively arrived at what our guests of all backgrounds agreed was a wonderful ceremony. Many friends and family specifically lauded Sheila's warmth and compassion in delivering a sermon that was respectful of our individual backgrounds, but was uniquely personal to our love story.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"It was beautiful. Your officiant was amazing - I love how she had us all announce you husband and wife!"



Wedding on 2015-10-31


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Perfect Officiant for Us

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila met with us on two occasions prior to the wedding to get to know us and so that we could work together to create a perfect ceremony. We felt very comfortable with her by the time the big day came around.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Nothing was unexpected (a good thing), but considering the entire ceremony was created just for us, it was perfectly unique with Sheila's additions of Native American writings and Jewish Talmudic selections. Sheila also found a way to include our parents in beautiful ways into our ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila had several friends speak about us as a couple, had our mothers give us last kisses and had all of guests say I do! We wrote our own vows with Sheila's guidance.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Best ceremony EVER!!!




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Favorite Part of my Wedding Day

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila’s ceremony was my most favorite part of my wedding. She met with my husband and I for several hours leading up to the ceremony and got to know us incredibly well. She even coached us with our vows.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila had all of our friends and family pronounce us man and wife at the end of our ceremony. They all felt like they got to participate in our special day. I’ve never been to a wedding where the guests spent all of cocktail hour recapping their favorite parts of the ceremony. And yet that’s what happened after Sheila married my husband and I in Lambertville last week.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

The ceremony was incredibly personal – Sheila told our love story with humor and sincerity before inviting up three of our cousins to each give a “blessing” and welcome us into each others family. Our mothers and grandmother even played a role in joining us together.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"This was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I've ever seen." - My family's Catholic priest



Wedding on 2015-08-29


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Simply Amazing

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Where to begin? Sheila was simply amazing. My husband and I are two different races and cultures. We really searched for someone that understand all the delicate intricacies associated with a union of this sort. We hoped for a ceremony that created feelings of intimacy and love and included our friends and family. Sheila did all this and more. She got to know us, both individually and as a couple, throughly through several meetings across months. We could not have been more pleased with our ceremony--our loved ones felt honored and special and we received endless positive feedback. Some even said it was the best ceremony they'd ever attended, and we agree! Thank you, Sheila!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Took time to get to know us, and really, really cared about our love and union.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

The MOST personalized! It was entirely centered on the love between my husband and I, and all those that got us to that point in our lives.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"That is by far the best ceremony I've ever attended. Very refreshing."




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Must Read if you are considering Sheila

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely Yes.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

When we were first planning our wedding, the last thing I was thinking about was an officiant. In fact, I totally disregarded the idea that we even needed one. Then once I realized that we DO need an officiant, I thought they were all the same. I was very very very wrong. Without Sheila, this wedding ceremony would have been 1/10th as beautiful, personal, and amazing as it was. Sheila, right from the very start, prioritized one thing, and that was to get to know me and my future wife on a very deep level. She recommended we meet in person, but since it was hard for us to travel with the baby, she offered a Skype session where we all got to know each other. Sheila then would ask us different questions, and ask for explanations of different events in our lives, which then I had no idea why but I knew it would be for something. When our wedding day came, I knew why. Sheila didn't give that cookie cutter show where we repeat after her and say I do I do. Sheila customized everything about what she said that day and told EVERYONE our PERSONAL love story and who we really are and how we really feel about each other. She included family members into the ceremony to really bring the love and bond together and they were more than happy to participate in such an event. My wife and I wouldn't have had it ANY other way. If I went back in time, I would scratch and claw to get Sheila to marry us and I would try to get her no MATTER what it took to do so. In a strange way, I feel as if Sheila has made our marriage even stronger by saying the things she did and by truly caring about us. I know my wife would agree with me on this but Sheila is the one thing that really made me see my Wife on a deeper level that day, and by helping us write our own vows, we really felt the true meaning of that day and I know we will forever remember what happened, and so will everyone else. Thank you Sheila, from the bottom of my heart. And thank you for marrying me and my soul mate.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"This was the most beautiful ceremony I have ever seen"



Wedding on 2015-05-24


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There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I don't even where to begin! With less than a week before our wedding my husband and I had no one to marry us. I frantically made about 40 phone calls. Once I talked to Sheila and we spent the better part of an hour effortlessly chatting on the phone, I knew fate had brought us together! Jay and I went to her house (with no obligation that we use her as our officiant) and just talked about ourselves and our love story and the time flew by! We're so glad we had the pleasure of her marrying us and if you feel the instant chemistry like I did when I first talked to her, you won't be disappointed if you choose her as your officiant.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila is truly passionate about what she does and it shows, she was even willing to work with us on our tight budget. She crafted a BEAUTIFUL, unique, and moving ceremony that our family and friends are still talking about and insist it's the best ceremony they've ever been to, there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd, including my husband and I.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She uniquely incorporated family members (my husband's grandparents who are very special presences in our lives blessed our rings). My mom also spoke which was very touching and meant a lot to her and my husband's uncle told a story about us that we had never even heard until that moment! There was a wonderful wine toast. We wrote our own vows, with some help from Sheila. and our friends and family all helped pronounce us husband and wife!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"I've been to almost a hundred weddings and never been to a ceremony so heartfelt and touching"



Wedding on 2015-05-25


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Best Officiant EVER

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Words cannot begin to describe Sheila’s poise, elegance, unique storytelling, and general passion she pushes out in each ceremony she does. I read hundreds of reviews for dozens of officiants along with dozens of other vendors. We already got screwed over by a shitty photographer, so I took those reviews very seriously. Every beautiful review written about Sheila doesn’t even compare to how truly wonderful she is. She was the ONE and ONLY officiant we met with. After meeting her, there was no need to look elsewhere. She is quite a talker and you get a sense of the passion and love she shares for her work within the first few minutes of our first phone call. Then we went to her house and spent 4 hours just talking! She wanted us to walk her through our lives and she uniquely used all of the stories and anecdotes to perfectly describe us, our story, our lives, and our future together. She was always present and had such a thirst to know everything about us to be able to put together “Our Story”. The day of the ceremony was here. Brilliance! The only way to describe her is just beautifully brilliant and articulate. We both work in theatre so telling a story is what we do with our lives every day and she nailed it. Every single person at our wedding came up to us (and are still contacting us) to say that this was the best wedding they’d ever been to and the best ceremony they’d ever witnessed. Anything I write in this review can’t do her justice but she is hands down, THE BEST. Trust me.




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Mrs. Joanne Ata

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Your wedding ceremony should be all about the two of you, not some random scripture, poem or the like. In choosing Sheila for your wedding day, you will get just that!! An intimate, personal, bring you to tears ceremony that is about your love, your life and zest for each other... it just shouldn't be any other way. Being wedding photographers we had the pleasure of working with Sheila many times, and each time her words to and for the couples always made my eyes well up...everyone in the room knew exactly how that couple felt for each other by the words spoken. So, when we decided to get married, we knew immediately who we wanted to perform our intimate ceremony, a "no brainer' if you will! Sheila is very intuitive and sweet with her words.....
So, what are you waiting for??
Congrats!




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New Jerseys Best Officiant!

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My husband John and I met Sheila over a year ago. I knew instantly that she was the one to marry us. I felt an immediate connection with her warmth, personality and passion. She is so open minded and welcomed us to her home graciously. I've never felt so comfortable divulging my relationship history with someone. But it came so naturally to discuss with Sheila everything we went through. She is a true professional! She communicated with us via phone, text and emails at any time we needed her. One day before our wedding, my 27 year old husband suffered a massive heart attack. Everything was cancelled and we spent over five days in the hospital! Our wedding date was important to us and we asked her to come to the hospital to legally marry us. Sheila without hesitation came right to us. The hospital did everything they could to turn it into a mini ceremony as a surprise to us! It was very touching, but most importantly Sheila was able to just go with the flow. We had no idea that the news station would come out to cover our story. Sheila turned our small and unexpected ceremony into a beautiful memory. She is so devoted to her clients and I will forever be grateful for her services. We had to reschedule our wedding and with very sudden notice to our vendors. Sheila is forgoing her vacation to be there for us to perform our true ceremony we had planned. She truly is a gem and an angel is disguise!




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So glad we picked Sheila

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila welcomes you into her home and treats you like family. Very original ceremony and everyone there stated it was the best they'd ever seen!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila added a wine ceremony that was very special which included our children.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Best ceremony they'd ever been to.



Wedding on 2015-05-05


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Wedding of Our Dreams! Thank you, Sheila!

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Sheila is a true blessing to this world. Her sincere, heartfelt, and eloquent presence brought the exact personal touch my husband and I envisioned for our wedding. I wholeheartedly recommend her services to any couple looking to create a beautiful, lifelong memory they will always be able to cherish.

Through out the entire process Sheila was a gem. She was understanding and accommodating with our limited budget. She was readily available day & night to answer all our questions. She happily traveled well over an hour to our remote cottage in the woods to conduct the ceremony. She even rearranged her personal schedule so we could get married on the exact day we desired - with very little notice too.

My husband and I are eternally grateful to Sheila. It was an honor and a privilege to be married by someone as experienced, professional, genuine, and wise as she.




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An amazing ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

My wife and I are from different backgrounds and faiths, so when i went into looking for an officiant I tried to find someone who could help blend our cultures into one for our ceremony. This, as you an imaginable, is not an easy task - however - I luckily found Sheila, who was able to deliver an amazing inter-faith ceremony.

Sheila is the type of person who you feel at home with the moment you start talking with her (even via skype/phone - which was how we communicated entirely until the day of the wedding due to our distance). She got to know both myself, my wife, and us together to help create a very personal and beautiful ceremony. From beginning to the end, she was supportive, caring, and flexible with any and all issues that came up.

I want to tell you that i honestly I have never been to a wedding where so many people commented on the ceremony before in my entire life! Everyone who I spoke to said they had never been to such a unique, beautiful, and wonderful wedding. This is because Sheila is amazing. Things couldn't have been better. If you want a uniquely personal and touching ceremony, go with Sheila - she will not disappoint.



Wedding on 2015-03-07


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Fantastic wedding ceremony!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely! Even while standing up there in front of everyone, she has such a loving and calm presence, it helped me relax.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila told our story in a romantic, comical and intimate way. She involved our guests in the ceremony making it fun and interactive.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila interviewed us a few times, she was able to convey both our personalities beautifully. We had a wine toast, and both sets of parents come up to have a hand holding/group hug - it was very sweet. We wrote our own vows and she helped every step along the way - even emailed me when she was on vacation!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"That was outstanding - most beautiful, interesting ceremony ever - I cried, I laughed - I really felt like I understood why and how you fell in love" - Brides sister (MOH)




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9/20/14 Wedding Review

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See below review

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

See below review

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

See below review

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

From the Bride/Groom:
If we could say one thing about Sheila, it’s that she made us feel like family right away and everything just fell into place naturally. We definitely got the perfect match for us and we’re so glad we got the referral from our banquet director. Sheila was more than accommodating to say the least – she bowed out of a very important event to be a part of our special day and for that we are very grateful. She really took the time to get to know us, our quirks, our families, and our story. She was so creative in how she handled our ceremony – turning something ordinary into something extraordinary (not to sound cliché). She had really great ideas of how to get our families involved in the ceremony and by the end of it – we felt like not only Shelia had married us but all of our guests did as well. Truly a ceremony we will never forget! Thank you Sheila!
Love Ali & Jay



Wedding on 2014-12-27


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Beautiful Baby Blessing

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes very! She's like part of the family. She married my husband and I 3 years ago and now she has blessed our sweet little girl

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

That and more (as usual)

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila worked with us to customize a ceremony unique to our family.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They all thought it was the most beautiful, creative, emotional, and thoughtful ceremony



Wedding on 2014-08-23


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Baby Blessing!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely! Sheila makes you feel like you are part of her family.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Her spirit and love!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila is part of our family!!! She married us, performed our first son's baby blessing, and was there for us again to bless our youngest son. Our son's blessing was exactly what we had hoped for; a way for us to welcome our beautiful boy into our world and into our family. Sheila personalized the ceremony so that it catered to who we are as parents.Sheila wrote a beautiful and intimate ceremony that was filled with tears of joy and overwhelming love. Thanks again, Sheila! xoxo

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our family and friend's all know Sheila and love her!



Wedding on 2014-08-31


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Amazing Officiant!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes!! My husband and I met online, and I found Sheila the same way. She graciously and warmly welcomed us into her home to meet with us. She would call me just to check in and see how we are doing. When it came time to write our own vows, she would guide us and help us figure out the right way to say what I was trying to say.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She suggested having our parents switch sides, so that my parents were sitting in front of my husband, and his parents sat in front of me. This way , our parents could see our faces during the ceremony, and watch our expressions, instead of staring at our backs.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila asked us for the names of deceased relatives, and our favorite memory with that person. She then incorporated them into the ceremony, keeping their memories alive, and making it feel like they were there with us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everybody came up to us to say how beautiful the ceremony was! Sheila was prepared to leave immediately after the ceremony, but she was there for most of the cocktail hour, because the guests kept grabbing her to talk to her! She is so personable and warm.



Wedding on 2014-08-02


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Merrill-Lafer Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila made us very comfortable. She explained the process and helped us throughout the whole time. She put us at ease and was always available. She really got to know us well which made the ceremony so special.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She incorporated our deceased parents into the ceremony. Also she engaged the audience and even got them to pronounce "We do" in accepting our marriage. Very powerful.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our niece sang a song for us during the ceremony. We broke the traditional breaking glass (only religious element done in a non-religious ceremony). Shared our stories and vows. Even fed each other a rice krispy treat (something that replicated the first time we met).

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The guests were all amazed. There was not a dry eye in the house- tears of joy and happiness. They felt Sheila really captured our personalities and involved them in the ceremony. Everyone said it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever attended and it really set the tone for the reception afterwards. Everyone asked about Sheila and remarked what a fantastic job she did. We can't recommend (and thank) her enough! She made the event our own and very special.



Wedding on 2014-07-18


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Amazing Officiant

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I love you and I'm here always for you!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

There are so many things I can say about Sheila but the best word to describe her is phenomenal!! She was so amazing!! Our ceremony was beautiful! She took the time to meet with my husband and I so that she could get to know us better. With this she took all the things we told her and incorporated them into our ceremony, which made it personable and like no other ceremony I have ever heard or seen.
She also suggested we use a tradition called hand fasting and I was able to use my grandmother's scarf and my grandfather was the one that performed the fasting. It was so touching to be able to have him included in our ceremony and even though my grandmother could not be there she was there in spirit.
There was not a dry eye during the ceremony and everyone came up to us afterwards and told us how spectacular Sheila was.
She made our day special and I am so happy that she was a part of it and she will continue to be a part of our lives!
We love Sheila!



Wedding on 2014-07-05


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BEST WEDDING CEREMONY EVER!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

YES! Sheila is so warm and welcoming. She truly gets to know you and your spouse and listens to why you love one another!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She came up with the brilliant idea of a "gummy bear exchange," which represented a part of how my husband and I came in contact years ago. Also the heartfelt blessings from our closest friends.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Every aspect of our wedding ceremony was personalized, from our story to who we wanted to include in it.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Your ceremony was so beautiful and special, you had me tearing up!



Wedding on 2014-05-24


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The Perfect Officiant!

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Everyone says their wedding is one of the most special moments of their lives. Having your guests purposely contact you days and even weeks following the wedding, many on multiple occasions, to express how YOUR wedding was such a memorable, loving, tender, joyous and special moment for THEM makes it even more fulfilling. After being together for more than 22 years, it was important we find the right officiant to help us craft our wedding ceremony. We could not have selected a better partner! Sheila helped us create a ceremony to honor our past, celebrate the moment, and embark on a joyous future. We were not just another couple or a "job" to Sheila. She took the time to get to know us and really understand our 22 year journey, which she so beautifully shared with our guests as part of the ceremony. Full of laughter and tears, our ceremony was unique and all about us. Nothing was generic or something you would see at every other wedding. Many of our guests have expressed it was the most beautiful and wonderful wedding they have ever attended. If you want a run of the mill wedding, Sheila is a great officiant and can accommodate your needs. If you want a wedding tailored just for you, full of love, laughter and capturing the essence of who you are as individuals as well as a couple, then there is no one better than Sheila!



Wedding on 2014-06-30


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Perfect xxxx

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila made us feel extremely comfortable. She is a very warm person who is very easy to talk to. She really listens to you and understands what you want from your special day (sometimes before you know it yourself!!) She always responded very quickly to emails and spent a lot of time getting to know us as people.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She made the ceremony very personal to us. She told our love story as though she had always known us! This made the ceremony so special and brought back lots of lovely memories for us.

She added so many little details to the ceremony such as having a musician play a very personal song to us and our wedding location. We would never have thought of that ourselves and it really made the ceremony.

Sheila made the ceremony more than we could have ever dreamed of. It was such a wonderful day thanks to all the time and effort she put in.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

The wedding ceremony was COMPLETELY personalised to us. Sheila spent a great deal of time asking us questions about ourselves and each other so that when it came to sharing our love story she spoke in great detail as though she had know us for years.

She made the ceremony very inclusive of our guests. This was very important to us as we had a small group of people (22) who had travelled a long way to be with us. She made it so they all got a chance to share their blessings with us and feel part of it.

She encouraged us write our own vows and assisted us both with them. I am so glad we did this now as I was a little nervous about being able to express myself properly but it made it very special on the day.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

All our guests commented that it was the best ceremony they had been to and how beautiful it was. There were lots of happy tears from all our guests on the day and have been even more watching the video back again and again.




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Personal Touch

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If a unique and memorable ceremony is what you’re seeking, look no further. Sheila is AMAZING! We wanted our ceremony to be the centerpiece of our special day and could not have been happier with our experience in working with Sheila. Her approach of actually spending time with her couples, to really get to know them, is unprecedented. She invested valuable time and energy into learning about us, both as individuals and as a couple. Her genuine interest in learning both about our history and our hopes and dreams, allowed her creativity to design a unique and fun experience that incorporated our guests into the ceremony. The reaction was unanimous. Our friends and family felt like they were a part of the wedding, not just attending another ceremony. Sheila is detail oriented and a consummate professional, whom we would recommend to all couples of any faith.



Wedding on 2014-03-23


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Amazing Wedding

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Amazing Ceremony
We contacted Sheila after reading a few comments left by previous couples who were married by her. We were made to feel so comfortable and we were enlightened by her vision of how our ceremony should be and she helped us through all the jitters of preparing our function, even communicating with the venue owner to make sure that everything would be in order. The ceremony was spectacular. EVERYONE commented on how beautiful it was and they were all captivated by Sheila's words. The ceremony was unique and expressly written for us with such care, touching upon the many experiences in our lives that brought us even closer together. Without a doubt, we would highly recommend the services that Sheila can provide.



Wedding on 2014-03-01


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Wonderful!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Our wedding was the best day of our lives, and it easily starts at the very beginning when we worked with Sheila. Ben and I were skeptical working with an officiant that did not know us; that we had no prior relationship with. We knew that we wanted a very personal ceremony, one that helped everyone to understand who we are and why we love each other. We wanted everyone to feel like they were participants in our day, not just observers. Sheila really put in the time to learn who we both are, as individuals and as a couple. She really understood how to personalize a moment and skillfully bridge our guests into it--we all shared the experience. Sheila did not insert our names into a traditional script that we all have heard a dozen times before. She told the story of us.

It has been a week since our wedding, and we've lost count at the amount of compliments we've received about ceremony and Sheila. It was touching, unifying, and memorable. It surpassed expectations, and was the perfect start to the beginning of the rest of our lives together.

An absolute PLEASURE to work with. We'd give her 6 stars if we were allowed!



Wedding on 2014-02-15


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More wonderful than we ever would have expected!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I reached out to a lot of officiants in the area, and Rev. Dr. Sheila was the only one who responded immediately not with a scripted message or template message but a personal email inviting me to speak with her. Throughout our preparation for the ceremony, she was easy to contact, very prompt to reply--more prompt than me!--and incredibly patient and friendly. She has a wonderful, pleasant personality that is conveyed through the phone and through email as well as in person. She comes across to me as incredibly warm-hearted and caring. From the very first time we spoke, I felt like my husband-to-be and I were in good hands with her as officiant; she immediately showed that she cared about our marriage and that making our ceremony as best as it could be was her priority. I did not expect to find an officiant who cared about myself and my husband personally as people enough to be open to our wants, needs and feelings, but Rev. Dr. Sheila took the time to get to know us as people and as a couple and allowed us to have our small ceremony conducted in her own home. I felt incredibly comfortable every step of the way, almost as if we were just dealing with a friend or neighbor; there was no stress and no uneasiness at all.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I did not expect to be asked about how my husband and I met; I did not think that it would matter or be relevant, because I saw an officiant's duty as a sort of cut-and-dried, impersonal affair. I was very pleasantly surprised when Rev. Dr. Sheila, instead of asking us to pick a script for our ceremony as other officiants did, instead gave us a set of questions for my husband and I to answer about our relationship and how it started and grew. I was surprised, by the end of the ceremony, how much more deeply involved with and connected to the wedding I felt. It was a wonderful experience, and my husband really enjoyed filling out the questionnaire; it brought back such beautiful memories for the both of us.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

The ceremony was almost entirely personalized based on the questionnaire that Rev. Dr. Sheila asked my husband and I to fill out and by requests I made in our conversations during the preparation period before our wedding day. I was very hesitant and indecisive about what I wanted our ceremony to be like; Rev. Dr. Sheila very gracefully--not forcefully at all--took the lead to apply her experience as an officiant to create a ceremony when my husband and I were too uncertain. It's like she knew what we wanted better than we did but was incredibly flexible to additional ideas or questions from us; in the end, our wedding ceremony was personalized by Rev. Dr. Sheila's retelling of the way that my husband and I met and grew closer, but in addition to that, she showed that she had a remarkable understanding of our relationship and our needs in our marriage beyond what we told her. She spoke of the road that we have ahead as a couple and gave a voice to the kind of personalized love that we felt we have that is particular to us as a couple. It was amazing to hear that: something that so perceptively addressed not only what has happened for us as a couple already but what lies ahead. There was so much in the ceremony that we connected to, that personally engaged my husband and me and our friends/family attending. It was much more personalized than I ever expected, and yet it was a comfortable almost cozy experience.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

My best friend's mother attended the wedding and spoke a few words at the ceremony. She had not seen myself and my husband together very much; she's always known me much better. After Rev. Dr. Sheila told the story of how my husband and I met and got to know each other, my best friend's mother said that she could tell how much we loved each other and understood the depth of our relationship; I feel that this is thanks to the highly-personalized nature of the ceremony that Rev. Dr. Sheila prepared; she made it not about the words that needed to be spoken to marry us but about us as people and those also who were there to see us be married, and as well as the people attending the wedding knew us, they got to know us even better after what Rev. Dr. Sheila had to say in our ceremony. It was a lovely gift to receive: having our attending family/friends be so happy along with us.



Wedding on 2013-08-03


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila made us feel extremely comfortable. She invited us over her house to chat about how we met, what was important to us, and how we wanted every last detail of the wedding. She was very amicable and kind.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She completely customizes the ceremony to exactly what you want. She suggested having our brothers speak in the middle of the ceremony in addition to making a special toast to our mothers.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We personalized it because Sheila told our story as part of her sermon. She told our guests exactly what we had gone over together during our initial meeting at her apartment.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Every last person told us it was the nicest ceremony they have ever seen. Far from the usual boring blah blah blah!



Wedding on 2014-01-18


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Sheila is the best!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila made us feel very comfortable whether it was by phone, email or in person. She is a really warm person and I feel like we got along right away.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I don't think that it was necessarily unexpected because we discussed the ceremony ahead of time, but we were really pleased with how personalized the ceremony was, how she incorporated our loved ones and was able to suggest a way to incorporate our Korean culture that was fun and fit with who we are.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila helped to create a totally personalized ceremony by listening to us talk about our relationship, ourselves and our families and then weaving all of those things together into a beautiful ceremony that was totally unique and told our story. We also had loved ones speak during our ceremony to express their love and support of us and our relationship, wrote our own vows and had all of our guests pronounce us at the end. All of these were things that Sheila recommended and helped us with and worked to make it a perfect ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Lots of people told us that ours was the most fun and unique ceremony they'd ever attended. They laughed, they cried and they said it really stood out from any other wedding they'd attended!



Wedding on 2013-11-09


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Simply Amazing!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Dr. Sheila Gross was an absolute joy. She was extremely responsive to all of our wants and needs and made the entire process a happy fun experience. She never hesitated to follow up with us whenever we had a question.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She gave us a ceremony that was unlike anything we've ever been a part of. Her heart, her spirit, her love and kindness are something that we felt through every moment. We absolutely love her and she will always be a part of our lives.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Every one of our guests commented on how personal and touching our ceremony was, and that they've never been to such an amazing ceremony. The way she involved our guests made them all feel like they were not only witnessing our wedding but that they were a part of it.



Wedding on 2013-10-19


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely! The second I spoke to her on the phone Sheila put me at ease regarding our ceremony. This was solidified once my husband and I met with her in person. We felt as if we had known her for years.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila included special family members throughout the ceremony, such as my mother, grandfather, and sister. She was able to describe our deceased parents as if she had personally known them!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila added two very special and unique aspects to our ceremony. It was a beautiful touch that added a personal component for us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Multiple family member commented on how well Sheila "got us" and our relationship. They felt she was the perfect compliment to our special union.



Wedding on 2013-09-07


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The Ceremony is the best part

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila was professional and took the time to get to know us and our story. She made us very comfortable throughout the entire process.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila really brought a lot of unique aspects from all faiths to our ceremony, with quotes from a wide variety of spiritual leaders and other elements from a well versed spiritual practice. She involved all of our guests, honored our loved ones not able to be there, and truly made the ceremony uniquely ours.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

My partner Shari and I wrote our own vows and we had live music as part of our ceremony. We also used "blessers" who stood and recited their own anecdotes about us and our relationship as part of our ceremony. It was really lovely.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We are a gay couple and I have a great Uncle who is a Jesuit Priest. He came to our ceremony and at the end told me how moved and wonderful our ceremony was. He was truly touched and told us so. My partner's family is Jewish and we have many friends who practice other faiths. Everyone really took something away from our ceremony. It really was the best part of our wedding.



Wedding on 2013-06-29


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A Perfect Wedding!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila made me and my partner extremely comfortable. She took the time to learn about us and our "love story." She was extremely pleasant and it was always very easy to get in contact with her. Initially, my partner and I did not know how to go about planning our wedding and it was very overwhelming. However, Sheila made us feel very comfortable by working through the ceremony with us step by step. She was very patient, encouraging, and overall a remarkable officiant!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila created a ceremony that not only involved us but involved the guests as well. Everyone present felt as if they were part of our special day! It was amazing!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

" The ceremony was amazing! I have never been to a ceremony so beautiful!"



Wedding on 2013-03-30


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more than I could have hoped for

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely. She spoke with me via email, initially, then over the phone and in person. She made my (now) husband comfortable enough that he was willing to step outside his comfort zone and include things in the ceremony he normally would have rejected. I asked him why, he said "because she 'gets' us"

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She remembered so many little details from our meeting together and she added them to her "love story" about us. What made this so special is that although our families know us very well and are so close, those little details and comments we made gave them a whole new depth to our relationship. It was something we wouldn't have been able to do, even if we said it ourselves. I also love that she picked up on my deep respect for my family and our sense of humor. She brought both into the ceremony and it was surprising and delighted us and our families

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila suggested some form of union ceremony, possibly a wine ceremony. I'm Irish, so I looked into Irish traditions. We found one about using a wedding goblet - specially made of wood. We mentioned it to Sheila and she embraced the tradition with open arms and even told the story of how the wooden wedding goblet came to be at the ceremony. Such a wonderful touch to a fairly common wine ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Uncle "I haven't been to a hippie wedding since my own, 30 years ago. This was absolutely wonderful".

Aunt: i never knew all that about you and rob - she did such a great job that I feel I know you better. Wish all weddings were more like this one.
Aunt: completely different type of ceremony - great switch from the traditional wedding factory type ceremony. Best wedding I've been too.
Actually, we heard "best ceremony" from many of the guests in the past few months.

Not a comment but, my great uncle, who is deeply religious, used to refuse to go to non-religious ceremonies. He's softened as he's gotten older. His comments to me at the wedding (and in the months since) have only been about how absolutely wonderful and personalized the ceremony was. My aunt said she said my gr. uncle cry at the ceremony. Sheila has great power to be able to move this man, who is so strong in his beliefs.

Also: not a comment, but the look on my mom and dad's face when we turned to the guests. Absolute joy in their hears (and tears streaming down my mom's face). I will never forget that moment.




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Uniquely Memorable Experience

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila made us feel incredibly comfortable because she focused on creating a ceremony based on us as opposed to trying to fit us into a standard one.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

It was wonderfully surprising that Sheila was so skillfully able to add her words and emotions to those we shared with her during our meetings.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila revolved every aspect of the ceremony around us and our story. For example, she suggested that, in lieu of readings which did not interest us, three of our closest friends who were instrumental in our relationship could speak during the ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

All of our guests commented that it was the most beautiful, unique, and lastingly memorable wedding ceremony they had ever seen.



Wedding on 2013-03-02


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Truly special

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

After four months of not enjoying the wedding planning process, my husband and I decided to cancel our original wedding date set for August and instead set a date two weeks away. I emailed a few officiants with my now rush request. Sheila was the first to respond (she emailed me back within the hour) and I knew after our first email that she had to be our officiant. We had family and friends flying in last minute from all over the country to be with us on our special day and I wanted the ceremony to be personal and intimate. Sheila made sure that happened. She was very flexible with our schedule and made us feel so comfortable that we really didn't worry about the ceremony at all. She added personal touches and stories that really felt like 'us'. We've had so many friends and family members tell us it was the best ceremony they've ever witnessed and there were both moments of laughter and tears. We both feel truly blessed that Sheila was able to share our special day with us. I would highly recommend her. THANK YOU SHEILA!




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Wunderbar! (5 of 5 stars :))

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Sheila transformed all the details we provided into a wonderful, truly unique and special ceremony.
She was able to totally capture “us” and our chemistry.
Nothing about it ever felt manufactured or random.
Every part of the process – from the first phone call to our personal meeting until the big day was a wonderful,
easy, lighthearted, very personal though professional & caring experience.
Amazing also how Sheila included our family and friends into the ceremony and made them feel to be
a special part of it and still left room for spontaneity.
Wunderbar!!!
THANK YOU, Sheila!
Love,
Kat&Paul




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The best part of our wedding!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila made us very comfortable. She is very warm and a great listener, from the moment we met, I felt she "got" us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She integrated so much of what we said about each other during our first session together into the ceremony. It made the whole ceremony very personal and truly about who we are to each other.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

It was a surprise wedding, halfway through our engagement party! Besides that, we wrote our own vows, and our best man, my mother, and my grandfather made beautiful speeches.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

This is the best wedding I ever went to.



Wedding on 2012-11-24


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Central Park Vow Renewal

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

From the first moment i had established contact with Sheila I knew that I was dealing with someone who really cared about my needs. Sheila is warm, friendly and goes beyond expectations to make people feel comfortable, it did not seem to matter what time it would be, her response was always quick and reassuring.
Since I was planning the vow renewal as a surprise for my wife, Sheila was there to lead me through the process and I felt that she would go to any length to work with our unique circumstances.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

My wish was for my wife and I to renew our wedding vows outdoors in Central Park. Keep in mind that we are talking the end of November and the conditions were never going to be all that pleasant. Sheila did offer alternatives but in the end we decided that Central Park was to be the venue and Sheila bravely stood out with us in the brisk cold air and performed a heart warming ceremony for us. I knew that I was asking a lot but Sheila was respectful of my wishes and for that I am truly grateful to her.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our ceremony was more a celebration of my wife and her meaning to me. Sheila was able to create a wonderful ceremony and added plenty of loving touches and insight to the moment. Sheila has a great understanding of people and with intuition is able to say and create the right atmosphere for any situation.
I am so glad we chose you Sheila.




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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

The greatest compliments we received on our wedding were about the ceremony. Sheila composed such a warm, loving, tribute to our relationship. It was uniquely us.

I am Hindu by birth, and my wife is Catholic. Our lifestyle is far from orthodox, but we wanted to incorporate Hindu and Catholic traditions to honor our families and our upbringing. My wife and I had no idea how to create this hybrid ceremony. Thankfully, Sheila came to our rescue.

Sheila put our minds at ease when we met with her. Her experience and confidence showed through while offering solutions to all of our concerns. Before that meeting the planning process was just tasks on a to-do list, but after we met with her everything started to become real. It was the first time my wife and I were able to envision our wedding day.

Sheila stayed in constant contact throughout. The weekend of our wedding she was gracious enough to drive 2 hours for our ceremony near Philadelphia, despite having to go back for another wedding the next night. Sheila delighted both of our families by weaving our two cultures together seamlessly. We are so grateful to have found her.

Thank you Sheila, we love you!



Wedding on 2012-07-28


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Highly Recommend this Officiant!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila is extremely friendly, outgoing, and welcoming. Both meetings my husband and I had with Sheila were in her living room, which made me feel like we were old friends, rather than clients. Sheila is also easy to talk to, obviously took our concerns and goals to heart, and was just a wonderful kind-hearted and interesting person to get to know! I assure you that you will find her to be extremely personable and easy to work with.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila is also amazingly flexible and responsive. She not only helped us create our dream ceremony down to the detail, but she was also available whenever we needed her to work through issues such as acquiring our marriage license (we were getting married out of the state we live in) and writing our vows. Every time I emailed or called Sheila she got back to me later that day, if not within the hour - not to schedule an appointment to talk but to actually have a conversation. I feel like you don't run into that sort of personalized service very often these days.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

I really felt like she took the time to get to know me and my husband before beginning to suggest ideas for our ceremony. She invited us over to her home where she asked us questions about how we met, what we like about each others, our plans for the future, and our families. She also made sure she really understood what we wanted our ceremony to be like. My husband and I represent two cultures, and neither of us are religious but I would say we are spiritual. Sheila suggested some amazing ideas for our ceremony that incorporated our beliefs and backgrounds while really capturing our love for each other. Her ideas were so great and so sentimental that she made me cry during our initial meeting!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

After the wedding (which was extremely sentimental and made both my husband and I teary eyed for its duration), many of my guests told me that our ceremony was the most moving ceremony they had ever seen. I had a guest describe the ceremony as "wonderful and uniquely you." Even my guy friends told me that they were choked up while watching the ceremony. Sheila's suggestions, ideas, and attitude were paramount to the ceremony's success.



Wedding on 2012-05-20


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A ceremony filled with personality and love!!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

First off I just need to say..... Sheila is now part of my family and always will be!!!!! Shelia was beyond caring taking her time to really get to know my husband and I. From the moment we had contact, my husbands schedule changes so often and sometimes last minute, Sheila was flexible. We went over her house and there were so many questions that evoked so many tears of joy and little things that go on everyday in our lives, (the things that really count) that we were able to share. My husband lost a brother when he was young and Shelia was able to bring that into the ceremony without making it upsetting rather celebrating his life. I never once felt rushed. I am the type that doesn't like surprises, but Shelia was on top of what she knew about us - taking notes, sending emails, calling regardless if she wasn't in town, building trust and making us feel secure. She was also great at giving options, because the reason we choose to meet with her, was because of bringing different cultures in. We had a few more meetings, mainly because I wanted to. A few days prior to the wedding, she called us, went over how it was going to run though, what she was going to say, and let us know she will be there prior to the ceremony for the rehearsal. Day of, I was really excited, not nervous at all and she surprised both of our mothers (my husband and I both knew what she was going to ask them to do) with a special moment in the ceremony. It was also very special by having my father bring up the glass to break. She also knows a ton about many cultures. My husband is Turkish and we did a little tradition that brought everyone to laughter. She had a way of incorporating our true personalities into the ceremony. When it was over, I CANNOT tell you, how many people came up to my parents, my husband and I and just gave us the most raving reviews on how intimate and personal of a ceremony it was and how excellent of an officiant Sheila was!!! In fact, I can guarantee no one else was ever at wedding that the brides and grooms true colors came through. By the end, I feel like she is part of my family now and I cant wait to go back to her for the next big steps in our lives.... children. She was truly amazing and I wouldn't change a thing!!! We love Shelia!!! <3

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We incorporated all parts of our faith, we wanted it to be traditional with some twists. She brought our mothers up during the ceremony, with a very special saying that she tailored to us that surprised and delighted them. She also asked the audience for permission to marry.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila personalized the ceremony because it was more about us, our personalities, what brought us together, why we love each other and how we'll continue to keep that growing. She brought in little things my husband says that makes me laugh and things about my family and cats. We also broke a glass and before he did that, I stepped on his foot. In the Turkish tradition, the wife steps on his foot saying - I rule the roost. The other part, was having everyone involved. She asked the entire audience for permission for us to marry and let them them feel part of it. They truly loved it and felt such a presence with us there.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Honestly, this may sounds untrue, but i don't think there was one person that DIDN'T come up to us and my parents just ranting and raving and throwing compliments out to us on how special, unique and truly personal the ceremony was. Not one person has ever been to a wedding that touched them, like Sheila was able on May 20th!!!



Wedding on 2012-05-20


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Happily married wife

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Our first meeting with Reverend Sheila Gay was extremely comfortable. She invited us to her house where we were able to talk about ourselves and our personal story. She did a great job, the atmosphere was warm and we were able to open up about the best times of our lives.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She returned my inquiry at 10pm. I had just received word a few days prior that our previous Rev. had "scheduling conflicts" and wasn't able to perform our ceremony. Needless to say I was pretty stressed out. So I began searching again and found Rev. Sheila. After days of worry she called in a matter of minutes to alleviate all my fears. I didn't know how I was going to sleep that night knowing that, in a matter of months we were getting married with no one to perform the ceremony. I didn't expect her to take us on such short notice but I am blessed and so grateful that she did!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

While talking with Rev. Sheila we realized what a profound impact trees had in our relationship together. Whether it was conversations under branches or proposals across fallen trunks, there was definitely a theme (not that we realized it at the time). Rev. Sheila was not only able to recognize this important factor in our relationship but also able to incorporate and elevate our personal history with trees into the ceremony. So ingenious. A tree planting ceremony was perfect, planting our roots and watching our lives together grow.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

My uncle had brought his new girlfriend to the wedding, meeting the family for the first time. At the reception his girlfriend told me that "although I am just meeting you and your husband, after watching the ceremony I feel as if I know you already". Rev. Sheila was able to incorporate enough of our personal lives and experiences into the ceremony that strangers were instantly united as family. Love. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for such an amazing day!



Wedding on 2011-05-29


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Wedding on 2012-03-23


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Dr. Sheila Gay Gross

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Dr. Sheila Gay Gross recently provided her services as an officiant at my wedding. She did an AMAZING job with our ceremony. From the moment she first left me a voicemail responding to an inquiry looking for an officiant, I could tell she was a great choice over other officiants I looked at. My finance (husband now)and I, met with Dr. Gross at her home where she welcomed us warmly and our children as well. We spent a few hours getting to know each other, and filling her in about our story as a couple. She was great at eliciting information from us to incorporate into our personalized ceremony. I felt like she was really taking the time to get to know us and allowed us to share things about each other and our future that we really wanted to include for our ceremony. In addition, she is extremely creative and suggested ways to incorporate our older daughter into the ceremony which was fantastic.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Also Dr. Gross is extremely creative, she is willing to perform the ceremony to accommodate the desires and wishes of the couple. Anything we wanted to include was included. She volunteered to read a letter on behalf of my grandfather who was not able to attend the wedding due to health reasons which really meant the world to me. Her words brought tears to my eyes but also laughter to help get me through the ceremony (which I was so nervous for). When our photographer failed to show up the day of our wedding, she got on the phone in the bridal suite and began making phone calls to get someone there ASAP. This was above and beyond anything I could have asked for.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

My husband and I are a biracial couple and grew up influenced by two different religions. We are no longer are practicing either. We wanted out ceremony to be about the love between us and our children. After Sheila suggested quite a few creative ideas for our ceremony, we settled on a sand ceremony that allowed our older daughter to participate, a Celtic and an African American blessing to bring in our heritages. In addition, Sheila had our guests in addition to herself as the officiant announce us "husband and wife," which everyone really enjoyed.

I can honestly say I have never been to a ceremony that was so unique as Dr. Gross made ours, and so personalized to my husband and I. I can only imagine that each couple feels the same way about their own ceremonies!! I had so many friends and family come up to me during the reception and ask how we found Dr. Gross because she did such an amazing and beautiful ceremony!! Dr. Sheila Gay Gross made a huge impact on our special day and I cannot thank her enough for all her ideas and exceptional execution!! Working with her was a real pleasure!! I would recommend her as an officiant to other brides who want professionalism, grace, creativity, and who want to work with someone who really values the importance of the services she provides.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"Where did you find her?"

"That ceremony was amazing. Can I have her email to thank her for the fantastic job she did?"

"What is the officiant's name, and where is she willing to travel for ceremonies?"



Wedding on 2012-02-26


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

From the first moment I spoke with Sheila I knew she was the officiant that would marry us. A simple introductory phone conversation with Sheila made me feel warm and connected. She was kind, in tune and so attentive. Upon meeting with Sheila, I knew we had to look no further. She welcomed us into her home and spent over 2 hours getting to know us. She listened to our "love story" and took careful notes. Speaking to Sheila brought tears to our eyes. At times, her interpretation of our relationship and how she explained how she would perform our ceremony filled us with a sense of complete joy and made me, as an excited bride, cry tears of utter joy. We booked Sheila on the spot, there was no need to meet with anyone else.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Throughout the planning process, Sheila was there for us every step of the way. She kept in constant contact with me as we spoke on the phone and communicated via email. Sheila kept me calm, and her guidance and support made me feel everything was going to turn out just perfectly! When I spoke to Sheila and told her that we hadn't found a musician for our wedding, she immediately made a recommendation. She was so in tune with us and with our vision for our wedding day, that the musician she recommended was the perfect fit....we hired him and his band! Sheila was there for me unlike I ever imagined!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila spent a lot of time personalizing our wedding ceremony. My husband's father passed away and we felt his presence in our lives needed to be remembered. With respect and care, Sheila placed his father's ring on the ceremony table. There was not a dry eye in the room, as Sheila thoughtfully helped our guests remember my husband's father. Both of us have children from previous marriages. Sheila involved our children by incorporating a beautiful sand ceremony that helped us celebrate our children and their importance in our lives. Our vows were very important to us and Sheila helped us write and exchange vows that were personal and meaningful to the both of us. Sheila ended our ceremony with such a special personal touch. I had described the feeling of the love shared between my husband and I as a warm chocolate chip cookie. To end our ceremony, Sheila invited us to celebrate that love as we each took a bite of a chocolate chip cookie! Sheila created a personal, warm and heart felt ceremony, one that I always dreamed of. She afforded all of us with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. The magic she added to our wedding will never be forgotten.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

There were so many wonderful comments from our guests, some of our favorites were:

"The evening of your wedding was magical. Your ceremony was the most beautiful ceremony I ever attended."

"I have never witnessed a more personal and heartfelt ceremony before in my life! Where did you find her?"

"I really felt the love and connection you two share. I have never been to a wedding that made me feel this way. I actually cried...your officiant was just incredible!"




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Doshia

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

This lady is the QUEEN of COMFORTABLE....I believe her background as a psychologist creates a feeling of
safeness and understanding!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

As Mother of the Bride I was very pleased with the entire ceremony...it was a blend of conventional
and new age an SO UNIQUE that our guests asked me all evening "Who was that lady..that was the best ceremony
we have seen is a long time!"

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

The way the ceremony was personalized was having Sheila spend many hours with the couple..learning their history, how they met,what they saw that bonded them..............than she wove it into a beautiful
ceremony..Thank Goodness we had a videographer so we
can listen again to the astonishing service!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

See above



Wedding on 2012-02-18


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila made us feel comfortable since our first phone conversation. She is someone you feel like you've known for years.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila took the time to plan out every detail of our ceremony with us. She had so many wonderful ideas for rituals and traditions that were unique to us. We chose a few and she organized our ceremony into a spectacular memory we will have forever.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

My fiance wrote me a children's book for our first Christmas together, which was the story of how we met. The second book he wrote me was for my birthday last year and on the last page he proposed! When we told Sheila this she came up with a marvelous idea: reading our vows from the books! We did just that and our guests can't stop talking about how unique it was.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Every single guest told us that our ceremony was the BEST ceremony they've ever witnessed. It was engaging and truly captured who we are as individuals and a couple.



Wedding on 2012-02-18


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We Couldn't Ask For More From an Officiant - #1

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila is by far a master of her domain. We personally come from two separate religions (Catholic and Jewish) and when meeting with Sheila we made it clear that we didn't want the ceremony to be about a particular 'God' but rather about us, as a couple. She did just that.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Nothing - Everything Sheila did was planned and discussed ahead of time. She hit every mark perfectly!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

I wrote Paula two books which chronicled our lives together. The most recent book was used as part of the proposal. It was Sheila's idea to use the books during the ceremony. We actually read our vows from the books at the altar which have meant so much to our relationship. It was very personal to us and our guests.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Sheila engulfed our guests in a ceremony which took them through our history as a couple and incorporated bits of our personal story which really connected with each one of our guests. I can't even count the number of guests, literally probably 90%, of them who made an effort to come up to us and gush over how this was the BEST ceremony they have ever seen. Although the cost for Sheila's service was on the higher end of officiants we considered - it was absolutely worth every penny for the impact and memories that it not only left with our guests but also with my wife and I. No regrets here and have already recommended her to multiple friends getting married. Highly recommended to anyone looking to make their ceremony unforgettable.



Wedding on 2011-12-27


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A great intimate ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely. Dr.Gross is really a very sweet and caring lady. She took her time to get to know both myself and my wife well ahead of time to really create a special and very memorable ceremony. Her ability to weave interfaith thoughts was beautiful. We really were happy with the outcome.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

No.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She took the time to learn about us by asking appropriate and relevant questions. She also asked the brides father to provide her with thoughts and incorporated the family into the wedding in a very intimate way. We had a very small ceremony with only about 20 guests.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"The best wedding I've ever been to" (no kidding)



Wedding on 2011-11-27


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Sheila was an essential part of making our Big Day

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila was a dream to work with. I felt an initial connection with her upon our first phone conversation. But despite that, I went against my better instincts and hired someone else. When I notified Sheila that I'd went with another officiant she was the ONLY one (of all the other officiants I had reached out to) that despite not being chosen, still took the time to write me a beautiful, heartfelt message wishing myself and soon-to-be-hubby the best of luck in this next chapter of our lives. Some of the other officiants got a bit on the rude or pushy side, or failed to say anything at all in response. Needless to say, plans fell through with that other officiant and for the best because as soon as that happened I knew it was meant to be that we pick Sheila.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

One-on-one she shared her script with me over the phone and it helped me really paint the picture of how our day would be. I got teary eyed hearing her words. And knew that the ceremony would flow perfectly. It did. And even better than I had imagined. She improvised and really made our couple-story sparkle with bits and pieces of who we are as individuals... and most importantly who we are as a couple. Can't thank you enough, Sheila. You were a huge piece of our Big Day and I couldn't have imagined doing it without your guidance and warmth.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Since 'Day-1' Sheila has truly taken the time to get to know me on a personal level and went out of her way to understand our love story. We communicated frequently throughout email and phone in the months leading up to our wedding. She kept me up-to-date on the progress of our ceremony throughout the entire time. She is not only professional, reliable and dedicated... but she is such a lovely human being. She made our ceremony a unique and memorable experience for us and our guests. We pretty much hand-made that whole ceremony from start to finish. We worked collaboratively and fed off of one another for creative additions. She appreciated our need to be unique and to have our ceremony be as far from traditional and predictable as possible.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"The most original and heartfelt ceremony they ever sat through."



Wedding on 2011-10-14


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Reverend Dr. Sheila Gay Gross officiated our Wedding on October 14, 2011 in Shamong, NJ. She did an amazing job. She created a beautiful ceremony that reflected our 9 year relationship. She custom designed every part of our ceremony; she incorporated wine for the winery we were married at and she included our mothers which brought tears to many guests. She had all our guest in love with the ceremony. We are still receiving compliments about Sheila! The personal touches made it seem like she has known Joe and I for years. Lots of family and friends said it was the best ceremony they had ever attended.

Joe and I would highly recommend Reverend Dr. Sheila Gay Gross! She really made our day special. We love Sheila and hope she can perform a baby blessing when the time comes.



Wedding on 2011-05-15


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Sheila Gross is the best!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We felt extremely comfortable with Sheila Gross during our initial phone conversation and throughout all of our interactions. She had an uncanny ability to connect with us through our minds and soul. This connection was unique and personal. In addition to her warmth and spirituality, Sheila is professional and courteous. On the day of any wedding, things can get rather unorganized and chaotic. Sheila came in extra early to help things get organized, prepare props for the ceremony, and direct people to the right locations; Sheila did more than what was necessary to ensure that we felt comfortable.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila added a cultural wine and cup ceremony to our wedding. Albeit this ceremony was esoteric and unique, however, the presentation of the cultural legend allowed the audience to relate and enjoy. Sheila also incorporated group participation and pronouncement. After the wedding ceremony, one guest reminded me of this and mentioned how appropriate and accurate a group pronouncement is - indeed the union and creation of two individual are the result of those that came before us and those that are present with us.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our wedding ceremony was personalized by honoring specific members of our family that were absent and present. The inclusion of our love story and the details of our courtship made our wedding ceremony personalized and interesting. We also added a second cultural ceremony that pleasantly surprised our guests.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

A colleague and friend, who is also an officiant in the state of Montana, said this was by far the best wedding he has ever attended or officiated. Other guests said the wedding ceremony was heartfelt, fun, witty, and genuine. Most importantly, Sheila Gross was wonderful and eloquent.




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Best Wedding Ever

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila was the officiant at our wedding this past Sept in Stony Point, NY. My wife and I went back and forth regarding the use of a rabbi and priest to officiate our wedding and finally agreed upon using an interfaith minister.

We truly got lucky by finding Sheila. She welcomed us into her home to discuss who we were as individuals and as a couple to get to know us, our personalities, and the true reason why we decided to get married. She was extremely attentive, asked the right questions, and pieced together all these bits into a ceremony that truly represented the union of my wife and I.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

When we met Sheila, she sat us down and spent a good amount of time getting to know my wife and I. Fast forward to the ceremony....Sheila referenced and pulled together so many little bits of information we discussed in that one meeting. This added a greatly welcomed feeling of comfort and support, which I feel makes Sheila a leader of her craft.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We pulled in traditional Jewish and Catholic elements, while also embracing my wife's hispanic background. Sheila helped us achieve this seamlessly. Sheila also helped me to honor my mother who passed away a few years ago by setting up a beautiful floral arrangement next to the wedding party.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

I have been told, and I have to agree, every element of our wedding made as a few of our guests said, "The Best Wedding EVER!" If you choose to make Sheila part of your day, I promise you, you will not regret it.



Wedding on 2011-10-08


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There wasn't a dry eye in the place!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We knew from the second that we met her that she was the one! She has an energy/presence that instantly makes you feel at ease. She "held our hand" every step of the way. She worked around the tricky family politics that always going into planning a wedding. And, just her general outlook on life and how much she's loves to be in the presence of true love.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

There were a few nuances that she mentioned in the ceremony about my, now husband, and I that we didn't even realize that she heard, noticed or was even paying attention to while we the three of us knew each other for over a year of wedding planning. The things that she saw touched our hearts and made the our moment even more special (if that could even be possible).

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We decided to do something called a hand fastening (google it, its really cool) while we said our vows and we used a piece of my grandmothers wedding dress to fasten our hands. Also, instead of the Unity Candle we decided to use 2 smaller glasses of red wine and we poured them into one big glass of wine and we both drank from it.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"That was the best wedding i've ever been to" and we heard that from most of our guests. Some of them have been to litterly hundreds of weddings!



Wedding on 2011-09-10


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LOVE & MOTION BY THE ZODIACS

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

DR. SHEILA GROSS HAS A WONDERFUL PERSONALITY. WE KNEW AN INSTANTLY, THAT WE WERE GOING TO SELECT HER AS OUR WEDDING OFFICIANT!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

DR. SHEILA GROSS GOT OUR GUEST INVOLVED DURING EVERY ASPECT OF OUR WEDDING CEREMONY! OUR GUEST LOVED HER!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

WE PERSONALIZED OUR CEREMONY, BY SAYING OUR OWN WEDDING VOWS.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

OUR GUEST ENJOYED THE HAND WASHING CEREMONY!



Wedding on 2011-06-26


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One of a Kind

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila is an amazing wedding officiant and person. I knew she was "the one" from our first phone conversation because of how comfortable she made me feel. She welcomed my wife and I into her home to discuss the details and she had so many unique ideas that we knew our ceremony was going to be very special and unlike any our quests have ever seen.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She told the story of how we met and involved everyone there in the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Neither of us are religious so the feel was very spiritual while still incorporating a couple aspects of our family's' religious backgrounds. My aunt who recently passed away was responsible for my wife and I getting together (as we met at her funeral) and Sheila made sure her presence was felt and known not only with her heart felt words but also with a flower of her favorite color on the table to represent her. Every one of our quests were included in the ceremony which made it feel very intimate and special, even with 200 people. There was not a dry eye in the room.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone came up to us afterward and told us how amazing and engaging the ceremony was, not like most other generic boring ones.



Wedding on 2011-07-09


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Believe the hype -- Sheila's the best

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

When first looking for officiants, we noticed the stellar collection
of reviews for Sheila. After our initial meeting with her, it was
already apparent that she was special. Sheila asked insightful
questions that allowed her to quickly connect with us. Her inquisitiveness and general interest in discovering what made us "us" allowed her to connect with us immediately.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

More than any of the unique elements of the ceremony, the way that Sheila wove in our own words -- descriptions of our first dates, explanations of our connection, even excerpts from a eulogy I gave for my grandfather -- personalized the entire experience, making the ceremony truly ours.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

In addition to writing our own vows, Sheila suggested a wine ceremony and her "group pronouncement", which she should patent. By having the ceremony so tailored to our story, the audience was interested throughout; inviting them to pronounce us husband and wife was the perfect ending to the intimate, personalized ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Among the many "that was by far the best ceremony I've ever seen" comments we received, one of our friends asked if we knew Sheila's upcoming schedule, as our friend wanted to go watch her officiate again.




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Clarice and Andy's Wedding "Best Ceremony Ever!!!"

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She absolutely made us feel comfortable because first of all our meeting was at her house and we sat down on her couch and spoke to her. It wasn't formal of stuffy it was a relaxing environment and the way she soke to us and asked us questions about ourselves was as though we had known Sheila for years and we were just having a regular conversation. She was so non-judgemental and she got us. We mentioned to her that we were not very religious and that we wanted a more spiritual wedding and she made us ok with that. She understood exactly what we wanted and didn't make us feel uncomfortable at all about anything.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

During the ceremony she talked about how we met, the things we loved about eachother and when we fell in love. We had spoke about that during our meetings but when she mentioned it during the ceremony I was floored because I felt that everyone at the ceremony, even if they did not know us, knew exactly who we were and what we about just by her mentioning those things. We had gone over what we would be doing at the ceremony but I did not realize she was going to add that part. It made the ceremony that much more special.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila asked us a lot of questions and really go to know us. Our entire wedding ceremony was personalized. There was nothing generic, artificial, or standard about it. It was exactly what we wanted and conveyed the message that we wanted to get across during the ceremony which was that we loved each other and our families and that we were proud to be finally getting married and joining both families together.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"The wedding ceremony was so personal, I loved the way your stories were told, I have never been to wedding ceremony like that in my life, I loved it, absolutely beautiful!"



Wedding on 2011-08-10


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NJ's best officiant!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Even though the first time I spoke with Dr. Sheila was on the phone, I knew she was the one to officiate our marriage. She made me laugh, realise how impoartant this day was and her easy-going character shined through. During the ceremony itself, she made us feel comfortable and relaxing, and still managed to make us laugh - something that we realised very early on comes naturally to her.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Our ceremony was very personal, including key milestones is our lives together that made us realise how far we'd come. As we thought we wanted a simple ceremony, we weren't expecting this so it was a pleasant surprise and one which we're very greatful for.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our ceremony was a really imtimate experience, something just for me and my partner. Dr. Sheila managed to extract the relevant information about our relationship to make it more personal and memorable.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We really enjoyed the whole event and how Dr. Sheila told our love story. We wish we could take her home with us to lead our ceremony in front of all our family and friends!



Wedding on 2011-06-26


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Sheila wowed us !!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

1st time we met Sheila it was a rainy day...she welcomed us and we immediately felt at ease speaking with her. She spoke with ur and my stepchildren and got the whole story, maded us laugh and reminded us of how special our union is.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

she added our love for our family...both present and those not with us anymore, it was great to see how she cared.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She involved our entire family...so they also took part in announcing us as husband and wife. It maded it just that more special.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

everyone said that they enjoyed the fact that Sheila told our relationship story, it maded them know so much more of how we fell in love



Wedding on 2011-07-08


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A Little Love Goes a Long Way

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I could not have asked for a more loving and professional officiant. It's as if G-d read my mind and guided Sheila right to my door.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila created a very personal and beautiful ceremony perfect for my husband and me. We weren't able to meet in person before the actual event but through a couple of phone conversations she was able to read me and come up with the ceremony of my dreams.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

It was quite an intimate event with a select amount of people (mostly immediate family) little did I know that Sheila would include every single one of our guests to participate in the ceremony, this was a very touching surprise. Perfect just for us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone agreed that the Jewish traditions that took place were lovely and so touching.



Wedding on 2010-10-17


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Best Officiant Ever!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila did a FABULOUS job officiating our wedding and we would HIGHLY recommend her. My husband and I are an interfaith couple and decided last minute to have a wedding celebration. After speaking with her via telephone just a few times, she ended up being my one and only call for hiring an officiant. I am certainly glad I hired her. Sheila quickly made us feel at ease with her openness, her warmth, and caring personality that’s complimented by a fun-loving sense of humor! Sheila addressed all the concerns we had as an interfaith couple, was always professional and very accommodating. We were blessed to have found Sheila and have her perform our ceremony. We could not have been happier with the outcome and would not change a thing! We offer the highest of recommendations. Any couple, interfaith or not, who are planning a wedding will be in excellent, caring hands when choosing Sheila as their celebrant.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Our ceremony “wowed” everyone and most importantly, us as the Bride & Groom. Sheila exceeded our expectations. Sheila had so many creative ideas that you never see at weddings. Sheila honored us as individuals and as a couple. She incorporated our spirituality, blended the different religions and even included our guests as part of the ceremony making it so unique and personalized! It was all unexpected given that we’re accustomed to the “typical” type of wedding ceremony. Our ceremony had unique twists yet still maintained that traditional feel.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila quickly grasped the essence of our relationship by asking pertinent questions, guiding yet allowing us to comfortably and fully convey our innermost thoughts all while listening intently so that she was able to gather all the necessary information she needed to personalize our ceremony. She “understood and got us”. Our ceremony reflected that so well that most guests thought she was a personal friend of ours that we knew for years on end. She captured us that perfectly. All her words had special meaning, she captured us as individuals, as a couple and as a group by including our guests as part of the ceremony. Everyone felt the positive energy, the love and the warmth leaving many of us with tears of joy and ear-to-ear smiles as she brilliantly and creatively conveyed our love story. She tailored our ceremony and vows to uniquely fit our needs while emphasizing the common bond of all the religions making each person feel welcomed, loved and connected to one another as if we were all one unit.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Because we only had less than one and a half months to plan our wedding, we relied heavily on referrals from friends, family and our event coordinator at our wedding venue. Sheila came so highly recommended, with glowing reviews such as “the best wedding ceremony I’ve ever heard”. Well, every guest of ours had a similar response. Guests were saying “it was genuinely the most beautiful, heartfelt ceremony they have ever attended”, “amazing” and “absolutely loved it”. Most of all, we loved it and so did our parents, who are from different faiths and we were initially worried as to how they would respond to an interfaith ceremony. We still get compliments to this day.



Wedding on 2011-03-19


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Our newest family member...Sheila Gay-Gross

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila made us feel special and loved. It was evident that Sheila wanted to do everything she could to make our wedding ceremony memorable and filled with love and tenderness. Her priority was Amy and myself. We were invited to Shelia's home 11 months prior to our ceremony. She instantly made us feel at home and at ease. She took many notes as we conversed and shared our love story. Our 1-hour meeting concluded after 2.5 hours of laughing, crying and getting to know one-another. We loved Shelia from day-one.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila made many wonderful suggestions that were both refreshing and insightful. We incorporated most of her ideas into our final ceremony plan. We had spoken by phone and by email numerous times. Sheila ALWAYS made time for us. She was ALWAYS prepared with new thoughts and suggestions which addressed our concerns. Sheila is a professional in every sense of the word. She even traveled several hundred miles for our ceremony and stayed with us for 2 days for the final wedding prep.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila incorporated our stories, our values, our families and everything we hold dear into our ceremony. We incorporated traditions and symbolism from several different religions to capture the tenderness and true meaning of our wedding. Sheila is well-versed and worldly in the areas of religious beliefs and philosophy. She did not hesitate to think outside the religious box to represent our love in the most appropriate ways.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Every one of our wedding guests commented on our ceremony. Most said that it was "hands down the most memorable and enjoyable ceremony they had ever been a part of". Sheila did just that...involved every one of our guests in pronouncing us "wife and husband". She made it fun for everybody. The feeling of love and joy filled our day and brought all of our guests together as one family. This was our underlying goal. Sheila made it happen. Amy and I highly recommend Sheila. Her charisma and natural ability to lead a group to a desired end result are worthy of recognition and praise. Thank you Sheila and Congratulations on a wonderful success story!



Wedding on 2011-04-02


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An intimate and fun ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

My husband and I were quite at ease with Sheila, for she is an outgoing, sincere woman who was willing to take our ideas -- we had quite a few -- and coordinate them into a cohesive ceremony. We first met with her at her home seven months before our wedding. In between, we touched base and bounced a few ideas off of one another. Whenever I called and left a message, Sheila responded promptly; if I sent her an email, she would take time to come up with a thoughtful reply. What made me most comfortable with Sheila is her dedication to being an officiant. I quickly realized that being an officiant is her calling, and that she was going to lead a memorable, poignant ceremony. She told my husband and me during our first meeting that she thought the ceremony is the most important part of the wedding. At that moment, I was certain she would be a good fit for us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Since we planned in advance with Sheila, we had no surprises. She had plenty of suggestions that came from her experience, such as where our parents would sit, how we would arrange the various parts of our ceremony, and how my husband and I would face the audience. My husband, moreover, is outspoken and has quite a sense of humor. He said a few words during the ceremony that might have taken another officiant off guard. Sheila, being flexible, stayed focused and kept a sense of humor while letting my husband and me be who we are in front of our guests.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

My husband and I were interested in a sand ceremony that would involve our parents and a hand fasting ritual that would include our brothers. Sheila led us through the processes and told us the best ways to come up with the supplies. At her suggestion, my husband and I created our own sand kit and wove our own hand fasting cord. Sheila also told “our story,” which started before we both met in person; she then gave the important details our first date and the many adventures my husband and I have had together. She described our personalities, how they mesh together, and how important my husband and I are to one another. A few weeks before the wedding, I shared with Sheila how my then fiancé helped me cope with and grieve the deaths of two of my beloved cats just months before the wedding. She was able to incorporate my feelings about the support my now husband gave me during this difficult time. Furthermore, Sheila very successfully told a few stories about my husband’s late mother. She approached her absence with dignity and sensitivity for my husband and his extended family; her words were followed by a tender moment of silence.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Nearly all of our guests raved about Sheila. Several of our guests asked us how long we had known Sheila. They assumed we had been friendly with her for a while, for she was able to talk about us expertly during the ceremony. One of our friends blogged about Sheila, calling her “awesome.” One of my best friends said it was the best ceremony she had ever attended, for it was intimate, drew in our audience, and reflected the love between my husband and I as well as the importance of our families and friends.



Wedding on 2011-04-02


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THE PERFECT TOUCH OF INTIMACY

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila is very engaging and comfortable to talk to. My wife and I have a love story that is very beautiful, yet hard to believe, being as though we have been together for less than a year. Sheila was very attentive in learning about us and our love story.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She suggested a venue (Rebecca’s Restaurant) to have the wedding, due to our time and money constraints, without forcing it on us. Sheila also had a prior engagement the day of our wedding and decided to forego the engagement to do our wedding. We pretty much planned the wedding in our meeting with Sheila. She was so active behind the scenes in making sure everything was taken care of. She should probably add wedding planner to her title as well.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Being that we didn't have all the time in the world to plan, Sheila suggested some cultural elements to the wedding that went over great. Those elements incorporated a lot of our family, which is very important to me and my wife.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our ceremony left many of our guests saying it was the most beautiful, heartfelt, and intimate ceremony that they ever witnessed. The consensus was that Sheila is awesome, great, and fantastic!!!!! Guests and family are still raving about how wonderful Sheila was and how she brought our story to life for everyone to see and feel.



Wedding on 2010-09-12


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila was the officiant at our Union Ceremony, and were beyond thrilled with everything that she did for us. She is highly personable and when we met her felt that she like a dear friend.

Sheila was highly flexible with us regarding our timing, and went out of her way multiple times to accommodate our schedule and our needs - including doing an abridged second ceremony for us that was technically required which was just as memorable and touching as the Big Day. (And I must note that she cut short a vacation to be there for us as well!)

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

First, she met with us and got to know us as a couple. She asked questions that surprised us at first - but she listened, guided us and heard our story. She ultimately used that conversation to inform the ceremony in ways that made not only the day special, but made the large gathering of family and friends meaningful in a way that delighted and touched us all.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila used everything she knew about us as a couple and shaped it into a ceremony, a day and a memory that is so special to us that we will be forever grateful. We could not recommend her more highly!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

I lost track of the number of people who told me that it was the "best wedding they'd ever been to" - which surprised me when some of them were including their own!




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I couldn't get Sheila but she found someone for us

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila is very warm and easy to talk to. She's very professional, creative, and willing to answer any questions I threw at her.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila isn't actually available for the day of my ceremony. However, she called me back right away and referred me to another officiant that is available! It worked out very well--Sheila's recommendation was a perfect match for my fiance and I. She even told me about some ideas that she had had about our ceremony site! If she takes this much care of someone who's not even her client, think of how much care and energy she must put into those who are her clients! We're thankful that she took that extra step to call another officiant and help us create a ceremony that will touch the hearts of all our guests.



Wedding on 2010-09-17


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely! By the end of our first meeting, Sheila was our friend!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Everything! We weren't sure how we wanted the ceremony to flow, but Sheila hand crafted the most magical ceremony that truly spoke to who we were as a couple. I espeically loved how she had our family and friends pronounce us as husband and wife!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Instead of a unity candle, we had two separate glasses (each engraved with our names) and we each poured a drink from those into a main glass engraved with our monogram. From there we drank from the glass to symbolize our unity and committment to marriage.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They thought the ceremony was fun, joyous, romantic, personal and interactive. Everyone kept saying it was the best ceremony they ever saw and it was personalized specifically for me and my husband.



Wedding on 2010-10-17


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The perfect ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

My wife and I are not religious at all, and initially we viewed our ceremony as a necessary formality. Our intention was to just find an officiant who would perform a simple quick service with just myself, my bride and our parents. To be frank, we wanted an officiant who would say the bare minimum required by law and then send us on our way. The "wedding", as we saw it, would be the reception that followed where both of our families would join us and celebrate.

After just a few minutes on the phone with Sheila, we changed our minds.

Truth be told, we could have listened to Sheila speak for hours. She got to know us ahead of our union and she put together a very personal ceremony that drew in ideas from a variety of different faiths. It is difficult to describe, but Sheila's ceremony spoke directly to us. It was meaningful, beautiful and genuine... There wasn't a dry eye in the room.

So, to the point, I really can't recommend Sheila strongly enough. If you want a cookie cutter ceremony, look elsewhere. If you want a truly unique ceremony that speaks to the individuals involved and is delivered from the heart, your search ends here.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Actually, everything was pretty much unexpected. We didn't give Sheila much guidance at all, since we didn't really know what we wanted in a ceremony. Instead, Sheila got to know us. In doing so, she was able to put together a ceremony that really spoke to us on a number of levels.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

See above!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

More important than any comment was our guests' favorite part, which was definitely when Sheila passed the rings around to each guest (there were only four — our parents) and had them say a little something. It gave each of our parents an opportunity to add a personal note to the ceremony, and it really made it that much more special.



Wedding on 2010-09-04


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We Fell in Love with Rev. Sheila :)

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely. Sheila is one of the most incredible people we have even met. You can tell just by spending a few minutes with her, how sincere and caring she is. Upon our first time meeting with Sheila, we spent approx. 2 hours with her...talking, laughing, story telling. We instantly knew she was the officiant we wanted for our special day!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila was there for us whenever we needed her. She was extremely reponsive to all of my emails and phone calls. We would talk about once or twice a month. She became not only our officiant, but a friend to us.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

The entire ceremony was personalized and that is exactly what we wanted. We wanted to Sheila to make the entire ceremony about us, and she did just that and more. When we first met with Sheila she asked us when we both knew that we were the "one" for each other. We explained to her how my husband was in a horrible car accident a few years ago and spent almost 3 weeks in the hospital. During our ceremony she explained the story and spoke about at the moment, tradgedy turned into love and hope. The guests at our wedding were in tears!!! Happy tears, that is :)

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We came home from our honeymoon to tons of emails from family and friends telling us how beautiful the ceremony was and how they have never been to one that meaningful and personal before. Guests were telling us how much they loved the celtic hand fasting, and the warming of the rings (each member of the bridal party held the rings and passed them to the next, sending their love into the rings).




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Going on 5 yrs in Sept.! Thanks Rev. Sheila!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

The Rev. Sheila Gay understood our personalities and what we wanted the ceremony to say about our hopes and dreams as a married couple. We were able to incorporate our Catholic traditions but in a different way that fully portrayed who we were as two individuals that were coming together to form a union under the power of love. I remember that Rev. Sheila helped us in finding the most beautiful of passages by Kahlil Gibran and how she helped at invoking the power of our grandmothers who had long passed, but whose power and energy had never faded from our lives. I just can not say enough about how beautiful our ceremony was and how much it was truly enjoyed by our guests.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The Rev. Sheila Gay was a forced to be reckoned with that night. There were times of natural wedding day stress and she just helped in putting all things into it's proper perspective. My mom still remembers as to how she made our wedding ceremony and reception just one of the most introspective and spiritual occasions she's ever been a part of. All I kept hearing that night and thereafter (even from the staff at the ceremony hall) was how special and moving our occasion was....and I'm not just saying that to say that! There truly was magic in the air that night and while of course, a lot of it had to do with the love my husband and I shared for one another...it also had a lot to do with how the Rev. Sheila officiated over our ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

A portion of our vows were dedicated to the power of women...starting with our love and admiration for The Blessed Mother. We brought along a little statue of The Blessed Mother and had candles settled besides her with the names of our grandmothers engraved on them. We lit the candles and offered our humblest and heartfelt thanks to the power of their integrity and force. We honored women that night as it was the women in our respective lives who taught us how to love the most powerful of spirits and the spirit that lies within us all.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

There were many, many beautiful comments that night and thereafter but one that I'll never forget was that made by our maître d’...he said..."In all my years, I've never seen something so wonderfully different and so special. It was truly a beautiful night." That comment has stayed with me ever since. I know that my experience is not privy to me. The Rev. Sheila Gay has married many, many people since our own wedding back in 2005 and from the comments and pictures I've seen; I think a lot of people have walked away from their own big day feeling the same way. I can't say enough wonderful things about The Rev. Sheila Gay!!




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How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

My husband and I are from two different faiths and really wanted a wedding ceremony that was about us and was warm and meaningful. From the first phone conversation I had with Sheila I knew she was the officiant we wanted to use. She went above and beyond our expectations and made time during the whole wedding planning process to sit down with us and really get to know our story. We had no idea what to expect but after speaking with her and having her there every step of the way we knew that this was going to be something so unique and special.

I can't begin to explain how wonderful Sheila is. All I can say is that the ceremony we had was so far from ordinary and typical. Every single one of our guests said that it was so beautiful and they have never been to a wedding ceremony where they actually listened to what was said and weren't bored (We got married on July 4th and people are still commenting). She talked about my husband and I, how we met, funny stories, love stories, about our family and had some of our friends participate in the ceremony and speak. I think her ceremonies should be a standard for every wedding! She speaks to your guests and makes them feel like a part of what is happening and really takes it to such a personal place. She is great at reading the couples she is works with and creating something that is perfect for them and fits their personalities. I HIGHLY recommend her!!!! If you can imagine the best wedding ceremony ever you still wouldn't come close to hers.



Wedding on 2010-06-12


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Patricia and Alessandro, married in Edgewater

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We felt comfortable with Sheila from the very beginning. She was very helpful and almost our wedding planner. She gave us suggestions and very good advice.
She has a great personality, extrovert, fun and smart. Great lady.
We wouldn't change a thing.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Nothing. Her standards agreed with ours because we expected and wanted someone, like her, that would give us a warm and caring ceremony unlike a normal Justice of the Peace.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

In our interview with Sheila she asked both of us what we like about each other and she expressed that at the ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The most of the guest admitted that she's a really cool lady... " where did you find her?"
They all were pleased.



Wedding on 2010-06-05


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The One Where I Rave About My Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila invited us into her home for our first meeting. She was the first officiant we met with, so we weren't sure what to expect and we were a little nervous, but her openness and warmth made us feel right at home from the first moment. We spent close to 2 hours talking about ourselves, our relationship, our passions, and by the end she had very nearly crafted the whole ceremony. It was refreshing and wonderful to work with someone who listened to closely and understood our need for a ceremony that was not filled with meaningless ritual and truly reflected us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The way that she included my husband's Buddhist studies and beliefs by starting the ceremony with a koan really captured the feeling we wanted from the start. No other officiant had a reading like that ready - we would have had to find it ourselves. But when we told Sheila we had lived in Japan and he had studied Buddhism she had the perfect thing.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila told our story, included our friends and helped them to write beautiful and meaningful speeches and had all of our family and friends pronounce us husband and wife. It was so deeply touching - the whole ceremony was about us and our union, just was we wanted it.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

More than one person told me that our ceremony made them want to renew their vows, but the happy tears were by far the biggest testament to Sheila's incredible gift as an officiant. We will forever treasure the words she spoke and how she helped to bring out the best in us on this most special day.



Wedding on 2010-04-24


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Fantastic officiant!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila definitely made us comfortable. From the first meeting she made it clear that she was very interested in us, our story, and in putting together a ceremony that would be unique and meaningful. She had many ideas to share at all points, but made us feel that she would not force one bit of ceremonies she had done before - it was completely up to us and started with a blank slate. She is friendly and warm.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila asked all of the wedding guests to help pronounce us man and wife, and both of my parents walked me down the aisle together, which we loved. She also customized our ceremony with a special blessing (see below). I thought her delivery and presentation were excellent, and beyond what I expected from a ceremony officiant.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila created a "Garden State Blessing," following our wedding's NJ theme as a very important place in our lives. Four friends spoke and presented token items symbolizing New Jersey and their wishes for us, in a way that was touching, lighthearted and very natural.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

That our wedding was fun, unique, creative, and guests really learned about us as a couple and understood how much we loved each other



Wedding on 2010-03-26


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The Most Warm, Wonderful Officiant Ever!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila was the most amazing officiant you could ever ask for. After speaking to her on the phone for almost an hour, she welcomed my fiance (at the time) into her home to get to know us as a couple. She was extremely warm, and organized and got to know us as a couple over the two hour meeting we had. We honestly let her house feeling as though we had known Sheila forever and she was one of our closest friends. Anytime one of us had a question about the ceremony by calling or emailing, she immediately returned our call and gave a very thorough response. She had an amazing ability to make us feel like there was not anything to worry about and there wasn't. She was organized, and helped bring out our love in a way I didn't think was possible in a wedding ceremony. My husband Greg and I have been to a lot of weddings before this, and hands down, was the most personal and loving ceremony I had ever been to and am so thankful that it was for our wedding!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila did so many amazing things during our ceremony. She brought in aspects of our lives...for example, we have two dogs who are like our children to us. When we were saying our vows to one another that we wrote, we bound our hands together with our dog leash to symbolize their presence since they are such a huge part of our lives. She also suggested that I honor my grandmother with a rose and give her a hug during the ceremony. My grandmother was so thankful for this. Our family and friends spoke during our wedding about us and how we met, Sheila was to thank for this. She organized all of this and the guests loved all of it. There was not one person who didn't come up to us afterwards and say hands down, it was the most personal and beautiful wedding ceremony they had ever attended. I absolutely agree and would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a great officiant for their upcoming wedding. We felt like we made a new friend through this whole experience.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

There were so many aspects to the wedding ceremony to list...the whole ceremony brought in aspects of our love and our life, it is difficult to choose just one. It was not a standard wedding ceremony...even friends and family who may not have known a lot about Greg and I as a couple left our wedding knowing many details about how we met, and fell in love. The guests were really incorporated into the ceremony and I know everyone was paying attention and thoroughly enjoying our ceremony. I have been to many weddings and most people don't even pay attention to the ceremony because they are very "cookie cutter" and sometimes even boring. This was absolutely not the case with ours and we have Sheila to thank for all of this.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

There were too many to say...just how evident our love was for one another and how amazing of an officiant Sheila was. She truly is a master at what she does. I swear you will not be disappointed if you select her as your officiant for your wedding.

My father had to go back to Nanina's in the Park (our ceremony/reception site of our wedding) in Belleville, NJ the next day and the owner of the place actually came out to shake my dad's hand and to say that he has seen many weddings held through the years at his place and that our wedding ceremony was the best he has ever seen. That site does at least 3 weddings a week probably for the last 30 years and for the owner to say it was the best ceremony he has ever seen, that is saying something.



Wedding on 2010-04-21


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Our deepest thanks for an unforgettable ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Our commitment ceremony was filled with joy, love and friendship all orchestrated by our wonderful Officiant Reverend Dr. Sheila Gross. On our first meeting, Sheila was able to capture our love for each other, as well as the love we wished to share with our family and friends. She was easy to speak with and advised how we could incorporate the ones we love, who were not among the wedding party. And like most couples in love and in disagreement, Sheila was able to counsel us on how we could celebrate those who had passed. Sheila is so warm and open she moved us to tears on our very first meeting.

On the day of the ceremony, with her big heart and sincere tone, Sheila was able to envelope our family and friends with her words of kindness and inspiration, words meant not only for us, but also for everyone witnessing our union. From the ring warming to the seven Blessors, she took a piece of everyone’s emotion and transposed it into the most wonderful memory. And with that, she also stole a piece of everyone’s heart.

Sheila made herself available to us and to all the speakers who sought her guidance.
She moved everyone so significantly that they asked where we had found her. Sheila, thank you for making our wedding unforgettable and more perfect than we could have dreamed. Yours is a gift that cannot be learned, I’m sure you leave a piece of your soul and a blessing at every wedding ceremony, and we were honored to have you at ours.



Wedding on 2010-04-01


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OUR PERFECT WEDDING

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

It is so hard to explain how Reverend Sheila Gross made our wedding so perfect!! I was so comfortable and very very nervous as well. She is great I would recommend her to everyone!!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Reverand Sheila Gross gave us a great idea about a "Sand Ceremony" I had no idea we could so something like that. It was perfect I asked everyone their favorite color and I bought them and when it was time for the Sand Ceremony one by one went up to the table and poured their colored sand into a vase and when it was completed it looked amazing!! I would recommend this as well.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our wedding was very personal because Reverend Sheila Gross asked us about everything from the moment we met until the day we decided to marry. My husband and I told her everything and at the day of the wedding she repeated everything and it was beautiful. She made us feel so comfortable and personal because she cared about our love and what we feel for each other. And we LOVED it when she reminded us about the love that we have and share on the day of our wedding.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone was happy and they all had something beautiful to say about myself and my husband. We all had a great time and it was so personal and I loved that everyone was a part of our ceremony and made us so happy. She is AWESOME!!!! THANK YOU REVERAND FOR EVERYTHING!!




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The best!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I can not say enough good things about Sheila. My husband and I were married in February with 100 of our friends and family. After the ceremony, we went into the cocktail hour and were blown away by how many people told us they were brought to tears by our ceremony or how it was the best most genuine ceremony they have ever attended. Everyone wants to think that there wedding is something special that everyone will always remember, but I honestly believe that ours will, and I know it is because Sheila is such an amazing officiant.

When we first started looking for an officiant we were discouraged by what seemed like an impersonal, generic process. My first contact with Sheila was a breath of fresh air. She was the first officiant to want to talk to me on the phone. After an hour conversation we set a date for her to meet me and my fiance. We spent two hours talking and laughing, sharing stories and getting to know each other. She shared her ideas for our ceremony in a way that accommodated every need and want for our day. She even flew back from her Hawaiian vacation early just to officiate our wedding! You can't get more accommodating than that!

Our ceremony is something we will never forget. Every detail was flawless and personal. We can't wait to see the video so we can experience it over and over again. We will always be grateful to Sheila for making our day so memorable!



Wedding on 2009-06-13


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Richard & Adriane

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We were nervous and she was very calming. She seemed to know exactly what we wanted. She came with a smorgasbord of ideas and all we had to do was make our choices. She then took the ball and ran with it.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She incorporated our story of how we met into the ceremony. It really made it personal. It let everyone know the events from our first meeting to ending up at the alter.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She suggested a bowl with a candle in it to represent my mother who had passed the year before. It made it seem like she was with us. She also talked about my Mom during the ceremony and it was very meaningful.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Fantastic.! Unique! Best Ever! Never attended anything like it! Great! Fabulous! FUN! FUN! Fun! Great! The list goes on and on...




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Sheila created the most amazing day of our lives

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

From our first conversation I knew Sheila was the right person to marry us. She welcomed us into her home and got us to open up and share things we never had before. She made us realize again why we are so in love and why we wanted to get married.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She suggested that a few people come up and speak in honor of us at the ceremony. After harassing our loved ones they gave in an called Sheila. Well after 30-60 minutes for each of them they all understood that this was no normal wedding reading. Each person got up and shared life experiences we had shared, brough a tear to our eyes and definitely a few laughs.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila made sure she mentioned our 3 dogs, who we love more then anything. Sheila was jsut amazing and everything about our ceremony was extremely personal. I will always usmeber Sheila and our wedding day!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

A majority of our friends and family commented on how this was the best wedding they have ever been to. I agree, it was so personal. Family from out of town appreciated getting to know a side of us that they haven't been able to experience before. They also appreciated getting to know how we met and what we meant to each other.



Wedding on 2009-12-26


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Amazing

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila made you feel more than just comfortable.. She has this very calm and beautiful aura around her. The stress of planning a wedding is lifted the moment she speaks to you on the phone and it continues throughout the entire process of personalizing your wedding ceremony. Her approach is quit simple. Through her conversation and questions, she gets to know you as a couple. She wants to know your story; your love story.. From there she is able to form a very memorable ceremony...

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The night before the wedding, Sheila called both my fiance and I individually to see how we were doing. During my conversation with her, I explained to her that my mother was very nervous with speaking in front our friends and family. I believe Sheila's words were, " Christine, don't worry I will talk to your mother tomorrow. Tomorrow is a very joyful and happy day. We do not want anyone to fill uncomfortable.. I have another idea that will involve your mom and her not having to speak in front of everyone.." The day came and the ceremony was amazing.. Sheila had added something that involved both my mother and mother-in-law that was more meaningful than having them give a blessing in front of everyone.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

When meeting with Sheila, she asked about our religion, heritage, our relationship with one another, and our relationship with our family. She asked about family members that had passed and our memories of them. Through Sheila's creativity she was able to compile our love story and share it with our family and friends. There was laughter and happy tears shed that day. I must not forget that Sheila had everyone help her in pronouncing us husband and wife..

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We were overwhelmed with the number of beautiful comments we recieved from the ceremony. I had guests come up to me within minutes after the ceremony and just compliment on how beautiful it was. If, I had to chose one comment it would be from my 85 year old grandmother. She deeply believes in tradition and having a wedding done at the church by a priest. Her comment was that Rev. Sheila did such a beautiful job. She had me in tears when she spoke about your grandfather ( he passed in 1991). It was soo nice how she made the entire family feel involved.




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Joseph and Lynsey Kubitz's wedding ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

not applicable - I am the mother of the groom, although she sure did make me feel very comfortable.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

not applicable - I am the mother of the groom

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

not applicable

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

To Reverend Sheila Gross,

The wedding ceremony was.... and I am being so very honest when I say this....... the most beautiful wedding ceremony I have ever attended. And it wasn't because it was my son's wedding, that I say that. The ceremony was so personal with you sharing Joseph and Lynsey's thoughts, feelings and love for each other. And it was also very personal for the people attending because you included ALL OF US in the ceremony.... the parents coming up and placing our hands on our children.... the rings being passed/touched by the bridal party....and having all of us joining in and pronouncing Joseph and Lynsey as husband and wife. OH! Sooooo beautiful.... everyone was included in this wedding and it made such a very special and happy time.

I love how you gave a little history of how and when Joseph and Lynsey met. It was as if they were telling us their story themselves and it was good for the folks attending who didn't know the history. It was also good for us who did know, because we remember when Joseph and Lynsey met.... and we watched them grow together. But we never really knew what they were feeling in their hearts - and maybe they didn't even know until you asked them both to think about what they love about each other... what they mean to each other... best friend... soul mate.... so touching. Your ceremony shared all of that and confirmed what we felt all along.. that Joseph and Lynsey were meant to be together!

So with my whole heart, I wanted to say thank you again for such a beautiful and memorable wedding day for our children!



Wedding on 2009-10-27


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Spectacular Officiant

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We couldn't have asked for a better officiant. Sheila did an amazing job. We had met with several officiants and Sheila offered a service we couldn't find anywhere else. For her, each wedding is as unique as the couple. She sat with us and talked with us via phone and email several times before the wedding. Her approach is to get to know you as a couple, your story, why you love one another, and what your wedding will be like.
Even the day of the wedding when I was frantic and stressed out Sheila was able to calm me down, make me laugh and get me back on track.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We knew she was going to tell our love story, but we didn't know how she would word it, so everything she said was completely new to us. It was a great surprise!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Sheila had us write our own vows and share them with each other only on the day of the wedding. She told us that the vows were our gift to one another. We also did a hand washing and hand fasting. We had our rings passed to everyone in our wedding party and they were all to hold them and send all their love and good wished into them. Sheila also found for us a reading of the four directions which we were able to have all our siblings and one good friend read for us.
My favorite part was that Sheila had everyone at the ceremony help her in pronouncing us husband and wife - it was fantastic!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Wonderfully Refreshing



Wedding on 2009-10-23


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SHELIA IS AMAZING

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

A few months before our wedding we found Sheila on the internet. We met for a consult in her warm and lovely home.We spoke at length, effortlessly. She really got to know us, and then Created the Perfect ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Warmth, Compassion, Stength...Sheila Created our Ceremony Tailored to Us and to include our 4 year old son. It was amazing and very detailed.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own vows and gave them to Sheila. She hepled us to feel comfortable on our big day.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

OUR WEDDING was the Best Ever!! And I do believe it is because of Sheila.



Wedding on 2009-11-18


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Margarita & Jocelyn's Wedding 11-14-2009

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Reverend Sheila was our first choice from the first moment we spoke to her on the phone. I felt like i knew her for years. She sat down with us and went through our whole life story in less than 2 hours. She made us feel very comfortable. She made our ceremony unique and very special.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

she used different quotes throughout the ceremony and made it very special. She had the best man, maid of honor, my godmother and aunt do a speech about me n my significant other, whcich was great. she was very creative.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

When meeting with Sheila she asked us about our heritage, culture, religion, our personal relationship and the relationship with our families and about honoring family that has passed. which she made into a perfect and creative wedding script which made alot of people cry. she made everyone feel part of the ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

all of our guest, the DJ or Photographer could not stop talking about her. everyone loved her. I WOULD RECOMMEND HER TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS A BEATIFUL CEREMONY!!!!




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We couldn't be more pleased

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

When we first met Sheila, we immediately felt comfortable with her presence. She was warm, personable, and down to earth. Sheila asked all of the right questions to get to know us individually, and as a couple. During our ceremony, she kept it interesting at all times. She was lighthearted, funny, and upbeat.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She commented on something about when my husband and I had our first date. Something I had never told him about. Everyone including the both of us thought it was so funny. The entire guest audience was hysterical, in a laugh out loud uproar. It was great! And when "Sheila Speaketh" everyone was listening...

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Being collectively non-religious but spiritual, Sheila gave us so many ideas on how to make the ceremony uniquely our own, and how to make all of our guests feel as though they were sharing in our journey. We both have children but husband's daughter lives in another country, and she doesn't see him for long periods of time in between her visits. It was very important for us to show her that she is a part this union no matter how far the distance. Sheila recommended a sand ceremony to have the children be a part of the ceremony itself. Each parent acknowledged the child by stating a unique quality about the child, and having the new parent give them a wish. The children loved it, the guests enjoyed it, and we all felt closer to each other after it. It was wonderful.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

There were so many comments from our guests that it is hard to pick just one. We had guests tell us that it was the most "heartfelt ceremony they had ever seen", a guest told us that he "never cries ever", and yet he found himself in tears. Some told us that they were actually interested in paying attention because "it was so special and unique", and that most ceremonies that they have experienced have been very boring. Some told us that they were able to "see firsthand" what we have together and they "felt special for being a part of it". All around it was a great day and we would reccomend Sheila to anyone who is getting married.




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All that we could have asked for, and more

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila was funny, friendly, personable, and put us at ease. From our initial phone conversation, we were hooked. We met for a consultation at her home, and she had us in a combination of tears and stitches. Her personality and heart really spoke to us and we knew she'd connect perfectly with our friends and family.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Just before our rehearsal, she read a story to me about faith. It was something she'd found and re-worked, which really spoke to my husband's outlook on love and marriage. It was so appropriate and touching. She'd sought out something beyond what we originally discussed, which showed us that she was always seeking to make our ceremony truly personal, even in the final days.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had friends and family weave their stories and blessings into the ceremony. Likewise, tales of Sesame Street, subway platforms, and glasses half empty and full were told, so by ceremony's end, it was very clear who we were as a couple.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Sheila made me feel included, and part of the ceremony.




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A Most Memorable Experience.

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila made us both feel comfortable from the moment my husband contacted her via e-mail, to the telephone conversation we had with her, to meeting her face to face and the ceremony itself. She was kind, generous, and took the time to really get to know us, as well as letting us get to know her as well.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She made the entire ceremony personable, warm, and inviting for us as well as our very intimate group of guests.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We made it very small, intimate and non-denominational.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

It was very warm and inviting.




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Simply the best

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

My wife and I were completely comfortable with working with Sheila. Prior to the wedding, we spent several hours over the course of three meetings planing out our service. During that time we got to know Sheila a little more and more importantly, Sheila took the time to get to know us. Which allowed her to create a very personalized service.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila has a vast knowledge of wedding ceremonies from around the world. So when we were planning our service, she would suggest using elements from different cultures and religions to create a very personalized ceremony for us. This was really great for us since we weren't looking for a straightforward traditional ceremony. Sheila really created service that was uniquely us.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

The most distinctive way we personalized our ceremony was by incorporating our favorite beverage (Mountain Dew) into the ceremony. It was something that Sheila suggested when she found out that our love of the soda was one of the early indicators that my wife and I were right for each other.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We heard from more than a few guests that the ceremony was one of the most fun, most personal, most touching and classiest ceremonies they've attended.




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Dewayne & Alyshia's Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

As a guest and observer of the wedding service I must say it was one of the best services I have viewed. I was so touched I will be using Rev. Dr. Gay to renew my vows.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Everything was unique and non traditional. I really enjoyed the stories, especially the one about throwing the stick.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

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Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The stories and how personal and intimate she made the service.




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Sheila is AMAZING!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

My husband and I just got married this past Saturday, June 20th 2009 at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City and I have to say, it was everything we dreamed of but more perfect!! Sheila absolutely made us feel 100% comfortable. The first time we met her at her home, we chatted with her for over an hour. During that conversation, she asked us a series of questions about us, and was so genuine with getting to know us. She took about 7 pages of notes and remembered every single bit of it the next time we saw her. AMAZING.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Everything she did at the ceremony was completely explained to us prior. She had such beautiful ideas, which included the guests, and our friends and family. She had asked me prior to the ceremony if she could open with something she had been working on(a story), a suprise. I said yes, because I trusted her so much and it turned out to be a wonderful opener.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

IN EVERY DETAIL. After the ceremony, every single guest told us that our ceremony was the best they have ever been to because it was warm, touching, funny, sweet, and included them. The vibe of the ceremony was so inviting to the other guests, they felt exactly how we felt. She definitely set the tone for the reception afterwards. Everyone was full of love, joy, and RAVING about the ceremony.




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Two thumbs up!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila invited us to her home to meet us and to get to know us and our "love story". She was so friendly, and full of ideas for how to make our ceremony special. She was great at keeping in touch with us between the day we met her and our wedding day, and always made us feel like we could call her about anything.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

During the rehearsal, Sheila encouraged both of our fathers to say a few words at the ceremony which was such a beautiful and sweet surprise when it happened the next day.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We received so many compliments about our ceremony and officiant! Our guests loved how personal it was and many told us it was the best ceremony they've ever attended!




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Sheila was absolutely amazing!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

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.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

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!)

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

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.




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Amazing and Couldn't Have Wished For More!

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!"




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Danielle + Donald McNair

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!!




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Mr. & Mrs. Julio Cotto

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




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Johnson/Summer Solstice Wedding

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!




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Our fun wedding ceremony!

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!




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The Habersham Wedding - August 26, 2007

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!!!




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Perfect Joy

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.




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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.




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Fairy Tale Come True

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!




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Sheila made our day!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She was warm and caring - casual, yet very professional. She was flexible and open to our personal preferences. She quickly became a loving energy in the room, which made everything even more special. She put everyone at ease, at the same time offering a vibe of comforting spirituality.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We had a very simple ceremony, and she was very flexible and adapted perfectly to our needs. She made it so much more special than we ever could have done without her input. The fact that she was so open minded and eager to work with what we had in mind made everything very easy and relaxing. She encouraged us to involve our friends present at the ceremony by making them a real part of it, and it was very beautiful.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had such a simple ceremony, not much was necessary, but that depends on the personal taste. Sheila is open to working with what the couple wants, but also has a lot to offer as far as ideas go. We did provide our vows, which we had prepared beforehand.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We were all very touched and very happy having chosen Sheila to be with us on our special day. We all felt that it was meant to be and that it was a very beautiful and lucky connection that we made with her.




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Review of Sheila Gross as Officiant at our Union Ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila made us very comfortable right from the start by: Listening to our concerns and really trying to customize our occasion.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We were happy that she suggested a 'hand fasting ceremony'. It was a really great idea as we are both from celtic backgrounds. It was beautiful!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We provided Sheila with our own vows and our view of how we wanted our day to be.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They were very impressed by Sheila's extensive knowledge of all cultures. She did a great job and We would recommend her to anyone that wants a really intimate occasion or a grand affair!




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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila was warm and friendly from the get go. She made a huge effort early in the process to get to know us and to understand our love. Her preparation early on made us confident that she would be wonderful on our big day - and she was

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She added some unique personal touches that really made our ceremony feel one of a kind. She involved our close friends and family in the ceremony in a way that we could never have thought of ourselves.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Just our story! Sheila took it from there. Her creativity is beyond compare.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We heard a lot of "I'm usually bored at wedding ceremonies, but this was the best I've ever been to!" We also heard from our friend's girlfriend, who we had never met before the ceremony - she said that she felt silly because she was crying at our ceremony, even though she didn't even know us!




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The Best Day of our Lives!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Shelia met with us ahead of time and asked us some personal questions. She really listened and then conveyed the story of our lives to our guests. It really made the ceremony very special and memorable.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila repeated some of the stories that we had told her many months ago and really tied the whole ceremony together. She had all of our bridal party and parents hold the rings and make a wish for us. It really involved everyone.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We met with Sheila and opened up our hearts and minds. We provided a loaf of bread that the grooms mother and father baked, b/c it is a Bulgarian tradition. We provided unity candles and stories from our past.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone loved it and stated that it was the most unique and special wedding that they had been to. Many of our guests didn't know both of us as a couple and Sheila was able to explain in a humorous and fun way (not boring) the way we met and the story of our lives.




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Sheila's gift

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I was the M-O-B. My daughter wanted a Jewish wedding but not religious. I let her plan her wedding on her own as she wanted. Sheila contacted me and asked me to bless my daughter. I emailed my blessings to her. Sheila immediately contacted me and gave her approval. Then, at the last minute, she asked if I would go last. She explained she felt it would be a good lead in to the vows. I hesitated but went with her gut. Our family and friends can't stop talking about the ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Sheila's real gift is her ability to listen to what the couple wanted, facilitate on their behalf, midwife the ceremony, execute the vision without her ego getting in the way. What more can one hope for?

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

A personal blessing. I had to reach into my soul to find the precise words I wanted to bless my children with.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Well, they can't stop talking about it. They used the words "significant", "spiritual", "meaningful". I can only add one more: "substantive".




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Amazing Ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She is a very warm, friendly person that makes you feel as if you've known her for years. She offered wonderful advice and suggestions that I never would've thought.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Everything was done in the manner that we had agreed upon. Sheila helped us write our own personal vows that made it unlike the generic vows that most people exchange. It made for a truly unique experience.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our own vows made the wedding more personal. Sheila also involved our parents in the ceremony which made it unlike any other wedding that I'd ever seen.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our guests couldn't stop talking about her. Everyone absolutely loved her. It was like Sheila was a part of our family. I would recommend her to everyone, no matter what your beliefs are. She will make your wedding truly memorable.




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Sheila is Wonderful

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She met with us several times and reviewed readings and themes with us. She always sought our opinions and made a special effort to get to know us and our story.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She actually added our words verbatim to the ceremony about the things we told her about each other. I could not believe how in detail she listened and how beautifully she relayed the story.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We met with Sheila for several hours.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our guests loved Sheila. When my husband thanked her as part of his toast the entire reception burst into applause. I cannot say enough about what a fabulous job she did. It could not have been any better.




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A Perfect Fall Day Remembered

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

The officiant, Reverend Sheila Gay Gross, made us completely comfortable after just our initial conversation. My wife and I were considering a destination wedding in New York City with a few friends and family members and after talking with Sheila, and hearing of her ideas and experiences, we knew the destination wedding was meant for us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Our ceremony was personal and our vows were beautifully written. All of the elements of our wedding blended together perfectly.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

My wife and I provided information to Sheila regarding our ideas for the wedding as well as our life interests,values and passions. We had many conversations before the actual ceremony and I believe that personal connection played a large role in making our ceremony so special and personalized.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The guests that shared our special day with us at the ceremony were completely impressed and still talk about it positively to this day. (As do we) Our wedding took place at The Tavern On The Green in Central Park, and it was certainly a beautiful setting.




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The most amazing minister you'd be crazy not to have her!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sheila brings you to her home to meet with you. She wants to know all about your lives, upbringing and how you met. Her attention to your needs and what is important to you, is so important to her. Sheila also can suggest so many beautiful elements to add to your ceremony to make it unique and special, elements you would never think of or see before. She is so warm and caring and just wants your day to reflect your lives together. You can feel her warmth from the first phone call. When I was in search of someone to perform our ceremony I spoke with several ordained ministers but they were so cold and basically stated they charge x amount of money and that it's for 1/2 time and if they had to travel more than 2 hours I had to provide accommodations. When I spoke to sheila she asked my name and the date of my wedding and then told me she wanted to meet with me and to bring pictures and any stories I could remember about my life with my future husband so that she could get to now us...she was so warm and caring and I knew from that moment I didn't need to look any farther.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She brought in different quotes from different cultures and religions and interpreted them to show how the meaning reflected the relationship I have with my husband. It was beautiful. Since I am catholic and my husband is Jewish instead of Sheila saying the blessing of the wine in Hebrew she asked my husbands grandfather to do it which was a wonderful surprise! She also had my mom meet me and my dad 3/4 of the way down the isle to kiss me goodbye as my parents gave me away to Jay.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

When meeting with Sheila she will ask about your heritage, culture, religion, upbringing, your personal relationship and the relationship with your family and about honoring family that has passed. From the information you give her she will put together not only the elements of your ceremony with you but her "opening" where she will talk about how you met, what it is ,in your words, that makes your relationship so special and what you found in one another that made you fall in love. She had my husband and I write our own vows and when I got writers block she was on the other end of the phone helping me through to make them from the heart and oh were they beautiful. We actually have our vows framed in a trifold frame with our wedding picture in the center.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

My videographer wants to book her for his wedding! My photographer said "In the 30 years I have been a photographer I have never seen a ceremony that nice and if I were getting married again I would ask her to perform the ceremony" My bridesmaid Nicole said she wanted to get married again so she could have a ceremony like mine. All of my guests commented on how beautiful and Unique the ceremony was. I can tell you that most people feel that the ceremony is just a formality you have to get through to get to the party...but I didn't want that...I wanted it to be so special because it was the union of my husband and I becoming a family and it shouldn't be a boring formality and it was my most favorite part of the day...even my husband could not believe how amazing it was!


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