Church of Ancient Ways
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Selected Best of 2014, 2012

2640 Peconic Ave
Seaford NY 11783
United States







The ceremony shouldn't be the thing that you and your guests have to suffer through to get to the good part. I promise you a meaningful, enjoyable, ceremony that everyone will remember for years to come. Serving LI, NYC & the Tri-State area.




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user1261355
Wedding on 2015-11-15


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A special talent!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor April married us in November 2015 and we have to say that marrying people is really her calling. She was born to do this job. If you are like us, we wanted a ceremony that was personal but we didn’t want to have to cry and nervously spill our guts with our own vows in front of a hundred people. We wanted our ceremony to be succinct, lively, and entertaining, but still offer a certain gravity and soulfulness. And we wanted to hit the right note of spirituality without being cheesy or cookie-cutter. Pastor April delivered on all of these parameters and more!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Her special talent is being able to interview you as the wedding couple and almost instantaneously write “your story” in a way that is unique and captures who you are as a couple. She has a real gift for language and writing and storytelling in a way that I think many officiants don’t. In person, she is super smart, organized, charismatic in front of a crowd, and has a little boho chic to her. Our guests mentioned that she was very engaging and that the ceremony was very modern and “cool.”

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She’s also full of useful advice and tips to make your ceremony flow better like having a candle lighting during our singer and wearing my engagement ring on my pinky finger. She has several options for vows and readings and lays them all out so you can pick and choose. She always communicated well with us and gave us plenty of time and was clear about procedures and timelines.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

On the wedding day, she kept us calm and on track and was truly happy for us from her heart. We also appreciated her keepsake book of our ceremony which is a nice way to remember the day without us having to spend more money on yet another item. We can read our vows each year on our anniversary and relive our beautiful day. Please hire April...she is truly special!!


britt_kris0623
Wedding on 2016-03-25


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Clark Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

100 percent! Pastor April was warm and kind. I felt as if she knew my husband and I for the 11 years we have been together.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Her personal touches to the written ceremony left my husband and i choked up. I am so glad we have a copy of our ceremony to hold on to for our memories. Getting to know us on a personal level made our ceremony that much better, much more personal.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Pastor April met with my husband and I. We discussed and she wrote about our qualities that we loved about each other as well as other personal touches.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

" i love how personal it was"
" it was so different, she had such a great energy and made the ceremony so much fun!"


Jamie Arleo
Wedding on 2015-08-21


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All Around Beauty

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Extremely comfortable! Her aura makes you feel like her family member.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She provided her own sound equipment which was nice and her presentation of the ceremony was incredibly animated and kept you involved with every word.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She wanted it to ring true with who we are. Each section of the ceremony my husband and I got to choose and or rewrite the way we wanted. Every word spoken was all a lot us and our relationship and our love, which we feel is how your wedding ceremony should be.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The guests really loved the personalization of my husband and I and the fact that we got to insert our own little vows.


Lisa Thompson


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Pastor April Marie Gismondi. the best!

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I didn't even know I wanted to look for/book an officiant when I arrived at the Hilton bridal Showcase. I am so glad I met Pastor April because I instantly knew she was the one for us! She was sweet, open, bubbly and poured enthusiasm for what she does. She went through every step of our ceremony. We chose the "Meet" where my husband and I spoke to her in person, and she listened to our words and our stories, and on the spot, came up with some great wordings for our ceremony. Afterwards, she kept in touch via email, back and forth with editing, until I was happy, even over the phone, and she never once made it seem like she didn't have time for me, she was always so pleasant to speak with. The day of, I was slightly stressed, and when she arrived, she calmed me down instantly just by being herself and soothing me through the process. My guests commented on her professionalism and sense of care. I would highly recommend her. Thank you, again, April.


RNmomeee
Wedding on 2015-07-11


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Pastor Marie April Gismondi

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She was great. She spent at least 2 hours with us getting to really know us before customizing our ceremony

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She gave us a beautiful binder with our ceremony all typed in it and a personal certificate of marriage !

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We did an old "celtic" custom of hand fasting or tying the knot

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Where did you find her....She was Amazing !


nicolegallo7
Wedding on 2014-12-13


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the BEST wedding officiant!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely! We met with April for an hour or so meeting to personalize our vows! She is a superb woman with a great heart, sense of positivity, and passion. We instantly felt comfortable with her and knew she was the one for us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She had her own sound system so that the guests could hear our vows! =)

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Again, we met with her so that she could get to know us and write personalized stories throughout the ceremony. Also, my husband and I wrote our own vows.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"She had such a great presence and she made you pay attention to her; she was fabulous"


randcwedding2014
Wedding on 2014-11-28


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Fantastic

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

April was amazing. She responded quickly to all of our questions, was wonderful to work with and was very helpful the entire time.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She has a website, and it is fantastic.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We had about a dozen guests come up to us and say how much they enjoyed the ceremony.


suzannelam


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Amazing Officient

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

April made us feel very comfortable. She was warm, welcoming, and professional.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She was very organized and delivered a beautiful ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

April made it really easy to personalize our ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everybody complimented on what a great ceremony we had. Many people were in tears as well.


fathom1
Wedding on 2014-08-31


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Magical and Unforgettable

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

April was confident, calm, professional, personable and always available to me when I needed her. She took complete control of the Ceremony from day one and it was because of her that everything went flawlessly. She showed up over an hour early to connect with everyone involved and see how I was doing. She even called me up a few weeks before wedding just to talk to me and check in-she even advised me on how to handle some of the other more difficult vendors. She sent us her first draft just hours after meeting with her and she nailed it. To know that our ceremony was basically taken care of months before our Wedding was a huge relief because that was the most important part of the whole day.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

April added emotion to the day. The way she writes and speaks connects her not only to the bride and groom but memorizes the guests. I know this because I attended 3 weddings she officiated and also my professional pictures prove that every single guest couldn't keep their eyes off of what was happening in front of them. She loves what she does and it come through!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Just having April as our officiant was enough to personalize our Wedding. Everything word out of her mouth was about us and the love we share. My husband and I did a Wedding Tree Ceremony instead of sand or unity candle. We love nature and so we purchased a fig tree and at the ceremony both sets of parents added dirt from their homes to the tree and now we have planted it and enjoying our figs!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We first saw April Officiate one of our good friends Wedding about a year before ours & then we went to two other Weddings where April officiated & we were blown away. At the end of the third wedding I was begging her to save our Wedding date even though we still had not met with her! I was a Bride who wanted to CONTROL everything & so at our meeting I started speaking a mile a minute. April calmly told me to sit back & relax & let her do the work. She had her own magical way of getting the information she needed & she was just so calming. Her process was amazing, we would give her information & then within minutes she would take our words and give us an idea of something she might say based on what we had just told her. Each time we loved what she came up with, it was almost like magic & we told her to make sure it was all included! After 10 minutes I had no doubt that our Ceremony was going to be perfect & unforgettable. After leaving our meeting, a few hours passed and April's first draft ,as promised (this was almost a year b4 our wedding) was in my inbox! We couldn't wait to read it & when we did we both cried because she really understood us as a couple. She wanted us to make changes & she also gave us about 10 examples we could use for each segment! We hardly made a single edit to that original rough draft and on August 31st, she delivered a Ceremony where you could hear a pin drop. Leading up to the Wedding she responded to my emails immediately, always made herself available & she even called just to touch base and gave me advice on how to handle some of my other more stressful vendors! Friends and family are still raving about her!


Amanda Skupp
Wedding on 2014-09-06


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April Marie Gismondi

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

April absolutely made us feel comfortable, she adopted that we didn't want such a religious ceremony but a more historical one and it came out beautifully. It made us feel accepted for the couple we are and could portray to our families.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

There wasn't really anything unexpected, except that I burst out laughing during the ceremony and it was quite alright. The flow of the ceremony she wrote for us was tied together ever so beautifully.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

April personalized our whole ceremony. She will cater to you make the ceremony what you want it to be, she takes all your thoughts and ideas and through her magic she comes up with the perfect ceremony. She was able to write vows for my husband and I that we in a million years couldn't have wrote better ourselves.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

I really don't have a favorite comment because every comment we received about the ceremony was that it was the BEST ceremony they have ever witnessed!


chlifr33
Wedding on 2014-07-12


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One of a Kind

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Marie April Gismondi made us feel extremely comfortable with her from the moment we met her to even after the wedding was all done.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Pastor Marie April Gismondi gave us a completely unique and customized ceremony that we worked on together. After going over the ceremony so many times, I knew hearing it would just bring me to tears if I listened. So we stood there staring into each other's eyes and whispering to each other to stay strong as she told all of our friend and family how we felt about them, each other and the moment.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Pastor Marie April Gismondi gave us a customized ceremony that was beyond my wildest dreams. Her way with language is one of a kind, and truly represented us as a couple. We are non-traditional and non-religious so our ceremony included Games of Thrones undertones and a paragraph I wrote about the big bang theory (not the show, but the actual description of how the world were formed.) It was put together so beautifully. More than we could ask for.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone at my wedding raved about how wonderful the ceremony was and how it really represented us as a couple. There wasn't a single person who wasn't present and listening to the words she shared with all our framily. It was wonderful that everyone enjoyed the ceremony as much as we did.


Marco
Wedding on 2013-11-01


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Pastor Marie April Gismondi is highly recommended!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely. Pastor Marie April Gismondi was clear, kind and super easy to work with. Being as overwhelmed as my wife and I were it was great having her be part of our ceremony. Many of the Groomsmen and Bridesmaids were unsure of where to stand and what to do. She set everyone at peace by singlehandedly running our rehearsal. By the time the actual ceremony began, she had everyone in line. Everything went perfect. She spoke so eloquently and effortlessly, making us feel like the most important people on Earth.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We're quite shy and she picked up on that by having us turn toward her after noticing how nervous we were while facing our family, friends and the blinding cameras. Her attentiveness to this put me and my wife at ease. She even went as far as to make us take the time to be seen for those magical moments where everyone cheered as she introduced us as man and wife.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She used our words and spoke them so perfectly.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Pastor Marie April Gismondi is a true delight. We still get people asking about her. The guests all love how she spoke. We are so happy we chose her to be part of our special day. We truly can't thank her enough.


tdire01
Wedding on 2013-09-20


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Amazing!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely. At the first meeting I felt like I knew her forever. She is pleasant and personable and keeps in touch with you throughout your engagement unlike other vendors who you think forgot about you until your wedding day.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She provides a book with your ceremony printed up as a keepsake. She gives you all the resources you need for changing your name and I received the wedding certificate only a few days after the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She asks personal questions to truly understand you as a couple. The ceremony is totally personalized, unique and creative. We chose our own vows, prayers, readings and personal touches. She leaves it completely up to you whatever type of ceremony you'd like to have.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone tells us how beautiful our ceremony was and what a great and romantic speaker Pastor April was.


nikimartin49


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The Absolute Best Officiant Ever!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. April made me feel very comfortable. From Day One up until the Day Of she was a great pleasure!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She was extremely personable. Everyone thought that she knew us for a very long time. She stayed a few minutes after the ceremony to speak with family members.


Thomas Milana
Wedding on 2013-05-18


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Perfect Wedding!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes! She invited us to her home and interviewed us in her living room. She was so warm and welcoming and wrote an amazing personalized ceremony based on things that she noticed about us or asked us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She turned little stories and things we said into a beautiful ceremony. She also spent time before our ceremony meeting our guests and creating an amazing atmosphere.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Pastor April gave us many different options to choose from and was open to any ideas that we had. She also had the great idea to ask people that are important to us to surprise us with readings/poems during the ceremony. I just cant stress enough what a great time we had.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

I don't have one specific comment but everyone has been telling us how much they loved Pastor April and how unique and perfect our ceremony was. We haven't stopped smiling since!


cwang


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Chi Chi W.

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

April made us feel very comfortable because we hired her 2 weeks before our wedding and she coordinated our ceremony with us in time to have a flawless ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She did everything with ease and was a pleasure to work with. She was very detailed and organized so there were no unexpected mishaps during the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wanted to include the poem "I carry your heart with me" by E. E. Cummings and April read it beautifully.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Besides her professionalism, one guest liked the fact that she resembled comedian Tina Fey.


allison ciavolella


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Marie April Gismondi Review

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

April made us very comfortable. She met with me and my husband to discuss the whole process and to tell her our story. She was nothing but kind and understanding. She sent us drafts to look over and change if we wished and it was amazing. She was the best!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

April added details about our story and past that made it special and unique to us. She let us pick our each part of the ceremony and she made it the best moment of our lives!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We personalized it by discussing how we met and actually knew eachother our whole lives. April had an introduction that was soley based on our relationship.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Guests could not stop raving about April and how wonderful she was. She was funny and caring and made it so emotional that everyone cried. It was a one of a kind experience!


Jason Coady
Wedding on 2011-10-09


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Pastor April

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She is very professional and courteous. Anything we needed she did without questions.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Nothing was unexpected, we knew she would do a wonderful job! We would would highly recommend using Pastor April.


Cheryl Byrne


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Nick and Cher

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

April was at the ceremony an hour ahead of time to make sure everything was in place.
She is extremely knowledgeable and organized.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Her energy and smile!! April spoke as if she knew us for years.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We actually used one of April's ceremonies and added our information to it.
It was lovely!!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

April is gorgeous!!! LOL


Tiffani Davis
Wedding on 2011-07-16


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Full of great Energy

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She was warm and welcoming

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She went out of her way to come to us at the last minute

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

It was on a Farm

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Can we feed the goats?


sa tully
Wedding on 2011-07-23


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Great Personalized Ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I was very comfortable using Rev. April Gismondi. From the second we first sat down on her couch she was professional and warm.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Her personality, delivery and upbeat energy added a lot to the ceremony. She also had us face our guests, as she walked through the crowd, which was a really different and great touch, because it made our guests a part of it.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our entire ceremony was personalized. We met with Rev. April and came up with what we wanted to be included and the things that were important to us. She followed up, very quickly, by e-mailing us a draft, allowing us to pick and choose certain passages and edit anything we wanted to change

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

My husband and I wanted a spiritual, non-religious ceremony. My favorite guest comment, would be that my devout Catholic mother-in-law loved the ceremony, and even asked for contact information to possible have Rev April perform a memorial service. That is how I knew she really knocked it out of the park!


Debra Onken
Wedding on 2011-07-10


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Debbie

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

April was so warm and invited us into her home to learn more about us as a couple

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She had this great idea that we should have a "reveal" prior to the ceremony. She orchestrated
the meeting. It was a wonder moment for us that I will never forget.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We talked about why we love each other and she was able to word it beautifully for the ceremony

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"that was the best ceremony I have ever been to"
"don't throw away her number because I want to use her when I get married"


Nicole Young
Wedding on 2011-05-29


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Amazing personalized ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor April was so easy to work with and made the process to create our ceremony along with her comfortable and easy!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She allowed us to stand and view our guests while she spoke and delivered her service, which was beautiful!!!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We met with Pastor April and she got to know us and was able to create a beautiful, personalized service along with us!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Pastor April's voice is beautiful and she made you smile just listening to her! Everyone commented how wonderful she made the ceremony!


Adelina Dervishi
Wedding on 2011-04-30


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Simply Amazing - Pastor April!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes! Pastor April is beyond genuine and such a pleasure to be around. She truly believes in what she says and it comes across.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Because we never met w/ her in person (by our choice), we couldn't believe how personable she made the ceremony as if she's known us for years. It was so amazing, and really helped to shape the whole mood for the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We worked with Pastor April and her recommendations.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They've never seen a more beautiful ceremony! And we know so much of that is because of Pastor April.


Evelyn Paz
Wedding on 2011-02-20


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Amazing Officiant!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

April was amazing!! She met with us before hand to talk about what exactly we wanted our ceremony to be like, to sound like and to feel like. We had a very intimate ceremony so we felt the officiant was an integral part of our wedding day. She far exceeded our expectations! Once you talk to her, you will see that her energy will bring sincere positivity to your special day!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She wen far and beyond her professional duties. When I was stressing out, she had comforting words to say that helped put things in perspective. Also, at the end of the ceremony the guests were supposed to blow bubbles, and April realized that some guests didn't have theirs, so she disappeared for a few seconds and then produced bubble makers for everyone :)

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had a small intimate wedding in which our wedding party all participated and April helped to organize this for us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

This was the most moving and sincere ceremony that I have ever witnessed! I've never wept this much during a wedding.


N C
Wedding on 2010-06-19


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Great experience

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We had a great experience from start to finish with Pastor April. From the quick response to my first email asking about her availability to our wedding date to pronouncing us husband and wife, she was professional, thoughtful, efficient, and so nice as a person. After we met with her, she had our first draft out to us that same night. She is truly talented at crafting a personalized ceremony, and truly gifted as a public speaker. We got so many comments from our guests about the ceremony -- both the content and the "performance." Highly, highly recommended.


jessikah chautin


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Wonderful Ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

April was very comfortable to work with. She listened to all of our questions and concerns and addressed them with the most professionalism. We were very at ease.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Nothing unexpected, just a beautiful wedding ceremony!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Personal vows, ring vows, a short history of our relationship and a mixture of various traditions all done beautifully.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

How heart felt and moving our ceremony was and how wonderfully done everything had been. We heard everything from, "I was in tears" to "awesome wedding ceremony!"


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