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Sheila was so easy and fun to work with. At our first meeting (in person) we spent a few hours at her home with her getting to know my (now) husband and I, our stories, what we loved about each other...etc and near the end of the meeting she began brainstorming ideas for our Catholic/Muslim/Persian spiritual ceremony:) At a certain point I honestly got the chills because so much of what she was saying rang true to me. No matter how busy she was, she was always there when I had a question or to discuss an idea but never pushy (either via e-mail or over the phone). After the ceremony, we were overwhelmed with friends and family saying that was the best ceremony they have witnessed. They laughed, they cried and felt joy. Which are the exact adjectives I told Sheila that I wanted our guests to feel during our initial meeting. Mission accomplished! Her advice in all aspects from practical to grammatical were on point and priceless. I am so very happy that she was our officiant and cannot imagine any one else being the one to have done so. Many many many thanks to you Dr. Gross!
She made us feel completely comfortable. We loved her style of providing her services compared to a traditional ceremony. She recognizes all religions with a little twist and at the same time makes the ceremony very personal. After the ceremony, my family and friends were really impressed with her performance.I definetly recommend using Sheila. :)
I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to Sheila. She truly made our wedding day the happiest day of our lives. To say she goes the extra mile for you is an understatement!
We are from the UK and our wedding ceremony was to be in central park which added a level of complexity to the arrangements, however nothing was too much trouble for Sheila. She always answered emails extremely promptly, she spent lots of time on Skype with us understanding who we were as people and what we wanted from our ceremony. She also gave us lots of recommendations including photographer and musician who were both fantastic.
The ceremony itself was so beautiful. Sheila made it so personal to us and told our love story as though she had known us all our lives. She made the ceremony very inclusive of our guests which was very important for us as we only had a small group of 22. Everyone commented on how lovely and special the ceremony was. I have already watched the video of the ceremony back many times and shed lots more happy tears!
Thank you again so much Sheila for creating such a beautiful ceremony for us and giving us the happiest day of our lives xxxx
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!
Sheila did a fantastic job with our wedding. Neither one of us is very religious so we asked Sheila for something different. She asked questions about the two of us and created a unique ceremony that celebrated our relationship and involved special people in our lives. It was a total hit with the crowd! I can't believe how many times I heard from people that it was the best ceremony they ever attended. Thank you Sheila for helping to make our day memorable and unique!
Words simply cannot express how blessed my husband and I feel to have had Sheila as our wedding officiant. But I will try to summarize it in three words. Sheila REALLY cares. I feel as if I have known her my whole life. The warmth she brought to our wedding was unbelievable. She really took the time to get to know us, and our "story." Sheila made the wedding party, our family, and all of our guests feel they were part of the ceremony. Sheila spent an amazing amount of time getting to know both of us, and created a ceremony that could not have been more "us." It was casual, warm, and REAL. We have heard over and over from our family and guests that it was the "most heartfelt, warm, and unique" wedding that they have ever attended. Sheila will help you organize, give suggestions, and offer advice about vows, but most importantly, she will listen to what is important to YOU. We had a destination wedding in Central Park 2,000 miles away from where we live, so much of our planning was done via e-mail and phone calls. I knew the moment we spoke on the phone for the first time that she was right for us. When we renew our vows in five or ten years, I know who we will have at the helm. Thanks, Sheila! From the bottom of our hearts!
My husband and I could not have had a more unique, entertaining, and personal ceremony without shelia! From the moment we met her, we felt that she truly wanted to hear our story and figure out who we are as people and a couple. We did not want a ceremony that was "cookie cutter" and she came up with ideas for our special day that was true and consistent with us! People left out ceremony and said to us "honestly the best ceremony we ever have been to"...."I loved how she told your story"....."It touched my heart"! I never ever expected people to actually enjoy a ceremony as much as they did! She also was there to help with your vows if needed and to meet with you whenever needed! I would 100% recommend shelia to anyone who wants a personal and custom wedding ceremony!!! Thanks so much shelia!
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.
After our first meeting with Dr. Gross, my fiancee and I were certain that she would provide us with a memorable ceremony. We were not mistaken. Dr. Gross (Sheila, as she insisted we call her) ensured that the ceremony reflected our personalities and desires, while also allowing for our guests to be a part of the process. We received many wonderful compliments about the ceremony. For the most part everyone agreed that the ceremony was very unique and that it nicely captured the love that my husband and I have for one another. This was largely because Sheila truly listened to what we wanted and what mattered to us. If you are looking for a dedicated officiant who will take the time to know you and your partner and speak from the heart at your ceremony, Sheila Gay Gross is the woman for you.
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.
My fiancé and I were looking to have a unique ceremony where the message to our guests was that this was a truly celebration of two uniting. We did not want the standard readings used during a wedding. I saw wonderful reviews for Sheila and so, after speaking with her on the phone - we set up a meeting with Sheila. We had several meetings and Sheila captured our personal love story and got to know and understand us as individuals.
On our wedding day - Sheila presented "our love story", she had our guests engaged in the ceremony and had so many of them in tears of joy and laughter. She executed the plan wonderfully and I believe it made our reception and celebration so much more meaningful. It wasn't just a party, but a celebration for our marriage.
Thank you Sheila... If you are looking for a unique wedding that is personalized to you and your spouse, please speak with Sheila!
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!
I had never thought about or imagined getting married, so when looking for an officiant and trying to envision what our marriage should be like, I felt overwhelmed and had nowhere to start. We were incredibly lucky to find Rev. Dr. Sheila. She turned an event that started out overwhelming and stressful into a smooth, stress-free and enjoyable process culminating in a ceremony that was beautiful, touching and exactly what we were looking for. Rev. Sheila did not have us choose between generic ceremony scripts. She conducted an interview with myself and my husband, getting to know how we met and how we felt towards each other. Our ceremony was simple, as we wanted it, but it was touching, powerful and a lovely experience. Rev. Sheila gave a wonderful, sincere account of how my husband and I met, and the close friends and family we invited to the ceremony were given the opportunity to participate as they were given time to recount how they had grown to know us as a couple.
The best part of this experience was Rev. Sheila's sincerity and the level of care, kindness and friendliness with which we were treated. I feel as if I not only had a wonderful officiant; I also got to know an amazing, warm-hearted person whom I will always remember. Our ceremony was many things, all of them good, and it was also relaxed without pressures of extreme formality; what it was NOT was cliched or typical. Our ceremony's personalized nature made me feel a connection to the vows I took instead of feeling like it was a contract, which is sometimes the feeling of weddings I have observed. There were no stereotypes, no short-cuts. From beginning to end, it was an experience that I enjoyed and was proud of.
I have no doubt that Rev. Sheila is capable of making a ceremony perfect for any couple. The time and effort she puts into her work is genuine and heart-felt; she synthesizes her work with the needs and wants of the couple. I cannot imagine having been married by anyone else.
Sheila was such a pleasure to work with. She was super helpful and always available for me. Our ceremony that she created for us was incredible. All my guests were blown away!! Sheila truly has a gift!! For those looking for a unique ceremony that tells your love story...look no more!!
We truly loved working with Sheila - she is so wonderful! She worked with us both over the phone, by email and in person to create a beautiful, memorable and perfect ceremony. Our guests were still talking about it the next day and said that they thought it was one of the best ceremonies they'd ever witnessed because it was unique and covered a whole range of emotions.
One of the highlights was that Sheila suggested that some of our loved ones speak during the ceremony to express their love and support for the two of us - it was so touching and special! We had a great time and I think that the ceremony Sheila put together for us fit us really well and reflected our personalities and our relationship with one another. She really captured the love we feel for one another and made it a unique and fun experience for both us and our guests.
Sheila is flexible, professional and warm and she is a person who truly listens to you and gets to know you so that it feels as though you've known her for years. The way she was able to talk about us and our relationship did not at all feel generic or like she was just filling in the blanks of a template. It was wonderful!!
I don't even know if I can describe how wonderful Sheila made our wedding ceremony. Everything I asked for Sheila did! She made our ceremony very intimate and very beautiful. Our guests are still raving about Sheila. These were our second "I do's" to each other and Sheila made it enjoyable for people to understand our story. The entire wedding couldn't have been more perfect!