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Barbara Ann Michaels....what can I say?! We knew immediately when we met over Skype, that she was "the one". Her warm, genuine and unique nature matched the big smile you see in all her photos! It was really important to us that we be relaxed on our wedding day and that we have fun...and Barbara's energy was perfect for this. Throughout the whole process, Barbara emailed us back and forth, she was always so cheerful and made us so excited to celebrate our love, and to also meet her in person!
We had an "improvised" ceremony, where Barbara asked us questions about each other & our relationship, that we answered live in front of our guests. We didn't know what she was going to ask, but knew the spontaneous aspect would make for a very natural and heartfelt ceremony. It was exactly that! In addition to our questions, Barbara had written a personalised ceremony that incorporated who we were as people, the nature of love, and our beliefs when it comes to love. She spoke some real truths in relation to love, that fit us perfectly.
Her spirit and joy is contagious, she is the real deal. Our guests absolutely loved her and kept singing her praises! We are so grateful she she made our ceremony a real, true and heartfelt experience.
After the ceremony Barbara took care of our marriage certificate, including traveling to multiple offices to obtain our apostille (as we are from Australia). We caught up again to collect our papers at a buzzing live music spot that Barbara recommended, as she knew our love for music, and it too, was perfect! We had a great time just hanging out with her! Barbara makes you forget she is an officiant, because she feels more like a friend. We cannot thank her enough for making our ceremony the highlight of our day and our life.
Barbara was the best officiant we could ever hope for. She conducted a dream wedding. She was calm, assertive, funny, wise and truly connected with our path onto married life. She has become a close friend out of this experience and someone with whom we hope to always share special memories.
I wish there were more than 5 stars- because Barbara deserves it all. I can't express how wonderful she was- from our first conversation I just knew she was "it." She's the whole package (I sound like I am speaking of a date with my now husband!). While I had high expectations for the ceremony (Barbara gives you confidence and peace of mind throughout the process)- she blew it away. We wanted to her to tell our "love story", and make it "ours." She told it with love, humor, and personality. It was more than I ever anticipated. After the ceremony I can't tell you how many of my guests came up to me to express their similar love for Barbara; my married friends said they wanted to renew their vows, just to have her there, my engaged couples asked for her info for their wedding, and my single friends- said they wanted to find someone just so they can have Barbara there. This is no exaggeration. Our wedding day was pure bliss and perfection; Barbara had a tremendous amount to do with that. I can wait to be a guest at a wedding where she is officiating - so I can experience it from another perspective. I will forever be grateful I found Barbara.
Barbara is simply wonderful! Organized, efficient, and extraordinary :)
A beautiful ceremony thanks to Barbara! A fantastic woman who made us feel happy. It was a lovely moment and Barbara help us in every step. Thank you so much!
Barbara did an amazing job officiating our Central Park wedding. I can't recommend her highly enough. Everyone at the event complimented her work, including one guest who is a wedding professional himself. If you want a ceremony that is both professional, but also lively and interesting, hire Barbara.
She is also very easy to work with leading up to the ceremony. Barbara is really clear communicator and responds quickly to emails. She wrote an amazing ceremony for us that captured our unique relationship. I was most impressed with the way she facilitated our own involvement in the process by asking thoughtful questions and then using the answers to provide a unique flavor to the ceremony. Most importantly, Barbara's attitude is really respectful, professional and positive. The weeks leading up to the ceremony are a stressful time, but working with her was easy.
Barbara is a truly amazing and beautiful wedding officiant. I echo the sentiments of previous reviewers. She has a warm, humorous and loving energy that makes you instantly at ease and also makes her feel comfortably familiar. When you first talk, she really listens to your story and uses that to craft your ceremony. We created our ceremony by answering her seven marriage questions and reading the answers to each other in front of our loved ones. Although we had our answers prepared, Barbara makes you feel so comfortable during the actual ceremony that we both added spontaneous elements and answers. It was so moving, meaningful, personal and fun. Numerous of our guests (many of whom had only attended traditional religious ceremonies before) said it was the most beautiful and genuine wedding they had witnessed. If you are looking for a truly unique and special marriage ceremony, Barbara is the person for you. She is open to many ideas and has a great and playful nature, as her business name suggests. We would do it all again exactly the same way!
Our wedding in New York was just perfect thanks to Barbara. All our family and friends thought that she is our friend and she already knew us. She listened to us carefullly and she was really interested in our love story. So she created the perfect ceremony for us. We feel that each ceremony is important and so special for her. During the ceremony, she took care of speaking slowly to help our french family to understand english. She also accept a small cambodian ritual in the ceremony, it was important for a part of our family. Barbara is a beautiful personne with a lot of love. In one word : the PERFECT officiant !
Marion and Vidal from France
Barbara was a fantastic wedding officiant with a real intuition on what makes a relationship unique and special. After a couple questionnaires and in person meetings, she was able to craft a ceremony that felt like she had known us for years. Our friends and family treasured getting to know us even better through the ceremony. Her cheer and joy also added a lot to the wedding and our interactions before. We can't recommend Barbara highly enough.
Barbara Ann Michaels was the best person to bring my wife and I together as a married couple. She exudes all the best things about making a life together in love and respect. She got to know us, and we got to know her. We built a ceremony that was not ceremonious but a true celebration of love. She was patient and professional through the ups and downs and unexpected turns of our wedding planning. She skillfully wove together the tale of our journey up to that day and brought in all of our loved ones present at the wedding to be not just spectators, but participants sharing in our joy. My wife and I decided to say our vows in each others' native language, but had little time to practice. She was the only one to give my wife the confidence to go forward with this despite her nerves - and she did it better than at any of our practices! Barbara has become a friend and I hope she can bring the same to anyone who considers her for their special occasion.
Barbara is a very passionate and caring person.
I just got married and I wouldn't have wanted anyone else to have officiated. She was quick to respond to emails and calls no matter where she was!! On our wedding day my nerves were crazy and Barbara spoke to me before hand and just looked into my eyes and made me feel peaceful and relaxed. Once under the gazebo she made our service personal, romantic and funny! Thank you so much for making our wedding day relaxing and unique!!! You are amazing!!!
Barbara is a fabulous person and a perfect wedding officiant. She is attentive to the bride and groom. I recommend her to all couples who wish to marry and have a unique and moving wedding ceremony. Barbara celebrates love and people. This is someone for I have a lot affection. I am very proud to be working with her for a wedding. She adapts to every story and every person. She is so generous, kind and funny. Barbara knows how to touch the hearts of people. She is wonderful. Thanks for everything dear Barbara! Cheers.
We were very nervous when we started thinking about our officiant and ceremony. We knew we wanted a simple, secular ceremony, but we started with no clear idea of what our ceremony would be like. In our first conversation, Barbara gave us the starting point we were looking for -- the couples she has married are happy when their friends tell them, "your ceremony sounded like you." From the beginning, she was warm, kind and quirky, but also a professional and our guide. The three of us worked together to write our ceremony, and the result was something really beautiful and personal with exactly the tone we wanted. On our wedding day, Barbara was joyful, funny, and knew just what to do. Our friends and family could not stop telling us how wonderful our ceremony was. Though she left us after the wedding and went off to her next adventure (carrying a drum!), everyone remembered how great Barbara was too. Barbara, we don't know how you made it look so easy, but you have given us something special and unforgettable and that sounded like us. Thank you for everything.
Meeting Barbara was serendipitous. My husband-to-be met Barbara while looking for a seat at a taco place during lunch rush one day. We had not set a date at that point (we had a long engagement), but he mentioned that he was engaged and she gave him her card and said to give her a call if we needed an officiant.
Fast forward a year or so later. We decided on a date, and had less than three months to plan. We did our research and read all the wonderful, quirky stories from Barbara's website, and knew we had to go with her.
She was available for our wedding date and immediately began working with us, asking questions via email about what we wanted and making creative suggestions. Barbara suggested a "talk show" format for the non-religious ceremony, which was really fun and special. She also included a prayer to acknowledge my Catholic side. Our friends and family got to learn about how we met and the life we had started to build over the 4 years of our relationship. It was unforgettable, and we couldn't be happier. I was nervous my conservative Catholic relatives would frown upon the lack of a priest, but they were the first ones to tell me how much they loved the ceremony and how unique it was.
Barbara exudes charm and personality, is a great listener, is poised, and professional. She is truly gifted.
We were extremely lucky to find Barbara. She was wonderful not only the day of the wedding but before. She took the time to know us as a couple and our love story, which made the ceremony that much more special. She was kind hearted and funny at times when it was needed. She suggested that we read our vows in spanish, (our first language), and that was a magical moment. I wouldn't change one thing about our wedding day. I hope we could give you more than five stars Barbara!