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We were so lucky to have Gabby as our officiant for our wedding in June 2015. She was amazing in every way possible and made our ceremony so personal and special. Our guests loved how well she knew us and how romantic the ceremony was.
As my family is devoutly catholic (my cousin is a priest), and my wife was raised in a Jewish household, we were really struggling to determine how to have a personal wedding ceremony without stepping on any toes. Thankfully, we found Journeys of the Heart and Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer. Gabby helped us to craft a ceremony that included traditions from both religions, while still keeping it an officially non-denominational ceremony. We worked with Gabby almost a year in advance to hand-craft and customize the ceremony draft, leading to a number of friends and family complimenting us afterward, saying how personal the ceremony felt. Gabby brought a very calming and peaceful presence to our big day, which when you're in my shoes, you'll definitely appreciate during the last two hours leading up to the big moment. She and our wedding coordinator even managed to troubleshot and fix a last minute inconvenience, as my wife’s step mother requested a different wedding entrance that we originally scripted. Gabby was truly fantastic and definitely helped to make our wedding one-of-a-kind! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Our ceremony was so unique, heartfelt, and captured our personalities so well thanks to Susanne Wilson, our officiant from Journeys of the Heart. From the moment we met her we knew that we wanted her to be our officiant for our wedding ceremony. You can tell that she is very passionate about her job and genuinely takes her time to make every ceremony individualized and meaningful for every couple. She incorporated stories shared about us from our loved ones and love stories from my husband and I into our ceremony which made it so sweet and beautiful for us. She is a kind and loving person that will help you to make your ceremony whatever you want it to be. Whenever I had a question, she responded very promptly and with suggestions of her own to help in the process. Our ceremony was perfect for us! Thank you Susanne!
my name is Gabrielle. My wife yessika and I decided to not have anything fancy for our wedding. We have been together three years and wanted something short and sweet for our ceremony . Nothing fancy or too expensive.. looking online, we found journeys of the heart. I fell in love with it. they sounded like they really worked with the couples and Did everything they can to help you. I called Diane and she immediately fixed us up with our soon to be Officiant for our ceremony. Her name was Susan Harte. She was amazing. she emailed me immediately and started the process. She definitely worked with us. she sent us vow examples and ring exchange words. she even recommended us with a few places. We were married at love park in Philadelphia on 5.14.2015..parking was hard to find for some of our families, and she was very very patient with waiting. She made it feel so comfortable and nothing to be nervous about. She even joked around with us.. she walked us through the paper work and how everything would work. I would highly recommend journeys of the heart and I would highly recommend Susan as your Officiant for anything. Thank you guys so much for making our day so special.
Our officiant from Journeys of the Heart was the perfectly named Susan Harte. From our very first phone call with Susan we knew we had made the right choice for our officiant. We really wanted to have someone be there that (sounded like they) knew us and could tell our love story in a special way. Susan did this in the most amazing way on our wedding day and we are so thankful to have had her as part of our special day.
We had David B. as our Officiant for our wedding day. We are both so happy we booked David! He was so great to work with and made our wedding ceremony very special and customized it to how we wanted it. We met with David for over an hour prior to booking him and right away, we knew he was our guy! He is a genuine, caring person and it shows. He does all different types of ceremonies and does not judge, he just wants to make you happy. David gave us some ideas from other ceremonies and we discussed what we wanted. He sent us a mock-up ceremony very quickly after we met. We had some additions and adjustments as the planning process went on and he was so responsive. We had a great experience with David and Journeys of the Heart. Highly recommended!!
We booked Diane Smith-Hoban to be our officiant for our small intimate wedding ceremony. We felt really comfortable with her from the start and knew she would help us make our wedding something that we would cherish for the rest of our lives. Diane helped us capture all the meaning and significance of our relationship into an absolutely memorable ceremony. The personal touches helped to make the to the ceremony even more special for us and our guests.
Reflecting on the whole experience, we wouldn't change a single thing. Diane is fabulous at what she does and we highly recommend her.
We contacted Journeys of the Heart in a panic when a late snowstorm threatened our original officiant's attendance. I heard back from 'Diane' almost immediately and was instantly put at ease. I wish that I could rate them a 10 stars out of 5. We quickly came up with a plan, and Susan Harte (lovely name for a wedding officiant!) worked with us on timing, vows, ideology, and insight. She could not have been more perfect for us in any situation, let alone this one. We are two men in our mid 50s who needed a simple but meaningful ceremony. We discussed options for vows, but frankly she 'got it' from the very beginning and we made very few changes. She was pleasant and professional, flexible and perfectly on time. The fee was very reasonable and appropriate. We would highly recommend Susan, Diane, and Journeys of the Heart to anyone.
We had Gabby officiate our wedding and we can not say enough good things about her. She is such a nice person, and she provided us with a lot of great options to customize our ceremony. She is very responsive, helpful, and was definitely a calming presence on our wedding day. She definitely made our ceremony- it was perfect :)
Thank you for everything!
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer officiated my wedding and made it a smooth and comfortable experience!
After an initial meeting with us, Gabby sent a rough outline of the ceremony for us to customize. Gabby was extremely helpful throughout the process, offering many suggestions for readings and different ways of tweaking the ceremony as a whole to our liking. She turned what looked to be a daunting task into a pleasant experience.
My wife and I would recommend her services to anyone looking for a wonderfully pleasant and extremely supportive officiant!
Worth every PENNY! Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer was absolutely fabulous!
I used this company and my fiancé and I picked Gabrielle Mayer-Kaplan as our officiant. This was the part of the wedding planning I was dreading the most, I didn't want someone stuffy and up tight as my fiancé and I aren't that religious. I wrote almost my whole ceremony and then Gabby sent us pages of biblical sayings, poems, love quotes and gave us a perfectly laid out timeline of how everything would go the day of the wedding. All our guests said how she was so good, and the way she spoke made the ceremony so much more interesting. She was by my side the whole way through the planning process, she always answered my emails very quickly, and reassured me that everything was going to be okay. For marrying us I will always have a place in my heart for gabby and I think she is a woman that everyone could stand to be more like.
Jim Haley was actually perfect from the time we first met to our wedding day! I was nervous because I didn't see a lot of reviews for Jim but as soon as my (soon-to-be) husband and I met him, we felt comfortable and really excited. He is well-spoken, genuine, fun and has a calming ability about him- like I said, perfect officiant. At the first meeting, we chatted for about 30-45 minutes and went on our way. He emailed us a questionnaire to fill out, a first draft for the ceremony (with many options for formality, more relaxed responses, more religious/less religious) which we then circled what we liked, crossed out what we didnt, and sent it back. About 2 weeks before the ceremony, he sent us an entire outline of the wedding ceremony, complete with names/places, etc. He was extremely thorough and, as a result, we had a beautiful ceremony that was very personal, fun and sweet. I think I received just as many compliments on our officiant as I did on my dress- people loved him!
Eileen DiFranco was an excellent officiant. She was very flexible and helpful when we were designing the ceremony. She sent a template of the ceremony, which we were encouraged to edit. She also sent numerous examples of possible ring blessings, vows, etc. We each filled out forms detailing how we met, what we liked about each other, and other details about us. She turned this into a “love story,” briefly condensing our relationship, which was lovely.
But anyone can read the words of the ceremony - it takes someone with dignity and experience to make them sound meaningful. She was calm and confident, and helped make the ceremony very special. It ended up being one of our favorite parts of the day, and we received lots of compliments from the guests, who felt that the ceremony was very personal and meaningful.
Susanne was absolutely amazing. Even though we planned our wedding from a few states away, she was able to capture us and what our relationship truly is. She is amazing and we were touched that she could perform our ceremony.
We used Journeys of the Heart for our wedding officiant and were extremely happy we did. We were paired with Gabrielle Kaplan, who was absolutely wonderful. We met with her before the wedding where we discussed our ceremony preferences and visions for the day. She respected our desire to have a non-denominational ceremony and gave us many ideas and recommendations along the way. With the help of our answering some questions, Gabrielle wrote a beautiful "love story" of our history which was shared at the ceremony. All the guests thought the ceremony was unique, personal, and full of love.