Barbara Ann Michaels, Jester of the Peace, is an Ordained Interfaith Minister and wedding officiant in New York City. She creates personalized weddings that suit your style, whether you're looking to express your love elegantly, playfully or in the simplest of ways. Barbara Ann Michaels believes that weddings should be an artistic representation of the love you share together because your relationship and marriage are among the most profound and powerful creative collaborations of your lives. Michaels will design your wedding ceremony with you - side by side - in any artful style you'd like.
As a non-denominational Interfaith Minister, Barbara Ann Michaels welcomes all religions, faiths, and secular traditions in her ceremonies. Michaels embraces marriage equality, and feels honored and joyful to marry same-sex couples. She starts with an interview of the couple together, either live in person, by questionnaire, or both, to gather information about your beliefs, wishes, and ideas for your ceremony. From there she writes a custom ceremony that mirrors the special love and commitment you share. You either edit together with her, or she edits for you, to your desire. Michaels offers several wedding packages, from fully-customized ceremonies to pre-written ceremonies and simple elopements - all of which are personalized to you in some way... because your wedding day is truly all about you.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Lysa · Married on 04/21/2018
Words cannot express how grateful my new husband and I were to have Barbara Ann Michaels create our wedding. She took so much time to learn our love story and created a magical ceremony for us and our guests. We worked with her for a few months before the wedding to co-create the perfect wedding experience.Sent on 05/01/2018
She guided us to write our personalized vows and create a unique ceremony full of love and meaning. Barbara Ann is kind, personable, grounded, easy to talk to, and her experience gave tremendous support before and during our wedding. She even was very considerate during the ceremony and would move to the side when my husband and I spoke to give us intimate moments.
Her beautiful energy and way with words made our ceremony heartwarming and everyone was so moved. Our guests, my husband and myself were all brought to tears and laughed with joy during the ceremony. We are so grateful to Barbara Ann for giving us these beautiful memories and feel so blessed to have had her as part of our special day.
Estefania · Married on 05/25/2019
Barbara was amazing! She made our small ceremony exactly what we wanted!Sent on 12/31/2018
Kimberly Wittmayer · Married on 04/19/2019
Best Choice for an Officiant
Our experience with Barbara was better than we even had hoped. It was as if we had known her for years. She was a friend (even though we had only really just met). She prepared for the ceremony and created something that was personal, unique and truly special. I highly recommend her; you will not be disappointed.Sent on 05/01/2019
Barbara Ann has a warm and loving personality. She creates personalized ceremonies and is a wonderful addition to your wedding day.
Barbara Ann is one of the most fantastic ceremony leaders I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I recommend her on my web site and to all of the couple who meet with me. Her obvious love for Love is infectious and is conveyed with warmth, elegance, and eloquence. Her energy and creativity is something every couple should be blessed enough to experience, and I hope to photograph weddings in which she is participating, for many years to come!
It's such a pleasure to confidently refer engaged couples to Barbara! She brings warmth, personality, humor, and respect to her custom ceremonies--she is truly called to honor YOU, your love story, and your wedding dreams. She is flexible, creative, confident, and here to serve you. Whether your ceremony is traditional or in full costume, you can count on her to make your wedding dreams come true!