The Officiants at Church of Ancient Ways
Church of Ancient Ways is a fully accredited Interfaith Church, specializing in joyful secular and religious ceremonies with multiple locations on Long Island and nationally. With over 20 years of experience in the wedding industry, founded by Pastor Marie April Gismondi, and managed by Pastor April and Rev. Joe Iadanza, we have a team of seasoned officiants performing weddings all over Long Island, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Known for their fresh approach, creative writing skills and original content, they provide all couples with meaningful, enjoyable, ceremonies that fit equally well as the dress will. Our website has sample civil, religious, and fusion wedding ceremonies, marriage license information, a video section, and much more. Whether you are a couple that’s planning a simple non-religious civil union, or want a traditional celebration with special rituals, The Officiants at Church of Ancient Ways offers couples a truly joyful ceremony, with the right balance of laughter and tears, to ensure that everyone is emotionally participating and enjoying this special moment in your lives. Our goal is always to together create and deliver a ceremony you will absolutely love and remember as being the best part, of the most amazing day of your lives.
Church of Ancient Ways provides wedding ceremonies that meet your needs. From minimalist to more elaborate, Church of Ancient Ways offers the following services:
- Wedding Ceremonies - Secular or Religious
- Elopements and Signature Services
- Interfaith Ceremonies with Minister / Rabbi Team
- Bilingual Ceremonies
- Writing Services - Full Ceremonies or Personal Vows and Toasts
- Signature Service/Sit and Sign for simple signing of a license
- Micro Weddings
- Vow Renewals
- Commitment Ceremonies
- Baby Blessings / Welcomings / Namings
- Memorial Services
- Note: Rehearsals that occur within one hour of the ceremony start time are included
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So you just want your license signed? I offer quick but beautiful ceremonies or a simple signature service at my home in Centerport as well as our offices in Northport, Glen Cove, Westbury and Bethpage. Weekday and evening availability, with a limit of 2 guests as witnesses. The weekends aren't impossable for this service, but may require flexible and creative scheduling.
Pastor April has performed nearly five thousand ceremonies. As a writer, her talent for using rich and descriptive language to mirror her couple’s own thoughts, backgrounds and emotions is unparalleled. As a public speaker, she is warm and engaging; eliciting laughter and happy tears in all of the right places. Yet, it is her professionalism and vast knowledge that have made many countless couples happy; serving as the bench- mark that all of us at The Officiants at Church of Ancient Ways strive to achieve.
Rev. Joe Iadanza served on the Board of Directors at the seminary where he trained and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister. Raised an Italian Catholic, he is an actual family member to Saint Padre Pio. Yet, with a focus on individual spiritual growth, music, and meditation, Rev. Joe is just as comfortable in the secular as in the spiritual. As someone with a performance background, he brings a heart-centered and joyful perspective to every ceremony while remaining detail-oriented, on-point and professional.
Rev. Aviva Sala was trained by Pastor April herself and has been working exclusively for The Officiants at Church of Ancient Ways for over a decade. Aviva is a great speaker who is lauded for her listening and writing skills. From traditional ceremonies to off-beat creations, she is truly at the top of her game right now. Aviva’s creativity and humor have made her a particular favorite of our non-traditional couples who seek her out for her ability to wrap their love stories around pop-culture themes; creating masterpieces that are recalled long after the final, “I do’s”.
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I LOVE working with Pastor April. She's amazing, kind, funny. Truly gets to know her couples and makes each and every ceremony unique and special.
Absolute pleasure to work with!
April is amazing, every time I see her officiate a service I get excited. She talks about each couple as if she has known them their whole lives and keeps the congregation engaged throughout the entire service.