As an interfaith minister, I welcome, respect and embrace all paths—from the sacred to the secular.
Each time we cross a threshold in life, and mark it with a ceremony, we have an opportunity to transform ourselves, our community and our world. It is my great pleasure to help you create a personal, unique and heartfelt ceremony for your wedding, recommitment or any rite of passage.
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“When we were planning our wedding, Reverend Diane Epstein was everything we needed: inspirational, warm, patient. Someone sensitive to religious differences who could help us put together a wonderful, spiritual ceremony. She met with us again and again to make sure everything was just right. Reverend Diane is simply the best. We would highly recommend her to anyone.”
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Jessica G. · Married on 10/10/2020
Incredible, personal experience from start to finish
We found Reverend Diane on weddingvortex (which is a really helpful site if you're getting married in the Hudson Valley). We really loved her vibe after our first call, where she asked us a lot of really thought-provoking questions about the kind of wedding ceremony we wanted to have. We scheduled a follow up call to ask questions of our own and we ultimately decided to book Reverend Diane because she had the most thoughtful and creative solutions to the trickier parts of our ceremony that we couldn't solve on our own.Sent on 10/17/2020
We had an in-person (masked!) meeting in her office to finalize our ceremony. Talking with Reverend Diane about our big day will always be one of our best memories as a couple. We loved meeting with the Reverend so much that even after we downsized our wedding and cancelled our rehearsal dinner, we still went to meet with her for an hour on the eve of our wedding day, both to iron out final details and to spend time with her calming and grounding presence.
The ceremony that she wrote for us hit all of the emotional beats that we wanted. It was incredibly well-structured, and felt true and individual to us as a couple but was also beloved by our family and friends. She came armed with all kinds of suggestions for ways to personalize our ceremony that we really loved--it truly felt like she understood and listened to what we wanted. She was supportive of exactly the amount of spirituality and religion that we wanted in our ceremony. And finally, we were really set on writing our own vows and keeping them a surprise until our wedding day, and the Rev Diane reviewed them for us to ensure they were of a similar tone and length, which was a great help.
Reverend Diane also works with medical patients as part of her practice, so she did perform our ceremony wearing a mask both to protect her patients and us. Even with half of her face covered, she is a warm, personable, and excellent speaker and performer, and was easily heard at our outdoor ceremony. We honestly could not have asked for a better officiant.
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Samantha · Married on 10/13/2019
The most fantastic officiant you could ever hope to work with
I don’t have the words to describe how much we love Reverend Diane, and how working with her enhanced our wedding a thousand times over. My husband has known Diane since he was a child, and it was important to us that we be married by someone who knew us well, so we turned to Diane - and I am so, so, so glad we did.
Diane is one of the kindest, most patient and compassionate people you will ever meet. We sat with her for a long time and even though neither of us thought we knew what we wanted in a ceremony, she helped us realize exactly what we were looking for - and she made us feel so comfortable and safe with her, that we had no problem sharing what that was. She sent us examples of different ceremony rituals and readings to look through, helped us draft a ceremony plan, and never got frustrated with us, even when we very annoyingly nitpicked specific words to delete or change (and even when we did this several times over). She helped us incorporate specific religious rituals that were important to our families, while at the same time making it so our ceremony didn’t actually feel religious at all, which was important to us. And during the ceremony, she laughed with us, and cried with us, and we felt completely connected with her. It made the ceremony even that much more special. Our families and friends haven’t stopped raving about how perfect our ceremony was, and multiple people have told us: “I was laughing the entire time I wasn’t crying.” What more could you want in a wedding?
Reverend Diane, thank you. Thank you for being so patient and kind, for helping us work through difficult family dynamics with grace, and for making it so that we always, always felt comfortable coming to you for guidance. And thank you for helping us create the ceremony of our dreams, that we will remember forever. And to anyone reading this, work with Diane!!! You will be so very glad you did.Sent on 11/24/2019
Hudson Valley Interfaith Minister's reply:Samantha—Thank you for your extremely kind words. Truly is was a special day. And that sunset!! You two must have ordered that way in advance.
Katie · Married on 08/10/2019
Laughter and Levity with Rev. Diane
It's one thing to find "the one", it's quite another to find "the one" to officiate your wedding. When we first met with Rev. Diane, her consultative, calm approach immediately put us at ease. She was instrumental in crafting and delivering a ceremony that struck the right balance of sincerity and joy--a nod to tradition with a modern touch. Her flexibility and grace in working with us through some unexpected challenges and changes leading up to the wedding showed her heartfelt dedication to her work and her clients.Sent on 08/18/2019
What resulted was a unique and individualized ceremony that demonstrated our approach to life and set a course for a successful union. Our guests repeatedly shared that our ceremony was refreshing and delightful. Thank you, Rev. Diane, for bringing levity and laughter to our wedding!
Hudson Valley Interfaith Minister's reply:Katie and JM—It was my pleasure to be "the one" to officiate for you. It was a magnificent day in every way. Peace and blessings to you always!
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As a professional photographer who has worked with scores of wedding officiants over the years, Diane really stands out. She was a pleasure to work with, a pleasure to be around, and a very genuine, thoughtful minister. Her obvious love and respect for the work she does makes her a fantastic choice that you'll be happy you made. I whole-heartedly endorse her!
Diane is fantastic to work with. She has a great positive energy that radiates and captivates everyone involved in her ceremonies. She is highly recommended!
I had the pleasure to see Rev. Diane Epstein perform a ceremony at Clermont State Historic Site. She brought great enthusiasm to the ceremony. She was also light-hearted and had a great rapport with her couple and their guests. I highly recommend Rev. Diane to officiate at a wedding.