Jeddah Vailakis is a trustworthy and beloved New York wedding officiant and Interfaith Minister. When working with Jeddah, she will guide you through your inner journey leading up to the day of your wedding, and help you to connect to what matters most. Jeddah has a passion for storytelling, and will narrate your love story in ways that are meaningful and memorable for you and your guests. Her calming nature will guide you through the tough parts of planning, and will keep you centered on the big day. Choosing Jeddah as your officiant is a great first step for planning your wedding.
Jeddah Vailakis was ordained as a minister in 2002, after a close friend and mentor asked her to fill in as the officiant for a wedding of 350 guests. She fell in love with the role, and has been helping couples on their journey to marriage ever since. Jeddah has been featured twice in Martha Stewart Weddings, offering sage wisdom to couples about the planning process and what to expect during the ceremony itself.
Jeddah offers religious, non religious and interfaith wedding ceremonies and civil unions. Jeddah believes that ceremonies should reflect the couple's love rather than adhering to strict traditions. She invites couples to choose their own reading materials and write their vows, and will help them to create the perfect wedding as they envision it. Jeddah also offers pre-wedding counseling for couples.
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Michael · Married on 05/17/2018
Jeddah Vailakis is absolutely incredible. She put together the perfect ceremony for us. Jackie and I weren't 100% sure what we wanted in our ceremony. We joked that we wanted it to be 15 seconds... you do, I do, we do... let's start cocktail hour. Jeddah was so kind and patient, she said that it's tough being the center of attention but it's your wedding and helped us figure out the ceremony that we always wanted but just didn't know how to express it. We didn't make it easy on her... we want it to be fun but not funny, serious but not too serious, heartfelt but we don't want everybody crying, I think I said we want it "special" (most people can't take direction like "make it special" or "make it perfect" and pull it off... Jeddah did).
Jeddah was able to take all of that and turn it into the perfect 20 minute ceremony that everyone at the wedding raved about... I'm so glad she talked us out of the 15 second version.
sarah · Married on 10/20/2018
We knew she was The One
I am a wedding photographer and I met Jeddah at a client's wedding at Foxfire Mountain House, where we would be getting married a month later. My husband and I had decided to do a self-uniting, after we found out our original officiant was pregnant and due too close to our wedding to attend. As soon as I met Jeddah, I knew we needed to restrategize and hire her as our celebrant.
Jeddah's energy is incredible, and exactly the kind of soothing calm and groundedness I wanted around us on our big day. I was SO delighted when she shared that she was free and willing to work with us.
We spent a few Skype and email sessions sharing our story with Jeddah and filling out separate questionnaires that revealed a bit about us as a couple and about our attitudes toward marriage. Although she'd never met Sean and had only met me briefly, Jeddah felt like a natural part of our ceremony and so beautifully incorporated what she'd learned about us to make the ceremony feel deeply personal and true to us.
We had so many guests comment on her beautiful ceremony, and how it was one of the most beautiful and authentic that they had ever witnessed. I hope to always know Jeddah and to see our paths cross again and again throughout our lives.
Andrew · Married on 10/10/2018
A heartwarming experience for sure. She was professional, accommodating, punctual, and kind. She really made the ceremony feel like one of a kind.
Reverand Jeddah is a beautiful gentle soul who will listen first and construct a ceremony that is truly you represented. Her demeanor and grace will add a note of calm to your wedding and you will feel the presence of her grace I adore working with her