Rev. Jude Smith - Interfaith Minister is a non-denominational minister and civil wedding officiant. Based in Rhinebeck, New York, Rev. Jude Smith regularly covers a two hour radius, bringing her north to the Adirondacks and Lake George, south to the boroughs of New York City and east into Connecticut and Massachusetts. Her ceremonies range from completely secular to more spiritual. She creates warm and joyous ceremonies that are sacred, meaningful, elegant and transformative. She celebrates marriage equality for all, and welcomes all faiths, preferences and spiritual paths, especially those who consider themselves spiritual but not religious. Rev. Jude Smith - Interfaith Minister looks forward to custom designing a ceremony that is unique to you.
This passionate interfaith minister and licensed wedding officiant is the Executive Director of the Center for Authentic Living and brings years of experience creating meaningful and contemporary ritual. She is also a co-founder and Spiritual Director of a vibrant interfaith community in New York City. In addition to performing wedding ceremonies, Rev. Jude also facilitates meditation retreats and workshops, offers spiritual counseling and provides pastoral care in a hospital setting. She holds degrees in Business Administration and Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and an advanced degree in Education from Pace University.
Rev. Jude Smith will meet with each couple prior to their wedding day to discuss their hopes and dreams, their love story, their vision for the future and any traditions or rituals they would like to include in their ceremony. She will then create a custom ceremony, provide sample vows, a pre-wedding checklist and various poems, prayers and readings.
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Sophie · Getting married on 08/14/2021
Jude is incredible to work with. She is professional and genuine. We had to postpone our big wedding to next year and had a small back yard wedding this year and she made sure she checked in on us, made sure we were excited even though it wasn’t as we imagined. It was so fun creating our ceremony, which was the beyond beautiful. I will always cherish our ceremony. There was so much love and happiness within this ceremony. All of our family raved about Jude and how friendly she was along with her incredible talent of putting together such a beautiful ceremony. We can’t say enough good things about Jude!Sent on 10/16/2020
Steph Ash · Married on 11/06/2020
Rev. Jude is a quality officiant! She delivered exactly what she promised. We felt prepared for our ceremony because of our meetings with Jude. All of our guests were impressed with her delivery! Thank you.Sent on 11/13/2020
Nicole Possidente · Married on 09/18/2020
Jude is fantastic. When my husband and I decided on a wedding date, I was researching officiants for our big day and came across Jude Smith on the knot. I reached out to her and we had a phone conversation that lasted about an hour and a half. We told her our story and she asked us questions about our relationship and life. We had an amazing connection and we knew she was the perfect person for us. We met with her in person and she personalized our ceremony to us, to who we are as a couple and as individuals. We are spiritual and not religious and she brought in our love for the outdoors, hobbys, our relationship and life together into the ceremony. We couldn’t be more happy, and then the pandemic hit in March. We initially scheduled a wedding for May 2020, but it got postponed to September 2020. Jude was so flexible and worked with us with all of the restrictions and regulations of the current times and assured us she will be with us every step of the way. She also reached out to me personally, knowing I was a nurse working on the frontlines during this time and checking in to see if I was ok. That’s just who she is, personable, caring and truly cares about her couples in every aspect of their lives. I would highly recommend her for future weddings, big or small.Sent on 09/20/2020
Although I specialize in highly customized wedding ceremonies, I understand that many couples may wish for something far less formal and customized, but no less elegant and sacred. For those more informal unions, I invite you to contact me so that we can explore how to turn your special moment into an event you'll cherish, with a fee designed to feel comfortable.
Rev. Jude Smith is a class act. Professional, Personable and Organized. I would recommend her to all Bride & Grooms looking for that officiant with the "special touch!"
Makes the ceremony very personal for the couple. Blends traditions and words of different faiths. Wonderful to work with. We love Rev Jude :)
I love JUde. She deliveres a one of a kind ceremony based on who you are, not cookie cutter blah