Rev. Jude Smith - Interfaith Minister is a non-denominational minister and wedding officiant based out of Rhinebeck, New York. She believes in ceremonies being sacred, meaningful, elegant and transformative. She celebrates marriage equality for all, and welcomes all faiths, preferences and spiritual paths. Rev. Jude Smith - Interfaith Minister looks forward to custom designing a ceremony that is unique to you and your spouse.
This passionate interfaith minister and licensed wedding officiant is the Executive Director of the Center for Authentic Living. 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 customized ceremony outline, provide sample vows, a pre-wedding checklist and various poems, prayers and reading. You'll also fill out a survey, that will help provide the framework for the ceremony. Her services include:
114 Reviews for Rev. Jude Smith
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Eleanor Kolodziejski · Getting married on 02/02/2020
The perfect Valentine's day wedding ceremony
I am so glad we chose Jude as our officiant. She truly went above and beyond. From our first meeting, Jude was friendly and kind. She took the time to truly get to know my wife and I. She went out of her way to understand our relationship, and she delivered a wonderfully sweet and personal service on our wedding day. There wasn't a dry eye in the house! I would highly recommend her to anyone.Sent on 10/28/2019
Ashley · Married on 10/05/2019
Couldn't have asked for a better Officiant!
Jude married a good friend of mine and I knew as I watched their beautiful ceremony that I needed her to be my officiant someday (even though I was single at the time hah!). Fast forward 5 years, I'm engaged, and when it came time to think about our wedding ceremony and who would marry us, Jude came immediately back to mind! From the start it was so easy to work with her, she has such a warm and welcoming presence. She took so much care and time with us to create a really special ceremony that touched us and our guests. There weren't many dry eyes, and so many guests had to make a point to tell me during cocktail hour that it was the most special ceremony they had witnessed. My Husband and I thought the ceremony was going to be particularly challenging since we are not religious and our families are, but Jude found a beautiful common ground that we were all happy with. Another huge point for me was how calm Jude made me feel on my wedding day, both before the ceremony started and through the whole time at the altar, and it made a difference in being able to deliver my vows more powerfully. We couldn't have done it without her and have our beautiful ceremony to cherish for a lifetime!Sent on 10/29/2019
Casey Michael · Married on 09/28/2019
Authentic as they come!
Jude was a fantastic fit for our wedding officiant. From beginning to end she was always punctual and detail oriented. The day of was something I will never forget. I never cry...but that day I might've. ;) She was able to express our relationship in fluent poetic words and it was truly incredible. She made both my wife and I feel comfortable and calm throughout the entire process. It wasn't a boring recited ceremony like they often are. Jude gets to know you as a couple and uses that to form the most beautiful ceremony for you and your loved one. A day we shall never forget!!Sent on 10/30/2019
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