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Reverend Joy Weddings provides professional wedding officiant services for soon-to-be newlyweds in both the New England area and in North Carolina. Reverend Gary Shapiro, aka Reverend Joy, is based in Windsor Vermont between May and October, and in Asheville NC between November and April. He is an ordained nondenominational interfaith minister who truly loves creating unforgettable moments for each couple. He will strive to bring the truest and most joyous vision for your union to life, creating and leading a ceremony that truly reflects your values, beliefs, and experiences. Reverend Joy will focus on the finer ceremony details of your big day, allowing you to let go stress and anxiety, and be able to relax and be excited as you spend joyous time with your loved ones, rather than .

Services Offered

Reverend Joy highlights and magnfies the genuine connection with you and your partner, enhancing a practical, emotional, and spiritual understanding of your relationship. He services a wide spectrum of wedding events including non-religious occasions, civil unions, vow renewals, and pre-marital counseling. In addition, Reverend Joy Weddings services a vast array of secular,religious and spiritual beliefs to suppprt Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Pagan, Buddhist, Humanist and other couples. Reverend Joy is bilingual in English and Spanish and can perform ceremonies in either or both languages.

Frequently asked questions

What is the typical price for your wedding services?

$400

Which of the following are included in the price?

Premarital Counseling

What is the starting price for your wedding services?

$350

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$75

What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?

$75

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Non-religious
Interfaith
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What services do you provide?

Premarital Counseling
Bilingual

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
Anglican
Baha'i Faith
Buddhist
Catholic
Earth-Based
Episcopalian
Evangelical
Hindu
Islam
Jainism
Jewish
Lutheran
Methodist
No Denomination
Orthodox Christian
Pagan
Presbyterian
Quaker
Shinto
Sikhism
Taoist
Unitarian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

In which states are you licensed?

ME
MA
NH
NY
NC
VT

What languages do you speak?

English
Spanish
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Maggie Sent on 10/25/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Great experience with Rev. Gary!

Reverend Gary did an amazing job at our wedding ceremony! He was so easy to work with and created such a beautiful ceremony and really customized it to what we had in mind. Our guests are still talking about how great he is. The ceremony was thoughtful, joyful, and just really reflective of our relationship - everything Rev. Gary wrote was perfectly said! We also appreciate that he took the chairlift up for our mountain top wedding ceremony on a chilly fall day!! We highly recommend. Thanks again Rev. Gary!
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Candace Sent on 05/15/2017
5 out of 5 rating
What an amazing experience! Our wedding would not have been the same without Reverend Lovejoy! We live in Austin but were married on 10-8 in Vermont on the family farm (my husbands). When scouting for an officiant, I researched and spoke with many as I am not from the area, but I wanted the person to really "get us", and understand our lighthearted vibe. Also, admittedly I did't want to cry my face off. I am a bit of a sap. Just as we almost nailed down the person we had settled on... magically I stumbled across Reverend Larry Lovejoy through a search on The Knot. I immediately loved his profile, he was refreshing and fun... so naturally I reached out. After speaking with him (my fiancé now husband too), we knew he was perfect. Weddings are such an emotional time, and we wanted someone who could find a balance between humor and sincerity. Larry was both! He took the limited time we gave him via email + a few calls... and really got to know us, and spoke so well to the nature of who we are. It was touching. Also, he handled our somewhat unruly groomsmen at the rehearsal after a brewery trip (palm to forehead). That takes a lot, he handled them with poise and humor. The crowd of guest at the wedding loved him and instead of rolling tears there was rolling laughter during the entire ceremony. It was lovely and perfect. I couldn't of asked for a better experience. I definitely recommend Larry, hands down. He knows what he is doing! + He's such a sincere and genuine soul!
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Jason Sent on 06/17/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Great experience with Gary

Gary was great. We were considering booking him and then our overall plans went a different direction but throughout the entire process Gary was responsive and very easy to talk with. He was willing to customize to our liking and it was just a good experience and not stressful at all. So much so that I decided to write this review even though we did not get to use him for our ceremony. Would highly recommend. JD
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