Guiding spirited, heartfelt, and adventurous couples to create inclusive, and joyous wedding ceremonies.
~Your wedding day will be a joyous intimate connection between you and your favoritest person in the whole world. You want your officiant to know you as a couple--sharing stories, values, sticky moments, hopes...working with someone who cares a ton about a deep relationship with couples sounds perfect.
~You can’t wait to stand on top of that mountain and declare your love for each other, you’re just unsure about how to include your financee’s devoted Lutheran family and your culturally Jewish one.
~You love your religious background, and just connect more to your own spirituality in nature. You can’t wait to honor both at your fully customized wedding.
~You want all of those really cool Jewish symbols explained and eagerly await your whole fabulous, wacky family participating!
~Receiving practical support around common relationship sticky spots, personal growth dreams, and creating a pre-wedding ritual in nature sound fantastic.
~A ceremony that’s anything but stuffy, playful and celebrates interfaith & LGBTQ couples lights you up!
~Getting to know couples more deeply and creating a ceremony that speaks to your ideals is a core part of my wedding process.
~I meet 10 times with couples in order to create this personal relationship.
~Conversations explore everything from how each of your similarities and differences strengthen your union, to financial decision making, crafting the wording for your ketubah (wedding contract), personal growth dreams, commitment to social justice, and how you envision celebrating holidays together.
~Honored to officiate LGBTQ wedding ceremonies, I will help you create a ceremony that reflects your values as a couple. I am also a proud member of the LGBTQ community.
What magic could happen if the foundation of your wedding planning rests in your values as a couple and your officiant helps you stay true to them?!
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Joanna Michelson · Married on 05/26/2019
Incredible Wedding Officiant!
We cannot rave enough about Rabbi Jessica Marshall’s skill and finesse as a wedding officiant. In fact, even now two months later, whenever we see guests from our wedding, each person remarks about the beauty and sincerity of the ceremony. We know from working with Jessica over the course of a half year leading up to the wedding why the ceremony was so perfect.Sent on 07/18/2019
Jessica has deep knowledge of how weddings can go and was able to be flexible and responsive to our needs. She listened closely, made suggestions, and then ultimately crafted a creative and personalized ceremony just for us. She took the time to understand what was important to us and who we are as a couple, sharing options and advice, but ultimately listening to what we wanted. She was fully willing to go with us on our journey, even when that meant changing our minds along the way a dozen times or so.
Wedding planning can be stressful! We always looked forward to talking with Jessica across the months because she had a way of grounding us again. She suggested we create a list of “wedding values” and revisit them when things felt overwhelming. We found this very helpful. She also always got us laughing and reflecting on what really matters. On one occasion, she asked us to shut our eyes, hold hands, and just talk about the feeling we wanted to have the day of the wedding. Jessica was always patient, positive, and empathic along the journey of planning and developing our big day.
So, it is no surprise that our guests remember the wedding ceremony as vividly as we do. Jessica was a calming presence the day of the wedding and throughout the ceremony. She brings her whole self to her work – her art really – and her authenticity during the ceremony helped us feel relaxed and authentic, too. She was able to manage some last-minute logistics (too hot to have the ceremony in the original location! no mic stand! line up at the bathroom!) with grace and humor – and then transition easily into leading a heart-felt ceremony. We remember the joy of standing there and celebrating our love with her – and the delight we felt in hearing her kind, dynamic, and witty words of wisdom throughout.
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Dustin and Jen Kress · Married on 09/17/2017
Amazing Personalized Wedding Ceremony and Preparation Rituals
"When we were shopping for a rabbi to officiate at our wedding, Judaism Your Way put us in touch with Rabbi Marshall, and we were so lucky for this fortuitous connection. Immediately from our first meeting, we could tell that Rabbi Marshall understood our spirituality, and that she was the right officiant to work with us to create a personalized and meaningful wedding ceremony.Sent on 02/25/2019
We were fortunate to have our brother/brother-in law as the lead officiant but having a strong Jewish element both in the run-up to the ceremony as well as the ceremony itself was very important to us. During one of our prep meetings, Rabbi Marshall suggested a unique opportunity to do a Mikvah ritual in the mountains a couple weeks before the wedding. This ritual turned out to be AMAZING. We met Rabbi Marshall at Gore Creek outside of Vail and Rabbi Marshall led us in a simple ceremony to connect with our Judaism and with each other. It was not only beautiful, but truly meaningful, and a wonderful preface to our wedding. Rabbi Marshall had a unique way of bringing her creativity to our work together in a way that made us feel understood and provided a spiritual and romantic experience that we never would have thought to pursue.
Rabbi Marshall really listened to us when she asked us what Judaism meant to us, what we valued in each other, and what we wanted the wedding ceremony to be like. She helped us create a wedding ceremony that was personal and innovative in some parts, and traditional in others, just like we wanted. She was responsive, reliable, and just such a joy to speak with and work with. We fully intend to stay in touch with Rabbi Marshall and we can't wait to see what she does next in Judaism Your Way and in her work on Sacred Lifestyle Rituals."
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Leslie Sugiura · Married on 03/11/2015
“We were very happy with our experience with Rabbi Marshall. My husband is Jewish (though not connected to a synagogue) and I am not. I wasn’t sure what to expect and was not exactly the most willing to explore this option. But after meeting with her, I was totally put at ease.Sent on 05/14/2019
I really appreciated her young, feminine energy. And we actually enjoyed the counseling sessions leading up to our wedding. They gave us a set time for a bit of reflection during a stressful period and confirmed that we were making the right choice It also gave her a chance to get to know us, which made her remarks more personalized.
I also was grateful that the ceremony and its components were not set in stone in her mind. We were able to pick and choose what we wanted to do and say and we actually ended up with a pretty traditional ceremony in the end (which was a bit surprising to the both of us)! She even let us pick how she said certain words and phrases, which I appreciated very much.
I think all in all, our ceremony was 30 minutes, but it didn’t feel boring or drawn out. There are so many beautiful ceremonial things that happen and I’m glad we included them! We had many guests say they really loved the ceremony and we don’t come from very religious backgrounds so that was cool to hear. I’d definitely recommend the ketubah signing – I’d say that was the highlight for me. Having your family around you and them passing it over to you and your husband is pretty special! ”
~Leslie and Adam
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