Based in Montclair, New Jersey, The Heart of the Wedding offers wedding officiant services throughout New York and New Jersey. Officiant Gerald Fierst is a Civil Celebrant and Interfaith Minister who creates unique and memorable ceremonies that tell your love story your way. Gerry is a renowned storyteller who has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival and at various universities and cultural centers across the United States. He has officiated hundreds of weddings throughout the Northeast and brings his exceptional public speaking skills to each of these celebrations.
The Heart of the Wedding presides over nuptials and civil services of all religions and traditions, including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Chinese, and South Asian. He will work with you and your partner to craft an exchange of vows that reflects your backgrounds, values, and the future you’ve imagined together. He is a proud officiant for the LGBTQ community and has conducted same-sex ceremonies everywhere from Greenwich Village to Williamsburg art galleries. This minister is licensed to perform weddings in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.
123 Reviews for The Heart of the Wedding
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Zicheng H. · Married on 05/02/2021
We had an amazing ceremony performed by Gerald! The location he suggested was in the middle of the Liberty State Park and the view was absolutely gorgeous, perfect for videos and photos.Sent on 05/04/2021
The Heart of the Wedding's reply:And such a wonderful sound of applause from all the on lookers as I pronounced you husband and wife- A wonderful feeling for everyone to see two people going off to the future together
Arleena · Married on 04/23/2021
Gerald is the best of the best
It was a pleasure working with Gerald. Getting married is a very stressful process, and Gerald made everything as seamless as possible. He was meticulous, well-organized, and most of all, generous with his time. He made sure we were comfortable with the ceremony and worked with us to finetune it to our perfection, even meeting with us virtually a few times to make sure we were completely comfortable. The man is a true artist—he really takes the time to develop a personalized ceremony that reflects our values as a couple. The end product was truly spectacular, and we are just grateful for how well everything materialized.Sent on 05/05/2021
If you’re considering an officiant, Gerry is simply the best.
Thank you for everything Gerry,
We will recommend you whenever we get the chance!
The Heart of the Wedding's reply:Thank you for the lovely praise. It was my joy to be a part of your wedding and to share this special moment with you and your family and friends.
Dayna · Married on 10/16/2020
Gerry made our rainy Central Park ceremony so magical!
When my husband and I first spoke to Gerry over the phone, we knew this was the person we wanted to officiate our Central Park ceremony! Gerry was personable, charismatic and kind, throughout the entire process, which he ensured was incredibly easy and straight-forward. He wrote a beautiful ceremony and helped us to truly envision our big moment. On our wedding day, it rained A LOT and Gerry was there, early, ready to officiate with a big smile on his face. He handled all of the paperwork so professionally and confirmed with us later that same day when he mailed our marriage license to the court. Gerry really made our ceremony so very special and we are so grateful that we chose him to marry us!Sent on 11/25/2020
The Heart of the Wedding's reply:Rain is good luck on a wedding. It was beautiful, and I will always remember the good cheer of all your friend and family who gathered on the rainy hilltop in Central Park.
Dear Brides to Be, Our Flute and Violin Wedding Duo had the honor of working with Gerald of "The Heart of the Wedding" at a stunning Outdoor Wedding Ceremony, taking place at The Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank, NJ. Gerald's presentation is elegantly polished and outstandingly professional. He expertly, and magically, kept a very nervous Bride and Groom, calm and collected, throughout their Ceremony! Bravo, Gerald! Sincerely, Flutist/Artistic Director Michele, Bridal Music