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Naomi · Married on 06/07/2019
She is wonderful
By far our most memorable person hired to contribute to our wedding is Gayle Smalley, our justice of peace. Gayle not only became our officiant for the day, she became a centerpiece that created a strengthening bond between us while at the alter. We had two very intimate and memorable sit-downs with Gayle in the comfort of her lovely home leading up to our wedding day. These two meetings meant the most to us because it allowed us to give Gayle the chance to understand more about us. A lot of people choose somebody close to them to officiate their wedding day because it makes it feel more intimate and personal. However, in these two short meetings, Gayle was able to get to know us and learn about our entire story in just two short visits you would have thought we were close family friends the way she spoke of us. Perhaps the best bit of feedback other than the beauty of the Lyman Estate’s venue, was our beautifully intimate and personal ceremony. Gayle was able to work closely with us to create the perfect fitting ceremony that brought our family and friends along for a short journey of how we met and how we came to be newlyweds. We want to take this time to thank Gayle for being a true blessing on our beautiful day, and we hope our words here lead Gayle to many more newlyweds to come!
-Kurtis + NaomiSent on 07/07/2019
Margaret · Married on 10/06/2018
I wish it were possible to give 10 stars to Gayle. I hardly have the words to describe how incredible Gayle was to work with. We happened upon Gayle by a stroke of luck after the officiant we previously had chosen did not work out. Gayle was such a breath of fresh air. She alleviated all of our concerns and put us at instant ease; even with limited time before our wedding, she was calm, present, and encouraging. We got so many positive words about her from our guests, wedding party, and vendors. She is everything you want in the person marrying you and your soul mate.Sent on 12/15/2018
Lauren Zinn · Married on 03/25/2018
Knew she was perfect right when we met her.
It was an honor to have Gayle officiate our wedding in 2018. We are so grateful to have found her and knew we wanted her within the first few minutes of meeting at her home.
The ceremony was an experience beyond what we could have imagined - for everyone. Our families raved about Gayle's ceremony and delivery, saying things like, "it was magical" and "the most romantic ceremony" they've ever attended. Because of how intimate and truly special it was for us, we decided to forgo another ceremony in Cartagena (we first had a small family-only ceremony and then was doing a larger wedding later). There is no way we could top what she did and evoke the same level of emotions in the room.
Gayle also helped us create a unique Spanish & English ceremony for both sides of our families to understand and take part in the wedding. That was the greatest gift.
Thank you Gayle for making our day one to remember.Sent on 03/10/2019
Kim · Married on 06/26/2016
Gayle was wonderful! We are so happy we found her to officiate our wedding. She walked us through how wedding ceremonies work (who knew that the rings, vows, and "I do"s are separate?), gave us a bunch of examples to look at, and worked with us to put together a ceremony that was meaningful to all of us--including our young son. She was delightful to work with and had terrific advice! By the time we got married it felt like she had known not just us but the whole wedding party for a quite a while... also, she had tissues for when I started sobbing as I walked down the aisle :)Sent on 08/14/2016
Susan · Married on 07/03/2014
Gayle is amazing! She was so easy to work with especially since ours was a Destination Wedding. Gayle not only communicated with us via email but also through many Skype meetings. She genuinely cared about making our wedding as personable and special as possible. She gave us just the right amount of guidance to make the ceremony flow smoothly. Her investment of time and energy was truly appreciated! Her efforts paid off as our ceremony was personal, unique and enjoyed by everyone. We are still getting comments from our guests about how special she made our ceremony. It is clear that this is not just a job for Gayle but a calling. She loves to meet people and loves to learn their story. We highly recommend Gayle!Sent on 07/26/2014
Tom · Married on 06/08/2014
Gayle was a pleasure to work with. Her warmth and enthusiasm were genuine, as were her talents in ceremony creation and delivery. She provided us with many ceremony resources and was very helpful and flexible in our efforts to piece together one we felt really expressed us as a couple. She delivered the ceremony beautifully and helped choreograph our movements during it. We would recommend her without hesitation.Sent on 07/06/2014
User3476603 · 2+ years ago
Gayle is an very warm and enthusiastic person and this comes across when she officiates a wedding ceremony. We attended a wedding that she officiated and were so impressed that we recommended her to our daughter. Our daughter's wedding was last week and Gayle did not disappoint! The ceremony was lovely and very personal. Gayle met with the bride and groom and also spoke with them several times before the wedding so she could get to know them and make the service personal. We would highly recommend Gayle Smalley to officiate your wedding.Sent on 08/26/2013
Melissa · Married on 08/16/2013
A gem! Working with Gayle was fantastic from the very first phone call that I made to inquire about her services. We enjoyed every moment of working with Gayle and she helped us write a truly beautiful and meaningful ceremony that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. I would recommend Gayle to anyone. She is professional, kind, attentive. She has a lovely demeanor which completed the ceremony and the spirit of our wedding.Sent on 08/31/2013
Katie · Married on 04/20/2013
I don't even know where to begin - Gayle is amazing! I don't think there is any other JP out there that can compare! We were looking for a JP that speaks Spanish and she came up in a search. After reading such great reviews, we met with her and realized all the reviews were right on! We spent two hours with her the first night we met and she was lovely. She worked with us to customize our whole ceremony including writing our own vows. People have told us it was one of the best ceremonies that they have seen. Our wedding day would not have been the same without her! We arrived home 3 days after our wedding to find a wonderful wedding card she had sent us! Amazing! I would highly recommend Gayle to every bride.Sent on 04/28/2013
Jenna · Married on 10/05/2012
Gayle is absolutley wonderful! I loved her from start to finish. She helped draft a beautiful ceremony.. one I will never forget. She truely wants to learn about you and your significant other. Me and my husband knew from the start that she was the right fit for our officiant. She is so sweet and kind and she really delivered the day of our wedding. Thanks so much Gayle!!Sent on 10/26/2012
Julie · Married on 09/08/2012
If you are looking for a Justice of the Peace who is fun, enlightened, intellectual, CALMING and sincere in just about every sense of the word, please, look no further. From cookies and tea on the first meeting, to imparting words of wisdom you (honestly) had not heard before, she is just a delight to be around. She has hundreds of weddings under her belt, and after getting to know you a smidge, gets an idea of the ceremony you would like, and pulls maybe 5-6 for you to peruse at your own time. Then you can get ideas, pull from various places and create your own. OR, just copy one that you fall in love with! Gayle was a breath of fresh air on our wedding day- she is SO calm and happy. She has such a wonderful energy about her that just makes you stop and take a breath and ENJOY the crazyness that is around you. I absolutely loved her. She was professional, didn't make any corny comments during the ceremony, and stuck to the script. Can't say enough about her. BOOK HER SOON! She is a very busy lady!Sent on 10/31/2012
M · Married on 08/12/2012
Gayle is the best!!! She is thoughtful, sincere and knowledgeable. Our first meeting with her was wonderful, she asked about our vision and our personalities. With just our meeting, she gave us several ceremony scenarios and from that we customized it to our specifications. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted; it was a representation of us, our families and our future. It was so intimate; she made a wedding of 150 people feel like a personal affair with just a few of us. All our guests were so impressed with her, many of my engaged friends asked for her information.Sent on 08/20/2012
Averie · Married on 06/09/2012
Gayle officiated our private ceremony for us the night before I left for our destination wedding. (By private, I mean - my fiance, our dog, and I ... on our roof deck where we first met and he proposed). I am so glad I saw her stellar reviews on yelp and called her. I was lucky she was available for our Tuesday night mini-ceremony. She was SO professional and very personable. I felt extremely comfortable working with her and she absolutely went above and beyond. She made our very private and very small ceremony so special and I will never forget it. She is warm, thoughtful, and .... just plain wonderful!!Sent on 08/01/2012
Chris · Married on 01/29/2011
After reading some negative reviews about our first choice (Milagros Cruz) and meeting with her, we were less than impressed. We came across some excellent reviews for Gayle Smalley and knew we wanted someone good. Instantly after our first visit with Gayle, we loved her, as we had our initial consultation at her home with tea and cookies. Gayle was absolutely amazing! Everything we wanted and more in a Justice of the Peace. We really wanted a ceremony that was touching, thoughtful and of course loving. She did not disappoint! All our friends and family were so impressed by her and many have referred her to other people. She spent lots of time helping us mold and develop our ceremony customizing to our liking. She is also bilingual in Spanish which was important as parts of the ceremony were spoken in both Spanish and English. She was very professional and also happens to be the sweetest lady. The dress rehearsal the day before (which she highly recommends doing and we now know see why) was well organized and executed. She also arrived plenty early on the day of the wedding (January 29, 2011 in Topsfield, MA) and mingled appropriately during the cocktail but didn't stay for dinner eventhough we invited her to do so. We can not highly recommend enough!Sent on 09/05/2011
John · Married on 11/14/2009
Gayle is great! She works with you to make your ceremony what you want it to be and then she delivers it beautifully. She had married friends of ours so we knew she'd do a great job, but had no idea how incredible she'd be to work with through the whole process. She is very responsive, professional, flexible, and should be paid a lot more. Our ceremony was warm and personable.Sent on 11/29/2009
M. · Married on 08/08/2009
Honestly, a 5-star rating seems an inadequate expression of the value and service Gayle Smalley provided us during six months of wedding planning. She was nothing short of 10++ -- incredibly warmhearted, reliable, responsive, flexible, generous, and, most of all, truly engaged in the spirit of solemnizing our union.Sent on 08/13/2009
Gayle is passionate about what she does, and it shows in every detail and interaction. From our first introductory phone call, her enthusiasm and gentle spirit confirmed that we had chosen the perfect Justice of the Peace for our wedding. And, meeting her in person--over tea and homemade cookies--to begin planning the ceremony only enhanced our delight!
Gayle gave us the option of writing our own vows, but we chose to rely upon her experience and expertise to help us craft a ceremony that reflected our tastes. Her selection of passages was incredibly appropriate and reflective of us as a couple -- as if she had known us forever. She advised us on every aspect of planning, from the process of applying for an out-of-state marriage license, to the rituals, vows and readings she suggested would be meaningful for an older couple in a long-term relationship. The end result was a truly memorable and personalized ceremony that we hold in our hearts with unending gratitude to Gayle.
As a wedding officiant, Gayle leaves an indelible mark on the lives of those she serves. I personally guarantee you will want to dream up a new reason to marry your spouse all over again, simply for the joy of working with her once more!
J · Married on 06/20/2009
Gayle was phenomenal. She was super easy to work with, had great ideas, and was really in tune with what we wanted. She patiently worked through the whole ceremony with us, guided us through a fantastic rehearsal, and helped us to pick a reading that was perfect. Gayle was extremely attentive, always responding promptly to emails and I'd highly recommend her to anybody!Sent on 07/04/2009