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Katie · Married on 08/10/2019
Laughter and Levity with Rev. Diane
It's one thing to find "the one", it's quite another to find "the one" to officiate your wedding. When we first met with Rev. Diane, her consultative, calm approach immediately put us at ease. She was instrumental in crafting and delivering a ceremony that struck the right balance of sincerity and joy--a nod to tradition with a modern touch. Her flexibility and grace in working with us through some unexpected challenges and changes leading up to the wedding showed her heartfelt dedication to her work and her clients.Sent on 08/18/2019
What resulted was a unique and individualized ceremony that demonstrated our approach to life and set a course for a successful union. Our guests repeatedly shared that our ceremony was refreshing and delightful. Thank you, Rev. Diane, for bringing levity and laughter to our wedding!
Hudson Valley Interfaith Minister's reply:Katie and JM—It was my pleasure to be "the one" to officiate for you. It was a magnificent day in every way. Peace and blessings to you always!
Matthew Cunningham · Married on 06/22/2019
A joy to work with
Working with Reverend Diane for our wedding was such a relaxing and joyful experience. She was totally focused on our needs and kept an air of calmness over the entire process. Her responsiveness to our questions was always quick, and she often provided several potential scenarios for us to work with.Sent on 06/23/2019
When it came time for the ceremony, Reverend Diane made sure we were always at ease. She incorporated all of our ideas for rituals, and presented it all with all the greatest regard for our ceremony.
After the ceremony, we were told by many of our guests (one being a retired deacon) that Reverend Diane’s ceremony was one of the best they had ever experienced. Her union of several facets of spirituality with humanity, and the importance of family, made our ceremony that much more special.
Hudson Valley Interfaith Minister's reply:Matthew and Melissa,
Domiana DeFelice · Married on 11/03/2018
Better than we dreamed
Throughout our wedding planning process, my husband and I agreed that choosing Rev. Diane Epstein to help us craft and officiate our ceremony was the best decision we made. Rev. Diane went above and beyond in every measure! Her energy, grace, enthusiasm, patience, and wisdom was exactly what we needed during this time, and we couldn't be more thankful that we found her to work with us. Our ceremony was the most important part of the day to us, and Rev. Diane truly made it exactly what we hoped for. More than a few of our guests even said it was the best ceremony they had witnessed. We wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend Rev. Diane to anyone looking for a meaningful, personalized, and lovingly-crafted ceremony!Sent on 11/11/2018
Hudson Valley Interfaith Minister's reply:Thank you for your beautiful, heartfelt words. It was an honor and pleasure to work with you both. Blessings always, Rev. Diane
Scott · Married on 03/03/2018
Reverend Diane helped make our special day really wonderfulSent on 10/01/2017
Nicole · Married on 10/22/2016
Rev. Epstein was really great. We originally were going to have a friend officate us but it didn't work out as planned and we found Rev. Epstein who was able to accommodate us and help us come up with a special wedding ceremony on short notice.Sent on 12/20/2016
Hudson Valley Interfaith Minister's reply:Nicole and Ryan—Your wedding ceremony was memorable for many reasons: your daughter's response to all the love during the ceremony, talking with your grand parents afterwards and, of course, the fire alarm! It was a beautiful day in every way and a joy to celebrate with you all. Blessings, Rev. Diane
Eric & Jordan · Married on 10/08/2016
Rev. Diane was everything we could have dreamed for in an officiant. We first met with Rev. Diane at her office for a meeting where we spoke for a while about each other and about our connection. How we met, how we got here etc.. She told us the things she likes to do during a ceremony and then asked us what we wanted our ceremony to include. The process was so easy and open. When we wanted to be specific she let us, when we needed her input and her ideas, she was there for us whenever we needed. We even chose to have my wife's Grandfathers present readings during our ceremony and that was no problem. She helped make our wedding day everything we could have dreamed of. Another aspect to what Rev. Diane brings, that we loved, was offering a second meeting prior to our wedding day to build relationship goals. My wife and I loved spending the time with Rev. Diane to write out specific goals we envisioned for our future together. These could include anything at all, then we compare. We loved that exercise. I can go on and on about how much we loved our experience with Rev. Diane. My wife and I would absolutely recommend her to anyone! Truly a professional, truly a joy to work with!Sent on 11/29/2016
Hudson Valley Interfaith Minister's reply:Eric and Jordan—you were a complete joy in every way. I wish you much happiness, love and connection throughout your long and healthy lives. Blessings always, Rev. Diane
Tom & Hildy · Married on 08/27/2016
Reverend Diane was an island of shelter, support and encouragement amid the often stormy sea of planning our wedding. She held our hands, read our minds and helped guide us toward the perfect ceremony. Her enthusiasm during the service added to the joy and perfection of our day. We couldn't have asked for more!Sent on 08/31/2016
Hudson Valley Interfaith Minister's reply:Hildy and Tom,
User5277350 · 2+ years ago
Rev. Diane Epstein was recommended to me by a close friend whom has known her since she was a kid. I would have to say she has worked well with us planning the ceremony. She is very easy to contact, and is super responsive! I can't wait to see it all put together at our wedding in 2 weeks.Sent on 07/25/2016
User6640955 · 2+ years ago
Reverend Diane was our guiding light and grounding force on our wedding day from the very start. She was inspiring and calming and really present for each of us individually which was such a blessing. She helped us to stay focused on what was most important, and helped remind us at every moment to treasure the moments we spent sharing such important thoughts. She was an integral part of what made the day such a joyous celebration, and an enduring and treasured memory. Her care and consideration for us, the small and special extra gestures of kindness, her expert orchestration of ceremony and calm reassurances, her heartfelt well wishes and celebration of our union -- everything she did was so special. If you have the good fortune to have Reverend Diane minister to you in any capacity, do not miss the opportunity.Sent on 06/30/2016
Geoff · Married on 10/10/2015
The rev was hands down the most responsive vendor we worked with the whole wedding. Fast to reply to emails with great feedback.Sent on 10/13/2015
The service was outside and had no mic. She really projected her voice and drove the point home. So many guests commented on how well it was and how well she did.
At the end she gave my wife and I a beautiful packet she went out of her way to print up and make special for us. But before that Ah was taking photos of us and with us. It was really great
I am truly happy we chose her for our special day.
Christina · Married on 10/10/2015
To echo my new husband below, we absolutely loved our experience with Reverend Diane. I really felt that she made a great effort to get to know us, our relationship and our story. Everyone who attended our wedding commented on how unique, thoughtful and intimate our ceremony was. It was without a doubt the best and most memorable part of our wedding day, as it should be. Reverend Diane was very helpful in building our ceremony not for us, but with us. She gave us countless suggestions and was very present when we needed to connect with her regarding ceremony decisions. We were 100% happy with our choice to have her make our love official, and would recommend her thoroughly!Sent on 10/16/2015
Anne · Married on 10/03/2015
We interviewed 5 prospective ministers by phone, and hands down Rev. Diane was the best. We also decided it was worth the time and effort to travel from Philadelphia to Kingston, NY to meet with her in person a couple of months before the wedding. We were so happy we met with her ahead of time. Although it was clear she had a great understanding of us as a couple from the initial phone conversation, that meeting was truly amazing. My fiance and I felt confident that Rev. Diane would shape a ceremony that would be abundantly meaningful and also mirror our life view. And so it was!!! It was a beautiful and moving ceremony that we will cherish in our hearts forever. Our guests were sobbing at moments during the ceremony...and also commented to us later on how amazing she was. One of our guests said it was the best wedding ceremony she had ever witnessed.Sent on 10/06/2015
Kristen · Married on 09/19/2015
We can't say enough great things about Rev. Diane. She was extremely easy to work with all the way through the process . She took the time to get to know each of us so that the ceremony would be something that felt authentic to both of us. She offered many many different options for how to personalize the day and truly make it something that reflected what we wanted for ourselves and our guests. Rev. Diane managed to strike the right balance of being professional and organized (helping us set deadlines for ourselves so that we wouldn't be rushing to finish the details at the last minute, being transparent about payment details, etc.) while also offering genuine counsel and guidance as we embarked on one of the most important journey of our lives. A sincere thank you! She was truly wonderful.Sent on 10/02/2015
Jen · Married on 09/05/2015
Reverend Epstein helped us create a beautiful wedding ceremony that blended our cultural and spiritual beliefs perfectly. She was able to take our thoughts, beliefs and visions and create a unique ceremony just for us. She is a knowledgeable and spiritually connected soul, who united us in perfect harmony on our wedding day. She was invested in the development and strength of our union from the moment we first spoke. She is detailed, caring, supportive and peaceful in her interactions. We felt in perfect hands. Our families and friends were extremely complimentary of Revered Epstein as well. Her warmth and support was easily felt by all. We feel blessed to have had Reverend Epstein a part of our wedding union and now a part of our lives.Sent on 10/26/2015
Irina · Married on 07/18/2015
It was truly a pleasure to work with Diane Epstein. She has a great personality and is a great speaker. Our initial session included finding out about us as a couple, how we met, what we want from the ceremony etc. The ceremony included all the things we wanted. She was very responsive and made changes to our ceremony as asked. We also had one meeting where we covered our future goals and vision. Diane gave us a great exercise and now we have our family vision that is very inspiring to read through.Sent on 07/29/2015
The ceremony went over flawless. Diane was well prepared. Her voice was soothing and calm. She takes pride in what she does and does it well. We could not have asked for a better officiant.
caitlin · Married on 09/13/2014
Rev. Diane was wonderful to work with! My husband & I are not very religious people and she provided some wonderful suggestions to make our ceremony special. We did all our planning remotely and she was very responsive via email or phone.Sent on 10/02/2014
The ceremony was beautiful and wonderfully paced. Diane even surprised us by taking some photo's! (before & after the ceremony). She emailed them to us the very next day. It was a pleasant surprise to have some photos so early :) She also gave us a nice booklet of the ceremony itself, which is nice to have a copy of.
User4576564 · 2+ years ago
There should be more people on this earth like Rev. Diane. She is a beautiful and understanding person and it radiates from the moment you meet her. I should start this review by saying that my husband and I are not religious people. I myself did not grow up religious in the least bit and this part of our wedding planning initially made me a little bit uncomfortable. Now, since going through the process and working with Rev. Diane, my husband and I both agree that our ceremony was our most favorite part! We owe this to Diane. She focused us and helped us to mold our ceremony into something uniquely beautiful for us as a couple. You can tell from the moment you sit down with rev Diane that she truly loves what she does. This passion is carried through the entire process with her. She was encouraging, patient and offered amazing advice. Planning a wedding, you often get caught up in the logistics, the decor, etc but working with Diane to plan our ceremony constantly reminded us as to why we were getting married in the first place. She has a gift in her delivery of her words, in a tone of voice that you wish more people have and her entire presentation left our guests smiling, laughing and crying with happiness. We had many guests come up to us during our cocktail hour complimenting her and we are stil getting rave reviews of how fabulous our reverend was and how inspiring she was. We couldn't agree more! If you truly want to embed yourself into the meaning of your wedding and to create a ceremony that isnt cookie cutter, than I assure you that choosing Rev. Diane would be the right decision. Peace, love, blessings :) Kim & SteveSent on 11/29/2014
Hudson Valley Interfaith Minister's reply:Thank you for your incredibly kind words. You were both such a joy to work with: from the very beginning to the very end. :-)
User4343104 · 2+ years ago
We greatly enjoyed working with Diane. She was extremely helpful and cooperative when it came to crafting the ceremony. She really understood our needs as an interfaith couple. We couldn't have asked for a better experience. - Anna & Nick, Massapequa Park, NY.Sent on 08/22/2014
Michael · Married on 07/12/2014
Diane was a perfect choice for our Officiant. Our personal connection to her was instantaneous. She helped us to design the most beautiful ceremony that I have ever seen or been a part of. She gave us endless patience and clear guidance through this most important journey. She is an ANGEL!!! We plan to be in touch with her throughout our lives, keeping her as close as we can in our hearts!Sent on 07/17/2014
User4281579 · 2+ years ago
Diane was better then we could imagine, she help as putting together our spacial ceremony in the most caring way. The process with her prepared us, and brought my man and myself even closer together.Sent on 07/28/2014
I'm am thankful for every moment!
Much love on your spacial day!
Christopher · Married on 06/07/2014
Rev. Diane was an absolute pleasure to work with! She was very professional but also so incredibly warm and easy to connect with. She kept us to our schedule and created a complete, appropriate, and perfectly personal ceremony for our wedding. Most importantly, she helped to inspire and excite us as we approached our big day, offering kind words of guidance, and helping us start our marriage with an atmosphere of spirituality, love, and joy. During the ceremony, Rev. Diane was a friendly yet commanding presence, speaking clearly to us and to our guests; we received countless compliments on our meaningful and special ceremony.Sent on 06/24/2014
We are so happy we chose Reverend Diane to celebrate our most important day, and she will have a powerful lasting impact on our memories and on our marriage. Thank you, Reverend!
Hudson Valley Interfaith Minister's reply:Thank YOU! You were both such a pleasure in every way. I will hold you in my heart and in my prayers always. Blessings, Rev. Diane
Peg · Married on 05/10/2014
Reverend Diane Epstein officiated our May 10th wedding ceremony. We began working with her a few months prior to our wedding, as we opted for the package that included three meetings to talk and customize our ceremony. It was very helpful using that time together. Diane really got to know us and our story and tailored the ceremony to us. She kept us on schedule with due dates for various tasks well ahead of the wedding date. By the time the wedding arrived, we didn’t have to think about a thing and were able to relax and enjoy the day. We have received numerous compliments and comments about the content and flow of our ceremony. Diane really sets the scene and gets everyone focused and engaged in the moment. We are very pleased with Diane’s work and would recommend her services to anyone that wants a personalized, memorable and deeply special ceremony.Sent on 07/20/2014
Mathieu · Married on 02/28/2014
Rev. Diane is great! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding officiant. She is very knowledgeable, easy to talk to and helped us to make our small ceremony exactly the way we wanted it. She is easy to get a hold of and responds quickly to email.Sent on 03/03/2014
Our wedding date moved last minute due to an issue with our venue and Diane was super supportive consoling us and changing her schedule to accommodate our new date.
Rev Diane was a wonderful officiant and made our day really special.
Charles · Married on 07/27/2013
Diane was a perfect fit for our private ceremony. She was on top of planning and very timely with correspondence. Diane was attentive to our desires and very thorough and experienced. She was patient and creative, this made our experience fun, funny and deeply meaningful. Diane goes above and beyond; we are very thankful to have founs her!Sent on 08/11/2013
Nicole · Married on 07/14/2013
Words cannot express how AMAZING Rev. Diane was both at our wedding ceremony and during our entire wedding planning process.Sent on 07/15/2013
Before we even signed a contract with her, we met with Rev. Diane for about an hour to get to know her and for her to get to know us. My husband and I had no idea where to start in terms of planning a wedding ceremony, but Diane had plenty of suggestions for us and provided us with lots of options.
We met with Rev. Diane about three more times before the wedding and were in regular contact via email during the year before our wedding. She responded to every email quickly and provided suggestions when we were lost and was always willing to make a change we requested.
She took so much time to learn who we were as a couple and incorporated that into our ceremony, which was created specifically for us and tailored to who were are as a couple. As part of the ceremony planning process Rev. Diane also did a little pre-marriage counseling with us, which was great. It made us feel confident in our relationship and decision to get married as we approached our wedding day. We had several of our guests tell us it was the most moving wedding ceremony they had ever seen.
All in all, Rev. Diane was a pleasure to work with and far exceeded our expectations. We love her!