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Dan Koller · Married on 09/15/2018
The most heartfelt, intimate, special wedding
I'll start with what is most important; I have been told by friends, family, staff on-site and our photographer that our ceremony was one of the most heartfelt, romantic, beautiful, and intimate ceremonies that they had ever experienced. And so much of that is due to Joysa.Sent on 10/22/2018
While we planned our wedding from across the country, I had a feeling we'd connect well. When my (now) wife and I first met with Joysa, on her couch while her kids ran in and out with their friends, it felt like she was opening herself up to us and it made it that much easier on us to clearly outline what we wanted from our ceremony, who we were as a couple, and for Joysa to help guide us towards getting to that "perfect" ceremony.
She had the ceremony organized and broken up into sections, providing options from Jewish, Irish, and varying degrees of secularism - resonating deeply with our mixed and not-especially-religious selves. Joysa had cut to the primary message of traditional ceremonies and provided it with modern sentiments, which was incredible.
Our favorite part was our "Love Story", where we (separately) went through about a dozen questions detailing from our perspectives how we met, what we loved about one another, funny anecdotes, etc. During the ceremony, there was laughing (between my wife and I), crying (for all of our guests), and a wonderful memory.
I'm so happy we chose Joysa - our wedding would not have been nearly as good with another person. We had certainly looked for and considered a lot of options, but at the end of the day the wedding is all about, you know, actually getting married. It's worth it to make sure you have the best ceremony possible - and that's what Joysa gave us.
Karen · Married on 08/25/2018
Mastermind behind our dream ceremony
Karen and I can't say enough good things about Joysa. She did a wonderful job helping us shape our ceremony into a very memorable and personal moment. Honestly, going into the planning, we didn't know what we were doing, and without her our ceremony would have been over in 10 minutes. Not to mention we were also planning our wedding from across the country over the phone. Joysa had so many amazing suggestions for us, and we were so appreciative that she was able to make everything so personalized even though we weren't able to meet her in person until the day of! We also appreciated her flexibility, as we were looking for a mostly secular wedding.. With Joysa's help, we ended up with a perfect combination of Jewish and Irish traditions without making our ceremony explicitly about religion. She truly captured both of our personalities in the ceremony, to the delight of our family and friends. Joysa got a ton of laughs out of our small wedding, and had us laughing during our own ceremony to cut the nerves, but also gracefully handled the more serious aspects of our ceremony. Joysa wasn't just our day-of officiant, but she really was the mastermind and author of our wedding. Our family and friends gave us tons of compliments, but the praise should be directed back to Joysa. Thank you again for helping us throw our dream wedding!Sent on 10/24/2018
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Jo Anne Jacobs Ukozas · Married on 06/24/2018
Wonderful Wedding Offiant
I found Joysa Winter researching on line. We needed a wedding offiante. I’m Jewish but my fiancé was not. When we met her I knew we had made the right choice. She was warm & caring. She listened to us and took the time to get to know us. She presented us with many unique options to add to our ceremony. She was easy to communicate with during the planning process. And the planning of the service was detailed. Which lent to a meaningful service...Many people complimented me on our service....Sent on 10/22/2018
Avery · Married on 06/02/2018
Wonderful interfaith ceremony!
Rabbi Joysa did a fabulous job in working with us to create a ceremony that was meaningful to us, and was open to using both Jewish and Quaker traditions. We were married over 6 months ago, and my family still comments on how beautiful the ceremony was. in the weeks before the wedding, she sent a questionnaire for us both to complete, and used our responses in her ceremony, which was such a nice surprise to hear what my husband wrote about me/us! She even emailed us after the wedding, a copy of her script, so I have it to look back on :) She was flexible with us on scheduling, and even drove all the way down to Delaware for our big day, Would highly recommend Rabbi Joysa!Sent on 01/24/2019
Chelsea · Married on 10/30/2017
We highly recommend Joysa! She helped make our wedding ceremony personalized and exactly what we wanted. She took the time to get know us and learn about our love story and really helped to make our wedding represent us! We are both catholic but wanted to get married outdoors and incorporate Irish traditional aspects as well as our own ideas related to our own beliefs and joysa helped us to do this perfectly!! Our guests told us our wedding was so unique and personal and so filled with love! We are so thankful and highly recommend joysa!!Sent on 10/11/2017
Miriam · Married on 09/10/2017
We really enjoyed having Joysa as our rabbi for our wedding. With Joysa, we were able to truly customize our wedding and make it ours. A ton of people have commented on how beautiful the service was and how they felt like it was really "ours" and special. We also met with Joysa to discuss our future and how to incorporate religion into our lives in a way that was meaningful and comfortable to both of us since we came from different backgrounds. We appreciated that a lot!Sent on 10/06/2017
Emily · Married on 09/02/2017
Joysa was a pleasure to work with. Sent us a ton of information for the ceremony and tied in our love story beautifully. We very much enjoyed working with her!Sent on 09/20/2017
Nichole · Married on 09/01/2017
We are so thankful for Joysa being our officiant. We were a very indecisive couple about what elements we wanted for our wedding ceremony. Joysa got to know us on a personal level and provided us with a wealth of information and options to consider. She was knowledgable and very easy going and helped us merge celtic and jewish traditions seamlessly. Her ceremony was beautiful, personalized and reflected us perfectly. We received so many compliments on the service!Sent on 09/16/2017
Thank you for our beautiful ceremony and making everything come together to ensure a special day with our friends and family.
Molly · Married on 06/03/2017
We loved working with Joysa! From the very first phone meeting, she put us at ease. She provided a packet of information on navigating interfaith weddings that we turned to again and again while we were planning. The ceremony was so personalized, and we got tons of compliments on the various components, length, humor, etc. On the day of the wedding, she was efficient, on time and friendly to all of our guests. Worth every penny!Sent on 06/12/2017
Rachel · Married on 10/08/2016
Tommy and I are now back from our honeymoon and wanted to say THANK YOU for such a beautiful ceremony. We loved the whole ceremony and were very happy it fit us as a couple. We received compliments from family and friends about how beautiful the ceremony was. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and use that in our wedding. We are so pleased with everything. :) I am so excited to the video back and watch it over and over again!Sent on 10/22/2016
Darian · Married on 08/14/2016
Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding so wonderful. You made planning so easy, ensuring Ryan and I planned a ceremony that was truly a reflection of us. All of the resources you provided us with made planning go smoothly and you were always available to answer any questions that we had. As we knew it would be, the ceremony felt so personal, and perfectly captured our relationship. It was an incredible day, one we will remember with love …Sent on 10/21/2016
Zoe · Married on 08/13/2016
My husband and I were thrilled with Joysa! She was a pleasure to work with and really understood what we were looking for in our ceremony. She did an amazing job telling our story and highlighting what makes us unique as a couple. We loved her ideas for involving friends and family in the ceremony as well! -- Everyone has told us how impressed they were and my mom is still hearing from family and friends how much they loved the ceremony! Thank you Joysa!! :)Sent on 09/08/2016
Rachael · Married on 06/25/2016
Joysa was lovely to work with. She is very knowledgeable about wedding ceremonies and does a great job helping you figure out what the best ceremony will be for you, whether you would like elements of an interfaith, Jewish, Christian, or non religious ceremony. She was exactly what my husband and I were looking for in a wedding officiant for a Secular Jewish ceremony! I would recommend finalizing details a week or two before your ceremony if you are not having a rehearsal the day before your ceremony.Sent on 12/12/2016
Julie · Married on 05/22/2016
Joysa met with us in person and also communicated via phone and email to tailor a ceremony just for us. Many people commented on how wonderful and beautiful it was without being cookie cutter. She takes the time to explain different ritual options for the ceremony and helps you pick what is right for you. She also proofs your ketubah and holds a sweet, relaxing ketubah-signing ceremony before the wedding. She showed up early to the wedding and put us at ease. Thank you!Sent on 09/08/2016
Kim · Married on 04/03/2016
We wanted to thank you for the amazing job you did with our wedding ketubah signing and ceremony. It was so touching and even more wonderful than we could have ever hoped for. You really captured our relationship together and beautifully incorporated our backgrounds. We really cannot thank you enough. Everyone we spoke to said how wonderful it was. You truly have a gift.Sent on 10/25/2016
Laura · Married on 02/28/2016
I was so grateful to find an officiant who took the time to get to know us, and who could craft such a creative and beautiful ceremony. She was warm AND funny, and we heard from guests all during the reception about how much they loved the wedding. Joysa didn't just use the stereotypical vows, and the prayers/words she used reflected the faiths of both of our families. Thank you so much!Sent on 07/18/2016
Ilyssa · Married on 06/06/2015
Rabbi Joysa was by far the best! When we first met her we had an instant connection and talked for almostSent on 07/17/2016
3 hours! The ceremony itself was PERFECT! She personalized it from our conversations and questionnaire. It was exactly what we wanted. She helped us create a wonderful, memorable ceremony. Everyone always tells us how much they loved it and I recommend her to everyone!!
Brad · Married on 03/21/2015
We could not imagine our wedding without Rabbi Joysa. She made our ceremony amazing. It was personal, beautiful, and just the right amount of humor for us. Joysa discussed everything with us ahead of time, and catered the ceremony to exactly our liking. We would highly recommend her for anyone!Sent on 07/23/2016
Michael · Married on 08/30/2014
Joysa was just wonderful. She took the time to get to know us and offered us ample options for tailoring our ceremony, which really made my wife and I feel like we had a hand in the process. She offered us great guidance regarding marriage licenses and ketubahs and was incredibly responsive and personable.Sent on 09/04/2014
Sarah · Married on 08/30/2014
Joysa created a service for us that was well-organized, meaningful, and intensely personal. While we were constructing the type of ceremony we believed would work for us, she provided us with several resources to help us along and was always quick to respond to our questions. Many of our guests commented on the high quality of the ceremony as well! I couldn't be more pleased with the way everything turned out!Sent on 09/04/2014
User4350037 · 2+ years ago
Joysa worked with us to craft a ceremony that reflected my Jewish heritage as well as my husband's Greek family traditions. We were able to meet with her twice before the wedding and talk through everything. She provided us with tons of options and samples of what couples had done in the past. We were thoroughly delighted with our ceremony and felt it was a truly personal experience.Sent on 08/25/2014
Rachel · Married on 05/10/2014
Joysa was incredibly wonderful to work with. We initially had a Skype convo with her, and she discussed how things would proceed if we decided to go with her as an officiant (# of times we would meet/chat, services she would provide, her expectations from us, etc.). We decided to move ahead, and the next step was meeting her in person. She came prepared with folders full of information for us.Sent on 09/28/2014
We had tons of leeway in terms of deciding how we wanted our ceremony to go. She can do secular ceremonies, religious ceremonies, same-sex ceremonies, gender-neutral ceremonies, etc. We decided we wanted to have a ketubah-signing ceremony, a secular wedding ceremony, have 7 family members each say one of the 7 blessings, and do simple "repeat after me" vows during the exchanging of the rings.
The nicest part of the ceremony is that she had me and my husband fill out a form about each other before the wedding. In it, we answered questions about what initially attracted us to each other, what we loved about each other, reactions from friends/family when we said we were getting married, etc. She incorporated these responses into the ceremony, which made it incredibly personal and personalized.
Joysa has also been in touch with us since the wedding. She shared with us some Jewish books and also sent us a nice e-card for Rosh Hashanah.
If you want a super-personalized wedding ceremony with an officiant that is very easy to work with, Joysa is your person!
Lori · Married on 04/06/2014
Rabbi Joysa was wonderful! Our wedding day was everything we hope for.Sent on 09/01/2014
Kyra · Married on 03/29/2014
My wife and I wanted a wedding that was tailored to exactly what we wanted and we got that and more. Joysa help us with aspects of the ceremony we had never even heard of and every suggestion was a hit. The hand fasting was wonderful and the personal flourishes to her story about us was incredible and shows the time and effort she puts into making each ceremony unique and unforgettable. Totally recommended and already have friends headed her way.Sent on 01/04/2017
Heather · Married on 09/01/2013
Joysa was an amazing officiant for our wedding. She made the ceremony very personal to who we are and touched everyone with her words. She is very thorough gathering information prior to the ceremony and gave great packages of information to help us make decisions of what could be done during the ceremony. She brought in aspects of both of our faiths to make the ceremony complete. Thank you for such an amazing day to remember!Sent on 09/19/2013