Rev. Jude Smith

Hudson Valley Weddings and Ceremonies

Interfaith Non-Denominational Minister and Wedding Officiant

 

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Handcrafted Ceremonies That Touch The Heart

Congratulations! You have chosen to embark on one of life’s greatest adventures – the committed partnership between two people, each devoted to unconditionally loving the other, and to working together in common purpose and shared harmony.

And just as you have chosen to formally sanctify the depth of your relationship, you are also about to choose the style of ceremony and the officiant that best reflects your personal, spiritual, and emotional preferences.

As a non-denominational interfaith minister, I hold the perspective that there is an essential and common spirituality underlying all of the world's faith traditions.  It is a spirituality that speaks to the universal truths that resonate within our hearts, truths that connect us all on an intuitive level.

I bring that authentic expression of spirituality to the ceremonies I jointly create with couples in a way that creates an experience that is sacred, elegant, meaningful, and transformative.  My ceremonies range from completely personalized to those that are simple and sweet.

As a contemporary interfaith and non-denominational minister and wedding officiant, I enjoy working with people of all faiths, preferences, and spiritual paths, especially those who feel spiritual but not necessarily religious.  I believe that our hearts choose our partners, and I celebrate marriage equality for all.  I cherish the joining of individuals, not genders. 

I am sensitive to the fact that many people are not certain of the style of ceremony that will best represent them.  I delight in working with couples to assist them in gaining that clarity, so that together, we can custom design a ceremony that will be a unique reflection of you.

I officiate at weddings, commitment ceremonies, civil unions, and the remaking of vows.  I also officiate at all of life's transitions, including non-denominational baby naming and baby blessing ceremonies (Christenings) and funeral and memorial services. I offer warm and distinctive ceremonies that support your beliefs, values, and traditions, using language that is authentic to whom you are, including language that excludes spirituality altogether and simply focuses on love.

I practice throughout the Hudson Valley of New York, including the Catskill Mountain region, and cover the counties of Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia, Putnam, Westchester, Orange, Albany, and Greene.  I am also available to officiate at ceremonies in the Berkshire Mountains of southwestern Massachusetts, the western portions of Connecticut, and I am a registered officiant within all the boroughs of New York City.  

Should you be traveling to the Hudson Valley as a destination wedding, I am very comfortable working remotely, and am able to coordinate all of the details of your special day in a way that will allow it to be a stress-free success.

I look forward to having you contact me so that we can explore our synergy, and the ways in which we can complement one another while crafting a memorable ceremony that is uniquely you. 
 


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Now you will feel no rain,

for each of you will be shelter for the other.

 

Now you will feel no cold,

for each will be warmth for the other.

 

Now you will feel no loneliness,

for each of you will be companion to the other.

 

Now you are two persons,

but there are three lives before you:

each of your lives, and your life together.

 

May beauty surround you both

on the journey ahead and through all the years.

 

May happiness be your companion

to the place where the river meets the sun.

 

Go now to your dwelling

to enter into the days of your life together.

 

And may your days be good

and long upon the earth.

 

- The Apache Wedding Prayer, Author Unknown



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Hudson Valley Wedding Officiant, Jude Smith, Interfaith, Non-Denominational, Minister










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