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The wedding ceremony shouldn’t be the thing that you and your guests have to suffer through to get to the good part. I promise you a meaningful, enjoyable, ceremony that everyone will remember for years to come.

If you already expect that the ceremony will be absolutely amazing… You are in the right place! For many the wedding day is all about emotionally participating in the experience. If you are starting out thinking that the ceremony is the part that you’re not going to absolutely love… it is our goal to have the moment you become married live in your memory, as the best part… of the best day of your lives.

Looking for Long Island Wedding Officiants & Ministers, JOP or information on marriages in Nassau and Suffolk? My name is April, and I lead a team of fabulous officiants who perform ceremonies all over Long Island and in the Tri-State area! My associates and I offer 21st Century Wordsmithing, original writing, for all of life’s most important occasions. You say you like it short and sweet, yet meaningful? We can do that! The modern couple often see their day as more about being married than getting married. The same way they are attracted to clean lines and open spaces with an uncluttered beauty, they want a ceremony that is simple, short, yet elegant. The desire is to make promises that will still matter in years to come and move forward! The question is would you like that with or without original writing?

We can include all the aspects of a traditional ceremony that are important to you and leave out the things that are not. Experience lets us blend cultures and faiths seamlessly, while bringing life to Civil Ceremonies. By listening and caring about your input we keep everyone emotionally and intellectually present with a “real” and “natural” feeling to our ceremonies. This site has many sample ceremonies that include original writing, videos, reading selections, along with all the practical things that all couple’s need. Please feel free to explore and enjoy!

Choosing us as your wedding officiant, takes all the worries out of planning the perfect wedding ceremony.

~ Civil Marriage Ceremonies, Justice of the Peace Style, Fusion Weddings
~ Traditional, Alternative, Spiritual, Religious, Interfaith, Bilingual, Spanish
~ Minister and Rabbi Team Available
~ Quality Service, Reasonable Rates
~ Recommended and Trusted by Top Locations
~ High Quality PA System Included
~ Fully Legal in all parts of NY, No ULC or Online Ordinations
~ Serving the New York City, Long Island, Tristate area
~ Elopement Specials, Midweek Signature Service, Writing Services

The majority of my team are based on Long Island, we go anywhere and everywhere in the Tri-State area and beyond. Destination wedding requests are always welcome! Whether you are getting married near or far, please feel free to explore this website. It is intended to be a resource for couples and officiants alike.

L&L, Pastor April


Meet Our Team

Pastor Marie April Gismondi

Pastor April Marie Gismondi

As a prominent leader within the wedding industry, Pastor Marie April Gismondi has over twenty years of experience and has officiated several thousand ceremonies. April will take your vision of how you picture your ceremony and weave it into beautiful, heartfelt words that far exceed your expectations.

Rev. Aviva Sala

Rev. Aviva Sala is an officiant who has been working exclusively for Church of Ancient Ways for several years now, trained personally by Pastor Marie April Gismondi. Whether using written samples from our web site or meeting/writing custom ceremonies, Aviva is creative and witty, but also extremely on-point and professional.
Rev. Joe Iadanza

Rev. Joe Iadanza

Joe was on the Board of Directors at the seminary where he trained and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister. Raised an Italian Catholic, he’s an actual family member to Saint Padre Pio. Joe’s primary focus is on individual spiritual growth, music, yoga and meditation. As someone with a performance background, he brings a fresh and joyful perspective.

Rabbi Sara Shonfeld

Rabbi Sara Shonfeld is an Interfaith Officiant. Sara is 7th generation Israeli, so her Hebrew is perfect. She joined the Church of Ancient Ways when she saw how the needs of Culturally Jewish couples as well as those with a religious background but no temple affiliation were not being met.

Rev. Deb Viola

Rev. Deb Viola has been performing wedding ceremonies almost as long as Pastor Marie April Gismondi and she is amazing! Her nature is warm and welcoming; her demeanor is calm and soothing, which reflects in how relaxed her couples are. Whether using written samples from our web site or writing a personalized ceremony, every couple benefits from Deb’s compassionate and talented style.

Brenda Santana

Brenda has a background in stage and performance, singing and acting, which makes her delivery, elocution, and presence all exceptional. Her demeanor is warm and comfortable, and it shows in all of her ceremonies that she really is happy for you and to be there with you.
Rev. Lorili Henry

Rev. Lorili Henry

Rev. Lorili Henry has been officiating for over twenty years. With an uncompromising presence, radiant delivery and elocution, she is brilliant at, not just her craft, but also at being truly joyful in the moment. As a seminary trained, culturally Jewish Interfaith Officiant, Lorili is comfortable working with many faiths. She’s also a life-long yoga teacher, and has a beautiful way of attending to all of life’s sacred moments whether in a religious context or a secular one.

Mark Getman

While Mark’s roots and congregation are in the Jewish community, his time in Military and current service in the National Guard as a Chaplain gave him the opportunity to serve in an Interfaith capacity. He is well versed in world religions and is happy to serve couples with a secular spirituality.

Bill & Ann Corbett

When Judge William Corbett retired from the bench, and his wife, Ann Corbett stepped down as the first female Mayor of Floral Park, they went to the New York Seminary in NYC to ensure that they would still be legally able to perform marriages without the grey area associated with online ordinations.


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The majority of my team are based on Long Island, we go anywhere and everywhere in the Tri-State area and beyond. Destination wedding requests are always welcome! Whether you are getting married near or far, please feel free to explore this website. It is intended to be a resource for couples and officiants alike.

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