About Me Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. Thank you for visiting my website. I am the Reverend Patt Kauffman, and A Joyful Ceremony is my idea and creation. I am ordained in the Lutheran Church and serve congregations in the New York Metropolitan area. I understand that there are many that do not wish to have a wedding ceremony in a house of worship: *distance from a favorite church, *distance from where the reception will take place, *uncomfortable with the rules and regulations of the house of worship (and we all have them!) *not a member of a church, *not feeling welcomed by a church because of sexual orientation or gender identity, *not wishing a religious service, while still remaining spiritual. There are as many reasons as there are people joyfully preparing to marry! I will work with you to create your personal joyful wedding ceremony. I live in Newburgh, NY. I officiate at weddings in the Hudson Valley, the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut tri - state area, and New York City. Let me help you have the joy - filled, loving, happy wedding day of your dreams! "Love is love is love!" - Lin - Manuel Miranda - "Reverend Patt married my oldest son and all the young people at the wedding agreed they would ask her if/when they married." - a groom's mother.
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Your wedding day is one you've waited and planned for...


I will be honored to make your wedding one you will always remember; a wedding ceremony and wedding day full of joy!



*We meet in person, or Skype or Facetime, and communicate by email and phone as needed to plan your perfect joyful wedding ceremony.

*Your wedding ceremony rehearsal is included.

*Your ceremony will last from twenty minutes to an hour. It will include all the elements you wish, such as readings, religious or ethnic traditions, or other personal touches to make your wedding day joyful and memorable.



$600.00 inclusive.


Mileage is at $.54 per mile.


                                       Please ask about destination weddings.



 Discounts are offered to

active duty military

and first responders.

Thank you for your service!



 Your Joyful custom ceremony Do you see your vows with the traditional words? "Dearly beloved: we are gathered here today…" Perhaps, because these words, spoken by generations before, were words you never expected to be able to use for your wedding, as marriage has been denied to some because of who they love? Or, did you think these words could only be used in church?

Or do the words of poetry resonate with you:


 "Camerado, I give you my hand!

I give you my love more precious than money,

I give you myself before preaching or law;

Will you give me yourself? Will you come travel with me?

Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?"

- Walt Whitman.


Or, perhaps:












Or do you and your spouse wish to use your own words, from your lives together?















The possibilities are endless…




 Together, we can plan a unique and personal service

that you will remember always…


Sonnett XVII, Pablo Neruda

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There will be remaining deposits of $275.00 due at specified times, usually when we meet, before your wedding day.

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