Meet Our Officiant Mike Lopez

The Rev. Mike Lopez is an Interfaith and Independent Catholic Minister with over fifteen years of active ministry experience. During your Pre-Wedding Consultation, Brother Mike will take the time to get to know you and will help you to create the perfect ceremony for your special day.

Brother Mike specializes in Ceremonial Liturgy and will insure that every aspect of your wedding ceremony from the Entrance to the “I Do”, are just perfect. Whether you wish to have a traditional ceremony or want to keep it short and sweet; Brother Mike is a great choice.

Brother Mike is fully Bi-Lingual and can perform your ceremony in English or Spanish or Both!

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See what past clients are saying about Mike:

Brother Mike, all we can say is Wow! You made our ceremony even more special than we could have ever imagined. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! PS – We owe you dinner!!
Luis and Michelle

Thank You Brother Mike for taking the time to meet with us and calm us down before the big day, from the rehearsal dinner to the final blessing, you made us feel extra special! Peace and Blessings and Keep up the Good Work!
Alex and Andrea

OMG Brother Mike, you saved our day! Thanks for stepping up at the last minute when the Minister we hired cancelled on us at the last minute. You where a blessing and so funny! Like you said, “God Knows What He Does!” Thanks again! PS – My Grandma wants to know where your Church is at, she thinks your great!”
Brittney and Jeff

The first communication I had with the company is the personnel in their office. Their associates are very responsive, caring, and friendly. They sent friendly reminders of upcoming bills, and sent holiday and congratulatory emails. After working with their office, I communicated very frequently with my wedding officiant, Brother Mike Lopez. He was by far the most qualified person to officiate our wedding. He was very flexible and always arrived half hour before our meeting times so we would never have to wait on him. He sent us routine text messages in the weeks before the wedding just to check up on us and reassure us that everything would turn out perfect. We custom built our ceremony with Mike so that it was everything that we could every dream of. Whenever I was feeling nervous about our big day, I could just shoot Mike a text and he would put those feelings at east. At the reception, he fit right in with my family, and everyone loved him.
I definitely would recommend Hudson Valley Ceremonies to any other bride to be, and especially Brother Mike Lopez.
Vianca and Jess Vargas

Bro. Mike Lopez was incredible at our wedding on Saturday. Everything was perfect and my brothers couldn’t stop raving. Thank you so much!
Jenn

Brother Mike was absolutely amazing! He gave us the most perfect ceremony , which was completely tailored to our requests. We still can’t get over how perfect it was. We have had so many compliments from our guest about his performance & personality.
Amanda

My entire experience in working Hudson Valley Ceremonies was extraordinary. Due to a few complications with our previous chaplain, I turned to a friend’s advice who had suggested to contact Barbara, an excellent officiant who serves the mid-Hudson valley area. Because I was getting married on Long Island, she referred me to local Chaplin/ wedding officiant , Bro. Micheal Lopez. He was amazing. In a very short amount of time, Bro. Micheal costume tailored a beautiful , and memorable wedding service. He was kind, took great pride in making every detail perfect for our wedding day, and made time to contact us every step of the way. Working with the staff, and Bro. Micheal made planning this important ceremony easy and fun.
Brittany

I had the pleasure of working with Rev. Mike Lopez. He was very professional, was down to earth, keeping just the right amount of light-heartedness, while still making sure everyone knew how serious a wedding is. He was extremely flexible with us and helped us with our bilingual service. For the rehearsal, he waited patiently for 30 minutes as most of my wedding party was stuck in unusual traffic on their way to the venue. Throughout the rehearsal and ceremony, he kept us smiling, but on point. He was truly a pleasure to work with and I would certainly recommend him!!
Jackie

Meet Our Officiant Melodie Molinare

Rev. Melodie was born, raised and still resides in Rhinebeck NY. She is the mother of a wonderful daughter, Katie. Melodie currently works for the USPS and loves her job because she is able to meet all kinds of people. Born and raised a Catholic, Melodie has a strong belief in God and all religions from around the world. At the same time she is open to all couples and the ceremony they want performed. She understands that their love needs to be focused on in a wedding ceremony. Rev. Melodie finds being a celebratory minister to be a very rewarding and enjoyable position. Melodie brings comfort and humor into the ceremonies she performs.

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See what past clients are saying about Melodie:

Very satisfied with the service provided. The officiant ” Melodie ” was awesome and i would gladly recommend this service to anyone interested.
Kristal and Patrick

One of the best decisions we ever made for the day of our wedding was hiring Melodie. She made helped make a crazy day, beautiful, funny and so meaningful. My whole family is still commenting on how great a ceremony we had that day. Thank you so much
Kerri and Jason

Meet Our Officiant Danella Abbey

Reverend Danella Abbey is an ordained, licensed spiritual minister who goes beyond traditional limitations to help you create the most unique, loving and personal ceremony.

Each person has their unique spiritual path. It is this understanding combined with pastoral experience, a keen awareness and respect for “Spirit” that has enabled Reverend Abbey to perform unique ceremonies and rituals. If you are looking for a wedding officiant or minister who demonstrates sensitivity, compassion, and open-mindedness, then Reverend Abbey is the one.

Registered in the five boroughs of New York City and the Hudson Valley/Catskills Region of New York, she honors all philosophies and therefore orchestrates spiritual, life partner, non-denominational, traditional, and civil weddings. In addition to these she also conducts, commitment ceremonies, vow renewals and is a wonderful singer who can vocally express your feelings through song.

The love between both of you and the people you choose to include in your celebration is of utmost importance. Rev. Abbey is honored to be your partner in creating a beautiful day to remember.

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Clinton Wedding: So What Will Happen That Day?

American Royalty Wedding

But… What Will The Day Be Like For Chelsea?

Let’s start with the day before the wedding.

Friday July 30th 2010 – The Rehearsal

All of the wedding party and family start to gather and meet each other.  For some, this will be the first time meeting soon to be family.  Chelsea will most likely be in a strapless cocktail or sundress, never to upstage the wedding gown, but still to say “I am the bride.”  Officiant arrives ready to run through all of the details of this beautiful ceremony.

The Rehearsal begins – the officiant or the wedding planner will take charge and round up all of the members of the wedding party.  Some officiants start with lining up the wedding at the altar or ceremony area, and others just line up the wedding party at the end of the aisle in order.  Most rehearsals have the grandparents, parents, wedding party and bride walking down the aisle at least once sometimes twice.  First time is slow and figuring out all of the logistics of speed and placement.  Second time is faster and more of a comfort for the wedding party as far as flow.

Now they are done with the rehearsal, onto the dinner.

The Rehearsal Dinner – Usually just the immediate family and wedding party, but lately it is becoming customary to include the out of town guest who have arrived the night before.  The rehearsal dinner is to never upscale the wedding.  Usually a little more casual and informal.  Dinner, drinks, maybe even a groom’s cake.  The bride and groom will usually make a toast to all of the wedding party and a grateful toast to the parents.  The couple will then hand out any gifts they have selected for the special people in the wedding.

The Big Day!!

Early to Rise – Most weddings, even late ones, force a bride to get up early.  Hair and Makeup can take between 3-5 hours depending  on the number of ladies and stylists.  So for Chelsea let’s give her a break and say 8 am wake up, 8:30 am breakfast in bed, and 9 am shower.

Hair and Makeup – Starting at 9 am with a few bridesmaids, and then Chelsea emerges around 10am.  Always nice to have some cheese and crackers and fruit on hand.  Please never forget the coffee and tea.  Choose a large enough room for the professionals to spread out, have good natural light, plenty of electrical sockets, tables, chairs, and mirrors.

Don’t forget to Eat! – Now Chelsea probably had breakfast, fresh snacks to nibble on, and now lunch before we go any further.  Most important rule, EAT!!  Chelsea’s wedding planner will most likely make sure that she has a light lunch such as, little sandwiches with turkey, egg salad, crab salad or sweet potato.  Protein is a must to keep you going for the rest of the day.

Getting Dressed – Chelsea will most likely get dressed around 2 pm.  I am sure all of her bridesmaids will be in full attire before she decides to slip on the beautiful wedding gown.  The photographer will capture every moment with her mom shedding the first tear and the maid of honor buttoning her dress.

Seeing Each Other – In true Modern Jewish (and not so Jewish) Tradition Chelsea and Marc will see each other before the ceremony.  The photographer and wedding planner will orchestrate a significant point in both of their reflections on this day.  Maybe Marc will be standing on the lawn overlooking the Hudson River and Chelsea will stroll casually towards him, when all of a sudden the photographer says, “go ahead and turn Marc.”  Suddenly Marc turns and sees his stunning bride with a huge smile and maybe a tear, his heart skips a beat and he can’t help but bring her in closer and kiss her.  Every vision of this moment was better than she could have every hoped.

Photos – Knowing this beautiful estate and anywhere along the Hudson River, the photographer will take advantage of the beauty.  Photos alone will probably take 1 hour and then 1 more hour for the family and wedding party.

The Ceremony – Sometime around 5pm.  Maybe a Chuppah, maybe not.  If they decide on a Chuppah it may be covered in ivy and sprays of Hydrangea.  Not too much, just enough to catch your eye as you are being escorted to your chair.  Then the music begins, the grandparents are seated, sometimes by family or maybe a groomsmen.  Then first will come Marc and his parents, hand in hand.  Next maybe a ring bearer.  Then the wedding party, bridesmaids and groomsmen together, and don’t forget the flower girl.  Last but not least Chelsea with her mom and dad.  Dad, Bill Clinton will be on her right, sh she is closest to his heart.  Mom, Hilary Clinton, will be on her left and with her hand holding under Chelsea’s forearm, while Chelsea holds her bouquet.

The music changes as the bride enters and all guest rise from their seats.  This is the moments where mom and dad feel the powerful change of hands for their daughter.  This overwhelming feeling will just pour out of them.

The ceremony will continue with the parents on the side of the Chuppah and the young couple with the Rabbi under the Chuppah.  They will exchange vows and rings and then kiss.  Now they are Husband and Wife.

The Cockatil Hour – Sometime around 6pm.  I am sure at this royal wedding there will be white gloved service.  All presenting passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne, maybe a favorite cocktail or two.  Mostly casual socializing, and a few group photos.

Reception – Sometime around 7pm.  As guests start to find their seats the parents and wedding party start to line up for their grand entrance.  Not “here comes the football team” but more of a debutant ball or state dinner introduction.  Chelsea and Marc will then be last to enter and take over the entire dance floor with their choreographed routine to their favorite song.

There is a very good chance that Bill Clinton will then lead his beautiful daughter to the dance floor for a song that only she knows.  But within a few notes the tears start to flow and a huge smile comes across his face.  The whole room and feel the emotion of the moment, and even a few tears fall from them also.

Next might be Marc and his mom, maybe a little tune she sang him as a child.  More Tears!!!

The Toasts – I can’t even imagine the nerves of the Maid of Honor and Best Man for the toasts.  These are some of the most influential people in the world sitting in this tent and you can’t say anything wrong.  Maid of Honor first, which is going to be more mushy and girly, best man next, hopefully funny but yet a little inspirational.

Dancing – I am sure this will be a grand band like no one has seen.  Every song chosen carefully.  Dancing before the first course I consider a must, get the party started early and no doubt it will carry through the rest of the night.

Dinner – Most likely a 3-5 course dinner.  Only the best for royalty.  No way to guess the food selection as every wedding and caterer is different.

Cake – Made by the CIA, no not the Central Intelligence Agency, the Culinary Institute of America which is located 13 miles down the road.  Only the best can be instructors at the CIA so I have no doubt that the cake will be spectacular and a sure centerpiece.  I just hope it is not too hot and it starts to bleed.  But if it too hot, put the cake in the entrance to the house with the chandelier hanging above, perfect.

More Dancing and the Party – The amount of guests that will be attending most of the evening will be Chelsea and Marc visiting and table to table.  It is customary and proper etiquette to visit with all tables of guests to make sure they are having a good time and say thank you.  I am sure the reception will not be limited to a 4 hour block but continue through the evening.  I predict the wedding ending around 1am.

Gifts – It is very likely that the new couple will elect to have all gifts (monetary) donated to a charity of the liking, along with any favors.  I am sure Oprah doesn’t necessarily need a candle or wine bottle stopper.

So my advice for this bride and groom:  take your time, don’t feel rushed, and enjoy the moments with family and friends.  The day will go quickly and there is no redos.  But most important, you are marrying your best friend and this should be embraced.

If you have any questions on how your wedding day will layout, call:

Hudson Valley Ceremonies, 845-266-6076 or email info@hudsonvalleyceremonies.com

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