This week’s Wedding Vendors I Love article is about Jester of the Peace, a.k.a. Barbara Ann Michaels. She is a wedding officiant who brings a tremendous amount of joy and love to every wedding ceremony she performs. I’ve worked with her a couple of times, most notably at the Free Wedding Day in Washington Square Park shortly after the state of New York legalized same-sex marriages. Like me, Barbara Ann is a fierce advocate for marriage equality, and her efforts to promote marriage equality are just one more way to see how much she loves the institution of marriage and the couples she weds.
You might be wondering where the name “Jester of the Peace” comes from. That’s the name she quite appropriately chose because she is an officiant with theatricality and a flair for creating all sorts of wonderfully unusual marriage ceremonies. Barbara Ann works with theme weddings of all flavors and there is no such thing as too much variety or creativity. She truly celebrates her couples in whatever fun way they want, from Elvis impersonator weddings to helicopter weddings over Manhattan.
Behind all of the fun and frivolity, Barbara Ann delivers a loving and joyful ceremony that celebrates the love and lives of her couples. It’s a joy watching her perform ceremonies, and I hope that I can get more opportunities to join her for them in the future!
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