This is my passion, and with over one hundred ceremonies performed, encompassing all genders and sexual orientations and marital ages - not to mention a rich variety of cultural backgrounds and ethnicities - it's also become one of my greatest sources of devotion and joy.
Laughter and tears are a sign that one's heart has been touched, and as an officiant, one of my roles is to infuse your ceremony with such meaningful moments.
I am honored to have officiated ceremonies at private homes, outdoor public spaces, the gardens of my own home in Portland CT, and at the following venues:
Aria, Arrigoni Winery, Bald Hill Mansion, Bill Miller Castle, Bradford House, Campagna Restaurant, Connecticut River Valley Inn, Elizabeth Park, Gershon Fox Ballroom, Glastonbury Country Club, Hale Hill Homestead, Indian Hill Cemetery, Maneely’s, Mill On The River, Mystic Seaport, Riverview, Saint Clements Castle, Salt Water Farm Vineyard, Smith Farm Gardens, The Lace Factory, The Library Wine Bar and Bistro, The River House, The Wesleyan Barn, The Woodwinds, Tyrone Farm, Villa Louisa, Wadsworth Mansion, Waterview, Webb Barn, Wesleyan University Chapel, and Wickham Park.
Judy Thompson is a Justice of the Peace for the State of Connecticut, Non-Denominational Minister, Independent Celebrant, Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®, CT State Chapter Facilitator for the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, Celebrant Foundation & Institute Alumnae, and has performed over one hundred weddings,
She earned the coveted Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award for 2019 which is granted to officiants who consistently receive five-star ratings.
Certified Life-Cycle Celebrants® are highly-trained professionals, richly schooled in the art of ritual and ceremony from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute. They are master co-creators and performers of ceremonies that reflect the needs and beliefs of the people they are honoring. Each ceremony is a unique reflection of personal rites of passage, transitions or celebrations.
Susan & Larry celebrate his 80th birthday by renewing their wedding vows after 54 years of marriage. They said, "The ceremony was done with such dignity and spirituality...It was an evening we will hold in our hearts forever."
Celebrating the birth or adoption of your child with ritual and ceremony provides you with a sacred moment in time to voice your wishes and promises for the future.
Women over 50 cross the threshold into a period of wisdom, marking a time to celebrate all they have learned and all they will come to know in the future, and to acknowledge their beauty, status, contributions, and ongoing transformation.
Funerals and celebrations of life should reflect your loved one's life and tell their story perfectly. Some prefer religious prayers of special significance, while others may not desire a specific kind of faith. In either case, the service should be beautifully and sensitively crafted.
From joyful pet-namings to a tender memorial, ritual and ceremony for your beloved animal acknowledges the importance they hold in our hearts.
It started with the question, "May I please get married at your house?" And from there, what had once simply been a creative outlet for both me and my husband, became an unexpected setting for lovers to join in union.
In a quiet, woodsy setting accented by beautifully-manicured gardens, a custom-built log cabin sits atop lush green grass. The centerpiece of the living room is a ceiling-height stone fireplace, and an expansive private deck overlooks the woods - all within earshot of a rushing waterfall.
A view of the grand chimney through the arbor in late summer