Judy Thompson is a CT Justice of the Peace, Wedding Officiant, Non-Denominational Minister, and Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®. She has performed over 300 weddings, encompassing all genders and sexual orientations and marital ages - not to mention a rich variety of cultural backgrounds and ethnicities - plus dozens of other ceremonies such as Celebrations of Life, Funerals, and Renewals of Vows.
Judy is known for her ability to create spiritual, non-denominational ceremonies unique to each couple. Each ceremony is a one-of-a-kind reflection of personal rites of passage, transitions or celebrations.
She has earned the coveted Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award for three consecutive years, granted to officiants who consistently receive five-star ratings. She is also a proud member of Wish Upon a Wedding, granting weddings and vow renewals to couples facing serious illness or life-altering health circumstances.
We are so grateful to have had Judy as the Officiant for our wedding. She was incredibly professional and accommodating. In the planning process she gave us a number of different options for the script, which was very helpful because going into it we didn't have a great idea of what we wanted. She also took the time to get to know us and incorporate our love story into the ceremony. She did a great job leading the ceremony and even getting our friends and family involved in the "Sacred Circle" portion of our ceremony. Ask her about this - it was awesome! We got a number of compliments from our guests about how lovely the ceremony was.
- Carly & Chris
Got married at Judy's House... It was just PERFECT!
My husband and I got married at Judy's house last month and it was just what we imagined it to be. It was very intimate and special.. It was PERFECT! We couldn't have picked a better location or a JOP to do the ceremony. Judy made us comfortable and feel welcomed. She was very accommodating and very helpful. Prior to the wedding she made sure that everything was in place. She kept the communication line open and was very easy to contact. She made sure that she respond right away if I had any questions or concerns about the wedding. Thank you Judy for making our day extra special...
A wonderful experience!
So grateful to have chosen such an open and warm-hearted person to officiate our marriage!
- Lorriane & Eden
Nothing less than perfect
Judy was nothing less than perfect for our ceremony. She was easily accessible throughout the entire process. She was very helpful and accommodating as well being that we got married out of state. Judy made us feel so comfortable from our first meeting we knew she was the one to officiate our wedding!
- Caitlin & Craig
Our family loved every word
I want to thank you so much for all the beautiful sentiments that made our ceremony picture perfect. Our entire family loved every word and as I looked out I saw most of them crying, which was so nice. We had a wonderful family day and I really appreciate your attention to detail!
- Kristi & Shawn
"She was very attentive to our wishes..."
We got married this past June and Judy was great. She was very attentive to our wishes and gave us some new ideas since we were having a smaller wedding. On the day of the wedding, my in-laws were running late but Judy was very patient with us and began the ceremony when they arrived. Highly Recommended!
Created our ceremony in just 24 hours
Judy did an absolutely amazing job creating our ceremony script in 24 hours and not only saved our wedding day but made it exactly what we wanted! She was very personable and easy to work with. We couldn't ask for better. Thank you Judy!
- Luke & Anna
Judy is intuitive and knows how to bring out the best in people.
Judy was dedicated to making our daughter's wedding dreams come true. She is a truly caring professional who will do all she can to ensure your ceremony goes just as planned. She traveled out-of-state, the day after a major hurricane, to be with us! Judy is intuitive, and knows how to bring out the best in people. She was an asset to our day.
- Very Happy Mom of the Bride
"She helped us personalize our vows and ceremony..."
Judy was such a pleasure to work with. She helped us personalize our vows and ceremony by offering us several templates to help guide us. We could then take those outlines and add our own personal story and thoughts to develop a beautiful ceremony. She was patient and friendly and even included our dog in the ceremony,
Our wedding was a back yard wedding but Judy made it elegant. We got several positive comments from friends and family on how much they enjoyed the ceremony. My husband and I incorporated a remembrance table to include our dads who had passed - and his mom who couldn’t be there due to health issues - and that meant a lot to us.
- Noreen & Jay
Creative and Sincere
Judy was so pleasant to work with. We weren’t sure where to begin with planning the ceremony so Judy guided us in developing and designing our ceremony, She’s very creative and sincere. Her professionalism created a very stress free relationship with her. She made a point to get to know Marty and I as a couple and she included those details in our ceremony, making it warm and personal.
- Debbie & Marty
Nicest wedding they ever attended
Judy Thompson of Sacred Dove is incredible. She will compose a ceremony based on your life and experiences as a couple. My friends, who came from NYC to attend the wedding, are still saying it was the nicest wedding they have ever attended. I recommend Sacred Dove highly. You will not be disappointed!!
- Jeff & Heather
Judy was wonderful! She made our small ceremony so special. She took time to get to know us and came up with a ceremony and vows that were perfect for us. I would highly recommend Judy to anyone getting married!
- Catie & Kyle
Judy was the perfect choice for an officiant. She was personal, timely, organized and has a warm personality that made the entire process so easy and enjoyable. She spent so much time really getting to know us as a couple and as individuals and created a love story and personal ceremony that was a profound and memorable experience. Highly recommend!! Thank you again Judy!
- Laura & Chelsea
Lucky to have Judy!
We are so lucky to have a warm, wonderful person officiating our wedding! Thank you!
- Carolyn & Dave
80th Birthday & Vow Renewal
Thank you so much for this beautiful ceremony. Larry and I were truly blessed to have such a wonderful birthday celebration for his 80th birthday. At the same time, we had our wedding vows renewed for our 54th anniversary. Judy performed such a wonderful celebration. The ceremony was done with such dignity and spirituality. It was an evening we will hold in our hearts forever.
- Susan & Larry
Words cannot express my deepest gratitude for making Laura and Chelsea’s wedding so special. I did not know what to expect but it exceeded anything I could have ever hoped for. Judy brought so much spirit and personal touch to the ceremony. Everyone was commenting on how special it was. Thanks you!
- Carol (Mother of the Bride)
Memorable & Personal
We wanted our ceremony to be memorable and personal, but had no idea where to start. Judy gave us lots of ideas and organized the whole thing. Many of our guests commented on what a special job she did, and one assumed she must be our relative since she knew us so well!
- Sarah & Ryan
I feel like I've known her for years
We worked with Judy Thompson and we loved her right from the start! She was very personable and easy to talk to, I felt like I’ve known her for years. She really made our love story specific to us and helped make the day extra special.
- Alisia & Matthew
Just as my mom would have wanted
Thank you Judy, it was wonderful tribute and I could not have been happier. It just all flowed exactly as my mom would have wanted. She was surrounded with such love and caring. Thank you for being you.
Judy created a space for others
This was the first celebration of life that I had ever attended, and it was for a very dear, close friend's beloved mom who had recently passed. I was truly impressed with Judy because of how she organized and led the ceremony - or "event" I should say, She led it, but she created a space for many others to speak out as well, to the group, and also to each other, It was powerful; she's amazing.
The send-off she would have wanted
My family chose to do something small and personal, just our family and my mom's hospice nurse. My mom always gave people tea whenever they went to her house, so we wanted to put her ashes in a teapot. Judy actually went and found one for us. An oversize teapot, and it was perfect. I miss my mom and my family misses my mom, but I know we gave her the send-off that she would have wanted.
Sandy Hook Memorial Dedication
Judy Thompson presented a blessing during our May 23, 2015 Sandy Hook Memorial Fountain Celebration, the culmination of a two and a half year project.
As the designer of the fountain it was important that I found someone who respected the sole purpose in the creation of the fountain, which was to honor and celebrate the lives of the twenty six who transitioned on December 12, 2012.
Judy’s blessings were written and spoken with the highest vibrations of respect and love as she honored the fountain’s purpose and the driving force behind it, healing and love. Her contribution to our celebration was a gift. I am honored she accepted my request to give the blessings and I highly recommend Judy for any occasion.
- Lisa Barrett, Artist
Memorial fountain designed by artist Lisa Barrett