2014 award

Reverend Shobha Diane Hughes

Ordained Interfaith Minister

Wedding Officiant






. . . Testimonials . . .

2015 award

Shobha is purely and simply incredible. She gave the most beautifully heartfelt ceremony I (and many of our family and friends) have every witnessed. It was so personal that nearly all of the people attending thought that I had known her since she was a child. She truly does a ton of research and incorporates so many personal elements to the ceremony....she is completely at ease in front of large crowds and has an uncanny ability to connect with people attending but also make the bride and groom (us) feel like we're the only ones in the room.  She is always smiling and was one of the people I most enjoyed working with for my wedding. I will truly miss her and only hope she will officiate at my friends' weddings so I can see her ceremony as a guest! 

 – Jessi & Nick, New York NY


From the very first day we hired Rev Shobha Hughes, I felt comfortable my wedding was going to go perfect. She walked me through the ceremony and what was needed from the very beginning. she was always there when I called and always made us feel very comfortable. My wedding ceremony was perfect thanks to Reverend Shobha Hughes

– Larry & Peter, Georgia


Shobha made the ceremony such a beautiful event. Everyone loved the ceremony, including us. She is very wise and takes control of the planning, making it one less thing to worry about. Not only is she great at what she does, but she is very sweet and lovable.

– LizMara & German, New York NY


Shobha was absolutely amazing as our officiant. She was warm and welcoming and kind from our first meeting until our wedding day. She helped as we attempted to write our own vows and she truly made our ceremony something that both we and our guests LOVED being a part of. She knew we wanted to do a handfasting ceremony (a celtic tradition) and she made it happen just as we had hoped. It was beautiful. The personal touches she added to our ceremony, including adding the Seven Blessings where she threw rose petals on each of us was just wonderful. She is the best out there and any brides/grooms looking for the perfect officiant will certainly be beyond thrilled with Rev. Shobha! Thank you so much!!!!

– Janessa & Shane, Long Beach Long Island



Reverend Shobha Hughes came into our lives as we were issuing our wedding license and had 36 hours to plan our elopement on Easter Sunday. We emailed her from the Marriage Bureau and having read all the wonderful reviews about her we were certain that she would not be available. Ten minutes later she called us! We had no difficulty arranging the time although it was such short notice and had a thorough conversation about ourselves and how we wanted our ceremony to be. She gave us ideas for vows and inspiration and courage to carry on until the big day. As we had very little time to prepare Reverend Shobha, determined to initiate a memorable ceremony, took the initiative to read about our ethnic backgrounds and incorporated elements thereof to the ceremony. It was a touching surprise. She officiated our marriage with respect, warmth and a deep sense of responsibility. Our vows, based on her suggestions and enriched by ourselves, brought tears to our eyes. A true interfaith minister, she has accrued wisdom that she transmits in the most discrete way. Following our wedding and as we live oversees she kept us updated on the progress of our marriage certificate with care. We are blessed to have been married by Reverend Shobha on that sunny Easter Sunday.

– Vanessa & Alex, Athens Greece


We can't thank Shobha enough for being a wonderful and fantastic addition to our wedding day. We truly appreciate all of the effort and thought that she put into our ceremony. Not only did our ceremony blow away the two of us, but it was conducted in the most wonderful and thoughtful manner, Shobha really cares about what she does and she really did make our day that extra bit special.
We also hired Shobha's husband to take our photo's while in New York, Chris also was fantastic and the pair of them couldn't help enough! They both went the extra mile, Chris even edited our photos and Shobha hand delivered them the next day because we asked if we could have them before we leave for home!
Its was so daunting coming from the UK to America to get married, we didn't know if everything would work out but I'd 100% recommend both Shobha (Officiant) and Chris (Photographer) to anyone planning on tying the knot in New York!!!!
To be honest, the quotes could just keep coming. Shobha and Chris were the best people that we could have ever asked for. They were both easy to work with, extremely detail oriented, calm, enthusiastic, structured, passionate and it was an utterly remarkable experience.
Thanks again Shobha and Chris. We will always have great memories of dealing with you both!

– Nicki & Mark, United Kingdom


We were so nervous at first trying to find the BEST officiant, until we met Shobha. She welcomed us in such a warming and friendly way the atmosphere was beautiful and she picked the most beautiful location! She helped us with all of our needs and questions. We highly recommend Shobha to be your wedding officiant! She will make that special day an event you will never forget. She was a friend from the very beginning!

– Chelsey & Chelsea, Bluff City, Tennessee


I have nothing but good things to say about Rev Hughes. You have been there with me during my ups and downs of preparing the ceremony and I could not have asked for a better person to marry us. Whenever I had an question you always responded quick and fast through email and if it was an in-depth situation, she never hesitated to call or have me call. My entire ceremony was a secret from my wife and even she was impressed with the whole setup.

– Maria & Stacey Warren Ohio



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