2014 award

Reverend Shobha Diane Hughes

Ordained Interfaith Minister

Wedding Officiant






. . . Testimonials . . .

2015 award

First and foremost i would like to say how warm and comfortable she made my spouse and i feel. She was the first and last officiant that we sat down with for our wedding. After we met with her we didn't want to interview any other officant to do the job. We felt comfortable. shobha brings a strong spiritual bond from the first day you meet her. We felt as if we knew her all our lives. She is willing to listen and give feedback to make your special day a phenomenal one. The way she wrote out the ceremony showed us how much she paid attention to what was important to us by including it in. She was very professional, honest, warm, encouraging and very creative. She kept the guest involved in the wedding. Many guest at my wedding spoke about how much of a great job she did. My best friend already asked me to keep in touch with her for her wedding.

 – Smita & Arjun, Queens NY


Shobha was the best officiant we could have asked for. Every guest kept telling us what a great ceremony we had and how good our officiant was. Our parents came from other countries so she learned how to say "welcome" in their native language. She was great at acknowledging our guests, providing us with options for our vows, ring exchange words, readings and all kind of traditions you might wish for. We did not have to do any other work related to the ceremony, she had it all figured out.

– Rudrajit & Alina, New Jersey


You will not find a better officiant in New York City than Reverend Hughes. As a Southern Baptist Texan, I had reservations about a female officiant but took the advice/recommendation from New York acquaintances to have Shobha perform the wedding ceremony. Wow! without a doubt, I made not only the right choice, but the BEST choice. Shobha talked to me and my husband several times before the wedding date to get to know how we met, special interests we share, favorite music, scriptures and quotes. Our perfect wedding was held in Strawberry Fields in Central Park just as I wanted it. She created our wedding ceremony not just as a ceremony but a precious memory celebrating our love. The best thing to know about Shobha is that she stays in touch, even wanting to know how long it took to get the marriage certificate. She's a wonderful person as well as a wonderful minister.

– Donna & David, Texas


When we decided to get married in New York, we initially did not know where to turn to find someone to give us the private and intimate service that we wanted. Fortunately we contacted Shobha by e-mail and were delighted when we received a phone call from her. All of the other officiants only e-mailed us and it was immediately obvious on talking to her that she was the perfect minister for our needs.
In the weeks leading up to the ceremony the contact with Shobha was excellent and she explored our needs and wishes making helpful suggestions where appropriate, but never trying to take over our plans. It was great to know that if we had a question it would be answered swiftly and we always felt that our special day was being given the consideration we would have wanted.
On our wedding day, everything went according to plan. It was a lovely ceremony, tailored according to our wishes and held in a beautiful location in Central Park. It was everything we could have wished for and exceeded our expectations. Shobha’s husband, Chris happens to be an events photographer and took some lovely photos of our special occasion. All in all, I cannot recommend Chris & Shobha enough for your special day.

– Paul & Kerry, United Kingdom


Reverend Shobha Hughes is amazing. She took the time to get to know us and understand what we wanted for our wedding. She is compassionate, sincere, and added a beauty to our wedding ceremony that we could have only hoped for. It was New Years Day, outside in cold weather and she carried the warmth into the ceremony. I could not recommend her more highly!
Wedding: 01/01/2013

– Kacey & Jack, New York / New Jersey


Reverend Shobha exceeded our expectations for our wedding ceremony. Our wedding group also commented on how beautiful the ceremony was performed. She was very personable and worked with us to meet all of our needs. She contributed greatly to our memories of that day and my husband and I highly recommend her if you are planning your wedding - you won't be disappointed.
Wedding 3/17/13....St Patrick's Day

– John & Shelia, NJ / Florida


Shobha is an amazing, warm and spiritual person who married us in central park with such a beautiful service - I would recommend her to everyone. Her words were so emotional and so in-tune with our beliefs, she really takes the time to get to know you as a couple. We can't wait to come back to NYC and will definitely be contacting Shobha for an anniversary blessing. Much love xxx

– Faye & Rob, Brighton, UK.


The wedding was absolutely beautiful because Shobha took us both by the hand, literally, and lead us through all the ins and outs including the address of where to get our marriage license! Our wedding was exactly the way we requested with such valuable input on sacred and not so sacred texts with wonderful quotes as well. Shobha felt like family and is a true professional while still being warm and loving. I cannot say enough nice words about her. THANK YOU SHOBHA!

– Dr. & Mrs. Ward Cunningham-Rundle New York, NY


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