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In the spirit of your tradition or beliefs, Rev. Puja Thomson will help you create a heartfelt ceremony that uniquely reflects a special commitment or marks an important occasion in your life. Puja welcomes inquiries from couples blending different spiritual, religious, or ethnic backgrounds as well as those with a common heritage. 
  ~ Declare your love 
  ~ Make vows in the presence of the Divine, your family and friends
  ~ Ask for blessings on your marriage
  ~ Celebrate your joy 

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Puja Thomson is an Ordained Minister in the Healing Light Center Church founded by the Rev. Rosalyn L. Bruyere. She is also a registered New York City Clergy person. She  is respectful of all traditions, and yet open to new expressions of the Divine for your sacred event. Her presence and lovely Scottish voice add a special touch.

Preparing for your ceremony: Puja will meet you to answer your questions, explore your spiritual perspectives and the meaning of your ceremony. Upon agreement of practical details such as date, time, location and fee, she'll offer sample ceremonies and suggestions to help you create your ceremony. With Puja as guide, via email and telephone, you will approach your ceremony with every confidence!

Puja says, "I ask you to allow the deep significance of your commitment to grow as you prepare for your special event. Your ceremony will then reflect your unique heart-felt spiritual perspective and it will be an honor for me to officiate."

 Couples say, 
"We would like to thank you for bringing us (with such beauty and grace) into this world of marriage. Our favorite part of the day was the ceremony. Every detail about it was so intrinsically beautiful anc special and could not have been without you, your guidance, your voice and your spirit. We thank you with every fiber of our beings for entering our lives and helping us to begin our journey." Melissa and James

"Thank you for all your advice and wisdom. Thank you for your grace and spontaneity. Thank you for your genuine kindness for those we love; but most of all thank you for orchestrating the timeless memories we will always cherish." Jim and Pat

"Our ceremony was breathtaking and magical . . . words cannot say enough about your positive energy, focus, love, and professionalism. We are forever indebted to you. We love you! Lara and Justin

"Thank you so much for such a personal and beautiful ceremony.  The day simply would not have been the same without you.  Our families and friends thought you were fantastic and so do we."    Carling & Thomas

From Anne, "We loved our wedding! I could not have asked for anything more. Thank you so much for your calming energy, wonderful spirit, and kindness." From her husband, Burt, "You had so much influence upon us as we came together on what we wanted to share with the world. I am very grateful for your presence, and I am very happy!"

"From the time I got engaged I knew I wanted Puja to officiate our wedding. Initially the idea of planning our own ceremony seemed daunting, but Puja's many years of experience and great advice immediately put us at ease. She gave just the right amount of guidance while still encouraging us to incorporate our own beliefs and ideas into our ceremony. The end result was a very personal (non-cheesy!) ceremony that I will always cherish. To this day, our friends and family still talk about how unique and special our ceremony was. And as a bonus, Puja's soothing voice quickly melted the wedding day nerves away!" Gayle

"There are no words of appreciation that would suffice to express the way we feel about your officiating at our wedding ceremony...! The blessing of your presence was enough, but to add your patience, work with us, and dedication to detail made this wedding so special for us, and to those who attended. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts." Teri and Jerry

"Puja was a sheer delight on our wedding day and her amazing spirit was an additional blessing for such a special moment in our life. My husband and I thank her for performing our wonderful ceremony and plan on renewing our vows with her (and our toddler as a witness) in the very near future."
Stephanie &

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Other Ceremonies

Baby Blessings: Give thanks for the miracle of birth; welcome and  name, dedicate or baptize your child; vow to honor your responsibilities as parents; Ask your community for their love and prayers.

Vow Renewals & Anniversaries: Give thanks for the years you have shared; celebrate the deepening of your love; invite Divine blessings for your continued journey with beloved family and friends to support you. 

Memorial or Funeral Services: Give thanks for your loved one's life and his/her passing to Spirit;  pray for comfort and healing; share your memories. 

House Blessings: Give thanks; affirm the love that is present and clear any negativity; set intentions for your home.

Rites of passage . . . and more: Puja also officiates at ceremonies marking other life transitions - to celebrate happy occasions such as a birthday, new job, graduation, completion of a project, or to bring release, acceptance and/or forgiveness at challenging times such as loss, separation or divorce. 

Puja Thomson is also a member of the New Paltz Chamber of Commerce, Hudson Valley Weddings and Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever.

While generally, Puja will travel to your chosen location for your ceremony, ROOTS & WINGS, with its spectacular view of The Gunks, and especially the labyrinth, is also an ideal setting for a very small - less than 8 person - ceremony or for couples who wish to plan with Puja for a private elopement. 


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