Commitment Ceremony, Interfaith Ceremony, Religious Ceremony
Nondenominational, Christian, Interfaith, Jewish, Spiritual
We could not have asked for a better officiant. Joseph is a truly wonderful person who made our wedding day so special. My (now) husband and I decided to elope on Maui at Leilani Farm Sanctuary. We saw that Joseph had wonderful reviews online and decided to give him a call. We had a great phone conversation with him and he told us what we could expect, and we were excited to move forward with having him officiate our wedding. We then met in person when we got to Maui and he was very flexible and emphasized he wanted to work around our schedule. We got a cup of coffee and he was incredibly kind and warm. It was great to meet him before the wedding day. On the day of the wedding, Joseph exuded a calm warmth that put us at ease and set the tone for a wonderful wedding. The day was perfect - it was a beautiful day among rescued animals in a beautiful setting, and Joseph was a huge part of why our day went so smoothly. His ceremony was beautiful, and I would highly recommend him. Thank you, Joseph, for officiating our special day.
Victoria and I were fortunate enough to have Joseph Narrowe be the officiant on our special day. Joseph wasn’t just doing this as his job, he truly cared to meet and spend time getting to know us prior to performing the ceremony. After spending a couple pleasurable hours talking with him over coffee, we left feeling that we now had a “friend” officiating our wedding as opposed to a stranger. During that time, we went through the ceremony that he would be performing and he took the time to help us tailor it to be our unique ceremony which made the day even more special. Even as a nondenominational officiant, he performed a beautiful Jewish wedding ceremony for us which was even better than we could have hoped. It had all the traditional things that we wanted without having it be overly religious, as my wife and I view our Judaism more as our heritage than that of a strict religion. As my wife and I drove back to our hotel after our meeting we both felt great that we had an officiant who had also become our friend and frankly is a very cool man. During the actual ceremony, he took the time to make sure we were feeling comfortable. He even had the foresight to give me some tissues to put in my pocket so that when my wife began to cry I looked like a chivalrous hero as I took out and handed her the tissues. We would recommend any and everyone to use Joseph regardless of your religious affiliation. He will make sure that your ceremony is exactly what you would like it to be. He is a man who truly cares about what he does and the people that he does it for yet he is also friendly and light hearted who is dedicated in assuring that you get the ceremony of your dreams. Thank you very much Joseph. We are happy and lucky that we had you as our officiant.
Joseph Narrowe came to the rescue for us with an extraordinarily last minute weeding we decided to plan in Maui. With literally 10 days notice, Rev. Joseph turned our stress-fest into arguably one of the easiest things we have done in a 3 month period, that is including moving and having a child. From the first phone call, we could tell that this was someone that we were going to be comfortable with and would fit our somewhat specific needs of having elements of a Jewish wedding without being overly religious. We all spoke on the phone for a while, applied for the Wedding License on-line (which was easy), and off to Hawaii we went. Upon arriving in Hawaii, we picked up our wedding license from the local office (again, very easy) and went to go meet Rev. Joseph Narrowe for a get-to-know-you coffee. We found him to be as personable and welcoming in person as he was on the phone. We were immediately looking at each other with smiles as we know it was going to be a special evening the next day with and we were in good hands. That evening we also did a quick visit to the Beach that he had picked for the location which was stunning. We arrived at about 5:00 PM the evening. We quickly began the ceremony (which we hadn't seen in advance due to the the quick time constraints) and thoroughly enjoyed the writing he did specifically for our wedding including our vows. The ceremony lasted the perfect amount of time, spoke to our ideals and values and truly made us feel both in love as we committed ourselves to each other. A couple of signatures later, the deed was done and we enjoyed a beautiful Maui sunset as newlyweds. We have absolutely no hesitation about recommending Jospeh Narrowe of Distinctive Weddings. It was our pleasure to have someone officiate our wedding who took care of our every need, and quite honestly, we felt like we had known for a lifetime instead of for just 24 hours.
Joseph officiated our wedding in May of 2016. From the first contact of a phone conversation, I immediately felt comfortable and confident in Joseph. His demeanor and attitude was exactly what I imagined in someone who would officiate our wedding--positive, excited and genuine. Not only was he professional and upbeat, but he made you feel like his friend from the get-go. If you're booking him from afar, he requires you and your intended to fill out a questionnaire so he gets a chance to really know you. I enjoyed this process of "getting to know you." It was really fun as it gave my husband and I had a chance to really remember the beginning our relationship and reflect on what we have. Joseph also made time for us out of his schedule to meet before the wedding and have a chance to get to know us in person. Upon meeting Joseph, we immediately felt like friends. He even told us about his relationships and gave us some much welcomed advice for a successful marriage. During he ceremony, he was clear, concise and even threw in a great ad-lib joke--it couldn't have been better! I highly recommended Joseph as your officiant. If you want someone who not only cares about delivering a one of a kind, thought-out and meaningful ceremony, then this is the man for you! His professionalism, ingenuity and kindness will make your day better than you can imagine.
1 review 5.0 star rating 2/17/2017 While on a family trip to Maui in December 2016, my wife and I renewed our wedding vows. Joseph and I planned it months in advance as a surprise for my wife. Joseph and I exchanged emails and phone calls to plan the event. He was flexible about the time and place and helped me pick a beautiful beach spot, since I was not familiar with Maui. Joseph put together a spectacular service that exceeded all of my expectations. He was wonderful to work with, very professional, and I highly recommend him.
My husband Jamie & I were looking to get married in Maui, but had no idea how we were going to plan it or how to find a reliable person to marry us, until I ran across Joseph Narrowe. I saw Joseph’s website and decided to give him a call, after a LONG conversation with him I knew he was the one- the one to marry us that is. While on the phone he put every worry or concern that I had to ease, and said he would plan it all and take care of any special requests that I may have. Before arriving in Hawaii, I changed my mind many times on the bouquet that I wanted for my special day, and every time Joseph got the new bouquet arranged without hesitation, he wanted it to be perfect for us. When we arrived in Hawaii, Jamie & I met with Joseph and it was amazing. After emailing and talking on the phone I already felt like I knew him, but meeting him before the wedding really showed how much he cared about us. At the ceremony Joseph seemed so touched to perform our service, and he really used our “words” and thoughts in the ceremony to make it even more personal. The words and ceremony that he created would have made you thought that he has always known us. Jamie & I were truly touched, and it was truly remarkable. Joseph incorporated some wonderful bible verses that truly meant a lot to us, and he didn’t even know that, he is just that magical. I would HIGHLY recommend anyone considering a marriage in Maui, to speak with Joseph. My wedding day was perfect because of his organization and the special touches that he made to our vows.
Joseph was such a fun officiant! I really appreciated the time and care he took to make our experience personal and unique. He made sure to call us several weeks prior to the wedding so he could prepare our ceremony and vows, and then met us for coffee once we arrived in Maui. He is very easy to talk to and both of us were immediately comfortable with him. The vows and service he wrote were quite meaningful to us and I appreciate the care and effort the Reverend showed us. He was very flexible with the type of service, once again really tailoring it to us and our wants and needs. Because we'd never been to Maui, he even helped us pick the beach - which was absolutely perfect, I might add. I loved our wedding! We are very happy with the service Reverend Joseph created for us and I would absolutely recommend him to any of my friends and family.
My wife and I couldn't be happier that we chose Reverend Joseph Narrowe to officiate our Maui wedding. We were both fairly particular about the ceremony we had in mind and spoke with more than one officiant before deciding on Rev. Narrowe. We wanted a spiritual but not religious ceremony and Joseph knew exactly how to handle that. He put us at ease on our first call and made a point of crafting the language of the ceremony with our thoughts and ideas in mind. In fact, he incorporated our own vows to each other into his speech when we decided not to recite them ourselves during the ceremony- he worked with us on each detail so that our day would play out as we had envisioned it. And because we had not met Joseph before we traveled to Maui for the wedding it meant a lot to us that he insisted on meeting with us before our wedding day for coffee. This gave my wife and I a chance to discuss the ceremony with him face to face, and talk to him for a while about our own story that began with a blind date in Chicago. Thank you Joseph for making our day so special and memorable, we would recommend him to any bride and groom coming to Maui for their wedding day.
Joseph was absolutely the best! We appreciated so much having him officiate our wedding. He not only provided the greatest level of support in helping us plan our special day, but he also worked with us constantly from day one to ensure that nothing went wrong on our special day. Joseph really cares about the bride and groom he works with...you could really tell this by working with him. Trust me, if you are a bride who freaks out about having everything be perfect on the day of her wedding, than Joseph is the man for you. He did an excellent job at reassuring me that everything would be fine and really became more than an officiant, he also became a true friend. If we ever visit Maui again, we will certainly meet him for a cup of coffee or dinner. He is now like family. We didn't have much to spend on this wedding and Joseph really worked with us and our budget. He goes above and beyond for the couples he works with, I truly felt that. We had no photographer for our special day, only a professional camera. His wife offered to shoot our wedding and gave us photos that were even better than a professional could provide...she didn't even charge us, how wonderful is that?! We love Joseph and would recommend him to anyone looking to elope in Maui. He is possibly the greatest person you can ever meet and will give you the wedding of your dreams without spending $10,000 on your big day. Hire him! You will be so grateful that you did! Thank you Joseph for all that you do!!!
We recommend Joseph Narrowe as your marriage officiant. We are extremely happy to have been married by Joseph Narrowe. We chose Maui as our destination wedding location and found Joseph using the internet. We wanted to personalize our marriage service and his website sounded friendly and caring. Joseph responded with ideas and a process to plan the service, well prior to our arrival in Maui. He provided a well thought out questionnaire, which we carefully filled out. He created personalized wedding vows, which we reviewed and further tailored. When we got to Maui we met to make sure everything was all set, and it was. Joseph was professional and could not have been more accommodating. The wedding was on a sunset cruise on a Trilogy catamaran. The ceremony was just beautiful! Thank you Joseph. Sincerely, Abbe and Ron Meyer
Maui Jewish Wedding OfficiantReviewed on 4/06/2015
Joseph did a wonderful job with our Maui wedding ceremony. Throughout the process he was helpful, patient, thoughtful, and open minded. He met with us and communicated with us over telephone and email numerous times leading up to our wedding in order to determine exactly what we wanted. We were looking for a Jewish ceremony, but with some modifications to not be overly religious. He produced a ceremony that was exactly what we wanted and did a wonderful job delivering it. His fee is very fair and much cheaper than all other Rabbi's I spoke to in Maui. Thank you so much Joseph!
Thank you, JosephReviewed on 11/17/2014
You don't have to have any fears about planning your wedding with Joseph. We planned our wedding from Australia and did not meet Joseph until the day before the actual ceremony but because of his patient, thoughtful and professional manner, we weren’t worried a bit. In particular, Joseph handled the delicacies of an interfaith wedding very well. With Joseph, you never have to worry that your officiant will only represent one religion or faith. He is capable of very genuine commentary that highlights aspects of each faith and weaves it all together into a very natural and organic-feeling ceremony. You can tell that a lot of thought goes into each individual ceremony he does. On the whole, Joseph is truly a first class guy. He took the time to talk with us and get to know us over email and telephone and that really showed in the ceremony he put together. He was, of course, punctual and extremely professional throughout the entire process, and even provided a few recommendations for sightseeing on our honeymoon. What more can you ask for? I would not hesitate to recommend Joseph to someone else for their wedding - or simply to renew their vows….. ;)
An Officiant To RememberReviewed on 10/02/2014 Robyn T
Joseph is fantastic! My husband and I were married on Maui in August 2014. I found Joseph through online reviews because we were planning our wedding from the mainland. We are extremely thankful to those who provided feedback about him and his services! True to previous comments, Joseph made our wedding ceremony so personal and special. I am an extremely particular person, and he is exactly what we were looking for- someone warm, professional, and who made us feel so at ease during the process. Our guests thought Joseph was hilarious, but also so sincere with his words. The script he wrote for us was very personal and sounded just like "us." He is also very flexible and is such a kind hearted man in general. It is hard to find someone who you can trust, especially with all the money and effort that goes into the various things for a wedding. He was a perfect component to our wedding day and helped to make it very memorable!! We would highly recommend him!
An Intimate Backyard Maui Wedding with a Perfect OfficiantReviewed on 9/08/2014
My husband David and I couldn't have been happier with the entire process of our wedding, and our choice for an officiant is one that truly made it genuine, full of love and down to earth. Joe asked the three of us have a phone conversation on the phone months in advance of the wedding. We spoke at length about the kind of couple we are and where we hope to go. I was very impressed with how many great questions he posed, and from then on I knew our ceremony would be very personal and uniquely ours. We had lunch with Joe before the wedding and it felt like we had all been friends for years--almost like family. He sent us a "script" of the ceremony in advance of the wedding and allowed us to make any changes or amendments. We had little or very few changes, as he couldn't have said any of it better--even threw in some of his great sense of humor to lighten everything up. Overall, we feel that Joe was a perfect fit for us. Because of him, the memories of our wedding are so much brighter and more emotionally connected. I would highly recommend him!
Peter & AlexandraReviewed on 3/14/2014 Peter P
We are a couple from Hungary and we contacted Joseph to officiate at our wedding. He made us feel comfortable and treated us like old friends. He wrote a special ceremony for us and it was very meaningful to us both. He helped us find a really good location (Charly Young Beach in Maui) and helped us arrange our license. I feel that he helped make our day special. I HIGHLY recommend him and his services. We are glad we met him and that he was the one who married us. Thank You Joseph!! Peter & Alexandra from Hungary
Superior personalized service!Reviewed on 2/26/2014
While searching online from Colorado for an officiant for our wedding, we came across Joseph's website and contacted him via email to which he responded very promptly. We found him to be warm, personable, caring and engaging. He also helped us find a beach on which to have our ceremony and made suggestions for florists and photographers. We also met him for coffee a day before our wedding so we could get to know each other better, which made his service that much more personal. Turns out we both went to the same university! When we travel back to Maui in the future, we will look up Joseph to get together with him again and catch up. We highly recommend him!
Maui SpecialReviewed on 2/02/2014 Jenny K
My husband and I decided to take advantage of a golden opportunity and move forward with our lives together. Ultimately, we chose to elope on the Hawaiian Island of Maui and what a great decision! This was in no small part due to the personal attention and detail provided to us by Rev. Joe Narrowe. We contacted him 6 weeks prior to our desired elopement date and asked him to preside over our ceremony. He responded promptly, gave us a little homework so that he could learn more about us, and met with us to ensure we had the day of our lives. He helped us coordinate a few administrative details so that the only thing we had to worry about on wedding day was showing up! After numerous suggestions and coordination with our photographer, we chose Mokapu Beach (adjacent to the new Andaz Hotel in Wailea). As he wrote and read our vows, Joe was able to personalize our ceremony by capturing the essence of our personalities and the relationship my husband and I had together during our courtship. He was also able to capture our vision for our futures together. In the end, the wedding day came and Joe presented us with the perfect vows on the perfect beach. We can’t extend enough thanks to Joe for his time and effort. We are pleased to have had him be part of our memories and honored to call him our friend. Give him a call or drop him an email. The day was unforgettable.
The Best Officiant on MauiReviewed on 2/01/2014 erica n
We got incredibly lucky when we found Joseph to officiate our wedding. After speaking with him on the phone and trading a few emails, he wrote a beautiful ceremony that was so specific to us. We met up with him for a cup of coffee after arriving on the island, and instantly knew that he would do a great job with our wedding. A couple days later (a day later than originally planned thanks to a crazy rainstorm -- we were so glad that we were able to postpone a day and wait for better weather), we met Joseph at the grassy knoll by the ocean that he’d found for us, and he married us. The ceremony went off without a hitch, and we were both very moved by the lovely poems that Joseph had incorporated into it.
JOSEPH NARROW FOREVERReviewed on 1/28/2014
As we were organizing our little intimate wedding from germany we were quite nervous about finding the right officiant for our wedding. Me, Jewish (not religious but traditional) and my husband is not it seemed to be a little more complicated. As i spoke on the phone with Joseph everything became pretty easy at the end. We connected immediately on the phone and as we meet everything came together. It felt like we knew him since a long time. His warmhearted open character made us feel comfortable, it felt like family. Joseph was also helping us finding a great photographer and location for our wedding. He is just amazing. The ceremony was too beautiful to be true. We were allowed to kiss and laugh during the ceremony and the wise, personalized words he spoke meant so much. We are more than thankful that me meet joseph and he was our officiant, friend and family that day. THANK YOU SO MUCH JOSEPH. WE WILL KEEP YOU IN OUR HEARTS. FOREVER JOSEPH
Meaningful and personal Jewish weddingReviewed on 12/16/2013 Ruth C
We couldn't recommend a better officiant than Joseph Narrowe. Joseph was kind, caring, and thoughtful, and of all the officiants we spoke to before the wedding, he was the only one who made a point of getting to know us first -- even though he lives in Hawaii and we live on the east coast. He made an effort to understand who we are, individually and as a couple, and he created a ceremony for us that was deeply personal, unique, and meaningful. I am Jewish but my husband and his family are not, and it was important for me to have a Jewish wedding without alienating my husband or his family. Joseph helped me do that. Not only did he personally understand our situation, he created a wedding in which everyone felt involved, and everyone -- even those not familiar with the Jewish tradition -- understood the meaning and beauty behind the various traditions we mixed into the ceremony. It was important to us to have a ceremony that reflected who we are as a couple and the way in which we plan to live our life together and build our family in the future. Because he took the time to get know us over several phone calls and emails, Joseph was able to write a ceremony that perfectly reflected our values and our life together. I can't thank Joseph enough for the beautiful and meaningful wedding he helped create for us.
A Truly Memorable Experience!Reviewed on 7/24/2013 Stephanie M
My husband and I were very nervous as we were trying to plan a wedding on short notice from 2700 miles away. I made a few calls to other officiants per recommended by other vendors and none of them we had a connection with - they were all about money and selling us a "package". When I saw Joseph Narrowe's site I knew that he was different. From the moment I first talked to him, I knew that he was going to be our officiant. He was in the middle of his lunch and put it on hold so he could talk to me and get to know more about me and my husband! Joseph gave us an experience and really cared about making our day special. Joseph wrote his speech customized to us and included the story of how my husband and I first met, he truly made the whole experience special and memorable for my husband and I. I highly recommend you give Joseph Narrowe a call, he is an amazing officiant and person who truly cares for his customers, which I feel is harder to find these days. If you're getting married on Maui, please check him out, I promise you won't be disappointed.