We Are Gathered... Reverend Frederick G. Jolicoeur

Southeastern Michigan

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Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony

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Catholic, Orthodox, Adventist, Anglican/Episcopal, Baptist, Congregationalist, Holiness, Lutheran, Methodist, Nondenominational, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Restorationist, Protestant, Christian, Interfaith, Reform, Jewish, Pagan, Secular, Spiritual, Unitarian, Wiccan

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Newlywed Life, After The Wedding, Getting Engaged, Ceremony, Wedding

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Contact Info

Southeastern Michigan (248) 705-2742
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Reviewed on 8/02/2016 Anthony R

We contracted Reverend Frederick Jolicoeur to perform our wedding ceremony eight months prior to our wedding date and paid him the required deposit to reserve the date. Less than two months before the wedding, we were notified by his representative that he would not be able to... Read More perform our ceremony due to unfortunate circumstances. Although the terms of the contract clearly call for a full refund of our deposit, his representative refused to provide us a refund. We contacted PayPal to dispute the transaction but they only allow disputes within 180 days of the transaction. His representative notified us of his unavailiablity to perform the service on the 181st day after the payment. We have since disputed the matter with our credit card company. We emphasize with the Jolicoeur family, but denying a refund for work that was paid for but not performed is shockingly rude and unprofessional behavior, especially considering the substantial investment we made to procure his services. We therefore cannot recommend using his services to anyone.


Reviewed on 7/08/2016

An unfortunate circumstance left him unable to perform our ceremony. After speaking with his wife we were finally refunded our deposit


Reviewed on 6/15/2016 Megan K

I cannot say enough good things about Reverend Fred! From the first time we met him at my older sister's wedding three years ago, we knew he would be a perfect fit to officiate our wedding. He is so sweet and caring. He makes sure everything is perfect and that the ceremony is... Read More exactly what you want. We were able to personalize our ceremony to fit our personalities. Reverend Fred is very knowledgable about everything wedding and was wonderful in giving advice to what would work for us in our ceremony. He listens to everything that you want and makes it happen! Reverend Fred made our day one to remember forever because of his thoughtfulness, extremely kind and caring personality, and wonderful smile! :) We would highly recommend him to anyone that has any kind of special event that they are planning. He will truly make it a wonderful and memorable event! :) We love Reverend Fred!!!! :)


Reviewed on 5/31/2016 Sara C

Reverend Fred was perfect for us! He is wonderful to work with in every way. He worked around our busy work schedules for our initial meetings and not only spent time getting to know us, but gave us a look into his life and passion for what he does, which really made us feel a... Read More lot more connected to him. His ceremony is completely customizable, which was perfect for us as we wanted to include some of the more traditional aspects of a Catholic wedding into ours. He delivered the ceremony and dinner blessing just beautifully. We received many many compliments on how wonderful he was and how much everyone enjoyed the ceremony. He really made our day truly special and memorable.


Reviewed on 5/19/2016 Alex C

While we ended up paying slightly more than we budgeted for to get Reverend Fred, we couldn't have been more happy with how things went- it was absolutely worth the slight extra cost! Reverend Fred is just the type of person who goes above and beyond the usual- he made designing... Read More our custom ceremony so easy and kept working with us through many different drafts until we had it exactly how we wanted it! I was also a little unprepared for the rehearsal and he stepped up and helped run things and it went surprisingly smooth. You can just replace all the experience this man has, he's an expert-that's for sure! I highly recommend spending a little more to book him, he was amazing and me and my husband could not have been happier with how things ended up!


Reviewed on 4/24/2016 Amanda P

Perfect ceremony. Perfect dinner blessing. We were able to create our entire ceremony with Reverend Fred. He did an amazing job! We are so happy with our ceremony and how beautiful it turned out!


Reviewed on 3/02/2016 Nicole F

Please take a look at his responses when he doesn’t receive his typical 5-star review. He buckles under criticism and redirects blame elsewhere when his weaknesses are identified. At the second meeting, his demeanor was sour and annoyed. He confused our ceremony details with... Read More others, rescheduled/cancelled meetings, “fired” himself and took the deposit and ran. He's wonderful and flexible until he receives correction, direction, guidance, edits etc. from his paying clients. He “fired” himself (we never implied nor ask to cancel our agreement) and upon him canceling on us, we requested our $250 deposit be returned and he has refused and said, "go ahead and send your lawyers after me". Be aware.

2016-03-02T20:49:11 Response from the vendor

Please do examine all of my reviews anywhere. They speak for themselves.


Reviewed on 2/04/2016 Lyndsay D

Reverend Fred was wonderful to work with. He was very supportive and knowledgable. He created a ceremony that was entirely tailored to us. It truly was a pleasure to work with Fred. We will never forget what he brought to our special day. Absolutely, wonderful! (Oh, and we look... Read More at our wine box on a daily basis.) :).


A pleasure to work with!

Reviewed on 1/22/2016 Lesley S

Rev. Fred officiated our wedding on 1/16/2016 and was a pleasure to work with. He wants to make sure that the ceremony is just what you want it to be and gives you plenty of opportunity to give as much input as you like. His book of wedding ceremonies is a great resource and... Read More gives lots of good ideas. He also did a great job once it came time for the ceremony.

2016-02-22T10:28:09 Response from the vendor

Hello, Lyndsay. Thanks for the praise. Performing your wedding ceremony was such an honor. Your friend, Sophia, penned a beautiful poem entitled “Love is…” for you and Bryan. I wish that I could have praised her in person. And, I do hope that her child... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 11/16/2015 Angela W

Reverend Fred, we couldn't have chosen a better officiate for our wedding. Your attention to detail, and understanding the importance of all our special parts to our wedding didn't go un-noticed. All your recommendations were so helpful. Thank you for believing in our outside,... Read More Michigan, November wedding..Who can forget standing out in 30mph gust, and still rocking our ceremony. Thank you again!!

2015-11-17T01:10:53 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much, Angela. I'd have performed you ceremony in February just to see the incredible smile on your face when you and Ryan looked at one another at the beginning of your procession. That's easy for me to say, though. I had on... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 10/31/2015

We love working with Reverend Fred! He is kind, sweet and lovable. It is always a pleasure to see him and we know that brides and grooms are in good hands when they choose him as their officiant.

2015-10-31T13:59:36 Response from the vendor

Awww, thank you soooo much. I am so looking to your wedding on New Years Eve of 2016. ;-) BIG hug!


Amazing

Reviewed on 10/31/2015 HANNA S

The amount of flexibility Reverend Fred gave us to make our ceremony OURS was something that made our experience more than I ever thought it could be. If anyone ever asks if I know someone, I always tell them Reverend Fred will make it exactly what they are looking for no matter... Read More their background and passions.

2015-10-31T13:44:29 Response from the vendor

Thank you for posting! When I was a Boy Scout, I memorized the oath. It said a scout is "trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient,cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent". To me, that describes the both of you. Except, maybe, the obedient part. ;-)... Read Less Read More


The BEST in the business!

Reviewed on 10/28/2015 Robyn K

Rev. Fred performed our wedding ceremony this past weekend, and we couldn't be HAPPIER with everything he did for us! From start to finish, he was knowledgeable, professional, prompt, accessible when we needed him, patient, and most importantly - a very kind man, with tons of... Read More experience. Our ceremony was personalized just for us, and we loved that he was able to convey the thoughts and feelings we have for each other, when we were a bit lost for words. I could go on and on about how wonderful he was, but I'll just say if you are looking for the perfect officiant for your wedding (or other ceremony), look no further than the one, the only, Reverend Fred. A million thanks for making our special day, even more memorable. Robyn & Ryan Stanton

2015-10-29T09:50:28 Response from the vendor

WOW, ROBYN! THANK YOU! You and Ryan reminded me about how much fun interacting with a couple during the development and delivery of a really serious ceremony can be! Thank you, again for that. :-) Following the first time we met, I made notes about... Read Less Read More


Awesome

Reviewed on 10/28/2015

Rev. Frederick Jolicoeur was a good fit. He is able to take your ideas and sketch out your ceremony. He is open to suggestions to making your day yours. He has everything, and I mean everything, already pre-typed. He keeps this all in a binder that he sends you home with. In the... Read More binder are the pre-typed ceremonies and you pick your favorites.

2015-10-29T10:12:04 Response from the vendor

Thank you for your review! Yep, after your weeks (which is how long it should be) with my Wedding Guide we meet again and together we go over every page, paragraph, and/or sentence you like. We add in anything else you have in the way... Read Less Read More


Simply the best!

Reviewed on 10/28/2015 Matt F

Reverend Fred felt like family from the moment my wife and I met him. He is very thorough and detail-oriented. His giant book of weddings will literally walk you through every facet of the ceremony. He was always quick to respond to our questions and had an innate ability to... Read More know exactly what we wanted without us needing to spend too much time explaining things, which is really helpful considering how busy you get in the weeks leading up to the big day. He has decades of experience and it really shows with how professional and simply, good, he was at it. We were blessed to have him perform our ceremony as well as the blessing prior to the meal. We received compliments from those in attendance for both of those aspects of our wedding. Outside of marrying the girl of my dreams, choosing Reverend Fred was the best decision I've made in my life. He took the most stressful part of the wedding and made it a breeze. Everyone thought the ceremony was "us" and that's exactly what Reverend Fred will do for you. We'll be repeat customers for the rest of our lives (baptisms etc.). We'll also refer him to anyone that asks. Thank you Reverend Fred!

2015-10-29T10:48:22 Response from the vendor

Hi, Matt! Thank you very, very much!! It's easy to recognize at first glance that Brittany is "the girl of (your) dreams". At the moment the two of you exchanged "your first gift as Husband and Wife", two single, long-stemmed roses, there was a hush... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 10/27/2015 Cory W

Words alone cannot express how wonderful our ceremony was for not only us but for our guests as well. Reverend Fred made sure that the ceremony was perfect for us we could not have been happier with our day. We selected Reverend Fred based on all the positive feedback and... Read More just as important was his personal responses to every single review. He knows how important your wedding day and works personally with you to make sure that your ceremony is exaclty what you want it to be...perfect. You can hear in his voice how honored he was to be a part of our day and the compliments that we received from all of our friends and family confirmed that his sentiment was able to be heard by all. To all Detroit area couples looking for an officiant that will make sure that your day is just as special as you both deserve then let us recommend Reverend Fred. Thank you for everything!!!

2015-10-28T08:43:47 Response from the vendor

Hi, Cory! What a kind review! Hey, Cory, besides the Detroit area, if someone want's to take me with them to their destination wedding in Tahiti, that will be okay, too! ;-) I remember that during the planning process, Angela was concerned about your daughters,... Read Less Read More


Absolutely Amazing!

Reviewed on 10/27/2015 Brian O

Reverend Fred was amazing! Part of his process involves providing you with a gigantic binder of different ceremonies to either choose, mix'n'match, or simply get inspiration from. We ended up doing a mix and match of a few, with a bit of ourselves mixed in, so that what we had... Read More was perfect for us. He was very thorough and accepting of any questions. One thing that stuck out, which was evident through his binder of previous ceremonies, is that he wanted the ceremony to be what we wanted it to be. Whether you are devoutly religious, not at all, or anywhere in between, Reverend Fred was there to help you have the ceremony you want and make it special. You can definitely tell that he was never going through the motions and genuinely cared about us and providing a beautiful ceremony. He responded quickly to emails and phone calls. He also was able to handle a last minute change without blinking an eye.

2015-10-27T10:42:17 Response from the vendor

Thank you, Angela! A longggg time ago, there was a TV show name "Yours, Mine, and Ours". That is a perfect description of the process we shared while developing yours and Brian's wedding ceremony. And, it is my very most favorite way of doing so!... Read Less Read More


Awesome!

Reviewed on 10/13/2015 Katie E

My husband and I were extremely pleased with Reverend Fred. He is very easy to work with and open/adaptable to any of your ideas and more than prepared to offer suggestions if your ceremony plans are up in the air like ours were. You will not be disappointed with Rev. Fred!

2015-10-13T20:08:58 Response from the vendor

Thank you, Katie and Matt. :-) We worked together a little more than a year creating your wedding. During the process you provided me with input that flavored the ceremony in such a way that it, using words, painted a portrait of who you both... Read Less Read More


Inspiring!

Reviewed on 7/31/2015 Brittany P

My new husband and I were married one week ago today by Reverend Fred. I am happy to say that the ceremony was the absolute best part of my entire day! (As it should be, that's why you're there any way :-)) I would also like to add that out of all the vendors and businesses I... Read More dealt with throughout wedding planning, Reverend Fred was a breath of fresh air! So wonderful and inspiring from the very first email! Due to some other issues we had to find an officiant online at the last minute, which made me very anxious. As soon as Reverend Fred contacted us, all anxiety was washed away. We had barely two months left until the wedding, but Rev Fred made everything so easy. If you are like me and have no idea how a wedding really works, I recommend contacting him from the beginning of your wedding planning. He came to our first meeting prepared with a warm smile and an enormous folder full of wonderful and useful information (which he allowed us to take home and study) to help make your wedding planning a little more organized. He had plenty of sample weddings and ideas to help you decide what you would want. He is in no way pushy or judgmental based on what you want your ceremony to be like; and he is extremely caring and patient. He is very quick on getting back to you about any comments or concerns. It is clear as day that he truly enjoys what he does and he truly wants it to be the most perfect ceremony for the couple. We had so many compliments about what a beautiful ceremony Reverend Fred had written and how everyone could see us in the words spoken. So it was not only beautiful, but personal. He also gave our dinner blessing which we received even MORE compliments about. Some people said it was the most beautiful blessing they had ever heard. Rev Fred was kind enough to stay for dinner and many relatives and friends commented on what a truly wonderful man he is. Not only did he go above and beyond in providing his services, he is a kind, beautiful soul (which is so rare these days) and I was so grateful to have had him be a part of such a special day in our lives. I was in no way nervous or scared, even in the seconds before walking down the aisle because I knew Rev Fred would make it perfect and he did not disappoint one bit. My only regret is that I did not find him sooner! We would absolutely recommend him to anyone and everyone! He is so very inspiring! And we most certainly would love to have him baptize our future children, God willing. Because he does baptisms too FYI! ;-)

2015-08-01T09:02:53 Response from the vendor

Brittany,I hardly know what to say... It was I who was blessed when you and Matt selected me as your wedding officiant. I sincerely enjoyed the time we invested together creating your ceremony. I was particularly touched with the concern you each had for remembering... Read Less Read More


Beautiful Ceremony

Reviewed on 3/15/2015 Alyssa Y

I'm probably not the best bride. That is to say that I'm a procrastinator, and it's bad. But using We Are Gathered was an amazing experience. Reverend Fred kept me on top of things and emailed me when he needed more information from me. He allowed me and my husband to create our... Read More own ceremony and make it uniquely ours. It was everything I could have asked for and I'm so happy and blessed that he was a part of our special day.

2015-03-17T22:17:18 Response from the vendor

Alyssa, I think you were and are a MAGNIFICENT Bride and that together, you and Kristofer make a TERRIFIC couple! From the first moment that I met each of your families, I was made to feel not only comfortable and accepted but integrated into the... Read Less Read More


Rev Fred

Reviewed on 12/11/2014 Melissa o

I cannot believe what a wonderful experience we had with rev Fred during our wedding! Fred is a very sweet, caring, professional man that will take everything you want into consideration and work it out to make your day perfect! I could not imagine anyone more perfect for the... Read More day!

2014-12-13T17:08:38 Response from the vendor

I can't believe that the two are so gracious! So in love! And, so super to be the minister for! WAIT...OF COURSE I CAN BELIEVE IT!! Sheila and I really enjoyed the time that we invested together getting to know each other, creating your wedding... Read Less Read More


Simply the best!

Reviewed on 12/08/2014

Reverend Frederick Jolicoeur was truly a gift from heaven! From our initial meeting, through the customization of our wedding ceremony and vows, the rehearsal and finally the big day, Reverend Fred was an absolute delight. His many years of experience combined with his... Read More wonderful demeanor made the whole process a real pleasure. A true professional in every sense of the term, Reverend Fred made our wedding ceremony a day to remember. There are many options out there but if you are looking for the best, there’s only one that I would recommend, Reverend Fred!

2014-12-10T11:17:45 Response from the vendor

"JOHN and AMY, remember always that the purpose of marriage is to respond in love…to offer gentleness…to forgive…to nurture…and to support and encourage one another." This excerpt from your wedding ceremony, which speaks to the purpose of marriage, has always been, is, and will always... Read Less Read More


Reverend Fred

Reviewed on 10/30/2014 Carrie R

Excellent performance at the ceremony. Well spoken and articulate. Worked with us to customize our ceremony over several iterations.

2014-11-05T10:39:41 Response from the vendor

Carrie and Matthew, thank you! Carrie, your asking James Ballard to present you for marriage, along with your Mother, was very touching...for everyone. And, you and your Bridesmaids all deserve kudos for braving the chilly temperatures with bare shoulders! ;-) Matt and Carrie, congratulations, again!... Read Less Read More


Wedding Officiant

Reviewed on 10/21/2014 Stacy S

Fred provided a beautiful service and blessing! We were able to customize our ceremony to make it personal to us. He was always very responsive and answered all of our questions regarding the ceremony and marriage license.

2014-10-26T11:13:06 Response from the vendor

Hi, Stacy. Thanks for your review. It was an honest pleasure to interact with you and Tim. You were very engaged in the development of your ceremony. Your input largely contributed to the desired outcome. Reverend Fred


Performed beautiful baptism for our sons!

Reviewed on 10/15/2014 Renee G

We were very happy with Reverend Fred's services. We were referred to him by a family member who he had recently married and they were very happy with him as well. The Reverend was responsive, professional and performed a beautiful baptism for our sons. He was helpful and... Read More flexible as we planned the ceremony providing just the right amount of guidance. We would definitely recommend.

2014-10-17T10:55:23 Response from the vendor

Renee, it is a magnificent blessing to be the one who assists in a person becoming a member of the Family of Jesus Christ. Baptizing both Patrick John and Collin Brian at the same time, in your home, with Julie and Kevin, whom I married,... Read Less Read More


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