Absolutely Perfect according to Kathy and Ben…

I’m literally tearing up right now writing a review for Mike Backer thinking about how perfect our wedding ceremony was. We had a fall wedding at the Cyprian Keyes venue in Boylston, MA and booked Mike as our officiant based off the recommendation from our coordinator at Cyprian Keyes as well as all of the recommendations online. My husband and I live in Virginia and Mike was able to skype with us, mail us his binder (more on this magical book later!), and work with us to meet in person once before the rehearsal when we visited Massachusetts. Mike is personable, professional, and made us both feel at ease when thinking about our ceremony. We knew that we wanted an outdoor ceremony by a justice of the peace (we’re from two separate religions and this was a good way to compromise on our families’ traditions), but still wanted the ceremony to be special, last at least twenty minutes, and be personal to us as a couple. Mike sent us a magical binder that is literally the best thing in the world – seriously you can spend two weeks googling ideas for your wedding ceremony and get stressed out or you can use Mike’s binder and be actually happy. We took our binder with us to dinner one night and read through it, circling everything we liked over chips and guacamole. We sat down again with it a week or so later and narrowed down to the sections that spoke to us the most and sent the choices to Mike. He made some suggestions to add a few more things and re-order a few things to make sure it was the length we had in mind and flowed well. We loved the rose ceremony he recommended and decided to write our own second reading with Mike’s encouragement that this was our wedding and should be exactly what we wanted. We wrote our own vows and had two readings done by our sisters – Mike printed out what we each were going to say in big font and had it laminated so we didn’t have to worry about having notecards or anything and our sisters didn’t have to worry about carrying anything except their flowers. Mike was in charge for our rehearsal the evening before the wedding and walked us and our wedding party through what was going to happen. We were ready and excited, and just when it couldn’t have been more perfect, it was – Mike had had us both fill out questionnaires about ourselves and our relationship (separately) and send them to him. He took our words and our stories and put them in our ceremony. I had so many family come up to me after the ceremony and tell me that it was so beautiful, and they felt like they actually knew my husband and I better after listening to our ceremony. Mike gave us a take-home keepsake of our ceremony as well, which is beautiful and something we will be able to take out and read on our anniversary. I cannot recommend Mike enough and so thankful that he was a part of our wedding day.

Kathy and Ben 9-28-19 Cyprian Keyes, Boylston, MA

Emily and Joe said…
Having Michael as our Justice of the Peace was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Michael didn’t know us at all before we contacted him for his JOP services but you wouldn’t know that from the personal and engaging ceremony he performed. Michael takes the time to sit down and get to know you before committing to anything. His ceremony options are extensive and we felt like our ceremony was truly unique to us as a couple. I really appreciated the efficient and involved dress rehearsal; we felt prepared and excited for the big day. After the ceremony we had guests tell us we had one of the best ceremonies they had ever seen. True to mine and my husband’s personalities, Michael kept our ceremony light with jokes and laughter and he kept it moving along. Michael was also very quick and responsive with our email communication, I never had to chase him down. I would go back to Michael in a heartbeat (though hopefully I won’t have to!).
Thank you so much for all your help over the past few months. We will definitely be referring you to friends and family 🙂
Emily and Joe
Wedding 10-12-19 at the Martha Mary Chapel, Sudbury


Kayla said… 
Mike is an excellent JOP. He crafted our ceremony to match our personalities perfectly!! He is a perfectionist and is very organized. which is something a bride can definitely appreciate! He really made the whole process headache free. & he made it fun for us! Highly recommended!  Wedding 10-16-16


Erik said… 
We interviewed a few different JP’s and Mike struck us immediately as someone we would like officiating our ceremony. His binder full of different ideas and examples for the various parts of the ceremony was very helpful. Mike was also very good on his feet when during the ceremony we had brief interruption during the vows and with some quick wit, seamlessly brought the attention of the crowd back and continued along with the vows. I would recommend Mike to anyone.   Wedding 9-17-16


Hello Michael,

Thank you again for officiating our ceremony for us, you did a fantastic job!
-Monika & Jason Sarsfield 🙂
 Wedding at the Marlborough Country Club, Marlborough, MA 10-24-15


“My husband and I cannot say enough great things about JP Mike. When we first got together to discuss our ceremony, we knew we had made a great decision. JP Mike is personable, punctual, reliable, and offered great insight in regards to constructing the ceremony we both envisioned. Since our wedding, so many people have approached us saying how great and funny our officiant was. I recommend JP Mike to any and everyone looking for a memorable and entertaining wedding ceremony! “

Marissa and Matthew

Wedding at the Harrington Farm, Princeton, MA 11-06-15


Dear Michael,
Our ceremony was everything and more than we expected ….. it was perfect!!! Thank you,

All our best,
Stephanie & Jim Ovitt

Wedding at Blissful Meadows Golf Club, Uxbridge, MA 10-17-15


Dear Michael,
Our family is so grateful you officiated at Rachel’s and Craig’s wedding. The blending of the family’s spiritual heritage made the ceremony truly unique and very memorable. And your well placed humor was greatly appreciated by all! I am so glad your wife was able to join us.


With deep gratitude, Judy and Tony (Parents of Bride)

Wedding at Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA, 7-28-12



We couldn’t be happier with the way the ceremony went. You gave such a beautiful elegance to such sweet words that no rain nor thunder could over shadow.

For All you did, we thank you. Steffen and Karrie

Wedding on board the Odyssey Boston, 7-18-12


Dear Mike,
We cannot thank you enough for serving as our Officiant at our June 16 wedding at the Nashoba Valley Winery. There was nobody else we had in mind to fill your shoes, and we are so pleased you were able to help us along on our road to marriage. Many people after the wedding raved about the mix or humor, depth, insight and spontaneity you provided at the wedding, all of which were traits we desired in an Officiant. We hope you enjoyed your time as a guest at the reception and we wish you and Anita all the best.

Thank you again! Sincerely, Nicole and Billy


Dear Mike, – from Christine and Rich

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