Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer: Philadelphia Metropolitan Area and BeyondGabrielle Kaplan-Mayer discovered her love of creating personal wedding ceremonies during her own engagement over ten years ago when she and her fiancé, Fred, explored creative ways to honor both her Jewish and his Buddhist faiths and traditions.
Gabby soon was recognized as a valuable resource among friends and family who were planning their own weddings. She became adept at helping them discover rituals suited to their own style and spirituality in order to create ceremonies with contemporary meaning even if in a traditional setting. Her work and skill resulted in her authoring The Creative Jewish Wedding Book (Jewish Lights Publishing also available on www.amazon.com), an excellent resource for Jewish and Interfaith weddings.
While Gabby loves working with couples of all backgrounds and traditions, she considers her own spirituality to be both personal and universal. She has a bachelor of fine arts in theater and creative writing from Emerson College in Boston and has written and staged several original plays. The combination of theatre and writing serve as a natural fit for her to serve as a wedding officiant. She finds deep satisfaction in using all those experiences to capture the voices and intentions of couples with whom she works. The result is a highly personal and meaningful ceremony.
Gabby grew up in the small central Pennsylvania town of Hollidaysburg and has lived in Boston, Chicago and Baltimore before settling in Philadelphia, which she now considers home, in 1998. She enjoys reading books about spirituality and personal growth. She has several favorite poets, including Walt Whitman, Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, and Alice Walker and finds herself turning to their poetry time and again. Her other passions include yoga practice and listening to music. Gabby’s musical tastes range from indie rock to jazz and she keeps WXPN streaming on her computer throughout the day. She is a really good cook. Gabby combines a sweet and gentle nature with a quick sense of humor. She loves to laugh.
Beautiful weather might find Gabby, husband Fred, and their two sweet and funny young children, George and June, exploring nature while walking along magnificent Hidden Drive in Valley Green beside the Wissahickon in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.
Gabby’s latest project combines her love of children, writing and cooking: the writing of a children’s cookbook.