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Our Team


Jeanne Sommer, Ph.D.: Owner
With 20 years of experience as a professor of Philosophy and Religion at the college level and 31 years of officiating couples’ weddings, Jeanne understands what makes a ritual meaningful, beautiful, and effective. You will likely have your tour with Jeanne and, if you are interested and she’s available, she’ll get to know you well so she can officiate a one of a kind wedding ceremony, crafted just for you. When she’s not working, she’s: hiking, playing with her dogs, enjoying local concerts, reading and playing the piano.

Interview: Meet Jeanne Matthews Sommer

Grace Gilles: Event Manager
Grace is the mind that holds your event together. She is the main contact for each couple who weds at Hidden River. She keeps track of all the details of your wedding and translates that to the team of people who make the nuts and bolts of the event happen: vendors, set up teams, etc. When not working, she is spending time with her family, hiking, volunteering with Hospice.

Jeanne Somer and Grace Gilles