I have chosen to perform only secular or non-denominational services. More and more couples from diverse backgrounds opt for wedding ceremonies that focus more on celebrating the union than on religious underpinnings.
In the past, couples could derive meaning from the traditions and rituals of religion. In urban areas like Washington, D.C. couples tend to be more diverse and a shared religious background on which to base a wedding is becoming less common.
Just because there isn't reference to a specific deity or religious tradition doesn't mean your ceremony can't be meaningful. Some of the most beautiful ceremonies I've seen are non-denominational. We can work together on this.
Don't know where to start with your ceremony? I can share examples of other ceremonies I've done. It might also help to think about the following questions.
Not much. Ideally, I’d like to have a couple meetings with you and your partner to develop the service guide and iron out the logistics. However, as long as I’m available for your wedding date, I’m willing to put in the hours in a short amount of time to make sure we’re all ready in time for the ceremony.
I am happy to report that as of 2010 same sex weddings are legal in DC. I have performed several and have found it to be a gratifying experience. If you do not support same sex weddings I recommend going with someone else.
I believe that religion and spirituality are very important to our culture. My ceremonies often refer to religious and spiritual texts, and how they relate to marriage, companionship, and commitment. I simply do not claim to represent any formal religious organization or have any particular religious insight. I perform non-denominational services. The advantage of this is we can choose from any religious text that we decide is meaningful to you.
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This includes at least one meeting with the couple (though it is often more), the wedding rehearsal, and performing the service. If you don't have a wedding coordinator I can also assist with coordinating walking down the aisle and other wedding logistics. I don't charge more for these added services.
People often require this service if they were married in another country and are finding it difficult to navigate the bureaucracy of getting the US Government to acknowledge it.
If you and and partner are both from out of town it can be hard to manage going to the DC court house to get your marriage license. As an registered offciant I can serve an your proxy and obtain your license on your behalf.
Includes the $45 application fee