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I had the honor of serving as Mayor of Charlottesville from 2008-2012 and one of the things that I most enjoyed about serving in public office was being asked to perform weddings for various friends, constituents and visitors to Charlottesville. It was such a delightful experience that I decided to start my own side business as a professional wedding officiant. I specialize in performing relatively simple, civil ceremonies that can be custom-designed to reflect the personalities, backgrounds and values of the happy couple. Though I am eligible to officiate at weddings anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia, my primary geographic focus is Charlottesville and the surrounding counties.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of a friendly, experienced officiant for your upcoming nuptials, please visit my website -- -- to learn more about me, my services, my pricing, etc. (Or you can find me on Facebook at Thanks!

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Ceremony Rehearsal

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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Baha'i Faith
No Denomination
Orthodox Christian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

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Lena Married on 09/12/2023
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Shenandoah Elopement

Dave officiated a gorgeous elopement ceremony for us at Shenandoah National Park. He was a pleasure to work with, flexible and very professional. We did a consultation first and were able to customize the ceremony to add our own vows, rope tying and glass breaking. A little rain and wind did not stop the sunset ceremony. So grateful. Highly recommend.
Caroline Married on 01/14/2023
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Just what we needed!

When we found out that our friend could not marry us legally in VA we were sad and worried we couldn't have the ceremony we planned. Then we found out about Dave Norris! Dave helped us legally marry so that we could have our friend "officiate" our wedding in VA. Dave kept in contact with us and showed up the day of the wedding a few hours before the ceremony (after our reveal). He performed a quick and (most importantly) legal ceremony, signed the paperwork, and submitted it to the county court house. He even offered to give our friend pointers on officiating!

Dave was professional, kind, and on-time! He was exactly what we needed! Thank you!
Katherine R. Married on 09/10/2022
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HIRE DAVE to make your life easier!!!

We used Dave to sign our marriage license the day before our wedding since my older brother was doing our ceremony! Dave was kind, professional, and accommodating toward us. He met with us at a time and place that was convenient for us and quickly helped us make our marriage legal! Despite the brevity of our marriage license signing with him, he still made the moment feel special, which we appreciated! I highly recommend working with Dave!
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