Dr. Emily Cook, LCMFT is a counseling wedding officiant for couples marrying in the greater Washington, D.C. area. This exclusive wedding officiant limits the number of weddings performed to 10 or 12 every year, in order to fully be devoted to each couple. Emily helps couples through premarital counseling and by officiating their weddings. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, this officiant serves couples in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. areas.
This officiant is licensed to perform marriages in the Maryland and D.C. area. She understands the difference between planning a marriage and a wedding, and helps couples prepare for both. Emily is a minister for the American Fellowship Church and has experience officiating same-sex and heterosexual couples. She is also a licensed counselor in Maryland.
Ceremonies officiated by this officiant typically last less than 30 minutes. As a licensed officiant and counselor, Emily Cook helps couples with counseling and customized vows. She officiates any type of wedding, including civil unions, interfaith, non-religious, rehearsal, single religion, and vow renewal. She can serve non-denominational couples as well as a range of religions and beliefs, such as:
Recommended by 98% of couples
Jean · Married on 10/14/2017
I think another review has already said this, but working with Dr. Cook was literally the best money and time we spent on our wedding, because we were able to focus on why we were doing all of this in the first place: the marriage and the relationship.
Dr. Cook is both a licensed therapist and a licensed officiant. This dual service is pure gold. She offers a variety of packages that are flexible and accommodating. We chose to complete a series of pretty intense pre-marital counseling sessions loosely following a curriculum, plus Dr. Cook's officiating services at our wedding. The sessions helped tremendously, and it was very meaningful and calming to have her present on the wedding day. She worked with us to craft an entire ceremony that felt meaningful and balanced to both of us, took care of some of the details I never even considered (printing out vows and readings in large type on heavy card stock, for example, so we didn't have to carry anything) and was a lovely presence the day of.
Dr. Cook helped us make some big decisions about merging our lives together. She is not overly directive, but I really appreciated that she was able and willing to give our conversations and decisions some direction when needed.
HUGE bonus that she offers a variety of weekend appointments. It really helped us tremendously to avoid rush-hour traffic and be calm and focused when we got to her office.
We have no regrets and a lot of benefits from working with Dr. Cook. Truly the best money spent.
Melissa · Married on 09/29/2018
Emily is an amazing listener - she was able to hear what my partner and I were interested in during our first meeting, and turn that into a deeply personal, intimate and beautiful ceremony that fit us just right. There wasn't a dry eye in the gathering. Emily is very professional - she had everything prepared for the rehearsal, including having our readings and vows printed out and mounted on nice cardstock. Full of resources, books and ideas for readings and wording, she is a fountain of knowledge about family and marriage. Highly recommend!
Doris · Married on 06/16/2018
My groom and I decided to use Emily as our officiant because she offered the dual package of pre-marriage counseling and officiating. We wanted our officiant to be someone who knew us as a couple. The counseling was offered through the lens of a licensed therapist (as opposed to religious). She's a thoughtful and responsive counselor who did an amazing job of reading the language between us! As the officiant, Emily made sure we were comfortable and happy with our ceremony and did such a great job the day of. She was quick to respond and always made sure that we knew she was there to help. We were so happy to have her marry us after working through our relationship together with her! Such a worthwhile and special experience!!
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Emily is a fantastic therapist! She will help you prepare for a wonderful wedding and happy marriage.