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:
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Gwen Atkinson · Married on 07/11/2020
Highly recommend as a secular alternative
We had a great experience doing the Prepare/Enrich premarital counseling sessions and having Emily officiate our "minimony" wedding ceremony. (Because of the pandemic, we postponed our wedding event to next summer, so we're also looking forward to our future ceremony, with her officiating again in 2021!) Our Prepare/Enrich sessions with Emily gave our marriage a confident foundation -- we highly recommend the experience. It compliments the fun of wedding planning with deeper conversations, insights and love. It brings a whole new level of depth and personal connection to the officiant role, too. We really appreciated Emily's work throughout. Thanks Emily!Sent on 08/22/2020
Krista · Married on 06/01/2019
Smartest Pre-Wedding Decision!
My husband and I cannot say enough good things about working with Emily. Since we don't go to church consistently, we didn't want a random pastor performing our wedding. Thankfully we found Emily and did five pre-marital sessions with her. We used the Prepare-Enrich materials for about two of our sessions to get started and then Emily did a wonderful job of tailoring our following sessions to us more specifically.Sent on 06/15/2019
When it came to plan the wedding ceremony, Emily made it super easy and provided us with a lot of guidance on how to customize our ceremony to incorporate the traditional religious moments that were important to our families but also incorporate moments and language that felt true to us.
Emily was great on the day of the wedding and after getting to know each other so well, she ended up being such a wonderful calming presence on our actual wedding day.
Logistically, she took care of all of the marriage license steps and it was easy to schedule sessions with her that fit our schedule.
If you're doing the five-part counseling with her, we'd recommend starting that sooner that you finish up with a least 3 or 4 months to spare so you can focus on the final wedding details.
Tacy Lambiase · Married on 05/05/2019
Loved working with Emily
Emily is wonderful! We're so happy that she officiated our wedding and facilitated our premartial counseling. We met with her several times before the wedding, around a few topics of our choice (finances, family planning, etc.). We found this to be really helpful in learning how to talk through challenges that we may face as a married couple. It was also a great way to get to know Emily, and vice versa. She was very flexible and right on point when it came to writing our ceremony - she understood what we wanted, and helped us put together a beautiful ceremony that we loved (and that our family and friends loved, too!). We especially needed guidance around creating a ceremony that would incorporate our shared interests and our different religious backgrounds, and Emily made sure that everything flowed together beautifully. She was great to work with on the big day, too; the ceremony was smooth and totally stress-free. Thank you so much, Emily!Sent on 08/16/2019
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Emily is a fantastic therapist! She will help you prepare for a wonderful wedding and happy marriage.