Congratulations on your engagement!
I'm glad you're here, interested in learning more about choosing an officiant who is also a premarital counselor--because planning a wedding and planning a marriage are two different things!
I specialize in personal, meaningful wedding ceremonies that are inspired by insightful, helpful conversations.
I am a minister of the American Fellowship Church and am authorized to officiate weddings in Maryland and Washington, DC for heterosexual and same-sex couples. I am also a licensed marriage and family therapist in Maryland. The relationship we build in premarital counseling shines through your ceremony--our rapport naturally leads us to co-create a ceremony that is warm, memorable, and unique. The ceremonies I perform for premarital couples are secular, interfaith, or spiritual-- and they are always a reflection of each couple's unique preferences and values.
I limit the number of weddings per year to a maximum of 10-12. This allows me to maintain a level of high service with all of my couples, so that you have my full attention and focus. Your marriage ceremony is important to me, and you can be sure that I am bringing my genuine self to our time together.
I am authorized to officiate weddings in Maryland and Washington, DC.
Contact me today for more information or to schedule your complimentary in-person consultation.
I look forward to working with you to create a meaningful premarital counseling experience and wedding ceremony!
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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.