A Wedding Officiant who travels a wide radius from her epicenter in Charlottesville, VA, Julie Trump (no relation) closely collaborates with couples to custom design an inclusive and semi- or non-religious ceremony. Your wedding ceremony as crafted by Julie is a celebration of your love that expresses your individuality, as well as your shared values, beliefs, and any cultural heritage. She brings a sense of fun and an elegant writing style to turn your love story into a moving narrative replete with beauty, meaning and laughter, whether you're hosting an interfaith or non-religious ceremony, civil union or vow renewal, or want to slip in a reference or two to Star Trek or Star Wars, etc.
Over coffee, Skype or Facetime, followed by a questionnaire, couples share with Julie their vision and ceremony dreams. Working together, she coalesces the creative elements of the ceremony into a coherent whole, such as with readings, rituals, prayers, ring blessings, vows, and her specialty, the humorous, light-hearted “Celebrant Address.” Couples may revise and provide feedback on their ceremony until they are completely satisfied. They are encouraged to write their own vows with Julie's assistance if they like, or else have her customize "I do" vows.
Her flat fee includes running your rehearsal the day before, or else liaisoning with your Planner-Coordinator.
If you do not plan to have a D.J. providing sound for your ceremony, Julie will take along her P.A. system to amplify her voice and make sure your guests can comfortably hear.
Couples may also request Julie for elopements and intimate micro-weddings that require no rehearsal.
Julie is court licensed in Washington D.C. and the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a non-denominational officiant, Julie has experience working with couples who identify as atheist, agnostic. undecided, somewhat relgiious, science-oriented, or do not adhere to any denomination but rather regard themselves as spiritual.
Certified by the Celebrant Instittute & Foundation in April 2014, Julie specialized in the Wedding Officiant discipline, which invovled seven months of in-depth classes, study and practicums.
On a life-long spiritual walkabout herself, these days she's more like Switzerland...neutral. Able to draw upon her diverse spiritual background, she can create any type of eclectic ceremony.
Julie's travel radius in Virginia encompasses Albemarle County, Blue Ridge Parkway (Ravens Roost), Skyline Drive, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Luray, Nelson County (route 151), Orange, Culpeper, and if specially requiested, Washington, D.C. And all points in-between, so please by all means inquire and include the location of your venue.
Contact Julie, preferably via email, to arrange the no-obligation coffee meeting, or set up a Skype or FaceTime video chat. This is a free consultation in which Julie is happy to share with couples ideas for their having a unique, unforgettable wedding ceremony...performed with just the right amount of humor, joy, gravitas and that honors the momentousness of it all with respect for all present, remaining sensitive to any religious beliefs of your family members.
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Megan · Married on 06/04/2016
Julie was absolutely amazing to work with! As soon as my fiance and I met her, we knew we wanted her to be our officiant. She crafted the most beautiful ceremony for our wedding, which brought me to tears the first time I read it. It was personalized and more unique than a traditional wedding ceremony, which was exactly what we wanted. So many people I've talked to after our wedding said the ceremony was their favorite part. Julie was so easy to communicate with, very flexible and is an absolute professional. I can't recommend her enough!Sent on 06/14/2016
Claire · Married on 10/13/2018
Julie is the best!
Julie is exactly what we were looking for and more. I can't recommend her enough for her professionalism, warmth, talent, and guidance. A thousand times YES.Sent on 10/18/2018
Jasmine · Married on 09/29/2018
Julie was outstanding throughout the entire wedding planning process. She wrote a tearjerking yet funny ceremony and assured everything was perfect for our big day. When we were slow on writing our vows she even put the time in to contact us individually to assist in the process.Sent on 10/12/2018
Julie did a wonderful job at 2 different weddings at Anne Hathaway's. One was an elopement with just 2 people and the other was a group of 30 or so. Julie's attention to detail and research about the couples was truly inspiring! It sounded as though she had know them a long time. It was so personal and her warmth and sincerity came through big-time. I would not hesitate to recommend her highly.