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Custom Wedding Ceremonies of Central Virginia

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2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner

An itinerant Wedding Officiant traveling a wide radius from her Charlottesville / Staunton epicenter, Julie makes your ceremony a celebration of love. She’s a natural storyteller who brings a sense of fun and an elegant writing style that transforms your personal story into a moving narrative replete with depth and laughter. Each ceremony is an original ... designed to make the heart sing and create a memorable experience for you and your guests. As the Centerpiece of your Wedding Day, Julie's ceremonies set the celebratory tone for all that follows. And she's always happy to honor your cultural heritage, faith tradition, or slip in a sci-fi reference or two to Star Trek or Star Wars, etc..

Professionally certified in the art + science of ritual -— non-religious & semi-religious — Julie is a graduate of the Celebrant Institute. As such, her ceremonies are unique — written from scratch — and customized to your personalities, world view, and deeply held values. From far-ranging conversations with you, she usually finds a theme or a “hook” to draw upon that illustrates how you complement, support and balance each other — and which conveys to your people why it's fait accompli that you marry.

As a Humanist officiant with respect for a Higher Power, Julie often works with couples whose church is the Natural World and the outdoors ... as well as with those who may identify as atheist, agnostic, realist, empiricist, romanticist, paganist, undecided, somewhat religious, science-oriented, practical — and often, those who simply regard themselves mainly as spiritual.

Services Offered
Over coffee, Skype or Facetime, followed by a Questionnaire, couples share with Julie their ceremony vision, or simply their likes and dislikes. Working together, she coalesces the creative elements of the ceremony into a coherent thematic whole, such as with readings, rituals, prayers, ring blessings, vows — and her specialty — the humorous, light-hearted “Celebrant Address.” Couples may revise and make unlimited edits to their ceremony until 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 everything from running your rehearsal the day before, and/or with your Planner-Coordinator, to travel, to liaisoning with your Vendors providing Cue Sheets, and sending you a Keepsake Ceremony a week or two afterwards. Most importantly, of course, she legally signs and mails your Marriage License to the Courthouse from whence you obtained it.

If you don't 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, crucial at an outdoor ceremony.

Couples may also request Julie for elopements and intimate micro-weddings that require no rehearsal.

Credentials
Julie is court licensed in Washington D.C. and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Certified by the Celebrant Instittute & Foundation in April 2014, Julie specialized in the Wedding Officiant discipline, which invovled seven months of in-depth classes, discussion, study, projects and practicums.

On a life-long spiritual quest 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 you wish.

Travel Range
Julie's travel range in Virginia encompasses the environs of Charlottesville, Blue Ridge Parkway (Ravens Roost), Skyline Drive, George Washington National Forest, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Luray, Nelson County (Rte 151), The Omni Homestead in Bath, Orange County, Culpeper, and if specially requested, Washington, D.C. -— and all points in-between. So please, by all means, inquire and include the location of your venue.

Next Step
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 which honors the momentousness of it all with respect for all present, remaining sensitive to any religious beliefs of your family members. She knows she's hit the mark when guests tell her afterwards that they laughed and they cried — and that it was the best ceremony they've ever been to.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the starting price for your wedding services?

$600

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

Yes

What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?

$30

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

Non-religious
Interfaith
Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
No Denomination

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

In which states are you licensed?

DC
VA
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    The perfect choice for a personalized ceremony!

    We loved working with Julie! She is extremely responsive and organized and was helpful in guiding us towards what type of ceremony we wanted. She was able to create a very personalized ceremony based on our input that we and our guest loved. Julie was also very flexible with changes to our wedding timeline due to COVID and ultimately married us once legally and once for the celebration!
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    The most magical ceremony

    We struck gold the moment Julie confirmed she was available on our wedding date, and that she was willing to travel to marry us.
    We travelled to Staunton to do an initial visit to make sure things felt ‘right’, and that we wanted to work together. The moment we met, we knew we had found our officiant. Julie is genuine, kind, sincere and a true wordsmith. She was interested in hearing our story and our journeys thus far. The whole consultation was extremely pleasant (like having tea with an old friend), and once over we were given questionnaires to each complete, in private, separate from each other. Neither had any idea what we had written until the first draft came through. Nothing could have prepared us for it. There was laughter and tears. Oh my, Julie had created a completely personalised ceremony filled with us - our stories, our love, our whys and most importantly, she had captured our essence and poured it into it.
    The day of our ceremony, our family and friends were amazed at how wonderful the ceremony had been. I haven’t stopped hearing how it was the best ceremony they have witnessed. We feel truly blessed to have had Julie officiate our wedding. I think of it and weep as it was the most beautiful moment of our magical day.
    (Photo credit Kimie James of IYQ Photography)
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Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement
Anne Hathaway's Cottage Flowers Anne Hathaway's Cottage Flowers Wedding Florists

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.

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P.O. Box 149 Charlottesville, VA, 24402
(540) 249-1357
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P.O. Box 149 Staunton, VA, 24402
540-249-1357

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