Located in Newport News, Virginia, Reverend Cory Newell is a wedding officiant marrying couples throughout the local area, including Norfolk, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach. He’s also licensed in North Carolina and Florida if needed there. The professional officiant has been part of the industry since 2008, bringing fun to every ceremony.
Cory Newell has married over 2,500 happy couples and loves sharing couples’ stories, engaging their guests, and giving everyone permission to celebrate the happiest day for couples. He keeps things untraditional, romantic, and thoughtful, and keeps the attention on why couples fell in love. He offers all kinds of weddings, including vow renewals, civil unions, rehearsals and non-religious, interfaith, and single religion ceremonies. For religious services, Cory can perform ceremonies for Agnostic, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Mormon, Orthodox Christian, Quaker, and Baptist faiths. He’ll also serve Evangelical, Methodist, Presbyterian, and non-denominational couples. His services can last as short as ten minutes or up to an hour long. In addition to sweet ceremonies, Cory offers customized vows and pastoral premarital counseling.
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Lisa Hagan · Married on 03/10/2019
Outstanding experience overall!
Pastor Cory was literally a godsend for us. We live in Norfolk but were celebrating our honeymoon in a very non-traditional way, by vacationing together before the wedding instead of after. We fiancé and I spent almost a week together in Ocean City and Rehobeth Beach, MD fully intending to get married there, with the scenic gentle ocean waves behind us as we read our vows. The only problem with that plan was that we didn’t expect the below freezing temperature and pouring rain! Instead, at the last minute we decided to drive back home late the night before our intended wedding day and pray that we could find a pastor that would be willing to marry us the NEXT DAY. We knew that we were expecting a miracle, and Pastor Cory was it. We first made contact with him at 7:44 pm and not only did he respond right away, but he committed to doing it by the next day! We worked out the location and exact time, the documents were sent electronically and everything was signed and paid for in advance. Everything that he sent us to read and sign was straightforward. The software was intuitive and easy to follow and before we knew it, we were all set and could actually breathe again and sleep easy the night before our Big Day.Sent on 03/10/2019
The morning of, we were on our way there when we got a text reminder from Pastor Cory to remember our marriage license (thank goodness) because we had to make a quick u-turn and raced home to get what we would have definitely forgotten because of the excitement of the day. We totally appreciated that one small thing and it’s just a testament to the attention to detail that he provides. We learned that he listens well, reads everything that you send him and incorporates it all into a very personalized ceremony.
Pastor Cory was at the location we chose right on time, with a big smile and extending a warm handshake and a hug. He helped to turn what could have been a very stressful time for us into a beautiful memory. His vows were perfect and light and filled with a casual feeling that mirrored who we are. He injected laughter and good vibes into all of it and after taking pictures of us, prayed for us and wished us well. And we were well; we had been married by Pastor Cory. We would recommend him to anyone that wants exactly what he offers online. He’s a 5-star real deal and we’re thrilled to know that every time we think of our special day, that he’s a part of it. It was a truly meaningful day, largely because of him. Pastor Cory, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Rob & Lisa
Elaine Linn · Getting married on 12/05/2020
the day was great
it was a pleasure working with Rev Cory. It was a beautiful day :) we would recommend him. his online payment arrangements made it very easy to useSent on 05/29/2019
Adrian Ricks · Getting married on 08/04/2020
one of the best i ever seen
he was wonderful in every aspect. was very friendly and got the family and crowd involved in the ceremony was worth every cent.Sent on 04/23/2019
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Rev. Newell is absolutely phenomenal! I've had the pleasure of working with Cory a number of times over the years and, having photographed more than 200 weddings all over VA and beyond, he is The Best! Let me say that again, THE BEST! He truly cares about his couples and it shows. He brings so much energy and passion to the moment. I absolutely love how he engages the guests during the ceremony. He'll have everyone laughing one moment; tearing up the next, and moments later he'll have everyone laughing again. It is what every wedding ceremony should be: joyous, touching, fun, and all about the love of family and friends! You need to book him and book him now!
Known as the Wedding Pastor in Hampton Roads and Virginia's #1 Wedding Officiant, you can count on Rev. Cory Newell to deliver a memorable ceremony that is personalized and planed for each couple. -Brittany, Catering Sales Manager
Love referring all couples to Cory, he's a great person to work with and they all love him!