I've been officiating weddings for the past forty + years. Thirty-five of those years were with Bill as a church pastor and Joyce as the pastor's wife, helping out. Fifteen years ago, I retired from that setting to provide full-time service as a wedding officiant and specialist in pre-marriage preparation/coaching. Joyce occasionaly helps with rehearsals. Our bride and grooms are so positive and their families are fun to get to know.
We believe that no one attends a wedding ceremony to hear a sermon, thus I strive to listen carefully to the desires of the bride and groom as to their wedding ceremony. Then I work to make the ceremony a fun, and intimate affair in which the bride and groom are the focus of the entire event. The name of our business really exemplifies our attitude toward your wedding - Say "I Do" Your Way!
Give me a call or send an email, let’s talk about your wedding - no obligation. I am certified to officiate weddings in Maryland, DC, and Virginia, as well as other states around the US.
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cbryns · Married on 09/01/2018
Bill Cochran officiated our wedding and he was amazing all around. Throughout the entire process, he was incredibly responsive, kind, and flexible. While my husband and I do have religious backgrounds, we are both more 'spiritually' connected yet Bill made the ceremony very personal, taking into account our views and sprinkling in more faith based messages for our parents. We met with him a month before the wedding to go over everything and he was calm, professional, and very clear about his intentions for the ceremony. He was always on time, and when the ceremony came, we had to start a half hour early because we were set up outside and thunderstorms were rolling in. He did a fantastic job, and when it started to sprinkle during the end of our ceremony, he hustled things up and was very, very adaptable. If not for his quick thinking, everyone would have gotten soaked. I recommend him 100%. He makes everything personal and emotional but not over the top or cheesy. Could not have asked for a better experience with Bill.
Duncan · Married on 08/18/2018
Highly Recommend !
Rest assured, Bill is a very professional, experienced and kind-hearted officiant. My wife and I had our wedding at Top of the Town, Arlington VA and Bill ensured that we had a smooth wedding. Bill was able to guide us through our wedding, from planning to the actual wedding ceremony. He was also patient as he sat us down during our first meeting and walked us through the actual day plan. During our wedding day, Bill kept everyone organized by doing a quick rehearsal and it was great. We highly recommend Bill, and we are thankful and fortunate to have him as a part of our wedding!
Caroline · Married on 08/11/2018
Bill is amazing!
Bill officiated our wedding in August 2018 and did a fantastic job. We had an interfaith ceremony (Catholic + Jewish) and Bill listened to what we wanted and was able to incorporate traditions from both of our faiths perfectly. He captured our story in such a succinct and special way; guests were laughing, crying, and smiling the whole time! Numerous guests (including our parents) came up to us after the ceremony to say how wonderful Bill was. We met with Bill two times and filled out his questionnaires and with only doing that he was able to pull of a very special ceremony. He came in with no agenda, listened to exactly what we wanted, worked very well with the other vendors, and was a pleasure to work with. We can't recommend him highly enough!!!
Bill was great to work with and very friendly. Had a good approach to keeping everyone relaxed and easy to work with. He was very familiar with the venue and had good ideas for setting the stage of the wedding ceremony. Culinary Delights By Feist hopes to get to work with him again!
Bill and Joyce are so awesome they really know how to personalize your wedding day. We love working with them and I know all of there couples are very happy as their wedding vows are beautifully written
I worked with Bill for the first time this past weekend at Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase. Since there was no Rehearsal, Bill made sure to check in with me when he arrived at the venue to go over logistics for the Ceremony. He was easily able to carry out the plans and the ceremony was beautiful. I look forward to recommend him in the future!