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Creative Ceremonies by Virginia Moore

Charlottesville , VA
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Serving Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley
Charlottesville, VA 22901 US (map)

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434-245-5224

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ABOUT US

Whether you are joining together as a husband and wife or as a same sex couple, your ceremony is the most important part of your wedding. I work with you to create ceremonies that are... Read more
Whether you are joining together as a husband and wife or as a same sex couple, your ceremony is the most important part of your wedding. I work with you to create ceremonies that are meaningful, mindful, memorable and reflective of your values and beliefs. I listen to you and you have total control of the words said at your ceremony. I am an all-faiths minister and a graduate of the Celebrant USA Foundation. I am comfortable with religious, interfaith, spiritual or civil ceremonies. I create one-of-a-kind ceremonies that reflect the love you feel for one another.

For a free consultation you can contact me through the "Contact" button on this website, through the "Contact" page on my website (www.creativeceremonies.biz), or you can email me directly at ginchi@comcast.net, or give me a phone call at 434-245-5224.

I perform ceremonies in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Louisa, Nelson, Greene and Fluvanna. I also perform ceremonies in sites on the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park and on the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as in Elkton, Harrisonburg, Shenandoah, Luray, and the counties of Page, Augusta and Rockingham. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
There are many wonderful sites, both indoors and out in Central Virginia, including Vineyards, attractions such as Monticello, the UVA chapel and gardens, and the Barbousville ruins, as well as sites on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. I have performed ceremonies at all those places and more.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
You are in charge of the ceremony. I put together a ceremony according to your wishes, including a section that I write about how and why you have come to love one another. I send you a draft that you can edit so that it perfectly reflects your values and your love.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
I not only allow you to write your own vows, but I send you a number of examples of vows that others have written to help spark your creative impulses.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I send you a large array of readings, and you are free to choose from those or from among other readings that you find inspirational.
How long are your ceremonies?
I have found that if the ceremony is less than about 20 minutes long, guests feel that the ceremony was too short, but that more than 30 minutes is overkill. However, you are in charge -- and you can specify the length you want by varying the number of readings, and the number and types of rituals.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
I do not require premarital counseling.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
I am willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals.
Do you supply a sound system?
I supply a portable sound system that has its own power supply so that we are not constrained by the need for and electrical outlet.

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Heather
Wedding:
10/16/2014
5.0/5.0
My wife and I were married in October at the Inn at Willow Grove in Orange, Virginia, and Virginia Moore was our officiant. We couldn't be more pleased with her services, as she crafted our ceremony around our interests and beliefs, and made us feel at ease from beginning to end. Working with Virginia was extremely easy. We planned our marriage ceremony in one week, following the Virginia Supreme Court ruling and were fortunate that she was available on our planned date. The ceremony was absolutely perfect in every way and truly prepared for us. When re-reading our vows, the words spoken during our hand fasting ritual, and the thought provoking words of our officiant, there was no question that this ceremony described our personalities and our love for one another in every way. We would definitely recommend Virginia Moore for her services.
My wife and I were married in October at the Inn at Willow Grove in Orange, Virginia, and Virginia Moore was our Read more...
My wife and I were married in October at the Inn at Willow Grove in Orange, Virginia, and Virginia Moore was our officiant. We couldn't be more pleased with her services, as she crafted our ceremony around our interests and beliefs, and made us feel at ease from beginning to end. Working with Virginia was extremely easy. We planned our marriage ceremony in one week, following the Virginia Supreme Court ruling and were fortunate that she was available on our planned date. The ceremony was absolutely perfect in every way and truly prepared for us. When re-reading our vows, the words spoken during our hand fasting ritual, and the thought provoking words of our officiant, there was no question that this ceremony described our personalities and our love for one another in every way. We would definitely recommend Virginia Moore for her services. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Virginia was such a joy to work with. She made our ceremony so personal and memorable. We had many of our guests coming to us with high praises about Virginia's ceremony. She was easy to work with as we planned our wedding from hundreds of miles away.
Virginia was such a joy to work with. She made our ceremony so personal and memorable. We had many of our guests coming to Read more...
Virginia was such a joy to work with. She made our ceremony so personal and memorable. We had many of our guests coming to us with high praises about Virginia's ceremony. She was easy to work with as we planned our wedding from hundreds of miles away. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Book her!! Virginia was incredible. I had so many of my guests say that they LOVED the ceremony. Some friends even told me that it was the best ceremony that they had ever been to. She had us all laughing and crying while she told our story. My husband and I were in touch with her for months leading up to the day. When she gave us our first rough draft of the ceremony, I cried at how she perfectly nailed the people we are and the relationship that we have. I would highly recommend Virginia.
Book her!! Virginia was incredible. I had so many of my guests say that they LOVED the ceremony. Some friends even told me Read more...
Book her!! Virginia was incredible. I had so many of my guests say that they LOVED the ceremony. Some friends even told me that it was the best ceremony that they had ever been to. She had us all laughing and crying while she told our story. My husband and I were in touch with her for months leading up to the day. When she gave us our first rough draft of the ceremony, I cried at how she perfectly nailed the people we are and the relationship that we have. I would highly recommend Virginia. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough positive things about our experience with Virginia. Our whole correspondence and ceremony planning was done via e-mail, and her quick and thorough responses made it all very low-stress. As a laid-back couple, planning our elopement was meant to be easy, and Virginia definitely made it that way. She knew what questions to ask in order to create the ideal ceremony for us. We LOVED it. It was short and so very sweet, just as we had wanted. Virginia's enthusiasm for love and life was exactly what we were looking for. The first time we met was just moments before our elopement, but it felt like we had known her for a long time. Thanks, Virginia, for a beautiful, unforgettable day.
I can't say enough positive things about our experience with Virginia. Our whole correspondence and ceremony planning was Read more...
I can't say enough positive things about our experience with Virginia. Our whole correspondence and ceremony planning was done via e-mail, and her quick and thorough responses made it all very low-stress. As a laid-back couple, planning our elopement was meant to be easy, and Virginia definitely made it that way. She knew what questions to ask in order to create the ideal ceremony for us. We LOVED it. It was short and so very sweet, just as we had wanted. Virginia's enthusiasm for love and life was exactly what we were looking for. The first time we met was just moments before our elopement, but it felt like we had known her for a long time. Thanks, Virginia, for a beautiful, unforgettable day. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
8/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Virginia did an amazing job with our ceremony! From the 1st day my partner and I met her we knew she was perfect for the job! The way she personalized our ceremony from how we met to summarizing our devotion to each other was fantastic. She kept everyone's attention during the ceremony from start to finish! We are thankful to Virginia for performing our Wedding ceremony!!
We very highly recommend her services!
Virginia did an amazing job with our ceremony! From the 1st day my partner and I met her we knew she was perfect for the Read more...
Virginia did an amazing job with our ceremony! From the 1st day my partner and I met her we knew she was perfect for the job! The way she personalized our ceremony from how we met to summarizing our devotion to each other was fantastic. She kept everyone's attention during the ceremony from start to finish! We are thankful to Virginia for performing our Wedding ceremony!!
We very highly recommend her services! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
I am not sure where to begin with my review for Virginia, our wedding officiant. My husband's grandmother, whom we are both very close to, is a minister and was supposed to marry us. A couple months before the wedding, her health began to decline and she was unsure if she would even be able to attend the wedding, let alone officiate it. So my husband and I planned a trip to Charlottesville (we live in DC) to coordinate with our vendors and meet with officiants to see who we connected with. We met with two officiants and immediately after sitting with Virginia, we knew we wanted her to marry us. Even in that initial meeting before she knew we were going to hire her, she really wanted to get to know us. My husband is quite private about 'feelings', but even he felt comfortable with her almost immediately. It was difficult to choose someone to replace my husband's grandmother, but Virginia did such an amazing job!

We had a very small wedding, only our immediate family and grandparents were in attendance. Our families were blown away by how personal and customized our ceremony was. Between the one meeting with had with Virginia, email correspondence and 'homework' she gave us to fill out, you would have really thought that she knew us our entire lives. The ceremony was anything but cookie-cutter, everything about it was customized to us as a couple, which made it so special for us and also our families. Thanks again, Virginia, you were amazing!
I am not sure where to begin with my review for Virginia, our wedding officiant. My husband's grandmother, whom we are Read more...
I am not sure where to begin with my review for Virginia, our wedding officiant. My husband's grandmother, whom we are both very close to, is a minister and was supposed to marry us. A couple months before the wedding, her health began to decline and she was unsure if she would even be able to attend the wedding, let alone officiate it. So my husband and I planned a trip to Charlottesville (we live in DC) to coordinate with our vendors and meet with officiants to see who we connected with. We met with two officiants and immediately after sitting with Virginia, we knew we wanted her to marry us. Even in that initial meeting before she knew we were going to hire her, she really wanted to get to know us. My husband is quite private about 'feelings', but even he felt comfortable with her almost immediately. It was difficult to choose someone to replace my husband's grandmother, but Virginia did such an amazing job!

We had a very small wedding, only our immediate family and grandparents were in attendance. Our families were blown away by how personal and customized our ceremony was. Between the one meeting with had with Virginia, email correspondence and 'homework' she gave us to fill out, you would have really thought that she knew us our entire lives. The ceremony was anything but cookie-cutter, everything about it was customized to us as a couple, which made it so special for us and also our families. Thanks again, Virginia, you were amazing! Read less
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Mallory
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Virginia was our wedding officiant this past Saturday. From the first time we met with her, she made me and my husband feel like she really wanted to get to know us to create the most meaningful ceremony possible. The ceremony she put together had several personal touches that were unique to us as a couple and our family. She wrote several drafts of the ceremony and the finished product was wonderful! She was very professional and easy to work with. Virginia is an excellent writer and speaker and all of our guests had such glowing reviews of our ceremony. We highly recommend her for wedding ceremonies for those that want a beautiful and unique ceremony. I plan on recommending her to family and friends in the future!!!
Virginia was our wedding officiant this past Saturday. From the first time we met with her, she made me and my husband Read more...
Virginia was our wedding officiant this past Saturday. From the first time we met with her, she made me and my husband feel like she really wanted to get to know us to create the most meaningful ceremony possible. The ceremony she put together had several personal touches that were unique to us as a couple and our family. She wrote several drafts of the ceremony and the finished product was wonderful! She was very professional and easy to work with. Virginia is an excellent writer and speaker and all of our guests had such glowing reviews of our ceremony. We highly recommend her for wedding ceremonies for those that want a beautiful and unique ceremony. I plan on recommending her to family and friends in the future!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Virginia created an exceptional ceremony for our wedding. She designed the ceremony in a way that captured our personalities and still reflected our feelings to one another. We also included filipinio traditions that were an important part of my husbands heritage. She researched the traditions for us and created a great way to include it into our traditional ceremony. Even when the filipino traditions were modified by my husbands family, she easily shifted her original tradition writings to reflect what the family wanted. We have a very busy professional life and she showed great patience with us when it took us longer to get answers back to her. During our ceremony it began to rain and she even shifted her cermon to the rain and asked for positive thoughts to keep the rain away. I must say that after that statement the rain did hold off! We are very happy with how personalized our ceremony was and would highly recommend Virginia to anyone that wants a more personal ceremony.
Virginia created an exceptional ceremony for our wedding. She designed the ceremony in a way that captured our Read more...
Virginia created an exceptional ceremony for our wedding. She designed the ceremony in a way that captured our personalities and still reflected our feelings to one another. We also included filipinio traditions that were an important part of my husbands heritage. She researched the traditions for us and created a great way to include it into our traditional ceremony. Even when the filipino traditions were modified by my husbands family, she easily shifted her original tradition writings to reflect what the family wanted. We have a very busy professional life and she showed great patience with us when it took us longer to get answers back to her. During our ceremony it began to rain and she even shifted her cermon to the rain and asked for positive thoughts to keep the rain away. I must say that after that statement the rain did hold off! We are very happy with how personalized our ceremony was and would highly recommend Virginia to anyone that wants a more personal ceremony. Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I couldn't have chosen a better person to marry us than Virginia Moore. My favorite part about her involvement in the ceremony is her process and style. She asks her clients to write about their fiancé/fiancée, and she weaves it together into a beautiful, meaningful ceremony. I appreciated this, because the most important aspect of our wedding, aside from my husband and I marrying each other, was giving off a very personal vibe and having our guests walk away feeling as though they know more about us, our relationship, and the love we share. Virginia's style accomplished that without having us write our own cheesy, goofy vows - although I'm sure that people can do that if they wish. Aside from this, she was responsible, professional, and flexible. For instance, she arrived promptly to the rehearsal and wedding and took the authority to keep the rehearsal on task. Also, I planned the entire wedding from afar, and she was very flexible with holding phone calls and conversing over email. While this is less important than how my husband and I felt about the ceremony, my guests made many positive comments about how lovely it was. I whole heartedly recommend Virginia Moore and her services.
My husband and I couldn't have chosen a better person to marry us than Virginia Moore. My favorite part about her Read more...
My husband and I couldn't have chosen a better person to marry us than Virginia Moore. My favorite part about her involvement in the ceremony is her process and style. She asks her clients to write about their fiancé/fiancée, and she weaves it together into a beautiful, meaningful ceremony. I appreciated this, because the most important aspect of our wedding, aside from my husband and I marrying each other, was giving off a very personal vibe and having our guests walk away feeling as though they know more about us, our relationship, and the love we share. Virginia's style accomplished that without having us write our own cheesy, goofy vows - although I'm sure that people can do that if they wish. Aside from this, she was responsible, professional, and flexible. For instance, she arrived promptly to the rehearsal and wedding and took the authority to keep the rehearsal on task. Also, I planned the entire wedding from afar, and she was very flexible with holding phone calls and conversing over email. While this is less important than how my husband and I felt about the ceremony, my guests made many positive comments about how lovely it was. I whole heartedly recommend Virginia Moore and her services. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
12/14/2013
5.0/5.0
VA was more than I could have asked for! From the moment we (my fiancé, me, and my mom) met her, we loved her, and let me tell you, I'm the only girl and the baby of the family, so my mom wanted somebody perfect to marry me!
We met over coffee and we went through everything we wanted for our ceremony, she even gave her own ideas (but didn't push them at all mind you). My favorite idea was how she suggested for my mother in law to carry flowers down the aisle symbolizing my deceased father in law - she had me at that!
Next time we saw her was for our rehearsal. She was perfect, she kept everybody focused, which was great because I had a million things on my mind, so I was happy to let her take charge and take the lead.
The big day! She was amazing - we chose the ceremony where she wrote about how we met and why we love each other etc. We read the 'how we met each other' part, but chose to keep secret the rest of the 'why we love each other' part. So glad we did because it was amazing to hear it while looking into each other's eyes on our wedding day.
We got lots of compliments on the ceremony afterward (my family can be brutally honest, so I know it was all genuine!!). We all laughed and we all cried during the ceremony. I honestly would not change one thing about my ceremony and I am so happy we went with VA!
VA was more than I could have asked for! From the moment we (my fiancé, me, and my mom) met her, we loved her, and let me Read more...
VA was more than I could have asked for! From the moment we (my fiancé, me, and my mom) met her, we loved her, and let me tell you, I'm the only girl and the baby of the family, so my mom wanted somebody perfect to marry me!
We met over coffee and we went through everything we wanted for our ceremony, she even gave her own ideas (but didn't push them at all mind you). My favorite idea was how she suggested for my mother in law to carry flowers down the aisle symbolizing my deceased father in law - she had me at that!
Next time we saw her was for our rehearsal. She was perfect, she kept everybody focused, which was great because I had a million things on my mind, so I was happy to let her take charge and take the lead.
The big day! She was amazing - we chose the ceremony where she wrote about how we met and why we love each other etc. We read the 'how we met each other' part, but chose to keep secret the rest of the 'why we love each other' part. So glad we did because it was amazing to hear it while looking into each other's eyes on our wedding day.
We got lots of compliments on the ceremony afterward (my family can be brutally honest, so I know it was all genuine!!). We all laughed and we all cried during the ceremony. I honestly would not change one thing about my ceremony and I am so happy we went with VA! Read less
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