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Mindful Ministry -- Rev. William F. Mies

Arnold , MD
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Arnold, MD 21012 US (map)

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410-349-1980

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Ceremonies that speak to our hearts can enhance important events in our lives. I work with and support the wedding couple in designing and facilitating personal and heart-felt services... Read more
Ceremonies that speak to our hearts can enhance important events in our lives. I work with and support the wedding couple in designing and facilitating personal and heart-felt services to celebrate this joyful event.

My practice is to meet several times with the wedding couple to prepare for married life and for the wedding ceremony. We use this time to define their values and to find ways to express the unique qualities of their relationship and cultures. I provide alternative structures, readings, and rituals from which to choose or together we can create an entirely new program.

Most importantly, the final creation of the ceremony will reflect the unique personalities of the wedding couple and will communicate to their guests what they wish to say. The couple participates in the construction of the ceremony as they desire. Ultimately, we create the structure and content of the ceremony based on their wishes.

Because of my training and ordination, I am quite comfortable working with Christians. However, of recent years, my ministry has become increasingly inter-denominational and ecumenical in character. The weddings I celebrate range from traditional religious to more humanistic and secular ceremonies.

We pay special attention to the wedding location that has been chosen and fashion the words and rituals to reflect the meaning of this venue to the couple. Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Presbyterian, Quaker

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Laura
Wedding:
9/10/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married on September 10th 2016 in Annapolis. I found Bill and his wife Joanne on wedding wire about a year and a half ago. They were both very responsive to everything we needed for our ceremony. They did a great job at personalizing our ceremony and really making it our own even without writing our own vows. We attended four meetings with Bill, they are at least a couple of hours long each time so I would make sure you do not plan anything right after. Bill is also very flexible, there were a couple instances where I had to change the date or the time last minute and he was very flexible with allowing us to change out meeting time. I highly recommend Bill to anyone who wants a great officiant and someone who is friendly and also professional! :)
My husband and I got married on September 10th 2016 in Annapolis. I found Bill and his wife Joanne on wedding wire about a Read more...
My husband and I got married on September 10th 2016 in Annapolis. I found Bill and his wife Joanne on wedding wire about a year and a half ago. They were both very responsive to everything we needed for our ceremony. They did a great job at personalizing our ceremony and really making it our own even without writing our own vows. We attended four meetings with Bill, they are at least a couple of hours long each time so I would make sure you do not plan anything right after. Bill is also very flexible, there were a couple instances where I had to change the date or the time last minute and he was very flexible with allowing us to change out meeting time. I highly recommend Bill to anyone who wants a great officiant and someone who is friendly and also professional! :) Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
8/27/2016
5.0/5.0
We had a wonderful experience preparing and prepping for our wedding with Rev. Bill and his wife Joanne. We wanted to stay away from a cookie-cutter ceremony where we were just going through the motions. With Rev. Bill and Joannne, we were able to personally craft our own ceremony to make it extremely meaningful to us. We also appreciated that before each session, we took a few minutes of meditation to help get us in the right headspace to think exactly what we wanted to say in front of all of our family and loved ones.
Many people told us afterwards that it was one of the most poignant ceremony they have ever witnessed and the love between us was so evident.

Although so much of wedding planning is stressful, I really appreciated that the work with Rev. Bill and Joanne as a great reminder of why were getting married in the first place and what truly mattered- the two of us.
We had a wonderful experience preparing and prepping for our wedding with Rev. Bill and his wife Joanne. We wanted to stay Read more...
We had a wonderful experience preparing and prepping for our wedding with Rev. Bill and his wife Joanne. We wanted to stay away from a cookie-cutter ceremony where we were just going through the motions. With Rev. Bill and Joannne, we were able to personally craft our own ceremony to make it extremely meaningful to us. We also appreciated that before each session, we took a few minutes of meditation to help get us in the right headspace to think exactly what we wanted to say in front of all of our family and loved ones.
Many people told us afterwards that it was one of the most poignant ceremony they have ever witnessed and the love between us was so evident.

Although so much of wedding planning is stressful, I really appreciated that the work with Rev. Bill and Joanne as a great reminder of why were getting married in the first place and what truly mattered- the two of us. Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
7/9/2016
5.0/5.0
Bill and Joanne helped us create a beautiful and personalized wedding ceremony that reflected us and our relationship. We loved the ceremony planning process, which included meeting with Bill and Joanne four times before our wedding day. This allowed us to get to know each other better and discuss exactly what we wanted in our ceremony. My husband is in medical school and lived out of state during the wedding planning process. Bill was so flexible with our crazy schedules and allowed us Skype for one of the meetings. His flexibility saved us from a tremendous amount of stress and we couldn't be more thankful. Our wedding guests complemented us multiple times on the uniqueness of our vows and reflection letters. Bill and Joanne are an amazing team and we are so thankful to have met them!
Bill and Joanne helped us create a beautiful and personalized wedding ceremony that reflected us and our relationship. We Read more...
Bill and Joanne helped us create a beautiful and personalized wedding ceremony that reflected us and our relationship. We loved the ceremony planning process, which included meeting with Bill and Joanne four times before our wedding day. This allowed us to get to know each other better and discuss exactly what we wanted in our ceremony. My husband is in medical school and lived out of state during the wedding planning process. Bill was so flexible with our crazy schedules and allowed us Skype for one of the meetings. His flexibility saved us from a tremendous amount of stress and we couldn't be more thankful. Our wedding guests complemented us multiple times on the uniqueness of our vows and reflection letters. Bill and Joanne are an amazing team and we are so thankful to have met them! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill Mies and his wife, Joanne, helped us create a beautiful, meaningful, and personalized wedding ceremony. Due to unexpected circumstances, we needed to find a new officiant just three weeks before our wedding. We were in panic mode. After the first telephone conversation, Rev. Bill put us at complete ease. He and his wife, Rev. Joanne Mies of Swan Ministries, worked as a team, with us. We met a few times before the wedding. In our first meeting, we shared personal stories and got to know each other. They asked questions that helped us learn about ourselves and each other. They were genuinely caring and professional. Each meeting had a purpose and left us feeling even better about our relationship and the ceremony we were planning. They thought of everything as they guided us through the process of creating the ceremony we envisioned. They helped us remain focused on each other and enjoy the present moment. They alleviated our stress. The result was a beautiful, meaningful, memorable ceremony. Our wedding was amazing thanks to these two. We really cannot thank them enough!
Rev. Bill Mies and his wife, Joanne, helped us create a beautiful, meaningful, and personalized wedding ceremony. Due to Read more...
Rev. Bill Mies and his wife, Joanne, helped us create a beautiful, meaningful, and personalized wedding ceremony. Due to unexpected circumstances, we needed to find a new officiant just three weeks before our wedding. We were in panic mode. After the first telephone conversation, Rev. Bill put us at complete ease. He and his wife, Rev. Joanne Mies of Swan Ministries, worked as a team, with us. We met a few times before the wedding. In our first meeting, we shared personal stories and got to know each other. They asked questions that helped us learn about ourselves and each other. They were genuinely caring and professional. Each meeting had a purpose and left us feeling even better about our relationship and the ceremony we were planning. They thought of everything as they guided us through the process of creating the ceremony we envisioned. They helped us remain focused on each other and enjoy the present moment. They alleviated our stress. The result was a beautiful, meaningful, memorable ceremony. Our wedding was amazing thanks to these two. We really cannot thank them enough! Read less
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Elisa
Wedding:
3/26/2016
5.0/5.0
Reverend Mies and his lovely wife, Joann were so accommodating, friendly and professional. Rev Mies officiated our March 26, 2016 wedding. We found him less than two months prior to our wedding and he were able to accommodate us into his busy schedule and worked with us to make our wedding ceremony nothing short of unforgettable! Rev. Mies and Joann meet with us several times and took the time to get to really know who we are as individuals and as a couple. They helped us plan out our wedding ceremony in a way that only experienced professionals could. Until now, my guests are still talking about how beautiful the ceremony was. I appreciate everything Rev. Mies and Joann did for us and I would recommend them for anyone looking for a ceremony they will remember for a lifetime!
Reverend Mies and his lovely wife, Joann were so accommodating, friendly and professional. Rev Mies officiated our March Read more...
Reverend Mies and his lovely wife, Joann were so accommodating, friendly and professional. Rev Mies officiated our March 26, 2016 wedding. We found him less than two months prior to our wedding and he were able to accommodate us into his busy schedule and worked with us to make our wedding ceremony nothing short of unforgettable! Rev. Mies and Joann meet with us several times and took the time to get to really know who we are as individuals and as a couple. They helped us plan out our wedding ceremony in a way that only experienced professionals could. Until now, my guests are still talking about how beautiful the ceremony was. I appreciate everything Rev. Mies and Joann did for us and I would recommend them for anyone looking for a ceremony they will remember for a lifetime! Read less
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carly
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough about both Bill and his wife, Joanne. When we got engaged, I was set on getting married by the Catholic Church but we ended up finding a separate venue that really spoke to us and felt special to us as a couple. After months of trying to work with the the Church on how we could get married outside while still having it be considered Catholic we found ourselves at a dead end. We did not want to sacrifice our vision but found the Church was also not willing to work with us.

When we found Bill, we thought it was a shot in the dark that we would work together. Our first meeting changed everything. Before even talking about money, Bill took the time to listen to who we were and what we wanted out of our marriage ceremony. After our first meeting we both knew we'd found the person we would want to help us celebrate.

For the next few months, Bill and Joanne were so flexible with us (meeting on Skype since we live in Boston). We really did get to know each other and by the time the wedding came around we felt like every word that was being spoke at our ceremony was one we had chosen. There are so many things that you could worry about on your wedding day but Bill and Joanne put us at ease that the ceremony wasn't going to be one of them. This was a big deal to us because, for us, this was the most important part.

Joanne did a fabulous job helping us coordinate day of and Bill did a beautiful job of helping us become husband and wife. They are both worth every penny and more! We would highly recommend them for an incredibly person and special day.
We cannot say enough about both Bill and his wife, Joanne. When we got engaged, I was set on getting married by the Read more...
We cannot say enough about both Bill and his wife, Joanne. When we got engaged, I was set on getting married by the Catholic Church but we ended up finding a separate venue that really spoke to us and felt special to us as a couple. After months of trying to work with the the Church on how we could get married outside while still having it be considered Catholic we found ourselves at a dead end. We did not want to sacrifice our vision but found the Church was also not willing to work with us.

When we found Bill, we thought it was a shot in the dark that we would work together. Our first meeting changed everything. Before even talking about money, Bill took the time to listen to who we were and what we wanted out of our marriage ceremony. After our first meeting we both knew we'd found the person we would want to help us celebrate.

For the next few months, Bill and Joanne were so flexible with us (meeting on Skype since we live in Boston). We really did get to know each other and by the time the wedding came around we felt like every word that was being spoke at our ceremony was one we had chosen. There are so many things that you could worry about on your wedding day but Bill and Joanne put us at ease that the ceremony wasn't going to be one of them. This was a big deal to us because, for us, this was the most important part.

Joanne did a fabulous job helping us coordinate day of and Bill did a beautiful job of helping us become husband and wife. They are both worth every penny and more! We would highly recommend them for an incredibly person and special day. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
9/19/2015
5.0/5.0
(This is written by myself, the husband under the account my wife made) My Wife and I found Mindful Ministries / Bill and Joanne Mies after extensive research online. I was pleasantly surprised upon meeting Bill and his Wife at their home for our first meeting. Yes, meeting. Bill and Joanne have a very personable approach to working with you on your wedding. The initial meeting lasted several hours where we all collectively introduced ourselves and got to know eachother. Bill has an amazing way with words and does a great job of making you feel comfortable sharing this most important event with him.

From the initial meeting forward; he made himself readily available for any questions we had on crafting the content of our wedding. Ceremony details, the songs we chose, the order our guests were seated, every last detail was important to Bill. He made it a point to encourage us to share our feelings with eachother to help strengthen our own bond leading up to the wedding. The activities he had us do reminded us of things we were thankful for and valued in one another.

By the time the wedding day came, Bill and Joanne had become inseparable from our Big Day. We genuinely wanted to have them stay for the entirety of the wedding, thru the reception, which they gladly accepted. It meant a lot to us to share the experience with them by including them in our pictures, and watching them have fun on the dance floor.

I can assure you that if you work with Bill and Joanne that you will feel a personable, genuine connection with them. Their attention to detail and the amount of time they spend helping you personalize your ceremony and vows was definitely worth the cost; which was fair and reasonable.

I hope that this review will boost your confidence in choosing Mindful Ministries for your wedding and that your experience will be as positive as ours was.
(This is written by myself, the husband under the account my wife made) My Wife and I found Mindful Ministries / Bill and Read more...
(This is written by myself, the husband under the account my wife made) My Wife and I found Mindful Ministries / Bill and Joanne Mies after extensive research online. I was pleasantly surprised upon meeting Bill and his Wife at their home for our first meeting. Yes, meeting. Bill and Joanne have a very personable approach to working with you on your wedding. The initial meeting lasted several hours where we all collectively introduced ourselves and got to know eachother. Bill has an amazing way with words and does a great job of making you feel comfortable sharing this most important event with him.

From the initial meeting forward; he made himself readily available for any questions we had on crafting the content of our wedding. Ceremony details, the songs we chose, the order our guests were seated, every last detail was important to Bill. He made it a point to encourage us to share our feelings with eachother to help strengthen our own bond leading up to the wedding. The activities he had us do reminded us of things we were thankful for and valued in one another.

By the time the wedding day came, Bill and Joanne had become inseparable from our Big Day. We genuinely wanted to have them stay for the entirety of the wedding, thru the reception, which they gladly accepted. It meant a lot to us to share the experience with them by including them in our pictures, and watching them have fun on the dance floor.

I can assure you that if you work with Bill and Joanne that you will feel a personable, genuine connection with them. Their attention to detail and the amount of time they spend helping you personalize your ceremony and vows was definitely worth the cost; which was fair and reasonable.

I hope that this review will boost your confidence in choosing Mindful Ministries for your wedding and that your experience will be as positive as ours was. Read less
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Julia & Perry
Wedding:
9/12/2015
5.0/5.0
One year ago today, Rev. William Mies officiated our wedding in St. Michael’s, MD. As we look back on the day and remember the wonderful process of creating our ceremony, we are incredibly grateful to “Bill” for his calm guidance, deep compassion, and unwavering dedication to our vision.

Bill’s passion for weddings and tremendous knowledge of the creative process shows through in his approach to working with couples. He truly took the time to understand our relationship and religious leanings, and guided us toward a ceremony that reflected our love and values.

In the end, our family and friends were present for a genuine, engaging, and beautiful ceremony that wholeheartedly represented who we were as a couple. We are truly grateful and honored to have had Bill as our wedding officiant.
One year ago today, Rev. William Mies officiated our wedding in St. Michael’s, MD. As we look back on the day and remember Read more...
One year ago today, Rev. William Mies officiated our wedding in St. Michael’s, MD. As we look back on the day and remember the wonderful process of creating our ceremony, we are incredibly grateful to “Bill” for his calm guidance, deep compassion, and unwavering dedication to our vision.

Bill’s passion for weddings and tremendous knowledge of the creative process shows through in his approach to working with couples. He truly took the time to understand our relationship and religious leanings, and guided us toward a ceremony that reflected our love and values.

In the end, our family and friends were present for a genuine, engaging, and beautiful ceremony that wholeheartedly represented who we were as a couple. We are truly grateful and honored to have had Bill as our wedding officiant. Read less
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Matt
Wedding:
7/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Bill and his wife Joanne were a pleasure to work with and made our wedding preparation enjoyable and a very personal experience. They helped us to craft a ceremony that was both meaningful and unique for our special day. We looked forward to our meetings together and are grateful for the care Bill and Joanne took to make the wedding day just what we had envisioned it to be.
Bill and his wife Joanne were a pleasure to work with and made our wedding preparation enjoyable and a very personal Read more...
Bill and his wife Joanne were a pleasure to work with and made our wedding preparation enjoyable and a very personal experience. They helped us to craft a ceremony that was both meaningful and unique for our special day. We looked forward to our meetings together and are grateful for the care Bill and Joanne took to make the wedding day just what we had envisioned it to be. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
4/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Bill and his wife Joanne were one of the most fantastic parts of our wedding. My husband Karl and I got married in April in Harford county and had the most magical time planning the ceremony and it was absolutely perfect and special. We met will Bill and Joanne four times in their home prior to our wedding day. The meetings were longer so plan to meet with them a few hours each time. Bill really spent a lot of time getting to know Karl and I which made our ceremony so personal because we felt like we had a great friend performing it for us! We chose each part of our ceremony and it was perfect for us. He helped us to enjoy the wedding process by becoming more mindful and present through wonderful exercises during our meetings. If you want a beautiful, personal ceremony, Bill Is your guy!
Bill and his wife Joanne were one of the most fantastic parts of our wedding. My husband Karl and I got married in April Read more...
Bill and his wife Joanne were one of the most fantastic parts of our wedding. My husband Karl and I got married in April in Harford county and had the most magical time planning the ceremony and it was absolutely perfect and special. We met will Bill and Joanne four times in their home prior to our wedding day. The meetings were longer so plan to meet with them a few hours each time. Bill really spent a lot of time getting to know Karl and I which made our ceremony so personal because we felt like we had a great friend performing it for us! We chose each part of our ceremony and it was perfect for us. He helped us to enjoy the wedding process by becoming more mindful and present through wonderful exercises during our meetings. If you want a beautiful, personal ceremony, Bill Is your guy! Read less
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