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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings

Arlington , VA
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4326 N. 18th Street
Arlington, VA 22207 US (map)

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703-475-2050

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ABOUT US

Why just have a wedding – have an amazing wedding experience -- and a memory that will last a lifetime. My ceremonies are highly-personalized, unique and wonderful.

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Why just have a wedding – have an amazing wedding experience -- and a memory that will last a lifetime. My ceremonies are highly-personalized, unique and wonderful.

Ceremonies that are personalized -- progressive -- passionate

I offer an all-inclusive, highly-personalized Catholic and interfaith wedding ministry. Whether a first of second marriage, an interfaith celebration, a same-sex wedding, or a uniquely spiritual ceremony, let me help you craft the perfect day and create a memory that will last a lifetime!

Today, many current and former Catholics -- and others -- are searching for an inviting wedding experience with the richness of the Catholic tradition yet different from that provided by the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, 40% of Roman Catholics are marrying outside of the institutional Church.

Maybe you're looking for a personalized interfaith or spiritual ceremony uniquely designed to express your current values and beliefs. And you're looking for a ceremony that captures the joy and excitement of this wonderful time in life.

Togethr let's create the wedding ceremony you've been dreaming of and a memory that will last a lifetime.

The location for your wedding is entirely your choice. Ceremonies can be held out-of-doors. The beach, the mountains, hotels, museums and private homes are all wonderful options. The Greater Washington DC area provides many exciting venues.

I am Rev. William (Bill) Freeman, a validly-ordained Catholic priest and wedding officiate, living and working in Northern Virginia. It would be my privilege to help you create the wedding ceremony of your dreams.

I work with couples of all faith traditions including those with a spirituality of their own. Together, we'll create a unique and wonderful ceremony -- a wedding that's yours, and yours alone.

Available for weddings in Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and Southern Maryland

I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me at 703-951-7090 (work); 703-475-2050 (cell) or by email at WFreeman@ProgressiveCatholics.org Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Presbyterian, Quaker
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
DC, MD, VA

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Reverend Bill was great to work with. My wife and I are both Catholic, but always wanted an outdoor wedding. We contacted Rev. Bill and sat down with him to discuss our ideas. He was wonderful to work with and very accommodating of our ideas for our wedding ceremony.

Rev. Bill was very professional in the way that he walked us though the flow of the ceremony and helped us pick readings, the overall feel of the ceremony and the timeline. As a result, our wedding turned out wonderful and was just what we always wanted!

I would highly recommend Rev. Bill!

Scott M.
Reverend Bill was great to work with. My wife and I are both Catholic, but always wanted an outdoor wedding. We contacted Read more...
Reverend Bill was great to work with. My wife and I are both Catholic, but always wanted an outdoor wedding. We contacted Rev. Bill and sat down with him to discuss our ideas. He was wonderful to work with and very accommodating of our ideas for our wedding ceremony.

Rev. Bill was very professional in the way that he walked us though the flow of the ceremony and helped us pick readings, the overall feel of the ceremony and the timeline. As a result, our wedding turned out wonderful and was just what we always wanted!

I would highly recommend Rev. Bill!

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Melissa
Wedding:
7/9/2016
5.0/5.0
Reverend Bill made our wedding magic. He was so attentive to us. He was always eager and excited: he wanted to know us, he wanted to witness our love and hear all the details of our adoration. Together, we created a ceremony that was unique and maintained a sense of ritual, a ceremony about loving each other, about celebrating the love of our families. Our ceremony was beautiful, flawless, full of awe and wonder. He made our wedding unlike anything else. And it felt as though we were being married by a friend who cared for us. On our wedding day Reverend Bill was family.

On top of all this love and care two incredible aspects of Reverend Bill shined above an already glimmering ceremony. First: Reverend Bill always thanked us for including him in our special day, for blessing him with our love. Our lives as husband and wife could not have begun more romantically and sincerely. Second: Reverend Bill crafted a completely personalized speech for the ceremony that celebrated our love for each other. He interviewed us, listened so carefully and laughed with us. It felt like we were just talking with a friend, telling him how we met, how we inspired one another, the small nuances of our relationship that make our love uniquely ours. It was a beautiful moment of reflection. Reverend Bill captured all that intimacy and wrote the most beautiful speech. He read it at the ceremony with such conviction and emotion: he knew us, he understood our stories and loved them.

One response from our guests was constant: “Reverend Bill was remarkable.” No one had ever witnessed a ceremony with such care and intimacy. He truly blessed us with magic and love. He gave our wedding wonder and joy. It has taken me a long time to write this because I truly felt there was no way to put into words the way Reverend Bill has touched our lives. All I can say is thank you. Thank you for helping my husband and I begin our lives through celebrating the greatest truth: love.
Reverend Bill made our wedding magic. He was so attentive to us. He was always eager and excited: he wanted to know us, he Read more...
Reverend Bill made our wedding magic. He was so attentive to us. He was always eager and excited: he wanted to know us, he wanted to witness our love and hear all the details of our adoration. Together, we created a ceremony that was unique and maintained a sense of ritual, a ceremony about loving each other, about celebrating the love of our families. Our ceremony was beautiful, flawless, full of awe and wonder. He made our wedding unlike anything else. And it felt as though we were being married by a friend who cared for us. On our wedding day Reverend Bill was family.

On top of all this love and care two incredible aspects of Reverend Bill shined above an already glimmering ceremony. First: Reverend Bill always thanked us for including him in our special day, for blessing him with our love. Our lives as husband and wife could not have begun more romantically and sincerely. Second: Reverend Bill crafted a completely personalized speech for the ceremony that celebrated our love for each other. He interviewed us, listened so carefully and laughed with us. It felt like we were just talking with a friend, telling him how we met, how we inspired one another, the small nuances of our relationship that make our love uniquely ours. It was a beautiful moment of reflection. Reverend Bill captured all that intimacy and wrote the most beautiful speech. He read it at the ceremony with such conviction and emotion: he knew us, he understood our stories and loved them.

One response from our guests was constant: “Reverend Bill was remarkable.” No one had ever witnessed a ceremony with such care and intimacy. He truly blessed us with magic and love. He gave our wedding wonder and joy. It has taken me a long time to write this because I truly felt there was no way to put into words the way Reverend Bill has touched our lives. All I can say is thank you. Thank you for helping my husband and I begin our lives through celebrating the greatest truth: love. Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Hi Melissa and Michael,

I am humbled by your very gracious review. It was my honor to be invited into your lives at this wonderful time of new beginnings and to journey with you are we, together, designed a ceremony that uniquely reflected who you are and the message that you wanted to convey. It greatly pleases me that we achieve those goals. I do my job when I "disappear." That is, when the wedding ceremony become all about the couple -- their story, their love, their future. Even if we never see each other for the rest of our lives, we will have a connection that will last forever.
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Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill was an amazing officiant for our wedding and truly made it unique to our needs. My family and friends even commented to us afterwards and the weeks following the wedding on how wonderful the ceremony was and how it fit our personalities perfectly. I would highly recommend Rev. Bill.
Rev. Bill was an amazing officiant for our wedding and truly made it unique to our needs. My family and friends even Read more...
Rev. Bill was an amazing officiant for our wedding and truly made it unique to our needs. My family and friends even commented to us afterwards and the weeks following the wedding on how wonderful the ceremony was and how it fit our personalities perfectly. I would highly recommend Rev. Bill. Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Helena and Steve - Thank you for your kind review. Nothing delights me more than helping a couple create the perfect wedding ceremony that reflects and honors who they are. I am glad that you wedding was all that you wanted and more! I wish you many wonderful tomorrows - Rev. Bill
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Brooke
Wedding:
6/3/2016
5.0/5.0
Where do I begin to praise Bill for making our wedding ceremony perfect?!? He took time to get to know us which allowed him to make the ceremony personal. He was friendly, engaging, and flexible. He took our needs into consideration and worked with us till our ceremony was perfect! My family and friends kept talking about how fantastic he was. If you want personalization and a beautiful ceremony use Bill!
Where do I begin to praise Bill for making our wedding ceremony perfect?!? He took time to get to know us which allowed Read more...
Where do I begin to praise Bill for making our wedding ceremony perfect?!? He took time to get to know us which allowed him to make the ceremony personal. He was friendly, engaging, and flexible. He took our needs into consideration and worked with us till our ceremony was perfect! My family and friends kept talking about how fantastic he was. If you want personalization and a beautiful ceremony use Bill! Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Hi Brooke and Josh - Thank you for your gracious review. I was so very honored to work with you and to help create your voice to celebrate your wedding. I've worked with lots of couples - and your graciousness, balance, and maturity -- stand out. From the wonderful community center that you selected as your wedding venue to our "work around" for a unity candle (a last minute run to CVS for 3 votive candles), you were just amazing. Thank you so very much for allow me to journey with you into marriage. Blessing always - Rev. Bill
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Chau
Wedding:
5/29/2016
5.0/5.0
Bill has been a pleasure to work with. His process for creating and customizing our wedding ceremony was straightforward and easy - and most important stress free. My parents who are hard to please loved the readings from the ceremony (and wanted a copy) and many guests came to us after the ceremony letting us know there wasn't a dry eye in the house because the ceremony was so beautiful. Bill helped us create a memorable ceremony and my new husband and I highly recommend his services!
Bill has been a pleasure to work with. His process for creating and customizing our wedding ceremony was straightforward Read more...
Bill has been a pleasure to work with. His process for creating and customizing our wedding ceremony was straightforward and easy - and most important stress free. My parents who are hard to please loved the readings from the ceremony (and wanted a copy) and many guests came to us after the ceremony letting us know there wasn't a dry eye in the house because the ceremony was so beautiful. Bill helped us create a memorable ceremony and my new husband and I highly recommend his services! Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Hi Chau and Ted - Thank you for your gracious review. I loved working with you and I'm so happy that the ceremony that we created together was all that you wanted and more. Even if we never meet again, we will have a connection that will last a lifetime. I wish you a lifetime of happiness - Bill
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Private User
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
We had the most amazing experience with Bill!! I had more than one person come up to me at the end of our ceremony telling me it was the best ceremony they had ever attended. His words were so beautiful and it was such a perfect balance between the traditional & religious ceremony we wanted, but also with some more spiritual and personal touches. He was so easy to communicate with, flexible and extremely organized. He truly made our ceremony unforgettable. We couldn't be happier!! Thank you so much Bill :)
We had the most amazing experience with Bill!! I had more than one person come up to me at the end of our ceremony telling Read more...
We had the most amazing experience with Bill!! I had more than one person come up to me at the end of our ceremony telling me it was the best ceremony they had ever attended. His words were so beautiful and it was such a perfect balance between the traditional & religious ceremony we wanted, but also with some more spiritual and personal touches. He was so easy to communicate with, flexible and extremely organized. He truly made our ceremony unforgettable. We couldn't be happier!! Thank you so much Bill :) Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Daniella and Anthony - Thank you so very much for your review. I loved working wth you and I'm thrilled that the ceremony that we developed together was a hit! Whitehall Manor was a beautiful venue. We were so lucky, the rain stopped to allow us to have an outdoor wedding and then began again at the end of the ceremony! What a wonderful sign for your marriage. Thank you again for selected me as your officiant. Warm wishes for a lifetime of joy - Rev. Bill
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev Bill did a fantastic job at our April 2 ceremony. Both my wife and I were looking for an officiant who would get to know a little bit about us, blend in some traditional ceremony customs, customize the traditions we wanted added and to perform a ceremony we’d both remember. Rev Bill delivered on all of the above. Our ceremony mixed in traditions from both our families and we had many comments after about what a great and “us” ceremony it was. We want to thank Rev. Bill for working with us over several months to get everything just as we wanted and then his 5 minute speech about us and marriage was perfect. As mentioned we had several people comment on our ceremony, we highly recommend Rev. Bill and want to say thank you to him.
Rev Bill did a fantastic job at our April 2 ceremony. Both my wife and I were looking for an officiant who would get to Read more...
Rev Bill did a fantastic job at our April 2 ceremony. Both my wife and I were looking for an officiant who would get to know a little bit about us, blend in some traditional ceremony customs, customize the traditions we wanted added and to perform a ceremony we’d both remember. Rev Bill delivered on all of the above. Our ceremony mixed in traditions from both our families and we had many comments after about what a great and “us” ceremony it was. We want to thank Rev. Bill for working with us over several months to get everything just as we wanted and then his 5 minute speech about us and marriage was perfect. As mentioned we had several people comment on our ceremony, we highly recommend Rev. Bill and want to say thank you to him. Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Malynda and Bryan - Thank you for your gracious review. I am so pleased that the wedding ceremony we designed together was all that you wanted and more. I love weddings with blended traditions and yours was certainly one with the groomsmen in kilts and the Filipino wedding cord! I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and joy. -- Rev. Bill
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Patrick
Wedding:
2/20/2016
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill was incredibly easy to work with. We very much enjoyed making our ceremony the best it could be. He was responsive and flexible when it came to changes to our script. He delivered a wonderful ceremony that everyone enjoyed. I received a lot of positive feedback from our guests that just loved our ceremony and loved how Rev. Bill delivered it. It was such a pleasure working with him and we suggest his services to anyone we talk to. Thank you!
Rev. Bill was incredibly easy to work with. We very much enjoyed making our ceremony the best it could be. He was Read more...
Rev. Bill was incredibly easy to work with. We very much enjoyed making our ceremony the best it could be. He was responsive and flexible when it came to changes to our script. He delivered a wonderful ceremony that everyone enjoyed. I received a lot of positive feedback from our guests that just loved our ceremony and loved how Rev. Bill delivered it. It was such a pleasure working with him and we suggest his services to anyone we talk to. Thank you! Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Hi Jill and Patrick - Thank you for your wonderful review. It was such an honor to support you over the past few months as we developed your ceremony. And weren't we lucky? 61 degrees on your Feb. 20th wedding day allowing us to have the ceremony outside! I wish you both a lifetime of happiness - Rev. Bill
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Cheryl
Wedding:
1/10/2016
5.0/5.0
Bill was wonderful to work with. He was very professional, organized, and spiritual. The ceremony he created, with my husband and I, was perfect. Our family and friends were very complimentary of how original and authentic the ceremony was. They were amazed that we found him via the internet. No regrets whatsoever. Thank you so much Bill!!!
Bill was wonderful to work with. He was very professional, organized, and spiritual. The ceremony he created, with my Read more...
Bill was wonderful to work with. He was very professional, organized, and spiritual. The ceremony he created, with my husband and I, was perfect. Our family and friends were very complimentary of how original and authentic the ceremony was. They were amazed that we found him via the internet. No regrets whatsoever. Thank you so much Bill!!! Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Cheryl and John - Thank you for your very kind review. Nothing makes me happier than to know that the ceremony that we developed together was all that you. your family and friends wanted and more. I wish you every happiness. -- Rev. Bill
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Kelly
Wedding:
11/7/2015
5.0/5.0
Bill obviously cares about his role in a wedding and takes it very seriously. He has plenty of materials to help plan your ceremony and is very responsive to e-mail when you are planning. This makes the whole process easy and stress-free. He responded almost instantly to drafts of ceremony readings and our vows. Day of, he had extra copies of readings and had a wonderful speech for our ceremony. Thank you!
Bill obviously cares about his role in a wedding and takes it very seriously. He has plenty of materials to help plan your Read more...
Bill obviously cares about his role in a wedding and takes it very seriously. He has plenty of materials to help plan your ceremony and is very responsive to e-mail when you are planning. This makes the whole process easy and stress-free. He responded almost instantly to drafts of ceremony readings and our vows. Day of, he had extra copies of readings and had a wonderful speech for our ceremony. Thank you! Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Hello Kelly and Tom - Thank you for your very kind review. I am delighted when couples let me know that I helped manage the process easily and produced a ceremony that was distinctly their own. Enjoy your first Thanksgiving together as husband and wife. Warm wishes - Rev. Bill

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