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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings

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

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703-951-7090

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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.

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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes. I officiate at weddings in many locations both inside and outdoors. The choice is totally yours. The beach, the mountains, hotels, museums and private homes are all wonderful options. The Greater Washington DC area provides many exciting venues.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
That is up to you. I can wear an alb and stole (common worship and liturgical attire); a clergy shirt and dark suit (clerical look); or a suit and tie (common business look).
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
I work with each couple to develop a highly-personalized wedding ceremony. Each ceremony is unique with complete flexibility regarding wording, style, readings, vows, exchange of rings, and other common traditions.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Absolutely!
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
Yes, for both Biblical and contemporary readings.
How long are your ceremonies?
On average, between 20-30 minutes.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No. That decision is entirely your own.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Absolutely and it is included in the fee.

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Francisco
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill was an amazing officiant and made our wedding truly memorable. He was a joy to work with in crafting our ceremony. His personal reflection during the ceremony was amazing and we were truly touched -- as were our guests. Rev. Bill seemed truly excited and happy to officiate our wedding and that permeates everything he does. Thanks Rev. Bill!
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Kaitlyn and Francisco – Thank you for your very kind review. I loved working with you both. Together, we created a ceremony that reflected who you are to each other and the love that you share. I loved the addition to the Nuptial Blessing that you added: “May you always feel that what you have is enough.” There is such wisdom in this sentiment. I so appreciate being invited to officiate at your wedding. Blessings – Rev. Bill
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Rachel
Wedding:
4/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill exceeded our every expectation we had for an officiant for our ceremony. He was an advisor to us before our wedding, worked with us extensively to create the ceremony of our dreams, all in addition to officiating the most beautiful, touching, and heartfelt ceremony we ever could have imagined.

Bill had just returned from a trip to Italy right before our wedding weekend and actually had sustained quite a serious fall. He profusely apologized to us for the bandaid on his forehead and he had a black eye as well. The fact that Bill was concerned that we may be upset with the way that he looked on our wedding day was touching. We were moved beyond words that he still came and officiated such a lovely ceremony despite the immense amount of pain he was in. This should tell you what kind of person he is. He always thinks about others above himself.

Regarding your ceremony, Bill will not let you down. Guests came up to us after the wedding to tell us that every time Bill spoke they were moved to tears. Your ceremony will be beautiful, joyous, moving, happy, and light. You should have no hesitations to hire him.

In reference to Bill as a person and dealing with him before the wedding.... I cannot emphasize enough that Bill was the best decision my husband and I ever made. Our ceremony was one thing we did not need to worry about. He kept us on track and organized. He respected the fact that it was an interfaith wedding and worked hard to incorporate both faiths and work with the Rabbi. He reminded us to bring our marriage license. He even kept in contact with our wedding planner.

We couldn't be more pleased with Rev. Bill. We feel that in life you do not come across people this kind, generous, and life changing often. We couldn't of imagined anybody else officiating our wedding.

Rachel & Greg
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Rachel and Greg – Thank you for your very gracious review. It was truly my honor and joy to co-officiate at your wedding. I am so happy that you were pleased with the highly-personalized wedding ceremony that we jointly developed over a number of months. I love interfaith weddings and the richness that various faith traditions can bring to a true celebration. While there may be one God, clearly there are many, many paths. As Greg begins his medical residency and you both soon relocate to South Carolina, I wish you every blessing and happiness. Thank you so very much for inviting me to officiate at your wedding. Warm regards – Rev. Bill
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Satya
Wedding:
3/21/2014
5.0/5.0
When we decided to get married, we needed to find an officiant for our wedding, because for each of us, our faith is important to us. We did plenty of research and when we came across Reverend Bill, we felt like he might be a good fit for what we wanted. We met with Reverend Bill first and we both left that meeting feeling really good as Reverend Bill truly enjoys celebrating the love of two people coming together.

Throughout the entire process, we spoke with Bill several times on the phone as he worked to get to really know us because this wasn't like a situation where either of us had a church we were regularly attending at the time. Bill also sent us a workbook, which my wife and I used to learn a little bit more about each other. The book asked questions we'd kind of knew the answers to already, but hadn't sat down and discussed.

The ceremony itself was great, and a very unique experience as it was tailored to my wife and me, rather than a cookie-cutter script.

I highly recommend Rev. Bill and thank him for all he's done for us.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Kelly and Satya – Thank you for your very kind review. I LOVED working with you and so enjoyed getting to know you as a couple. There is just such love, chemistry and connection between you both. Kelly – you were such a beautiful bride. AND, I so enjoyed your bridal party – we truly had fun both before and after the ceremony. I can’t adequately thank you for selecting me to officiate at your wedding. We now have this wonderful connection for the rest of our lives. I wish you a lifetime of joy! --- Warmly, Rev. Bill
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
His planning technique for the ceremony--script, vow choices, reading selection, etc...--makes the experience almost seamless.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

I'm thrilled that the process was easy and the ceremony was all the you wanted and more.
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Jade
Wedding:
1/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Bill made the whole process very easy. We didn't know what we were doing, but he was accomodating and able to easily tailor the ceremony to meet our needs/desires for a Catholic style wedding. He was very responsive and able to quickly make revisions to the wedding ceremony script. He gave us a beautiful ceremony, without us having to stress about it. Highly recommended.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Jade and Andrew - Thank you so very much for your kind review. Working on your ceremony was a joy! We made a great team. I loved your wedding and the Rust Manor in Leesburg, VA made for a wonderful and intimate setting. Enjoy your honeymoon in Japan and Thailand. - Warmly, Rev. Bill
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Freeman was a fantastic officiant! We were so glad he participated in our wedding. He helped us through the process from start to finish and let us make the ceremony as customized (or not) as we wanted. He was professional and prompt in interactions, kind and thoughtful, and wrote a short piece for our ceremony that showed he really got us, even while knowing us only a short time!
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Sarah and Doug - Thank you for your very kind review. I loved working with you. The wedding ceremony that we developed was so unique -- and the readings were the most unique ever! Nothing could have been better than to be married by candlelight on New Year's Eve at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborside Hotel. I wish you a lifetime of happiness. -- Warmly - Rev. Bill
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mary
Wedding:
11/30/2013
5.0/5.0
I can't thank Rev Bill enough for the wonderful ceremony he performed for my daughter and her husband. He took the time to get to know them before and was able to personalize the ceremony.
It made me so very happy that Rev. Bill came to the hotel to perform the wedding.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Mrs. Brown - Thank you for your very kind comments. It was such a pleasure to be part of Melissa and Kevin's wedding. The Hilton McLean Tysons Corner was just a magnificent wedding venue. I wish you and the happy couple every blessing - Rev. Bill
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Melissa
Wedding:
11/30/2013
5.0/5.0
We HIGHLY recommend Bill as a wedding officiant! He did such a fantastic job at our wedding ceremony and included so many personal details that family members thought we had known Bill for years! The wedding ceremony was perfect as we are very happy to have had Bill make our day so special.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Melissa and Dan - Thank you so very much for your kind review. I loved working with you both. You are an awesome couple and I know that you'll have a lifetime of joy and happiness. Warmest wishes for a wonderful 2014. We have a connection for the rest of our lives - Bill
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Katherine
Wedding:
11/1/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were looking for a Wedding Officiant who was willing to combine his Catholic faith with my non-traditional Christian faith. When we first started the search, we were unsure we would find someone. But then we came across Reverend Freeman and we knew he was the one. He worked closely with us to create a personalized ceremony that pleased both of our families as well as Daniel and I. We could not have asked for a better wedding ceremony. It was beautiful and heart-felt, with just the right amount of traditional and non-traditional pieces. Revered Freeman helped us to take our first steps as husband and wife. We are truly thankful that he was a part of our special day.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Katie and Dan – Thanks so much for your review and kind words. Your wedding was awesome. I loved how you both showed up at your rehearsal in Halloween costumes and Dan with a “ball and chain!” You were so wonderful to work with. I can’t say enough about the awesome venue with the autumn leaves as a beautiful background. I was so deeply moved by your tribute to your families. Many wonderful wishes for a lifetime of happiness. Warmly – Rev. Bill
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Scott
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife and I sought out Rev. Bill because we were looking for someone who would perform a brief, secular, and progressive service, while including a prayer and some Catholic touches (my wife was raised Catholic, but we are not practicing). Rev. Bill fit the bill perfectly.

Before our first phone call was finished, we knew Rev. Bill was the officiant for us. He immediately set us at ease, which is important for two people who are normally averse to being the center of attention. Other officiants we'd spoken to had a number of packages with increasing levels of customization and price, but Rev. Bill promised to deliver a heartfelt and personalized ceremony at an affordable price.

Once we started working on our ceremony, Rev. Bill was exactly what we needed -- he was prompt and responsive to us as we waffled between adding and removing different aspects of the ceremony. The questionnaires and documents he provided to us were incredibly helpful. Before we started the process of creating a ceremony, we had few concrete ideas for what things should look like. The finalized text was touching and elegant.

On to the ceremony: Rev. Bill was a calming force who knew exactly what to do. He was gracious with our families and all of our guests who came up to him afterwards to thank him for such a beautiful ceremony. Many guests told us it was one of the best ceremonies they'd ever heard. His reflections (which he kept secret from us until the day of) were touching, funny, and represented my wife's and my relationship perfectly.

All in all, we could not have asked for a better experience working with Rev. Bill. The ceremony, which my wife and I were probably most anxious about when we started the planning process, turned out to be the most memorable part of our day. We are incredibly thankful to Rev. Bill for his services, and we can't thank him enough.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Kate and Scott – Thank you so very much for your kind review. I am committed that all of the weddings that I am honored to officiate are unique and highly personalized telling the couple’s story. I am so happy that you were pleased. As I said both to you and your parents – you’ve got that magic that will last a lifetime and you parents have provided you with wonderful examples of loving, committed and long-term marriages. You are on very solid ground. We have connection for the rest of our lives. I am so happy for you! – Blessing, Rev. Bill
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Sabrina
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill gave us a highly personalized service and sermon. Through his services we were able to have a personalized ceremony that was also religious make us and religious family members happy. Many guests gave us compliments on our choice of officiant. I would highly recommend Bill. He was not only great on our wedding day, but also made sure that he involved us every step of the way in planning a ceremony that would be meaningful to us and at the same time very personalized.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Hi Sabrina and Dario - Thank you so very much for your review. I so enjoyed working with you both and being invited to tell you story to your guests. I appreciated Dario's organization skills - especially at the rehearsal! Remember, rain on your wedding day is good luck. But you don't need luck, you have each other. Blessings - Bill
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Lisa
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
We highly recommend Bill as a wedding officiant. As promised, Bill helped us create a highly personalized, memorable wedding ceremony. His detailed questionnaire allowed us to customize our ceremony to be exactly what we envisioned on our wedding day. We saw many smiles and happy tears during our beautiful ceremony. Thank you, Bill!
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Lisa and Ken - Thanks for your review. I loved working with you both. Your venue, family and guests were wonderful. We could all feel the love and commitment you have for each other. I wish you a lifetime of health and happiness. Warmly - Rev. Bill
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Leigh
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill was quick to respond to emails and made the wedding ceremony planning process easy and stress free. Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful and we received so many compliments from our guests on how heartfelt it was!
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Leigh and Dan - Thanks for your review. I am so very happy that the ceremony we jointly developed spoke your story in a unique way to your wedding guests. We have a connection for the rest of life. Many happy wishes!
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Private User
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill was wonderful to work with. He guided us through the whole process of planning the ceremony and made sure that it fit what both of us were looking for. He made everything so easy. The final product was exactly what we were looking for. The Ceremony was so personalized that people assumed we had known each other for years. Thank you Bill for everything :)
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Alli and Joe – When two very special people meet I think the angels dance in heaven. You are certainly both a love that was meant to be. The wedding ceremony that we developed was spectacular. The Congressional Country Club in Bethesda was such a classy place. And luckily, it didn’t rain! Thanks so much for selecting me to officiate at your wedding. Now with your guests gone, have a wonderful honeymoon in Italy! I wish you a lifetime of happiness.
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James & Carol
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
We are so happy we decided to have Bill as our officiant! I am Catholic & my husband is not so it was difficult to find something that would be a good fit for both of us. Bill immediately impressed us with his professionalism and responsiveness. He went above and beyond to make sure we had the ceremony that we wanted and he took time to get to know who we were as a couple sot hat he could make our day very personalized. I had multiple guests comment on how great Bill was and people were saying that the ceremony was a great reflection of our story as a couple. If you're looking for a personalized experience with someone who is very reliable and truly cares about the couples he marries, I would definitely recommend Bill!
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Carol and James – Thanks for the wonderful review. You were married at one of my favorite venues – Merriweather Manor in Leesburg, VA. While it rained during the rehearsal earlier on your wedding day – God’s grace shinned of you with beautiful sunlight for your ceremony. Your guests were so gracious. I can’t adequately thank you for inviting me into your lives and allowing me to officiate at your wedding. We have a bond for the rest of our lives. I wish you both every happiness – Warmly, Bill
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Meagan
Wedding:
7/26/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I couldn't be happier that we had Bill officiate at our wedding ceremony. The ceremony was beautiful---it was personal, touching, and even humorous at times. Our guests keep talking about how wonderful it was. Bill was a pleasure to work with. He is timely and efficient. His process for creating the ceremony was easy and fun.

My husband and I are both Catholic but we wanted to have our ceremony at the same location as our reception in DC. My grandmother initially expressed disappointment at my decision not to get married in the church but after the ceremony, she kept talking about how beautiful it was. She said she had never been to a ceremony that was so personal and joyful.

Bill made our wedding truly memorable. I highly recommend him if you want an officiant who truly goes above and beyond to make your day special and unique.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Meagan and Tim – I loved working with you. Together, I think we hit it out of the park. I know that your grandmother was concerned and I’m so pleased that she was happy. But most of all --- I am delighted that you were happy. As I said on Friday, you were a most amazing couple. From the first time we met, I could just see it in your eyes. Go forth and prosper! I know you’ll have an amazing life because you are just such amazing and in love people.
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Melissa
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
We are so thankful to Rev. Bill for all of his time and effort he put into our wedding. My husband and I are both Catholic but our ceremony was held outdoors. By choosing Progressive Catholic we were able to have a beautiful ceremony that not only included our Catholic traditions, but was completely customized to our personal story! We highly recommend for ANY wedding.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Melissa and Omar – What a wonderful wedding! I am still picture in my mind meeting you the first time and seeing that very special love between you both. Omar, I know that you waited for Melissa your whole life and Melissa I know that you feel the same. Celebrations at the Bay was a wonderful venue. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. We have a special connection for the rest of our lives. Thank you.
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/4/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill was really great! We wanted to blend a more laid back, outdoor ceremony with a traditional catholic ceremony and he helped us achieve exactly what we were looking for. He was very responsive to all of our questions, usually emailing back within minutes. He helped us craft a script of our ceremony that was perfect for us and exactly what we wanted. He was very attentive to both our requests and our parents requests (they wanted a traditional catholic service in the church and we did not). I wasn't sure if the blending of the two requests could be done, but Bill made the process look easy! The end result was that both us and our families were very pleased with the ceremony!

While writing our ceremony script, Bill took time to get to know us and then add personal touches to the ceremony, which was appreciated. He also went back and forth a few times with the script until we were happy with the entire script. Bill was attentive and good at gently reminding me that I missed deadlines (planning does get stressful - it happens to the best of us). Overall, both us and our parents are very grateful for Bill's hard work and providing a beautiful ceremony.

As a side note, I was concerned with cost for the wedding and we looked at less expensive officiant options (ie. $50 civil servant). But you get what you pay for and I am so happy that we decided to go with Bill. He is heartfelt, warm, and a positive light in your ceremony. You won't be disappointed.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Sarah and Matt – Thank you so very much for your very kind words. I loved working with you both. It was such an honor to help you create the ceremony of your dreams and to tell your love story at your wedding. Your wedding venue was beautiful but only matched by you and your guests. I wish you every happiness. I can’t thank you enough for selecting me to officiate at your wedding. Blessings, always - Bill
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Maryann
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
On June 22, 2013, Reverend Bill officiated at my daughter's wedding. One of the most memorable parts of the day was the beautiful, personal, and extremely well prepared ceremony. Rev. Bill is a kind, wonderful man and it shows in his delivery and demeanor. He helped to make my daughter's wedding day - perfect! Thank you Rev. Bill and God Bless!
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Patricia and James -- Thank you for your kind review. I so enjoyed your wedding and the University of Mary Washington was a wonderful venue. I wish you happiness always.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Bill was absolutely wonderful. We could not have asked for a better ceremony!!
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your kind comments. It was such an honor to be part of your wonderful day. I wish you every happiness.
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Lindsey
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill was amazing! It was such a pleasure to work with him, he was so open and positive during the whole experience. I am Catholic and my husband is not, and we owned a home before marriage so marriage in the Catholic Church was not possible. I still wanted a lot of the tradition I grew up with and Bill was able to merge our two faiths into one ceremony that absolutely matched our personalities and what we wanted for our day. Thank you so much Bill for being part of our day"
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Lindsey and Max - what can I say. You were an amazing couple to work with. Your ceremony was so unique with a hawk actually flying in to deliver the rings! How cool was that! I wish you both every happiness.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My wife and I were married recently in Arlington, VA, and Reverend William (Bill) J. Freeman was our officiant. Bill did a fantastic job and was an absolute pleasure to work with. He really loves what he does, and you can feel it in the quality and effort he puts into his work. Weddings can be a lot of work, depending on what you're planning, and Bill's positive attitude and attention to detail really, really helped us during the process. Originally, my wife (being Catholic) and I were going to marry in a Church. But because we live and work in Arlington, where life is hustle-bustle more often than not, the church concept became increasingly challenging due to elderly guests, traffic, timing, cost, etc. We ended up having our ceremony in the same location as the reception, and being able to have a Catholic ceremony onsite with Bill was an option we hadn't previously envisioned. Bill really made our wedding perfect, because his progressive, flexible attitude made for a ceremony that was more aligned with the times, personalized, and accommodating. He took the time to get to know us beforehand and his words during the ceremony were very kind and very beautiful. As I write this I am looking over at a picture on my desk of my wife and I on our wedding day. We are at the alter (so to speak) and Reverend Bill is standing next to us. We feel very fortunate to have met such a wonderful person and to have had him play such an integral part in our union. So if you're reading this, then best of luck at your wedding and God bless!
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Christine and Philip - Thank you for your very kind review. I loved working with you both and I’m so very happy that the ceremony that we jointly developed was all that you hoped for and more. The wedding rehearsal and reception at Philip’s parents home was wonderful. I so enjoyed the guests and the wonderful banter with so many childhood stories to share. Christine you were an amazingly beautiful bride (and Philip you were very handsome too!). I can’t thank you enough for the honor of being invited to share in your wonderful day. We will have a special connection for the rest of our lives. Blessings, always - Bill
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev Bill was very responsive and accommodated our last minute request. He provided great help through out the process and customized our wedding.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Sarah - I am so very glad that the weather cleared so that we could have the ceremony outside on the lake. The dove release was so unique. I can't thank you and Rahul enough. Blessings for a lifetime of happiness.
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Rahul
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Loved the personalized service and guidance from the Reverent. Timely and respectful. Thank you for a great wedding service.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Rahul, Thanks for your kind words. I loved the blending of Catholicism and Hindu traditions. Your guests were just wonderful with such a spirit of joy. Thank you so very much for inviting me to share in your special day.
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Kate
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill was so incredibly supportive and helpful throughout the entire process. We planned the wedding from across the country, and Bill was understanding and awesome with his gentle reminders. He kept us on track!

The ceremony itself was incredibly beautiful - we both received many compliments afterwards. Bill worked with us both as we tried to make a ceremony that reflected us as both an interfaith (Catholic and Methodist) and same-sex couple.

There are lots of things I would have done differently for my wedding, but choosing Bill was definitely not one of them.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Kate and Kendra – Thanks for your review. It was truly my honor to be invited to officiate at your wedding. Your friends and family were just wonderful and so supportive. Getting married by the pond at Kate’s family home was awesome. In a special way, thank you for the living reminder that all love is equal and precious beyond measure. Congratulations!
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Ray
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill was amazing. He made our wedding ceremony such a memorable event. He was such a proffesional and very flexible. He kept in touch with my wife and I almost every week through emails or calls this made the whole wedding ceremony process smooth and less stressful, thanks again Rev. Bill!!
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Pat and Ray - Thanks for your very kind words. I loved working with you both. Your Leonardtown, Maryland venue overlooking the Chesapeake Bay was inspiring. I can't thank you enough for inviting me to officiate at your wedding. Have a wonderful life together.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Bill Freeman is an excellent choice if you are looking for an officiant who is very accommodating to different beliefs, faith traditions, and venues. His communication is prompt and thorough throughout the entire process. Bill makes the process solely about the couple, designs a custom ceremony for the couple, and does not project his expectations, but acts as a guide during the planning process. Having been an officiant many times before, Bill's diverse experience provides guidance, working aids, and a customized ceremony for any couple. With all the stress that can come with planning a wedding, why not select an officiant that is affordable, accommodating, and easy to work with throughout the entire process? We highly recommend Bill Freeman to be the officiant for your wedding.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Sarah and John – You guys rock! Getting married before a baseball game at Nationals Park was the most innovative wedding venue ever. And wearing red Nat’s t-shirts instead of the traditional tuxedo and wedding dress was so unique. I wish you a lifetime of happiness and fun – you certainly have a running head start.
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Kristin
Wedding:
12/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Reverend Freeman was the perfect choice to officiate our wedding. He was so warm and loving, and his words were the perfect fit to our ceremony. I truly felt like he had known us for years! He was very attentive to our wishes, and made sure he and I spoke several times before the ceremony to make sure we were comfortable with everything. Our family from out of town was shocked to learn that he had not been our minister for years, given his kind words about our relationship. We really could not have been more blessed to have had Reverend Freeman lead our ceremony. Thank you a million times, Bill, and see you at our vow renewal someday! :)
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Kristin and Nick – Thank you so very much for your kind review. And a thousand thanks for inviting me to officiate at your wedding. You were such a beautiful couple and your family and friends were so very happy for you. When we find that special someone it makes life so worth living. Loving and being loved allows us to be all that we can be and more. Definitely put me down for your vow renewal ceremony. Blessings always - Bill
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Eric
Wedding:
11/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill helped us to personalize the ceremony so that the attendees really understood the depth of our commitment to each other. There was nothing banal or formulaic- it conveyed our particular experience and commitments to each other in a very personal manner. Several of the male attendees had tears in there eyes.

During dinner and the reception, Bill bonded with our family and friends and left a terrific impression.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Eric and Melissa – Thanks for your review. I was so deeply touched by you as a couple. I am very happy that after the long journey of life, you found each other. You were a delight to work with and I really liked your family and friends. There was such joy at your wedding. At the reception toast, Melissa’s son summed it up so well: “Love is a moment that last forever.” Thanks again for letting me share in your special day. Warmly - Bill
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
It was such a blessing to meet Bill and have him officiate our wedding. We are a Muslim/Catholic couple, and while many may have trouble with that combination, Bill welcomed us with open arms and was extremely happy for us. Bill has a gentle nature and is full of hope. He is very organized, sensitive to our requests, and always on time. Bill also created a list of options for the ceremony that makes it easy to select sayings, readings, vows, etc while still allowing us to create a ceremony that was personable. Friends of mine who were getting married at the same time in different states by different officiants actually said they wished their officiant was as organized and kind as Bill. We received a lot of nice praise about his ceremony from our wedding guests. One last note, Bill surprised us with a card and a small gift to help my husband and I get to know each other better--just a couple indications of his willingness to go above and beyond!
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Dana and Nabeel – I love interfaith weddings and the blending of different faith traditions. One God --- many, many paths. It was such a pleasure to work with you both. I am so very happy that your wedding ceremony was all that you wanted and more. I experienced such richness in your relationship and know that you are soul mates that were destined for one another. I wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness.
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Terri
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill is an extremely professional and compassionate priest. We couldn't have asked for a better officiant for our wedding. We were a bit nervous at first because we wanted a Catholic wedding without the formal Mass and weren't sure if it would be possible. Bill was so willing to meet with us to talk things through, answer all of our questions, and put us at ease. We knew he was the perfect choice for our wedding after that first discussion. We were comfortable talking to him and he was really interested in getting to know us.

In the months leading up to the wedding, Bill kept us on schedule and guided us through each step we needed to complete. We had more conversations (over the phone and via email) to personalize our ceremony, and in the end, everything turned out beautifully.

Bill, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful and personal wedding ceremony!

-Terri and Curt
Services Used: Officiant
Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Hi Terri and Curt – Thanks for the review and thank you for inviting me to officiate at your wedding. You are an amazing couple. To have met during your freshman year at Tufts University and dated for seven years is awesome! I am so impressed with your commitment to social justice. Your wedding was beautiful; your family and friends were just so happy for you both. I wish you a wonderful life together. Blessings to you both!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Coming from a couple with 2 disparate faiths, we were happy to have found Progressive Catholic Weddings on WeddingWire. Bill was great to work with and could not have asked for anyone else to be the officiant at our wedding. Extremely responsive to all our communications, our requests, and extremely flexible. We added a last minute portion to our ceremony and Bill was more than happy to include it into our ceremony. He was extremely patient with what I thought was a disfunctional rehearsal, but ultimately, it all came together...and he was reassuring that everything would be wonderful when the time came. Unlike the traditional Catholic wedding, we were happy that the ceremony itself was only 35mins long. Long enough to make an impact, but short enough to ensure no one fell asleep. All in all, I would recommend Progressive Catholic Weddings to anyone of the Catholic faith that doesn't want, nor truly care, to have an official sign off from the guy in Rome to add significance to your special day. Thanks again Bill!
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Edmer and Southida – The blending of Catholic and Filipino traditions was wonderful. Together we created a ceremony that honored your individual beliefs while telling your story in a unique and personal way. You were both great to work with and from our first meeting I could see how in love you were and are. Your two nieces were so cute as flower girls. It was such an honor to officiate at your wedding. As with all love stories, the best is yet to come.
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Maureen
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
We wanted to have a catholic priest marry us outside of the church. I approached my childhood church, one where I went to school from K-8!!! They said no. Catholic priests would not wed outside of church. uuuuummmm ok. So, I began surfing the web. Found a bishop close to my mom's home who was booked and recommended Rev. Bill. OK, Rev. Bill...the BEST!!!!!!! We are in Jersey, Rev. Bill is in Virginia. We did not meet until the day before our wedding but it was like we already knew one another! Bill is great with emails and writing/re-writing the ceremony! What I loved about working with Bill was that his response was always, this is YOUR ceremony and I want it to be what YOU want it to be. And...it was. The absolutely perfect ceremony that Angus and I wanted. I am so blessed to have found Angus and we are both grateful and so happy to have found Bill. I could not imagine anything more perfect!!!!
Services Used: Officiant
Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Maureen and Angus -- Thank you for your review. You both will always have a very special place in my heart. Yours is a storybook romance. After Maureen's health challenge and beating breast cancer -- you met Angus. You both are true soulmates. Your wedding ceremony at the Montclair Art Museum with a Georgia O'Keefe exhibit was awesome. There was such love and joy from your friends and family. You were amazing to work with and it was so wonderful to officiate at your wedding and to be invited into your lives. Warmly - Bill
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We met Bill to discuss our Catholic wedding we wanted to have on the same day as our Hindu. The groom's mother is a devout catholic and requested that we have a catholic wedding. I (the bride) am Hindu and we wanted to keep both sides of the family happy so we wanted both weddings. When I contacted Bill he was very warm And easy to talk to. He came and met with both sets of parents and everyone's requested were granted by him regarding the ceremony. He also was very organize and called to follow up any details and get to know the both of us. He waited patiently on the day of the wedding while we were running late and gave an amazing ceremony which mentioned our cultures and details of how we met which meant a lot to us. Words cannot describe how sweet and kind he is and we could not be happier with our ceremony. Thanks Bill!.  Anu and Rishi
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Anu and Rishi – Thank you for the review. I loved working with you both and creating a ceremony that honored both of your faith traditions: Hindu and Catholicism. The hotel was the perfect venue and your guests were so wonderful and happy. Anu, you looked radiant. I loved telling the story of how in the midst of 3-million people bustling in the streets of Manhattan; you managed to bump into each other not once but twice! As I mentioned in my reflections from the Kama Sutra, “when the one man loves the one love woman and the one woman loves the one man, the angels abandon heaven and go sit with the couple and sing for joy.” The angels are still singing. I wish you continued happiness. Warmly - Bill
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Patrick
Wedding:
6/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Freeman helped us write the exact service we wanted. Gave us great ideas and recommendations for prayers. He gave us the freedom to have the service anyway we wanted it. He was extremely professional with the whole process and responded to any email or
Phone call Immeditaly.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Minela and Patrick – You were such a wonderful couple to work with. Thank you for your review. I am so pleased that the ceremony we developed was exactly what you wanted. The Ceresville Mansion in Frederick was a wonderful venue. Your family and friends seemed so happy for you both. I wish you every happiness.
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David
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
We found Bill on The Knot website, I got in touch with him and he met with the two of us and it was an instant connection. Bill shared all of our views and beliefs and was down to earth and realistic. He helped us put together a very personal ceremony with many personal details that made our ceremony beyond what we could have imagined. We had a light hearted ceremony with relatable language and true feelings of how we wanted to express ourselves to the friends and family in attendance. We laughed and cried, it was truly awesome! I couldn't have imagined it without Bill, wish we could do that every week it was such a good time. Bill made a long drive twice for us in the heavy traffic over a holiday weekend, and also during a recovery from a bike accident that left him with stitches and broken bones and he was there for everything for us. Thank you so much Bill. Sincerely, Dave and Christina
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Dave and Christina – Thank you for the review. Getting married on the Chesapeake and having the bride arrive for her wedding by boat was phenomenal. You were a wonderful couple to work with. I am so happy that you and your guests loved the wedding. Together we created a ceremony that told your story, your way with personalized (and hilarious) vows and the letter Christina’s dad wrote to her at her confirmation. I know that he was looking down from heaven beaming with pride and joy. Your wedding pictures were beautiful and I put a couple up on my Facebook site (www.Facebook.com/ProgressiveWeddings). I know that we’ll stay in touch and I can’t wait to baptize your first child. Thank you for inviting me into your lives and into your wedding. Warmly - Bill
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April
Wedding:
5/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill was fantastic to work with from the beginning! He made everything very easy to plan and was readily available to answer any questions we had during the planning process. We chose Bill because we wanted to have a Catholic ceremony but was having our ceremony outside. Bill was very attentive and made sure all of our wants were addressed from the very beginning. He performed a beautiful ceremony that I will remember forever, and everything went off without a hitch!!! All the guests were impressed with the ceremony and loved the love lock. Thank you Bill for making this process easy and less stressful and most of all making it unforgettable!
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

April and Roger – Thank you for the review. It was so wonderful to work with you both. April, your organizational skills are amazing! Together, we created a ceremony that was highly personalized, supported your values and the wishes of your families. Getting married in the middle of a Virginia wine vineyard was awesome, and the LockLock was a wonderful ceremony. I am so honored that you invited me into your lives to sharing in your wedding. I wish you a lifetime of happiness. – Warmly, Bill
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Brittany
Wedding:
6/15/2013
4.9/5.0
Rev. Bill was awesome to work with and made the entire process so easy. He was very organized and detailed-oriented and was extremely focused on making sure our ceremony was a perfect reflection of our unique relationship. I received so many comments from my weddings guests about how great he was and how personalized the service felt. We couldn't be happier with our decision to be married by him!
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Bethany and Max – You folks were wonderful and your wedding was so much fun – and on the foothills of the Blue Hill Mountains. Your “wedding hawk” that delivered the rings in the middle of the ceremony was a showstopper – literally! It was so much fun. I can’t thank you enough for inviting me into your wedding. I know you’ll have an amazing life together.
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Christy
Wedding:
9/22/2012
4.8/5.0
We were very pleased to have selected Bill to officiate our wedding. From our initial meeting, there was a comfort factor that put us at ease. We’ve been to too many weddings were it seemed like the officiant had met the couple 5 minutes before – not so with Bill. Bill highly personalized the ceremony, providing a planning guide to help us design a ceremony that was exactly what we were looking for. He even went over several drafts with us to get the wording just right. Bill took the time to speak with us several times leading up to the wedding, resulting in a ceremony that had a very personal feel. All our guests commented how much they liked the ceremony. We’d highly recommend Bill for weddings of all kinds.
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Christy and Erik - Thank you for your review. I loved working with you both and helping you tell your story through a ceremony that reflected who you are to each other. Your family and friends were so happy -- there was such joy. Christy you were such a beautiful bride! I'd also add that the Merriweather Manor in Leesburg, VA was one of the most spectacular wedding venues I've ever seen. Thank you for inviting me to officiate at your wedding. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. Warmly - Bill
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Maura and Matthew
Wedding:
11/16/2013
4.7/5.0
Rev. Bill was very personable and willing to work with us on creating a ceremony that fit our needs and wants. He provided templates to guide us through each step of the planning process and was able to personalize the ceremony even after not knowing us for very long. Overall, a good experience!
Services Used: Officiant
Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Maura and Matt - Thank you for the kind review. I am so happy to know that the planning ceremony was easy and the final ceremony was what you wanted. It was an honored to officiate at your wedding. Warm wishes for a wonderful life together. -- Rev. Bill
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
Reverend Bill Freeman is a wonderful choice for any couple looking to create the wedding of your dreams! Our ceremony was incredibly personal; both our my families were impressed!! (This speaks volumes as both of our families are religious, and my husband and I aren’t as consistent as we should be about attending church).
We searched for a while to find the right officiant who was going to create the right mood and share in our beliefs. What struck me initially was Bill’s amazing attention to detail on his website and his quick responses to our countless emails. Bill is very thoughtful about the entire process and helps you plan it out step by step. After I spoke with Bill (our initial conversation was about 45 minutes on over the phone) I knew he was the right choice. Bill was incredibly personable and easy to talk to about our vision. He was very flexible and understood the challenges of trying to plan a wedding without having both individuals present as my husband was stationed out of state for several months (Army).
Bill goes to great lengths to provide you with the guidance and support every bride/groom could ever need. With so many details, Bill made it very easy to create the perfect ceremony. He provided us with a framework and a step by step process of how to create our dream wedding!
After we met in person, both my husband and I felt instantly feel at peace –his friendly disposition and genuine passion for what he does made our wedding even more special. Perhaps what we loved best was his kind spirit and warmth prior to and during the ceremony. He also incorporated all of the little details which made the “story of us” lovely to listen to for all to share.
Bill puts a tremendous amount of time and care into his clients. I made changes to our ceremony script more than six times! Yes, more than six times and he did not complain at all…not once! (He has an overwhelming amount of patience). You cannot go wrong :-)
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Jenna and Greg - Thank you so very much for your kind and detailed review. I loved working with you both. Jenna, you had such a wonderful vision of what you wanted and I was only too happy to work to make that happen. I am very happy that you -- and your families -- were pleased. With Greg back from the Army, I trust that you are developing a more predictable married life. Please know what an honor it was to be invited to officiate at your wedding. We now have a connection for the rest of our lives. I wish you both a lifetime of joy and happiness - Warmly, Rev. Bill
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Josh
Wedding:
11/9/2013
4.4/5.0
Bill officiated our wedding at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens on 11/9/13. One side of our family is Catholic, and the other is either Jewish or not religious depending on the day. We needed to find someone who could create a ceremony that was A) not at a church, B) sensitive to our need to incorporate Catholic themes and certain elements into the ceremony, and C) inclusive of guests from all walks of life. Bill helped us put together an absolutely beautiful ceremony that met all of those needs and that people have been complimenting us on ever since. His personal reflections were perfect. He also remained involved and in touch between our initial meetings and the time leading up to the wedding, including by sending us a Christmas card.

Our one criticism would be Bill's approach toward the rehearsal, which in his view was a needless exercise in time wasting since our ceremony venue was not available for the rehearsal. We felt, however, that the rehearsal was still valuable for familiarizing people with timing, spacing, relative placement, etc. Ultimately, we needed to convince him to attend and he was somewhat rushed and brusque during the rehearsal, which concerned some of our friends and family. All of that was forgotten the next day, though, since the actual ceremony was in fact wonderful.

So, overall, Bill was great and we would highly recommend him, but just be prepared on the rehearsal issue.
Services Used: Officiant
Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Amanda and Josh. Thank you for your feedback. I am delighted that you and your guests found the wedding ceremony beautiful. As I promised to you and all my couples, your ceremony would be high personalized, memorial and a reflection of your values. I am so glad that I delivered on this promise.

As you know, there was never an issue with doing the rehearsal. The issue was that it was not at the venue and, in fact, at a restaurant. As I stated, I have never done a rehearsal at a location other than at the actual ceremony venue, an experience that Amanda’s mother shared with me at the rehearsal. I shared my concerns with you and even offered to reduce the final balance in lieu of not having a rehearsal at a restaurant. I even recommended alternative times for an onsite rehearsal.

Nevertheless, I agreed to a restaurant rehearsal and managed it as effectively as possible given a noisy, overly confined space with many uninvolved people. Since I hadn’t been to the wedding venue before and was unable to rehearse in it, on your wedding day I arrived two hours before your ceremony to walk through the venue, meet with your vendors and speak repeatedly to you both and your wedding party.

Thank you for inviting me to officiate at your wedding. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. Warmly - Bill
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.8/5.0
When we first met with Bill, my husband and I were delighted. He was funny, outgoing and really wanted to make our wedding special.

Unfortunately, things got uncomfortable on our rehearsal day when he was short with our wedding coordinator. He was warm to my fiancé and I, but his attitude toward my wedding coordinator made my family and wedding party uneasy and it set a negative tone for the event. My husband said something to him and things got a little better, but I still felt uncomfortable. He had scheduled a wedding that same day and many bridal party members had to take off of work much earlier, which was inconvenient. I hear he no longer schedules rehearsals, so hopefully this problem had been corrected.

Our ceremony was beautiful and my guests all loved it, but our rehearsal experience caused too much negativity for me to leave a lowing review. Therefore, I'd probably recommend Bill, but ONLY if he likes your coordinator. If not, beware. His ego seems to have inflated somewhat since we booked our wedding over a year ago.
Services Used: Officiant
Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Colleen Thank you for your feedback. I’m delighted to hear that you found the ceremony beautiful and the guests enjoyed it, as well! I was disheartened that you were in any way disturbed with the rehearsal and apologize for any perceived misunderstanding on that day. As you can tell probably tell from my other reviews, I certainly pride myself on doing my very best to make sure each couple's day is special and unique.

I wish you and Andrew a lifetime of health and happiness!

Blessing - Rev. Bill

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