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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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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?
<30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
DC, MD, VA

REVIEWS

4.9
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Kristina
Wedding:
8/15/2015
5.0/5.0
Reverend Bill was a god send! Seriously. Back when my husband and I began our wedding planning process we were looking for an officiant who was a good compromise between our two faiths and also understood us as individuals. Being raised from a Catholic background and my husband a Christian/ Protestant faith, we were looking for someone that could incorporate some of the Catholic elements I was used to but still delivered a personal ceremony on a 30 minute time frame and had warmth. Less than a week after our wedding, we did not expect so many people to be commenting and STILL commenting about our ceremony. Not only was it as religious as we wanted, appeased my Catholic family's standards, but it also made a lot of the younger friends of ours who normally overlook the ceremony, reference how "ethereal", "charming" and "absolutely stunning" it was. Not only did Rev. Bill create a beautiful speech about how he had gotten to know us as a couple, but he made a lot of our family and friends' in attendance take notice to the details, readings, and humor he conveyed. He seriously made our ceremony something incredible.
Reverend Bill was a god send! Seriously. Back when my husband and I began our wedding planning process we were looking for Read more...
Reverend Bill was a god send! Seriously. Back when my husband and I began our wedding planning process we were looking for an officiant who was a good compromise between our two faiths and also understood us as individuals. Being raised from a Catholic background and my husband a Christian/ Protestant faith, we were looking for someone that could incorporate some of the Catholic elements I was used to but still delivered a personal ceremony on a 30 minute time frame and had warmth. Less than a week after our wedding, we did not expect so many people to be commenting and STILL commenting about our ceremony. Not only was it as religious as we wanted, appeased my Catholic family's standards, but it also made a lot of the younger friends of ours who normally overlook the ceremony, reference how "ethereal", "charming" and "absolutely stunning" it was. Not only did Rev. Bill create a beautiful speech about how he had gotten to know us as a couple, but he made a lot of our family and friends' in attendance take notice to the details, readings, and humor he conveyed. He seriously made our ceremony something incredible. Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Kristina and Zack - I am truly humbled by your review. My promise to you was that together we would create the wedding of your dreams and that people would walk away deeply moved by your love. Together and over a number of drafts and conversations, we created a ceremony that delivered. My life is enriched by getting to know you and so many other couples who invite me into their lives at such a wonderful time of new beginnings. I thank you and wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness. - Rev Bill.
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Janet
Wedding:
7/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill performed a lovely, personalized service for us. He tapped right into what makes my husband and me tick. The questions he asked us in advance to get a sense of who we are and why we wanted to marry were very illuminating. We were delighted with the ceremony he performed for us.
Rev. Bill performed a lovely, personalized service for us. He tapped right into what makes my husband and me tick. The Read more...
Rev. Bill performed a lovely, personalized service for us. He tapped right into what makes my husband and me tick. The questions he asked us in advance to get a sense of who we are and why we wanted to marry were very illuminating. We were delighted with the ceremony he performed for us. Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Janet and Nick -- No matter what age, when you have found your soulmate, you know it. I am so pleased that you have found each other and was honored to officiate at your wedding. Blessings - Rev. Bill
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Jamie
Wedding:
6/27/2015
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill was a great officiant for our wedding. My husband is a Catholic, while I am not and we wanted to incorporate many of the Catholic traditions into our wedding ceremony. Rev. Bill worked with us to personalize our ceremony and was very flexible in making our ceremony just the way we wanted it and have it reflect our personalities.
Rev. Bill was a great officiant for our wedding. My husband is a Catholic, while I am not and we wanted to incorporate Read more...
Rev. Bill was a great officiant for our wedding. My husband is a Catholic, while I am not and we wanted to incorporate many of the Catholic traditions into our wedding ceremony. Rev. Bill worked with us to personalize our ceremony and was very flexible in making our ceremony just the way we wanted it and have it reflect our personalities. Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Hi Jamie and Jason - Thank you for your kind review. I am so honored that you invited me to work with you to create a personalized wedding ceremony. It was a wonderful day and one that we will share forever. Best to you both - Rev. Bill
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Katie
Wedding:
6/20/2015
5.0/5.0
Working with Bill was amazing! He made planning our ceremony beyond easy, we couldn't have been happier with the process and then how incredible the ceremony was. On the website it mentions how each ceremony is highly personalized and that's no understatement. Some of my friends asked if Bill was our family priest/how many years did we know Bill/etc. When we told them we found him through WeddingWire they were shocked and said that's amazing because it was so personal as though he's known both of us forever! Bill provided everything we needed to plan the most perfect ceremony. We were able to fine tune it and customize it easily - he provided literally everything we needed to make it our own. We're so happy we found him and would absolutely recommend Bill to everyone!
Working with Bill was amazing! He made planning our ceremony beyond easy, we couldn't have been happier with the process Read more...
Working with Bill was amazing! He made planning our ceremony beyond easy, we couldn't have been happier with the process and then how incredible the ceremony was. On the website it mentions how each ceremony is highly personalized and that's no understatement. Some of my friends asked if Bill was our family priest/how many years did we know Bill/etc. When we told them we found him through WeddingWire they were shocked and said that's amazing because it was so personal as though he's known both of us forever! Bill provided everything we needed to plan the most perfect ceremony. We were able to fine tune it and customize it easily - he provided literally everything we needed to make it our own. We're so happy we found him and would absolutely recommend Bill to everyone! Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Katie and Pablo - Thank you for very kind review. But it was you who were amazing; I just helped you tell your story. I loved how you met: Pablo was the leasing agent who helped you select your apartment, Katie. You were both so great to work with and it was so easy and natural to help you tell your story. Everyone was touched that Pablo proposed to you in his native Guatemala and that you returned for your honeymoon! I wish you every joy and happiness. Warmly - Rev. Bill
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William
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Bill was the perfect officiant for our wedding. We came from Catholic and Quaker backgrounds, and he helped us write a ceremony that honored both traditions while also staying true to our beliefs. He was welcoming and approachable from the beginning, and was an integral part of the perfect day. He checked in every few months to make sure we were on track, and we were able to work with the ceremony script to make sure it had the meaning we wanted. On the big day, Bill was on time and ran the ceremony perfectly in concert with our planner. Our friends and family all commented on how much he contributed to the day. We couldn't have been happier with Bill as our officiant, and to have him as part of our wedding day.
Bill was the perfect officiant for our wedding. We came from Catholic and Quaker backgrounds, and he helped us write a Read more...
Bill was the perfect officiant for our wedding. We came from Catholic and Quaker backgrounds, and he helped us write a ceremony that honored both traditions while also staying true to our beliefs. He was welcoming and approachable from the beginning, and was an integral part of the perfect day. He checked in every few months to make sure we were on track, and we were able to work with the ceremony script to make sure it had the meaning we wanted. On the big day, Bill was on time and ran the ceremony perfectly in concert with our planner. Our friends and family all commented on how much he contributed to the day. We couldn't have been happier with Bill as our officiant, and to have him as part of our wedding day. Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Charlotte Ann and Will - Thanks for the kind review. You were so wonderful to work with and had such an amazing story from college until now. The residence was a wonderful venue and there was so much joy and wisdom in the combining of your two faith traditions. I wish you continued happiness - Rev. Bill
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill officiated our multi-faith wedding ceremony on May 17. My husband is Muslim and I'm Catholic. When we first met with Rev. Bill, he was very kind and made an effort to really get to know us. We felt a very good connection with him. He also was very respectful of both of our religions and focused on helping us plan the wedding of our dreams! He is super organized and professional, not to mention very kind and with a good heart. On the day of the wedding, everyone loved the ceremony and every single word and prayer he said. He was also very flexible to let us have an Imam join the celebration with a reflection in the middle of the ceremony. We are very thankful to Rev. Bill because he really understands the beauty of joining the lives of two people from different religions, and he does a great job in helping share that message with others during the ceremony. He made both of our families, coming from two different religious perspectives, feel very comfortable. We wouldn't have found a better person to officiate our wedding. Thank you, Rev. Bill. God bless you!
Rev. Bill officiated our multi-faith wedding ceremony on May 17. My husband is Muslim and I'm Catholic. When we first met Read more...
Rev. Bill officiated our multi-faith wedding ceremony on May 17. My husband is Muslim and I'm Catholic. When we first met with Rev. Bill, he was very kind and made an effort to really get to know us. We felt a very good connection with him. He also was very respectful of both of our religions and focused on helping us plan the wedding of our dreams! He is super organized and professional, not to mention very kind and with a good heart. On the day of the wedding, everyone loved the ceremony and every single word and prayer he said. He was also very flexible to let us have an Imam join the celebration with a reflection in the middle of the ceremony. We are very thankful to Rev. Bill because he really understands the beauty of joining the lives of two people from different religions, and he does a great job in helping share that message with others during the ceremony. He made both of our families, coming from two different religious perspectives, feel very comfortable. We wouldn't have found a better person to officiate our wedding. Thank you, Rev. Bill. God bless you! Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Tatiana and Kemal - Thank you for your very gracious review. It is truly MY honor to have been invited into your wonderful interfaith wedding. As I shared in my reflections, while we believe in one God, clearly there are many, many paths. And the diversity of our world is a reflection of the richness of a God deeply in love with us all. You were so wonderful to work with and your families and friends were just amazing. I wish you a lifetime of happiness. Again, thank you for the honor of walking this journey with you. Warmly - Rev. Bill
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Michael
Wedding:
5/2/2015
5.0/5.0
Bill Freeman was a great officiant for our wedding which combined both catholic and sikh religious traditions. He took great care and was extremely flexible in making our wedding day about us and celebrating us.
Bill Freeman was a great officiant for our wedding which combined both catholic and sikh religious traditions. He took Read more...
Bill Freeman was a great officiant for our wedding which combined both catholic and sikh religious traditions. He took great care and was extremely flexible in making our wedding day about us and celebrating us. Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Ameet and Michael - Thanks for your review! I love interfaith ceremonies and yours was one of the best and in an amazing venue. As medical doctors, thanks for all that you do for so many. Warmly - Rev. Bill
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill was great through the planning process and the wedding ceremony itself. He customized the wedding ceremony for our needs and for our relatives' sensibilities, taking religious considerations into account from both sides of our family.
He met with us and spoke with us over the phone to get to know us and customize the ceremony. He sent us drafts of the ceremony at certain points along the way, to make sure that the ceremony was what we wanted. He was also helpful in reminding us to file for the marriage license, and making sure we had everything in order.

Rev. Bill was also helpful in making recommendations, and when we asked for a photographer recommendation, he recommended a wonderful photographer whom we loved.
Rev. Bill was great through the planning process and the wedding ceremony itself. He customized the wedding ceremony for Read more...
Rev. Bill was great through the planning process and the wedding ceremony itself. He customized the wedding ceremony for our needs and for our relatives' sensibilities, taking religious considerations into account from both sides of our family.
He met with us and spoke with us over the phone to get to know us and customize the ceremony. He sent us drafts of the ceremony at certain points along the way, to make sure that the ceremony was what we wanted. He was also helpful in reminding us to file for the marriage license, and making sure we had everything in order.

Rev. Bill was also helpful in making recommendations, and when we asked for a photographer recommendation, he recommended a wonderful photographer whom we loved. Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Loren and Jamal, Than you for your very kind review. It was so wonderful to be part of your wedding. I am thrilled that together we created the ceremony of your dreams. I wish you every happiness. Rev. Bill
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Natalie
Wedding:
4/18/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had an interfaith wedding last April at National Harbor, and we were so pleased to have Rev. Bill as one of our officiants. The ceremony was personal, it was touching, and it helped solidify a happy and beautiful start to our marriage. We can thank Rev. Bill for this! His experience with interfaith marriages and his strong organization skills helped keep everyone on track with planning a beautiful & meaningful ceremony… He even took time in the planning process to meet with us, and to call us on the phone to get to know us further & discuss our relationship. We were especially pleased because Rev. Bill worked in tandem with the Rabbi who was also officiating. Rev. Bill uses many tools to help craft the ceremony and he respects the type of wedding you are trying to plan. Due to his experience, he is also incredibly helpful in making recommendations to fit certain time parameters. (We had 30 minutes max for our ceremony!) We felt our ceremony ended up very personal, and we loved that we got to be part of the creation process. Everything goes by so quickly on the wedding day, but being part of the ceremony development really helped us take in the words and special commitment we were making to each other.
My husband and I had an interfaith wedding last April at National Harbor, and we were so pleased to have Rev. Bill as one Read more...
My husband and I had an interfaith wedding last April at National Harbor, and we were so pleased to have Rev. Bill as one of our officiants. The ceremony was personal, it was touching, and it helped solidify a happy and beautiful start to our marriage. We can thank Rev. Bill for this! His experience with interfaith marriages and his strong organization skills helped keep everyone on track with planning a beautiful & meaningful ceremony… He even took time in the planning process to meet with us, and to call us on the phone to get to know us further & discuss our relationship. We were especially pleased because Rev. Bill worked in tandem with the Rabbi who was also officiating. Rev. Bill uses many tools to help craft the ceremony and he respects the type of wedding you are trying to plan. Due to his experience, he is also incredibly helpful in making recommendations to fit certain time parameters. (We had 30 minutes max for our ceremony!) We felt our ceremony ended up very personal, and we loved that we got to be part of the creation process. Everything goes by so quickly on the wedding day, but being part of the ceremony development really helped us take in the words and special commitment we were making to each other. Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

HI Natalie and Justin - Thank you ever so much for your very considered and thoughtful review. I love interfaith ceremonies and working with couples to make their day a dream come true. You both were wonderful with as well as Rabbi Deb -- she was amazing, wasn't she? I wish you both every happiness - Rev. Bill
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
When my husband and I first met Rev. Bill we knew immediately that we wanted him to be there at our wedding. From that first meeting until our wedding day, Rev. Bill was responsive, kind, and professional. Rev. Bill crafted the most wonderfully personal reflection for our wedding ceremony and our guests commented on how intimate, funny, and uniquely "us" the recitation was. They have been asking us if we knew what he was going to say or if we wrote it for him-but it was all Rev. Bill and a complete surprise. An officiant is often a forgotten part of the background at a wedding, but Rev. Bill was a memorable addition and one our guests continue to compliment!
When my husband and I first met Rev. Bill we knew immediately that we wanted him to be there at our wedding. From that Read more...
When my husband and I first met Rev. Bill we knew immediately that we wanted him to be there at our wedding. From that first meeting until our wedding day, Rev. Bill was responsive, kind, and professional. Rev. Bill crafted the most wonderfully personal reflection for our wedding ceremony and our guests commented on how intimate, funny, and uniquely "us" the recitation was. They have been asking us if we knew what he was going to say or if we wrote it for him-but it was all Rev. Bill and a complete surprise. An officiant is often a forgotten part of the background at a wedding, but Rev. Bill was a memorable addition and one our guests continue to compliment! Read less
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Progressive Catholic & Interfaith Weddings responded with the following comments:

Maria and Elliott - Thank you for your very kind review and comments. I so loved working with you both. You are just an amazing couple and your families were so wonderful. Even with the last minute change of venue and the very cold March morning, we had a wonderful ceremony. I do my job when I disappear and tell the couple's story -- yours was so easy to tell because you are very obviously meant for each other. We are joined together, in a special way, for the rest of our lives. I am so honored that you selected me to officiate at you wedding. Blessing always - Rev. Bill

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