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Rev. Christopher Copeland

Durham , NC
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Durham, NC US (map)

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919-213-1353

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ABOUT US

We are honored to help couples create wedding ceremonies that reflect their hopes, beliefs, and commitments regarding their lives together. We celebrate the sacred commitment of any two... Read more
We are honored to help couples create wedding ceremonies that reflect their hopes, beliefs, and commitments regarding their lives together. We celebrate the sacred commitment of any two people and value their understanding of spirituality as it informs their choices about language in the ceremony.

Rev. Christopher T. Copeland is an ordained minister and wedding officiant who specializes in creating unique and personal ceremonies designed specifically for you. Chris's warm and caring demeanor helps you relax and enjoy the planning process and especially the ceremony.

We officiate ceremonies that honor any faiths, cultures, lifestyles, beliefs, and traditions. We don't require pre-marital counseling to officiate at your ceremony, but we encourage all couples to meet with a counselor in preparation for their wedding.

With over 15 years of experience and a commitment to honor the desires of couples, Rev. Copeland is highly regarded by couples of all kinds and other wedding professionals.

We provide our services through Illuminating Paths, a practice of accompanying individuals, couples, and communities on their spiritual journeys in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC and surrounding areas. We officiate at weddings, house blessings, rites of passage, baby blessings, memorial services, and other sacred rituals.

Read more about the services offered, steps, and fees at Illuminating Paths or email us for more information at weddings@illuminatingpaths.com Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, 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.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I wear a black robe and a white stole.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
I create the ceremony with the couple, so there is absolute flexibility to reflect the needs and desires of the couple.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
Yes.
How long are your ceremonies?
The ceremony typically lasts 20 minutes.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
I do not require premarital counseling, but I encourage it for all couples.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
I do not attend rehearsals unless specific arrangements with additional compensation are made in advance.
Do you supply a sound system?
No.

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Alexis
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Chris was excellent as our officiant. He helped us put together a ceremony that was beautiful and meaningful to both my husband and I. He was friendly, professional, and easy to work with.
Chris was excellent as our officiant. He helped us put together a ceremony that was beautiful and meaningful to both my Read more...
Chris was excellent as our officiant. He helped us put together a ceremony that was beautiful and meaningful to both my husband and I. He was friendly, professional, and easy to work with. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience with Chris from start to finish. He is organized and thoughtful and helped us create a ceremony program that fit us perfectly. He is also well spoken/articulate, which was important for us. He played an instrumental part in our wedding day and I would highly recommend Chris to any couple.
We had a great experience with Chris from start to finish. He is organized and thoughtful and helped us create a ceremony Read more...
We had a great experience with Chris from start to finish. He is organized and thoughtful and helped us create a ceremony program that fit us perfectly. He is also well spoken/articulate, which was important for us. He played an instrumental part in our wedding day and I would highly recommend Chris to any couple. Read less
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Sean
Wedding:
3/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Chris was very friendly and accepting. He took the time to come meet with us and chat about who we were and what we were looking for. He gives you many options to choose from for readings, blessings, vow, etc, and you can always bring in others of your choosing/making. We went with his options, and the ceremony was amazing. Even though we didn't write our own vows, they felt very personal to us, and more than one person was moved to tears.
Chris was very friendly and accepting. He took the time to come meet with us and chat about who we were and what we were Read more...
Chris was very friendly and accepting. He took the time to come meet with us and chat about who we were and what we were looking for. He gives you many options to choose from for readings, blessings, vow, etc, and you can always bring in others of your choosing/making. We went with his options, and the ceremony was amazing. Even though we didn't write our own vows, they felt very personal to us, and more than one person was moved to tears. Read less
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Jen
Wedding:
12/7/2013
5.0/5.0
We were very fortunate to have Rev. Christopher Copeland be part of our December wedding. He was professional, responsive, receptive, and seemed to truly care about our vision for our wedding. We were a little nervous about hiring an officiant we had never met, but after our first meeting my husband and I both agreed Rev. Copeland would be perfect for our ceremony! Everyone agreed our ceremony was very heartfelt and it seemed as if we had a personal connection to Rev. Copeland. We highly recommend him if you are in need of an officiant!
We were very fortunate to have Rev. Christopher Copeland be part of our December wedding. He was professional, responsive, Read more...
We were very fortunate to have Rev. Christopher Copeland be part of our December wedding. He was professional, responsive, receptive, and seemed to truly care about our vision for our wedding. We were a little nervous about hiring an officiant we had never met, but after our first meeting my husband and I both agreed Rev. Copeland would be perfect for our ceremony! Everyone agreed our ceremony was very heartfelt and it seemed as if we had a personal connection to Rev. Copeland. We highly recommend him if you are in need of an officiant! Read less
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Mel
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Chris was an absolutely fantastic officiant. My husband and I met with him multiple times before our wedding and he really made it a point to get a sense of who we are as individuals and as a couple. He was also incredibly organized and provided us with a lot of resources to create a ceremony that was both structured and personal to us. Our guests all had positive feedback as well, complimenting his professionalism as well as his clear joy for his profession.

Chris is truly a kind and warm person and we thoroughly enjoyed working with him. I would defiinitely recommend him to any couple.
Chris was an absolutely fantastic officiant. My husband and I met with him multiple times before our wedding and he really Read more...
Chris was an absolutely fantastic officiant. My husband and I met with him multiple times before our wedding and he really made it a point to get a sense of who we are as individuals and as a couple. He was also incredibly organized and provided us with a lot of resources to create a ceremony that was both structured and personal to us. Our guests all had positive feedback as well, complimenting his professionalism as well as his clear joy for his profession.

Chris is truly a kind and warm person and we thoroughly enjoyed working with him. I would defiinitely recommend him to any couple. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I wish there was a way to give Chris more than five stars in each category. He was everything we wanted in a wedding officiant and more. We interviewed several of the other recommended wedding officiants in the Raleigh-Durham area and none of them came close to Chris. Others offered us canned wedding ceremonies with little room to personalize it without paying an insane upcharge fee on top of their already high rates. On the other hand, Chris was able to offer us a truly customized wedding ceremony, offered unique ideas, a kind smile, and genuine happiness and caring from the very start.

We have had some many people approach us in the weeks after our wedding complimenting him on the ceremony. I don't think we would've been able to have the wedding we did without it---actually, i take that back, I KNOW we wouldn't have been able to. He is absolutely amazing and we would recommend him a million times over.
I wish there was a way to give Chris more than five stars in each category. He was everything we wanted in a wedding Read more...
I wish there was a way to give Chris more than five stars in each category. He was everything we wanted in a wedding officiant and more. We interviewed several of the other recommended wedding officiants in the Raleigh-Durham area and none of them came close to Chris. Others offered us canned wedding ceremonies with little room to personalize it without paying an insane upcharge fee on top of their already high rates. On the other hand, Chris was able to offer us a truly customized wedding ceremony, offered unique ideas, a kind smile, and genuine happiness and caring from the very start.

We have had some many people approach us in the weeks after our wedding complimenting him on the ceremony. I don't think we would've been able to have the wedding we did without it---actually, i take that back, I KNOW we wouldn't have been able to. He is absolutely amazing and we would recommend him a million times over. Read less
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Alex
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Amazing! I can't say enough about Chris Copeland! We met with him and he quickly got a sense of exactly what we wanted for our wedding ceremony. He was extremely flexible and very quick to respond every time I emailed him that I wanted to make changes. He wrote a personal statement about both of us that we used as our charge to the couple and it came out beautifully. All of our family and friends said it was wonderful and described us perfectly. We highly highly recommend Chris!!
Amazing! I can't say enough about Chris Copeland! We met with him and he quickly got a sense of exactly what we wanted for Read more...
Amazing! I can't say enough about Chris Copeland! We met with him and he quickly got a sense of exactly what we wanted for our wedding ceremony. He was extremely flexible and very quick to respond every time I emailed him that I wanted to make changes. He wrote a personal statement about both of us that we used as our charge to the couple and it came out beautifully. All of our family and friends said it was wonderful and described us perfectly. We highly highly recommend Chris!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Chris made the ceremony planning SO easy. He is so organized and has an awesome system done. After meeting with him for our initial consultation my husband and I knew he was the man for the job. After filling out the wedding workbook he has for the bride and groom he organizes everything for you. I had no worries about what to say or when to say it. He even had tissues in his binder for the vows!
Chris made the ceremony planning SO easy. He is so organized and has an awesome system done. After meeting with him for Read more...
Chris made the ceremony planning SO easy. He is so organized and has an awesome system done. After meeting with him for our initial consultation my husband and I knew he was the man for the job. After filling out the wedding workbook he has for the bride and groom he organizes everything for you. I had no worries about what to say or when to say it. He even had tissues in his binder for the vows! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Reverend Chris Copeland officiated our wedding and we couldn't have been more pleased with how he conducted our ceremony and how easy he was to work with. Chris helped us to put together a traditional ceremony that incorporated our Filipino and Portuguese backgrounds, but was also personalized and very "us". We got lots of compliments on how beautiful the ceremony was, even our wedding planners were really impressed. He was great at communicating with us, and meeting with us, even with last minute changes and back and forth emails. We highly recommend Chris as a wedding minister, and are so glad we chose him to make our wedding day so special.
Reverend Chris Copeland officiated our wedding and we couldn't have been more pleased with how he conducted our ceremony Read more...
Reverend Chris Copeland officiated our wedding and we couldn't have been more pleased with how he conducted our ceremony and how easy he was to work with. Chris helped us to put together a traditional ceremony that incorporated our Filipino and Portuguese backgrounds, but was also personalized and very "us". We got lots of compliments on how beautiful the ceremony was, even our wedding planners were really impressed. He was great at communicating with us, and meeting with us, even with last minute changes and back and forth emails. We highly recommend Chris as a wedding minister, and are so glad we chose him to make our wedding day so special. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Reverend Chris was a huge hit at our wedding. Everyone complimented how perfect he was for the ceremony. He was very flexible with what we were asking for and helped to make it all flow perfectly. He also kept us calm when things got a little crazy (we forgot the marriage license!). I would recommend him to everyone I know!
Reverend Chris was a huge hit at our wedding. Everyone complimented how perfect he was for the ceremony. He was very Read more...
Reverend Chris was a huge hit at our wedding. Everyone complimented how perfect he was for the ceremony. He was very flexible with what we were asking for and helped to make it all flow perfectly. He also kept us calm when things got a little crazy (we forgot the marriage license!). I would recommend him to everyone I know! Read less
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