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Rev. Ray Van Winkle & Associates

Lynnwood , WA
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Lynnwood, WA 98037 US (map)

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425-248-7270

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ABOUT US

Hello! We're Rev. Ray Van Winkle, Rev. Bill Wood, Rev. Jack Loos, and Rev. Nancy Skipton non-denominational wedding officiants serving the greater Puget Sound area.

In a... Read more
Hello! We're Rev. Ray Van Winkle, Rev. Bill Wood, Rev. Jack Loos, and Rev. Nancy Skipton non-denominational wedding officiants serving the greater Puget Sound area.

In a non-denominational service, you're not locked into any one style or type of ceremony. This gives you the freedom to have a ceremony that will reflect who you are as a couple and what your marriage means to you. Don't let anyone tell you what you "have" to do! Your ceremony can be as religious or secular, serious or light-hearted as you want it to be!

All ceremonies are $400, and include the rehearsal, as well as unlimited phone or e-mail follow-ups, and a copy of my ceremony book containing enough material to create literally thousands of unique ceremonies. Pre-marital counseling is available, but not required.

After our initial consultation (no charge or obligation, of course!), a $125 non-refundable deposit secures your date. I look forward to meeting with you, and would be honored to be a part of your very special day! Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist

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April
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
We had the pleasure of having Rev. Ray Van Winkle officiate our elopement in Tacoma, WA in January. We called him with a week's notice (our original courthouse plans fell through) and were thrilled that he was available and flexible on our location/time on such short notice. He did a great job officiating our little ceremony - we trusted that he would be able to say the right words that felt true to US, and we weren't disappointed! Thanks again, Rev. Ray!
We had the pleasure of having Rev. Ray Van Winkle officiate our elopement in Tacoma, WA in January. We called him with a Read more...
We had the pleasure of having Rev. Ray Van Winkle officiate our elopement in Tacoma, WA in January. We called him with a week's notice (our original courthouse plans fell through) and were thrilled that he was available and flexible on our location/time on such short notice. He did a great job officiating our little ceremony - we trusted that he would be able to say the right words that felt true to US, and we weren't disappointed! Thanks again, Rev. Ray! Read less
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Yelena
Wedding:
1/3/2015
5.0/5.0
We were referred to Reverend Ray through a coworker and knew right away after our meeting that we had found our officiant. He is the utmost professional and absolutely knows what he is doing and is able to help guide you through the ceremony with no hiccups.

Using Ray’s method, the process of designing the ceremony could not have been easier. He provides you a document with everything you need to design your perfect ceremony, and is flexible when you want to add any additional personal touches to the ceremony. I would note that Ray is very busy and is very quick and efficient with his time. So in our experience, he didn't necessarily get invested in our love story as other vendors did. However, we added our personal touches to the ceremony so it worked out. He also worked well with our wedding coordinator during the rehearsal and wedding ceremony. After the ceremony, several guests mentioned positive things about the officiant. Our wedding could not have gone as perfect as it did without such a great officiant!
We were referred to Reverend Ray through a coworker and knew right away after our meeting that we had found our officiant. Read more...
We were referred to Reverend Ray through a coworker and knew right away after our meeting that we had found our officiant. He is the utmost professional and absolutely knows what he is doing and is able to help guide you through the ceremony with no hiccups.

Using Ray’s method, the process of designing the ceremony could not have been easier. He provides you a document with everything you need to design your perfect ceremony, and is flexible when you want to add any additional personal touches to the ceremony. I would note that Ray is very busy and is very quick and efficient with his time. So in our experience, he didn't necessarily get invested in our love story as other vendors did. However, we added our personal touches to the ceremony so it worked out. He also worked well with our wedding coordinator during the rehearsal and wedding ceremony. After the ceremony, several guests mentioned positive things about the officiant. Our wedding could not have gone as perfect as it did without such a great officiant! Read less
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Kylene
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Reverend Ray was a joy from the moment we first met him. We connected with him immediately at our first meeting and booked on the spot.

We loved the book he gave us that allowed us to pick and choose and piece together our ceremony exactly as we wanted it. The book has so many different options for each section of the ceremony but he also offered the option to write our own stuff which we did for a few of the sections. We ended up with a ceremony that was perfect for us.

At the rehearsal he was on time (if not early) and was so personable! He made the rehearsal so fun while keeping it short and to the point and not letting it drag on. Our bridal party loved him!

Day of the wedding he was right on time and did a fantastic job of keeping us calm and collected. We had a little mishap in the back with one of the flower girls right before the ceremony and he did a fantastic job of stalling for a little bit :)

The ceremony itself (what I can remember of the whirlwind) went off without a hitch. Multiple of our guests commented to us later how wonderful he was -- vibrant, enthusiastic, following his book but not reading from it. He may have done over 1000 weddings but it felt like he was present in the here and now with no other weddings in his brain. He cared only about making that moment exactly what we wanted it to be.

As for filing the paperwork afterward, we went on a one week honeymoon and the day I got back I called our filing office to see if I could come pick up certified copies of the license and they said they were ready to go which means he mailed in the paperwork immediately, no delays ... which is awesome!

Highly recommend Reverend Ray!
Reverend Ray was a joy from the moment we first met him. We connected with him immediately at our first meeting and booked Read more...
Reverend Ray was a joy from the moment we first met him. We connected with him immediately at our first meeting and booked on the spot.

We loved the book he gave us that allowed us to pick and choose and piece together our ceremony exactly as we wanted it. The book has so many different options for each section of the ceremony but he also offered the option to write our own stuff which we did for a few of the sections. We ended up with a ceremony that was perfect for us.

At the rehearsal he was on time (if not early) and was so personable! He made the rehearsal so fun while keeping it short and to the point and not letting it drag on. Our bridal party loved him!

Day of the wedding he was right on time and did a fantastic job of keeping us calm and collected. We had a little mishap in the back with one of the flower girls right before the ceremony and he did a fantastic job of stalling for a little bit :)

The ceremony itself (what I can remember of the whirlwind) went off without a hitch. Multiple of our guests commented to us later how wonderful he was -- vibrant, enthusiastic, following his book but not reading from it. He may have done over 1000 weddings but it felt like he was present in the here and now with no other weddings in his brain. He cared only about making that moment exactly what we wanted it to be.

As for filing the paperwork afterward, we went on a one week honeymoon and the day I got back I called our filing office to see if I could come pick up certified copies of the license and they said they were ready to go which means he mailed in the paperwork immediately, no delays ... which is awesome!

Highly recommend Reverend Ray! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
We hired Reverend Ray for our wedding and were very impressed! He was professional and helpful in our initial meeting. Further, his extensive ceremony options enabled us to easily build a custom, personal ceremony. Ray was excellent during our rehearsal, guiding us through all the key moments, and making each step easy to follow. He was always on time, if not early, and his relaxing and confident demeanor helped us relax.
We hired Reverend Ray for our wedding and were very impressed! He was professional and helpful in our initial meeting. Read more...
We hired Reverend Ray for our wedding and were very impressed! He was professional and helpful in our initial meeting. Further, his extensive ceremony options enabled us to easily build a custom, personal ceremony. Ray was excellent during our rehearsal, guiding us through all the key moments, and making each step easy to follow. He was always on time, if not early, and his relaxing and confident demeanor helped us relax. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Ray was great. He was easy to work with and prepared a ceremony which was everything we wanted. We received so many compliments from guests about how fun and cool it was. He could have doubled his fee and it would have been worth it.
Rev. Ray was great. He was easy to work with and prepared a ceremony which was everything we wanted. We received so many Read more...
Rev. Ray was great. He was easy to work with and prepared a ceremony which was everything we wanted. We received so many compliments from guests about how fun and cool it was. He could have doubled his fee and it would have been worth it. Read less
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Thomas
Wedding:
9/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev Ray did a great job. He was very funny and helpful
Rev Ray did a great job. He was very funny and helpful
Rev Ray did a great job. He was very funny and helpful Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
9/21/2014
5.0/5.0
He was amazing! We have a three year old and he was very flexible with knowing that our ceremony may adjust pending whether our son was standing with us or not! We also opted to change the vows the day of and he went with it with no issues! Would highly highly recommend him to anybody!!
He was amazing! We have a three year old and he was very flexible with knowing that our ceremony may adjust pending Read more...
He was amazing! We have a three year old and he was very flexible with knowing that our ceremony may adjust pending whether our son was standing with us or not! We also opted to change the vows the day of and he went with it with no issues! Would highly highly recommend him to anybody!! Read less
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Kala
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Ray was awesome! He had a ceremony book for us to pick and chose material from. He also allowed us to make edits wherever we'd like or bring any of our own material. We sent him the ceremony pieced together the way we wanted it about two weeks before the ceremony and on the day of the wedding he had it entirely remembered. He spoke the edits we'd made as well as the few pieces we'd added ourselves. He also met with us during rehearsal and walked us through the steps of the ceremony. In addition to his professional abilities, he is a very personable guy. Lastly, he had a great rate in comparison to others we'd met with that didn't have as much experience. I would definitely recommend Reverend Ray!
Ray was awesome! He had a ceremony book for us to pick and chose material from. He also allowed us to make edits wherever Read more...
Ray was awesome! He had a ceremony book for us to pick and chose material from. He also allowed us to make edits wherever we'd like or bring any of our own material. We sent him the ceremony pieced together the way we wanted it about two weeks before the ceremony and on the day of the wedding he had it entirely remembered. He spoke the edits we'd made as well as the few pieces we'd added ourselves. He also met with us during rehearsal and walked us through the steps of the ceremony. In addition to his professional abilities, he is a very personable guy. Lastly, he had a great rate in comparison to others we'd met with that didn't have as much experience. I would definitely recommend Reverend Ray! Read less
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Caitlin
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Ray was a pleasure to work with. For us, the officiant was an extremely important part of our wedding and we needed to find someone who would be willing to honor our hope for a spiritual, but non-religious ceremony. In addition, we needed some of our ceremony done in Spanish. We had tough requests to fulfill, but Rev. Ray fulfilled them beautifully. It meant a lot to us that he was willing to meet with us several times to practice his Spanish and in the end he conducted the ceremony beautifully! He is a seasoned professional and one that is guaranteed to meet and exceed your expectations.
Rev. Ray was a pleasure to work with. For us, the officiant was an extremely important part of our wedding and we needed Read more...
Rev. Ray was a pleasure to work with. For us, the officiant was an extremely important part of our wedding and we needed to find someone who would be willing to honor our hope for a spiritual, but non-religious ceremony. In addition, we needed some of our ceremony done in Spanish. We had tough requests to fulfill, but Rev. Ray fulfilled them beautifully. It meant a lot to us that he was willing to meet with us several times to practice his Spanish and in the end he conducted the ceremony beautifully! He is a seasoned professional and one that is guaranteed to meet and exceed your expectations. Read less
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Mrs.Wallis
Wedding:
8/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Ray Van Winkle is a very warm and friendly person which helped us feel comfortable with having him officiate our wedding. We were able to use some of his stock wedding wording plus add in our own special verbiage. He was very flexible in working with us even when our coordinator had not communicated with him the change of date she had made to our rehearsal. He worked with his schedule to make sure it happened for us.
Rev. Ray Van Winkle is a very warm and friendly person which helped us feel comfortable with having him officiate our Read more...
Rev. Ray Van Winkle is a very warm and friendly person which helped us feel comfortable with having him officiate our wedding. We were able to use some of his stock wedding wording plus add in our own special verbiage. He was very flexible in working with us even when our coordinator had not communicated with him the change of date she had made to our rehearsal. He worked with his schedule to make sure it happened for us. Read less
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