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Say "I Do" Your Way

Derwood , MD
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7610 Tarpley Dr.
Derwood, MD 20855 US (map)

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301-926-2671

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We've been officiating weddings together for the past forty years. Most of those years were with Bill as a church pastor and Joyce as the pastor's wife, helping out. Eight... Read more
Hi,

We've been officiating weddings together for the past forty years. Most of those years were with Bill as a church pastor and Joyce as the pastor's wife, helping out. Eight years ago, Bill stepped out of that setting to provide full-time service as a wedding officiant and specialist in pre-marriage preparation/coaching. For the past five years, Joyce has also been officiating weddings and absolutely loves it! We both love weddings! The bride and groom are so positive and their families are fun to get to know.

We believe that no one attends a wedding ceremony to hear a sermon, thus we strive to listen carefully to the desires of the bride and groom as to their wedding ceremony. Then we work to make the ceremony a fun, and intimate affair in which the bride and groom are the focus of the entire event. The name of our business really exemplifies our attitude toward your wedding - Say "I Do" Your Way!

Give us a call, let’s talk about your wedding - no obligation. We are both certified to officiate weddings in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.

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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Hindu, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto

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Alex
Wedding:
1/31/2015
5.0/5.0
We are so happy with the ceremony Bill put together for our wedding! Bill made the whole process very easy from setting up our first meeting with him months before our wedding to the end of the ceremony. He tailored the ceremony to exactly what we had in mind—he told the story of how we met, kept it to the length we wanted, and had good ideas about ceremonial rituals (i.e., lighting candles, reading a poem, breaking of glass, etc) but only included exactly what we wanted. Bill was very receptive to our requests and made the ceremony a reflection of my relationship with my husband. The ceremony was perfect! Bill was an excellent speaker and knew how to engage and communicate with our guests.
We are so happy with the ceremony Bill put together for our wedding! Bill made the whole process very easy from setting up Read more...
We are so happy with the ceremony Bill put together for our wedding! Bill made the whole process very easy from setting up our first meeting with him months before our wedding to the end of the ceremony. He tailored the ceremony to exactly what we had in mind—he told the story of how we met, kept it to the length we wanted, and had good ideas about ceremonial rituals (i.e., lighting candles, reading a poem, breaking of glass, etc) but only included exactly what we wanted. Bill was very receptive to our requests and made the ceremony a reflection of my relationship with my husband. The ceremony was perfect! Bill was an excellent speaker and knew how to engage and communicate with our guests. Read less
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Eleni
Wedding:
1/3/2015
5.0/5.0
We had . Bill Cochran as our wedding officiant for our January 3, 2015 wedding. It was such a pleasure working will Bill throughout this entire process. We were not sure if we were going to have a Greek Orthodox Church wedding initially. We decided to go a different route and to have a civil ceremony and have our church wedding this summer in Greece. Bill made us feel at ease about the entire process. He met with us two times before our rehearsal. We felt confident about the event because of Bill's communication and guidance. He was also extremely responsive to emails and prompt with his responses. He made this process much easier and was very helpful with the paperwork for the courthouse as well as filling out documents for our ceremony. Bill was able to share our story with our guests by providing us with a beautiful ceremony that was full of meaning. People thought Bill had known us for years and I keep receiving compliments from our guests about the fabulous service provided by Bill. Bill is very kind as well and once you speak with him and meet him, you will know you made the right choice.
We had . Bill Cochran as our wedding officiant for our January 3, 2015 wedding. It was such a pleasure working will Bill Read more...
We had . Bill Cochran as our wedding officiant for our January 3, 2015 wedding. It was such a pleasure working will Bill throughout this entire process. We were not sure if we were going to have a Greek Orthodox Church wedding initially. We decided to go a different route and to have a civil ceremony and have our church wedding this summer in Greece. Bill made us feel at ease about the entire process. He met with us two times before our rehearsal. We felt confident about the event because of Bill's communication and guidance. He was also extremely responsive to emails and prompt with his responses. He made this process much easier and was very helpful with the paperwork for the courthouse as well as filling out documents for our ceremony. Bill was able to share our story with our guests by providing us with a beautiful ceremony that was full of meaning. People thought Bill had known us for years and I keep receiving compliments from our guests about the fabulous service provided by Bill. Bill is very kind as well and once you speak with him and meet him, you will know you made the right choice. Read less
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Marisa
Wedding:
12/6/2014
5.0/5.0
My fiance and I had a vision of what our wedding would look like - colors, decor, details - but when it came to the actual ceremony (the most important part!), we had no idea where to begin. Bill Cochran came to our rescue. He listened to us and our story and guided us through the planning of each aspect of the ceremony. Bill was responsive, open to our preferences, and made the entire process easy and fun. My now husband and I went from feeling anxious about where to begin to feeling calm and in control with Bill at the helm. There ceremony wasn't even on the list of things we were worried about, and our guests loved his presentation of us as a couple. In the end, we had a completely personal ceremony that truly fit "us," and we couldn't have been happier! Thank you, Bill!
My fiance and I had a vision of what our wedding would look like - colors, decor, details - but when it came to the actual Read more...
My fiance and I had a vision of what our wedding would look like - colors, decor, details - but when it came to the actual ceremony (the most important part!), we had no idea where to begin. Bill Cochran came to our rescue. He listened to us and our story and guided us through the planning of each aspect of the ceremony. Bill was responsive, open to our preferences, and made the entire process easy and fun. My now husband and I went from feeling anxious about where to begin to feeling calm and in control with Bill at the helm. There ceremony wasn't even on the list of things we were worried about, and our guests loved his presentation of us as a couple. In the end, we had a completely personal ceremony that truly fit "us," and we couldn't have been happier! Thank you, Bill! Read less
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tom
Wedding:
11/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Reverend Bill was awesome. He made us feel very comfortable from the first time we met. The pre-marriage counseling went extremely well. He was able to pinpoint a specific issue/problem we were going through and was a key factor in working through it all. The ceremony was very well presented, Bill interacted with the wedding party like part of the family. I strongly recommend Bill for anyone thinking of getting married or counseling.
Reverend Bill was awesome. He made us feel very comfortable from the first time we met. The pre-marriage counseling went Read more...
Reverend Bill was awesome. He made us feel very comfortable from the first time we met. The pre-marriage counseling went extremely well. He was able to pinpoint a specific issue/problem we were going through and was a key factor in working through it all. The ceremony was very well presented, Bill interacted with the wedding party like part of the family. I strongly recommend Bill for anyone thinking of getting married or counseling. Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
My now husband are so glad we found Say I Do Your Way! We knew how important it was to find the right officiant that we "clicked" with. We'd met several possible options, but none of them was right for us.

When we met with Joyce and Bill, we knew we'd found the right officiant! Both Bill and Joyce are warm and caring and have the presence we were looking for. Bill was already booked for a wedding earlier in the day, so we choose to work with Joyce, but I think either one of them would have been wonderful.

Joyce meet with us several times in person, as well as emailed with us, to make sure she really got to know us and what we wanted. My husband and I were raised in different religious faiths, but are not religious now. So we wanted a mostly secular ceremony that still honored our families faiths. Joyce helped us weave the perfect religious elements in our ceremony to make it exactly what we wanted. She provided us with many different options for all of the elements of the ceremony, which helped us really tailor it to our wishes. And she used our responses to a questionnaire we filled out to tell the story of our courtship, which was really wonderful.

Overall, the ceremony was exactly what we wanted - beautiful, personal, and touching. Many of our quests commented on how perfect it was. I would definitely recommend Joyce!
My now husband are so glad we found Say I Do Your Way! We knew how important it was to find the right officiant that we Read more...
My now husband are so glad we found Say I Do Your Way! We knew how important it was to find the right officiant that we "clicked" with. We'd met several possible options, but none of them was right for us.

When we met with Joyce and Bill, we knew we'd found the right officiant! Both Bill and Joyce are warm and caring and have the presence we were looking for. Bill was already booked for a wedding earlier in the day, so we choose to work with Joyce, but I think either one of them would have been wonderful.

Joyce meet with us several times in person, as well as emailed with us, to make sure she really got to know us and what we wanted. My husband and I were raised in different religious faiths, but are not religious now. So we wanted a mostly secular ceremony that still honored our families faiths. Joyce helped us weave the perfect religious elements in our ceremony to make it exactly what we wanted. She provided us with many different options for all of the elements of the ceremony, which helped us really tailor it to our wishes. And she used our responses to a questionnaire we filled out to tell the story of our courtship, which was really wonderful.

Overall, the ceremony was exactly what we wanted - beautiful, personal, and touching. Many of our quests commented on how perfect it was. I would definitely recommend Joyce! Read less
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Brian
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
My review is for Joyce, who was the officiant at our wedding. Joyce did a wonderful job at our ceremony and was very helpful in providing my wife and I with a number of valuable resources that allowed us to truly create a unique ceremony. My wife and I essentially picked and chose from her resources and wrote our own ceremony from beginning to end. Joyce was very helpful in this process and provided great feedback on what she thought would work and what wouldn't. Joyce provided what amounted to a summary of how my wife and I met and our relationship up to the wedding day in place of a traditional homily. This was the only part that was a little bit of a miss for my wife and I. We probably would have preferred a more traditional homily and perhaps should have made that more clear. Overall we were very satisfied with Joyce's service and would highly recommend her.
My review is for Joyce, who was the officiant at our wedding. Joyce did a wonderful job at our ceremony and was very Read more...
My review is for Joyce, who was the officiant at our wedding. Joyce did a wonderful job at our ceremony and was very helpful in providing my wife and I with a number of valuable resources that allowed us to truly create a unique ceremony. My wife and I essentially picked and chose from her resources and wrote our own ceremony from beginning to end. Joyce was very helpful in this process and provided great feedback on what she thought would work and what wouldn't. Joyce provided what amounted to a summary of how my wife and I met and our relationship up to the wedding day in place of a traditional homily. This was the only part that was a little bit of a miss for my wife and I. We probably would have preferred a more traditional homily and perhaps should have made that more clear. Overall we were very satisfied with Joyce's service and would highly recommend her. Read less
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Andrew
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Bill was excellent. He was always available to help plan our ceremony the way we wanted. He worked hard to make sure the wedding reflected our backgrounds and desires. And on the day of, Bill was very well prepared and organized. You could tell he had done this before. I highly recommend!
Bill was excellent. He was always available to help plan our ceremony the way we wanted. He worked hard to make sure the Read more...
Bill was excellent. He was always available to help plan our ceremony the way we wanted. He worked hard to make sure the wedding reflected our backgrounds and desires. And on the day of, Bill was very well prepared and organized. You could tell he had done this before. I highly recommend! Read less
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Eszter
Wedding:
10/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Perfect Ceremony! Bill was everything we could have asked for and more for our wedding this past October. He made the ceremony very personalized with details about our first date, the proposal, etc. He had our friends and family laughing and smiling the whole time. We could not have asked for a better experience and a better wedding.
Perfect Ceremony! Bill was everything we could have asked for and more for our wedding this past October. He made the Read more...
Perfect Ceremony! Bill was everything we could have asked for and more for our wedding this past October. He made the ceremony very personalized with details about our first date, the proposal, etc. He had our friends and family laughing and smiling the whole time. We could not have asked for a better experience and a better wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Bill Cochran was our officiant and did such a fantastic job. We found him to be very warm and friendly, which put us at ease while we planned our ceremony. By the time of the actual wedding, it felt like an old friend was performing the service. The service he created for us was personal, touching, and just the right amount of light-hearted.
We also did pre-marital counseling with Bill in advance of the wedding which we found to be very helpful. We use the strategies we learned in these sessions frequently in our daily lives. Bill is a great choice for a wedding officiant!!
Bill Cochran was our officiant and did such a fantastic job. We found him to be very warm and friendly, which put us at Read more...
Bill Cochran was our officiant and did such a fantastic job. We found him to be very warm and friendly, which put us at ease while we planned our ceremony. By the time of the actual wedding, it felt like an old friend was performing the service. The service he created for us was personal, touching, and just the right amount of light-hearted.
We also did pre-marital counseling with Bill in advance of the wedding which we found to be very helpful. We use the strategies we learned in these sessions frequently in our daily lives. Bill is a great choice for a wedding officiant!! Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
As my fiancé, now husband, and I talked about our wedding on our way to Hawaii, we kept finding ourselves saying how amazing the ceremony was. During the wedding planning process we found ourselves late on picking our officiant. This is a pivotal part to any wedding. We had been to friends weddings, and lets just say the "feel" of the ceremony is greatly affected by the officiant.

We were recommended Say "I do" your way, by our wedding coordinator, and was in touch first with Bill. Bill was already booked for another wedding, but his wife Joyce was available for our day. We set a meeting with Joyce, and in a matter of minutes Michael and I both knew we had found our perfect match. Joyce is an absolute joy. She takes her time in truly getting to know you and in turn helps prepare the perfect ceremony for the couple.

It wasn't until we found ourselves standing at the alter, did we realize how genuine the ceremony was going to be. Our guests could not stop commenting on the ceremony, how it was the best mix of sincerity, spirituality, love, and humor. With 150 guests, it still felt so very intimate, and from the bottom of our hearts, we cannot thank Joyce enough for a flawless ceremony, a gift we will always cherish.

You can be certain we will sing Joyce's praises to any friend, or family member that is in need of an officiant!!
As my fiancé, now husband, and I talked about our wedding on our way to Hawaii, we kept finding ourselves saying how Read more...
As my fiancé, now husband, and I talked about our wedding on our way to Hawaii, we kept finding ourselves saying how amazing the ceremony was. During the wedding planning process we found ourselves late on picking our officiant. This is a pivotal part to any wedding. We had been to friends weddings, and lets just say the "feel" of the ceremony is greatly affected by the officiant.

We were recommended Say "I do" your way, by our wedding coordinator, and was in touch first with Bill. Bill was already booked for another wedding, but his wife Joyce was available for our day. We set a meeting with Joyce, and in a matter of minutes Michael and I both knew we had found our perfect match. Joyce is an absolute joy. She takes her time in truly getting to know you and in turn helps prepare the perfect ceremony for the couple.

It wasn't until we found ourselves standing at the alter, did we realize how genuine the ceremony was going to be. Our guests could not stop commenting on the ceremony, how it was the best mix of sincerity, spirituality, love, and humor. With 150 guests, it still felt so very intimate, and from the bottom of our hearts, we cannot thank Joyce enough for a flawless ceremony, a gift we will always cherish.

You can be certain we will sing Joyce's praises to any friend, or family member that is in need of an officiant!! Read less
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