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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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410-442-5157

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ABOUT US

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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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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
CA, DC, KY, MD, MN, NY, OH, PA, VA, WV

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
As we talked to our guests during the wedding cocktail hour and reception, it was clear that everyone LOVED the ceremony put together by Reverend Cochran. People loved how personalized it felt and that he shared the story of how we met and the different events that lead us to get married. Most people (extended family, family friends, etc.) at weddings don’t know a lot of the specifics behind the couple or only know bits and pieces and people loved how that was shared that with them. Reverend Cochran was responsive and helpful throughout the process, gave us freedom to customize our ceremony but also guided us with awesome suggestions when we needed it. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
As we talked to our guests during the wedding cocktail hour and reception, it was clear that everyone LOVED the ceremony Read more...
As we talked to our guests during the wedding cocktail hour and reception, it was clear that everyone LOVED the ceremony put together by Reverend Cochran. People loved how personalized it felt and that he shared the story of how we met and the different events that lead us to get married. Most people (extended family, family friends, etc.) at weddings don’t know a lot of the specifics behind the couple or only know bits and pieces and people loved how that was shared that with them. Reverend Cochran was responsive and helpful throughout the process, gave us freedom to customize our ceremony but also guided us with awesome suggestions when we needed it. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
8/20/2016
5.0/5.0
We are so glad we went with Joyce to officiate at our August 20th wedding! She was absolutely incredible! She did a fantastic job of telling our story and organized a beautiful ceremony. So many people came up to us and told us how lovely the ceremony was and raved about her. Highly recommend using Joyce for your wedding!
We are so glad we went with Joyce to officiate at our August 20th wedding! She was absolutely incredible! She did a Read more...
We are so glad we went with Joyce to officiate at our August 20th wedding! She was absolutely incredible! She did a fantastic job of telling our story and organized a beautiful ceremony. So many people came up to us and told us how lovely the ceremony was and raved about her. Highly recommend using Joyce for your wedding! Read less
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Laetitia
Wedding:
7/9/2016
5.0/5.0
Bill did a fabulous job with our ceremony! We wanted a non religious and personalized ceremony but didn't know where to start. We also didn't have a lot of time.

We met Bill at his house for a first contact and he seemed very professional and also super friendly. We could tell he had a lot of experience with weddings so we were confident to sign the contract very quickly.
Bill provided us an e-book which was our homework, it was very easy to start creating the ceremony piece by piece with this material. One other thing to do is select readings and answer separately some questions about our couple story.

Bill was very flexible: because we didn't have any time, we met again only two weeks before the wedding but he promptly drafted the ceremony with what we provided and and discussed that day, and we still had time to make minor adjustments the week before.
We didn't have a rehearsal but everything went super smoothly! It was very beautiful especially the part about our story that Bill created from our answers. Everyone was very touched and complimented us on the ceremony.
It was a very strong and amazing moment for us and very meaningful.

I recommend Bill to every busy bride that wants a personalized ceremony but needs help and guidance.
Bill did a fabulous job with our ceremony! We wanted a non religious and personalized ceremony but didn't know where to Read more...
Bill did a fabulous job with our ceremony! We wanted a non religious and personalized ceremony but didn't know where to start. We also didn't have a lot of time.

We met Bill at his house for a first contact and he seemed very professional and also super friendly. We could tell he had a lot of experience with weddings so we were confident to sign the contract very quickly.
Bill provided us an e-book which was our homework, it was very easy to start creating the ceremony piece by piece with this material. One other thing to do is select readings and answer separately some questions about our couple story.

Bill was very flexible: because we didn't have any time, we met again only two weeks before the wedding but he promptly drafted the ceremony with what we provided and and discussed that day, and we still had time to make minor adjustments the week before.
We didn't have a rehearsal but everything went super smoothly! It was very beautiful especially the part about our story that Bill created from our answers. Everyone was very touched and complimented us on the ceremony.
It was a very strong and amazing moment for us and very meaningful.

I recommend Bill to every busy bride that wants a personalized ceremony but needs help and guidance. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
6/17/2016
5.0/5.0
Bill was wonderful to work with! He helped relieve any stress that we had, and was very flexible with our schedules. The story that he wrote and told during our wedding was great, and everyone enjoyed it. Bill was everything we had hoped for and more! We would recommend him to anyone, and wouldn't have wanted anyone else to officiate our wedding!
Bill was wonderful to work with! He helped relieve any stress that we had, and was very flexible with our schedules. The Read more...
Bill was wonderful to work with! He helped relieve any stress that we had, and was very flexible with our schedules. The story that he wrote and told during our wedding was great, and everyone enjoyed it. Bill was everything we had hoped for and more! We would recommend him to anyone, and wouldn't have wanted anyone else to officiate our wedding! Read less
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Christopher
Wedding:
5/29/2016
5.0/5.0
Bill Cochran was a pleasure. He was very organized, professional, and flexible. My wife and I had a fusion wedding (Christian and Hindu), and Bill was able to help us work through the correct blend of attributes to add to our ceremony. Additionally, we opted to take pre-marital counseling with Bill as well. This was a series of counseling sessions that was facilitated by Bill and helped me and my wife become closer prior to our wedding. I would Recommend this option to anyone using Bill. Overall, Bill was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend him to anyone getting married in the DC area!
Bill Cochran was a pleasure. He was very organized, professional, and flexible. My wife and I had a fusion wedding Read more...
Bill Cochran was a pleasure. He was very organized, professional, and flexible. My wife and I had a fusion wedding (Christian and Hindu), and Bill was able to help us work through the correct blend of attributes to add to our ceremony. Additionally, we opted to take pre-marital counseling with Bill as well. This was a series of counseling sessions that was facilitated by Bill and helped me and my wife become closer prior to our wedding. I would Recommend this option to anyone using Bill. Overall, Bill was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend him to anyone getting married in the DC area! Read less
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Robyn
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
Working with Bill was amazing. From the very beginning, he made us feel comfortable and confident that we would be able to have the wedding we wanted - not what someone else felt we should have.

We come from different religious backgrounds and were interested in picking and choosing different traditions to form our own unique ceremony. Not only was Bill incredibly supportive, he provided so much help and insight into what we could do and how we could do it. He had so many ideas and suggestions (a whole booklet in fact) of different choices for us.

Putting this ceremony together was one of the easiest parts of the wedding, thanks to Bill. We chose some reading, our versions of the vows, wrote our "stories" to send in to him, and then had a brief phone call a couple of weeks before the ceremony.

That was it! It came out perfectly. Every single person I spoke with at and after the wedding commented on how amazing the ceremony was and how perfectly it represented us as a couple. Bill gave us a ceremony that was funny, emotional, and exactly what we wanted.

He was a huge part of what made our wedding day so perfect.
Working with Bill was amazing. From the very beginning, he made us feel comfortable and confident that we would be able to Read more...
Working with Bill was amazing. From the very beginning, he made us feel comfortable and confident that we would be able to have the wedding we wanted - not what someone else felt we should have.

We come from different religious backgrounds and were interested in picking and choosing different traditions to form our own unique ceremony. Not only was Bill incredibly supportive, he provided so much help and insight into what we could do and how we could do it. He had so many ideas and suggestions (a whole booklet in fact) of different choices for us.

Putting this ceremony together was one of the easiest parts of the wedding, thanks to Bill. We chose some reading, our versions of the vows, wrote our "stories" to send in to him, and then had a brief phone call a couple of weeks before the ceremony.

That was it! It came out perfectly. Every single person I spoke with at and after the wedding commented on how amazing the ceremony was and how perfectly it represented us as a couple. Bill gave us a ceremony that was funny, emotional, and exactly what we wanted.

He was a huge part of what made our wedding day so perfect. Read less
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Rita
Wedding:
5/13/2016
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill was great. We did the counseling with him and it was a lot of fun. He was very flexible about meeting with us via Skype since we didn't live in the area. Also, our families have pretty different religious background, but his ceremony was appropriate and inclusive. I think he was a bit more money than the other officiant we looked at, but we definitely got our money's worth. I think he even missed his grandson's concert to do our rehearsal so thank you!!
Rev. Bill was great. We did the counseling with him and it was a lot of fun. He was very flexible about meeting with us Read more...
Rev. Bill was great. We did the counseling with him and it was a lot of fun. He was very flexible about meeting with us via Skype since we didn't live in the area. Also, our families have pretty different religious background, but his ceremony was appropriate and inclusive. I think he was a bit more money than the other officiant we looked at, but we definitely got our money's worth. I think he even missed his grandson's concert to do our rehearsal so thank you!! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
4/30/2016
5.0/5.0
We just got married and had Pastor Bill as our officiant. Our ceremony could not have been better! It was such a personalized and individual ceremony -just the way we wanted it - and our guests were blown away! We got so many compliments about our ceremony & Pastor Bill. He worked with us from the very beginning of wedding planning and met with usmultiple times to make sure he got to know us as a couple and that the ceremony was just what we wanted. Can't say enough about him! Would highly recommend!!!
We just got married and had Pastor Bill as our officiant. Our ceremony could not have been better! It was such a Read more...
We just got married and had Pastor Bill as our officiant. Our ceremony could not have been better! It was such a personalized and individual ceremony -just the way we wanted it - and our guests were blown away! We got so many compliments about our ceremony & Pastor Bill. He worked with us from the very beginning of wedding planning and met with usmultiple times to make sure he got to know us as a couple and that the ceremony was just what we wanted. Can't say enough about him! Would highly recommend!!! Read less
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Mary
Wedding:
4/9/2016
5.0/5.0
I'm adding another five star rating to Bill Cochran's plate! He did our wedding in April 2016, and I can't tell you how many people came up to us afterwards and said it was the best ceremony they've ever been to. He really set the tone we wanted for the whole day and captured our story and made it funny and sweet. I highly, highly recommend!
I'm adding another five star rating to Bill Cochran's plate! He did our wedding in April 2016, and I can't tell you how Read more...
I'm adding another five star rating to Bill Cochran's plate! He did our wedding in April 2016, and I can't tell you how many people came up to us afterwards and said it was the best ceremony they've ever been to. He really set the tone we wanted for the whole day and captured our story and made it funny and sweet. I highly, highly recommend! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
5 STARS! Rev. Bill was wonderful! The way he structures the ceremony truly personifies getting married the way you want to. You can work with him to structure the ceremony as you desire, and if you have any questions he can provide advice or guidance through his decades of experience conducting weddings. Our friends and families really liked the ceremony and thought he had a great sense of humor. Definitely visit his website and research more if you are planning a wedding. http://www.sayidoyourway.com/
5 STARS! Rev. Bill was wonderful! The way he structures the ceremony truly personifies getting married the way you want Read more...
5 STARS! Rev. Bill was wonderful! The way he structures the ceremony truly personifies getting married the way you want to. You can work with him to structure the ceremony as you desire, and if you have any questions he can provide advice or guidance through his decades of experience conducting weddings. Our friends and families really liked the ceremony and thought he had a great sense of humor. Definitely visit his website and research more if you are planning a wedding. http://www.sayidoyourway.com/ Read less
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