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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries

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ABOUT US

I am Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, a modern day minister who supports marriage equality and can deliver your marriage celebration in a style that fits who you are. During the fight for... Read more
I am Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, a modern day minister who supports marriage equality and can deliver your marriage celebration in a style that fits who you are. During the fight for marriage equality in Maryland 2012, you found me standing publicly with our state governor and other clergy in support of the Civil Marriage Protection Act for all families. And in DC, I stood behind other religious leaders who stood openingly for same sex marriage rights for our LGBT people.

I am proud of the work I do and those I serve. Now everyone in MD and DC will be treated equally in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of God. It does not matter if your ceremony is spiritual, nondenominational, interfaith, or civil; I have been trained to customize ceremonies that express a couple's heart, mind, soul, and spirit. I have officated more than 1200 marriages in the DC, MD and VA areas

From the processional to the recessional, I will lend my experience and expertise to you as part of the whole wedding celebration. My four-year seminary training taught me to embrace all faiths, all people, and all cultures. And I do this, openly, unconditionally, respectfully, and lovingly.

In 2006, I founded SJB Ministries LLC (an open and affirming ministry) and serve as the minister of matrimony, minister of healing, advisor, teacher of spiritual growth and development (through meditation, visualization, and affirmations) to those struggling in life or wanting a deeper connection with God or their higher-self.

Pre-wedding coaching is available for those living together or apart. It is not required, but highly recommended.

If you're ready to take the next step, then pick up the phone, and call me for an introductory meeting at (202) 253.3629.

Meanwhile, congratulations on creating a new chapter in your life. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

And if you like to keep in touch, follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

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What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Muslim
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
I perform ceremonies at hotels, parks, churches, mansions, gardens, private homes, banquet halls, yachts, etc.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I prefer wearing a robe. However, I am accomodating to the needs of your beliefs.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Once you decide to use my services, you will find my workbook to be very helpful in helping you to customize your ceremony.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
You are more than welcome to write your own vows. Remember that this is your wedding, not mine.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
Once you have secured my services, you will receive a lot of guidance, and a ceremony workbook with choices for each part of the ceremony.
How long are your ceremonies?
All ceremonies are allotted 30 minutes. This includes the processional, readings, solos, rituals, and recessional.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
I am a trained Prepare and Enrich couselor. However premarital counseling is always encouraged, especially when there is an obvious problem. Most couples I work with seek private prewedding sessions, as opposed to group work. This is because they have issues beyond the beginning stages of the wedding. Their problems are more post-marital because their relationships has been more like a marriage for years.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
I encourage a rehearsal. It helps everyone to know what they will be doing and how things will flow. Smoothness is important.
Do you supply a sound system?
I will bring an amplifier if necessary. And I will do this only if there is no DJ or the DJ does not have a lapel microphone. Working hands free is very important to me. There is too much for me to do with my hands during the ceremony.
 
 

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Stephanie
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Reverend Burns was wonderful and flexible. Her words at my ceremony were memorable. She gave me choices about the type of ceremony as well as the input on any wording she would use. She took our love story and turned it into our vows. I made a last minute addition to the vows about two weeks before and she accommodated my change. I would highly recommend her to anyone getting married. She really made my wedding day special.
Reverend Burns was wonderful and flexible. Her words at my ceremony were memorable. She gave me choices about the type of Read more...
Reverend Burns was wonderful and flexible. Her words at my ceremony were memorable. She gave me choices about the type of ceremony as well as the input on any wording she would use. She took our love story and turned it into our vows. I made a last minute addition to the vows about two weeks before and she accommodated my change. I would highly recommend her to anyone getting married. She really made my wedding day special. Read less
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Patrick
Wedding:
6/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was absolutely wonderful officiating our wedding! My Partner and I have been together for 26 years and finally were able to get married thanks to the supreme court and Edie Windsor. Rev. Burns was exactly who we wanted to officiate our wedding. I would not hesitate to engage her services again for anything. Thank You Rev. Burns for helping to make our Wedding Day Most Special.

Patrick D & Dale E
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was absolutely wonderful officiating our wedding! My Partner and I have been together for 26 Read more...
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was absolutely wonderful officiating our wedding! My Partner and I have been together for 26 years and finally were able to get married thanks to the supreme court and Edie Windsor. Rev. Burns was exactly who we wanted to officiate our wedding. I would not hesitate to engage her services again for anything. Thank You Rev. Burns for helping to make our Wedding Day Most Special.

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Allen
Wedding:
9/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns was exceptional. We're from Louisiana and contacted her via email. She took care of everything. All we had to do was show up. Not only would I recommend her to a friend, I already have.

Allen & Martin
Rev. Burns was exceptional. We're from Louisiana and contacted her via email. She took care of everything. All we had to Read more...
Rev. Burns was exceptional. We're from Louisiana and contacted her via email. She took care of everything. All we had to do was show up. Not only would I recommend her to a friend, I already have.

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David
Wedding:
8/12/2013
5.0/5.0
We planned our wedding with Starlene and she was fantastic. We even had a joint ceremony with some friends and we couldn't have asked for a better time. She was extremely thorough in all the details, was on time and prompt and am in the process of recommending her to some friends. Thank you Starlene!
We planned our wedding with Starlene and she was fantastic. We even had a joint ceremony with some friends and we couldn't Read more...
We planned our wedding with Starlene and she was fantastic. We even had a joint ceremony with some friends and we couldn't have asked for a better time. She was extremely thorough in all the details, was on time and prompt and am in the process of recommending her to some friends. Thank you Starlene! Read less
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Masresha
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
I found Reverend Burns here on Wedding Wire because of her stellar reviews. She is an absolute professional and like others have said she is witty and carries an amazing ceremony delivery style. We made it into the "Vows" section of the New York Times with a reference to Reverend Burns.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/fashion/weddings/masresha-tadesse-and-julian-harris.html?ref=weddings&_r=0.

I'm so happy, and our day would undoubtedly not been the same if Reverend Burns didn't officiate.

xo Mas & Julian
I found Reverend Burns here on Wedding Wire because of her stellar reviews. She is an absolute professional and like Read more...
I found Reverend Burns here on Wedding Wire because of her stellar reviews. She is an absolute professional and like others have said she is witty and carries an amazing ceremony delivery style. We made it into the "Vows" section of the New York Times with a reference to Reverend Burns.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/fashion/weddings/masresha-tadesse-and-julian-harris.html?ref=weddings&_r=0.

I'm so happy, and our day would undoubtedly not been the same if Reverend Burns didn't officiate.

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Michael
Wedding:
6/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns went to a lot of trouble to make sure that our special day would be perfect. Being out-of-towners we weren't sure about a location for the wedding and she rented a beautiful sanctuary for us. Her ceremony was very moving and everything we could have asked for. I would gladly recommend her and her services for anyone seeking to wed in DC, especially same-sex couples as ourselves.
Rev. Burns went to a lot of trouble to make sure that our special day would be perfect. Being out-of-towners we weren't Read more...
Rev. Burns went to a lot of trouble to make sure that our special day would be perfect. Being out-of-towners we weren't sure about a location for the wedding and she rented a beautiful sanctuary for us. Her ceremony was very moving and everything we could have asked for. I would gladly recommend her and her services for anyone seeking to wed in DC, especially same-sex couples as ourselves. Read less
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T
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Chapel of Love Ceremonies is an excellent choice. My husband and I are so glad that we chose Reverend Burns. She personalized our ceremony to what we envisioned and answered any questions or concerns we had. She made recommendations based on the information we provided her and it led to a beautiful ceremony. We received so many comments about the warm and loving feel of our ceremony. We will cherish her service for a lifetime.
Chapel of Love Ceremonies is an excellent choice. My husband and I are so glad that we chose Reverend Burns. She Read more...
Chapel of Love Ceremonies is an excellent choice. My husband and I are so glad that we chose Reverend Burns. She personalized our ceremony to what we envisioned and answered any questions or concerns we had. She made recommendations based on the information we provided her and it led to a beautiful ceremony. We received so many comments about the warm and loving feel of our ceremony. We will cherish her service for a lifetime. Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you T for taking the time and posting a wonderful review about my services. I enjoyed your wedding, family, and friends. I can only hope that you enjoyed every moment of your special day.
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Kimberly
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
It was a pleasure to have Reverend Burns officiate our wedding. She is a fun, light-hearted & professional individual. My husband and I enjoyed our pre-marital session. She makes the ceremony & vow writing a breeze. And provides you with tons of assistance and will taylor your ceremony to fit your religous/spritual views. Thanks again Rev. Burns!
It was a pleasure to have Reverend Burns officiate our wedding. She is a fun, light-hearted & professional individual. My Read more...
It was a pleasure to have Reverend Burns officiate our wedding. She is a fun, light-hearted & professional individual. My husband and I enjoyed our pre-marital session. She makes the ceremony & vow writing a breeze. And provides you with tons of assistance and will taylor your ceremony to fit your religous/spritual views. Thanks again Rev. Burns! Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you Kimberly and Marcus for the great review. I enjoyed meeting and working with your family and friends. And I especially enjoyed stepping out of my ministerial role and being just me.
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Jeff
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Reverend Burns wrote a beautiful ceremony and made our day perfect.
Reverend Burns wrote a beautiful ceremony and made our day perfect.
Reverend Burns wrote a beautiful ceremony and made our day perfect. Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you Jeff for the kind words. And kindly accept my apologies for just replying to your post.
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Jonathan
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. S.J. Burns was amazing. I was so blessed to come across her website. She was there for us through every step of our wedding process. She was more then willing to help us with any questions and concerns we had. She made it a very relaxed atmosphere and helped put us at ease. We are very grateful for the beautiful service.
Rev. S.J. Burns was amazing. I was so blessed to come across her website. She was there for us through every step of our Read more...
Rev. S.J. Burns was amazing. I was so blessed to come across her website. She was there for us through every step of our wedding process. She was more then willing to help us with any questions and concerns we had. She made it a very relaxed atmosphere and helped put us at ease. We are very grateful for the beautiful service. Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Jonathan, thank you for leaving such a pleasant and detailed review. You guys were great.
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Johnny
Wedding:
9/16/2012
5.0/5.0
We were very pleased with Rev. Starlene Burns' services, as the Officiant for our wedding. She demonstrated a high level of professionalism and went beyond the call of duty to help us prepare for our wedding ceremony. Her knowledge and vast amount of experience made for a perfect wedding ceremony!
We were very pleased with Rev. Starlene Burns' services, as the Officiant for our wedding. She demonstrated a high level Read more...
We were very pleased with Rev. Starlene Burns' services, as the Officiant for our wedding. She demonstrated a high level of professionalism and went beyond the call of duty to help us prepare for our wedding ceremony. Her knowledge and vast amount of experience made for a perfect wedding ceremony! Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Dr. Braddy, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It means so much to me. Working with you, was like working with someone I had known all my life. You have a host of wonderful people in your life. Many blessings to you and your new wife.
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Danny
Wedding:
9/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Reverend Burns was awesome! She provided a moving and meaningful ceremony for my partner and me! Since we are from NC, She also served as our license agent, which made our day stress free. Everything was an absolutely wonderful experience. I would highly recommend her services!!!
Danny and Roger
Reverend Burns was awesome! She provided a moving and meaningful ceremony for my partner and me! Since we are from NC, She Read more...
Reverend Burns was awesome! She provided a moving and meaningful ceremony for my partner and me! Since we are from NC, She also served as our license agent, which made our day stress free. Everything was an absolutely wonderful experience. I would highly recommend her services!!!
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Danny & Roger, thank you so much for leaving this review. I enjoyed every moment working with you. What brings me the greatest satisfaction, is couples leaving DC happy.
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Kelvin & Linda
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
We could not have made a better choice then Rev. Burns. From the beginning of our first consultation till the day of our wedding. Rev. Burns was always there to answer questions, was on time with anything we ask. In Short, PROFESSIONAL all the way and felt more like a friend. THANK YOU REV. BURNS
We could not have made a better choice then Rev. Burns. From the beginning of our first consultation till the day of our Read more...
We could not have made a better choice then Rev. Burns. From the beginning of our first consultation till the day of our wedding. Rev. Burns was always there to answer questions, was on time with anything we ask. In Short, PROFESSIONAL all the way and felt more like a friend. THANK YOU REV. BURNS Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you for navigating your way through techland and leaving this wonderful review. I hope you know, that I appreciate it very much. Blessings
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Katherine
Wedding:
7/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns was very informative. She made everything easy.
Rev. Burns was very informative. She made everything easy.
Rev. Burns was very informative. She made everything easy. Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you Katerine.
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Janet
Wedding:
7/2/2012
5.0/5.0
We decided to have a last minute civil ceremony at our condo in DC after finding out that my father's health was rapidly worsening. We found Reverend Burns online and sent her an email inquiring if she could file our paperwork, bring it to our home and officiate a small civil ceremony. She quickly responded and within 24 hours (beginning on the Sunday of the Thanksgiving weekend) we had received an emailed response, spoke to her on the phone, and completed all the necessary paperwork.

Reverend Burns is kind and thoughtful. She even suggested that my father walk me down the "aisle", which was the entrance to our roof deck. She kept us up to date with emails and she was prompt the day of the ceremony. However, that is not what made her fabulous; my fiance told her our engagement story and she incorporated the tearing of a paper towel as part of the ceremony at the very last minute. It brought me to tears and the entire ceremony was perfect!

She also created a lovely program and had everything prepared in a folder for us to review. She really thought of everything, including the forms and envelopes to get certified copies of the wedding certificate. I strongly recommend her services. She will not disappoint and will probably pleasantly surprise you!
We decided to have a last minute civil ceremony at our condo in DC after finding out that my father's health was rapidly Read more...
We decided to have a last minute civil ceremony at our condo in DC after finding out that my father's health was rapidly worsening. We found Reverend Burns online and sent her an email inquiring if she could file our paperwork, bring it to our home and officiate a small civil ceremony. She quickly responded and within 24 hours (beginning on the Sunday of the Thanksgiving weekend) we had received an emailed response, spoke to her on the phone, and completed all the necessary paperwork.

Reverend Burns is kind and thoughtful. She even suggested that my father walk me down the "aisle", which was the entrance to our roof deck. She kept us up to date with emails and she was prompt the day of the ceremony. However, that is not what made her fabulous; my fiance told her our engagement story and she incorporated the tearing of a paper towel as part of the ceremony at the very last minute. It brought me to tears and the entire ceremony was perfect!

She also created a lovely program and had everything prepared in a folder for us to review. She really thought of everything, including the forms and envelopes to get certified copies of the wedding certificate. I strongly recommend her services. She will not disappoint and will probably pleasantly surprise you! Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Janet thank you for this review. Paper towel ritual, that was different, and I still smiling :)
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns. Thank you so much for being there for us. The ceremony was more than what we've expected. You made it very personal, especially when you incorporated the meaning of our last name at the end. That was a very nice and special touch and meant a lot for us.. we really appreciated everything you've done to make our day such a special and memorable day..
Thank you Thank you Thank you..God bless
Rev. Burns. Thank you so much for being there for us. The ceremony was more than what we've expected. You made it very Read more...
Rev. Burns. Thank you so much for being there for us. The ceremony was more than what we've expected. You made it very personal, especially when you incorporated the meaning of our last name at the end. That was a very nice and special touch and meant a lot for us.. we really appreciated everything you've done to make our day such a special and memorable day..
Thank you Thank you Thank you..God bless Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you for this wonderful review.
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Maya
Wedding:
6/22/2012
5.0/5.0
The Officiant Rev. Burns was wonderful.
The Officiant Rev. Burns was wonderful.
The Officiant Rev. Burns was wonderful. Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Yea! I appreciate knowing that. And thanks a million for the review.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Reverend Burns did bless us with a very thoughtful and emotional speech and as a person she did complement our special day with her warmth and personality. We are very happy that she did marry us and will always remember Reverend Burns. We were on very short notice and she was very flexible and supportive too.
Reverend Burns did bless us with a very thoughtful and emotional speech and as a person she did complement our special day Read more...
Reverend Burns did bless us with a very thoughtful and emotional speech and as a person she did complement our special day with her warmth and personality. We are very happy that she did marry us and will always remember Reverend Burns. We were on very short notice and she was very flexible and supportive too. Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you. You made my day.
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Delicious
Wedding:
5/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns was great and made us feel as if we had known her all our lives. She took time to get to know us, which made our wedding personal and not routine. Will continue to tell people about her and her business. We are very pleased with the job she provided. Thanks Rev Burns for making our day a day we will always remember.
Rev. Burns was great and made us feel as if we had known her all our lives. She took time to get to know us, which made Read more...
Rev. Burns was great and made us feel as if we had known her all our lives. She took time to get to know us, which made our wedding personal and not routine. Will continue to tell people about her and her business. We are very pleased with the job she provided. Thanks Rev Burns for making our day a day we will always remember. Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

I will never forget you two. And yes, I felt like I had known you and your wife all my life. You ladies are pretty down to earth. And so am I. Thanks for the heartfelt review.
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Renee
Wedding:
1/20/2012
5.0/5.0
The ceremony was beautiful and well planned. We decided to elope and Reverend Jones made us feel like family when we had none with us. After the ceremony she gave us a beautiful wedding packet with our personalized ceremony and all of our papers. She is a very special woman andI would highly recommend her to anyone needed her services.
The ceremony was beautiful and well planned. We decided to elope and Reverend Jones made us feel like family when we had Read more...
The ceremony was beautiful and well planned. We decided to elope and Reverend Jones made us feel like family when we had none with us. After the ceremony she gave us a beautiful wedding packet with our personalized ceremony and all of our papers. She is a very special woman andI would highly recommend her to anyone needed her services. Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you for taking the time and writing this review. I know I'm a little late replying, but I sincerely appreciate your kind words.
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Merrifield2011
Wedding:
12/11/2011
5.0/5.0
We decided to have a last minute civil ceremony at our condo in DC after finding out that my father's health was rapidly worsening. We found Reverend Burns online and sent her an email inquiring if she could file our paperwork, bring it to our home and officiate a small civil ceremony. She quickly responded and within 24 hours (beginning on the Sunday of the Thanksgiving weekend) we had received an emailed response, spoke to her on the phone, and completed all the necessary paperwork.

Reverend Burns is kind and thoughtful. She even suggested that my father walk me down the "aisle", which was the entrance to our roof deck. She kept us up to date with emails and she was prompt the day of the ceremony. However, that is not what made her fabulous; my fiance told her our engagement story and she incorporated the tearing of a paper towel as part of the ceremony at the very last minute. It brought me to tears and the entire ceremony was perfect!

She also created a lovely program and had everything prepared in a folder for us to review. She really thought of everything, including the forms and envelopes to get certified copies of the wedding certificate. I strongly recommend her services. She will not disappoint and will probably pleasantly surprise you!
We decided to have a last minute civil ceremony at our condo in DC after finding out that my father's health was rapidly Read more...
We decided to have a last minute civil ceremony at our condo in DC after finding out that my father's health was rapidly worsening. We found Reverend Burns online and sent her an email inquiring if she could file our paperwork, bring it to our home and officiate a small civil ceremony. She quickly responded and within 24 hours (beginning on the Sunday of the Thanksgiving weekend) we had received an emailed response, spoke to her on the phone, and completed all the necessary paperwork.

Reverend Burns is kind and thoughtful. She even suggested that my father walk me down the "aisle", which was the entrance to our roof deck. She kept us up to date with emails and she was prompt the day of the ceremony. However, that is not what made her fabulous; my fiance told her our engagement story and she incorporated the tearing of a paper towel as part of the ceremony at the very last minute. It brought me to tears and the entire ceremony was perfect!

She also created a lovely program and had everything prepared in a folder for us to review. She really thought of everything, including the forms and envelopes to get certified copies of the wedding certificate. I strongly recommend her services. She will not disappoint and will probably pleasantly surprise you! Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much. Your review and kind words are very touching. And you had a beautiful first wedding. Having your father walk you down the aisle was joy to my heart because it meant so much to you. I hope he gets to do that again at your big event. The paper towel ritual was a first. And Jay is a true blessing. I wish you both lots of happiness and success.
Bb7
Pattie
Wedding:
11/18/2011
5.0/5.0
We had been engaged quite a while, but rather last minute (in Oct) to get married in DC on our anniversary in Nov 2011. While we did not love the thought of getting married at the courthouse, we thought that was the best option at the last minute. Then I found the Reverend online, we were so excited. She worked with us - at the very last minute (3 or 4 days before) - to create a beautiful ceremony outside of the Jefferson Memorial. She is very flexible in offering skype for first meetings with her, traveling to different sites in DC to officiate, and filing the paperwork for us. But the lasting memory are the lovely vows she drafted based on her first meeting with us. Rev. Burns made our day very special!!!
We had been engaged quite a while, but rather last minute (in Oct) to get married in DC on our anniversary in Nov 2011. Read more...
We had been engaged quite a while, but rather last minute (in Oct) to get married in DC on our anniversary in Nov 2011. While we did not love the thought of getting married at the courthouse, we thought that was the best option at the last minute. Then I found the Reverend online, we were so excited. She worked with us - at the very last minute (3 or 4 days before) - to create a beautiful ceremony outside of the Jefferson Memorial. She is very flexible in offering skype for first meetings with her, traveling to different sites in DC to officiate, and filing the paperwork for us. But the lasting memory are the lovely vows she drafted based on her first meeting with us. Rev. Burns made our day very special!!! Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Pattie, that's why I love my job. I enjoy making couples feel special and happy. And I thank your for this wonderful review.
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samoneed
Wedding:
10/28/2011
5.0/5.0
We have already recommended Reverend Burns to several of our friends. She was very helpful in getting our license without us being there and made the process very easy and painless. The ceremony she provided was very memorable, she also recommended the location which was beautiful.
We have already recommended Reverend Burns to several of our friends. She was very helpful in getting our license without Read more...
We have already recommended Reverend Burns to several of our friends. She was very helpful in getting our license without us being there and made the process very easy and painless. The ceremony she provided was very memorable, she also recommended the location which was beautiful. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and for recommending me to your friends. That means a lot. I'm so excited. I can't wait to meet them.
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VowsInTheVineyard
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns is an absolute professional with a witty sense of humor and an amazing ceremony delivery style. Her ability to perform a simple, sophisticated ceremony that wasn't the typical canned presentation was sincerely appreciated not only by the bride & groom but our guests as well. Thank you for adding to the joyful spirit of our event with your presence and your amazing talent. And thank you for giving us a lasting memory of your kindness and generosity. Sincerely, Elisha & Ka-el
Rev. Burns is an absolute professional with a witty sense of humor and an amazing ceremony delivery style. Her ability to Read more...
Rev. Burns is an absolute professional with a witty sense of humor and an amazing ceremony delivery style. Her ability to perform a simple, sophisticated ceremony that wasn't the typical canned presentation was sincerely appreciated not only by the bride & groom but our guests as well. Thank you for adding to the joyful spirit of our event with your presence and your amazing talent. And thank you for giving us a lasting memory of your kindness and generosity. Sincerely, Elisha & Ka-el Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

I am elated. Having a professional wedding planner with style, creativity, sophistication, and whose last name is now “Jordan” to review me; has swollen my head so large that I’m floating on Cloud 9. Thank a million for you heartfelt recommendation.
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nicole
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns was EXCEPTIONAL!!!!!!!!! We found her only weeks before our wedding, however we felt like we had known her for such a long time. Her professionalism, flexibility, and creativity during our last few weeks of planning put us at ease. Rev. Burns exudes confidence and a great sense of humor, and added a wonderful touch of class to our ceremony. We wholeheartedly recommend her!!!!!

Dellin and Nicole Smith, 10/8/2011
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
Rev. Burns was EXCEPTIONAL!!!!!!!!! We found her only weeks before our wedding, however we felt like we had known her for Read more...
Rev. Burns was EXCEPTIONAL!!!!!!!!! We found her only weeks before our wedding, however we felt like we had known her for such a long time. Her professionalism, flexibility, and creativity during our last few weeks of planning put us at ease. Rev. Burns exudes confidence and a great sense of humor, and added a wonderful touch of class to our ceremony. We wholeheartedly recommend her!!!!!

Dellin and Nicole Smith, 10/8/2011
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Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Wow Nicole! You blew me away with this review. If you were here, I would hug you s.o.o.o.o hard, you would repeat, "Rev., you can let go now! Really Rev! Rev!, you can let g..o..o..o now." Thank you so much for these special words. Trust me, your review means a lot.
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khussain
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Our planner at DIYva Designs recommend Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns to us. We waited so late in the game finding an officiant since our ceremony was not going to be at church and were sooooo relieved when she was available to perform our wedding ceremony for us. We met with her about 1 month prior to our wedding where we got to know each other and she went over her services and what she was able to provide. We were given the opportunity to customize our ceremony and see examples of others that she does. She was very nice to work with and was also very understanding when we experienced a delay at our rehearsal.

She is very easy to talk to, answered any questions we had and was prompt with returning calls/emails which is also very important.
Our planner at DIYva Designs recommend Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns to us. We waited so late in the game finding an Read more...
Our planner at DIYva Designs recommend Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns to us. We waited so late in the game finding an officiant since our ceremony was not going to be at church and were sooooo relieved when she was available to perform our wedding ceremony for us. We met with her about 1 month prior to our wedding where we got to know each other and she went over her services and what she was able to provide. We were given the opportunity to customize our ceremony and see examples of others that she does. She was very nice to work with and was also very understanding when we experienced a delay at our rehearsal.

She is very easy to talk to, answered any questions we had and was prompt with returning calls/emails which is also very important. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for that review. I enjoyed my time working with you, your planner, and your family. And I must add; you were looking fabulous. I can't wait to see your photo gallery.
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Joseph Rife
Wedding:
9/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was very professional and at the same time she was loving and sincere! She made our ceremony exactly what we wanted it to be! She was highly recommended to us and we highly recommend her to anyone planning to get married in the DC area!

Joseph & David
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was very professional and at the same time she was loving and sincere! She made our ceremony Read more...
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was very professional and at the same time she was loving and sincere! She made our ceremony exactly what we wanted it to be! She was highly recommended to us and we highly recommend her to anyone planning to get married in the DC area!

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Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

I will never forget my time spent with you, your spouse, family and friends. It was your day, but you made my Birthday special too. Thank you so very much for bringing my 55 bday in with song. You guys are great.
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ASinDC
Wedding:
9/19/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I selected Rev Burns to perform our marriage ceremony after talking to a few others. The most important thing to us was that we and our family and friends were comfortable with her. Within minutes of meeting, she expressed her belief in equality for gay and lesbian people and her frustration with other religious leaders who oppose equality. I enjoyed using her guidebook to write our ceremony, although she will do it for you if you don't want to. I think the revisions she made to my version were helpful. Rev Burns was gracious to our families and friends and several people remarked that they enjoyed talking to her at the rehearsal, reheasal dinner, and reception. The ceremony went off perfectly. I would certainly recommend Rev Burns for a wedding whether gay or straight.
My husband and I selected Rev Burns to perform our marriage ceremony after talking to a few others. The most important Read more...
My husband and I selected Rev Burns to perform our marriage ceremony after talking to a few others. The most important thing to us was that we and our family and friends were comfortable with her. Within minutes of meeting, she expressed her belief in equality for gay and lesbian people and her frustration with other religious leaders who oppose equality. I enjoyed using her guidebook to write our ceremony, although she will do it for you if you don't want to. I think the revisions she made to my version were helpful. Rev Burns was gracious to our families and friends and several people remarked that they enjoyed talking to her at the rehearsal, reheasal dinner, and reception. The ceremony went off perfectly. I would certainly recommend Rev Burns for a wedding whether gay or straight. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Wow! is the word that comes to mind. Your wedding was the bomb (that's what the kids say). Thank you for allowing me to be part of your family and friends for a day (well two days). I felt very comfortable with everyone. And I can't wait to open that bottle of wine on Christmas day.
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The Groom
Wedding:
9/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns was great! she was professional and offered some insight and great advice to us about the journey on which we were about to embark.

She paid close attention to us and took the time to get to know us and find out what was truly important to us, and was sure to include that in the ceremony.

Rev. Burns delivered a wonderful service and I highly recommend her!
Rev. Burns was great! she was professional and offered some insight and great advice to us about the journey on which we Read more...
Rev. Burns was great! she was professional and offered some insight and great advice to us about the journey on which we were about to embark.

She paid close attention to us and took the time to get to know us and find out what was truly important to us, and was sure to include that in the ceremony.

Rev. Burns delivered a wonderful service and I highly recommend her! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

J.., thank you for those kind words. Spending time with you and your wife was time well spent. You two are a joy to be around. And I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to serve as your minister. Just know that my door is always opened.
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We Did It!
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
I just want to say a few honest and kind words about our experience with Chapel of Love Ceremonies and the respected and most honorable Starlene Joyner Burns, MSS. We arrived from Miami to Washington DC after a earthquake and in the midst of a hurricane this past August 25th. We, my partner and myself were a nervous wreck if you can imagine but went on a vibe all would be fine. Well, it was more than fine, it was spectacular. The storm just brushed by us at our hotel and she was encouraging through the entire process. She was on time, kind and encouraging about doubts, cold feet, vow's and positive advice in making this marriage a most wonderful and long lasting one at that. My partner was an hour late right after the photographer who was just as late due to the storm and she was so patient and calming to me. She spent time sharing advice and listening to me discussing hopes, concerns and desires from Gay Marriage to Acceptance and family turbulence shall I say. She was wonderful! The ceremony went so smooth and her words and vows bestowed upon us were priceless. She further gave us for keep sake a nice folder with all our documents, licenses and vows exchanged etc. A true memorable keep sake and I just want to say on behalf of my partner and I - we thank you so much. We hope many more lucky couples out there get the chance to experience the true blessings and spiritual nature of the most honorable Minister - Starlene Joyner Burns, MSS.
To her I say thank you for your time, patience and true caring nature you bestowed upon Gary and I on August 27, 2011. God bless and much success and many more opportunities to those wishing to elope. Best regards with love, Craig
I just want to say a few honest and kind words about our experience with Chapel of Love Ceremonies and the respected and Read more...
I just want to say a few honest and kind words about our experience with Chapel of Love Ceremonies and the respected and most honorable Starlene Joyner Burns, MSS. We arrived from Miami to Washington DC after a earthquake and in the midst of a hurricane this past August 25th. We, my partner and myself were a nervous wreck if you can imagine but went on a vibe all would be fine. Well, it was more than fine, it was spectacular. The storm just brushed by us at our hotel and she was encouraging through the entire process. She was on time, kind and encouraging about doubts, cold feet, vow's and positive advice in making this marriage a most wonderful and long lasting one at that. My partner was an hour late right after the photographer who was just as late due to the storm and she was so patient and calming to me. She spent time sharing advice and listening to me discussing hopes, concerns and desires from Gay Marriage to Acceptance and family turbulence shall I say. She was wonderful! The ceremony went so smooth and her words and vows bestowed upon us were priceless. She further gave us for keep sake a nice folder with all our documents, licenses and vows exchanged etc. A true memorable keep sake and I just want to say on behalf of my partner and I - we thank you so much. We hope many more lucky couples out there get the chance to experience the true blessings and spiritual nature of the most honorable Minister - Starlene Joyner Burns, MSS.
To her I say thank you for your time, patience and true caring nature you bestowed upon Gary and I on August 27, 2011. God bless and much success and many more opportunities to those wishing to elope. Best regards with love, Craig Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

This review brought tears to my eyes. It is so heartfelt, vivid, and well-written. Saying thanks to you can’t even touch the gratitude I feel. I feel truly blessed. Thanks for being an angel of truth, love, caring, and giving. Weathering the storm to officiate your marriage to (aka) Dominick only shows how we are truly guided and protected by a Divine presence (God and angels).
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Connie
Wedding:
8/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns is the best in Washington dc area. She's flexible she's understanding, she's very professional in every way, We recommend her to everyone we know.
Rev. Burns is the best in Washington dc area. She's flexible she's understanding, she's very professional in every way, We Read more...
Rev. Burns is the best in Washington dc area. She's flexible she's understanding, she's very professional in every way, We recommend her to everyone we know. Read less
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keya1007
Wedding:
8/14/2011
5.0/5.0
She is very professional, punctual, and made sure our wedding ran smooth! Definately referrable!
She is very professional, punctual, and made sure our wedding ran smooth! Definately referrable!
She is very professional, punctual, and made sure our wedding ran smooth! Definately referrable! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Keya, thank you for your kind words. Many Blessings in your marriage, Rev. Burns
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bwhite
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Honestly, you made our wedding day perfect!!!!
Honestly, you made our wedding day perfect!!!!
Honestly, you made our wedding day perfect!!!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you. You made my day perfect as well.
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valencia
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Very Very sweet and beautiful person that does everthing with excellent taste.
Very Very sweet and beautiful person that does everthing with excellent taste.
Very Very sweet and beautiful person that does everthing with excellent taste. Read less
Services Used: Officiant, Wedding Planning
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you. You have excellent taste also. Beautiful venue, great food, lovely attire, and I felt blessed to preside over your ceremony. Keep in touch.
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downtownsohobride
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
From the moment I meet Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, I thought she was wonderful. I loved her energy, coolness and a sort of jazziness about her. She was perfect for my non-traditional wedding. I loved that she was flexible and understood my vision of what my wedding day should be. She showed up on time. The family enjoyed her. Loved the way she presented the ceremony for my small cocktail wedding ( we only had about 12 guest and out of those 12 guest four were kids). I really think I was blessed with the perfect wedding. I was worried about find the right officiant to fit into my non traditional wedding. But after meeting her in one meeting. I told my husband that she was the one. She has a great sense of humor. she's laid back. very nice and put me to ease. She's got a zen quality about her. Trust me on your wedding day you will want as many chilled people around you as possible. Cause you will be a little stressed. So whether you want a traditional wedding or non-traditional like I had. I would highly recommend Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns.

Peter and Michelle Graves, Married May 21, 2011 in Alexandria, Virginia!
From the moment I meet Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, I thought she was wonderful. I loved her energy, coolness and a sort of Read more...
From the moment I meet Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, I thought she was wonderful. I loved her energy, coolness and a sort of jazziness about her. She was perfect for my non-traditional wedding. I loved that she was flexible and understood my vision of what my wedding day should be. She showed up on time. The family enjoyed her. Loved the way she presented the ceremony for my small cocktail wedding ( we only had about 12 guest and out of those 12 guest four were kids). I really think I was blessed with the perfect wedding. I was worried about find the right officiant to fit into my non traditional wedding. But after meeting her in one meeting. I told my husband that she was the one. She has a great sense of humor. she's laid back. very nice and put me to ease. She's got a zen quality about her. Trust me on your wedding day you will want as many chilled people around you as possible. Cause you will be a little stressed. So whether you want a traditional wedding or non-traditional like I had. I would highly recommend Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns.

Peter and Michelle Graves, Married May 21, 2011 in Alexandria, Virginia! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Michelle, when I read your review and reflected on your wedding day and our meeting, I am glad that I got an opportunity to work with you and your spouse. You truly had a beautiful wedding. You made sure of it. And I am glad that I helped you to stay in the zone of peace. Blessings to you and your husband
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Sheree Lynn - Younger
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was wonderful. I called her one day in advance and she helped me with my vows, was on time, helped with rehearsal, was very professional and didn't make any mistakes when administering the ceremony. My family felt very comfortable with her, like she'd been a family friend for years. I highly recommend her services and look forward to maintaining her friendship as we retain her services for marriage coaching and spiritual guidance.
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was wonderful. I called her one day in advance and she helped me with my vows, was on time, Read more...
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was wonderful. I called her one day in advance and she helped me with my vows, was on time, helped with rehearsal, was very professional and didn't make any mistakes when administering the ceremony. My family felt very comfortable with her, like she'd been a family friend for years. I highly recommend her services and look forward to maintaining her friendship as we retain her services for marriage coaching and spiritual guidance. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Sheree, thank you for sharing your experience with me and others. And yes, my door does not close with the end of the ceremony. It stays open to all couples who used my services. Please keep in touch. And thanks again for your review. It means a lot.
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/2/2011
5.0/5.0
Absolutely Fabulous! Starlene Joyner Burns was responsive to our every needs. We needed to get married quickly and she helped; she suggested the venue and arranged everything to happen within a couple of days. She didn't charge any extra for an extremely expedited service.
Absolutely Fabulous! Starlene Joyner Burns was responsive to our every needs. We needed to get married quickly and she Read more...
Absolutely Fabulous! Starlene Joyner Burns was responsive to our every needs. We needed to get married quickly and she helped; she suggested the venue and arranged everything to happen within a couple of days. She didn't charge any extra for an extremely expedited service. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Kimya
Wedding:
5/1/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were married by Rev. Joyner Burns on May 1, 2011. Although I contacted several local officiants, Rev. Burns was by far the most professional, courteous, and responsive. She took the time to listen to our hopes for our wedding day and learn about us as a couple. I was a detail-oriented bride and I had very specific ideas about how I wanted the wedding to proceed. Rev. Burns listened to every idea I had and was diligent about incorporating my wishes into the ceremony. For those of you who may not be as anal-retentive as me, fear not! Rev. Burns comes prepared with an array of ideas and sample wedding services that you can adapt to your specific needs. Whether you are a spiritual, but non-practicing couple as we are, an interfaith couple, a God-fearing couple who hasn't found the right place of worship, Rev. Burns will respect your tradition and beliefs. She will provide you with a wedding ceremony that will honor who you are as individuals and a couple. I cannot say enough positive things about Rev. Burns! We think highly of her and we highly recommend her services!

Mrs. Darlington
My husband and I were married by Rev. Joyner Burns on May 1, 2011. Although I contacted several local officiants, Rev. Read more...
My husband and I were married by Rev. Joyner Burns on May 1, 2011. Although I contacted several local officiants, Rev. Burns was by far the most professional, courteous, and responsive. She took the time to listen to our hopes for our wedding day and learn about us as a couple. I was a detail-oriented bride and I had very specific ideas about how I wanted the wedding to proceed. Rev. Burns listened to every idea I had and was diligent about incorporating my wishes into the ceremony. For those of you who may not be as anal-retentive as me, fear not! Rev. Burns comes prepared with an array of ideas and sample wedding services that you can adapt to your specific needs. Whether you are a spiritual, but non-practicing couple as we are, an interfaith couple, a God-fearing couple who hasn't found the right place of worship, Rev. Burns will respect your tradition and beliefs. She will provide you with a wedding ceremony that will honor who you are as individuals and a couple. I cannot say enough positive things about Rev. Burns! We think highly of her and we highly recommend her services!

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Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Kimya, I save responding to this review until the baby came. Congratualtions on a new life, and thank you so much for this wonderful, heartfelt review. Please stay in touch and send me pictures of the baby.
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fashion
Wedding:
4/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns was a wonderful officiant for our wedding. She took the time to carefully walk us through our options and to learn about us as a couple to ensure she met our wishes for our ceremony. Upon meeting her you can tell that she is genuinely interested in collaborating with you to personalize your ceremony. She is also very organized and came prepared with materials that helped us better determine our ceremony style. We were truly happy that we had the opportunity to work with her!!
Rev. Burns was a wonderful officiant for our wedding. She took the time to carefully walk us through our options and to Read more...
Rev. Burns was a wonderful officiant for our wedding. She took the time to carefully walk us through our options and to learn about us as a couple to ensure she met our wishes for our ceremony. Upon meeting her you can tell that she is genuinely interested in collaborating with you to personalize your ceremony. She is also very organized and came prepared with materials that helped us better determine our ceremony style. We were truly happy that we had the opportunity to work with her!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me and others. Now I can "boldly where no man has gone before." Just a little clip to show you that I remember your wedding well. Hugs.
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Anthony
Wedding:
8/15/2010
5.0/5.0
Reverend Burns did a wonderful job of making us feel comfortable and giving us easy options for a customized ceremony.
Reverend Burns did a wonderful job of making us feel comfortable and giving us easy options for a customized ceremony.
Reverend Burns did a wonderful job of making us feel comfortable and giving us easy options for a customized ceremony. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Anthony, don't forget to contact me in 5 years. I want to see you and your wife still doing the wiggley worm. Thanks for the review, I knew your parents raised you well (NC yea).
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Renita
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
She is a very wonderful, kind, respectful and caring person. She listens to what you want. I would refer her services to anyone that i know that's getting married. She is just excellent!!!!!
She is a very wonderful, kind, respectful and caring person. She listens to what you want. I would refer her services to Read more...
She is a very wonderful, kind, respectful and caring person. She listens to what you want. I would refer her services to anyone that i know that's getting married. She is just excellent!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

I always enjoy my job from the beginning to the end. And it is always a pleasure to know that a couple appreciates the work I do. Thanks for letting me know that God has lead me in the right direction. Blessings
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Giannone - CT
Wedding:
8/12/2010
5.0/5.0
Reverend Burns gave us a beautiful ceremony. The way she spoke to us, I feel like I have known her for years. She was extremely helpful beforehand, answering any questions or requests we had in a prompt, professional, yet down to earth manner. She helped to make our day as perfect as it was. I would highly recommend her to anyone in the future.
Reverend Burns gave us a beautiful ceremony. The way she spoke to us, I feel like I have known her for years. She was Read more...
Reverend Burns gave us a beautiful ceremony. The way she spoke to us, I feel like I have known her for years. She was extremely helpful beforehand, answering any questions or requests we had in a prompt, professional, yet down to earth manner. She helped to make our day as perfect as it was. I would highly recommend her to anyone in the future. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

I really had a ball at your wedding as your officiant and shoe less photographer. I will never forget you or your dogs. Give the hugs from me, and thanks for the great review.
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Bill
Wedding:
8/9/2010
5.0/5.0
We had a fantastic experience with Rev. Burns.
We had a fantastic experience with Rev. Burns.
We had a fantastic experience with Rev. Burns. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thanks Bill for your kind words.
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NEDIDA1130
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
At first, Rev. Burns is very professional and detail oriented. After the formalities are confirmed, she is warm, thoughtful, funny and very accommodating. Our ceremony was personal. She spoke to us--to our hearts--which means she really took the time to see "us" and who we are together. We received many compliments from our family and friend who had never been to a wedding ceremony that was so personal. It wasn't the same words and phrases you always hear. Rev Burns spoke complete love over us and even advised us on what being the right partner means. We not only appreciate her as our Officiant but we count her as someone we can call on for spiritual advise in ANY aspect of our lives. We were blessed to meet her and would recommend her over and over again to anyone seeking an Officiant for their special day.
At first, Rev. Burns is very professional and detail oriented. After the formalities are confirmed, she is warm, Read more...
At first, Rev. Burns is very professional and detail oriented. After the formalities are confirmed, she is warm, thoughtful, funny and very accommodating. Our ceremony was personal. She spoke to us--to our hearts--which means she really took the time to see "us" and who we are together. We received many compliments from our family and friend who had never been to a wedding ceremony that was so personal. It wasn't the same words and phrases you always hear. Rev Burns spoke complete love over us and even advised us on what being the right partner means. We not only appreciate her as our Officiant but we count her as someone we can call on for spiritual advise in ANY aspect of our lives. We were blessed to meet her and would recommend her over and over again to anyone seeking an Officiant for their special day. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

I will never forget you two, your wedding, nor your nephew. It was a hot day and we all felt it. I know I am just getting around to saying thank you for the review, so kindly forgive me. Many thanks, Rev. B.
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Mrs. Bigbaby
Wedding:
7/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Everything was wonderful!!!!!!!!!
Everything was wonderful!!!!!!!!!
Everything was wonderful!!!!!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you.
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College Girl
Wedding:
7/7/2010
5.0/5.0
Reverant Starlene Joyner Burns performed our wedding for us, and we have been very happy with the result! We located Starlene online, and were a little nervous. She talked to us over the skype, and we could see right away that she was a sincere and trustworthy person.
Even though we only spent a little bit of time with Starlene, I am so glad I got to know her. I appeciate her ministry and would recommend her to any prospective couple.
Reverant Starlene Joyner Burns performed our wedding for us, and we have been very happy with the result! We located Read more...
Reverant Starlene Joyner Burns performed our wedding for us, and we have been very happy with the result! We located Starlene online, and were a little nervous. She talked to us over the skype, and we could see right away that she was a sincere and trustworthy person.
Even though we only spent a little bit of time with Starlene, I am so glad I got to know her. I appeciate her ministry and would recommend her to any prospective couple. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

College Girl from CA, Thank you for sharing your review with others. I appreciate it.
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Shinar
Wedding:
6/26/2010
5.0/5.0
Reverend Burns was wonderful!! We had recently lost our son and were very emotional, probably a little difficult and undecisive. She patiently walked us through finding a beautiful spot for our wedding and was very professional with our wishes to make the ceremony non-denominational. We really picked the first person who responded to do our wedding and we were very fortunate. I loved that she is up-to-date with technology it made the process smoother as we live a good distance from Maryland. Thank-you very much!
Reverend Burns was wonderful!! We had recently lost our son and were very emotional, probably a little difficult and Read more...
Reverend Burns was wonderful!! We had recently lost our son and were very emotional, probably a little difficult and undecisive. She patiently walked us through finding a beautiful spot for our wedding and was very professional with our wishes to make the ceremony non-denominational. We really picked the first person who responded to do our wedding and we were very fortunate. I loved that she is up-to-date with technology it made the process smoother as we live a good distance from Maryland. Thank-you very much! Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you for taking the time to do this. I hope everything is going well for you and that you are still moving forward as you slowing let go. Call me or Skype me; if you need to talk. Blessings Rev. B.
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keependouglas
Wedding:
6/25/2010
5.0/5.0
Rev Burns was a wonderful asset to our Same Sex marraige. She is willing to go the extra mile, right up to changing some of the wording at the last minute so that our daughters could participate over the phone at the last minute.

Rev Burns has incredable energy. She has a way of always feeling warm and fuzzy.

We have already, and will again in the future, recoment Rev Burns to our friends as the perfict person to go to for the wedding of your dreams.
Rev Burns was a wonderful asset to our Same Sex marraige. She is willing to go the extra mile, right up to changing some Read more...
Rev Burns was a wonderful asset to our Same Sex marraige. She is willing to go the extra mile, right up to changing some of the wording at the last minute so that our daughters could participate over the phone at the last minute.

Rev Burns has incredable energy. She has a way of always feeling warm and fuzzy.

We have already, and will again in the future, recoment Rev Burns to our friends as the perfict person to go to for the wedding of your dreams. Read less
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beegirl916
Wedding:
5/16/2010
5.0/5.0
Reverand Burns was extremely professional! We enjoyed working with her, and we will refer her with glowing reviews.
Reverand Burns was extremely professional! We enjoyed working with her, and we will refer her with glowing reviews.
Reverand Burns was extremely professional! We enjoyed working with her, and we will refer her with glowing reviews. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you, I enjoy working with you as well.
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jamie
Wedding:
5/14/2010
5.0/5.0
Rev Burns was amazing. She created the perfect ceremony for me and my partner, even including our wonderful 6 month old son. She responded to our immediate request because we were visiting from Tennessee. We couldn't have been luckier to have found her!!
Rev Burns was amazing. She created the perfect ceremony for me and my partner, even including our wonderful 6 month old Read more...
Rev Burns was amazing. She created the perfect ceremony for me and my partner, even including our wonderful 6 month old son. She responded to our immediate request because we were visiting from Tennessee. We couldn't have been luckier to have found her!! Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

I love to show couples how intuitive I can be. God is good, and thank you for your review. And I want you to know; I still remember your wedding, your son, and your guests.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns was a pleasure to work with. She gave us exactly what we asked for and did it beautifully. Although we had never met her before our initial meeting for the ceremony, the warmth we felt from her at the ceremony felt like she'd known us for a long time.
Rev. Burns was a pleasure to work with. She gave us exactly what we asked for and did it beautifully. Although we had Read more...
Rev. Burns was a pleasure to work with. She gave us exactly what we asked for and did it beautifully. Although we had never met her before our initial meeting for the ceremony, the warmth we felt from her at the ceremony felt like she'd known us for a long time. Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Shelene and Moses, thanks for your review. Your wedding was beautiful and the food was great.
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NANEKI
Wedding:
4/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns was a pleasure to work with. She was prompt to respond to emails and answered all of our questions. We received many compliments on her ceremony. I would recommend her services. Thank you Rev. Burns!
Rev. Burns was a pleasure to work with. She was prompt to respond to emails and answered all of our questions. We received Read more...
Rev. Burns was a pleasure to work with. She was prompt to respond to emails and answered all of our questions. We received many compliments on her ceremony. I would recommend her services. Thank you Rev. Burns! Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Naneki, thanks for your review. I know how busy you are with a kid, husband, and job. So I want you to know that your review is appreciated.
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Dionne
Wedding:
4/18/2010
5.0/5.0
Reverened Burns provided a wonderful ceremonie for us. She responded to our call very promptly. She ws very personable with us. Rev Burns made a great effort to customize our cermony the way we wanted it. The words of our ceremony was very unique, powerful, and meaningful. We highly reccomend Chapel of Love ceremonies.
Reverened Burns provided a wonderful ceremonie for us. She responded to our call very promptly. She ws very personable Read more...
Reverened Burns provided a wonderful ceremonie for us. She responded to our call very promptly. She ws very personable with us. Rev Burns made a great effort to customize our cermony the way we wanted it. The words of our ceremony was very unique, powerful, and meaningful. We highly reccomend Chapel of Love ceremonies. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Dionne, I won't forget your wedding. It was an unpredicable day, but it turned out to be a beautiful day. Thanks for you kind words, they mean a lot to me. Blessings to you and your husband.
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Laurel
Wedding:
4/13/2010
5.0/5.0
My partner and I were visiting DC within a limited time frame. We were able to apply for the marriage certificate and learned that we wouldn't be able to pick it up until the day we were leaving. I contacted Reverend Burns and she was extremely flexible and personable on the phone. After some more conversation and emails we settled on a possible location. This changed a few times for us and Reverend Burns adapted to our crazy schedule. She created a written ceremony and vows that truly touched our heart and soul. When the day came and we meet Reverend Burns we felt truly comfortable and had made the right decision.
My partner and I were visiting DC within a limited time frame. We were able to apply for the marriage certificate and Read more...
My partner and I were visiting DC within a limited time frame. We were able to apply for the marriage certificate and learned that we wouldn't be able to pick it up until the day we were leaving. I contacted Reverend Burns and she was extremely flexible and personable on the phone. After some more conversation and emails we settled on a possible location. This changed a few times for us and Reverend Burns adapted to our crazy schedule. She created a written ceremony and vows that truly touched our heart and soul. When the day came and we meet Reverend Burns we felt truly comfortable and had made the right decision. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Laurel, you helped to make history here in DC. And thanks for sharing your kind words. I enjoyed performing your wedding, and it gave me an excuse to get some Krispy Creme Donuts :-)
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William
Wedding:
3/18/2010
5.0/5.0
Wonderful, excellent, warm, loving and understanding!
Wonderful, excellent, warm, loving and understanding!
Wonderful, excellent, warm, loving and understanding! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you William for your kind words.
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Diane
Wedding:
2/12/2010
5.0/5.0
I would recommend Rev. Burns to anyone who is looking for an Officiant....She was wonderful and her dog:))) what a treat to the event!!!!
I would recommend Rev. Burns to anyone who is looking for an Officiant....She was wonderful and her dog:))) what a treat Read more...
I would recommend Rev. Burns to anyone who is looking for an Officiant....She was wonderful and her dog:))) what a treat to the event!!!! Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Diane, thank you and my dog thanks you. I know now not to trust him not to bark. Tears make him emotional :-)
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Karen
Wedding:
10/24/2009
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns performed a wonderful ceremony for our wedding. I received positive feedback from my guests that they liked how the ceremony flowed and how Rev. Burns spoke very well during the ceremony. The ceremony was tailored to what we wanted to be said and it was beautiful. I would definitely recommend Rev. Burns to someone if needed.
Rev. Burns performed a wonderful ceremony for our wedding. I received positive feedback from my guests that they liked how Read more...
Rev. Burns performed a wonderful ceremony for our wedding. I received positive feedback from my guests that they liked how the ceremony flowed and how Rev. Burns spoke very well during the ceremony. The ceremony was tailored to what we wanted to be said and it was beautiful. I would definitely recommend Rev. Burns to someone if needed. Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you Karen. It is always a pleasure to receive an honest critique of my services.
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Falana
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
My wedding was absolutely fabulous and the professionalism and courtesy of Rev.Burns was felt during the entire ceremony, both from my husband and I to our guests. I would definetly recommend Rev. Burns to anyone getting married. I will be in close contact with her when I have future events (i.e baby).
Thank You for your all of your help!
My wedding was absolutely fabulous and the professionalism and courtesy of Rev.Burns was felt during the entire ceremony, Read more...
My wedding was absolutely fabulous and the professionalism and courtesy of Rev.Burns was felt during the entire ceremony, both from my husband and I to our guests. I would definetly recommend Rev. Burns to anyone getting married. I will be in close contact with her when I have future events (i.e baby).
Thank You for your all of your help! Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Falana, I hope all is well with you. And I know that I thank you before. But now I want to thank you on this forum. Thank you for your review. I still remember those crab cakes.
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Mayealie
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
You were awesome! Many of our guests commented on how meaningful and moving the ceremony was. Alex and I enjoyed working with you!
You were awesome! Many of our guests commented on how meaningful and moving the ceremony was. Alex and I enjoyed working Read more...
You were awesome! Many of our guests commented on how meaningful and moving the ceremony was. Alex and I enjoyed working with you! Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Hi Alex & Mayealie,

I glad you and your guests enjoyed the ceremony. And I really appreciate your words of kindness about my services. Thank you so much for your review.
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Christine
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
Reverend Burns was absolutely wonderful. She was considerate, kind and beautifully dressed. We are so glad we found her to perform our wedding ceremony.
Reverend Burns was absolutely wonderful. She was considerate, kind and beautifully dressed. We are so glad we found her to Read more...
Reverend Burns was absolutely wonderful. She was considerate, kind and beautifully dressed. We are so glad we found her to perform our wedding ceremony. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your review. And I am glad to know that my robe shows well to others. Blessings to you and your husband.
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Amanda
Wedding:
6/20/2009
5.0/5.0
Rev. Joyner-Burns is very professional. She provides you with very helpful wedding information. She was on time to the wedding and rehersal. Just an excellent person to work with over all.
Rev. Joyner-Burns is very professional. She provides you with very helpful wedding information. She was on time to the Read more...
Rev. Joyner-Burns is very professional. She provides you with very helpful wedding information. She was on time to the wedding and rehersal. Just an excellent person to work with over all. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Amanda, thank you for that nice review. Your critique of my services is well received. Many blessings
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Rebecca
Wedding:
9/10/2005
5.0/5.0
I think she is great.. She did everything we asked for and even did some of her own touches and they went great with what we had..
I think she is great.. She did everything we asked for and even did some of her own touches and they went great with what Read more...
I think she is great.. She did everything we asked for and even did some of her own touches and they went great with what we had.. Read less
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onthemove222
Wedding:
2/8/2009
5.0/5.0
Lovely service. Provided in a very caring manner.
Lovely service. Provided in a very caring manner.
Lovely service. Provided in a very caring manner. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your post "on the move." Your review is very appreciated.
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kebrown
Wedding:
11/8/2008
5.0/5.0
My husband and I really enjoyed working with Reverend Burns. She is EXCEPTIONAL!!! She took the time to meet with us weeks in advance of our ceremony to customize a ceremony fit for us. She was very instrumental in providing us with ideas on implementing certain traditions into our ceremony (family hug, tasting of the elements). She was timely in showing up for our rehearsal -- not to mention she provided great direction during the rehearsal. On the day of our ceremony, everything went according to plan -- with many thanks to Reverend Burns.
My husband and I really enjoyed working with Reverend Burns. She is EXCEPTIONAL!!! She took the time to meet with us weeks Read more...
My husband and I really enjoyed working with Reverend Burns. She is EXCEPTIONAL!!! She took the time to meet with us weeks in advance of our ceremony to customize a ceremony fit for us. She was very instrumental in providing us with ideas on implementing certain traditions into our ceremony (family hug, tasting of the elements). She was timely in showing up for our rehearsal -- not to mention she provided great direction during the rehearsal. On the day of our ceremony, everything went according to plan -- with many thanks to Reverend Burns. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

I might be late saying thank you from this forum, but I am realizing how important it is to personally thank everyone who reviewed me. Thank you for sharing your experience with me and others.
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Diamond
Wedding:
11/1/2008
5.0/5.0
Reverend Burns was a blessing. After all the planning and the realization of the wedding day expense; we decided not to follow through with our original plans. So my husband and I opted for a private wedding at a cute little lake in Bowie, Maryland.

We saved a lot of money doing this, and it still turned out to be my dream wedding with the help of Rev. Burns. She allowed us to bring in the essential elements of our lives that made our wedding unique and beautiful. Even though only our parents, best man, matron of honor, and baby girl (flower girl) were there (photographer and videographer); we still had a day that we will always cherish.

Our family and friends were able to enjoy the video and pictures at the reception. The reception was held at our house in Mitchellville, MD. And it was catered by family and very close friends (very cost effective); who did a beautiful job, because the food was great. The music was provided by all those who love us, because there was more than one ipod ready for the dock (jazz, hip hop, and oldies).

We are glad we went this route with our wedding. And Rev. Burns is the greatest.
Reverend Burns was a blessing. After all the planning and the realization of the wedding day expense; we decided not to Read more...
Reverend Burns was a blessing. After all the planning and the realization of the wedding day expense; we decided not to follow through with our original plans. So my husband and I opted for a private wedding at a cute little lake in Bowie, Maryland.

We saved a lot of money doing this, and it still turned out to be my dream wedding with the help of Rev. Burns. She allowed us to bring in the essential elements of our lives that made our wedding unique and beautiful. Even though only our parents, best man, matron of honor, and baby girl (flower girl) were there (photographer and videographer); we still had a day that we will always cherish.

Our family and friends were able to enjoy the video and pictures at the reception. The reception was held at our house in Mitchellville, MD. And it was catered by family and very close friends (very cost effective); who did a beautiful job, because the food was great. The music was provided by all those who love us, because there was more than one ipod ready for the dock (jazz, hip hop, and oldies).

We are glad we went this route with our wedding. And Rev. Burns is the greatest. Read less
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Tracy
Wedding:
10/18/2008
5.0/5.0
Dave and I LOVED Rev. Burns, she is outstanding. Rev. Burns is sensitive and open, our ceremony was customized to reflect Dave and I. She talked me through some very emotional issues and calmed me. Several words to describe Rev. Burns are on time, organized, great communication, great listener and advisor, flexiable. Several wedding guest raved about how much they enjoyed her performing our ceremony. I would highly recommend Rev. Burns. :)
Dave and I LOVED Rev. Burns, she is outstanding. Rev. Burns is sensitive and open, our ceremony was customized to reflect Read more...
Dave and I LOVED Rev. Burns, she is outstanding. Rev. Burns is sensitive and open, our ceremony was customized to reflect Dave and I. She talked me through some very emotional issues and calmed me. Several words to describe Rev. Burns are on time, organized, great communication, great listener and advisor, flexiable. Several wedding guest raved about how much they enjoyed her performing our ceremony. I would highly recommend Rev. Burns. :) Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
10/4/2008
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns was fantastic, and we are happy that we selected her. Many of our relatives who are ministers spoke well of her; and how well she performed our ceremony.

Their compliments made us feel even better about choosing her, especially since we had to find someone outside of our families. Her guidance from beginning to end helped to enrich our special day. And she made it easy for us to bring our ideas to her and talk with her.

She is very professional and cool.

Tiffany and Malik
Rev. Burns was fantastic, and we are happy that we selected her. Many of our relatives who are ministers spoke well of Read more...
Rev. Burns was fantastic, and we are happy that we selected her. Many of our relatives who are ministers spoke well of her; and how well she performed our ceremony.

Their compliments made us feel even better about choosing her, especially since we had to find someone outside of our families. Her guidance from beginning to end helped to enrich our special day. And she made it easy for us to bring our ideas to her and talk with her.

She is very professional and cool.

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Brandy
Wedding:
8/30/2008
5.0/5.0
My husband and I enjoyed working with Reverend Burns, who counseled and married us. She was very direct with us, and made sure that we understood what we were committing to. She had the process of a complete ceremony from beginning to end, and I was very impressed with that. It took a lot of time & commitment to put all that together.... and I knew that she was the one. She rehearsed with us and made sure that all of us were during our part, and even showed us how to do it. During the ceremony she assisted my event planner, and made sure that everything was in place. She made us very happy. I was so please to know that she had our backs.
My husband and I enjoyed working with Reverend Burns, who counseled and married us. She was very direct with us, and made Read more...
My husband and I enjoyed working with Reverend Burns, who counseled and married us. She was very direct with us, and made sure that we understood what we were committing to. She had the process of a complete ceremony from beginning to end, and I was very impressed with that. It took a lot of time & commitment to put all that together.... and I knew that she was the one. She rehearsed with us and made sure that all of us were during our part, and even showed us how to do it. During the ceremony she assisted my event planner, and made sure that everything was in place. She made us very happy. I was so please to know that she had our backs. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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ADnicaB1
Wedding:
5/10/2008
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns is wonderful. She really fit in and became a part of the family while planning our wedding. She is very easy to work with and responsive to email and phone calls.
Rev. Burns is wonderful. She really fit in and became a part of the family while planning our wedding. She is very easy to Read more...
Rev. Burns is wonderful. She really fit in and became a part of the family while planning our wedding. She is very easy to work with and responsive to email and phone calls. Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
5/19/2007
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns created a specialized ceremony just for us based on our initial meeting. I loved the personal vows she used for us and she was very easy to talk to as well.
Rev. Burns created a specialized ceremony just for us based on our initial meeting. I loved the personal vows she used for Read more...
Rev. Burns created a specialized ceremony just for us based on our initial meeting. I loved the personal vows she used for us and she was very easy to talk to as well. Read less
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rockingrobin2
Wedding:
4/7/2007
5.0/5.0
Reverend Burns provided us with a lot of choices to plan our wedding ceremony. We ended up with a unique and very personal ceremony that was thoroughly enjoyed by our guests. Kacey and I received extremely positive feedback about our ceremony.
Reverend Burns provided us with a lot of choices to plan our wedding ceremony. We ended up with a unique and very personal Read more...
Reverend Burns provided us with a lot of choices to plan our wedding ceremony. We ended up with a unique and very personal ceremony that was thoroughly enjoyed by our guests. Kacey and I received extremely positive feedback about our ceremony. Read less
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Ms Haygood
Wedding:
10/14/2006
5.0/5.0
Mrs. Joyner was WONDERFUL! What can I say?? She helped keep me calm and was a true blessing, I was more than grateful for the unique ceremony that I had.
Mrs. Joyner was WONDERFUL! What can I say?? She helped keep me calm and was a true blessing, I was more than grateful for Read more...
Mrs. Joyner was WONDERFUL! What can I say?? She helped keep me calm and was a true blessing, I was more than grateful for the unique ceremony that I had. Read less
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connieandjasmine
Wedding:
5/30/2009
5.0/5.0
Wonderful would be the start of what Rev. Burns provided to us. She was kind in many ways most of all understanding and caring. My spouse and I would recommend her to any one that wants a wonderful person as well as an Offiant.
Wonderful would be the start of what Rev. Burns provided to us. She was kind in many ways most of all understanding and Read more...
Wonderful would be the start of what Rev. Burns provided to us. She was kind in many ways most of all understanding and caring. My spouse and I would recommend her to any one that wants a wonderful person as well as an Offiant. Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Connie & Jasmine, thank you for your review. Keep in touch.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Same Sex Wedding friendly! She made everything easy and was extremely helpful with processes and info. A little pushy to get paperwork signed right away, but all and all fantastic! Thank you Rev. Burns
Same Sex Wedding friendly! She made everything easy and was extremely helpful with processes and info. A little pushy to Read more...
Same Sex Wedding friendly! She made everything easy and was extremely helpful with processes and info. A little pushy to get paperwork signed right away, but all and all fantastic! Thank you Rev. Burns Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of my services. And I regret hearing that I appeared pushy to get the paperwork sign. That tells me that you got married at the church. The signing of the marriage license is never a problem, and I don't need the couple for that. But the church requires all marriages to be recorded in their book and witnessed. That means the couple and two witnesses (if they have them) have to sign the churches registry. This is normally done right after the ceremony, then the couple takes off for pictures. From this point forward, I will ask all couples (in advance) to allocate 5 minutes for paperwork signing right after their ceremony.
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Lorena
Wedding:
7/4/2012
4.9/5.0
We were very satisfied with the services!
We were very satisfied with the services!
We were very satisfied with the services! Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Thank you. I'm glad you left DC full of joy.
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Thirtysomething Bride
Wedding:
10/16/2009
4.9/5.0
Reverend Burns was very thoughtful and professional. I highly recommend her services to any couple looking for a classy service of any nature.
Reverend Burns was very thoughtful and professional. I highly recommend her services to any couple looking for a classy Read more...
Reverend Burns was very thoughtful and professional. I highly recommend her services to any couple looking for a classy service of any nature. Read less
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Queen Kalila
Wedding:
7/25/2009
4.9/5.0
Rev Burns was excellent. She really cared about what we wanted and made it happen. She is very straight to the point and no nonsense and warm, loving and caring at the same time. it has been almost two years since my wedding and Rev Burns has checked on me from time to time. I would recommend her service for sure!
Rev Burns was excellent. She really cared about what we wanted and made it happen. She is very straight to the point and Read more...
Rev Burns was excellent. She really cared about what we wanted and made it happen. She is very straight to the point and no nonsense and warm, loving and caring at the same time. it has been almost two years since my wedding and Rev Burns has checked on me from time to time. I would recommend her service for sure! Read less
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The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Queen Kalia, it's been a long time. And I really appreciate you taking time now to share your experience with me. This review came just when I needed a symbolic hug. Good looking out.
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Yvonne & Erin
Wedding:
5/22/2009
4.9/5.0
We has a GREAT Wedding! One that we will never forget!
We has a GREAT Wedding! One that we will never forget!
We has a GREAT Wedding! One that we will never forget! Read less
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mrsmc
Wedding:
5/8/2010
4.8/5.0
It was a pleasure working with Reverend Burns. Her professionalism, knowledge and experience made us feel at ease. Out of the dozens of details we had to worry about on our wedding day, worrying about the officiant and how the service would go was certainly not one of them! I would highly and unreservedly recommend her services.
It was a pleasure working with Reverend Burns. Her professionalism, knowledge and experience made us feel at ease. Out of Read more...
It was a pleasure working with Reverend Burns. Her professionalism, knowledge and experience made us feel at ease. Out of the dozens of details we had to worry about on our wedding day, worrying about the officiant and how the service would go was certainly not one of them! I would highly and unreservedly recommend her services. Read less
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Nkechi
Wedding:
8/21/2009
4.8/5.0
Rev. Burns was very professional and made our wedding ceremony beautiful. She listened as I described our personalities and what we wanted for our ceremony, and by our first meeting she had the whole ceremony mapped out perfectly. All we did was add a few personal details and it was good to go. Rev. Burns is easy to talked to and was a great listener. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone in the VA/DC/MD area.
Rev. Burns was very professional and made our wedding ceremony beautiful. She listened as I described our personalities Read more...
Rev. Burns was very professional and made our wedding ceremony beautiful. She listened as I described our personalities and what we wanted for our ceremony, and by our first meeting she had the whole ceremony mapped out perfectly. All we did was add a few personal details and it was good to go. Rev. Burns is easy to talked to and was a great listener. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone in the VA/DC/MD area. Read less
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Liam
Wedding:
4/16/2012
4.7/5.0
The Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was very helpful with suggestions on planning our small (just she and us) ceremony across from the D.C. Courthouse. The vows were short and sweet, and there was the added, and unexpected, bonus of some great photos she took. She was very pleasant, punctual and in good communication with us before and after the ceremony. Highly recommended!
The Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was very helpful with suggestions on planning our small (just she and us) ceremony across Read more...
The Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was very helpful with suggestions on planning our small (just she and us) ceremony across from the D.C. Courthouse. The vows were short and sweet, and there was the added, and unexpected, bonus of some great photos she took. She was very pleasant, punctual and in good communication with us before and after the ceremony. Highly recommended! Read less
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Chelle
Wedding:
6/1/2012
4.5/5.0
Rev burns was a preferred vendor for Newton White and also highly reccomended by a schoolmate of mine. Initially I wasnt interested in having a minister that I didnt know but after numerous schedule conflicts, distance and a few crazies I decided I better consider it with four month to go. Im really glad I did, working with Rev. Burn was a breeze and comfortable experience. I like that she was personable and real. She also had a sense of humor that reminded me of some of the elders in my family lol .
What I really loved about her was that she pretty much allows you to piece your ceremony together yourself with her guidance and book samples. Making your ceremony as personal as possible. Alot of ministers dont do that so it was really comforting to know exactly what was going to be said and when. I also added a few things that were important to us, like a moment of silence for our grandparents.
The only thing i would say negative is that she isnt always quick to respond but she does, just always double confirm any changes, meeting times and such with her. She overall was pretty much on point for us and I would definately recommend her! No hassle, restrictions, discrimation or stipulations just assistance in making your day as personal as possible!
Rev burns was a preferred vendor for Newton White and also highly reccomended by a schoolmate of mine. Initially I wasnt Read more...
Rev burns was a preferred vendor for Newton White and also highly reccomended by a schoolmate of mine. Initially I wasnt interested in having a minister that I didnt know but after numerous schedule conflicts, distance and a few crazies I decided I better consider it with four month to go. Im really glad I did, working with Rev. Burn was a breeze and comfortable experience. I like that she was personable and real. She also had a sense of humor that reminded me of some of the elders in my family lol .
What I really loved about her was that she pretty much allows you to piece your ceremony together yourself with her guidance and book samples. Making your ceremony as personal as possible. Alot of ministers dont do that so it was really comforting to know exactly what was going to be said and when. I also added a few things that were important to us, like a moment of silence for our grandparents.
The only thing i would say negative is that she isnt always quick to respond but she does, just always double confirm any changes, meeting times and such with her. She overall was pretty much on point for us and I would definately recommend her! No hassle, restrictions, discrimation or stipulations just assistance in making your day as personal as possible! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

I love this review. It's honest, warm, and guiding. I think I have all my electronics in sync now. And from now on, I will watch myself in getting a response out quicker. Thank you so much for taking the time out to write this review.
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7/10/2010
4.0/5.0
She was pretty organized and pretty responsive to emails. For example, she provided us with a booklet that helped us a great deal when it came to organizing the ceremony.
I thought she was a little abrupt at times during our rehearsal (e.g. when folks asked questions) so my wedding party was somewhat taken back and thought she could have been more patient. But overrall, she did a really good job at the ceremony.
She was pretty organized and pretty responsive to emails. For example, she provided us with a booklet that helped us a Read more...
She was pretty organized and pretty responsive to emails. For example, she provided us with a booklet that helped us a great deal when it came to organizing the ceremony.
I thought she was a little abrupt at times during our rehearsal (e.g. when folks asked questions) so my wedding party was somewhat taken back and thought she could have been more patient. But overrall, she did a really good job at the ceremony. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
The DC Marriage Knot by SJB Ministries responded with the following comments:

Deidre, thanks for your review. However, considering the amount of time that your venue had given you for a rehearsal (30 minutes), and their staff having the responsibility for coordinating it; I only stepped in at the request of your spouse to get things running smoothly. Therefore, we had to move quickly because of time constraints. I know how important a rehearsal is; and I know how much time is needed for one to be properly executed. So to quell all concerns and for everyone to feel comfortable with what they would be doing on your big day, I took your rehearsal outside (to the parking lot) where we continued to practice. And I don’t recall anyone’s questions or concerns (directed at me) not being addressed. However, I did direct some of their questions to you. Lastly, I asked you and your spouse how you felt about the rehearsal before leaving. Since no concerns were expressed, I thought we all parted on a good note. I will address this issue with all my couples in the future, to communicate with me, when we are in the moment.
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