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The DC Marriage Knot - Traditional & Same Sex Marriages in MD, DC, VA

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I am Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, a modern day minister, at The DC Marriage Knot, without a preaching style. And couples are saying some amazing things about me. I can deliver your... Read more
I am Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, a modern day minister, at The DC Marriage Knot, without a preaching style. And couples are saying some amazing things about me. I can deliver your marriage celebration in a style that fits who you are. So check out my reviews.

During the fight for marriage equality in Maryland (2012), I was seen standing publicly with MD state governor and clergy in support of the Civil Marriage Protection Act for all families. So I am proud of the work and my part in changing history in the DMV.

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, and soul. In addition, I have officated more than 1200 marriages in the DMV.

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; openly, unconditionally, respectfully, and lovingly.

If you want to learn more about me, search my work on Google. That way you can decide if we're a good match before making a decision to meet face to face or via Skype.

Pre-wedding education is available, but it's not required.

If you're ready to take the next step, then 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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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns is the consummate professional and we are very grateful that she joined us in marriage December 2014. Rev. Burns expertly led us through the entire process. She is respectful of others, totally non-judgmental and does not impose her views on you. It was so evident she cares about what she does in all of our interactions. Rev. Burns is very respectful, accommodating, and understanding of couples' needs. She helped guide us to having a beautiful, intimate ceremony expressing who we are through our vows. As this was a destination wedding, she expertly took care of all the license logistics for us. It was an honor to have this delightful woman as our officiant.
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns is the consummate professional and we are very grateful that she joined us in marriage December Read more...
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns is the consummate professional and we are very grateful that she joined us in marriage December 2014. Rev. Burns expertly led us through the entire process. She is respectful of others, totally non-judgmental and does not impose her views on you. It was so evident she cares about what she does in all of our interactions. Rev. Burns is very respectful, accommodating, and understanding of couples' needs. She helped guide us to having a beautiful, intimate ceremony expressing who we are through our vows. As this was a destination wedding, she expertly took care of all the license logistics for us. It was an honor to have this delightful woman as our officiant. Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns is the consummate professional and we are very grateful that she joined us together in marriage in late August 2014. She is very well-organized, friendly, and has excellent people skills. Rev. Burns gives invaluable insights into the entire process not only on the logistical and fiscal levels, but also on a spiritual one as well. She is respectful of divergent views and opinions, does not impose her views on others, and is totally non-judgmental. It is very evident in her earnestness that she cares about what she does and is honored to be present on your special day and in the that role she plays in it. She was available for calls when we needed it most; both before, during, and after the wedding ceremony. She was more than on-time and prepared for our ceremony, and many of our guests commented on how much they loved her personality and enjoyed the way she facilitated the ceremony. Rev. Burns is very respectful, accommodating, and understanding of couples' needs. Her presence and energy is a beautiful one, and made our wedding ceremony very intimate, unique, and special. She wants to ensure that her couples are satisfied with all aspects of the services she provides and offers customized wedding officiant services, as well as, pre-marital and post-marital spiritual guidance services that we have greatly benefited from. She truly believes that her job is not over once the ceremony ends, and couples are free to contact her after should they feel the need to do so. Rev. Burns stands by her commitments as officiant of our union, and we stand by our recommendation of her as an outstanding wedding officiant for future couples.

Mr. & Mrs. A. G., 24 August 2014
Rev. Burns is the consummate professional and we are very grateful that she joined us together in marriage in late August Read more...
Rev. Burns is the consummate professional and we are very grateful that she joined us together in marriage in late August 2014. She is very well-organized, friendly, and has excellent people skills. Rev. Burns gives invaluable insights into the entire process not only on the logistical and fiscal levels, but also on a spiritual one as well. She is respectful of divergent views and opinions, does not impose her views on others, and is totally non-judgmental. It is very evident in her earnestness that she cares about what she does and is honored to be present on your special day and in the that role she plays in it. She was available for calls when we needed it most; both before, during, and after the wedding ceremony. She was more than on-time and prepared for our ceremony, and many of our guests commented on how much they loved her personality and enjoyed the way she facilitated the ceremony. Rev. Burns is very respectful, accommodating, and understanding of couples' needs. Her presence and energy is a beautiful one, and made our wedding ceremony very intimate, unique, and special. She wants to ensure that her couples are satisfied with all aspects of the services she provides and offers customized wedding officiant services, as well as, pre-marital and post-marital spiritual guidance services that we have greatly benefited from. She truly believes that her job is not over once the ceremony ends, and couples are free to contact her after should they feel the need to do so. Rev. Burns stands by her commitments as officiant of our union, and we stand by our recommendation of her as an outstanding wedding officiant for future couples.

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Stephanie
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6/28/2014
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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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David
Wedding:
4/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns married my partner and me on April 25, 2014 at the Lincoln Memorial. Since we were traveling from Atlanta, we started making plans in November 2013.

I reviewed several Wedding Officiates in the Washington DC area. I gave my partner a preferred sorted listing of Wedding Officiates to review. We do this as a practice to compare our research independently it helped us narrow to begin our calls on securing the most important date of our lives. I ask my partner who was his preferred selection, he picked Rev Burns. I also had picked Rev Burns as well because I felt a connection from her photos in the advertisement. God provides you the right resources, when need it.

Rev. Burns provided all information promptly mailed us a contract so we can provide the deposit to lock in the date. The ceremony was personal and designed for us. Rev. Burns gave us a folder that included our ceremonial vowels and the prayer of blessing for our marriage.
When we meet with Rev Burns it was feeling like a reunion of best friends. To my surprise the week prior Rev. Burns married two of my friends from Birmingham.

We can’t express enough our humble heartfelt gratitude for Rev. Burns. She is divinely gifted, professional, and takes the time to understand your needs.

I encourage you to please consider Rev. Burns for your special day. Thank you Rev. Burns for sealing our day with your blessings, love and inspiration. We will take this special day in our hearts forever.
Rev. Burns married my partner and me on April 25, 2014 at the Lincoln Memorial. Since we were traveling from Atlanta, we Read more...
Rev. Burns married my partner and me on April 25, 2014 at the Lincoln Memorial. Since we were traveling from Atlanta, we started making plans in November 2013.

I reviewed several Wedding Officiates in the Washington DC area. I gave my partner a preferred sorted listing of Wedding Officiates to review. We do this as a practice to compare our research independently it helped us narrow to begin our calls on securing the most important date of our lives. I ask my partner who was his preferred selection, he picked Rev Burns. I also had picked Rev Burns as well because I felt a connection from her photos in the advertisement. God provides you the right resources, when need it.

Rev. Burns provided all information promptly mailed us a contract so we can provide the deposit to lock in the date. The ceremony was personal and designed for us. Rev. Burns gave us a folder that included our ceremonial vowels and the prayer of blessing for our marriage.
When we meet with Rev Burns it was feeling like a reunion of best friends. To my surprise the week prior Rev. Burns married two of my friends from Birmingham.

We can’t express enough our humble heartfelt gratitude for Rev. Burns. She is divinely gifted, professional, and takes the time to understand your needs.

I encourage you to please consider Rev. Burns for your special day. Thank you Rev. Burns for sealing our day with your blessings, love and inspiration. We will take this special day in our hearts forever. Read less
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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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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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