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With This Ring I Thee Wedd

Alexandria , VA
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Alexandria, VA 22310 US (map)

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Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! I am a Marriage Celebrant authorized by Fairfax County Circuit Court to celebrate wedding ceremonies in Virginia. Additionally, I'm licensed in... Read more
Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! I am a Marriage Celebrant authorized by Fairfax County Circuit Court to celebrate wedding ceremonies in Virginia. Additionally, I'm licensed in Washington, DC and have reciprocal standing in Maryland. With This Ring was recently featured in a blog post, Winery Weddings Magazine. Follow this link to that article. http://www.wineryweddingmagazine.com/qa-with-an-officiant/

With 22 years of experience, I possess the skills to assist you design a ceremony that is cross-cultural, spiritual, Christian, interfaith or secular. Every couple I meet, every ceremony I celebrate, is unique and memorable. I encourage couples who may not want a religious ceremony but a spiritual ceremony to embrace and include cultural traditions within their ceremony. From the volume of materials I've collected over the years, I will guide you as together we craft the ceremony that tells your story and expresses your values.

Wedding celebrations occur in just about every venue imaginable, from parks and backyards to churches and ballrooms, hospital chapels and historic properties. Also, consider a theme wedding...these of a few of the themed weddings I had the pleasure of being part of....Jimmy Buffet, renaissance and luau weddings. Regardless of where, when, themed or not, I will work with you to ensure your wedding is about you!

In April 1992 I conducted my first wedding and to date I've presided at more than 2000 weddings. I hold a M.Ed. in family counseling from the University of Maryland and I'm a trained Prepare/Enrich counselor. Additionally, I am a Virginia Certified Mediator, Conflict Coach, Stephen Minister, and a Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest individual recognition bestowed by Toastmasters International.

To stay current with wedding matters, I am a member of the Association of Wedding Professionals. The meetings are planned to allow members the opportunity to network, and participate in an education component presented by a subject matter expert. Occasionally I am asked "what happens if something happens to you?" Through networking I have many resources available to me should I need a replacement due to an illness or personal emergency.

Contact me today at wedding.celebrant@verizon.net to set-up a complimentary get acquainted meeting. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Methodist
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.

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M
Wedding:
7/16/2016
5.0/5.0
We couldn't imagine a kinder, warmer, easier to work with officiant than Leora. It's a daunting task to find a stranger to be so crucial in one of the most personal and intimate moments in your life...and we couldn't be happier that we found Leora to be there for us. We had a small, private ceremony with only the two of us, Leora, and a photographer present, and her presence and guidance made the day exactly what we wanted it to be. I also imagine that she would be absolutely perfect in a bigger and more formal setting, as she is so personable and welcoming to all. Her words were so lovely and meaningful, and we are so extremely happy with all that she did for us. We would absolutely 100% recommend her to anyone looking for a top-notch officiant. Thanks, Leora!
We couldn't imagine a kinder, warmer, easier to work with officiant than Leora. It's a daunting task to find a stranger to Read more...
We couldn't imagine a kinder, warmer, easier to work with officiant than Leora. It's a daunting task to find a stranger to be so crucial in one of the most personal and intimate moments in your life...and we couldn't be happier that we found Leora to be there for us. We had a small, private ceremony with only the two of us, Leora, and a photographer present, and her presence and guidance made the day exactly what we wanted it to be. I also imagine that she would be absolutely perfect in a bigger and more formal setting, as she is so personable and welcoming to all. Her words were so lovely and meaningful, and we are so extremely happy with all that she did for us. We would absolutely 100% recommend her to anyone looking for a top-notch officiant. Thanks, Leora! Read less
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With This Ring I Thee Wedd responded with the following comments:

You are very kind M, thank you!
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Celine
Wedding:
7/3/2016
5.0/5.0
Leora's professionalism, warmth and attention to detail will make for a ceremony tailored to the uniqueness of each couple she serves. She's the best!
Leora's professionalism, warmth and attention to detail will make for a ceremony tailored to the uniqueness of each couple Read more...
Leora's professionalism, warmth and attention to detail will make for a ceremony tailored to the uniqueness of each couple she serves. She's the best! Read less
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With This Ring I Thee Wedd responded with the following comments:

Many thanks! It was a delight to stand with you, Rennie and your daughters.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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Ms. Willis was the best. Since the very beginning she was very responsive and courteous.
I have no words to express our gratitude to her for making our day so special. We had a first interview to meet each other where she made questions and gather information that later was used to compose her wedding speech.
She did a great job capturing everyone’s attention and delivering a message of love and truth.
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“Love is not a feeling. Love is a choice. You might not always feel love but you choose to commit to it.”
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Ms. Willis, we are truly grateful to you and your very professional work that made our wedding day an unforgettable experience.
Thank you very much!!
Rodolfo & Luis
Ms. Willis was the best. Since the very beginning she was very responsive and courteous.
I have no words to express Read more...
Ms. Willis was the best. Since the very beginning she was very responsive and courteous.
I have no words to express our gratitude to her for making our day so special. We had a first interview to meet each other where she made questions and gather information that later was used to compose her wedding speech.
She did a great job capturing everyone’s attention and delivering a message of love and truth.
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“Love is not a feeling. Love is a choice. You might not always feel love but you choose to commit to it.”
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Ms. Willis, we are truly grateful to you and your very professional work that made our wedding day an unforgettable experience.
Thank you very much!!
Rodolfo & Luis Read less
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Sabiana
Wedding:
6/25/2016
5.0/5.0
Leora was such was a pleasure to work with!  From our very first meeting with her, she made us feel quite comfortable, as if she already knew my husband and I.  She paid careful attention to our wishes and understood exactly what we were looking for in our ceremony.  She drafted a ceremony script using poems, quotes and scripture to reflect our love and devotion to each other.  Leora was very attentive and took the time to listen and get to know us in a personal, non-interview way.  She accommodated our time, worked great with our children and made us feel as if we were family.  She helped us create a ceremony that was truly personal and reflective of our deep love for one another and our blended family.  Her years of experience also helped us with moments of detail, like taking photos and ceremony decorum.  So, so happy to have had her be a part of our special day! Thank you so much Leora!!
Leora was such was a pleasure to work with! Fromour very first meeting with her, she madeus feel quite comfortable, as if Read more...
Leora was such was a pleasure to work with!  From our very first meeting with her, she made us feel quite comfortable, as if she already knew my husband and I.  She paid careful attention to our wishes and understood exactly what we were looking for in our ceremony.  She drafted a ceremony script using poems, quotes and scripture to reflect our love and devotion to each other.  Leora was very attentive and took the time to listen and get to know us in a personal, non-interview way.  She accommodated our time, worked great with our children and made us feel as if we were family.  She helped us create a ceremony that was truly personal and reflective of our deep love for one another and our blended family.  Her years of experience also helped us with moments of detail, like taking photos and ceremony decorum.  So, so happy to have had her be a part of our special day! Thank you so much Leora!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My husband and I did not have a strong vision for our wedding ceremony and with Leora's partnership we were able to craft just the right program to set the tone for our marriage and our wedding day. Leora spent time getting to know us individually and as a couple. From there she helped provide extensive suggestions about the structure of the ceremony, down to the specific script, which we were able to review. Nothing was a surprise and it was uniquely suited to us. On the actual wedding day she was vested in ensuring the ceremony went smoothly and was a phenomenal orator. Working with Leora was a fantastic decision and we would HIGHLY recommend her to any other couples! Don't wing it! Ensure your ceremony starts the whole day off on the right foot!
My husband and I did not have a strong vision for our wedding ceremony and with Leora's partnership we were able to craft Read more...
My husband and I did not have a strong vision for our wedding ceremony and with Leora's partnership we were able to craft just the right program to set the tone for our marriage and our wedding day. Leora spent time getting to know us individually and as a couple. From there she helped provide extensive suggestions about the structure of the ceremony, down to the specific script, which we were able to review. Nothing was a surprise and it was uniquely suited to us. On the actual wedding day she was vested in ensuring the ceremony went smoothly and was a phenomenal orator. Working with Leora was a fantastic decision and we would HIGHLY recommend her to any other couples! Don't wing it! Ensure your ceremony starts the whole day off on the right foot! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Lindsey
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I found Leora through the preferred vendors for the Lorien Hotel & Spa. She was a pleasure to work with. She was always very responsive to any questions or needs that we had and she arranged a wedding script for us very early in the planning process that we were able to tweak and edit. Leora took the time to get to know Carl and I such that our vows were unique to each of our personalities. We would recommend her to anyone getting married in the DC/VA/MD area.

Lindsey & Carl
My husband and I found Leora through the preferred vendors for the Lorien Hotel & Spa. She was a pleasure to work with. Read more...
My husband and I found Leora through the preferred vendors for the Lorien Hotel & Spa. She was a pleasure to work with. She was always very responsive to any questions or needs that we had and she arranged a wedding script for us very early in the planning process that we were able to tweak and edit. Leora took the time to get to know Carl and I such that our vows were unique to each of our personalities. We would recommend her to anyone getting married in the DC/VA/MD area.

Lindsey & Carl Read less
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Nikkell402 #makeyourownrules
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough amazing words about Leora! My wife and I absolutely adored her! From the beginning, she maintained true professionalism. She asked to meet with us before making a decision about hiring her, just to make sure our personalities clicked. We respected this and we all talked, for what seemed like all day. Immediately she caught onto our personalities, and characters, and how we "worked" as a couple. In describing what we wanted for our ceremony she had really great ideas, and just seemed liked she loved her profession. Her intelligent demeanor is what I liked most about her, because I wanted a profound ceremony. Not to mention her killer sense of humor. She made us go home and think about our conversation before we made a decision about hiring her. That showed respect for our feelings. Leora was always responsive in a kind and timely manner. This was important for reminders and deadlines for obtaining our marriage license, that our vows were written, and trusting her to mail our copy to the courts.
Leora wrote a beautiful ceremony that our families are still raving about. She was open to our suggestions, but still gave respectful advice if she felt something didn't fit. She didn't push back when we asked her to rewrite a few paragraphs in her first draft. In fact, she encouraged us to read over it again and again, and again. She wanted to make sure we were happy with our ceremony.
On the day of she was so attentive to our family, and kept us calm. I cried so hard when my wife walked down the aisle, and Leora rubbed my back to keep me calm. This is how thoughtful she is. She was very accommodating when there were last minute changes due to the weather, and was understanding when our photos took longer than expected. Believe me when I say that you are in amazing hands with Leora. Absolutely hire her, and you won't regret it!
I can't say enough amazing words about Leora! My wife and I absolutely adored her! From the beginning, she maintained true Read more...
I can't say enough amazing words about Leora! My wife and I absolutely adored her! From the beginning, she maintained true professionalism. She asked to meet with us before making a decision about hiring her, just to make sure our personalities clicked. We respected this and we all talked, for what seemed like all day. Immediately she caught onto our personalities, and characters, and how we "worked" as a couple. In describing what we wanted for our ceremony she had really great ideas, and just seemed liked she loved her profession. Her intelligent demeanor is what I liked most about her, because I wanted a profound ceremony. Not to mention her killer sense of humor. She made us go home and think about our conversation before we made a decision about hiring her. That showed respect for our feelings. Leora was always responsive in a kind and timely manner. This was important for reminders and deadlines for obtaining our marriage license, that our vows were written, and trusting her to mail our copy to the courts.
Leora wrote a beautiful ceremony that our families are still raving about. She was open to our suggestions, but still gave respectful advice if she felt something didn't fit. She didn't push back when we asked her to rewrite a few paragraphs in her first draft. In fact, she encouraged us to read over it again and again, and again. She wanted to make sure we were happy with our ceremony.
On the day of she was so attentive to our family, and kept us calm. I cried so hard when my wife walked down the aisle, and Leora rubbed my back to keep me calm. This is how thoughtful she is. She was very accommodating when there were last minute changes due to the weather, and was understanding when our photos took longer than expected. Believe me when I say that you are in amazing hands with Leora. Absolutely hire her, and you won't regret it! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
With This Ring I Thee Wedd responded with the following comments:

Thank you, you are very kind. I felt we were "connected" from the beginning. Be well dear ones!
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Michele
Wedding:
5/15/2016
5.0/5.0
I am a Christian, Seventh-Day Adventist who became distraught after the two pastors I had been affiliated with for years would not marry me and my fiance. Their primary reason was my fiance was a non-Seventh-Day Adventist. Just cut and dry. I started to look into Christian pastors but of course the caveat was multiple counseling sessions, which I was not interested in, particularly since we had already went through couples counseling. I was delighted when I found Leora's information online. After exchanging a few emails, we met for tea. Her energy was exactly what I needed. She intently listened to what I wanted and told me she could do the type of ceremony of my choice - spiritual, fun, and / or secular (she may have described it differently :-). She also shared her personal story about finding love which was heartwarming. Needless to say I was sold after that meeting. Our interactions afterwards were pleasant, generally over email... She arrived at our venue for our rehearsal (2 hours before the event) and provided her input since she had married there before. The ceremony was BEAUTIFUL!!!! A combination of Leora's words and energy coupled with my sisters prayer and best friend's solo. I could not have asked for a better officiant. Additionally, I could not imagine having a ceremony with pastors who did not believe in my union even if they did agree to marry us. Book Leora!!
I am a Christian, Seventh-Day Adventist who became distraught after the two pastors I had been affiliated with for years Read more...
I am a Christian, Seventh-Day Adventist who became distraught after the two pastors I had been affiliated with for years would not marry me and my fiance. Their primary reason was my fiance was a non-Seventh-Day Adventist. Just cut and dry. I started to look into Christian pastors but of course the caveat was multiple counseling sessions, which I was not interested in, particularly since we had already went through couples counseling. I was delighted when I found Leora's information online. After exchanging a few emails, we met for tea. Her energy was exactly what I needed. She intently listened to what I wanted and told me she could do the type of ceremony of my choice - spiritual, fun, and / or secular (she may have described it differently :-). She also shared her personal story about finding love which was heartwarming. Needless to say I was sold after that meeting. Our interactions afterwards were pleasant, generally over email... She arrived at our venue for our rehearsal (2 hours before the event) and provided her input since she had married there before. The ceremony was BEAUTIFUL!!!! A combination of Leora's words and energy coupled with my sisters prayer and best friend's solo. I could not have asked for a better officiant. Additionally, I could not imagine having a ceremony with pastors who did not believe in my union even if they did agree to marry us. Book Leora!! Read less
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Vasiliki
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
Leora was amazing! She was prompt, courteous and very understanding! We highly recommend her!
Leora was amazing! She was prompt, courteous and very understanding! We highly recommend her!
Leora was amazing! She was prompt, courteous and very understanding! We highly recommend her! Read less
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Dominique
Wedding:
5/1/2016
5.0/5.0
Our wedding would not have been the same without Leora. This woman is an incredible person inside and out. She performed our marriage counseling and wedding services. We were blessed to find Leora through our Wedding Planner Tina Stewart who is also on Wedding Wire. If you are looking for someone who will put a special touch on one of the most important days of your life please meet with Leora and discuss the services she provides. We felt her in our heart and so did everyone else in attendance.

Best of Luck to All!!!
Our wedding would not have been the same without Leora. This woman is an incredible person inside and out. She performed Read more...
Our wedding would not have been the same without Leora. This woman is an incredible person inside and out. She performed our marriage counseling and wedding services. We were blessed to find Leora through our Wedding Planner Tina Stewart who is also on Wedding Wire. If you are looking for someone who will put a special touch on one of the most important days of your life please meet with Leora and discuss the services she provides. We felt her in our heart and so did everyone else in attendance.

Best of Luck to All!!! Read less
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