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Non-denominational (mentions God),
Non-religious (no mention of God)
Dave and I (Martina) got married on our friends yacht. We chose Joel Lessard to perform the ceremony. We agreed on a simple, civil ceremony. Joel was extremely helpful, he sent us several options with different wedding vows, he gave us useful information. Since we did not plan on exchanging rings, Joel came up with a wonderful suggestion, the Fisherman's Knot. We absolutely loved the idea, since the ceremony took place on the boat. Joel was very efficient, organized and on time. Ceremony took about 15 minutes, just like we intended. Dave and I were both very satisfied with our Officiant and if we ever decide to redo our vows, Joel Lessard is our guy!Sep 11, 2013Verified
Very patient and he was totally into the wedding ceremony.Nov 20, 2014Verified
Joel was very timely, and helpful. He delivered an outstanding wedding. Also, was very patient with changes and advice. Definitely would recommend. Thanks Joel!Jul 12, 2014Verified
Joel is a great officiant! Even though my ceremony was sort of last minute ,he worked with me to make sure everything was just the way I wanted it.He is a very nice guy. I am so glad I chose him to marry me and my husband! Thanks joel for everything!!!Jun 16, 2014Verified
We could not have had a better person for our wedding ceremony. Joel did a perfect job. Thank you very much, Barb & David 10-5-13Oct 10, 2013Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?For Officiating Services, pricing is fairly straight forward and addressed during the initial communications with couple. The fee quoted is your TOTAL FEE due with no additional add-on charges. Late fees may apply when ceremony starts later than 'booked' due to venue delays or tardiness of the wedding party.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I am always open to learning any cultural rituals or traditions that are incorporated into wedding ceremonies.
- What types of customers have you worked with?I officiate ceremonies in venues throughout Maryland, from historic mansions to vineyards to large venue locations such as Martins or large Hotel venues. Most clients are seeking an officiant willing to allow them to customize their ceremony so that it reflects their personal vision and /or beliefs. Many couples I work with are not affiliated on a regular basis with a faith based institution; however I also have couples that do regularly attend a house of worship, but the pastor/minister is unavailable or unable to officiate at the couples chosen venue or on the chosen date. Also, many ministers who are employed by major denominational faith-based institutions are unable, due to 'policy', to officiate a wedding or marriage ceremony outside of the 'house of worship'. I also officiate many elopements for couples having more intimate setting ceremonies, such as in their home or backyard or at a local park with just immediate family and few close friends. Park ceremonies have no 'set-up' of chairs, decorations, dj's etc (though some at-home weddings may have these things). I have also officiated ceremonies on yachts, in museums and libraries.