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Non-denominational (mentions God),
Non-religious (no mention of God)
When you work with Joel, you hate being restricted to only a five star rating. There ought to be at least one or two more stars to show how just nice he is and how well he meets the desires of the wedding participants. Thanks again Joel.Nov 16, 2013Verified
EXCELLENT!!! Made our wedding so very special and personal. He took his time and was very patient even though we were so shaky and nervous. I would recommend him highly and the pricing was very reasonable.Sep 15, 2013Verified
Rev Joel was great! He showed up on-time and was very personable. He made our moment so special! The quality of his work was more than outstanding!!Nov 16, 2014Verified
Joel was absolutely wonderful. We wanted a short and sweet ceremony and Joel understood that right away and took care of everything in a professional manner. Very prompt in his responses as well. Would highly recommend.Dec 4, 2014Verified
Joel is AWESOME & very efficient! I would give him more stars if I could! Very well prepared and just dove right into our craziness. We were having an outdoor ceremony on Pier V, it was pouring down rain for 2 hours before our start time. He helped set up our hotel room to have our ceremony. Then 5 minutes before our start time it stopped raining!!! He was extremely cool about moving everything outside! His voice carries when he was reading our vows so everyone can hear them. I highly recommend him for your special day.May 2, 2014Verified
- 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.