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What Our Couples Say About Us
     We were fortunate enough to have Mary Ellen Stanton as our wedding ceremony officiant. She made time for our wedding even though she had a personal appointment later that evening.  We did not feel at all rushed on our day. She was responsive to our emails even after the ceremony when I had questions about our certified marriage certificate.

      With her guidance, we wrote a beautiful ceremony that we were all so happy with. Mary Ellen gave my husband and I advice on how to handle all of the different “issues” that could arise during a wedding ceremony. She made time to meet with us twice; once before we confirmed that we would like to have her officiate, and a few weeks before our wedding day to go over our ceremony. We highly recommend Mary Ellen’s services. 
       These are volunteers from the Northern Virginia Ethical Society who truly love doing weddings. Mary Ellen Stanton was our Officiant and she was a doll to work with.  When we met she was responsive, caring, empathic, and flexible. She helped us incorporate all that we wanted into our wedding and we had a beautiful ceremony. She came early to make sure the place looked right and to confirm everything and the ceremony went off without a hitch. If you aren't looking for an overly religious wedding go to the Northern Virginia Ethical Society!

     Phyllis Duncan, our officiant from the Northern Virginia Ethical Society, did a great job. She understood that incorporating our friends and family into the ceremony was important and she was such a calming influence. I would recommend her to anyone who wants an inclusive ceremony that reflects your personal traditions as a couple.
      Mary Ellen Stanton was absolutely wonderful to work with!! We live in California and were planning our wedding long distance in Virginia. Mary Ellen was always accommodating for scheduling phone conversations with the time difference, and always made us feel welcome during our visits. She helped us to create a memorable and meaningful ceremony, always working with the ideas that we wanted to include and suggesting ways to improve it. We would recommend her to everyone getting married!!
      Mary Ellen Stanton was our officiant and the perfect match for us :). We met with her a few times prior to the ceremony and she made everything so easy! We couldn't think of anyone more perfect to marry us. We received so many compliments on our beautiful ceremony. Highly recommended!!!