Your ceremony should be an expression of your heart and soul. Simple or elaborate, traditional or cutting-edge, formal or casual, I create and perform beautiful and meaningful experiences tailored just for you.
I am a certified civil celebrant and an interfaith minister and work with people of all religions and cultures and beliefs. I also perform civil ceremonies. My ceremonies emphasize your values and personalities so each one is different.
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Absolutely. I spoke with AC on the phone, then when she met my fiancé and I in person she asked lots of questions about us and the type of ceremony we wanted. She gave us lots of options (many which reflected our cultural backgrounds which was cool), and let us continue to revise the ceremony until we were perfectly happy with it. She continued to offer reading suggestions as we weren't sure if we had found just the right one for our ceremony, and offered to meet us again in person in case there was anything we didn't just want to discuss on phone or email. On the days of the rehearsal and wedding, she was a calm presence.
AC had more ideas for rituals and readings than I was expecting, and once she got a feel for what we wanted, provided lots of additional options. She was also very flexible as I made little wording changes so the ceremony would feel more like us- I was impressed that she was cool with all the changes we made.
We chose readings that we felt suited us well. We were unfortable about adding a large symbolic ritual (like lighting a unity candle or drinking a shared glass of wine - I just knew I'd set something on fire or spill on myself!), so we omitted this component. Having the ability to edit the ceremony and the fact that we wrote our own vows also helped this all sound like us.
Everyone loved it, and said we looked so happy up there. We really were relaxed- knowing what was about to be said helped us be calm and prepared. (I've been to many weddings where officiants went off script and said something that was interpreted as inappropriate to some guests- I was happy that I didn't have to worry about that at my wedding!). My mom said it was the best wedding she'd seen, which also was great!
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not? While contacting at least 3 officiants in the area, it became clear that A.C. Warden was the best pick for us. A.C. made us feel at ease. As a bride planning a wedding, this is the last thing you want to worry about. She made it too easy and you could tell that she had her heart and full attention invested in your ceremony and event.
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected? When I was saying my vows, a choked up. A.C. was so supportive in helping me get through the ceremony. She was patient. When my nephew went running around the aisles, she was able to ad lib and incorporate that in the ceremony that made the guests laugh hysterically. She went above and beyond what was expected.
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony? We had a unique situation where my husband and I came from different cultures and backgrounds. We filled out a questionnaire in which she was able to capture our personalities and and make it a one of a kind event.
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests? Everyone was absolutely inpired and touched by AC's words and the ceremony itself. She made old men, teenagers, guys that i thought were too insensitive, cry. Even though i had tried to practice the ceremony many times, i still weeped at my own ceremony. Her words were touching, her delivery was amazing! Many other relatives and friends have been inspired to create that same type of ceremony environment of paying tribute to ancestors, incorporating culture, and making it real unique where the guest also finds out more about you. I couldn't be more impressed with AC's quality of professionalism.