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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Having AC as our celebrant was one of the best elements of our spectacular wedding. She put together a beautiful secular ceremony that was touching, meaningful, and centered on our relationship. We didn’t know what we wanted out of a ceremony when we found AC, but she helped craft something that was intimate and personal. She had us each fill out a long questionnaire about our relationship and interviewed several friends and family members for their views on our relationship. This was not only useful for incorporation into the ceremony, but it was a great way to bring our focus back to why we were getting married in the first place. With all of the details of planning a wedding, it’s easy to forget sometimes that the marriage is the most important part.
In our first meeting, AC sat and talked with us for a couple of hours to really get to know us and the kind of ceremony that would fit us. She helpfully made several suggestions for incorporating traditional and non-traditional rituals and elements in the ceremony that reflected our backgrounds and beliefs. She put together the core structure with several options and recommendations and guided us through the process of finalizing it. She helped us find ways to involve several family members in the ceremony, in addition to incorporating quotes from friends who had been interviewed. The result was a ceremony that told the story of us, that celebrated our marriage and not just the concept of marriage. Our friends and family still tell us that it was the most sincere, unique ceremony they have ever witnessed. We could not recommend AC more highly.
Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Personable : 5.0
Customized Ceremony : 5.0
Reliable : 5.0
Presence : 5.0
Review: A ceremony that really fit us
Reviews Posted: 1
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not? 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.
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected? 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.
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony? 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.
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests? 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.