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Officiant in Durham, North Carolina,
(434) 572-7436
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    Mike Laws

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  • Okay, so first things first: I'm not Catholic. (My bride-to-be and now wife is, although she's a bit... lapsed, you might say.) Naturally this filled me with angst, given less than positive experiences at Catholic friends' weddings (a particularly irascible priest yelling at me for using a cellphone in the church vestibule, among other not-great memories). Luckily, Father Christopher was... wait for it... a godsend. He's pretty much singlehandedly changed my view of priests (for the better, I mean). Helps that he's fluent in multiple disciplines and thus good company at dinner and such—which he made himself available for in our city even though he lives nowhere near it. That, to us, went far beyond the call, to say nothing of his being someone we actually wanted to see and talk to and break bread with. But now I'm repeating myself. Anyway, long story short, go with the Padre here. Your wedding will be the better for it, on so many levels.

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    Thank you both for coming into my life; I am so much richer for it. Thank you also for making me laugh out loud and for our wonderful conversations about, well, everything, in general, and about books and about writing in particular. Hope to see you in New York in September. Love and blessings always.

    Madeline

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  • Father Christopher was our officiant for our November 2019 wedding in Cary, NC. He was instrumental in preparing and delivered a beautiful ceremony. We had multiple guests compliment the thoughtful ceremony. He knows how to add a balance of religion for those who practice and still make sure those who don’t are included and have a meaningful experience. We especially enjoyed the premarital counseling times that we had with Father Christopher before the wedding as well. We felt comfortable speaking with him and are grateful to have gotten the chance to speak on important issues with another person. I would recommend Father Christopher for wedding ceremonies!

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    Dear Madeline and David, it was my privilege to officiate for you. I am so pleased to know that your ceremony was everything you had hoped it would be. We did it together, over many months, and I thank you for the hard work you both did individually and together to prepare for your big day. I look forward to hearing of the many personal and professional milestones that await! Blessings for a joyous holiday season.

    Allen Gent

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  • Father Christopher is outstanding to work with! He took time to get to know us personally and gained a thorough understanding of what style of ceremony we were looking for. His communication and guidance throughout the entire process was second to none and he continued to tweak the ceremony drafts until we were satisfied. We truly enjoyed working with Father Christopher and he was a big part in helping the day come together for us in the special way we imagined it.

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    Dear Allen and Judy, your kind words mean so much to me. Thank you for the opportunity to officiate for you and to help to make your day special and memorable. Love and blessings always.

    Megan O'Connor

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  • My husband and I planned our wedding in Raleigh from out of town, and Father Christopher was very helpful and easy to work with from start to finish. We were able to include everything we wanted in the ceremony. We also received several comments from family and friends about how beautiful our ceremony was. One month after our wedding, we are still hearing from people about our ceremony! Father Christopher was a pleasure to work with, and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding officiant in the Raleigh/Durham area.

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    Dear Megan and Filip, thank you so much for your kind words. You made my day! It is very much a two-way street and you were wonderful to work with. I wish you a long and happy life together, Love and blessings always.

    Raina K

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  • We had a wonderful experience. Everything was done to our liking and specialized to our needs, wants, and desires. He is a wonderful officiant and I am glad we chose him to do our small ceremony.

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    Thanks so much for the opportunity to witness this milestone in your lives. Hope to see you in New York! Love and blessings always.

    Sadie Lenkewicz

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  • I greatly appreciated all the involvement and personalization both my husband and I were able to have in creating the perfect ceremony with Ft. Christopher. He was so welcoming and helpful with every stage of the ceremony process. I would most definitely recommend him to anyone and everyone.

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    Dear Sadie and Michael, your kind words are much appreciated. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day and send you up the aisle into your new life. Blessings and happiness always.

    Sarah Mcgrath-Blaser

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  • Father Christopher was everything we wanted and needed in an officiant! In starting out this process, its hard to determine exactly what you need from someone serving in this role (besides being ordained and having the experience of marrying couples) but Father Christopher went above and beyond my expectations for what working with an officiant would be like. My husband is Catholic and I am Methodist, but we wanted to have an outdoor wedding ceremony and blend the concepts of adventure, love, nature, and traditional faith all into one. Needless to say, an outdoor wedding is far from a traditional ceremony in a Catholic church, but Father Christopher did a phenomenal job of making the ceremony a wonderful experience for the more traditional family members that attended while incorporating beautiful elements reflecting our love of nature (and even kept going through peacocks squawking in the background)! He is a true professional, a wonderful and easy-going person to work with, and r... Read more

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    Wow! Thank you so much. I am thrilled that your day was exactly what you wanted (except for the heat!) and that everyone felt included and honored by the ceremony we created. Thanks for the opportunity to work with you and to get to know you and especially to witness this milestone with you. Blessings always.

    Danielle Collodel

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  • Father Christopher was phenomenal. He helped us plan every aspect of our ceremony and was extremely professional. He was quick to answer any questions we had and would always provide very thorough answers. He conducted a very beautiful Catholic ceremony for us that didn’t leave a dry eye in the room. Our ceremony definitely would not have gone as smoothly with out him!

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    Dear Danielle and Zach, your wedding was such a special event. The angels were singing at Duke Chapel and the Spirit was very much in evidence. Thanks so much for your kind words and for the opportunity to be a part of your nuptial milestone. Love and blessings.

    Heidi

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  • Our experience was excellent, we where very limited on time, and Rev. Christopher was able to help us last minute, he was flexible and provided a lot of valuable suggestions and ideas incorporating several Catholic Ceremony rituals embracing our different cultures (American/Eastern European/Hispanic). He went the extra mile of helping us with a bilingual wedding, was very professional and attentive editing our ceremony drafts until we where happy with the content. We are extremely satisfied with his work, our family members and guest where also very impressed. Our ceremony could have not been any better.

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    Dear Aide and Rich, what a nice thing to say! Thank you so much for your kind words. I was happy to be able to help on short notice and it was a great opportunity to practice my Spanish! Wishing you a long life together filled with love and happiness.

    Elizabeth

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  • I am SO glad I came across Father Christopher while searching for an officiant! We spoke over the phone first and, before I knew it, an hour had gone by. Father Christopher is incredibly patient and kind, as well as respectful and intelligent. He came up with the perfect draft for our ceremony right from the start, and we only had some minor additions/subtractions. I received immediate compliments on how sweet, unique, and lovely the ceremony was (and people are STILL talking about it)! That is, in large part, thanks to Father Christopher. I will be forever grateful to him for making our wedding ceremony about the two of us, our families, and the love we all have for one another. Thank you!

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    Dear Beth and Adi, I am very moved by your kind words and so very happy that your ceremony was everything you wanted. Nothing pleases me more than to know that you will always look back on our experience together with great joy. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

    Sam Milstead

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  • Father Ross was very easy to work with and amended the ceremony to be exactly what we wanted. He also told us his opinion on what he thought worked well, what didn't, when he thought the service was too long for what we wanted, etc. He was very prompt in sending over the details and sending new drafts as well. The ceremony itself went very well, Father Ross is very well spoken and knows when to emphasize certain parts of the readings.

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    Dear Sam and Caitlin, nothing pleases me more than to know that your wedding ceremony was just what you wanted, both in terms of the script itself and its execution. Thank you for all the work you did as we put it together. We were a great team! Blessings for a lifetime of happiness.

    Matthew Pscheid

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  • FR Christopher was extremely helpful in creating the ceremony that was perfect for us. We don't live in the area and he was excellent at making time for us when we were in the area and he was always available to talk either on the phone or email. We wanted specific things in the ceremony and he was able to include everything we wanted as well as giving helpful ideas on what we want in the ceremony. He really creates the wedding ceremony that you want

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    Dear Matthew & Cheryl, many thanks for your kind words. I am so happy to know that your ceremony was all that you had wanted it to be. Wishing you a long life together filled with much happiness. Please stay in touch and keep me informed of all the wonderful blessings I am sure will come your way.

    Kristi

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  • Father Ross was excellent! Very accommodating and professional. Answers emails quickly. He is on top of dates and timing and helps with reminders about when to get your marriage license. He truly cares for his clients. We even did marriage counseling with him, which was very helpful! We constructed our ceremony with the help of Father Ross and it was perfect. We would recommend again for friends and family. Thank you so much for everything you did for us :)!! (-Kristi & Michael)

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    Dear Kristi and Michael, it was an honor to officiate for you and to work with you as we put your ceremony together. I am so pleased that it was everything you had hoped it would be. Much love and happiness always.

    Beth

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  • We loved working with Father Christopher on our ceremony! He is such a kind man who genuinely cares about the couples he marries. He gave us many options to customize and personalize the ceremony how we wanted and was always available to offer suggestions and improvements. He made the whole process less stressful for us and did not mind how many drafts/meetings it took to get it perfect. Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful and personal because of him and his guidance. We are still receiving compliments from our guests about the ceremony. He also offers optional pre-marital counseling, which my husband and I highly recommend! It not only allowed us to get to know each other better, but it also helped us get to know ourselves better and we cannot thank him enough for spending many hours talking with us on his Saturday mornings. We always left feeling so much better than when we had arrived. He really went out of his way to make sure we were living happy, fulfilled lives. Our ... Read more

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    I am so very moved by your kind words. The two of you have been as much a gift to me as you seem to say that I was for you and so I thank you for letting me into your lives. I will always value the time we spent together and the privilege I had of conferring upon you the sacrament of holy matrimony. Love and blessings always.

    Renee'

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  • Out of every thing we planned and picked for our wedding, picking Celestial Ceremonies was the best decision we made. From day one Celestial Ceremonies has been professional, on time, helpful, on point, fun, understanding, and most of all caring and there for us. Being a gay couple isn't easy in this world, but to find a man of god who speaks the word and truly shower blessing on us is rare. Celestial Ceremonies has taken all of the fear we had out of us and made life for us a lot better. Even if we would of had a court house wedding or a big wedding having Celestial Ceremonies there is all we we needed. We truly want to thank you and pray you continue to bless couples the way you've blessed us. Love the Marshall's (your NYC family)

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    Dear Renee and Candace, I am so very happy to know that your wedding was everything you wanted it to be and that I accomplished my goal of getting you to and through the big day with maximum joy and serenity and minimum anxiety and stress. It has been a privilege to get to know you and work with you and officiate for you. You are indeed first-class citizens in this potentially great country and it is your courage to step out and declare your love for each other and take your vows that makes America great. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it. Love and blessings always.
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