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

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  • "Working" with Father Christopher was a dream. He was so easy to talk to and very considerate of considerate of all of our wishes to construct wonderful ceremony. I am Catholic, my husband is not, but Father Christopher helped us to find the perfect balance for our ceremony. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a wise, funny and overall pleasant officiant

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    Dear Carly and Billy, it was such a pleasure getting to know you both and to have the honor of being a part of your special day. Thank you so much for your kind words. I wish you love and laughter all your days.

    Amanda

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  • Christopher did an amazing job writing out our entire vows taking our spiritual beliefs and our journey into consideration. He is very warm, non-judgmental and very open minded. He is someone that we just happened to run into at a local shop, the universes way of saying this is your guy!!! Christopher listened to our story and shared his with us as well. He was very accommodating and made our wedding amazing. The wording was beautiful and Christopher goes above and beyond to add additional magical touches. He has a very calming demeanor and really eased our minds about the whole event. Thank you so much Christopher for making our day so special!!

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    Dear Amanda and Jeff, your kind words are much appreciated. The ceremony that we created together was so very beautiful and the Buddhist prayers touched me deeply. Wishing you a long life together filled with peace, abundance and joy.

    Nissan

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  • We truly had the greatest possible experience with Father Christopher! From the moment we met him, he went the extra mile to get to know us and make our ceremony absolutely perfect. Over the course of planning, Father Christopher was always available and willing to meet as many times as we wanted. This not only allowed us to get to know each other, he truly cared about our happiness and gave us great advice and wisdom we will keep with us forever. He was also great at always following up and making sure that none of the logistics were ever missed (a much needed thing with all of the moving pieces in wedding planning). We knew that with him, that was one big aspect of the wedding we didn't need to worry about. For anyone planning any type of wedding (regardless of faith, culture, etc) I would highly recommend Father Christopher!

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    Dear Nissan and Laura, Thank you so much for your kind words. You were a delight to work with and I am so pleased to know that your ceremony was everything you wanted it to be. I am privileged to know you and to be a part of your lives and your memories. Blessings always.

    Nadine and Samuel

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  • We could not be happier with our experience with Father Christopher. From our initial meeting to pre-marriage counseling to the ceremony itself, he could not have been more kind or professional. He spent the time to get to know us and through that process we were able to create a ceremony that was meaningful, beautiful and unique to us. We do not practice any particular religion, but consider ourselves spiritual and wanted our ceremony to embody those personal beliefs. We really appreciated the depth of knowledge about spiritual and religious practice that Father Christopher provided. There is no doubt that in the course of working with Fr. Christopher, we have learned a lot about ourselves and our relationship, and we have made a dear friend.

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    Dear Nadine & Sam, Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to do this. I appreciate it very much and I appreciate both of you very much. It has been a privilege to work together. Love and blessings in 2018 and always.

    Nicole

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  • Fr. Christopher was the perfect match for my husband and me. He was patient, thorough, reflective and thoughtful in his approach throughout the entire process. Fr. Christopher has a diverse background and an open-mind, so he is very understanding of various situations and that each wedding and each couple is unique. He met with us several times to learn more about us and what type of ceremony we wanted. It was truly a pleasure working with Fr. Christopher and he has earned our highest recommendation!

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    Dear Nicole and Dave, It was such a pleasure officiating for you and I so enjoyed getting to know you over the many months that we worked together. Thank you for your kind words; I wish you a long life together filled with good times, good health and good memories. Love and blessings always.

    Matthew

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  • Father Ross was fantastic. We both really enjoyed his attitude, outlook, and input throughout the planning process. He helped to customize our ceremony with different choices of readings, but was open to including our own as well, and helped with readings to get our family members involved. We did pre-marital counseling with him as well, and his input and understanding was amazing. Most of all, his personality was comfortable to be around, which you can tell a lot by someone's personality, and never once did he seem disinterested, or just doing it for the money. Overall, I would recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant for a wedding.

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    Dear Matt and Cami, Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a joy to work with you both and have the opportunity not just to officiate for you but to have time together in the months leading up to your wedding so that we could get to know each other. I wish you much happiness as you start your new life together in the beautiful mountains that you both love so much. Looking forward to hearing from you in future.

    Alicia

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  • Our experience with Father Christopher was fantastic. Our initial meeting took place about a year before the wedding and we were immediately impressed with his compassion and willingness to be the officiant for our wedding. We met with Father Christopher two or three times for some "premarital counseling" and every time we left, we had a greater appreciation for each other and the bond we were going to make. He has had so many different life experiences, as we learned from our meetings, and is so insightful and offered us a lot of help, support and guidance, not only for the present, but for long into the future as well. After our counseling, we met again to discuss the ceremony and communicated regularly to ensure our ceremony was personal and exactly what we wanted. On the wedding day, Father Christopher handled our service and ceremony perfectly. Our wedding was everything we wanted and more!

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    Dear Alicia and Kevin, I am rarely at a loss for words--as you know!!--but your review of our experience together has left me speechless. I am so grateful that it was everything you wanted. Wishing you much love and happiness always.

    William

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  • Fr. Christopher was incredibly fabulous! We could not have chosen a better officiant! He worked with us, so that we were able to get exactly the ceremony that we wanted. I would recommend him in the strongest possible terms -- a wedding is too important not to chose the best officiant -- and Fr. Christopher is amazing!

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    It was my privilege to be a part of your special day. Wishing you both much joy and happiness in the years to come. Love and blessings always.

    Tim

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  • Father Christopher is an amazing, genuine, humble, and sincere person and was the perfect officiant for our wedding. He takes the time to get to know the couple and is an extremely likable person. He prioritizes making the ceremony as you envision it and will make every accommodation to ensure this. He is very responsive, easy to work with, and professional. The wedding ceremony went perfectly. I would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Father Christopher!

    Stephen

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  • As we were planning a wedding in North Carolina from afar, one of the things we were most concerned about was how we were going to not only find, but also get to know an officiant who would make our big day special. Eventually, our search led us to Father Christopher, and from our first phone conversation, we knew it was a perfect match. My wife and I come from different spiritual and religious backgrounds and we were hoping to find an officiant who could speak to that uniqueness while keeping our relationship and love at the heart of the ceremony. Father Christopher was the perfect person to do just that. In the months leading to our ceremony, he generously offered his time whenever we needed him, whether by phone or meeting up in North Carolina while we were in town. From our first meeting, when he generously invited us to his home, it was clear that what mattered to him most was understanding us as a couple and crafting our perfect ceremony. We got to know Father Christopher over a ... Read more

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    What can I say? "Thank you" is so inadequate. Love you guys always! Eager to hear from you as time marches on. I know your life together will be filled with much personal happiness and professional success and I will be so pleased to hear about it.

    Heather

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  • Our experience with Father Christopher was amazing and special. He was very open and so helpful and due to an unexpected emergency our time together was limited. In that short time he made us feel comfortable and at ease which made our big day go even smoother. I am happy to write this review and would highly recommend Celestial Ceremonies to anyone getting married. You can tell Father Christopher really loves what he does and he is genuinely so happy for each and every couple he marries.

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    Dear Heather and Joseph, thank you so much for your kind words and for all the work you did helping me to create your wedding ceremony in such a short time. Wishing you much love and happiness always.

    A

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  • Father Christopher is the most self-actualized person I have ever known. He is genuine, thoughtful, loving, witty. . . a wonderful spiritual leader. Having Father Christopher guide us through our marriage ceremony was such a joy! We met him at [groom's] brother's wedding and enjoyed talking with him; his personality was also a good fit for us! One of the things we enjoyed most about working with him were meetings leading up to the wedding: front porch sitting and discussing what was important to us, our lives together and philosophy. Writing the actual ceremony was simple, yet tailor-made for us. He provided examples and 'building blocks' for different sections and he blended passages from our lives into the text as well. We also asked that he deliver a mediation based on what he thought would be fitting for us (as we had gotten to know him through meetings leading up). He gave a general idea of what this would be; it was really special to be listening at the altar (!) to the me... Read more

    Amy

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  • Father Christopher is the most self-actualized person I have ever known. He is genuine, thoughtful, loving, witty. . . a wonderful spiritual leader. Having Father Christopher guide us through our marriage ceremony was such a joy! We met him at [groom's] brother's wedding and enjoyed talking with him; his personality was also a good fit for us! One of the things we enjoyed most about working with him were meetings leading up to the wedding: front porch sitting and discussing what was important to us, our lives together and philosophy. Writing the actual ceremony was simple, yet tailor-made for us. He provided examples and 'building blocks' for different sections and he blended passages from our lives into the text as well. We also asked that he deliver a mediation based on what he thought would be fitting for us (as we had gotten to know him through meetings leading up). He gave a general idea of what this would be; it was really special to be listening at the altar (!) to the me... Read more

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    Wow; I am blown away. Thank you both so much, not only for the opportunity to officiate for you but for the privilege of getting to know you both and work with you over time. It is such a treat for me to be welcomed into the lives of people your age and to be privy to your joys and concerns as you establish yourselves professionally and also build a life together. Love and blessings always.

    Alina

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  • Father Christopher was amazing! We procrastinated on finding an officiant and as soon as we spoke with him on the phone, we had a good feeling he was the right person for the job. After meeting him in person we knew we had found someone really special who could help us make our day perfect. Father Christopher went above and beyond our expectations. Always just a phone call or email a way if we had any questions or needed help understanding something about the ceremony. He was always very flexible with meeting us and finding times that worked for both parties. He helped us come up with our perfect ceremony, guiding us to what ended up being exactly what we wanted out of our special day.we received so many compliments on our ceremony, how romantic, and inspiring it was, not boring in any way and very personal. He encouraged us to make it our own. We couldn't be more grateful to him and for the bond and friendship we now have forever.

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    Dear Alina and Trevor, thank you for your very kind words and for the opportunity to officiate for you. Thank you also for all your hard work. We made a great team! I too feel that we have created a lasting bond and I am eager to hear of future milestones. Love and blessings.

    User7442637

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  • Father Christopher was a joy to work with. He set a lovely, authentic tone for the day and was positive in every way. He wanted to really work with us to provide words that resonated with us on our special day. Father Christopher is committed to a life-long spiritual journey and has uncovered a lot of insightful breadcrumbs along the way... as such his energy and reverence for God, humanity, and the delightful-unknown was exactly what we were looking for to share a positive message to our wedding. He appears to have a "don't worry, be happy"-vibe but really it's an "I got you covered, let's have a great day"-outlook. Highly recommended!

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    Dear Michelle and Galen, your kind words brought a smile to my face and a very deep appreciation to my mind and my heart for your profound understanding of our work together. Blessings to you both for a long life together filled with joy and laughter.

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