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

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  • Fr. Christopher is one of the kindest and easiest people we have ever had the pleasure of working with, and we honestly could not be happier that he agreed to preside over our wedding. My husband and I come from slightly different Christian backgrounds, and from our experience with other priests before we found Fr. Christopher, we were somewhat concerned that our wedding might not include what was important to each of us. But when I first spoke with Fr. Christopher by phone, he immediately put my mind at ease and lifted a great weight off my shoulders, erasing any concerns I had before. On each occasion Fr. Christopher welcomed us into his home, it was obvious that he genuinely wanted to get to know us well beyond what was necessary to just perform a wedding. Throughout his life, Fr. Christopher has not only been exposed to many religious faiths and beliefs, but has studied each of them in great detail. This made him uniquely qualified to meld our backgrounds seamlessly into what was h... Read more

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    Dear Marissa and Iain, it was such a privilege to be the one to confer upon you the sacrament of holy matrimony. Thank you for choosing me as your officiant. I am so pleased to have worked with you and to have come to know you both, to learn about your lives and the important work that you are doing out in the world. Thank you also for including me in your celebration; I had a great time meeting your friends and families. Love and blessings always.

    Jareth

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  • Father Christopher did a great job personalizing our wedding ceremony. The ceremony was simply beautiful. He accommodated our beliefs and traditions.

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    Dear Jareth and Ricardo, Thank you for your kind words. I am so pleased to know that you were happy with my services and that your ceremony was everything you had hoped it would be. May you have many, many years of happiness together.

    Katie & Matthew

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  • From start to finish, Father Christopher was an absolute pleasure to work with! He invited us into his home to find out our story and get information about the type of ceremony we wanted to have. He quickly provided us tons of options and resources to look through to create our ceremony. It couldn't have been more personalized and easy communicating back and forth through email to get everything organized. He offered advice, opinions on wording and flow that made the entire process seem effortless. We were thrilled to have found him and had the opportunity to share our special day with him. We highly recommend his services and wouldn't have changed a thing about our ceremony. He is extremely attentive and flexible to make your ceremony everything you hope it to be and more. Aside from the work he did leading up the wedding, he even made himself available for our rehearsal the night before and ran through everything with our bridal party. We cannot say enough wonderful things about him ... Read more

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    Dear Katie and Matthew, I am so gratified to know that your ceremony was everything you wanted it to be. It was my pleasure to work with you both to make it a defining moment in your lives that you will always look back on with great joy. How fortunate we were that the torrential rain we had for the rehearsal finally stopped and let us be outside as planned for the ceremony. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

    Grant

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  • Father Christopher was everything we wanted in an officiant. My wife and I recently got married in Durham, we found Fr. Christopher online and arranged time to grab a cup of coffee. We exchanged life and spiritual stories, establishing a connection between all three of us. By the time our conversation ended, we felt relaxed and comfortable with Fr. Christopher, it was an easy choice to request his professional services. I was happy to learn that Fr. Christopher offered pre-cana at no extra charge; we met with him 3-4 times during our engagement to discuss our relationship and the challenges we encountered as a couple. We learned a lot from each other with the help of Fr. Christopher and cannot stress enough how valuable his wisdom was for us. When it came time for the big day, Fr. Christopher was on the ball! He facilitated a relaxed rehearsal with professionalism and humor - it was painless. The ceremony went off without a hitch. Fr. Christopher supported our desire to write ou... Read more

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    Dear Grant & Megan, Reading your review of our professional relationship and the time we spent together put a huge smile on my face. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this and for bringing back to mind everything we did! I treasure the opportunity to have met you both and to have gotten to know you and will always remember how spectacular you both looked standing in front of me as you took your vows. Wishing you much joy as you go forward into your married life.

    User4785850

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  • My fiancé and I come from different religious backgrounds and we wanted our wedding ceremony to reflect both of us. We came across Father Ross in a Google search when I typed in Catholic officiants in Virginia. I clicked on the link and started to read all of the reviews and about Father Ross himself. After a little bit of reading I decided to reach out. After our fist Skype meeting with Father Ross, we knew we wanted him to lead our ceremony for our wedding. There was something about his calming voice, his life experiences and love of travel that really clicked with us. We began the journey to create a ceremony that reflected the both of us, and with Father Ross’s help we were able to have the perfect wedding ceremony. Throughout the whole planning process Fr. Ross was always there to lend advice. He assisted us in talking about subjects we didn’t even know we had differences on through his pre-marital counseling and he offered advice on what life will be like after marriage. On... Read more

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    Dear Melissa & Nicholas, I am so moved by your very kind words. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do what I love best, to confer upon a loving couple the sacrament of holy matrimony and then send them up the aisle into their new life. It is such a privilege and I thank you so much. Please know that I am always available to you and will be eager to hear of the many wonderful milestones that lie ahead. You will always be in my heart.

    Kate

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  • I consider myself a cafeteria Catholic - I like the tradition of the religion and how I was raised but am more spiritual than religious. My husband is not religious at all. Our ceremony needed to be just right for us and Father Christopher provided just that. He was personable and let us custom create our ceremony by providing many options for us to consider and spend time reviewing and discussing with him and on our own. Many guests commented on how "us" it was and how meaningful they found it. We appreciated how easy Father Christopher made the process and would absolutely recommend him to anyone.

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    Dear Kate & Luke, I thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your special day and to witness the love that you share. Happiness always!

    Maggie

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  • Beginning to end, Father Christopher was an absolute delight to work with for our Charlottesville, VA wedding. He went above and beyond to craft a beautiful ceremony that honored our religious traditions while allowing us to incorporate personal touches. Since we were planning our wedding from far away, we did not get to meet Father Christopher until the rehearsal dinner. We selected him as our officiant after having a wonderful “getting to know you” conversation over the phone last summer. Father Christopher offered optional pre-marital counseling, and he worked with us from afar by providing thoughtful articles and questionnaires to provoke some important conversations between me and my now husband. We also appreciated that he ensured we acquired our marriage license in a timely manner, and that he processed it for us after the wedding. We are so immensely grateful to have found Father Christopher, and I would recommend him without reservation to anyone looking for a memorable ce... Read more

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    Dear Maggie & James, It was a joy to work with you and a privilege to be the one to send you off into your new life as husband and wife. I also enjoyed meeting your family and friends; thank you for including me in your celebrations. Happiness always.

    Kelly

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  • My mother met Father Christopher in the hospital while caring for my ailing stepfather. She gave me his business card suggesting I consider him as an officiant for our wedding ceremony. Four years later, we finally decided on a date. I pulled out the business card and called Father Christopher. After speaking with him a couple of times, we decided he was a perfect match. It was not our wish to have a traditional wedding ceremony. We wanted a simple, early ceremony with a small gathering of family followed by brunch at my mother's home. Father Christopher was warm, flexible, and stressed the importance of making the ceremony our own. Neither my fiancé or I identify with one religious denomination, we like to think of ourselves as more spiritual. Father Christopher was open and accommodating to our ideas. He helped keep us on track throughout the planning process making sure we put the finishing touches on any last minute details in a timely fashion. It was truly a delight to share with... Read more

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    Dear Kelly & Matthew, thank you for your kind words. They mean so much to me. And your concern for my dietary needs at the beautiful lunch that you made will not be forgotten! Much love and happiness always.

    Zach

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  • Father Christopher went above and beyond by taking the time to get to know both my wife and i on separate phone calls and also in person a few months before our wedding. He really made us feel like he was personally invested in our wedding. He spent extra time to work with us customizing our ceremony so that it fit our specific demands. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for any officiant.

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    Dear Zach & Katie, Thank you for your kind words. I had a great time getting to know you and working with you to create the perfect ceremony. Wishing you happiness always. Fr. Christopher+

    Jason

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  • Father Christopher was so wonderful and accommodating, we really cannot recommend him enough. It was a challenge to locate an officiant for an interfaith wedding, but we were so fortunate to be able to find him! He was willing to co-officiate with a Rabbi, and together they crafted a beautiful, heartfelt, and deeply meaningful ceremony. Father Christopher was with us every step of the way as we planned our ceremony. He offered guidance and advice and was always patient and understand. He made himself available to us as needed, and were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet him before the ceremony. Father Christopher's sense of humor and wisdom were appreciated and warmly received. He was such a pleasure to work with and our wedding would not have been the same without him.

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    Dear Jason & Caitlin, Thank you very, very much for your kind words. I am so happy to know you and to have been chosen along with Rabbi Andrew to officiate for you. We really did all make a great team! May your married life be blessed with great joy. Fr. Christopher+

    User5535155

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  • Father Christopher was an amazing officiant and friend throughout the entire course of my wife and I's wedding planning. He was extremely flexible and worked with us to develop a ceremony that was truly perfect. With my Catholic background, it was important to me to have a ceremony that had some religious meaning. However, my wife did not grow up with much religion in her life so we were able to make our ceremony distinctly unique. Father Christopher helped us with this entire process and had many options for us to use. He attended both our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception, and all of our guests told my wife and I how wonderful of a person he is and how much fun they had talking with him. He is a great speaker (no mic needed) and he followed through with all of the documentation. I would recommend him to anyone with any religious background as he will work with you to make your wedding both beautiful and meaningful.

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    Dear Christopher & Beth, It was such a privilege to be a part of your special day. Nothing makes me happier than to know that, as I had hoped, you will always look back on your ceremony with great joy. Wishing you much happiness.

    Fred

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  • Christopher was wonderful to work with. We came to him with an unusual request and he responded quickly and graciously. He performed a lovely service for us and his warmth and love made the occasion even more special. Thank you, Christopher.

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    Dear Fred & Debra, Thank you for the opportunity to officiate for you. I am so pleased to know that your special day was all that you wanted it to be. Wishing you much joy and happiness in your married life. Fr. Christopher+

    Bill

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  • Father Christopher is amazing! We were a bit trepidatious about attempting a same sex wedding in the rural mid south but it could not have been better. From our first meeting onward Fr. Christopher was patient, supportive and respectful. He made wonderful suggestions and wove our personal thoughts and feelings into the ceremony he created for us. Family and friends who witnessed our marriage were quite moved by the beautiful ceremony. We heartily recommend Father Christopher as the perfect officiant.

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    Dear Bill & Jonathan, Thank you for the opportunity to officiate for you. It was such a privilege to validate your lives in this way. Wishing you much joy and happiness always. Fr. Christopher+

    User4338021

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  • Fr. Christopher was a pleasure to work with. He was very thorough, timely, and sensitive to our wants and needs. When my now husband and I first chatted with Fr. Christopher on the phone, we knew immediately that we found the right person to marry us. He was open, kind, and unassuming. He was incredibly flexible and genuinely focused on tailoring the perfect ceremony for us. My husband and I received many comments from our guests after the ceremony lauding Fr. Christopher and the unique ceremony he crafted for us. His words could not have been more perfect for our special day!

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    Thank you so much! I am so pleased to have helped make your day exactly what you had hoped it would be. Thank you also for the unique opportunity to officiate at the Chapel at Trump Winery. May your lives be filled by its divine grace and beauty. - Fr. Christopher+

    User4894081

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  • We are so happy to have met Father Christopher. We found him to be so genuinely nice, and so very accommodating as to the kind of service that we wanted. He met with us several times and sent revisions in a timely manner, and his contract was easy to meet. He really understood what we wanted our special day to be, and wrote a lovely service that projected our vision. Thank you!

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    Officiating for you was such an honor and as much a special day for me as it was for you. I will always have a place in my heart for you both. Fr. Christopher+

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