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Officiant in Merrifield, VA,

Contemporary and Traditional Catholic Weddings

5649 Mount Gilead Road
Merrifield, VA, VA
Services: Officiant | Login to save vendor
(703) 665-9730
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  • 17 Reviews


    Lucia Mejia

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  • We wanted someone to read a few bible scriptures and keep it short and sweet. That’s what we got and he took care of the rest! Thank you!!! You won’t be disappointed in choosing him for your services. We also were able to talk before the wedding to make sure we were all set.

    Katherine

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  • We were looking for someone to officiate our intercultural wedding, and we are so glad we found this church. I was raised in a white Protestant family, and my husband was raised in a Salvadoran Catholic household. We looked into getting married at his church, but they would not allow our dog to be in the wedding, which was a deal breaker for us. Since Roman Catholic churches won't let dogs in ceremonies in the church, and rarely make exceptions to have their priests perform marriages outside of a physical church, I had pretty much given up on finding a Catholic officiant, and decided all I could do was at least find an officiant that speaks Spanish. I searched online and found this church. Although Father Jason Lody was not available for our date, he connected us with his colleague, Father Julian Garcia. Father Julian was the best fit we could have asked for. A native Spanish speaker who is fluent in English, non-judgmental, willing to go to our venue, open to our ideas and what we wan... Read more

    Genie

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  • Father Jason was an amazing officiant for our wedding. Professional, caring, and approachable. We were very happy that he was aware of traditional Filipino Catholic practices and incorporated these elements in our ceremony. He had an excellent homily and made our wedding truly memorable and perfect.

    Erin

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  • We are so grateful to Fr. Jason for working with us for almost a year leading up to our wedding and officiating such a beautiful, personalized, and memorable wedding ceremony. In planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to get married outside but have a ceremony that respected my Catholic upbringing. Fr. Jason turned what started out as a stressful experience with our families to the most meaningful wedding ceremony imaginable. From the beginning, Fr. Jason helped us feel comfortable, heard, positive, and truly excited about planning our ceremony together. He helped guide us in picking readings, songs, and personal touches to help the ceremony feel like us; it was the perfect blend of sentimental, personalized, and traditional. Fr. Jason cared about getting to know us and met with us a few times in person and additionally over the phone to not just prepare for our ceremony but, more importantly, our marriage. He helped us with marriage license questions, and was fantastic the day of... Read more

    Kristen

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  • Fr. Jason was an amazing officiant for our wedding. My fiance and I are both Catholic so it was nice to have a priest officiate our wedding at our venue. Fr Jason was very professional and friendly and offers free pre-marital sessions as frequent as you would like leading up to the wedding. He was also flexible and very responsive. He made our wedding so special and personal and we received a lot of compliments.

    Jacqueline

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  • AMAZING! We had a contemporary wedding ceremony and Father Jason's words had the perfect balance of eloquence and hilarity. The ceremony was personal, thoughtful and had the exact amount of religion that we wanted. The wedding guests (and bride and groom) were laughing and crying. We really couldn't imagine it going any better. We had multiple guests ask how we met Father Jason because their reaction to the ceremony was that we'd known him for a long time. Guests were also asking how they could connect with Father Jason to book him for their own ceremony. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND FATHER JASON!!!!

    Mark

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  • Fr. Jason was such a blessing to us this weekend (and the many months leading up to this weekend). My wife and I wanted a contemporary wedding with light religious elements, and he customized a ceremony that hit all of the marks, and then some. There were many times when my wife and I didn't exactly know what we wanted, and Fr. Jason made great suggestions and helped guide us through the ceremony planning process. At no point was he ever overbearing. He never tried to use some cookie-cutter ceremony outline; on the contrary, he specialized everything just for us. We felt very taken care of, which was invaluable during such a hectic period of our lives! Fr. Jason was easy to communicate with—my wife and I had many video calls with him leading up to the ceremony. We also had a really positive call with him where he gave us some general advice on marriage that we will remember for the rest of our lives together. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Fr. Jason goin... Read more

    Ashlea

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  • Father Jason Lody created a ceremony that went above and beyond our expectations! Regarding the first meeting with Father Jason, my husband and I noticed immediately the kind and light-hearted mannerisms Father Jason had, putting both of us at ease. He is extremely easy to talk to and truly listens to what is being said. We decided to book him and liked the fact that his fee goes straight to the church. We opted for the counseling sessions, and he was extremely open and allowed us to discuss what we felt were areas that were strongest and those that could use improvement in a safe space. He allows us, for the most part, to determine how many sessions we want, what the topics of discussion will be, and advice/previous experiences. I was concerned when he said he doesn’t attend rehearsal dinners and he simply responded, “don’t think just repeat after me on that day and you’ll be fine!”. Sure enough, he was right! For the day of, he came an hour early to help set up and to meet ... Read more

    Heather

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  • Fr. Jason did the most amazing job officiating our ceremony! We could not have asked for more! He was extremely responsive throughout the entire process to questions and requests. In one instance, we had to reschedule a meeting to discuss the ceremony format because my grandmother was ill. Not only was Fr. Jason extremely accommodating and willing to reschedule, he also told me during our meeting that he and his congregation had prayed for my grandmother's health. This meant the world to me, to know that my wedding officiant truly had my family's best interests at heart! During the day of the wedding, he was timely and eloquent, and he provided a little comic relief at all the right moments. We asked for a handfasting ceremony in addition to the abbreviated Catholic ceremony, which he practiced for us and delivered beautifully! Everything was absolutely perfect and we are so grateful to have had Fr. Jason officiate our wedding.

    Maria

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  • My husband and I were fortunate to find Father Jason to officiate our wedding. Upon our first meeting with Father Jason, we felt comfortable and confident that he could officiate our wedding ceremony the way we had envisioned it - simple and religious. Throughout our whole process, Father Jason was extremely responsive and detailed. We highly recommend Father Jason as a wedding officiant as he truly takes the time to meet and understand the soon-to-be husband and wife and our guests were so impressed with his kind words during the ceremony as they raved about it to us. His kind words touched us all.

    Taylor

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  • From the moment we met Father Jason we knew he would be perfect to officiate our ceremony. As Catholics who wanted to get married outside of a church, he perfectly interwove Catholic traditions into a modern ceremony. He was incredibly professional and responsive throughout the process, and made the ceremony about us. He paid attention to the details of our relationship and our story and used them in the ceremony. He made everything special and EASY for us. Our guests even commented how perfect the ceremony was, and how relevant his homily was. Cannot say enough good things about Father Jason - he'll have a special place in our hearts for years and years to come!

    Meghan

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  • In short, Fr Jason Lody made our wedding ceremony incredibly personal and engaging, and we feel so very lucky to have had him officiate. If Fr. Jason is available for your wedding, I cannot imagine anyone better to officiate your ceremony and be present as you begin your marriage. Our absolute favorite part was when he paused and encouraged us to look out at our family and friends smiling back at us. It allowed us to truly absorb the moment and for me, see everyone for the first time, since my laser focus all the way up the aisle was on my groom. After a sweet moment with just my husband and I just after the ceremony, Fr. Jason took a selfie with us and confirmed his plan to send out the signed marriage license (which he did the following day). So many guests asked if he was our parish priest, and how long we knew him. Every guest felt that the mass was simply “us,” which is all we could’ve hoped for. We cannot say enough about him and plan to visit him in Centreville as freq... Read more

    Kara

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  • Father Jason was fantastic! My fiance and I found Father Jason via Wedding Wire and went to church the following week. Over the next year we went to church as often as we were in town, and loved the environment. He did absolutely wonderful on our wedding, and we couldn't be happier. He brought the traditional Catholic pieces of a wedding which my grandfather loved, and made everyone else feel comfortable!

    Camily

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  • Father Jason Lody was very friendly and accommodating and he did a great job officiating our ceremony. He even came out to Frederick, MD for the event. We were so glad to have him as our officiant!

    Brittany

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  • We had a great experience with Fr. Jason Lody! I was raised Catholic and my husband was not, and we both wanted something spiritual that would also appease our families. With my family being strict Catholics, I had to find an option that would allow us to have a Catholic ceremony outside of the church as my venue was at a historic manor house with a beautiful outside ceremony location. Fr. Jason was the answer to our problem, he served as a great "happy medium" between having a religious ceremony without it being overly long, and it did not have to be inside of a church. We met with him once before the wedding at his church one evening after work. He was very pleasant and open to discussing anything and everything with us regarding our religious views and our idea of the ceremony. Throughout the process he was responsive and easily communicated via email. The only reason I did not give the full 5 stars is because I wish he attended the wedding rehearsal. He lets you know that his... Read more

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