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Officiant in Shady Side, MD,
(410) 867-7880
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  • 17 Reviews


    Jim March

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  • Father Charles was a perfect fit for us. We were looking for a ceremony that reflected our Catholic backgrounds, even if we don’t necessarily practice as much as we used to. Father Charles and his wife Mallory were very accommodating towards crafting a ceremony to meet our desires. He also hosts a few “pre-Cana” sessions which helped for us to communicate some relationship concerns together as a couple. On the day of the ceremony, both Father Charles and Mallory helped a great deal towards easing our nerves, and were able to fit into our reception as though they were old family friends. Highly recommended.

    Aaron

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  • My wife is Catholic and I am not, so Charlie was the perfect choice for us. Our ceremony was tailored around the Catholic traditions but also had a secular spin. Our Pre-Cana conversations were easy and helpful, Charlie got to know us and we reaffirmed what we love in each other. Charlie's wife Mallory was a huge help as well. From our first contact via email to walking back up the aisle as husband and wife we are so happy Father Charlie was our officiant.

    Ashley

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  • Both my (now) husband and I are Catholic, but wanted to get married at the venue instead of trucking everyone from our Church 45 min away to the wedding reception site. We found Fr. C. here and he was everything we could have wanted and more. He helped us with pre cana classes as well as making our ceremony religious while also incorporating US into it. Using him was a great decision.

    Julianna

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  • Fr. Charlie and Mallory were one of our greatest blessings when looking for an officiant for our wedding. I am Catholic and my husband is Jewish, it was very important for us to incorporate both religions into a ceremony that was meaningful for both sides and families. Fr. Charlie and Mallory welcomed us with open arms, they opened up their home to learn more about us and to help us prepare for matrimony. In the end, we created a beautiful ceremony with their help and we incorporated all important elements. Fr. Charlie and Mallory are extremely knowledgeable about both the Catholic and Jewish faiths and helped us think of things we hadn’t before. Their flexibility, generosity and genuine interest in helping us prepare for marriage and our future life together was very meaningful to us and appreciated greatly. Thank you, Fr. Charles and Mallory for everything!

    Ann

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  • Our heartfelt thanks to Father Charles Schmitt and his loving wife, Mallory. Our wedding ceremony was beautifully written and reflected our faith and commitment to one another. The sharing of our vows in a private ceremony on our dock with Father Charles and Mallory is something that we will always treasure.

    Anna

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  • My husband and I were lucky to find Father Charles! We are both Catholic, but we had our ceremony at the same site as our venue. Father Charles allowed for us to have someone marry us with the same belief system, but while being able to marry us outside of the church. We talked with Father Charles on the phone and met him at his house to just talk and get to know each other. We then had mini pre cana sessions, which was great to have his view as a priest but also as someone with years of marriage for experience. Father Charles' wife Mallory was amazing and helped us with our ceremony - which we were able to craft to make it fit us.

    Nikki

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  • Father Schmitt and his wife Mallory were both amazing and invaluable. If you want someone to marry you, that truly connects with you as a couple and puts 110% into everything this is who you need! The counseling sessions were poingnant and helpful. They tailored the ceremony to exactly what we wanted and helped pull everyone together! I cannot say enough wonderful things about them!

    Eileen

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  • Thank you very much Father! Fr.C and Mallory are very warmth and welcoming!They even opened their home to us during the initial meeting. We loved our Pre-Cana sessions and most of all, Fr.C made our ceremony the most beautiful!And I appreciate Mallory for helping us with the ceremony planning.We love both of them!

    Erin

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  • Father Charles is excellent, he really gets to know you and your fiancé before he marries you. His wife Mallory is such a wonderful lady, she is very good about helping you come up with your ceremony. They allow you to be yourself, and bring your personalities into the ceremony. My husband and I look forward to meet with Father Charles throughout our marriage.

    Toniann

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  • My husband and I cannot thank Father C & Mallory enough for their time spent with us in preparation & celebration of our wedding! Everything about these two lovely individuals exceeded our expectations -- from the first email correspondence to the I do's on the big day, Father Charles & Mallory were beyond helpful, supportive and responsive every step of the way. As Catholics, my husband and I wanted to be married by a Catholic priest while also performing the ceremony outside of a church. Father Charles performed a ceremony that had every traditional component we desired while also making sure to include special notes & extras according to our wishes. We simply cannot say enough about this couple and how amazingly special they helped to make our beautiful day. We have even kept in touch with them after our wedding & can't wait to see how else we can work together for future celebrations. Definitely recommended for anyone looking for a truly wonderful gentleman to officiate on their bi... Read more

    Beth

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  • I can not think of enough positive things to say about Father Charles, as well as his wife Mallory. My husband and I are both Catholic, but we envisioned an outdoor setting for our marriage. I found Father Charles online and he responded quickly, professionally, and personally to me. We spoke over the phone for quite a while, and as a fairly anxious person, he put me at ease immediately. We set up a time to meet in person, and my husband and I knew right away that we had made the right choice in selecting Father Charles to be a part of our day. Since we were planning the wedding from a different state, we did a few Skype sessions to discuss marriage and how to make it work for our two personalities. We were both hesitant at first about this, but are both so thankful for the time he took out of his life to counsel us. It was rewarding, and helpful. The day of the wedding was so beautifully done. His wife Mallory helped us to personalize our ceremony. On the day of, she even had some... Read more

    User3285975

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  • Father Charles Schmitt presided over our wedding in November 2013. Throughout the process (leading up to the wedding all the way through the reception), everything was great. You can tell that Father Charles and Mallory care deeply about marriage and want to ensure that both people are fully invested and prepared for the next step. They were also incredibly helpful with coming up with a full wedding schedule - something that made a big difference in the stressful wedding planning process. We had our wedding onsite at our reception venue, but the way the ceremony was planned, there was still a great deal of tradition that I wanted in my wedding. I would recommend Father Charles to anyone who is looking for a non-Church wedding with a solid spiritual foundation.

    Rob

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  • Father Charles Schmitt is more than our wedding officiant. He's a friend and has been one for almost ten years. He's Charlie to us. When marriage equality became law in Maryland and we could legally marry, we didn't have to ask - Charlie offered. He prepared the service and his homily in perfect harmony with our wishes and beliefs. I couldn't recommend anyone else as highly as I recommend Father Charles to all those who wish to marry and who would like to feel that they're being married by a friend who knows them. Because once you meet Father Charles, he'll be your friend, too.

    Rachel

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  • Having Father Charlie officiate our wedding was the best decision we made. He was able to help us with all the planning for the ceremony, including making sure we knew everything involved and making recommendations for readings. We got married outside on a mountaintop and had some family traditions we wanted to incorporate into the ceremony - Father Charlie was able to accommodate all of our requests. Since we got married on a Sunday, he graciously performed mass for our attendees in the morning before the ceremony. We enjoyed getting to know Father Charlie and his wife and have kept in touch since – he even performed the baptism for our daughter a few years after our wedding. If you want a kind, thoughtful, gracious person to help you before, during, and after your wedding, then I definitely recommend Father Charlie. Thank you so much!

    Grace

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  • My husband met Father Charles for our wedding which was in September 2013. He met with us ahead of time and we were able to talk in great detail about who we each were as individuals, and how we saw our lives coming together as married couple. He offered gentle advice and wisdom with a calm but comforting attitude. He and his wife Mallory are generous and warm people. And in terms of the day of the wedding, he was nothing but professional and on-time, and spoke beautifully for our ceremony! We are so glad to have met him.

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