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Officiant in Silver Spring, MD,

Joan Phillips, Officiant & Celebrant

10150 Sutherland Road
Silver Spring, MD, MD
Services: Officiant | Login to save vendor
(301) 325-4342
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  • 141 Reviews


    Daniela A.

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  • It was a real pleasure working with Joan! She was very responsive and supportive through zoom meetings, weeks before our wedding day. She was very helpful with planning minor details that my wife and I were still unsure of. Our whole wedding was translated and live streamed so, there were many pauses during the ceremony and Joan knew exactly how to handle this! She was still able still capture the intimacy with everyone on zoom live streaming in. There were many messages my wife and I wanted our loved one’s to know during our ceremony and Joan took the time to relay those messages to them beautifully! We couldn’t recommend her more. Thank you Joan! Daniela and Joel Stephanian Our wedding 5.22.21

    Rebecca W.

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  • Working with Joan was an absolute gift. With the pandemic and family health concerns to think about, we'd decided to have an intimate elopement ceremony rather than holding out for a larger ceremony. But Joan's warm presence made it feel like we had family there with us nonetheless. Having absolutely no idea what we were doing at the start, Joan provided thoughtful guidance and tips as we worked out details of our ceremony and vows. In the end, she created a gorgeous ceremony that we'll look back on with happy tears for years to come. Just wow!!! We can't say thank you enough for Joan's preparedness, insight, and assistance. Would highly recommend

    Allyson S.

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  • We held a private ceremony in our home. Joan really listened to us and understood our desire for a short ceremony, yet still filled it with all the love and customization we could have hoped for! She was professional and, in short, the perfect pick. So glad we went with her.

    Remi M.

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  • We could not recommend Joan more! She made our elopement ceremony better and more special than we ever could have hoped for. We customized every aspect of it, and the resources she provided beforehand helped us immensely. She was so easy to contact with questions and so easy-going and so well-spoken at the ceremony. She filed our marriage license so quickly the following day and made sure to follow up with us with instructions as we were out of state and mailing the paperwork in for certified copies. All in all you should stop what you're doing right now and hire Joan to be your officiant, you will not regret it!

    Rachel H.

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  • My now husband and I are so happy that we found Joan to officiate our wedding. Before meeting with her, I was feeling very overwhelmed by the prospect of putting together a marriage ceremony (especially since we were wanting something a little different) - I had no idea what all would be involved or where to begin. She made everything so easy and did an incredible job of explaining the process to us and giving us ample resources to use along the way. Also, she's just so sweet! My husband said that she's "absolutely meant to be doing this." We have zero complaints and would recommend her to anyone!

    Sarah C.

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  • Joan was absolutely wonderful. She was so organized and experienced. She provided us with a ton of really helpful materials to help us plan our ceremony: resources to help us write our vows, popular wedding readings, and sample language for us to use for different parts of the ceremony. She was extremely flexible and open to anything that we wanted, but she also provided us a ton of guidance for how things are traditionally or most often done for different parts of the ceremony (always with the caveat that we could adjust anything we wanted to). Our ceremony was personalized, meaningful, and so special. Thank you so much, Joan!!

    Chris

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  • From our first outreach, Joan exuded professionalism, thoughtfulness, and positive energy! She instilled confidence by responding to out questions thoroughly. And based on her own of us, she ensured that she understood our inputs and was focused on making our day “ours”, not a preconceived formality. She really listened, shared resources, and wove our “homework” into a truly beautiful ceremony!!! Ours was a small home wedding and our family and guests were most impressed by Joan’s natural ability to bring people together into the community of our day. Whatever you have planned for your special day, we have confidence that Joan will make you and your day brightly shine!

    Marjorie H.

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  • Working with Joan was such a pleasure and very heart-warming. She has so many wonderful ideas and questions to get the bride and groom really thinking about how they want their ceremony to go. I would recommend her to every couple looking to get married

    J. V.

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  • Joan worked hard to create a ceremony that was extremely personal and extremely touching. It could not have been better. She is one of the biggest reasons why our wedding day was amazing. Highly recommended!!!

    Elizabeth A.

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  • We contemplated having a friend marry us and I'm so glad we didn't. Joan was such a pleasure to work with. She was so thoughtful in her approach and created a ceremony that was perfect for us. I'm so glad she was part of our day and her words will be with us forever.

    Shannon

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  • We feel so lucky to have had Joan Phillips officiate at our wedding. We knew Joan was the right fit for us from the first time we spoke to her. She is so warm and caring, and has a very calming presence. She is also very flexible! Due to the pandemic we ended up scaling down our wedding plans, and Joan made absolutely wonderful suggestions to ensure that our day would still be very special and meaningful. The ceremony was truly joyful. Joan shared readings we had chosen, and our own memories and thoughts of each other. When she shared some of the things my husband had told her about me/us, I literally laughed out loud! It was really delightful, and reflected us and our personalities perfectly.

    B. C.

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  • My husband and I had to postpone our wedding due to COVID19, so we decided to have a small elopement ceremony with just us and an officiant. Joan made this experience just as meaningful (maybe more) than the bigger ceremony would have been! From our first zoom call with her, we knew that she was going to be a wonderful fit for us! Joan is an incredibly kind and warm person. What impressed us the most, though, was her level of preparation! The questionnaires, resources, and anthology of readings were above and beyond what we had expected! Using our responses and our chosen reading, Joan crafted a beautiful customized ceremony that wove the themes of both throughout. We could definitely see her experience (as both an officiant and someone with a master's in English), her dedication, and her attention to detail throughout the event. We whole heartedly recommend, Joan! She's a gem!

    Nicole S.

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  • We hired Joan Phillips as our officiant for our upcoming wedding, however, like many we had to postpone twice. Joan was so flexible and worked with us when we had to reschedule both times. We finally decided to hold an intimate ceremony this year for our family and hold a larger wedding next year. We are so grateful Joan was able to also officiate our small ceremony this year. Joan was so easy to work with and offered as many calls as we’d like to discuss our vision and honestly she blew us away with her ideas and listened to us and all of our wants. The genuine care and creativity was impeccable. Joan was extremely professional and spoke loud and clear for all our family to hear at our outside ceremony. All of our guests had so many amazing comments about Joan’s service and we look forward to working with her again next year! I highly recommend Joan Phillips!

    Diana F.

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  • We had a tall task for Joan to officiate our inter-faith wedding in the middle of a global pandemic, on a date that already had special meaning to Joan, and despite all these obstacles, Joan was absolutely fabulous! Without having known us previously, Joan depicted our love story perfectly, as if she knew us from the beginning of our decade long relationship! Our guests were laughing and crying, and overall, left with an overwhelming sense of joy! Our guests all raved about the ceremony, and we couldn't be happier to have had Joan officiate our wedding ceremony!

    Pegah I.

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  • Joan was an excellent officiant! My husband and I really wanted a short, to the point ceremony. From the beginning, Joan was very involved and determined to make our ceremony exactly how we envisioned it. She totally delivered! We received many compliments about how great of a job she did and how enjoyable our ceremony was. Highly recommend!
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