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Officiant in Frederick, MD,
(443) 454-8229
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  • 58 Reviews


    Charles and Jeannine

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  • Thank you for making our wedding special, Joanne. You were our guiding force. We really appreciated your openness, kindness and patience with us during the ceremony planning sessions, wedding rehearsal, and wedding ceremony. You are the best and we highly recommend you to any couple seeking a wedding officiant to preside over their wedding ceremony. Charles and Jeannine

    Nicole

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  • Bill and Joanne helped us create a beautiful and personalized wedding ceremony that reflected us and our relationship. We loved the ceremony planning process, which included meeting with Bill and Joanne four times before our wedding day. This allowed us to get to know each other better and discuss exactly what we wanted in our ceremony. My husband is in medical school and lived out of state during the wedding planning process. Bill was so flexible with our crazy schedules and allowed us Skype for one of the meetings. His flexibility saved us from a tremendous amount of stress and we couldn't be more thankful. Our wedding guests complemented us multiple times on the uniqueness of our vows and reflection letters. Bill and Joanne are an amazing team and we are so thankful to have met them!

    User6793453

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  • Rev. Bill Mies and his wife, Joanne, helped us create a beautiful, meaningful, and personalized wedding ceremony. Due to unexpected circumstances, we needed to find a new officiant just three weeks before our wedding. We were in panic mode. After the first telephone conversation, Rev. Bill put us at complete ease. He and his wife, Rev. Joanne Mies of Swan Ministries, worked as a team, with us. We met a few times before the wedding. In our first meeting, we shared personal stories and got to know each other. They asked questions that helped us learn about ourselves and each other. They were genuinely caring and professional. Each meeting had a purpose and left us feeling even better about our relationship and the ceremony we were planning. They thought of everything as they guided us through the process of creating the ceremony we envisioned. They helped us remain focused on each other and enjoy the present moment. They alleviated our stress. The result was a beautiful, meaningful, mem... Read more

    Elisa

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  • Reverend Mies and his lovely wife, Joann were so accommodating, friendly and professional. Rev Mies officiated our March 26, 2016 wedding. We found him less than two months prior to our wedding and he were able to accommodate us into his busy schedule and worked with us to make our wedding ceremony nothing short of unforgettable! Rev. Mies and Joann meet with us several times and took the time to get to really know who we are as individuals and as a couple. They helped us plan out our wedding ceremony in a way that only experienced professionals could. Until now, my guests are still talking about how beautiful the ceremony was. I appreciate everything Rev. Mies and Joann did for us and I would recommend them for anyone looking for a ceremony they will remember for a lifetime!

    Andrew

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  • Joanne was wonderful! Her preparation and attention to detail were second to none. No stones were left unturned, and as a result, everything went smoothly). We were able to plan our wedding ceremony the way that we wanted it to be. Our ceremony had to be in English and Spanish and she was able to seamlessly incorporate both languages into what was said. When the big day came, everything went perfectly!

    carly

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  • We cannot say enough about both Bill and his wife, Joanne. When we got engaged, I was set on getting married by the Catholic Church but we ended up finding a separate venue that really spoke to us and felt special to us as a couple. After months of trying to work with the the Church on how we could get married outside while still having it be considered Catholic we found ourselves at a dead end. We did not want to sacrifice our vision but found the Church was also not willing to work with us. When we found Bill, we thought it was a shot in the dark that we would work together. Our first meeting changed everything. Before even talking about money, Bill took the time to listen to who we were and what we wanted out of our marriage ceremony. After our first meeting we both knew we'd found the person we would want to help us celebrate. For the next few months, Bill and Joanne were so flexible with us (meeting on Skype since we live in Boston). We really did get to know each oth... Read more

    User5575238

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  • (This is written by myself, the husband under the account my wife made) My Wife and I found Mindful Ministries / Bill and Joanne Mies after extensive research online. I was pleasantly surprised upon meeting Bill and his Wife at their home for our first meeting. Yes, meeting. Bill and Joanne have a very personable approach to working with you on your wedding. The initial meeting lasted several hours where we all collectively introduced ourselves and got to know eachother. Bill has an amazing way with words and does a great job of making you feel comfortable sharing this most important event with him. From the initial meeting forward; he made himself readily available for any questions we had on crafting the content of our wedding. Ceremony details, the songs we chose, the order our guests were seated, every last detail was important to Bill. He made it a point to encourage us to share our feelings with eachother to help strengthen our own bond leading up to the wedding. The activiti... Read more

    Julia & Perry

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  • One year ago today, Rev. William Mies officiated our wedding in St. Michael’s, MD. As we look back on the day and remember the wonderful process of creating our ceremony, we are incredibly grateful to “Bill” for his calm guidance, deep compassion, and unwavering dedication to our vision. Bill’s passion for weddings and tremendous knowledge of the creative process shows through in his approach to working with couples. He truly took the time to understand our relationship and religious leanings, and guided us toward a ceremony that reflected our love and values. In the end, our family and friends were present for a genuine, engaging, and beautiful ceremony that wholeheartedly represented who we were as a couple. We are truly grateful and honored to have had Bill as our wedding officiant.

    Rachael

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  • My husband and I really wanted to have a very personal ceremony. We were tired of hearing the same readings and vows at the weddings we were attending. We were looking for an officiant who could help us make our ceremony different and special. We heard about Joanne and her husband through a friend. We really liked the program they had developed to help couples create their own ceremony tailored to their personalities and relationship with each other. We met with Joanne a few times and felt very comfortable with her. She truly helped us create the perfect ceremony from start to finish, sharing the story of how we met and our love for eachother. We were able to share ourselves and our relationship to our family and friends. Our guests are still talking about how amazing and personal it was. I would definitely recommend Joanne!

    Matt

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  • Bill and his wife Joanne were a pleasure to work with and made our wedding preparation enjoyable and a very personal experience. They helped us to craft a ceremony that was both meaningful and unique for our special day. We looked forward to our meetings together and are grateful for the care Bill and Joanne took to make the wedding day just what we had envisioned it to be.

    Katie

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  • Bill and his wife Joanne were one of the most fantastic parts of our wedding. My husband Karl and I got married in April in Harford county and had the most magical time planning the ceremony and it was absolutely perfect and special. We met will Bill and Joanne four times in their home prior to our wedding day. The meetings were longer so plan to meet with them a few hours each time. Bill really spent a lot of time getting to know Karl and I which made our ceremony so personal because we felt like we had a great friend performing it for us! We chose each part of our ceremony and it was perfect for us. He helped us to enjoy the wedding process by becoming more mindful and present through wonderful exercises during our meetings. If you want a beautiful, personal ceremony, Bill Is your guy!

    Jamie

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  • Mr. & Mrs. Mies are just amazing wonderful people. They were absolutely perfect for us and created the most beautiful ceremony for our wedding. We received so many compliments and are just so grateful to have met and worked with them. Would strongly recommend!

    User3854778

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  • We met with three officiants when trying to make the decision, but we knew that Bill was our choice as soon as we left the first meeting. He takes the time to get to know you individually and as a couple, and then works to create a ceremony that reflects this. We loved working with Bill and couldn't have been more happy with the ceremony he helped us to create. It was 100% us, and that is what we wanted. He exceeded our expectations and created a ceremony we will remember forever.

    melissa

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  • Bill and Joanne were absolutely incredible. Bill helped us create a personal, meaningful, funny and witty wedding ceremony that we'll remember for the rest of our lives! Our guests absolutely loved it! Considering we tailored the ceremony to exactly what we liked - there were no boring additions or irrelevant lectures (we've all been guests of those generic ceremonies). Each and every word was designed to highlight why we were celebrating that day. Making your own ceremony with an expert like Bill makes your wedding day more meaningful and helps your guests feel more connected. Bill is a kind, warm and incredibly intelligent individual and we left each meeting feeling more fulfilled and excited than the last. We also took advantage of a few of his mindfulness lectures which I highly recommend. Wedding planning can be stressful, and it's easy to get lost in the materialistic planning process. Planning with Bill and Joanne will allow both of you to step back and reflect upon the reas... Read more

    Chris

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  • Bill and Joanne were wonderful to work with! Bill provided a fantastic ceremony and prep sessions, while Joanne worked everything in between. They are both very thorough, engaged, and care about creating the perfect day for you. My only feedback would be that perhaps they could reduce the amount of sessions, as they are a big time commitment, especially if you have a longer drive back home afterwards. However, whenever we did go to their house for the sessions, we were always made to feel right at home and we enjoyed our conversations thoroughly. We also made a new, shaggy friend (hi Abby!). All in all, we would absolutely recommend Bill and Joanne. They are a great team and they will help make your special day the perfect memory! -Chris and Lindsay

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