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Officiant in Ranson, WV,
(443) 974-1661
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    Kathryn

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  • Perfect choice of officiant for not only us but our guests! We had multiple people say they loved our officiant! Very easy to work with and definitely one of the stress free parts of our wedding planning :) Don't plan on getting married again - but if I did, Stephen would be a choice I wouldn't change!

    Gussie O.

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  • We are so happy that we found Steve to officiate our October 2020 wedding on the eastern shore of Maryland. He was a comforting presence to have at the wedding and truly made an effort to get to know us and our families prior to officiating our ceremony. He even took time out of his vacation to have lunch with us so that he could get to know us better - he really went above and beyond. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

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    That perfect October day on the Eastern Shore was luminous, warm, and so filled with joy--how pleased I was to be a part of your special day. And discovering all those Philly family connections along with the deep, abiding bond with my former religious order just made everything that much better. I was so pleased and honored to be a part of that wonderful day. Thank you!

    Katie

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  • Working with Steve was a blessing in every possible way. In all interactions, he showed such genuine excitement for us and our journey as a couple, and keen attention to what was most important for our ceremony. His encouraging messages throughout the process, and perfect blend of relaxed gravitas and heartfelt celebration in the ceremony, helped us stay centered so we could fully feel and appreciate the whole experience of preparing and 'crossing the threshold' on our Wedding Day.

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    My thanks again for this wonderful review. Being a part of your wedding on that lovely autumn day felt like the perfect harvest celebration of abiding love, deep friendship, and relaxed joy--just perfect in every way.

    Shawna P.

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  • Thank you Stephen Stahley from the bottom of our hearts for being the most amazing officiant. From being so responsive to my first Wedding Wire inquiry in January 2020 (we were looking for a semi-catholic wedding and someone blended family friendly), to getting through a pandemic, to dealing with a large bridal party with all different suggestions, to finding a new venue, to the zoom meeting instead of in person, to the wonderfully lead rehearsal dinner and lastly, the most amazing big day- THANK YOU! I looked forward to the emails received on holidays checking in. I knew you were just as excited about our wedding as we were. Thank you for sticking with us through the stressful times of COVID. We are so grateful that we had a videographer that recorded the entire beautiful ceremony, and have watched it over and over. You remembered all 6 of our children’s names off the top of your head and that was the most impressive. The zoom meeting just before the big day helped us feel as ready ... Read more

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    Blessing your wedding on that bright, beautiful day surrounded by your bright, beautiful children was a celebration unlike any I ever experienced. My happiness for you filled me to the brim and I felt so fortunate to share in that extraordinary celebration with you. Such a lovely day. Thank you!

    Hannah B.

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  • Stephen made our wedding and the year plus leading up to the wedding absolutely amazing. He was recommended to us by a friend who said he made their wedding special and they enjoyed getting to know him. That is exactly how we felt. Over the year plus leading up to our wedding we met with Stephen multiple times in person (pre covid) and over zoom multiple times. He was ALWAYS very responsive and reliable. He was flexible, totally ready to travel to central PA for our wedding and always willing to meet us in DC to catch up over coffee. Stephen facilitated conversations that my husband and I didn't realize at the time would help us get to know one another better and grow as a couple. He was even more flexible when we had to completely change our wedding two times within 3 months. He helped us learn more about the scriptures/readings/poems we wanted to incorporate into our ceremony. Stephen guided us through the ceremony itself, ensuring we felt comfortable and it was exactly the way we wa... Read more

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    Thank you again for this lovely review. Your wedding day was resplendent with joy and gratitude. Getting to know you both was a true gift in my life. The glow of that lovely day has stayed with me every day since.

    Bee R.

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  • Stephen Stahley was incredible! My husband and I were able to have an in person meeting a few months before our wedding and we really appreciated that. Not only did he perform such a beautiful service he was willing to work with us through the crazy Covid Pandemic. He was so understand about our date change. Our guests loved him and the service he performed!!

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    You made my first wedding of 2020 a most memorable and joyful event and I am so grateful to you. Thanks for giving me the honor of officiating in that gorgeous setting. How great it was to get to know you and prepare for your big day. Thanks so much.

    Shannon

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    5 out of 5
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  • My family is very Catholic and as most Catholics know you can't get married outside and have it be viewed as legitimate in the Catholic church. I knew I wanted to get married outside but still have elements of a Catholic wedding / a priest do it. I also wanted it to be about 30 minutes instead of a full 60 minute mass :) Father Stephen Stahley became my answer to all of the above - but little did I know he would be SO much more. We had phone calls with a few priests and I knew immediately that Father Stephen was the one for us. He sent me an entire packet in the mail full of example ceremony structures, readings, etc. before we even decided to work with him! It was so extremely thorough and thoughtful and so symbolic of the way he continued to work with us. He is a part of CITI ministries and truly loves officiating weddings and getting to know couples. He is such a kind, warm soul and is so extremely thoughtful. Father Stephen met with my fiance and I multiple times before our wedding... Read more

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    Shannon, For the privilege of officiating your wedding and the wonderful friendship that grew over the year leading up to it, I'll be eternally grateful. Meeting your family, Brendan's family, and your good friends and sharing that time with them made me feel like a part of the family. The blessings that flowed from your celebration will keep reverberating for me as I go forward. With love and prayers, Stephen

    Katie H.

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  • Rev. Stahley was wonderful to work with. He took the time to keep us at ease during the ceremony as well as helping us prepare for the big day. I can't imagine any way the ceremony any other way! He kept it light with some humor to ease the nerves and everyone was loved the way he made it all feel effortless. Thank-you for everything! Photo credit: Roman Grinev Photography http://www.romangrinev.com/

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    Katie & Christopher, Thanks so much for your kind and very generous review. It was a true honor to officiate the wedding of two distinguished naval officers who are rendering excellent service to our nation. Getting to know you both has been a blessing in my life. Thank you again. Stephen

    Renea L.

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  • When I found Stephen on weddingwire, I knew I made the right decision of picking him to officiate our wedding. He was such an amazing person. Our wedding was perfect because of him. I would love to recommend him to all my friends. He's the best.

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    Renea & Irwin, My thanks for your thoughtfulness in sharing this lovely review. Getting to know you over the past year and learning the story of your relationship was a real source of inspiration to me. And that wonderful gift you gave me--I continue to use it every day! Thanks for your kindness. Stephen

    Margaret H.

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  • It was such a privilege to have Stephen officiate our marriage ceremony. This was a second marriage for us and he made our wedding service PERFECT! He was always there for us throughout the entire process - from the first time we met with him as a couple to share our story until the actual wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a better person to marry us! I met Stephen a little over 5 years ago as he performed my daughter and son in law’s ceremony which was absolutely perfect also. It couldn’t have meant more or been so special to have him again be a part of such an important time in our life!

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    Margaret & Don, Being a part of your special day was such a grace and having the opportunity to reconnect with your family made it that much more significant for me. My happiness for you both was overflowing on that gorgeous day and I will always treasure the memories of that celebration. Love & prayers, Stephen

    Adrienne B.

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  • Choosing Rev. Stephen Stahley was one of the best vendor choices my husband and I made! Rev. Steve was personable and made sure he got to know us and our story. Our service was perfect in every way. Through out the ceremony Steve would tell my husband and I to breath and relax so that we could enjoy every moment. During the reception, Steve gave a lovely prayer before dinner and he got to know both of our families. I highly recommend Rev. Steve if you want an officiant who will listen to you and give you the ceremony that you have dreamed of!

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    Adrienne, Thanks for your good words! It was such a privilege to be a part of your lovely wedding in that beautiful setting. Working with you and Rob to get ready for your big day was a wonderful experience. Thanks for everything. Love & cheers--Steve

    Rick B.

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  • Father Stahley was a true blessing to us. He is an example of what all priests should be. From the first moment we met him we knew he was the officiant we wanted and prayed for. 2 hrs later we were still talking to him without a moment of awkwardness. His calm presence and demeanor made the day all about us and made us feel completely at ease. We would have given him 10's if we could go that high. Don't worry about the choice - he was perfect for us and I suspect anyone else too. Jeannie and Rick

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    Jeannie & Rick, Your lovely wedding ceremony in July was a gift of family joy and rare spiritual depth. It was such a privilege to get to know you and spend that time with your wonderful families through the wedding weekend. Thanks for everything! Steve

    Jess

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  • Father Stahley officiated our wedding On 6/29/19, he was highly recommend to us. We meet with Father Stahley prior to the wedding and he was very professional, giving us his background and getting to know us. He worked with our schedule and was very good with communication throughout the whole process. The day of the wedding he was very helpful with the practice walk through and made suggestions to involve family members and friends. During the ceremony he would whispered “you guys are doing great” to keep us calm and he made us feel very comfortable standing at the alter. I would recommend Father Stahley to officiate any wedding. Jess and Mike

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    Jessica and Mike, I thoroughly enjoyed myself at your June wedding and felt so fortunate to get to know your family members during the reception. You prepared very well for the big day and all the parts came together beautifully. Over the months before the wedding, it was great to get to know you both. Thanks very much. Stephen

    Robbie

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  • I would highly recommend Father/Rev. Stephen Stahley to any bride and groom looking for a very personable, kind, caring, supportive, and professional officiant. We are very happy with the decision we made with having Father/Rev. Stahley officiate our wedding ceremony because he created a very meaningful and special experience for my husband and I. He gave special and gracious remarks to our parents, family, and friends during the ceremony, he was very kind and uplifting to my son/ringbearer, Ryan, and he was very flexible with us adding our personal touch of a sand ceremony. He was very flexible during the prepping processes as we were able to met in person months prior to our ceremony to go over the details of our ceremony, the rehearsal, and he was very accessible/responsive to my emails through out. We are very happy we found an officiant who fulfilled our needs to officiate a ceremony that was religious yet in a waterfront/outdoor setting because we had many guest who attended our ... Read more

    Camille

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Rev Stephen was very pleasant to work with along our wedding process. He was very informative in details and helped guide us through the ceremony. We met with him for food twice prior to the wedding and he showed much interest in getting to know us as a couple and also on a more personal level. He was also happy to stay longer to give a blessing for the food before we ate our meal at the reception. Highly recommend

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    Camille, Thanks very much for your kind and gracious words. From the beginning, it was a delight to work with you and Chad to get ready for your wedding day. I enjoyed meeting your families and sharing in the joy of your lovely wedding day. Stephen
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