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Officiant in Ranson, WV,
(443) 974-1661
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  • 58 Reviews


    Haley C.

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  • We are so happy that we met Steve and he was able to officiate our wedding! He was so helpful leading up to our wedding and full of great advise. He was very professional and helped make us feel as calm as possible leading up to the big day. Steve did a great job at officiating the perfect ceremony, exactly how we wanted it. We both highly recommend Steve!

    responded with the following comments.

    Haley and Jack, Thanks so much for your very kind and gracious review. It was such a pleasure to get to know you and Jack and help you prepare for your wedding. The warmth and beauty of your celebration were gifts that touched everyone in attendance on that lovely Friday evening. I will always be grateful for the opportunity you gave me to officiate at that sacramental moment--it reminded me so powerfully of the reasons I became a priest. And meeting your families was a profound joy. Thanks again! Steve

    Kara G.

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  • Father Stahley was so amazing to work with! About 2 1/2 weeks before the wedding we found out we did not get approval for our priest to marry us and we needed to find an officiant fast. We wanted someone who would still be able to perform a modern religious ceremony for us and Father Stahley was perfect. He rearranged his Sunday church service to marry us. We met with him about a week before the wedding to go over everything. He was so easy to talk to and we felt great about our decision and the way everything had fallen into place. He arrived at the venue early on wedding day. He spoke with our older flower girl on where and when to come up for the blessing of the rings. The ceremony was so beautiful and we will remember March 24 for the rest of our lives. We cannot thank Father Stahley enough for everything he did for us! Our wedding video with Father Stahley featured during the ceremony https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1096987790484224

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    Kara, Thanks so much for your kind and gracious words. It was a joy and a privilege to officiate for you and Tyler. I so enjoyed the opportunity to get to know you and the members of both families. May the love that you and Tyler share continue to reflect the overwhelming love that God has for us all. Stephen

    Misty

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  • Couldnt have asked for a better person to marry us! From meeting together and keeping in touch via email, Father Steven made this experience remarkable! I am ever so grateful to have him in our lives now!

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    Misty, What a joy it was to participate in the deeply beautiful ceremonies of your wedding weekend. I could never thank you and Chirag enough for the privilege you extended to me to serve as your officiant. The two of you and Javon have a special place in my Christmas prayers--blessings to you both during this sacred season, Stephen

    Meaghan W.

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  • We had an absolutely outstanding experience with Stephen as our officiant. He took the time to get to know each of us and at every step of our wedding ceremony planning, he was available and responsive to all of our questions and requests. Our wedding ceremony was so beautiful, heartfelt and deeply spiritual and with Stephen's capacity for creating a sacred and uplifting ceremony, our expectations were exceeded in every way. We highly recommend Stephen as an officiant for any couple of any denomination or faith. He is skilled in tailoring a wedding ceremony to meet your individual needs and requests and brings insight and informed suggestions for those interested in creating their own wedding. We are deeply grateful for his willingness and commitment in supporting our choices and helping carry them out with such compassion and authentic sincerity.

    Kara

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  • Steve Stahley was absolutely wonderful and made our day extremely special. He was profressional, a great speaker and truly valued our vision with our ceremony. He sent us programs from other weddings he officiated which helped us figure out our own. He was patient and walked us through the ceremony beforehand (on the phone and at the rehearsal). He is so personable and it really added to our ceremony. He was very helpful with all of our questions as well. We highly recommend working with him!

    Megan

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  • We are so glad that our paths crossed with Stephen. We wanted to have prayer involved in our ceremony, but didn’t want a traditional church wedding. We met with Stephen a few times prior to the big day and he worked with us to customize the ceremony exactly the way we imagined it. He is a great speaker and our ceremony was a beautiful reflection of us as a couple. His experience made the planning process very easy and we were confident everything would run smoothly. Stephen is very kind and thoughtful, even after the wedding is over. It is clear that he truly loves what he does and gets to know each couple before the big day. We'd highly recommend him.

    Stephanie

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  • We had a great experience with Rev. Stahley for our June wedding. He was very responsive and made everything much easier for us. We wanted a short but sweet wedding ceremony and he did just that! It was perfect and we highly recommend him!

    Crystal

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  • I was worried I would find a Catholic priest to officiate my rustic outdoor wedding. Thankfully I found Father Stahley! He is a retired Catholic priest so he was able to grant my wish. I found not only an officiant but a friend in him. From the start I felt comfortable and knew I could go to him with any problems that might arise. Even now, several months after my wedding I know I can reach out to him if need be. Thank you so much Father Stahley for participating in my special day! - Crystal Clark

    Summer E.

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  • We were so lucky to find Father Steven. My husband being Catholic, it was important to our family that we were married by a priest. However, we were not being married in a church. We found Steven on a website that listed former catholic priests who were now officiating non-denominational weddings. We met several months before the wedding to talk about our relationship, family, faith and our expectations for the ceremony. We felt comfortable with Steven immediately. We left our visit with him without a doubt in our mind that he was the one for us. I could email him whenever I needed to, he was prompt and professional. Day of wedding so many of my family members commented on how much they loved him. He emanates kindness and warmth. He is very experienced and was light and at ease during the entire ceremony. We’re very glad that he was a part of the most important day of our lives, we will never forget him!

    Teresa M.

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  • Stephen officiated at the wedding of our Godson and his wife last New Year's Eve. He did a superb job and made all of the guests feel a part of the couple's happy event. His remarks at the rehearsal and at the ceremony and his attention to detail were just perfect! The Bride, Groom and their parents were so pleased and felt so comfortable with Steve. Steve took great care of everything for the wedding ceremony and all were delighted and grateful! We highly recommend Steve! By the way, Steve performed our marriage 38 years ago and we are still going strong! Stephen Stahley is the BEST!

    Jill

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  • Stephen Stahley was amazing and we couldn’t have hoped for a better officiant for our ceremony! As a former priest, he seamlessly balanced the religious elements we were looking for with a progressive ceremony outside of the church. We met about 5-6 months before our ceremony, which provided an opportunity for Steve to learn about us and what we wanted for our ceremony. In the months leading up to the ceremony, he promptly responded to any questions we had and truly listened to what we wanted. By drawing on his prior experiences, he was able to provide input about how to structure the ceremony. In the days leading up to the ceremony, he provided words of comfort and on the day of the ceremony he was there to calm our nerves. He made our families and friends feel welcomed and was the perfect fit for us and the ceremony we envisioned. We HIGHLY recommend him!

    Kelly

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  • Perfect is the only word that comes to mind when remembering our officiant, Father Stahley. We were married in my backyard, and I knew I wouldn't be able to have a Catholic priest marry us outside of the church. I was very apprehensive to hire an officiant not affiliated with Catholicism. Coincidentally, my now husband's parents have an old friend who is a former Catholic priest, but left the church to marry a nun! He is part of CITI ministries, which is comprised of a lot of other former Catholic priests who also left the church to pursue marriage, or other reasons. The particular friend of the family was not available on our Wedding date, but he referred us to Father Stahley. Instantly, we were so comfortable with him. We set up a phone call to get to know each other, and we ended up talking for an hour! He checked in with us several times over the months leading up to the wedding, mostly over email since we are located in Vegas. He also shared suggestions on readings, not just only ... Read more

    Margaret

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  • We absolutely loved working with Stephen. Finding an officiant was obviously a huge part of our day. My husband and I have different religious beliefs, and I was nervous finding someone who could incorporate both sides. He was so accommodating, understanding, and was able to bridge our differences flawlessly. He was so easy to work with and met up with us before the big day several times to get to know us. He asked questions about our families and really sought to understand our personal story. He is unbelievably kind and willing to work with exactly what you want for the ceremony. He also gives direction for those who don't have a clear idea of what they want. We would work with him again in a heart beat, and he was a wonderful part of our perfect day. Book him today!

    Jessica

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  • Excellent and incredible human!!!! I cannot say enough good things about how genuine, caring and kind Stephen Stanley is. Very responsive, available and timely. Great with his words and truly one-of-a-kind!

    Rachel L.

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  • We had a wonderful experience meeting and having Reverend Stahley officiate our wedding. He is kind, compassionate, and incredibly easy to work with. He made time to talk over the phone, meet us in person, and correspond over email to get to know us and personalize the ceremony to us. He's someone that makes you feel like you've known him for your entire life even after only one meeting. His experience made the process easy, and he took care of submitting the paperwork to get our marriage license after the wedding. I strongly recommend having Reverend Stahley officiate your wedding!

    responded with the following comments.

    Rachel, Thanks so much for the lovely review. Getting to know you and Derek and having the opportunity to share that incredible weekend with your families were true gifts that I will always treasure. I so appreciate that you took the time during this hectic holiday season to post this thoughtful review. Prayers, love, and best wishes to you both and everyone in the family. Stephen

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