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


    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 Esslinger

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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 Miller

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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 Link

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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!

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    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

    Alexandra

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  • Stephen was everything we could have possibly wanted in an officiant! He was easy to communicate with, took the time to get to know us, and helped us plan a ceremony that truly reflected who we are as a couple. You can tell how much he loves his job and cares about ensuring your wedding day goes as smoothly as possible. He put us completely at ease on our big day and we are so happy we found him on Wedding Wire!

    Amy

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  • Stephen - William and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you did to lead us to our special day. We could not have done it without you. We highly recommend you to engaged couples looking for an officiant for their wedding. We hope to keep in touch with you! William and Amy Johnson

    Marc

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  • We felt so lucky and blessed to find Rev. Stephen. From our first meeting it was apparent that he was interested in our story , and very caring and engaging. My bride planned an outdoor wedding and left it up to me to find an officiant. I was raised Catholic and she Buddhist, so having Rev. Stephen help develop a mostly Catholic type ceremony to please my family and relatives and also a Buddhist blessing delivered by him in English and then in Mongolian by a bridesmaid for her family really came together beautifully. Thank you so much Rev. Stephen.

    User6869720

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  • I am not a person who writes reviews. Given that, it was my responsibility based on my experience. Rev. Stephen Stahley “Rev. Steve”, was the perfect choice for our wedding. We initially looked into him as we are Catholic and this is our second marriage. Given the fact that he is a former priest, our interest was sparked. Within minutes of meeting, my wife and I were sold- Rev. Steve was the right choice for us. Rev. Steve met with us and we were immediately impressed! It was supposed my wife and I finding out about him. He told us about him. My wife and I were questioned about “us”. Rev. Steve took the time to get to know us, what we wanted, and any special things that he would need to know. It was a genuine conversation, which was evident during our ceremony. When Rev. Steve walked back to his car, my wife and I did not need to have a discussion. We looked at each other and said, “Wow! Did you feel the same connection I did?” There ceremony was beautiful! ... Read more

    DANA

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  • Words cannot express how truly wonderful it was to have Rev. Stephen Stahley perform our ceremony. As divorced Catholics parents, we instantly were drawn to the fact that he was a former priest and upon reading his bio, I hoped that he would be available to marry us. Once we met Rev. Steve, we immediately hit it off and found the sheer joy, interest and compassion that he brings to interacting with people to be boundless. The ceremony was beautiful. Rev. Steve touched on the themes of family and included the children in the ceremony so that they each felt special and part of the event...part of the new family. We asked that he stay for the reception as I knew that everyone would love him. He was more than a hit. My extended family is enamored of him and my aunt is looking to have him perform the ceremony when my cousin marries his fiancée. Having Rev. Steve perform the lovely ceremony and then speak with guests with genuine interest was absolutely fabulous. We lov... Read more

    Lauren Crutchfield

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  • Rev. Stephen was incredible! My husband and I are both Catholic and were excited about Stephen's background in Catholicism; especially since we had our wedding outdoors at an old historic mansion. From the first meeting, all leading up to touchbases, and day of communication- Stephen was so great! He made us feel so comfortable and truly connection to the real meaning of our vow exchange. He graciously joined us for dinner during the reception and said a very meaningful grace prior to eating. We couldn't recommend Stephen more to any couple but especially those that are Catholic or would like Catholic elements into their ceremony. Thank you for making our day so special, Rev. Stephen!

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