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Officiant in Clifton, District Of Columbia,
(703) 818-8080
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 430 Reviews


    John Lightbourne

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  • I lost track of how many times people came up to me after the wedding saying how much they loved and connected with Jim’s sermon and ceremony. He was professional, kind, flexible and a welcome addition to our wedding. Even when we had AV equipment issues during the ceremony he took it in stride and kept the ceremony going with little to no interruption. He also took the time to visit with people after the ceremony and my dad (the son of a pastor) thoroughly enjoyed speaking with him. He was a hit and was happy to help us design the right ceremony for us. We consider ourselves exceptionally lucky that he was willing to officiant our wedding and would highly recommend him.

    Kate Grisi

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    5 out of 5
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  • We like many couples this past spring had to make the hard choice to change our original wedding plans. We still wanted to get married though, so we called up Jim and just about instantly had a date and a plan! He made it so easy for us from the deposit to the gorgeous location behind his house (such a nice hidden oasis!!) and a ceremony so much more thoughtful than we could ever have asked for! Really though he came up with such a thoughtful and sweet ceremony for us non-religious types who he had never in met before! It felt personal and made the day everything we could have asked for, even though it was far from the original plan. We would ABSOLUTELY recommend Jim as an officiant!

    Connor

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    5 out of 5
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  • In the midst of this COVID 19 pandemonium, Jim agreed to perform our small wedding ceremony, and we couldn't be more appreciative. He knocked it out of the park. My wife and I, our two physical attendees, and our "virtual attendees" were all very impressed by the proceedings. Even upon needing to switch our venue multiple times, Jim had no issue in accommodating us. We look back and are so happy we asked Jim to be our officiant. It was a fantastic decision.

    Sean Mcginley

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    5 out of 5
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  • Jim did a great job for us. He provided many options for the ceremony and helped us along the way. We had a beautiful wedding and greatly appreciate Jim for helping make the day special.

    Leland Payton

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  • Jim provided us with an outstanding wedding experience - with relatively short notice. The process of scheduling the ceremony was easy and very professional. He provided us with a great service at a great value that I would recommend to anybody in the area.

    Ashley Bianchi

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I were looking for someone to officiate our wedding that would be a compromise for not getting married in a church (as my mom wanted). Jim came referred to us from our wedding planner and he was the indeed the perfect compromise. Jim made us feel at ease throughout the whole process by meeting with us twice before the wedding and explaining his background, beliefs, and experience. He calmed our nerves on the wedding day and made everything run absolutely perfectly. I would certainly recommend Jim to others looking for an Officiant that is legitimate.

    Ken S.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Jim was the officiant for our wedding. My wife and I were really glad that we found him. He was very kind, professional and considerate. Jim made the process very easy and he worked with us to include certain things from the bride's/wife's culture. We were very happy with our ceremony as it was thought provoking, fun and memorable. Many of our guests told us that they loved the ceremony, and one of our friend's told us that the ceremony was so beautiful that it made him cry. It was an amazing ceremony and day that my wife and I will always remember. Thank you Jim for making this day extra special for us!

    Sarah Beautz

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I are so glad we chose Jim to officiate our wedding! After our first meeting with him, we felt that he was so personable and everything he was saying to us really meshed with our beliefs and needs for our wedding. He has a very nice ceremony with many options so that couples can pick certain readings and selections that work best for them. When we met with Jim the final time before our wedding, he went through the ceremony using our choices and explained how the ceremony would go. I received so many compliments on the wedding day about the ceremony and how wonderful it was. We are so happy with how our ceremony went and we would highly recommend Jim.

    kate stamer

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  • It was such a pleasure to have Jim officiate our wedding! He was super kind and catered to exactly how we wanted our ceremony to go. Would highly recommend Jim :)

    Will Colson

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  • My wife and I eloped last month during COVID and while we weren't able to have the wedding we had initially planned, we wanted something intimate and special with our closest family and friends. Jim brought with him the sense of ritual, spirituality, and ceremony that we had hoped for on our special day, and he also did so while pleasing two families of very different religious backgrounds. Unlike many vendors we spoke with, Jim opened not with a discussion of prices or timing, but instead by explaining his theory of love and the universe. My wife and I were raised very differently but we both agreed with his perspective and the ceremony, the homily, and the lead-up to the event were carried out with the upmost respect, warmth, and understanding. We are very glad we went with a professional like Jim, as opposed to having a friend or family member officiate, as it took pressure off the day for our few guests, he is an amazing speaker and showrunner for even a small ceremony, and ... Read more

    Kacie Lazor

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  • We were so lucky to have Jim as our officiant for our wedding. My husband and I came from a Catholic upbringing but we knew we wanted an outdoor ceremony. Jim was so respectful and helpful with making the best ceremony incorporating all the aspects we wanted out of officially starting our next chapter as husband and wife. I'd highly recommend!!

    Kitty Smith

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  • When our wedding officiant cancelled 5 days before our wedding, I frantically searched for new officiants in the area and Jim was the first to call me back. He was prompt, responsive and reassuring, despite the time crunch. He delivered a heartfelt ceremony and we were very happy with his services. Thanks, Jim! - Sam and Kitty

    Jessica Dreyfuss

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  • I cannot sing Jim’s praises enough! My husband was raised Greek Orthodox and I was raised Jewish so we were looking for someone who could include G-d and faith without making it the focal point of our ceremony. Jim did such a beautiful job. We were thrilled to find such a well-spoken, highly professional individual.

    Nam To

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  • Reverend Jim Burch is a wise and kind man. His years of spirituality has led him to help lots of couples, whether religious or not, to join two souls together in a spiritual matrimony. For most of my life, I have often doubted the existence of any higher power. But the improbability of loving my wife as much as I do has given me pause and made me consider that higher powers may indeed exist. Jim shares this belief, that love is both foundational to- and a gift from- the powers that be. My wife enjoyed Jim's kind demeanor, while my belief in love made selecting Jim more meaningful. Jim offered ceremony and location suggestions for our reduced ceremony (due to COVID). He appeared with a warm smile to brighten up our cloudy/drizzling morning ceremony.

    Steve Hill

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Jim was recommended to us by the B&B where we "eloped" due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We contacted him just 7 days prior to our big day. He was extraordinarily helpful and made customizing our small ceremony very easy. I would highly recommend other couples consider Jim for their wedding.
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