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Officiant in Alexandria,
(703) 577-2164
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  • 281 Reviews


    Jennifer Hicks-Wilson

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  • My now wife and I had planned to wed on a date that fell within the time frame of the Stay at Home orders so we were forced to postpone. As the bans were lifted we began to discuss viable options when on late Sunday evening we decided to marry on June 19, 2020, a mere five days later. We began by immediately emailing all of the officiants (>30) on the list we received from the circuit court when we obtained our first license. We weren't just looking for someone who was available on such short notice, but also someone who answered favorably to a few questions we had surrounding the celebration of Pride and the historic date known as Juneteenth. A few were unavailable while others commented in a way that led us to believe they did not support same sex marriage, but were honoring the oath they took to uphold the law. We had narrowed it down to three and on Monday we chose Leora Willis mainly because of her level of engagement with us, as we had several more questions for the prospects... Read more

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    Jennifer I appreciate your kind words, thank you! I believe every couple deserves the best on their wedding day. It's a once in a lifetime experience and there should be full engagement of those you hire to make your day spectacular and legal! Thank you for the honor of standing with you and Starr. I also appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity, I limit myself to one cup of the teas you gifted me. I look forward to celebrating with you all of your joys for years to come!

    Melanie Domres

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  • Leora is an amazing person who guided us through the process with kindness, clarity and joy. We would recommend her to anyone. She was an integral part of the day and is a wonderful addition to our memories.

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    Thank you Melanie for your kind words. I enjoyed my time with you and Marianne and your four-legged children. Best always, Leora

    Ariel Giles-Paul

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  • Leora was absolutely wonderful. She accommodated our needs and went beyond the task at hand to make sure my wife and I was comfortable. She was flexible and such a pleasure to work with. Anyone who needs an officiant, I highly recommend Leora!

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    Thanks Ariel for you the adventure! I felt so comfortable with you and your partner. I approach each wedding from the couple's perspective. My job is to make your day special and doing whatever I can for you in concert with the other vendors is why I'm hired. I wish you the best always!

    Robin Joseph

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  • Leora was nothing short of amazing. Her energy is calming and authentic and her ceremony delivery was wonderful. She worked with us in the planning phases to come up with a speech that was absolutely perfect. Her words beautifully represented myself and my bride and her brief ad libs lightened the mood and gave our guests a chuckle. Leora was professional, reliable and she just felt like home. We would highly recommend her services!

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    Thank you Robin for your kind and heartfelt words! It was a delight to meet you and your bride and collaborate with Phoebe and Teal. I wish you and J the best life has to offer!!

    Laura Dorn

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  • Leora was such a pleasure to work with! We spoke on the phone and via email several times throughout our engagement and met once in person before our wedding day. She was a good listener and responsive to us as a couple and individually. She connected well with our family on the wedding day as well. 10/10 would recommend.

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    Oh, you are very kind. You were a delight to work with and I was impressed with your groom’s enthusiasm doing the crafting of your ceremony script. Thank you for following me on Instagram throughout the year. I hope it gave you an opportunity to learn more about me and the wonderful couples I work with. Your families were so gracious! I enjoyed talking with the groom’s mother and your father and stepmother. And Dino the service dog gave me a nod before he reminded me he was working! I wish you the very best 😘

    Trina Pervall

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  • Leora was personable, accommodating and professional... we highly recommend her!

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    Thank you Trina for your thoughtful review. You are a beautiful bride. Wishing you and Gerald the best! Merry Christmas 🎄

    Rachel

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    5 out of 5
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  • After meeting with a few officiants, we immediately fell in love with Leora's kindness, grace, ability to connect and her pretty spot on read of my husband and I - all in our first meeting. She wrote a beautiful ceremony early in the process that allowed us to take our time editing it to feel even more true to us, and even time to do a few rounds! She was always quick to respond via email and offer suggestions of resources and readings. Come rehearsal and wedding day, she read the guests perfectly and performed the ceremony succinctly (it was cold!!) and passionately. I even said an unfortunate curse word in the middle of our ceremony when I realized my soon to be husband memorized the vows he'd written that morning (terrible of me!) and she took it stride. She was such an integral part of our wedding day and made it such a special ceremony. I received so many compliments about her during the reception. I will always think of Leora fondly when I think of our wedding. I highly recommen... Read more

    Sonia Thomas

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  • Leora was very helpful and professional throughout the process, from suggesting a beautiful venue (Carlyle House) to helping us get the marriage certificates afterwards. She was very thorough with the preparation, sent us the script for the ceremony, and incorporated a religious element to the script per our request. On the day of the wedding, Leora was punctual and courteous. She made us feel very special! We would highly recommend her services as a wedding officiant. Thank you so much, Leora! - Sonia & Rob Brooks Wedded on 10/11/19.

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    Thank you Sonia for your kind words. I enjoyed learning about you and Rob and appreciate you for sharing a personal and intimate moment with me. I wish you the very best life has to offer!

    Katie Missimer

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  • As our officiate Leora was wonderful. All of our guests thought that the service sounded like it came from someone we had known forever. I would highly recommend her as a wedding officiant.

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    Thanks Katie for your kind words. I appreciate you allowing me into your lives on one the most important days of your lives. Best always, Leora

    Kerry

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  • Leora is a lovely human who truly gets to know you and helps you build the ceremony of your dreams. She worked with us early on sending us ceremony drafts and was so flexible with our requests/updates to modify it. She helped us craft the most meaningful ceremony that was the highlight of our wedding day. She helped guide us through writing our own vows and we have received so many compliments on how personal, sweet, and meaningful our whole ceremony was - All due to the amazing, kind-hearted human that Leora is. We can not recommend her enough!!!!

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    Thank you Kerry and Connor for your very kind words. It was a joy to meet you, to learn about you and to stand with you on your wedding day. I wish you the very best life has to offer!

    Mo Tidwell

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  • Our experience was great! Leora Willis was in constant contact with us and her crowd control and presence was awesome on the big day. My bride and I would definitely recommend this service and will continue to do so in the future.

    Abba Sylvester

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  • Leora provided exceptional service for our wedding and I fully recommend her to anyone.

    Rahwa T

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  • We had a great experience working with Leora. She was very patient and took time to get to know us. Throughout the process leading up to the wedding, she was very responsive and guided us with information. Would definitely recommend her to friends and family.

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    Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate you taking the time to call me and share your thoughts with me. You and Chris are wished a lifetime of goodness!

    Wendy

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  • Leora was very easy to work with, from the initial meeting all the way up to the wedding day. A true professional!

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    Thanks Wenyi, I appreciate your kind words. You had a beautiful day for your beautiful union. I look forward to receiving photos. You and David put a new spin on the sand ceremony, it was intriguing to watch the two of you. Take great care!

    Dawn Ambrose

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  • We were EXCITED about Leora officiating our INTERFAITH September 2019 marriage. Her reviews are amazing and I must admit that Leora is pleasant and kind. Our initial meeting was great; we learned a lot about Leora, her family and her experience as a professional officiant. We received our draft script soon after meeting her. The script was a great start, but my fiancé and I made some modifications to the script and sent these modifications back to Leora for her review. Leora then informed us of the following: "I read through your draft several times and appreciate the additions you made to the script to reflect your values and beliefs. Unfortunately, my beliefs and values don't align, therefore I don't believe I'm the best fit for you. " Best wishes, Leora We are all entitled to make our own decisions and I don't fault Leora for making hers. However, while Leora appears to offer a very inclusive environment for all couples, I can say that this does not appear to be the cas... Read more

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    Thanks Dawn for your thoughtful review. I too enjoyed our time together and enjoyed learning about you and Rashad. I wish you both the very best life has to offer! Shalom
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