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Leora Michelle Motley
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To Be One With Each Other what greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen each other in all labor, to minister to each other in all sorrow, to share with each other in all gladness, to be one with each other in the silent unspoken memories?-George Eliot


Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!  Let's plan to meet soon at no cost to you. I want to get to know you and learn about your vision for your wedding ceremony. You will have the opportunity to learn about me and decide if you are comfortable with me standing with you on your wedding day.

The objective of any ceremony is to legally bind two individuals so at the end of the day they can say to the world "this is my spouse!" I ensure the legality of your commitment but also I want to know what you are passionate about so that that energy can be incorporated into your ceremony. I encourage couples to actively engage with me to set the tone of their ceremony – formal or informal, spiritual or secular, serious or playful. Some question humor during what is suppose to be a solemn time, but humor adds levity and reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously. 

I officiate weddings in Virginia, DC and Maryland. Some of the places I've been: Herrington on The Bay, Raspberry Plain Inn, Fairmont, Willard, Westin Hotel, Chesapeake Beach Resort Spa, The Inn at Brookeville Farms, Blair Mansion, Anchor Inn, Carnegie Institution, Ronald Reagan Building, Sandy Spring Manor, Baltimore Museum of Art, Evergreen Country Club, Stone Manor Country Club, Collingwood Library and Museum, Cabell Mill, Ft. Belvoir Officers' Club, Oxon Hill Manor, Breaux Vineyards, Bluemont Vineyard, Molan Lave Vineyard, Hillsboro Winery, Belle Farm Inn, Tabard Inn, Four Seasons-Georgetown, Kent Manor, Fair Lakes Hyatt, Wakefield Chapel, River Farm, Westfields Marriott, Ceresville Mansion, Springfield Waterford, The Grand Atrium, Meadowlark Regional Park, Mt. Vernon Country Club, Mt. Vernon Inn, Morrison House, Clydes (DC, Tysons Corner & Ashburn), Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, DC War Memorial, McLean Gardens, Hollin Hall, Briar Patch, Woodrow Wilson House, The Tower Club, Fauquier Country Club, Newton White Mansion, Foxchase Manor, University Club, Inox, Hotel Palomar, City Club of Washington, Memorial Chapel-University of Maryland, Carlyle House, Jones Point Park, private homes and neighborhood parks!


Generally, I arrive at the ceremony venue about 30 minutes before the announced start time to check in with the bride and groom, catering manager, photographer, musicians and wedding coordinator. I also ensure the appropriate person(s) has the rings and if there's a unity candle (or other props) that its in place with a lighting device. And most importantly, I verify there's a valid marriage license.


My services as your celebrant are comprehensive to save you time and effort.  For example, you are provided unlimited consultation and assistance as you prepare for your wedding ceremony; and I’m available to assist you with the rehearsal by offering you knowledge I have gained over the past 22 years and suggesting tools you might want to employ; providing customized draft scripts; and emailing you the link to the specific court you will visit in order to apply and obtain your marriage license.


Couples contact me days, weeks, months before their wedding date to check my availability but generally couples contact me on average about 9 months before their special day. The most popular months are June and October followed by April, May, September and August.


I also celebrate vow renewals.

Please "click" on the badge below labeled Wedding Wire Rated to read reviews posted by couples I had the honor of standing with on their wedding day.


Wedding Wire Bride's Choice Awards 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

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