Welcome to With This Ring, I Thee Wedd!

With This Ring, I Thee Wedd is lead by Leora Willis, a wedding officiant serving couples in Washington, DC, Maryland, in Virginia.

Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! I would be honored to stand with you on your wedding day. The day is so special, filled with so much emotion, love, and adrenaline. Allow your self to be present in the moment, savoring each second. With your input, we’ll craft a ceremony script that captures your preferences and the sentiments you want to convey to each other and your guests. Also, I will ensure that you marriage license is valid, completed and returned to the appropriate court for processing.

Let’s begin this journey with a complimentary meeting.

“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

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.

-Melanie D

the ceremony

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!” Not only do I ensure the legality of your commitment, but also, I ensure your passion is conveyed by the energy I bring to your ceremony. By encouraging couples to actively engage through the sharing of your wedding dreams, I am able to set the perfect tone of your ceremony. Whether it be formal or informal, spiritual or secular, serious or playful or a combination of all of the above, I assure you your ceremony will make your heart smile. These personal touches within your ceremony are the moments that create memories sealed on your hearts and you guests’ hearts.

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 31 years, 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.

From our first phone consultation, Leora listened carefully to our preferences, and was extremely easy to talk to. We had no idea what we wanted in a ceremony, and she helped walk us through some options, and crafted a script that was personalized and very much our style. We loved the simple vows that she used, and she included a beautiful note of remembrance for my husband’s father. It was clear that she really loves this job, and puts careful time and intention into crafting a meaningful ceremony for each couple.

– Kimberly S