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Serving All Faiths & All People
 

 

serving a diverse community since 2004

with over 600 satisfied couples

 

Rev. SJ Burns, 202.253.3629

 

Whether you're jumping the broom, lighting the unity candle, tasting the four elements, exchanging rings, reciting vows, or blending sand; you will be performing a ritual that states your intentions to become one in the partnership of marriage. 

 

Love, understanding, respect, compassion, openness and receptivity; will be the mortar that will hold everything dear to you in place and close. 

 

Therefore, I will work with you to create a uniquely special wedding ceremony that reflects who you are today and who you will grow to be in the future.  

 

No matter your religious background, I have been trained to respect it.   I have served a diverse group for many years (religious, agnostics, spiritual, etc.).   Therefore, your ceremony can reflect your beliefs.

Christian

Nondenominational

Interfaith

Spiritual 

Civil

Commitment

Vow Renewal

As a traveling minister, I will come to your wedding site.  Your site can be a home, garden, park, banquet hall, country club, ballroom, hotel, pier, restaurant, yacht, etc.

Letting me know where your ceremony is located, when it is held, and how to get there; puts me at the right place at the right time.

 

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Elopements - Small - Large Weddings

 

$435 (Within the Washington DC & Baltimore City Areas)

 

$435 to $895 (Outside the DC Metropolitan Area)

 

Rehearsals (same venue as wedding)

$150 (Within the Washington DC & Baltimore City Areas)

 

Elopements - Private Wedding for 2 (couple only)

Call for special weekday elopement rates

 

Upon booking your regular wedding with me, you will receive a free wedding ceremony workbook with sample ceremonies, rituals, and beautiful readings.  In addition, you will receive a personalized draft ceremony, and a premarital questionnaire. 

 

There is a $100 nonrefundable deposit required to secure my services for your wedding day.  This deposit is subtracted from the total cost.

 

The above fees are based on writing and revising the ceremony, traveling to and from the wedding site, rehearsal attendance, wedding party direction and coordination, my time corresponding with you, filing the county marriage license, officiating the ceremony, and other logistics.  If applicable, a holiday wedding fee of $60 will be added to the base cost.

 

Please Note:  All ceremonies require a valid marriage license or original marriage certificate (for previously married couples) that must be presented to me prior to my officiating the wedding ceremony. For marriage licensing procedures, please check with the marriage bureau of the circuit court in the jurisdiction in which you are planning to get married, or click the above link.

 

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Premarital coaching is available, but not required.  For more information, kindly click the link above.

 

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©Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, Nondenominational Minister, DC Wedding Officiants, DC Wedding Ministers, DC Wedding Clergy , DC Minister, DC Officiant, Washington DC Wedding Minister, DC Officiants, Washington DC Wedding Officiant, African American Officiant, Black Officiants, Black Officiant, African American Officiants, Black Wedding, Black Weddings, Commitment ceremony, commitment wedding, Civil union, holy union, Chapel of Love Ceremonies, Civil Wedding Ceremonies, Civil Marriage, Eloping in Washington DC, Elopements, DC Justice of the Peace, Baltimore Wedding Minister, Baltimore Wedding Officiants, Baltimore Officiants

 

The wedding ritual is full of creativity and power.   I have performed the marriage ceremony of many couples who have incorporated two rituals in their ceremony.  Jumping the broom is just one of them, while the others are the lighting of the unity candle, sand pouring, or tasting the four elements.  

 

So be creative and bring rituals from your culture into your ceremony and combine them with other well known ones.   This way your ceremony will have that special flavor that you want to achieve.  

 

As a minister of spiritual science it will be my job to ensure that the rituals are perform correctly.  So allow me the opportunity to guide you, instead of you being guided by your own instincts or by the actions of others.

©Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, Nondenominational Minister, DC Wedding Officiants, DC Wedding Ministers, DC Wedding Clergy , DC Minister, DC Officiant, Washington DC Wedding Minister, DC Officiants, Washington DC Wedding Officiant, African American Officiant, Black Officiants, Black Officiant, African American Officiants, Black Wedding, Black Weddings, Commitment ceremony, commitment wedding, Civil union, holy union, Chapel of Love Ceremonies, Civil Wedding Ceremonies, Civil Marriage, Eloping in Washington DC, Elopements, DC Justice of the Peace, Baltimore Wedding Minister, Baltimore Wedding Officiants, Baltimore Officiants

 

 

©Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, Nondenominational Minister, DC Wedding Officiants, DC Wedding Ministers, DC Wedding Clergy , DC Minister, DC Officiant, Washington DC Wedding Minister, DC Officiants, Washington DC Wedding Officiant, African American Officiant, Black Officiants, Black Officiant, African American Officiants, Black Wedding, Black Weddings, Commitment ceremony, commitment wedding, Civil union, holy union, Chapel of Love Ceremonies, Civil Wedding Ceremonies, Civil Marriage, Eloping in Washington DC, Elopements, DC Justice of the Peace, Baltimore Wedding Minister, Baltimore Wedding Officiants, Baltimore Officiants Jumping the broom is a ritual that goes back in time.  Its history is replete with the desire to marry freely without the fear of forced separation.  Now it is a ritual that reminds many African American of the hardship of the past and the overcoming of obstacles into a world of freedom.   

 

Today, many African Americans have chosen to incorporate the jumping the broom ritual into their marriage ceremony.  They do it with the intentions of bringing joy, happiness, prosperity, creativity, success, harmony with others, and a vision for equality into their life. 

 

This ritual is all about transformation; the changing of old into the new. It is one of my favorite wedding rituals because of its ancestral roots and its deep hidden meaning. 

Rituals should not be taken lightly, because they have a divine and profound purpose for creating ones desires. 

 

The manifested desires (freedom and equality) you see today, were created by the ancestors of yesterday.  

 


 

In some Black weddings (when the guests abound from many races) couples are choosing to omit the history of the ritual.  They just want to jump the broom as a way of participating with their historical roots.  

 

This is not the case when the guests are predominately Black, with just a little flavor of Caucasian mix amongst them.  In such African American weddings, the history of the ritual is shared openly and the participation in it is honored by all.

 

The history of slavery should not bring shame to any Black American.  When African Americans hide their history from their white counterparts (at some Black weddings), they do it out of respect for the fragility of human emotions and lasting friendships.   

 

As American, we know that our ancestral past is replete with the sadness of the times.  While living the American dream, our goal is to continue rising to the light of divine love and demonstrating our connection with all, regardless of race or sexual orientation.

 

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©Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, Nondenominational Minister, DC Wedding Officiants, DC Wedding Ministers, DC Wedding Clergy , DC Minister, DC Officiant, Washington DC Wedding Minister, DC Officiants, Washington DC Wedding Officiant, African American Officiant, Black Officiants, Black Officiant, African American Officiants, Black Wedding, Black Weddings, Commitment ceremony, commitment wedding, Civil union, holy union, Chapel of Love Ceremonies, Civil Wedding Ceremonies, Civil Marriage, Eloping in Washington DC, Elopements, DC Justice of the Peace, Baltimore Wedding Minister, Baltimore Wedding Officiants, Baltimore Officiants

 

 

©Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, Nondenominational Minister, DC Wedding Officiants, DC Wedding Ministers, DC Wedding Clergy , DC Minister, DC Officiant, Washington DC Wedding Minister, DC Officiants, Washington DC Wedding Officiant, African American Officiant, Black Officiants, Black Officiant, African American Officiants, Black Wedding, Black Weddings, Commitment ceremony, commitment wedding, Civil union, holy union, Chapel of Love Ceremonies, Civil Wedding Ceremonies, Civil Marriage, Eloping in Washington DC, Elopements, DC Justice of the Peace, Baltimore Wedding Minister, Baltimore Wedding Officiants, Baltimore OfficiantsI am, Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns a nondenominational - interfaith minister, marriage equality supporter, DC wedding officiant (known as wedding minister and wedding celebrant) and pre-wedding coach.  In addition, I am the founder and director of SJB Ministries LLC.  And I am currently a minister in good standing at The National Spiritual Science Center (NSSC) in Washington DC. 

 

And while on a ministerial track, I studied four consecutive years at NSSC and upon graduation, I chose to be an ordained minister of Spiritual Science.  Prior to that I was ordained in the Christian faith.  With more than six years of experience, I am prepared for the responsibility of an interfaith - nondenominational minister. 

 

In addition, I received further training in the administration of the holy sacraments by a well known minister.  My other responsibilities include baptisms, baby blessings and dedications, funerals (including pets) and memorials, and other rites of passage.  I am compassionate, ethical, and professional.  As a DC officiant, I will work hard with you to ensure that your ceremony is memorable.

 


 

 

 


 

Finally, I am registered and authorized to perform weddings in Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia.  The territory in which I will be offering my services  are:  all of the Washington DC Metropolitan area, Prince Georges County, Montgomery County MD, Arlington County Virginia, Loudoun County VA, Fairfax County Virginia, and Alexandria Virginia.

 

And I will extend my services to; parts of Southern Maryland, Calvert County, Charles County, Howard County Maryland, Anne Arundel County Maryland, Frederick County MD, Carroll County Maryland, Baltimore County MD, and Baltimore City Maryland. 

 

 


 

Meeting (Initial Consultation)

 

Once we have agreed on a meeting date and time; kindly confirm it with me the day before or the morning (after 10:00 am) of our meeting.  This way I will know that you are sincere about your wedding plans and meeting with me.  If I do not hear from you, I will assume that you are no longer interested in my services.

 

All meetings are held at Panera Bread in the Vista Gardens Marketplace:  10531 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, Bowie, MD  20720.  The shopping center is adjacent to my community.  And there are times when I hold meetings in my home or via Skype. 

 

If you would like to reserve my services at the end of our meeting, you will need and a $100 cash deposit.  Checks and money orders are also accepted. 

 

 

Click here for directions to my home office.

 

 

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Please call

 

Monday - Sunday

10:00 am - 9:00 pm

 

to check my availability for your wedding.

 

202.253.3629

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Chapel of Love Ceremonies 

 Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns 

DC Officiant and  Minister 

4722 Morning Glory Trail

Bowie, MD 20720

202.253.3629

 

 

African American Weddings -  Black Weddings  

Serving MD, Northern VA, and Washington DC

 

©Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, Nondenominational Minister, DC Wedding Officiants, DC Wedding Ministers, DC Wedding Clergy , DC Minister, DC Officiant, Washington DC Wedding Minister, DC Officiants, Washington DC Wedding Officiant, African American Officiant, Black Officiants, Black Officiant, African American Officiants, Black Wedding, Black Weddings, African American Weddings, Commitment ceremony, commitment wedding, Civil union, holy union, Chapel of Love Ceremonies, Civil Wedding Ceremonies, Civil Marriage, Eloping in Washington DC, Elopements, DC Justice of the Peace, Baltimore Wedding Minister, Baltimore Wedding Officiants, Baltimore Officiants

 

Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns

Nondenominational

African American Wedding Officiant

Performing African American Weddings,  Black Weddings,

DC Weddings in the Washington DC and Baltimore Metro Areas

 

 

 

 

Member of several 

 

Professional Organizations

for Wedding Ministers, Wedding Officiants

and Wedding Professionals

 

DC  Wedding Ministers and DC Wedding Officiants  Site

 

 

 

 

 

Maryland Weddings, Baltimore Weddings,

Washington DC Weddings Virginia Weddings,

Waterfront Weddings, Nondenominational Weddings

Civil Weddings  Private Weddings, New York Weddings

 

 

 

Black Weddings and DC Weddings

 

An authorized DC Black Wedding Minister and DC Wedding Officiant

Serving a diverse spiritual community as a MD, VA and Washington DC Officiant and Minister

 

Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns supports DC Wedding Officiants, and 

DC Wedding Ministers, across the nation's capital.

 

 

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Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns

Your Minister on Call

Traveling the highways of Maryland, Northern Virginia, & Washington DC to serve the needs of a diverse spiritual community

All Faiths, All Weddings, All Ethnicities

Rev. SJ Burns is listed on many websites under: DC Officiants, Washington DC Wedding Ministers, DC Wedding Officiants, Justice of the Peace, Marriage Celebrant, Interfaith Wedding Ministers, Nondenominational Wedding Officiants, Maryland Officiants, MD Officiant, Maryland Wedding Ministers, MD Wedding Officiants, Baltimore Officiants, VA Officiants, Virginia Wedding Ministers, Virginia Celebrants, and Clergy.

Rev. Burns (your minister on call and resident MD Officiant) loves performing Maryland Weddings, DC Weddings, Baltimore Weddings, Virginia Weddings, Civil Weddings, Interfaith Weddings, Nondenominational Weddings, Nonreligious Weddings, Integrated Weddings, Interracial Weddings, Commitment Ceremonies, Elopements and Washington DC Weddings. She travels up and down the highways from Bowie to Baltimore, Glen Burnie, Columbia, Annapolis, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Alexandria, Fairfax, and Washington, DC fulfilling the needs of those who call.

 

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