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Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, Northern VA Officiant, serving beyond tradition  (202.253.3629)


Virginia Gay & Lesbian Weddings

Same Sex Marriages


On October 6, 2014, I officiated my first Virginia same sex marriage.  Now Virginia has join many other states in making marriage history in this country.


And I am proud to be part of this historical shift of love and acceptance.  Some of you may know me from Washington DC and Maryland.  I have been a marriage equality warrior since leaving seminary in 2004.


And I understand if you opt not to have a religious celebration.  I provide nonreligious ceremonies at your location.  Since my office and venue is in DC, I can only serve VA as a court authorized minister at a location you have chosen.


Helping you to create a ceremony that reflects the best of both of you, is my area of expertise.  I have been performing same sex weddings since 2004.  And same sex marriage since 2010. 


Having a long-term ally with my experience can only make you feel more comfortable on your special day.


If you're ready to meet, call me.  I offer a free get acquainted meeting. 


And I am ready to help you say I Do, in your own unique way.  So don't hesitate, book your FREE get acquainted meeting today.



VA Wedding Officiant - Celebrant - Minister - Photog


Elopements - Small - Large Weddings


Small - Large Weddings

$395 (Within the Northern VA Area)

areas beyond the DC Metropolitan area will be charged .70/mile (each way)



$250 - $300 (weekdays and weekends)

maximum 5 guests, travel fee will be added beyond 20 miles.


Rehearsals (same venue as wedding)

$150 (Within the Northern VA Area)

areas beyond the DC Metropolitan area will be charged .70/mile (each way)


For large weddings, upon booking your large wedding with me; you will receive a free wedding ceremony workbook.  This booklet has sample ceremonies, rituals, and readings.  In addition, you will receive a personalized draft ceremony, and guidance.  


Please Note:  All ceremonies require a valid marriage license or original marriage certificate (for previously married couples).  This document must be presented to me prior to the ceremony. For marriage licensing procedures, please check with the marriage bureau of the circuit court in the jurisdiction in which you obtained your marriage license.


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, advertising cost, website hosting, 5% cost of living increase, other logistics, and (if applicable) a holiday wedding fee ($60 is added to the base cost).


After reserving your wedding date and time with me, you may secure my services with a $100 nonrefundable deposit.  This payment can be made by check, cash, or money order.  I normally collect this fee at the conclusion of our first meeting (in person or over the phone).  The balance is due 60 days prior (check or cash) to your wedding.  For short notice weddings, all money is due at the time of booking.





Time to Meet


If you're planning a wedding with lots of guests, we need to meet. 


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 in person meetings are held at Panera Bread in the Vista Gardens Marketplace:  10531 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, Bowie, MD  20720.  If you prefer meeting via Skype, that great. 


And at the end of our meeting, you can reserve my services with a $100 cash deposit.  Checks and money orders are also accepted. 


About Me


I am, Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns a trained Spiritual Science Minister, recognized as a national religious leader for marriage equality by Equality Illinois.  In addition, I am an court authorized Northern VA officiant, professional photog, marriage educator, spiritual coach, and founder of SJB Ministries, LLC.


As a trained nondenominational minister, I am prepared for the responsibility of my office.  Moreover, I am compassionate, ethical, humorous, and a professional wedding minister.  Therefore, I will work hard with you to ensure that your wedding ceremony is memorable.


I may not be a match for everyone, but I will match those ready to embrace a progressive ministry. 


The territory in which I will be offering my services as a VA officiant and VA wedding celebrant are:  all of Northern Virginia which includes;  the City of Alexandria VA, Arlington County VA, Fairfax County VA; and parts of Loudoun County VA.


In addition, I will extend my services to the following to areas close to Richmond VA.




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Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns

 VA Wedding  Officiant, Celebrant, Minister &  Photog







Serving Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia


Maryland Weddings, Baltimore Weddings,

Washington DC Weddings Black Weddings

Waterfront Weddings, Nondenominational Weddings

Civil Weddings  Private Weddings

VA Gay Marriages




All Rights Reserved

2005 - 2014



Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns

Your Minister on Call

Traveling the highways of  Northern Virginia, Maryland & Washington DC

to serve the needs of a diverse spiritual community

All Faiths, All Weddings, All People



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