About Julie

Julie Trump
Life-Cycle Celebrant®
& Wedding Officiant
Serving Charlottesville VA, Central Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley

So you want a ceremony that makes everyone happy, most importantly the two of you. You’ve come to the right place. I am a Life-Cycle Celebrant® certified by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, with specialization as a Wedding Officiant.

The ideals of Celebrancy started in Australia, 40 years ago, growing out of that country’s Secular Humanism movement. (Good question.) Guided by reason and compassion rather than religion or superstition, Secular Humanism posits that there is more in common that unites humanity than divides it.

For you, this means I have in-depth training in constructing Humanist ceremonies. At CF&I, I learned the intricacies of hand-crafting an inclusive ceremony that highlights those virtues everyone gathered together shares as members of the same identical human race. Fancy that.

Ultimately though, I make your wedding ceremony all about you, not “them” — and how I may best serve your entwined vision as advocate, facilitator and center-of-calm.

All that said…of course I’m ordained! Since 2008. You want to talk Interfaith? The POV-page litany that goes, “full-moon ceremony, sweat lodge, Tibetan Buddhist empowerment,” etc., etc…also raised Catholic. That’s not the half of it. And wasn’t learned in a seminary overview course on world religions, but sincerely lived from the inside out — at that time. So I have wide-ranging experience in myriad faith traditions and philosophical outlooks. Although now, I’m more like Switzerland…neutral. Non-judgement is my only practice. 

Yet it takes more than knowledge, training or even lifetime experience. It takes a certain talent. Mine is the gift of writing and being able to distill what uniquely characterizes you as a couple. And then I write rings around a compelling narrative that celebrates your coupledom.

Going even further than that…I tell your falling-in-love story in the language of your own indubitible hearts. That’s what we Celebrants are, ultimately. I am a storyteller…telling your love story.

Finally, just in case you need me to officially state it, I am licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Wedding Officiant — authorized to solemnify your marriage. And it would be my complete honor to do so.

Curious enough to meet? I’ll buy: coffee@julietrump.com

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