"Dave was referred to us by a close friend. We wanted an officiant who was experienced, enthusiastic, and easy to work with. Dave was the perfect guy for the job. We highly recommend him!" -- John and Jen 

"Dave’s presence is warm and engaging. There are many highlights from our wedding that I will treasure always. One that sticks out for me is when Dave brought special attention to everyone who came to the wedding. He made everyone there feel special and part of the ceremony. His sentiments were beautifully balanced with humor. Dave made the celebration truly unique. We’ve been to other weddings Dave has officiated and each time his remarks perfectly fit the couple. Five years later, friends and family still comment on the wonderful service Dave provided for our wedding." -- Tad and Grier

"Dave conducted our small wedding, and we could not have asked for a more professional, heartfelt, and sincere officiant for our ceremony. Dave was patient and flexible throughout all of our wedding planning, and was both sensitive to and helpful in guiding us to create the ideal program. A wedding is obviously a most important milestone in any couple's life, and how lucky we are to look back so fondly on our ceremony. It would not have been the same without our wonderful officiant, Dave!" -- Helen and JJ

"The moment that we met Dave Norris we knew he was the officiant for us. Not only does he have experience in public speaking but Dave is professional, helpful, and very personable. He made our special day even more memorable and we strongly recommend him!" -- Lauren and Jason
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"Dave's laid-back style and friendly demeanor made him the perfect officiant for us. He was very dependable in the time leading up to the wedding and worked with us to put together a ceremony that fit our personalities. Plus, the former mayor was the perfect touch for a Charlottesville-loving couple like us!" -- Brendan and Sarah

"Dave was a wonderful addition to our intimate family wedding ceremony.  He picked up on the vibe of our event and fit right in.  He worked with us to tailor our vows to fit our personalities, and the ceremony went perfectly.  Dave will help you create your ceremony to be whatever you want it to be;  he's simply the best!" -- Paige and Joe

"Dave was such a pleasure to work with and we are so glad he was a part of our wedding. He was professional, courteous, and made us really comfortable on our wedding day. He spoke eloquently at our service and helped us create a laid-back and personal setting for our guests. My favorite thing about him was that he joined us for cocktail hour following the ceremony and mingled with our guests like they were his own family." -- Debbie and Tom 

"Ted and I were so happy to work with Dave on our wedding. We knew we wanted a casual event that was personalized to our tastes. Dave was accommodating, professional and fun!" -- Ashley and Ted

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Also featured in:

Daily Progress, February 14, 2024
C-Ville Weekly, July 18, 2014

"Make it Official:  Two Top Choices for Your Marriage Maestro," C-Ville Weddings, Summer 2017

"Whimsical Elopement in the Blue Ridge Mountains," What Junebug Loves, March 19, 2015

"Fun BBQ Wedding with Sports Meets Sequins Decor," Bridal Musings, May 16, 2016

Venue List     

Central Virginia is blessed with a tremendous array of beautiful wedding venues, and I am honored at the fact that venue staff frequently refer couples to me to serve as an officiant.  This list is not all-inclusive, but here are some of the terrific venues where I've had the pleasure of performing weddings:

Afton Mountain Vineyards
American Hotel
Ankida Ridge Vineyards
Arcady Vineyards
Ash Lawn-Highland

Avon Hill Lodge
Bandit's Ridge
Barboursville Vineyards
Barn at Edgewood
Barn at Timber Creek
Barren Ridge Vineyard
Basic Necessities
Big Meadows
Blackrock Summit
Blenheim Vineyards
Blue Mountain Brewery

Blue Ridge Farm
Blue Ridge Parkway
Boar's Head Inn
Boathouse at Rockett's Landing

Bodo's Bagels
Bold Rock Cidery
Broadhead Mountain Retreat

Buffalo Springs Farm
C&O Restaurant

Camp Friendship
Camp Holiday Trails
Cardinal Point Winery
Carter Mountain Orchard
Castle Hill Cider
Charlottesville Downtown Mall
Chisholm Vineyards
Clifton Inn
Cold Mountain
The Columns at Six Penny Farm
Court Square Park (formerly Jackson Park)

Crabtree Falls
Cross Keys Barn
CrossKeys Vineyard
Cunningham Creek Winery
DelFosse Vineyards
Devil's Backbone Brewery
Dominion Club
Doubletree Hotel
DuCard Vineyards
Early Mountain Vineyards
Evermore Barn
Fairfax Hall
Fairview Bed & Breakfast
Fairview Farm Events
Farmington Country Club
First Colony Winery

Forest Lakes Community Center
Free Union Lodge
Frontier Culture Museum
Gardens at Serenity Cove
Glass House Winery
Glenmore Country Club
Grace Estates Winery
Granary at Valley Pike
Guildford Farm
The Haven
Hawksbill Summit
Hermitage Hill

High View Farm
Inn on Poplar Hill
Inn at Westwood Farm
Inn at Willow Grove
Irvine Estate
Jefferson Theater
Keswick Hall
Keswick Vineyards
King Family Vineyards
Layz S Ranch
Lewis Catherine House
The Local Restaurant
Lydia Mountain Lodge
Lydia's Barn at Evermore Farm

Madison at the Mill
Maren Estate
Mark Addy Inn
Market at Grelen
Market Street Park (formerly Lee Park)
Mary Baldwin College
Maya Restaurant
Mayhurst Inn
McCormick Observatory at UVa

McGuffey Art Center
Meade Park
Melrose Caverns
Meriwether Springs Vineyard
Mill at Fine Creek
Montfair Resort Farm
Monticello-Saunders Trail
Moss Vineyards
Mount Ida
Nature Camp
New Dominion Bookshop
Old Metropolitan Hall
Omni Hotel
Panorama Farm

Paramount Theater
Pen Park

Peter Chang's
Pippin Hill Farm
Pollak Vineyards
Potter's Craft Cider
Prospect Hill Plantation Inn
Quirk Hotel
Raven's Roost Overlook

Red August Farm
Restoration Hall
Rixey Manor
Rockmill Farm Bed & Breakfast
Rosebrook Inn
St. Paul's Church
Santillane Bed & Breakfast
Shenandoah Crossings Resort
Shenandoah National Park/Skyline Drive
Southern Crescent Galley & Bar
Stone Mountain Vineyards
Stony Man Trail
Stony Point Ruritan Club
Sundance Cabin

The Space Downtown
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church
Three Chopt Community Center

Tufton Farm
Twelve Ridges Vineyard
University of Richmond - Cannon Chapel
UVa Chapel
UVa Colonnade Club
UVa Gardens

Valley Road Vineyards
Veritas Vineyard

Verulam Farm
Walnut Creek Park
Waynesboro Constitution Park 

Whippoorwill Manor Farm
White Hall Community Building
White Lotus Eco Spa
The White Pig Bed & Breakfast
Wild Wolf Brewery
Wintergreen Resort

Wisdom Oak Winery
Wolftrap Farm

(p.s. If you don't see yours on here, I'm always happy to try out new venues!)