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Wedding Ceremonies

I offer a short and sweet courthouse elopement ceremony at the courthouse, or in close proximity to it for a reasonable fee.

Large Wedding Ceremonies

I offer a more personalized ceremony with a special touch.  I am also available the night before for the rehearsal at an additional fee.  

Real testimonials


Nicole , married on 11/03/2018

5 out of 5 stars Review

Perfect ceremony!

Jimmy was extremely personable and welcoming from the get go! He was referred by a few people and they were absolutely right that he was the best fit. We wanted a light hearted and personal ceremony that matched us and Jimmy came through with helping us create our perfect day from the very first meeting to our wedding day. 

Thank you!!

-The Morrison’s

Short Elopement Ceremonies

   For a short elopement ceremomy at the Yorktown Court house my fee is $65.   Price is slightly higher on the weekend.  Call for pricing for a more personalized ceremony and a larger weekend wedding or back yard  wedding, prices vary up to $300. Wedding Ceremony in Yorktown Marriage Officiant in Yorktown James E Richardson, Marriage Commissioner in Yorktown

Christmas Day Elopement???

I can do a Christmas Day Elopement by Appointment at my office here in Yorktown  for $125.

Review from a Couple

"Amazing! My wife and I already had our ceremony and reception for family and friends and needed to be officially married yet. Not only did he accommodate us on short notice, but he did an awesome job. Just went over and above to give us a great little ceremony even at the York County Courthouse. He also let us take pictures on his phone and sent them to us. The fantastic little ceremony was much more than we had anticipated but we really enjoyed him making the day feel even more special."

Wine Box Ceremony & Mothers Kiss

A Wine Box Ceremony is a great complement to any wedding

The bride and groom pick out a wine box and bottle of wine and write love letters to each other.   

This is how it works

(Can also be modified to fit what you want- Whiskey,Bourbon, gin, vodka, etc.)  (Read to guests) 

Like good wine, a great love will deepen and mature with age.  Rick and Leslie have chosen to perform a love letter and wine box ceremony.  This box, given to the couple by a dear friend (or Picked out by the couple), contains a bottle of wine and a love letter from each to the other.  The letters describe the good qualities they find in one another, the reasons they fell in love, and their reasons for choosing to marry.  The letters are sealed in individual envelopes, and they have not seen what the other has written.   (Read to Bride and Groom)  Should you ever find your marriage enduring insurmountable hardships, you are to open this box, sit and drink the wine together, and read the letters you wrote to one another.  By reading these love letters, you will reflect upon the reasons you fell in love and chose to marry each other here today.  The hope is, of course, that you will never have a reason to open this box.     If this is the case, you are to open this box to share and enjoy on your 10 year wedding anniversary.  At that time, you will seal new letters along with another bottle of wine, in the box – to open after a happy 20 years… and so on.  This box will be displayed in your home as a constant reminder of your commitment to each other.  Rick and Leslie, you may now seal the  box.

Mothers Kiss

(good ceremony for first marriages)   Officiant: The mothers of the bride and groom will now come forward as we honor them as mothers and to help us with the next part of the ceremony.  Both mothers come forward and stand next to their child.  And now Ladies and Gentlemen, it is time for James and Alyson’s last kiss as singles before they become husband and wife. Alyson and her mother Jeannie and James and his mother Judy, will now offer this kiss.  These mother's lips were the first to kiss them and bring them into this world and today a mother's love - together with their blessings - will be first to send them on their way to their new life together as Husband and wife.  Mothers . . . please kiss the Bride and Groom!

About Us


A sworn Marriage Commissioner since 2013.  Qualified to perform the rites of marriage in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  I am retired, have been married for 36 years and I have three grown children.   I am ordained and can perform a religious or a non religious ceremony for you.  My wife says that I treat every wedding as if they are family and I do!  I get just as excited as the couple, what a happy time in your life and you should celebrate it with joy and love.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

Call, Text, Or Email

Call or Text (757) 897-1898 or email Richardson08@cox.net

I can answer your questions

I can answer your questions and give you guidance on the marriage License Process.


Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

I like to meet with couples for large ceremonies and do elopement ceremonies at my office or at the York County Court House by appointment or last minute.  

James E Richardson, Marriage Commissioner

710 Ship Point Road, Yorktown, VA 23692, us

(757) 897-1898