Wedding & Same Sex Marriage Officiant

Her Story

Penelope Morningstar was ordained in 1994 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in NYC upon graduation from the New Seminary. She immediately began performing ceremonies for weddings, baby blessings and memorial services in the Piedmont region of North Carolina then moved to the Wilmington area in 2000 where she expanded her ministry of services.

Penelope has watched the wedding community go from a handfull of venues in the downtown area to one of the Southeast most thriving destination locations. She has worked with most of the local wedding professionals and enjoys the reputation of being known for her professionalism and heartfelt style.

As testimony to her caring manner she has had the honor of baptizing many of the children of couples she has joined in marriage and presided at memorial services for their family members. She has a ministry of love and respect from the people she has served in her more than 20 years of doing this work.

Mrs. Penelope Morningstar was the absolute best! I was so happy when she was available to do the wedding. It was such a perfect day and she did an amazing job!! Thank you so much!!

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Bride, from Wedding Wire


Thank you for a short, sweet and memorable ceremony!

Richard and Jonathan

Reverend Penelope Morningstar was very professional, kind, and organized. The first time I spoke to her on the phone, she was very helpful and answered all of my questions (like where to get marriage license, if there was a waiting period, etc). At the rehearsal dinner, I had no idea what to do, and she took charge and guided us through it without any problems. The ceremony was beautiful, and she allowed us to add our personal touches to the ceremony words and vows. I highly recommend her!

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Bride, from Wedding Wire

Reverend Morningstar was SO helpful-I can not say enough great things about her. She was able to meet us months prior to the wedding, discussed ceremony options, and truly got a feel for how Chris and I wanted our ceremony to go. She also attended our rehearsal-which I highly recommend because we had NO clue!-and was very instrumental in keeping us on task and focused. I have the best picture of she explaining how to obtain our marriage license once we got back home-without her, I would have been lost! She was calming, professional, direct, compassionate, and wonderful at communicating with us. We just think the world of her and are sure you will, too 🙂

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Bride, from Wedding Wire

Penelope was amazing as our officiant. She was very welcoming upon first meeting her. She was helpful in providing material to help us create our vows. She would email back within a few days at most, but usually very quickly. She made our ceremony seem smooth and seamless and she was a joy and pleasure to have as our officiant. Would definitely recommend her!

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Bride, from Wedding Wire

We were very pleased with the service Penelope provided. She was very efficient, kind, and patient as we added and/or deleted actions for our wedding day. Penelope always responded to my emails promptly and that is greatly appreciated. She made our ceremony Wonderful. will definitely recommend her to family & friends.
THANK YOU Penelope Morningstar!!!

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Bride, from Wedding Wire

Rev. Penelope Morningstar was absolutely fabulous. She was prompt, attentive, and understanding of our unique needs. She was also very affordable considering other officiants in the area. Highly recommend!

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Bride, from Wedding Wire

Penelope did an amazing job. She had to officiate through a windy storm that was rolling in. Even with microphones the wind was so strong that the DJ had to turn the mics off so there would not be so much wind noise. Penelope made our vows special and made our wedding march go smoothly. Amazing job; Penelope is very sweet and kind and we would highly recommend Penelope to officiate your special day.

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