Philip Lingle

Founder, Director, & Head Officiant

Heather S.

We even did the Marriage Enrichment Program with Philip and he incorporated some touching and personal parts of that into our ceremony. So many guests came up to me at the wedding saying how great of a job good he did and how they felt Philip had a connection with my husband and I. I highly highly recommend using Asheville Marriages!!! Read more “Heather S.”

Shari Suarez

Philip was amazing!! My husband and I did the Marriage Enrichment Program, which I would highly recommend. The program not only prompted really important discussions for my husband and I to have, but also allowed Philip get to know us before the wedding. Read more “Shari Suarez”


Every interaction was very professional and timely. You will not go wrong with Asheville Marriages if you chose to hire them, even though I hope to never use their services ever again! Read more “Robbie”


Overall, I could not have asked for a more meaningful, personal, down to earth, and stress-free ceremony, I highly recommend Asheville Marriages to anyone who is looking for a wedding officiant! Read more “Taylor”

Jessica L.

I cannot recommend Philip Lingle and Asheville Marriages highly enough! . . . I nicknamed him the “efficient officiant” because everything he did was so well planned and executed. HIGHLY recommend! Read more “Jessica L.”

Jean Delos Reyes

We chose Philip as our wedding officiant, and he was absolutely a joy to work with! We did his Marriage Enrichment Program as well and really did enjoy every activity he had us complete! He wrote a very heartwarming ceremony which just perfectly captured us and our relationship. Read more “Jean Delos Reyes”

Rachel Dash

Philip made us feel super comfortable, like we have known him for years. We highly recommend Asheville Marriages, you will definitely not regret going with them! Read more “Rachel Dash”


5 stars doesn’t begin to explain how great of an experience we had with Asheville Marriages. We are still receiving compliments about our ceremony and our officiant, with many continuing to say how it was the best content in a wedding ceremony they had ever seen. Read more “Drew”

Jessica Coombes

Our guests complimented Philip and our ceremony over and over again, saying it was just so perfect for us. We would highly recommended. Read more “Jessica Coombes”


You should absolutely use Asheville Marriages. I would also recommend the Marriage Enrichment Program . . We loved ending every weekend going through the exercises and found SO much benefit in this program. 100% recommend. Read more “Kate”

Melissa V.

Our experience with Phil was beyond incredible… we did the Marriage Enrichment Program, which I highly recommend…We were so lucky to work with him, and feel like we found an amazing person and friend in the process. Read more “Melissa V.”

Cory Dovel

Philip and Asheville Marriages were nothing short of fantastic and went above and beyond to make our wedding very special. We decided to do the Marriage Enrichment Program . . . I highly recommend to all couples getting married. Read more “Cory Dovel”

Kristen L.

I can’t even begin to explain how amazing our experience was. Philip was funny, serious, charming, professional and more than what we ever expected. Read more “Kristen L.”

Jason H.

…Philip was recommended to us by our wedding planner. We could not be happier with our choice. He was such a great officiant. Great energy and everyone loved his ceremony. He’s easy to work with and extremely professional. Read more “Jason H.”


Amazing company. We had a ceremony with only 14 guests and they all commented how special the day was! Thanks Asheville Marriages! Read more “Shannon”

Erin B

Philip did a fantastic job officiating our wedding! We were so pleased with the ceremony he wrote, and especially appreciate the time he took to work with us before the wedding to make sure the ceremony was exactly what we wanted. Read more “Erin B”

Lauren D.

Philip was amazing to work with! We are more spiritual than religious, and the ceremony he wrote for us was perfect! My very Catholic parents said his ceremony was the best they’ve ever experienced! Read more “Lauren D.”


Phil is the man!! He was amazing & thoughtful. Came very prepared & was extra professional & personable. So glad we chose him!! Read more “Kristin”

Matthew Arsenault

Philip served as the officiant for our wedding, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with his work! We’re still getting compliments about the ceremony he delivered. Read more “Matthew Arsenault”

Brittany Carpenter

We could not have asked for a more perfect wedding ceremony! We got so many compliments from our guests about how appropriate the ceremony was for our relationship and what a fantastic speaker Philip is. Read more “Brittany Carpenter”

Megan Niehaus

I can’t tell you how many guests complimented on how awesome Philip was and how touching his words were! Thank you for making our day absolutely perfect! Read more “Megan Niehaus”


Philip was so easy going, very professional, and gave great advice along the way. Our guests loved our ceremony with the personal touches that were tailored to us and the bits of humor added. Highly recommend Asheville Marriages! Read more “Angel”

Philip Lingle is the Founder, Director, and Head Officiant of Asheville Marriages. He is a Humanist Celebrant who has truly followed his passion, and takes great pride and pleasure in guiding couples through one of the most important events of their lives.

Philip enjoys a healthy lifestyle in Asheville, NC with his radiant wife Jennifer, their two fun-loving pups, Rhythm and Tasha, and the newest member of their family, Bryton! They can frequently be seen frolicking at dog parks, hiking mountain trails, or jumping into rivers. Phil and Jen love to spend time with their friends and delight in all the attractions that Asheville has to offer, such as local music, breweries, restaurants, chocolate, and just soaking in the vibrant energy of their eclectic city.

Philip has a B.A. in Philosophy from Lenoir-Rhyne University and an MLA (Master of Liberal Arts) from UNCA. He taught Philosophy at AB-Tech Community College for nearly ten years before dedicating himself full-time to Asheville Marriages. As a Philosophy Instructor, he derived great satisfaction from teaching his students how to think for themselves and explore the most important questions in life. He now finds fulfillment through connecting with like-minded couples and guiding them through the process of creating and performing their wedding ceremony!

Philip had a great childhood in the Lutheran Church where his late father was a minister and highly respected community leader. However, as he reached adulthood, Philip struggled with some of the fundamental beliefs of his tradition and began to explore other spiritual customs, study world religions, and absorb every bit of philosophy that he could. This experience was deeply gratifying and ultimately enabled him to discover and embrace his authentic self.

Philip became interested in officiating weddings in 2007 after a friend asked him to create and perform a unique ceremony for her upcoming wedding. She told him that he was the perfect person to officiate her wedding because of his eloquent way with words, his calm energy, and his knowledge of a wide variety of wisdom traditions. The wedding was a great success and the experience was so rewarding for Philip that he decided to continue to officiate weddings for couples with diverse spiritual beliefs.

Philip’s background and life experiences make him uniquely suited to help interfaith couples, as well as those who have secular or non-traditional spiritual beliefs. He has truly followed his passion and takes great pride and pleasure in guiding couples through one of the most important events of their lives.