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Celebrate Your Love Weddings

Chicago , IL
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Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! More than a ceremony, your wedding is a celebration of your love. It should be as unique as you and the love that you and your fiancee share. My... Read more
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! More than a ceremony, your wedding is a celebration of your love. It should be as unique as you and the love that you and your fiancee share. My specialty is developing a personalized celebration of your love. My passion is developing a wedding ceremony experience that will be most meaningful and memorable to you and your guests. While I am a trained (2 Masters degrees) and ordained non-denominational minister, my approach is more spiritual than religious. My approach to wedding ceremonies is based on two key assumptions: first and foremost, every wedding ceremony should be a celebration of love. That's the whole reason for having a ceremony (rather than just treating it as a legal transaction). Secondly, this is YOUR ceremony, not mine. What I mean by that is the ceremony should reflect who you are (not me) and your ceremony should not suggest something you are not because you are conforming to an officiant's expectations. The result is that I help a couple to develop a ceremony that truly celebrates THEIR love in a very personal and customized manner. Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist

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Mildred
Wedding:
10/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Tom led a very personalized, unique, and funny ceremony for our wedding back in October 2014. We received compliments on the ceremony/officiant that day of the wedding and still receive compliments to this day when we see our guests.

He made our day TRULY special and memorable, Tom even brought an actual laminated picture of the picture of the breakfast dish my husband emailed him in his portion of the "Journey of Love' tool to help highlight a story he was telling (it's a long story, but trust me it was an integral part of the story and ceremony).

He met twice with us plus a ceremony rehearsal - the first time as an introduction to what he does, etc and the second time was to describe to us the components of a wedding ceremony (the symbolism and options for readings). We then chose our readings and also filled out the "Journey of Love" tool which contains about 10 questions (you each only have to answer 3 or 4) about our relationship (ie, describe a time when you missed your significant other, etc), we had to answer these questions separately and not show them to one another. He did a fantastic job taking our answers to the questions and talked about our journey of love that was cohesive and truly represented Sean and I as a couple and how we feel about one another.

I have to say and maybe I'm biased since it was my wedding but Tom really made our ceremony one of the best wedding ceremonies that I have been to.

Tom is really a wonderful wedding officiant and person, I would recommend him to anyone who wants a unique and personalized ceremony that represents the love you share with your significant other.
Tom led a very personalized, unique, and funny ceremony for our wedding back in October 2014. We received compliments on Read more...
Tom led a very personalized, unique, and funny ceremony for our wedding back in October 2014. We received compliments on the ceremony/officiant that day of the wedding and still receive compliments to this day when we see our guests.

He made our day TRULY special and memorable, Tom even brought an actual laminated picture of the picture of the breakfast dish my husband emailed him in his portion of the "Journey of Love' tool to help highlight a story he was telling (it's a long story, but trust me it was an integral part of the story and ceremony).

He met twice with us plus a ceremony rehearsal - the first time as an introduction to what he does, etc and the second time was to describe to us the components of a wedding ceremony (the symbolism and options for readings). We then chose our readings and also filled out the "Journey of Love" tool which contains about 10 questions (you each only have to answer 3 or 4) about our relationship (ie, describe a time when you missed your significant other, etc), we had to answer these questions separately and not show them to one another. He did a fantastic job taking our answers to the questions and talked about our journey of love that was cohesive and truly represented Sean and I as a couple and how we feel about one another.

I have to say and maybe I'm biased since it was my wedding but Tom really made our ceremony one of the best wedding ceremonies that I have been to.

Tom is really a wonderful wedding officiant and person, I would recommend him to anyone who wants a unique and personalized ceremony that represents the love you share with your significant other. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Malinda
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Our guests can't stop talking about how wonderful the ceremony was. They said it was very heartfelt, personal and entertaining and they thought Tom represented us as a couple very well (we did too!) Tom was very responsive and easy to work with. He always encouraged us to make the ceremony about us and not about what we "thought a wedding ceremony should be." He was very accommodating and open to all our ideas and suggestions. We feel so lucky that we found him!
Our guests can't stop talking about how wonderful the ceremony was. They said it was very heartfelt, personal and Read more...
Our guests can't stop talking about how wonderful the ceremony was. They said it was very heartfelt, personal and entertaining and they thought Tom represented us as a couple very well (we did too!) Tom was very responsive and easy to work with. He always encouraged us to make the ceremony about us and not about what we "thought a wedding ceremony should be." He was very accommodating and open to all our ideas and suggestions. We feel so lucky that we found him! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Reverend Tom was absolutely wonderful! He helped make our wedding so special. From the first meeting to the rehearsal dinner to the wedding day, Tom was kind, patient, and detail oriented. He had lots of resources available to allow us to customize our ceremony so that it was meaningful to us. At the rehearsal, he took his time with all of the details to make sure everyone felt comfortable with what to do as well as to decrease the nervousness for the big day. Tom really made sure that everyone was in the moment, especially my husband and I, and we really appreciated that. After the ceremony people were asking how long we had known Tom and saying what an amazing ceremony it had been. All in all, I highly recommend Reverend Tom for your wedding ceremony.
Reverend Tom was absolutely wonderful! He helped make our wedding so special. From the first meeting to the rehearsal Read more...
Reverend Tom was absolutely wonderful! He helped make our wedding so special. From the first meeting to the rehearsal dinner to the wedding day, Tom was kind, patient, and detail oriented. He had lots of resources available to allow us to customize our ceremony so that it was meaningful to us. At the rehearsal, he took his time with all of the details to make sure everyone felt comfortable with what to do as well as to decrease the nervousness for the big day. Tom really made sure that everyone was in the moment, especially my husband and I, and we really appreciated that. After the ceremony people were asking how long we had known Tom and saying what an amazing ceremony it had been. All in all, I highly recommend Reverend Tom for your wedding ceremony. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Stewart
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Tom's ceremony was fantastic. There's really no other word that can describe the ceremony. It was heartfelt, personal, funny, and perfect. Even though our ceremony was in the far western suburbs, Rev. Tom did not have a problem coming all the way out to do the wedding. He handled our mix of religious and secular elements perfectly. I had upwards of 20 people tell me after the ceremony that it was one of the best wedding ceremonies they had ever heard. I would absolutely recommend his services to anyone looking for a wedding officiant.
Rev. Tom's ceremony was fantastic. There's really no other word that can describe the ceremony. It was heartfelt, Read more...
Rev. Tom's ceremony was fantastic. There's really no other word that can describe the ceremony. It was heartfelt, personal, funny, and perfect. Even though our ceremony was in the far western suburbs, Rev. Tom did not have a problem coming all the way out to do the wedding. He handled our mix of religious and secular elements perfectly. I had upwards of 20 people tell me after the ceremony that it was one of the best wedding ceremonies they had ever heard. I would absolutely recommend his services to anyone looking for a wedding officiant. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrate Your Love Weddings responded with the following comments:

Stewart, thank you so much for your review. I really enjoyed celebrating your and Melissa's love because you both were so open and invested in making your ceremony truly genuine to who you are as individuals and as a couple. The Lego Heart symbol of union was amazing and, by using it, you truly expressed your unique style!
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linda
Wedding:
10/27/2013
4.8/5.0
Rev. Tom is a hoot! I had a Halloween costume wedding and Rev. Tom made some funny comments that set the mood for the whole fun night. He performed a touching ,warm ceremony and my guest thought he knew us for years. We invited him to stay at our banquet and he mixed and joked so well with my guests. My band (who saw tons of ceremonies) said our cememony was the best they ever seen. I highly recommend Rev. Tom, he is warm funny, easy to work with and provided a wonderful service.
Rev. Tom is a hoot! I had a Halloween costume wedding and Rev. Tom made some funny comments that set the mood for the Read more...
Rev. Tom is a hoot! I had a Halloween costume wedding and Rev. Tom made some funny comments that set the mood for the whole fun night. He performed a touching ,warm ceremony and my guest thought he knew us for years. We invited him to stay at our banquet and he mixed and joked so well with my guests. My band (who saw tons of ceremonies) said our cememony was the best they ever seen. I highly recommend Rev. Tom, he is warm funny, easy to work with and provided a wonderful service. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
9/1/2013
4.9/5.0
Tom surprised us with a beautiful, heartwarming ceremony that brought laughter, tears, and smiles. It was so moving and everyone commented that "even if we didn't know you before, we really knew the both of you after Rev. Tom's words." Truly, you are in good hands with Tom.
Tom surprised us with a beautiful, heartwarming ceremony that brought laughter, tears, and smiles. It was so moving and Read more...
Tom surprised us with a beautiful, heartwarming ceremony that brought laughter, tears, and smiles. It was so moving and everyone commented that "even if we didn't know you before, we really knew the both of you after Rev. Tom's words." Truly, you are in good hands with Tom. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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twstybobcat
Wedding:
8/24/2013
4.9/5.0
Reverend Tom did a wonderful job with our ceremony. He is kind and warm, and performed beautifully. He was also very helpful in giving us exactly the kind of ceremony we wanted--we wanted one that was secular but still extremely special and which incorporated Mexican wedding traditions such as the lasso and monedas, and he was able to give us exactly what we asked for and then go even further and give us some extremely touching and meaningful moments. Our guests thought he was great, and so did we. Thank you, Tom!
Reverend Tom did a wonderful job with our ceremony. He is kind and warm, and performed beautifully. He was also very Read more...
Reverend Tom did a wonderful job with our ceremony. He is kind and warm, and performed beautifully. He was also very helpful in giving us exactly the kind of ceremony we wanted--we wanted one that was secular but still extremely special and which incorporated Mexican wedding traditions such as the lasso and monedas, and he was able to give us exactly what we asked for and then go even further and give us some extremely touching and meaningful moments. Our guests thought he was great, and so did we. Thank you, Tom! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Alison
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
We had Tom officiate our wedding and couldn't be happier! He put together a beautiful and personal ceremony. Our guests gave so many compliments! Working with Tom in the planning process was extremely easy. He had many resources for ideas and took the time to work with us to help customize our ceremony. Highly recommend!
We had Tom officiate our wedding and couldn't be happier! He put together a beautiful and personal ceremony. Our guests Read more...
We had Tom officiate our wedding and couldn't be happier! He put together a beautiful and personal ceremony. Our guests gave so many compliments! Working with Tom in the planning process was extremely easy. He had many resources for ideas and took the time to work with us to help customize our ceremony. Highly recommend! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Rebecca
Wedding:
12/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Tom did a great job with us! He made sure we understood everything every step of the way. He told us the ceremony would be short and to the point, and thats exactly what we wanted! The ceremony was made special because we got to include our daughter in it! Another pro was that we had many selections for how we wanted the ceremony to go our way.
Rev. Tom did a great job with us! He made sure we understood everything every step of the way. He told us the ceremony Read more...
Rev. Tom did a great job with us! He made sure we understood everything every step of the way. He told us the ceremony would be short and to the point, and thats exactly what we wanted! The ceremony was made special because we got to include our daughter in it! Another pro was that we had many selections for how we wanted the ceremony to go our way. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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chance516
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Tom was very good and he was a good person to marry you.
We wanted a short and sweet ceremony and thats exactly what he did.
He is a very nice person also
Tom was very good and he was a good person to marry you.
We wanted a short and sweet ceremony and thats exactly what Read more...
Tom was very good and he was a good person to marry you.
We wanted a short and sweet ceremony and thats exactly what he did.
He is a very nice person also Read less
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