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Rev. Simone Shepard

Carthage , IL
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Carthage, IL 62301 US (map)

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970-217-8346
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ABOUT US

After graduating from Seminary in 2006, my journey as a full-time Ordained Minister began. One giant blessing in my ministry is to unite two souls in marriage. I so enjoy the process of... Read more
After graduating from Seminary in 2006, my journey as a full-time Ordained Minister began. One giant blessing in my ministry is to unite two souls in marriage. I so enjoy the process of working with couples to create a ceremony that truly speaks to their hearts. During this process, a connection is made between us so that we are not standing at the altar as strangers, but those who have made it possible for the two of you to walk back down the aisle feeling truly married.

Your marriage ceremony is so much more than words on a piece of paper. It is the symbolic gesture and right of passage to your union with another. I ask a ton of questions in order to write a ceremony just for you and extend every freedom of expression to you during the creating process. If you're planning to elope, I do that too!

I am licensed in all 50 states and internationally. If you are out-of-state or out-of-country, never fear! I can meet with you via Skype or FaceTime and travel to you for your ceremony. Check out my FAQ tab for more detailed information and pricing. Feel free to text, call or email with any questions. I look forward to speaking with you! Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Pagan, Quaker, Shinto, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

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Kayla
Wedding:
7/16/2016
5.0/5.0
Simone was better than any officiant we could have imagined! We planned our wedding long distance from Arizona and went with our gut feeling to choose Simone rather than other options we saw on Wedding Wire. She video chatted us at least 4 times before the wedding to really get to know us and be able to describe our relationship so accurately at our wedding. After the first call, my husband and I discussed how much we adored Simone and how it was almost weird that she felt like family to us right away. My husband and I don't attend a church regularly and both come from different religious backgrounds. Simone took this information and found a way to make everyone's faith welcome at our ceremony. Choosing Simone was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding!
Simone was better than any officiant we could have imagined! We planned our wedding long distance from Arizona and went Read more...
Simone was better than any officiant we could have imagined! We planned our wedding long distance from Arizona and went with our gut feeling to choose Simone rather than other options we saw on Wedding Wire. She video chatted us at least 4 times before the wedding to really get to know us and be able to describe our relationship so accurately at our wedding. After the first call, my husband and I discussed how much we adored Simone and how it was almost weird that she felt like family to us right away. My husband and I don't attend a church regularly and both come from different religious backgrounds. Simone took this information and found a way to make everyone's faith welcome at our ceremony. Choosing Simone was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! Read less
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Whitney
Wedding:
6/18/2016
5.0/5.0
I found Rev. Simone on wedding wire and arranged a meeting with her shortly after. Within the first ten minutes, we knew we'd found the perfect person to marry us. Not only is Rev. Simone a funny & sincere person, but she really wants to get to know you and how she can create a ceremony that is perfect for that specific couple. I admit, I was unsure what I wanted in our ceremony, but after meeting with Rev. Simone we were so excited! She nailed it!
I found Rev. Simone on wedding wire and arranged a meeting with her shortly after. Within the first ten minutes, we knew Read more...
I found Rev. Simone on wedding wire and arranged a meeting with her shortly after. Within the first ten minutes, we knew we'd found the perfect person to marry us. Not only is Rev. Simone a funny & sincere person, but she really wants to get to know you and how she can create a ceremony that is perfect for that specific couple. I admit, I was unsure what I wanted in our ceremony, but after meeting with Rev. Simone we were so excited! She nailed it! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
7/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Reverend Simone did an amazing job on our ceremony. We met and had about 5 skype sessions throughout the year as we were planning our wedding. Rev. Simone was very accommodating and responsive via email. We had some special requests for our ceremony, we wanted to use some audio from my husband's grandfather in the ceremony ( he was a baptist minister). We sent Reverend Simone hours of audio and she listened to all of it to determine the best clip. She wrote such a beautiful address for us. We trusted her so much that we did not even want to hear the address before the wedding. The entire ceremony was so moving and I have had so many people tell me that it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever been to. Reverend Simone was so kind, sweet, and caring. We honestly could not have asked for a better person to marry us. She was wonderful!
Reverend Simone did an amazing job on our ceremony. We met and had about 5 skype sessions throughout the year as we were Read more...
Reverend Simone did an amazing job on our ceremony. We met and had about 5 skype sessions throughout the year as we were planning our wedding. Rev. Simone was very accommodating and responsive via email. We had some special requests for our ceremony, we wanted to use some audio from my husband's grandfather in the ceremony ( he was a baptist minister). We sent Reverend Simone hours of audio and she listened to all of it to determine the best clip. She wrote such a beautiful address for us. We trusted her so much that we did not even want to hear the address before the wedding. The entire ceremony was so moving and I have had so many people tell me that it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever been to. Reverend Simone was so kind, sweet, and caring. We honestly could not have asked for a better person to marry us. She was wonderful! Read less
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Sabrina
Wedding:
5/1/2015
5.0/5.0
Rev. Simone was so wonderful. She took the time to get to know us, and our ceremony felt like a good friend who had known us for years. I do not have a single bad thing to say about Simone and would recommend her to anyone!
Rev. Simone was so wonderful. She took the time to get to know us, and our ceremony felt like a good friend who had known Read more...
Rev. Simone was so wonderful. She took the time to get to know us, and our ceremony felt like a good friend who had known us for years. I do not have a single bad thing to say about Simone and would recommend her to anyone! Read less
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JoEllen
Wedding:
4/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Simone is absolutely phenomenal! She is an amazing, down to earth person to work with. She is very open to any suggestions and changes, as well as open to many different religions and views. My husband and I were very happy to find her and work with her for our ceremony. The ceremony was heartfelt and not stuffy as we liked. We can not speak highly enough about her, and we were amazed with her work!!!! We will recommend anyone we know for her services.
Simone is absolutely phenomenal! She is an amazing, down to earth person to work with. She is very open to any suggestions Read more...
Simone is absolutely phenomenal! She is an amazing, down to earth person to work with. She is very open to any suggestions and changes, as well as open to many different religions and views. My husband and I were very happy to find her and work with her for our ceremony. The ceremony was heartfelt and not stuffy as we liked. We can not speak highly enough about her, and we were amazed with her work!!!! We will recommend anyone we know for her services. Read less
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Kelsey
Wedding:
12/20/2014
5.0/5.0
We were married in Estes Park in December, 2014. Simone was professional, sweet and extremely talented. Our ceremony went exactly as planned. She met with us over video-conference multiple times before our big day. She began by asking us questions and figuring out what kind of ceremony we wanted. She gave us her ideas, and then worked with us as we wrote our own and weaved them altogether. She knew exactly what to do for the rehearsal, and the day of the ceremony she helped us all walk through the steps one more time. The actual ceremony was heart-felt, touching and everything we had imagined. Thank you for your wonderful service!
We were married in Estes Park in December, 2014. Simone was professional, sweet and extremely talented. Our ceremony went Read more...
We were married in Estes Park in December, 2014. Simone was professional, sweet and extremely talented. Our ceremony went exactly as planned. She met with us over video-conference multiple times before our big day. She began by asking us questions and figuring out what kind of ceremony we wanted. She gave us her ideas, and then worked with us as we wrote our own and weaved them altogether. She knew exactly what to do for the rehearsal, and the day of the ceremony she helped us all walk through the steps one more time. The actual ceremony was heart-felt, touching and everything we had imagined. Thank you for your wonderful service! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Simone was great! She was very kind and warm. We loved our ceremony and found it to be very personal to us. Her pre-marital counseling was fantastic. Those rates were very reasonable and allowed us to get to know her, and vice versa, better. I would recommend her again and again!
Rev. Simone was great! She was very kind and warm. We loved our ceremony and found it to be very personal to us. Her Read more...
Rev. Simone was great! She was very kind and warm. We loved our ceremony and found it to be very personal to us. Her pre-marital counseling was fantastic. Those rates were very reasonable and allowed us to get to know her, and vice versa, better. I would recommend her again and again! Read less
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LeAnna
Wedding:
8/15/2014
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough about Simone. She is utterly AMAZING! She went above and beyond and I simply love her! I would absolutely recommend her!
I can't say enough about Simone. She is utterly AMAZING! She went above and beyond and I simply love her! I would Read more...
I can't say enough about Simone. She is utterly AMAZING! She went above and beyond and I simply love her! I would absolutely recommend her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have asked for a better officiant to marry us. Simone was wonderful in every way. She worked with us to create the perfect ceremony that was just us. Many of our guests came up to us after saying how beautiful our ceremony was.
We couldn't have asked for a better officiant to marry us. Simone was wonderful in every way. She worked with us to create Read more...
We couldn't have asked for a better officiant to marry us. Simone was wonderful in every way. She worked with us to create the perfect ceremony that was just us. Many of our guests came up to us after saying how beautiful our ceremony was. Read less
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Carl
Wedding:
6/8/2014
5.0/5.0
I don't know where to begin.
We were recommended to Rev. Shepard by family friends. Our first meeting was brief, but she was very pleasant to talk to, and quite professional. She quickly was able to help us create a plan for our ceremony that was not only unique, but adapted several times as we learned more about what we wanted. She was quick to respond, and patient when we needed more time, and always willing to incorporate new ideas without complaint, and often with suggestions that complemented the changes. When the wedding day came, we were struck with a bout of extraordinarily strong weather. In the madness that should have ensued, she helped the party adapt quickly to a change of plans, and delivered an exceptional ceremony. She always managed to keep what we wanted of our voice to show through as a priority, and we still are hearing comments from our guests about how incredible she was. We highly recommend her.
I don't know where to begin.
We were recommended to Rev. Shepard by family friends. Our first meeting was brief, but Read more...
I don't know where to begin.
We were recommended to Rev. Shepard by family friends. Our first meeting was brief, but she was very pleasant to talk to, and quite professional. She quickly was able to help us create a plan for our ceremony that was not only unique, but adapted several times as we learned more about what we wanted. She was quick to respond, and patient when we needed more time, and always willing to incorporate new ideas without complaint, and often with suggestions that complemented the changes. When the wedding day came, we were struck with a bout of extraordinarily strong weather. In the madness that should have ensued, she helped the party adapt quickly to a change of plans, and delivered an exceptional ceremony. She always managed to keep what we wanted of our voice to show through as a priority, and we still are hearing comments from our guests about how incredible she was. We highly recommend her. Read less
Services Used: Officiant

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