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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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Caroline
Wedding:
11/3/2016
5.0/5.0
Rev. Simone Shepard was awesome! We were able to FaceTime for our meetings with her which made it super convenient for our busy schedules (and being a couple+ hrs away from her). She was available for our Thursday evening wedding which was also a plus. She wrote a beautiful ceremony for us and went into great detail getting to know us in order to make sure it fit us perfectly. She was always professional and very responsive to the many emails we exchanged. She arrived the day of the wedding and immediately started coordinating with other vendors to make sure everyone was on the same page. We are so thankful we came across her and couldn't have been happier with how our ceremony went!
Rev. Simone Shepard was awesome! We were able to FaceTime for our meetings with her which made it super convenient for our Read more...
Rev. Simone Shepard was awesome! We were able to FaceTime for our meetings with her which made it super convenient for our busy schedules (and being a couple+ hrs away from her). She was available for our Thursday evening wedding which was also a plus. She wrote a beautiful ceremony for us and went into great detail getting to know us in order to make sure it fit us perfectly. She was always professional and very responsive to the many emails we exchanged. She arrived the day of the wedding and immediately started coordinating with other vendors to make sure everyone was on the same page. We are so thankful we came across her and couldn't have been happier with how our ceremony went! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
10/29/2016
5.0/5.0
Simone was a truly wonderful minister and she made our wedding ceremony perfect! She was so kind and caring, and adapted our ceremony to suit us perfectly. She communicated with us very clearly and efficiently, and answered any question we had along the way. She also coordinated our wedding rehearsal, and the ceremony the day of. My husband and I are so very proud to have had her marry us, and I would recommend her to any loving couple looking for a terrific minister!
Simone was a truly wonderful minister and she made our wedding ceremony perfect! She was so kind and caring, and adapted Read more...
Simone was a truly wonderful minister and she made our wedding ceremony perfect! She was so kind and caring, and adapted our ceremony to suit us perfectly. She communicated with us very clearly and efficiently, and answered any question we had along the way. She also coordinated our wedding rehearsal, and the ceremony the day of. My husband and I are so very proud to have had her marry us, and I would recommend her to any loving couple looking for a terrific minister! Read less
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Lori
Wedding:
10/8/2016
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough about Simone Shepard , she is the BEST ever ! My husband & I are so blessed to have met her , and share our special day with such a beautiful person. Our wedding day was wonderful not only because of our Love , but because of the true compassionate person Simone was that day and the entire time working with her. We both feel very lucky to had had her apart of our special day and friendship . We Love you Simone ! Shane & Lori Spencer
I can't say enough about Simone Shepard , she is the BEST ever ! My husband & I are so blessed to have met her , and share Read more...
I can't say enough about Simone Shepard , she is the BEST ever ! My husband & I are so blessed to have met her , and share our special day with such a beautiful person. Our wedding day was wonderful not only because of our Love , but because of the true compassionate person Simone was that day and the entire time working with her. We both feel very lucky to had had her apart of our special day and friendship . We Love you Simone ! Shane & Lori Spencer Read less
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Alli
Wedding:
10/1/2016
5.0/5.0
Simone was great! I planned my wedding from out of state, so we did everything through Skype. She wrote a beautiful sermon for us after talking with us and truly made it personal. I never felt like she was trying to plug our details into a template. She helped us include everyone in our wedding and even made a few suggestions based off of what she had seen work well in the past. She showed up looking professional and her garments matched well with the wedding party. She travelled from out of town to be there the night before and attend our wedding rehearsal. She showed up to the rehearsal and helped to get everyone into place and organized the rehearsal for us. She was even thoughtful enough to move to the side so our photographer could get a first kiss photo of just my husband and I! I couldn't have been more pleased with our selection in Simone and I got many compliments on how well the ceremony went.
Simone was great! I planned my wedding from out of state, so we did everything through Skype. She wrote a beautiful sermon Read more...
Simone was great! I planned my wedding from out of state, so we did everything through Skype. She wrote a beautiful sermon for us after talking with us and truly made it personal. I never felt like she was trying to plug our details into a template. She helped us include everyone in our wedding and even made a few suggestions based off of what she had seen work well in the past. She showed up looking professional and her garments matched well with the wedding party. She travelled from out of town to be there the night before and attend our wedding rehearsal. She showed up to the rehearsal and helped to get everyone into place and organized the rehearsal for us. She was even thoughtful enough to move to the side so our photographer could get a first kiss photo of just my husband and I! I couldn't have been more pleased with our selection in Simone and I got many compliments on how well the ceremony went. Read less
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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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