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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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Chris
Wedding:
3/30/2013
5.0/5.0
There are so many wonderful things that I can say about Rev. Simone. I think most important is that she was willing to help us out with the wording, all the while letting us be ourselves and come up with fun and crazy things to incorporate into the ceremony. She was very laid back and easy to talk to. She is very down to earth and wanted to make our day special for us. Not once did I feel like I was being judged for some goofy idea I had that I wanted to incorporate into the ceremony. I feel like I have made a friend for life in Rev. Simone. She is so wonderful.
There are so many wonderful things that I can say about Rev. Simone. I think most important is that she was willing to Read more...
There are so many wonderful things that I can say about Rev. Simone. I think most important is that she was willing to help us out with the wording, all the while letting us be ourselves and come up with fun and crazy things to incorporate into the ceremony. She was very laid back and easy to talk to. She is very down to earth and wanted to make our day special for us. Not once did I feel like I was being judged for some goofy idea I had that I wanted to incorporate into the ceremony. I feel like I have made a friend for life in Rev. Simone. She is so wonderful. Read less
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Kaija
Wedding:
11/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Flawless "I do's."

Simone's demeanor is warm, inviting and caring. She was very organized and listened to our wishes and delivered just that - a perfectly customized ceremony. Simone was a breeze to work with and her services are very reasonably priced. An example of how she went above and beyond, was during our rehearsal ceremony, I had expressed some concern that I was nervous that I'd forget everything we rehearsed for our wedding the next day. She reassured me then and there that she would lead me through a successful ceremony yet I even received an unexpected call from Simone the morning of our wedding just to check in and make sure my nerves weren't getting the best of me. Her calm voice and continuous support meant the world to me! I'm so happy to say that the ceremony was flawless! Thank you Simone for an unforgettable wedding day!
Flawless "I do's."

Simone's demeanor is warm, inviting and caring. She was very organized and listened to our Read more...
Flawless "I do's."

Simone's demeanor is warm, inviting and caring. She was very organized and listened to our wishes and delivered just that - a perfectly customized ceremony. Simone was a breeze to work with and her services are very reasonably priced. An example of how she went above and beyond, was during our rehearsal ceremony, I had expressed some concern that I was nervous that I'd forget everything we rehearsed for our wedding the next day. She reassured me then and there that she would lead me through a successful ceremony yet I even received an unexpected call from Simone the morning of our wedding just to check in and make sure my nerves weren't getting the best of me. Her calm voice and continuous support meant the world to me! I'm so happy to say that the ceremony was flawless! Thank you Simone for an unforgettable wedding day! Read less
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E
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev Simone is absolutely wonderful. We feel blessed to have met her and have her preside over our wedding ceremony. We truly appreciated that she listened to us and allowed us the opportunity to interact with her on the decisions of what to include, and not to include, in our service. She was helpful, warm, fun and our whole family enjoyed meeting her! In a time of high stress, she made us feel relaxed and confident that all the details of our ceremony were handled. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a fabulous ceremony! Scott & Elise
Rev Simone is absolutely wonderful. We feel blessed to have met her and have her preside over our wedding ceremony. We Read more...
Rev Simone is absolutely wonderful. We feel blessed to have met her and have her preside over our wedding ceremony. We truly appreciated that she listened to us and allowed us the opportunity to interact with her on the decisions of what to include, and not to include, in our service. She was helpful, warm, fun and our whole family enjoyed meeting her! In a time of high stress, she made us feel relaxed and confident that all the details of our ceremony were handled. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a fabulous ceremony! Scott & Elise Read less
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Zareen
Wedding:
10/21/2012
5.0/5.0
I found Reverend Simone Shepard on Wedding Wire and it was one of the best decisions I made for the wedding. She truly did a wonderful job with our ceremony.

She was such a great find! Since my husband and I came from different religious background, it was important to me to find someone who could blend both into our wedding ceremony. I was raised as a Muslim and my husband was from a Christian background and Simone created a ceremony that incorporated both religions. The ceremony was truly magical and special to us. She was easily accessible and very responsive. Overall my husband and I loved everything she did and she is such a genuine one-of-a-kind person and officiant.
I found Reverend Simone Shepard on Wedding Wire and it was one of the best decisions I made for the wedding. She truly did Read more...
I found Reverend Simone Shepard on Wedding Wire and it was one of the best decisions I made for the wedding. She truly did a wonderful job with our ceremony.

She was such a great find! Since my husband and I came from different religious background, it was important to me to find someone who could blend both into our wedding ceremony. I was raised as a Muslim and my husband was from a Christian background and Simone created a ceremony that incorporated both religions. The ceremony was truly magical and special to us. She was easily accessible and very responsive. Overall my husband and I loved everything she did and she is such a genuine one-of-a-kind person and officiant. Read less
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Cory
Wedding:
10/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Simone is awesome. We found her here on wedding wire and loved her great reviews so we contacted her and when we met we knew she was going to be the person to marry us. We had no idea what we wanted to do but we knew we didn't want anything to fancy. She wrote wonderful words that described us just based on meeting us. We met with her as many times as we wanted to ensure that our wedding was exactly what we were looking for. She even sent us examples of wedding vows since we were having trouble writing out own. We had last minute changes to the wedding party and plans changed the day of our wedding and she was fiine with all the changes and rolled with them. Simone is fantastic we are so blessed to have met her and have her conduct our ceremony. We will be keeping in touch with her since she was that awesome. We have been recommending her to everyone that we know getting married in the area. She is the best!
Simone is awesome. We found her here on wedding wire and loved her great reviews so we contacted her and when we met we Read more...
Simone is awesome. We found her here on wedding wire and loved her great reviews so we contacted her and when we met we knew she was going to be the person to marry us. We had no idea what we wanted to do but we knew we didn't want anything to fancy. She wrote wonderful words that described us just based on meeting us. We met with her as many times as we wanted to ensure that our wedding was exactly what we were looking for. She even sent us examples of wedding vows since we were having trouble writing out own. We had last minute changes to the wedding party and plans changed the day of our wedding and she was fiine with all the changes and rolled with them. Simone is fantastic we are so blessed to have met her and have her conduct our ceremony. We will be keeping in touch with her since she was that awesome. We have been recommending her to everyone that we know getting married in the area. She is the best! Read less
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Sylvia
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Simone was truly a joy to work with as we planned our wedding! My husband and I struggled at the beginning of our engagement to design a wedding ceremony that would meet both of our spiritual beliefs. When we found Rev. Simone, we were so pleased with her! She made the ceremony so easy to plan. We appreciated her openness to what we wanted to do, her warmth, and her genuine joy for our marriage. We had a beautiful ceremony that moved us and our guests on our special day! Thank you Rev. Simone!

Sylvia
Rev. Simone was truly a joy to work with as we planned our wedding! My husband and I struggled at the beginning of our Read more...
Rev. Simone was truly a joy to work with as we planned our wedding! My husband and I struggled at the beginning of our engagement to design a wedding ceremony that would meet both of our spiritual beliefs. When we found Rev. Simone, we were so pleased with her! She made the ceremony so easy to plan. We appreciated her openness to what we wanted to do, her warmth, and her genuine joy for our marriage. We had a beautiful ceremony that moved us and our guests on our special day! Thank you Rev. Simone!

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Jessica
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Simone was the perfect choice for our wedding officiant. Within minutes of meeting Simone, it was evident that she was going to be a wonderful officiant. She took the time to get to know my husband and me, our relationship, and our hopes for the future. At no point did she attempt to influence or change the type of ceremony we wanted, something that was very important to us. The address she wrote was very personal and meaningful to us. Our friends and family at the ceremony continue to comment on how beautiful it was. To say we loved working with Simone would be an understatement.
Simone was the perfect choice for our wedding officiant. Within minutes of meeting Simone, it was evident that she was Read more...
Simone was the perfect choice for our wedding officiant. Within minutes of meeting Simone, it was evident that she was going to be a wonderful officiant. She took the time to get to know my husband and me, our relationship, and our hopes for the future. At no point did she attempt to influence or change the type of ceremony we wanted, something that was very important to us. The address she wrote was very personal and meaningful to us. Our friends and family at the ceremony continue to comment on how beautiful it was. To say we loved working with Simone would be an understatement. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Simone was wonderful from start to finish, she provided an excellent experience for my husband and I. From the very first meeting she made us feel completley comfortable with the entire process, she listened to the ideas that we had and provided great suggestions as well. We reviewed many profiles of Officiants on the Wedding Wire site but there was something about Rev. Simone's profile that let us know she was the one to help make our day so incredibly special. Rev. Simone we can't thank you enough for the attentiveness you provided us, you were always there when we needed you...words can't describe how grateful we are to you for being apart of our special day. You're the best!!
Rev. Simone was wonderful from start to finish, she provided an excellent experience for my husband and I. From the very Read more...
Rev. Simone was wonderful from start to finish, she provided an excellent experience for my husband and I. From the very first meeting she made us feel completley comfortable with the entire process, she listened to the ideas that we had and provided great suggestions as well. We reviewed many profiles of Officiants on the Wedding Wire site but there was something about Rev. Simone's profile that let us know she was the one to help make our day so incredibly special. Rev. Simone we can't thank you enough for the attentiveness you provided us, you were always there when we needed you...words can't describe how grateful we are to you for being apart of our special day. You're the best!! Read less
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Nicolette
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Simone was a dream every step of the way - personable, genuine and professional.

We wanted a ceremony that was personal to us and Simone worked with us to craft our vision, going back and forth on the details and even the wording. We incorporated a wine box ceremony that we'd never seen done before - had only read about online. It came off beautifully. Her calm friendly energy guided us painlessly towards our perfect ceremony. Her delivery at the wedding was warm and comforting, radiating positive energy.

We feel very lucky to have found her! I cannot recommend her enough.
Simone was a dream every step of the way - personable, genuine and professional.

We wanted a ceremony that was Read more...
Simone was a dream every step of the way - personable, genuine and professional.

We wanted a ceremony that was personal to us and Simone worked with us to craft our vision, going back and forth on the details and even the wording. We incorporated a wine box ceremony that we'd never seen done before - had only read about online. It came off beautifully. Her calm friendly energy guided us painlessly towards our perfect ceremony. Her delivery at the wedding was warm and comforting, radiating positive energy.

We feel very lucky to have found her! I cannot recommend her enough. Read less
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Daphne
Wedding:
10/28/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev Simone, made our day and the days leading up to it amazing! She took time out to get to know my husband and myself and to write a personalized ceremony for us on our day. She definetly went above and beyond to learn about us and to help us learn about ourselves individually and in our realationship as a unit. I appreciate everything Simone taught us and everything she did to share and join in with us on our special day!
Rev Simone, made our day and the days leading up to it amazing! She took time out to get to know my husband and myself and Read more...
Rev Simone, made our day and the days leading up to it amazing! She took time out to get to know my husband and myself and to write a personalized ceremony for us on our day. She definetly went above and beyond to learn about us and to help us learn about ourselves individually and in our realationship as a unit. I appreciate everything Simone taught us and everything she did to share and join in with us on our special day! Read less
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