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The rehearsal is one hour – twice the length of every other priest / pastor / officiant & twice the length of the ceremony (in a Style #1 ceremony). Everyone will practice the processional twice.

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Creating our wedding ceremony was amazing!

Once we met with Reverend Phil for the free meeting, we knew he was the officiant we wanted. We were wanting our ceremony to be unique and something new for our guests to experience. I loved being a part of every single step in planning our ceremony. Phil shared great ideas and we were the ones who decided on the final script. He was very responsive when we needed to add or take away from the script. It was amazing being able to create our vision with how we wanted the ceremony to go. We were so relaxed after having our rehearsal because Reverend Phil went step by step with us. We planned on having our ceremony outside, but unfortunately it rained the day of our wedding. I wasn’t too upset because the night before we practiced our ceremony inside and out.  Our ceremony was exactly how we wanted it to be. Guests kept coming up to us saying how special and beautiful it was. With sharing our love story, family and friends were able to learn more about our relationship and how much we love each other. You want the ceremony to be as special as you can and I feel Reverend Phil was able to make that possible for us. If you are in the process of searching for an officiant I would suggest doing the free meeting with Phil. You will be able to see in person what he can offer. – Terry & Josh, Chevy Chase Country Club,

From the moment we met Rev. Phil we knew that we wanted him to perform our wedding ceremony. He was very experienced, organized and trustworthy – every brides dream! The planning sessions we had with Rev. Phil showed us that he wanted to take the time to get to know us personally to make sure that our ceremony was perfect. He sent us many drafts of the ceremony throughout the planning process to ensure that everything was to our liking. He was very easy to communicate with and would respond to emails promptly.
Our wedding rehearsal was very organized and our entire wedding party was thankful they knew what was expected of them. The day of our wedding Rev. Phil was on time, looked professional and delivered a wonderful ceremony. We both laughed a lot and shed a few tears – it was very moving. Many of our wedding guests told us that it was the best wedding ceremony they ever attended. Even to this day some of our family and friends still talk about it. If you desire organization, professionalism and having the best, most meaningful wedding ceremony I highly recommend Rev. Phil.

– Jillianne & Michael, Ruffled Feathers Golf Club, Lemont

Wow! Our ceremony was amazing, it turned out even better than we expected. Rev. Phil made it so personal to us and he even tied in some Jewish traditions since my husband is Jewish. We got to see and make changes to our ceremony script so that it would be exactly how we wanted it. We did a rehearsal the day of quickly before the ceremony and he was right to the point! Everyone knew what to do once he went through everything.The ceremony was beautiful; people laughed, people cried, people paid attention! Ceremonies can get long and boring and many of them sound the same…well, not ours! People told us how sweet and personal it was and people who didn’t know us as well as a couple said they loved hearing about our story and the personal things about us. We did not intend on spending this amount on an officiate. It sounded like way too much. However, after meeting with Rev. Phil, we decided that if were willing to spend so much money on flowers, the bar, and all those others things, why not spend a little more on the part that the day is all about – the actual ceremony! I’m so glad that we decided to go over budget when it came to who married us and directed the whole ceremony. He set everything up, which was helpful because we had no idea how to do that. He did an amazing job and we highly recommend him for ANY wedding! Totally worth it!

— Amanda & Hollund, Bottom Lounge, Chicago, for gold + love story


Words cannot express how indebted we are to Phil. Our original Reverend had to drop out a couple weeks before the wedding and we were left in a panic trying to find someone who was not only available but experienced enough to wrangle our unruly party. Phil, took us on and worked within our budget to provide us with a very personalized wedding experience we loved. A couple days before my wedding my grandfather passed away further complicating our schedule and Phil was so flexible and easy to work with. Even when the chaos felt like it would overwhelm us he stepped in and guided us through the turmoil. Phil is worth every penny. If you are looking for someone who can bring order to the chaos of your life, and translate the special moments of your relationship into a ceremony for your friends and family you should look no further! My mom could not stop smiling after her interactions with him during the rehearsal; we went to sleep that night knowing our wedding day was going to be the best day of our lives. Thank you Phil for keeping our dream on track and guiding us through the first day of our lives as man and wife!

– Sammy & Erik, Trinity Chapel, Wheaton

‘Meet’ Rev. Phil for a FREE unhurried consultation. He will take time to get to know you.

You will get an email with dates to Zoom.

If he is not available, he will refer you someone on his team who is.

If Style #3 might be for you, then he will get and share the beginning of your love story when you ‘meet’! No other officiant does that.