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Shannon Pickens · Getting married on 04/08/2022
We were introduced to Jill via the Elope to Chicago company after our original wedding plans were derailed due to CoVID-19. Jill was so helpful during the process of deciding what we did and did not want in our ceremony and I feel like she really “got” us after our consultation phone call. She was super professional, a great public speaker, and really helped make our elopement special. Would highly recommend Reverend Jill for your officiant!Sent on 08/31/2020
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Thank you for your kind recommendation! Celebrating with you and Keven and Fluffy was great fun and a true honor to officiate for you! All the best to you all! Jill
Stacy B · Getting married on 02/09/2022
The perfect small ceremony
We had planned a larger, international ceremony in June 2020. We had to postpone for multitude of reasons, but we still wanted to get married in 2020. The courthouse was booked out for months and we had a mild panic cause we were trying to plan only 2 weeks out from the new wedding date. Jill was recommended to us by another officiant and I'm so happy that happened! Jill was very responsive over email and her getting to know us chat was really fun and got deeper than expected. She worked all these little details from that chat into our short ceremony which was so unexpected since we did request the basic elopement type ceremony. Additionally, we had a family emergency the week of the ceremony and she was very understanding and flexible. We were definitely not the best couple in terms of organization or communication, but she kept us on track which was so vital. Also, she was a true expert in returning the license which is needed.Sent on 10/12/2020
We highly recommend Jill and if our postponed larger ceremony was in Chicago, we'd be hiring her again. I've described the day as perfect and Jill was a major part of that perfection.
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Stacy,
Christina Doherty · Getting married on 06/11/2021
Jill made it so magical!
Throughout our planning, Jill really took an invested interest in us and it showed in our ceremony. She customized everything to our love story and journey and truly made it so special. Her warm presence made it so easy to be open with her and in turn it made our ceremony more personable. I recommend Jill 100% for anyone!Sent on 12/08/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Thank you so much for your kind words, Christina. It was an honor to officiate for you and Dylan and a true pleasure to word with you to tell your beautiful story of love and commitment. Much happiness to you!
Ian Horne · Getting married on 12/03/2020
Jill did an incredible job at planning and officiating our ceremony. We only met with her in person one time before the rehearsal for 3 hours and from that one meeting and a few questionnaires, she was able to design a beautiful wedding ceremony that perfectly captured our relationship. All of our family and friends were very moved by the ceremony. Many of them walked up to us afterwards and asked if she has known us for years; she was able to make our ceremony that personal.Sent on 04/21/2019
We could not have been happier with the service!
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Ian and Mickella,
Gretchen Hickman · Married on 10/09/2020
Jill was absolutely terrific!
Bobby and I loved working with Jill. Because of Covid-19 we had to cancel our destination wedding plans. Jill stepped right in, and worked with us to develop a new, beautiful ceremony that incorporated many elements from our original plans. Thank you for making our day so special Jill!Sent on 09/15/2020
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Thank you, Gretchen! The pleasure was all mine. You and Bobby were such a joy to work with and it was an honor to celebrate your love!
Erin R Tepastte · Married on 07/11/2020
Officiant for wedding
Jill is very professional and well spoken. She talked with us to get to know us and personalize the ceremony script. The ceremony was created especially for us. It was truly special and touching. Highly recommend.Sent on 07/13/2020
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Erin, it was such a pleasure to marry you and Thomas. Thank you for your kind words. All happiness to you both! Jill
Ashley Orosz · Married on 05/05/2020
Personable, lighthearted, and meaningful.
I am tearing up writing this review. Jill is such an amazing person. She is SO sweet, calm, and professional; all qualities a Type A Bride appreciates beyond measure. In fact, after one phone call with Jill, I knew she was “the one” to officiate for my husband and I. She was so accommodating and respectful of our vision, curating an extremely thoughtful script that documented our journey together. Jill is a stellar professional and I honestly feel sorry for everyone who does not utilize her. 10/10, would get married again 😉Sent on 05/22/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Ashley, you and Brendan were a dream couple for me! Sometimes the perfect connection happens and all parties are lucky! Thank you for choosing me to share in your day and thank you so much for this wonderful review. Many, many years of happiness to you both! xo
Spencer Blaney · Married on 12/10/2019
Responsive and organized with a personalized ceremony
Jill was the best officiant we could have hoped for. She is extremely professional yet personable. Rest assured you will be in good hands with someone who has the experience of officiating many weddings. Jill will tailor the ceremony to your specific needs.Sent on 10/17/2019
When you are planning for a wedding things get hectic and it is easy to get overwhelmed with everything that needs to get done. Jill kept us on track and was proactive with communication to make sure we were prepared for ceremony. She was responsive to our emails and accommodating to our changing schedule.
Early on Jill will provide each of you a questionnaire to complete with questions about your relationship with eachother as well as other personal details. She takes these questionnaires and creates a narrative story that is personal and specific to every couple to be read at the ceremony. It is apparent she takes her time to write these couples stories and it is not something that is quickly thrown together. At the end you will have editorial discretion to revise your story to what you feel comfortable with. There was very little we felt we wanted to change.
We 100% recommend Jill to be your officiant.
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Spencer and Fabi,
Jenny Luo · Married on 12/07/2019
Truly a special person!
Jill was amazing through this entire process. She was very easy to work with and incredibly personable, and it was easy to see that she was genuinely invested in our relationship and telling our story. She was open minded and willing to learn and do research and worked hard to write a script that really brought out who we are - not easy for an unconventional couple like us! We got so many compliments from our guests on how well-spoken she was and how sweet the ceremony was! So glad we went with her.Sent on 12/08/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Jenny, it was such a pleasure to work with you and Ken and to learn about your online world! I so enjoyed exploring and creating with you and I'm so glad your guests appreciated our collaboration! I felt a lot of love for you and Ken in that room: everyone there is fortunate to be connected! All the best to you both!
Elise Gonzalez · Married on 11/09/2019
Full of care, compassion, and enthusiasm!
Jill was so amazing to work with. She took about an hour to chat with me and me then fiancé (now husband) on the phone about our story and got to know us to be able to craft her words for our ceremony. She provided us with options for standard vows but was absolutely flexible when we decided to go our own route. She showed so much care and enthusiasm when working with us to tell our story, and it showed beautifully during our ceremony. We were so happy to have selected Jill and I’d highly recommend her.Sent on 12/15/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Elise and Alex, such a joyful, love-filled intimate wedding to be a part of! It was a true pleasure to work with you and to contribute to your special day! All the best to you and thank you for my 100th WW review!! Jill
Michele Mcmanmon · Married on 10/11/2019
Calm, focused, uniquely special officiant
Jill went above & beyond even learning a new ethnic ritual we added to the ceremony. She executed this ritual smoothly and beautifully along with the rest of the ceremony. She really kept us organized and made helpful suggestions throughout our process as well as being extremely communicative. We'd recommend her for any wedding because she is a very special person, has a great sense of humor and a calming personality. We already recommended her to friends getting married in 2020!!!Sent on 11/10/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Michele,
Brittani · Married on 09/14/2019
Jill is a genius at what she does
Jill made our ceremony simply amazing. Often couples and guests think this is the part to rush through to get to the next event.... but really this is the most important time to be present. Jill takes the time to get to know you as a couple and as separate people to make a ceremony one could only dream possible.
Jill makes a lifetime memorable event...a week later and many people are still commenting on on how wonderful the ceremony was and... we couldn't be happier.
Jill is a genius at what she does!Sent on 09/27/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Brittani and Ambrose,
Jose Randall · Married on 08/13/2019
Thank You Jill Brown!
We are grateful to Jill for presiding over our wedding ceremony. Her approach and flexibility were perfect for our situation (interfaith, etc.). From our experience we learned that the reviews we read prior to working with her did not adequately describe her value. She is a wonderful person as well as an excellent celebrant! We enjoyed the opportunity to meet Jill and to have her share in our special commitment to each other. - JR and JSSent on 08/13/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Thank you so much for your kind words, Jose! I so enjoyed working with you and your beautiful bride and I am honored to have witnessed your love and commitment to each other! I wish all good things and a happy, happy life together! Jill
R · Married on 08/10/2019
A lovely custom ceremony
Jill was the officiant at our wedding, and truly a delight to work with. We wanted a warm ceremony that truly reflected us, and Jill's process for creating one was a wonderful, reflective activity during a very hectic engagement period! As a bride I was extremely nervous about the ceremony and its tone, but Jill's professionalism and thoroughness assuaged all of my worries. She wrote a moving ceremony script, was responsive to our edits, and delivered it beautifully at our wedding. We can't recommend her highly enough!Sent on 01/01/2020
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Thank you, Rachel! It was a true pleasure working and creating with you and Ben! Happy wishes to you for a long and happy marriage!
Nova K · Married on 08/04/2019
Jill is the cherry on top of a wonderful ceremony
I can't imagine anyone but Jill to have lead our wedding ceremony, it was beautifully written and delivered. Jill is a skilled writer and genuinely feels for her couples. She spoke of my partner and I's journey, capturing all our challenges and triumphs in such a heartfelt way. We had our guests laughing and crying throughout! Even now, people will tell us how moving and beautiful the ceremony was. And Jill was a major part of that. When we were planning, my partner and I were very mindful of who we selected as the officiant as they set the tone of the ceremony. We talked to multiple officiants who never really fit our personal dynamic. Jill was recommended to us and we are so glad she was! A major challenge during our planning was that were were doing it from a distance. So it was vital that our officiant would be to work with us from afar. Jill was so flexible, we had calls and talked over email, planning was a breeze. She gave us a timeline of what to expect, such as get to know you questions, selecting readings, and when to get our vows done. We appreciate how organized she was, she kept us on track! We both had our vows finalized days before the wedding so there was no last minute crunch. Working with her was stress free. She was reliable and communicative, it made the wedding planning process so much easier. She also looked out for us during the ceremony, reminding us (mainly me) that it was okay to take a moment for myself. Jill is wonderful and she writes and speaks beautifully. She told our story and all the things we have to look forward to in our married lives. She made the first steps in our married lives a perfect one.Sent on 10/08/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Nova,
Amy Gonzalez · Married on 05/26/2019
Warm memories and exceptional experience!
We had the pleasure of working with Jill during our wedding ceremony last May at the Chicago History Museum. From our very first visit with Jill to the actual day, she was always genuinely interested in getting to know us as a couple and our story. She was very detailed, thorough, creative, fun, thoughtful and professional. We highly recommend working with Jill and were honored to have her as our officiant on our wedding day! Thank you Jill - we loved working with you!Sent on 10/25/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Working with you and Patrick was a true delight and I appreciate how easily we worked together to create a ceremony that truly reflected your love. I know it's the kickoff to a long and happy marriage!
Walker Van Dixhorn · Married on 05/25/2019
Absolutely amazing - a perfect day curated by the wonderful Jill Brown! Highly recommend!
Jill was absolutely incredible. We talked with her over the phone first, then met with her in person. She really wanted to get to know us personally and that allowed her to write a truly beautiful ceremony. On the day of the ceremony she arrived promptly, and did a great job of helping us to organize our guests and start the ceremony on time. The readings she helped us choose were absolutely perfect, and her delivery was outstanding. My favorite part was the personal touches she added about me and my wife. She made our guests laugh and cry, and the ceremony flowed beautifully. My wife and I cannot speak highly enough of Jill - she is truly fantastic. We also received multiple compliments on the service from many of our guests. 10/10 - we HIGHLY recommend her services. Thank you Jill for helping make our day absolutely perfect!Sent on 05/29/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Thank you for your kind workds, Walker! It is easy to create a perfect event when the clients are perfect to work with! Such a pleasure to be a part of your journey to forever!
Ashley Parker · Married on 05/07/2019
Intimate and personalized
Jill was amazing and so sweet! Her script was personalized for us and gave us the opportunity to write our own vows. That being said, she even stepped away while we were reading them to eachother a chance to have pictures with just us two during the ceremony, which is something I never even thought about.Sent on 05/16/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Thanks so much, Ashley! It was so fun to work with you and Aaron and to witness your vow exchange in such a lovely space. Your love was in full blossom along with the flowers!! All the best to you both!!
lexi · Married on 03/16/2019
Thoughtful, Funny and HIGHLY recommend!
I chose Jill to be our officiant based on the instant draw I had to her over the phone. Her presence is calming and cheerful. She draws her inspiration from the personality of her clients and you can that she carefully crafts each word of her script to accurately reflect her experience and perception of the couple. I received SO many compliments on our ceremony - guests loved Jill's thoughtful words, light hearted presence and the fact that they could tell she spoke from a genuine place as she shared about our love story and connection. Jill we can't thank you enough! You made us feel comfortable in a situation that took us out of our comfort zone and the love was felt throughout the room.Sent on 07/28/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Thank you so much, Lexi! You and Dan made my work so easy to do! I always smiled each time I saw your name in my inbox! True connections with couples is the best part of my work and I have loved working with you and Dan. May you have many, many years of happiness together! XO
Marc · Married on 01/26/2019
We needed an officiant on relatively short notice. Jill was extremely responsive and crafted a perfect ceremony for us on an abbreviated schedule. She was perfect and her ceremony was a real highlight for our guests.Sent on 02/15/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Marc, working with you and Kim was a delight. I believe we created a warm and welcoming wedding celebration for your family and friends on a chilly January day! May you two enjoy many years of love and happiness.
Kate Mcgregor · Married on 01/12/2019
The perfect wedding
Having Jill as our officiant was the best decision we ever made for our wedding. Professional, open, dedicated and warm, she really got to know us and cared not only about the day itself but Phil and I as a couple. I cannot recommend her highly enough. The wedding itself was personal, emotional and true to us in every way. Thank you Jill xxxSent on 01/23/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Kate, you and Phil created a joyful collaboration and I am so honored to have met you and worked with you. I look forward to following your journey from afar (literally)!
AmyV · Married on 12/30/2018
Jill made our day together one we will always remember. She was incredibly kind, wrote a beautiful ceremony for us, printed out our vows, used a poem we liked and, listened to what we wanted and had great insights for us. My husband and I would highly recommend her services.Sent on 01/07/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Thank you so much, Amy! I so enjoyed creating and working with you...the setting and the pure joy and love between you are just a few of the ways I'll remember you!
Gerry · Married on 12/09/2018
Personal and perfect
We found Jill online because of the great reviews. And she lived up to every one of them! We wanted a simple ceremony in front of some friends and talked to Jill about it the week before. She must have written everything down because the detail and personal touches she put into our ceremony we’re perfect. She brought us to tears and made our evening perfect. Thank you Jill for everything.Sent on 12/16/2018
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Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:It was truly my pleasure to officiate your ceremony. I wish you many happy years of joyful marriage!
Amanda Reagan · Married on 12/08/2018
A perfect match
I was lucky enough to get some referrals that led me to Jill, and I'm so thrilled that she was the officiant for our wedding. Finding the right officiant isn't exactly easy — we put a lot of effort towards creating a celebration that felt true to us as a couple, and we didn't want to necessarily follow the normal flow or traditions of a wedding ceremony. Jill was a perfect partner in helping us create something uniquely meaningful to our relationship. She was warm, personable and inquisitive during each of our meetings. I was impressed on her skill at picking up all the small details of our relationship and crafting them into a compelling story for our wedding guests. She was so excited to help us craft the right type of unity ritual — she was a great creative partner and balanced our ideas with her sense of what would be most impactful for our event. I am so thrilled that the universe brought us together with Jill. Our wedding was a perfectly memorable event, and she played a huge role in making it so magical.Sent on 01/16/2019
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Amanda, you and Eric were dream clients! You created the perfect team and worked so well with us to bring your vision to fruition! It was my pleasure and honor to work with you. I too am grateful the Universe brought us together! I wish you both many years of happiness and joy.
Vanessa · Married on 10/05/2018
Our Perfect Ceremony!
Jill officiated our wedding early October and we were so happy with everything. When we met Jill in person, we knew right away she was a good fit for this important moment in our lives as she was extremely personable and really tried to get to know our story to make that the focus of the ceremony. We had a get to know you phone call and then sat with her for a couple of hours and chatted and she asked such great questions to get to know us! Many, many people came to us during our cocktail hour and commented on how much they loved the ceremony and were impressed by our officiant! The only small tweak we would have made would have been going through everything 2-3 times during the rehearsal instead of just once! The rehearsal was only about ~20 mins and when we were up there for the ceremony we forgot which way to turn at one point but Jill realized and handled it expertly. So grateful for Jill and her writing and speaking capabilities!!!Sent on 10/18/2018
Chicago Choice Ceremonies by Jill Brown's reply:Thanks so much! I so enjoyed meeting and working with you to create and deliver a memorable and authentic ceremony! Wishing you much love and happiness for the rest of your lives!