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Officiant in Chicago, IL,

Love Story Weddings, Rev. Brad Hughes

Serving Chicagoland and all destinations within
Chicago, IL, IL
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(815) 347-8785
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  • 157 Reviews


    Nina Fowler

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  • Working with Reverend Brad, was a pleasant experience. He was very accommodating and listened to our concerns, needs, and what would make our day perfect. He met with us on several occasions to work out the details and just to check in on us to see how we were doing with all the wedding planning. The day of the ceremony, was perfect. Our families enjoyed the ceremony which reflected my husband and I's personality. . While sharing love story and honoring our families cultural diversity. He offered little coaching instructions during the ceremony, and he would check on us, reminding us to breathe, laugh, and enjoy the day. His years of professionalism and experience made for an enjoyable and memorable ceremony. We had several compliments from our families on how much they enjoyed his ceremony and that it was perfect, entertaining, and romantic. My husband and I definitely recommend Reverend Brad.

    Kristian Villarreal

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  • We spoke with a bunch of officiants that just didn't fit what we were going for - a personalized and genuine experience. Brad sat down with us for around 2 hours discussing us as a couple and our love story before we even chose him as a vendor! This guy really puts his heart and soul into your wedding, and expertly crafted a beautiful script encompassing our entire love story from the time we met until then, that all of our attendees loved! I can't recommend him enough!

    Lauren Villarreal

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  • Rev. Brad was our officiant for our February 2020 wedding. I really can't recommend him enough! From our first conversation, Brad was friendly and so easy to work with. He really works to understand each couple that he is marrying and will have long conversations to dive into their history. During our ceremony, Brad was warm and a wonderful speaker. We received soo many compliments on his speech! Our guests really loved Brad and I am very happy that we went with him. He was a 10/10 officiant and I would choose him again any day of the week.

    Alyssa Hoehne

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  • We had a unique situation, and Brad handled it perfectly. My fiance and I found out a couple months after getting engaged that my mom was unfortunately going to pass before our wedding. For us, it was very important that the officiant we picked was able to do a small ceremony to include her, but also the ceremony at our big day. We explained the situation to Brad before having our video call with him, and he was eager to help. We setup a time to face time (Covid) and right away we clicked. He walked us through what to expect with the ceremony, and went through all the options he had to customize it for us. We truly felt like he was trying to get to know us, and had a genuine interest in how we wanted our day to feel. The day finally arrived for our elopement ceremony, and it was so special and filled with love. Everyone was laughing, crying, and really felt a part of that special day. He was able to perfectly capture the feeling we wanted and our guests couldn't stop talking a... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Alyssa! It was such a special thing you did for your mom before she passed. How could I not be a part of making your elopement day a beautiful memory for everyone involved... especially you. I too look forward to your big celebration in 2021! Let’s turn it up to 10 in honor of your mom! :) -Brad

    Kayla Stearns

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  • We loved working with Rev.Brad for our wedding! He was so kind, fun, and so flexible with what we wanted our ceremony to look like. He is so great at what he does and has an ability to make your guests laugh and relax, which I loved! I highly recommend.

    Nichole Carrasquillo

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  • My husband Eric and I initially hired Reverend Brad for our 100 person wedding planned for March 29, 2020. His vendor profile caught our eye because of the good reviews, his big smile, and the Journey t-shirt he wore as he officiated someone’s wedding (we’re big 80’s rock fans). Our initial communications with Rev. Brad were great. He responded quickly and didn’t badger us with constant phone calls/texts/emails while we narrowed down our top officiants to meet up with. Once we decided to meet with him, we had a long, in depth meeting that lasted more than an hour. He happily walked us through all wedding planning timelines and what documents we would need to get our marriage license, as well as what his services would look like. We loved how interested he was in our love story, interests, and desires for our wedding day. Six months later, it was time for our final meeting before the wedding. Rev. Brad took his time to create the perfect ceremony for us. The meeting took a... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Nichole! CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you for giving couples who need to postpone their wedding date HOPE to still be married in the meanwhile! It is such a joy working with you and Eric! We showed COVID who's boss and now we get to do it bigger & better! Let's make it everything you want it to be! Congrats again!! -Brad

    Ashley H

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  • Brad was absolutely amazing to work with. My husband and I knew as soon as we ended our wedding consultation FaceTime meeting with Brad that we wanted him to be our wedding officiant! He was so kind, caring and truly wanted to get to know us as a couple. He was very accommodating, organized, and was always there to answer any questions we may of had throughout the planning process. We really enjoyed planning our ceremony with him. Our wedding rehearsal went so smooth but most importantly, our wedding ceremony was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. It was everything we ever dreamed our wedding ceremony would be. We loved how personalized it was. We received so many compliments about our wedding ceremony from our family, friends, and guests! We would highly recommend Love Story Weddings!! Thank you for everything, Brad!

    Caroline Barounes

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  • Brad is absolutely amazing! After our first Skype call we knew that Brad had to be the one to marry us! He has such an amazing demeanor and was incredibly easy to work with. I have been to plenty of weddings, and typically (and unfortunately), ceremonies seem to be the least favorite/memorable part of attendees. But with Brad, he helped us create a really unique and exciting ceremony experience that we could not wait to share with our family and friends, he really truly helped to tell our love story :)

    Katie Wemhoff

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  • Rev. Brad made our quarantine wedding possible! We had a set date for April 11, 2020 but had to push that date back indefinitely. Brad continuously reached out to us with empathy and hope for a future date during the hard times when we didn’t know when we could get married. Fast forward to July and Brad had contacted us that Cook county was open once again and even gave us a contact to help speed the process along. Once we obtained our marriage license, Brad said he could officiate the day we asked, which was less than 72 hours away!! We are SO grateful for all of Brad’s help and support during these unprecedented times. Our small wedding ceremony was absolutely perfect! Brad made our love story come to life on a day that we will cherish forever. We laughed, we cried, and enjoyed every minute of the ceremony. Our friends and family (as well as the bride and groom) were in complete awe with how amazing Brad was! He took the time to really get to know us individually, and as a co... Read more

    Katelyn Blanchard

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  • Brad was originally scheduled to be our officiant for our wedding in Lake Geneva in June. As you can imagine, that day did not go forward, but Brad was great and agreed to come downtown to Chicago on a random weekday in the park to just get the legal part out of the way. Even though we were just doing it for legal purposes and only our parents were present, Brad still prepared a beautiful custom speech and made it an amazing mini-ceremony. I know that if we had had our big wedding as planned, Brad would have made it the perfect day!

    Megan Sienkowski

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  • If you're looking for an officiant for your wedding, your search is officially OVER! Rev Brad is INCREDIBLE. Here's the scoop: My husband and I just got married a couple weeks ago, but we have been working with Rev Brad for the last year or so. We bought a house a couple years ago, and haven't been able to find a church to call home yet. So, for our wedding, I was determined to find someone who was 1. Non denominational (my husband and I are different religions) 2. Not over-the-top religious (we were not planning on getting married in a church) and 3. Could balance love, laughter, and seriousness in our ceremony. So basically we were looking for a needle in a haystack. I found rev Brad through "the knot" and all the great reviews on him and his "love story". I really wanted something different, so I was intrigued by the love story approach. I watched several videos, and decided to reach out and see if we could meet in person. Rev Brad was fantastic from the start. He was super... Read more

    Jordan Burke

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  • I can’t even begin to express how incredibly warm, responsive, professional, and just down right amazing Rev. Brad is! He performed our elopement ceremony just yesterday and I really just wanted to express our sincere appreciation for him. From our initial meeting with him months ago, we knew he would be perfect for us! He really took the time to listen to what we were envisioning our ceremony to be and he gave us so many great ideas to make our ceremony so unique! His warm personality is infectious and we knew right away we wanted to work with him! We had just about everything planned for our large ceremony in May and were beyond excited! Fast forward to earlier this year when COVID-19 first hit. My husband and I make the difficult decision to postpone our wedding not once, but twice! Brad was so responsive and insanely flexible with us! We ended up deciding to still have an elopement ceremony last minute. I wasn’t too sure if Brad would be available but I went out on a lim... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Hi Jordan! Your kind words and generous spirit are so appreciated! I’m so glad I could help you get married in 2020! Thank you for helping couples know it’s truly possible! Take THAT covid! Let's make your 2021 wedding all that and more! Until then, be safe! -Brad

    Justine Cudiamat

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  • Rev Brad is amazing to work with! Great personality. We were supposed to have our big wedding 4/4/20 but had to postpone due to COVID-19. We also decided on a small ceremony so we can be married and Rev. Brad was fantastic and accommodating. We couldn't be happier

    Sharon Frigo

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  • I do not recommend hiring Brad Hughes. My fiancé and I have had a very frustrating and upsetting experience with Brad. He was very accommodating when we were booking and tried to meet us with our budget. My fiancé and I originally booked with Noah’s Event Venue, which went bankrupt. I was in constant contact with Brad throughout the ordeal. When my fiancé and I moved our wedding to Emerson Creek, Brad agreed to do our services there. He even contacted Emerson Creek and confirmed with them. Shortly after, he realized that he could not officiate our wedding and still make it to his other wedding later that day. Therefore, Brad cancelled his services and breached his contact. He has stated that he would not give us our deposit back until he booked another wedding. He was unable to book another wedding, and still will not give the money back, stating he has fallen on hard times with COVID. Emerson Creek will now not be able to host our wedding, so my fiancé and I have lost an unbelie... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Thank you for sharing your concerns, Sharon. It was my privilege to meet your budget needs to be able to work together. I felt for your situation when you had to change venues. Despite that actually being the first breach of contract, I was happy to serve you at a new location. When I realized within hours that your new venue was 80 minutes away from your original venue, I offered to serve you at an earlier time or refer you to a quality officiant from my team. Ultimately you chose to hire another Reverend to officiate your ceremony. That is truly fine, but then you demanded your deposit back. Although not contractually obligated, I said I was willing but not immediately able to provide a refund of your deposit. I’m sorry that was unacceptable to you. It’s unfortunate that the same grace and patience repeatedly offered to you cannot be kindly reciprocated. Like you said, this is a tough time for all of us. I hope we can resolve this and I pray you have an amazing wedding and an awesome marriage.

    Artur Oganezov

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Brad really helped guide us through our wedding experience. He sat down with us for a 2 hour meet and greet session, and together we hashed out all the cool things he can offer to us. He learned more about us and what we wanted in our wedding, and he was really flexible about adding and removing things. We got to pull traditions from Jewish weddings and Ukranian weddings, and really personalized everything to our liking. Brad also gave us tons of options for parts of the ceremony from greetings to traditions to vows! Half of our guests and both of our parents were Ukranian/Russian speaking, and not all of them understood English that well. Regardless, we were super happy to hear from those people that even they felt included and that Brad did a great job! All in all, we're super happy we got to work with Brad, and would recommend him to anyone who really wants to share a personal story with their guests!
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