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Officiant in Bolingbrook, Illinois,
(630) 679-8697
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  • 14 Reviews


    Joshua Luttenberger

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  • For us, the most important item was to be able to have a wedding ceremony that would demonstrate our very own inner-faith marriage, conducted in a manner that was comfortable for all our guests but most important our immediate family and us as husband and wife. Let it be known that in this case, the groom is of the Jewish faith, while the bride is of the Catholic faith. Each of us have family that are very religious while some others are not so much. Due to the fact that we ourselves are more reform, we decided against having a rabbai or priest marry us. Through our search of officiants and screening them, once we came across Marti, we knew that we needed to reach out to inquire about availability for our date, and were eager to chat more about her services. Learning via her own website that just some of her credentials are that of an award winning toastmaster, author and has an incredible amount of experience with weddings, it was evident that Marti is definitely very qualified. ... Read more

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    Thank you so much for your very kind words. I really enjoyed collaborating with you to create a ceremony that respected both of your belief systems and your spiritual journeys to the point at which you wanted to join your lives together. I especially appreciate that you entrusted me with this, knowing it was my first experience doing a Catholic/Jewish interfaith ceremony. I am heart-warmed to know that it exceeded your expectations! Yours is a ceremony I will always remember.... I am honored that you chose me to do it.

    Erika

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  • Marti was a pleasure to work with. She was very thorough in her preparation and was a great communicator. Always on time and organized. I would definitely recommend!

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    Thank you so much for your kind words! You and Chris were great to work with, and have to be the couple most willing to take a leap of faith, booking a venue that wasn't even built yet! Wishing you two the very best!

    Jaime

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  • We had a great experience with Marti. From our first meeting, she was asking the right questions to make our ceremony just how we dreamed. She was easy to work with and very responsive to questions, she also helped us create our own vows. Everything went perfect during the ceremony.

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    It was a real pleasure to work with you and Greg to create your ceremony, and a privilege to be a part of your special day. What a beautiful home and garden! Thank you for choosing me to celebrate the beginning of your married life together.

    Brittany

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  • Marti did a great job officiating for our wedding. She kept the ceremony short, but sweet and enjoyable. She crafted it to reflect our traditions and beliefs. Marti was easy to work with and was one of the nicest people I've ever met. I would definitely recommend her if you are looking for an officiant for a wedding!

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    Thank you for your kind words, Brittany! You and Andrew were a joy to work with, and it was an honor to be a part of your special day.

    Julee

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  • Marti did a wonderful job writing and performing our ceremony. My husband and I didn't want anything religious and she was happy to make the ceremony be whatever we wanted. She gave us lots of good suggestions and helped wrangle our friends and family for the rehearsal-including my feisty dad who is a handful. Another bonus was that she was able to bring her own mics and speakers for our outdoor ceremony. It would have been impossible for our guests to hear otherwise. Her price was reasonable and she was willing to meet with us face to face to plan everything out. She did a perfect job at the most intimate part of our day. We can't thank her enough.

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    Thank you so much for choosing me to celebrate your marriage, and for your lovely and kind words. You and Allen were a joy to work with, I enjoyed meeting your interesting family and colorful friends, and your dad was a hoot! I'm so glad I was able to meet your needs and make yours a ceremony that truly reflected who you are as a couple. I was honored to be included in that most intimate part of of your wedding celebration.

    Rebecca

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  • We had a great experience with Joyful Promises as our wedding officiant. Marti has a great way of helping you think through your ceremony decisions and offer thoughtful suggestions while also making you feel very comfortable - she is gentle, friendly, and professional. We met with Marti once a few months before our ceremony to discuss how the ceremony would go, then again for the rehersal dinner and the big day itself, and each time I was more reassured that she would ensure that everything went smoothly for our ceremony. Thanks, Joyful Promises!

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    Thank you for your kind words, Rebecca! You and Shamyle were a treat to work with, and I appreciated the thoughtful approach you brought to planning your ceremony. I also thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your family a little. I especially loved hearing the story about how they braided your handfasting cord the night before your wedding, and how you and Shamyle chose to include the special personal touches in your ceremony. It was a privilege to be a part of it -- thank you.

    User4251034

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  • She is so sweet! we fell in love with her on our interview!

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    How kind -- thank you!

    Sarah

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  • Marti was just wonderful to work with. From our first meeting I knew she was the perfect officiant for our wedding! Marti makes you feel very comfortable and really walks you through all aspects of the ceremony process. She is flexible and encourages you to make the ceremony how you want it, not how it should be. I appreciated Marti's sense of humor and the personal touches she brought to the wedding. Her words were beautifully written and spoken and I'm so happy she was the one that brought us together. I would recommend Marti to anyone looking for a wedding officiant!

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    Thank you so much for your lovely review! It was a treat to work with you! I appreciated how we connected at our first meeting, and as we collaborated on your ceremony, I loved the well-thought-out elements you chose to incorporate into it so that it was meaningful to you both. It was a privilege to be chosen to be a part of that process and to celebrate your union on your special day.

    Steven

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  • Simply perfect!!!! Marti was a joy to work with. I cringed waiting for a response when I told her my fiancée and I wanted to get married on Valentines day. Though busy, Martin arranged her schedule to meet our needs. I couldn't ask for a better officiant. This being my second marriage, I chose to have it at home with our children. Marti prepared a perfect ceremony for a blended family. The ceremony and process was flawless. Thank you again.

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    Being a part of a blended family myself, I have a soft spot for couples like you who are creating blended families themselves. I thought the special touches you had in your home to celebrate Valentine's Day and your wedding were sweet, and I loved how you wanted to include your children with Family Vows. Thank you for choosing me to be a part of it, and for your lovely words!

    Dennis and Cathy

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  • We were very pleased with Marti. She is extremely professional. We would highly recommend!

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    Thank you for your kind words -- it's always an honor to be chosen to celebrate a new union!

    NaShantá

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  • We LOVED Marti. We met with her, and we loved her personality right away. She worked with us with figuring out what sort of ceremony we wanted (simple, non denominational, with sand ceremony and personal vows). I'm happy to have her be apart of our wedding day.

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    Thank you so much for your kind words, NaShanta! You and Mike were a pleasure to work with, and it was an honor to be part of your special day. :)

    nellie

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  • WOW I could NOT believe how lucky my husband and I got with our pick. Marti was an AMAZING officiant and she made our ceremony so so special!!! Not only is she affordable which I would not have a problem paying twice that amount after seeing how amazing she was, she was a true professional. She came to our rehearsal which was at the hotel ( we had a non-religious ceremony) and was so organized and got everyone in order and made sure everything was perfect for the following day. I honestly can't thank her enough!!!

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    Celebrating yours and Shane's wedding was a special treat! I loved learning about the beautiful Persian traditions that you included. You and your wedding party were fun to work with, and I enjoyed meeting your families. Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your special day.

    marc

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  • Marti and Joyful Promises are FANTASTIC! My wife and I had the idea to have a wedding on the beach in Chicago....on January 28th! To say that is was cold is an understatement. But Marti was flexible and so professional. She didn't even try to talk us out of it :) The wedding was perfect. Thank you!!!

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    Thanks, Marc! It's always a special treat to be entrusted with the wedding ceremony of people I know. Yes, Montrose Harbor was COLD on that January day, but it made for a perfect setting, with the lake shore curving around behind us and the setting sun lighting your faces. It was a privilege to be chosen to perform your ceremony!

    Laura

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  • Marti was our wedding officiant. We chose her “short & sweet ceremony” which was really a deal! We felt many other officiants referred to us were over-priced for the short, non-religious ceremony we were looking for. Marti was dressed very professionally the day of & arrived 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. She was also very responsive when I sent any questions to her during the planning process.

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    Thank you for taking the time to post a review, Laura. I appreciate your positive comments! And because I can think of no circumstance where I did not provide the highest quality of service or accommodate your requests, which is always my goal, I will be contacting you directly to learn what I might have done differently to earn a top rating in those areas. I am always happy to learn from feedback! Thank you for choosing me to be your officiant -- I did enjoy working with you and being a part of your special day. FOLLOW-UP: Thank you for explaining that it's your usual practice not to give the highest rating on most reviews, and that your scoring did not in any way reflect that I did not provide you with the high quality service you expected. I appreciate your taking the time to clarify your response. Thanks!

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