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Officiant in Chicago, IL,
(773) 318-8963
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    Andrea Lee Linna

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  • Rev. Bill was the officiant for our elopement in August 2020. Rev. Bill was incredible from the start! Over a series of calls, Rev. Bill learned about us as individuals and a couple. Rev. Bill was very responsive, had wonderful advice on how to structure the ceremony, and even provided great relationship advice (like scheduling an "annual leadership retreat" with your partner to discuss goals for the year). Rev. Bill had many ceremony reading options for religious and agnostic couples. Rev. Bill was also very accommodating. We had to change the time of our ceremony, from 8:00 PM to 5:30 AM, just the week before our ceremony; Rev. Bill made adjustments in his schedule for us and was able to accomodate the time change! It was a huge ask, and we are very thankful. Stop looking, you should hire Rev. Bill!

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    Andrea, Your sunrise elopement was a big Summer 2020 highlight for me! I won't forget any of it, from getting up at 4am to being with you and Dan as the sun rose. It's been great getting to know you and I hope to stay in touch. All the best to you! - Rev. Bill

    Sharon

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  • We highly recommend Rev. Epperly. He is polite, professional, thorough, and attentive. He conducted our ceremony smoothly even under Covid-19 restrictions. He met with us several times and our ceremony was very personalized and meaningful.

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    Sharon, Thanks for your review! I so enjoyed meeting you and Steve and getting to know you through the chaos and rescheduling. In the end, your backyard wedding was a great choice. I hope you'll stay in touch! - Rev. Bill

    Michael Madden

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  • Bill was great to work with every step of the way. We originally had a larger wedding planned in April but had to reschedule, and Bill was adaptable and understanding throughout the process. When the time came, he really put his full effort into planning what was now the 2nd ceremony (with only immediate family at a different venue). Bill got to know us through conversations with our close friends. It showed in his stories and added a great element to the day that may have otherwise been missing. We asked for a wedding that was spiritual and shared traditional wedding values but was not religious and couldn't have been happier with how the ceremony turned out. We'd recommend Bill to our friends and others here.

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    Mike and Angela, What a ride it was from a meeting in -5F degree weather in the loop last Winter to rescheduling and finally, to your gorgeous wedding at the Morton Arboretum! It's been a pleasure getting to know you and Angela and I'll look forward to hearing from you on down the road! - Rev. Bill

    Andrew B

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  • Rev. Bill did a great job at our wedding. He was fantastic to work with and would definitely recommend him!

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    Thanks so much, Andrew! It was a great day, a great location. You two have a lot of class and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and serving as your Officiant. Please stay in touch! - Rev. Bill

    Gregory Laurenzana

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  • My wedding coordinator described rev bill as dove. He is so kind and warm hearted, he worked so hard to make sure that our special day was extra special.

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    Thank you, Gregg! It's been such a pleasure getting to know you and Chris. Your wedding at Vasa Park was a highlight of my Summer. I wish you a lifetime of happiness! - Rev. Bill

    Elizabeth Morris

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  • Rev Bill was a wonderful officiant! He was super helpful in customizing our ceremony so it was exactly what we wanted. And he was very flexible with all our changing plans due to COVID. Extremely professional, genuinely caring and very personable too. Thumbs uo all around!

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    Elizabeth and Dave, I so enjoyed getting to know you. Wow, what a year for a wedding, but you navigated the challenges so well. I LOVED your ringing the bell at Twin Towers Chapel after the pronouncement! All the best to you, Rev. Bill

    Danny Park

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  • Rev. Bill is the best! From the start, he began building a relationship with us and really getting to know us as a couple and as individuals. We met on numerous occasions, in-person, phone and emails. He was very flexible on meeting locations and times and was willing to meet whenever and wherever was most convenient. He asked a lot of questions, which was great, and also really got you to think and reflect on your relationship and everything leading up to the special day. Rev. Bill is was also very empathetic and insightful and provided a different POV, which was good to hear from. Leading up to the wedding day, Rev. Bill was there during rehearsals and making sure we all knew our roles, including the wedding party. The actual ceremony went without any issues! It was exactly how we practiced and he was there a few hours before to get everything finalized and have a few moments with us. Overall, the whole process was enjoyable and very smooth and would recommend him to anyon... Read more

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    Danny, I enjoyed every minute I spend with you and Abby! Your Heart Story Ceremony was one of the highlights of my year. I hope you'll stay in touch and wish you all the best as you travel into this next chapter of your lives!

    Erin

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  • Originally, we had another officiant to officiate our wedding, however she stepped down and recommended Rev Bill! He took over where our last officiant left off and agreed to do the wedding at her price and with the script originally created. He added special information to our ceremony making it personalized and connected with us every step of the way through video calls and email. He also mailed our wedding certificate to the courthouse. WE ARE VERY THANKFUL for Rev Bill especially for officiating us during the pandemic!! He accommodated our requests that involved pandemic requirements as well. He was very kind and professional. Definitely recommend!

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    Thanks, Erin! It was wonderful getting to know you and Chris and officiating for you at the Armour House in Lake Forest! Please stay in touch. I wish you all the best! - Rev. Bill

    Kelly Mckenney

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  • My husband Nick and I are so happy we found Rev Bill to marry us on May 18, 2019. We were so impressed that he truly understood us as a couple after only meeting with him for an hour. Each time we met with him after that we felt like he understood our relationship and would be the perfect person to reflect that to our wedding guests. He was extremely professional, personable and organized. He asked us to review every detail of our ceremony so we felt comfortable with every reading, prayer and vow. He even gave us great ideas to help make our ceremony more special like adding a flower ceremony for our parents. We would highly recommend Rev Bill to anyone looking for an amazing officiant!!

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    Thank you Kelly! It was so great getting to know you and Nick and then planning and officiating your wedding! Salvatore's was the perfect venue for you. I wish you a wonderful adventure as you settle into your marriage! - Rev. Bill

    Zachary Bologeorges

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  • My wife Morgan and I had Bill officiate our wedding and we’re extremely pleased with his effective communication beginning from the front end and continuing through the wedding day. Due to logistical reasons, we set up our conversations before the wedding through video calls to get to know one another. We quickly discovered Bill to be someone we felt very comfortable with, was very relatable and we knew we were in great hands. If there was ever anything we weren’t clear on, he was always one step ahead of us and had all of the answers. Highly recommend Bill for anyone needing an officiant.

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    Zach, It's been so much fun working on your Heart Story Wedding! I hope we'll stay in touch! All the best to you two as you journey on!

    John Sweeney

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  • We recently worked with Rev. Bill for our wedding in Chicago and I can't recommend him highly enough for any couples looking for an all-star officiant in the area. Throughout the entire planning process Bill could not have been easier to work with or more supportive of making our vision a reality. In our pursuit of a multi-cultural ceremony, Bill provided thorough research on Hindu and Catholic ceremony components and clearly took the time to explore the best ways to go about blending traditions for a beautiful cohesive final product. Although we ultimately decided to go for a more secular ceremony, Bill definitely takes the time to put together a script for your wedding day that's exactly what you are looking for. He sent us multiple drafts of the scrips, met us for coffee and in-person to get to know us, our story & relationship, and collaboratively put together then delivered exactly what we wanted. Our guests loved him, his presence, and the atmosphere he provided for our wonde... Read more

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    Thank you, John! Your wedding at the Kimpton Gray truly was a highlight of my year. You two were great to work with and I enjoyed getting to know you. Maybe I'll see you at a couples program down the road! Take care, Rev. Bill

    Kristie Toporsh

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  • Rev. Bill. Wrote a touching, personalized ceremony for my husband and I. Three months later and I am still going back to read the previous vows he helped us create. We opted for a secular service and the touching words he wrote for us were reverent and conveyed the importance of our commitment without being religion heavy.

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    Good to hear from you Kristie! And I'm touched that you are going back to re-read your vows. Wonderful! I enjoyed meeting you and Tim and loved your location at the Tip Top Tap aka Allerton Hotel. All the best to you two and please say in touch! - Rev. Bill

    Paige Humecki

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  • Working with Reverend Bill was a treat – he was easy to get along with, very responsive, and had a comprehensive guide to a bunch of different options for how to construct our ceremony. We never once felt pressured to conform to a certain path and it was nice to feel that our ceremony was entirely our own creation, albeit with helpful guidance from Rev. Bill. Coming from families with mixed faith backgrounds, we felt comfortable discussing openly and honestly what a meaningful ceremony meant for us. Rev. Bill took our needs to heart and guided us towards a ceremony that perfectly balanced traditions with a reflection of our values as a couple. On the big day (as well as at the rehearsal before), he exceeded our expectations with his professionalism, was well liked by all, and organized our wedding party and close family with ease and some necessary light humor. We received a number of compliments from family and friends on our beautiful and simply elegant ceremony. He also helpe... Read more

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    Dear Paige, Thank for your kind words. It truly was a pleasure to get to know you and Mike before celebrating your wedding at Olympia Fields! I wish you all the best! - Rev. Bill

    Di Fu

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  • We worked with Rev. Bill in June 2019 and he is great. We wanted a not-so-religious ceremony and Rev. Bill did a great job in leading the ceremony. Also Rev. Bill was very helpful in planning and keeping everything on track. We had a chance to meet in person and also had a video conference before the wedding to go over details (more like a mini rehearsal of the entire ceremony process), plus email correspondences where Rev. Bill was very responsive and helpful. Rev. Bill also helped us in preparing our vows. As someone who had no idea what to do at the wedding ceremony, we really appreciate all his efforts in making everything super easy and smooth for us. The ceremony was great. Highly recommend :)

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    Di, It was so great getting to know you and Jun. Your location was gorgeous and everything came together beautifully for your wedding at North Pond! I wish you guys all the best and hope you'll stay in touch! - Rev. Bill

    Angela Jackson

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  • Rev. Bill performed a heartwarming ceremony that told a story of our courtship as if he had known us for years. He was punctual and took time to give us detailed information. We couldn't have chosen a better officiant for our special day. Thank you Rev. Bill.

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    Angela, Your wedding at Chateau Busche was such a blessed event. I am grateful that you chose me to Officiate for you and I wish you and Princess all the best! Please stay in touch! - Rev. Bill
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