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Officiant in Mount Prospect, IL,
(217) 549-3407
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  • 19 Reviews


    Kristine Baldwin

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  • Debra Ann married us on 9/4/20 at Venuti’s in Addison. Throughout the planning period, Debra was always very organized and knowledgeable. She made the ceremony planning easy and fun. The entire ceremony was customized to exactly what we wanted. My favorite part was how she surveyed us separately, and asked us questions about each other. We then heard each other’s responses for the first time during our ceremony. It was a sweet surprise. She also surveyed some of our close family and friends, and asked questions about what they thought of us as a couple. That was also a pleasant surprise! With Debra everything is personalized to the couple, and nothing is a one size fits all. She is very personable and wants to get to know you and your SO, and she’ll even remember you after your wedding day! Debra also organized the order of the entrance and the recessional and everything in between. She worked with our musician and other vendors to make sure everyone was in sync. All you h... Read more

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    Kristine, thank you so much for these kind words! I love how your Love Story became one of the highlights of your entire ceremony. It was fun telling it in the intimate space at Venuti's, and I truly could see your guests enjoying it as I told it. I also loved working with all your vendors including your violinist, photographer, and videographer. I am thrilled we accomplished to have a safe and beautiful wedding ceremony during these uncertain times. To feel that your ceremony was "fantastic" and "set the tone for the rest of the wedding," is always our goal; so I am beyond thrilled that we accomplished that for you. Many joys ahead to you and your new husband!

    Margaret B

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  • Debra officiated the wedding for my daughter recently. We were pleasantly surprised by how organized and professional the ceremony was. It was entertaining, light-hearted, and uplifting. It fit my daughter and son-in-law well. Debra was very calm and made me feel at ease as we walked down the aisle. Debra is a very kind and caring. I will recommend her anybody looking for an officiant in the future. Thank you for a memorable wedding!

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    Thank you so much for this thoughtful review, Margaret! You and your family deserve the very best. It was my honor to witness all the love and beauty this ceremony contained. So many tender moments remain memorable in my heart as well (along with a few humorous ones). I'm still smiling thinking of it, and I'm so happy that you are as well.

    Matthew Bunn

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  • Debra Ann is a very enthusiastic, detailed-oriented, and knowledgeable wedding officiant. She's experienced and knows every angle of a wedding and ceremony. You don't need to know anything going in, which can be very helpful in the bustle of preparing your wedding. Debra Ann is thorough and a hard-worker and will be extremely detailed in the preparation, drafting, rehearsal, and of course the ceremony itself. Her thoroughness is matched by her cheerfulness, kindness, and great humor. She will infuse levity and lightness and humor into your ceremony seamlessly, if that's what you wish. Debra Ann can do whatever you need and help with whatever you need. A very good choice for an officiant and highly recommended.

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    I am humbled by your high praise, Matthew. I appreciate your sharing these kind words, and I continue to smile whenever I think of so many wonderful moments during your ceremony. We all worked so well together, and I thank you for the privilege of being at your side to witness it all.

    Shawn Beach

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  • Debra was an amazing officiant. She is anything but run-of-th-mill; she really took her time to cater the ceremony to our beliefs and created a personalized “Love Story” that was the center of the ceremony. She was flexible with our working schedule and took her time to make sure we had the ceremony of our dreams. Our guest loved the flow of the ceremony; the love story was personable, funny, and detailed giving our guests a snapshot of our lives as a couple. Debra truly goes above and beyond and we would highly recommend her to anyone who wants an elegant yet personalized ceremony.

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    Shawn, these words mean so much to me. It is very special to have written your ceremony as if it were as important as my own, and then to have you and Brooke acknowledge my efforts with these beautiful words of your own. Thank you so much! ~ Debra

    Krystal

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  • We are so thankful for Debra to be our officiant for our special day! We met with her and she customized everything to what we have dreamed of for our wedding ceremony. She is very creative and thoughtful which provides a touching wedding ceremony! We would definitely recommend her and her creative service! If you want someone who really puts the time and customizes the wedding the way you want it, pick Debra!! -Krystal

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    Krystal. I love working with you and Luke! Thank you so much for this kind review, which means so much. ~ Debra

    Randee Flynn

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  • Debra Ann listened to what we wanted to make our ceremony unique to us and our family. She provided thoughtful and creative guidance and was tremendously supportive along the way. Highly recommend!

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    Your ceremony was so special, and such an honor to be a part of. I'll never forget you and your wonderful family. Such a beautiful photo of all of you! Thank you so much, Randee.

    Libby Chappel

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  • Debra Ann was the minister for my wedding and she also handled our premarital counseling. Even though my wife and I didn't have any major issues to work through, the counseling did help us learn more about each other and grow as a couple. It brought us closer and helped prepare us for being husband and wife. The counseling us gave us a chance to know Debra Ann but more importantly for Debra Ann to know us. One of the services that she offers is a personalized love story. My wife and I were extremely happy with how ours turned out and are very grateful to Debra Ann for spending the time to make our wedding memorable. After the ceremony, we had people asking if she was related to us since she knew us so well. We couldn't have asked for a better officiant for our wedding and made our day feel even more special. If you're looking for someone who is loving and caring for your officiant, you've found the right person.

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    This is such a touching review, Michael. You both made working together one of the highlights of my year. Thank you for the great honor of serving as your premarital coach and officiant. I loved your wedding, and I will always want the very best for both of you!

    Tara Flores

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  • We decided on a whim to get married over the weekend. With 3 days notice, Minister Deb customized the most beautiful, loving, and perfectly executed ceremony. She listened to what we wanted and performed the ceremony exactly how we had hoped. We can't thank her enough for the warmth, attention to detail, and love that she brought to our special day. Her inclusion of our children and guests into the ceremony was the icing on the cake. Her husband came along and took a few photos for us too which was awesome. Thank you Rev Deb and Vista Events!

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    It is amazing how well and wonderful everything turned out! Thank you for making the experience so delightful in every way. Congratulations to you and your loving husband and family!

    Greta Volkiene

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  • My daughter's wedding was wonderful. Debra is very kind and everyone loved her.

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    Aww, this is so touching, Greta. You are such a gifted and talented mother, so your review means the world to me. Thank you!

    Brendan Concannon

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  • Debra created a beautiful personalized wedding ceremony that my wife and guests loved. She is full of energy and ideas. Thank you, Debra!

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    Thank you for choosing me to officiate your beautiful wedding! May your marriage be the greatest of blessings.

    Annie Gowens

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  • She is an amazing lady !! I would recommend her to everyone!

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    Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to recommend me here, Annie! I enjoyed working with your entire family, including the children, who were all so delightful.

    Eric Englert

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  • Debra Ann is the consummate professional. Her attention to detail combined with her affability and kindness make her the ideal minister. We just had our initial wedding consultation meeting with Debra, and my fiancee and I feel like we have known her all of our lives. She made us feel so comfortable and took the time to make the ceremony unique and special. I highly recommend Debra Ann!

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    Thank you, Eric. It was a true joy, start to finish, working with both of you and your families! I am so grateful you chose me, and that I was able to provide the perfect tone for your special day.

    Wenmei Li

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  • Minister Debra Ann orchestrated a personalized, warm, and memorable ceremony today for my groom Eric and me. She spoke about us with such charm and detail that it seemed like we have known each other for a lifetime. Her graceful and elegant style along with her God-centered approach helped make today the best day of our lives so far. If you are looking for someone who will approach your ceremony as if it were her own, don't look further than Minister Debra Ann.

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    Dearest Wenmei, I am so thrilled everything turned out so perfectly for you and Eric. You both deserve every happiness, and it was my great honor to serve as your officiant.

    Ausra

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  • Where do I start!! To begin with, Debra is one of the most vibrant, sweet and thoughtful women I have ever met. Our first meeting was more than just a discussion about the wedding. It was a session full of caring, advice, and compassion. My husband and I left inspired to love and we felt stronger than ever as a couple. Every single detail was discussed and thought out. You will get what you wished for and MORE. She suggested things that I did not even think myself which made our ceremony unique and unforgettable. One of those that swept our mothers away was the rose ceremony. During the ceremony, we both went over to our moms, hugged them and handed them a rose as a sign of unity and appreciation. Our mothers cried of happiness and it left them speechless. This is just one small detail of this ceremony. We were also able to choose our desired level of religion, as well as what feeling we wanted to show, for example intimate, humorous or uplifting. We were able to plan the perfect ce... Read more

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    Oh, this is the sweetest thing ever, Ausra! It truly makes me want to marry you two all over again! I am so blessed to have such great couples and their families to work with. You and yours will always be special to me. Even your grandmother and your guests from Ireland were so kind to me. Thank you! And please, thank all of them for me, too.

    Kayla

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  • We were definitely running behind in terms of finding an officiant, but we truly lucked out! Debra was very responsive and is just the right person for what we want for our special day. We clicked immediately, and I could tell she would be a wonderful presence at our wedding. We are both looking forward to getting to know Debra and the beautiful ceremony she will be writing for us!

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    I have so many wonderful memories of you and Tyler. Thank you for all the fun we had working together. I wish you both immeasurable joy, every success, and a lifetime of happiness together.

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