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I officiated today for the wedding of Jamie and Justin at Edward Madigan State Park in Lincoln, Illinois. Jamie is my niece and she lived with us for a few months while working in Chicago a couple of years ago. The first time I ever kissed Debbie was over 43 years ago in the same park as the wedding. Her father is my younger brother! It was a great wedding under a huge tent on what turned out to be a very nice day!
In March I officiated at the Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora for Sabrina and Michael. The main club house has several large banquet rooms that are perfect for weddings and receptions. Sabrina and Michael both have very friendly families and it was fun getting acquainted with them. We did not have a rehearsal but the wedding went very well with just the couple standing. The couple have a little boy who sat quietly throughout the ceremony and at the very end he got excited and ran around the front and then into his parents arms. If we had planned it – it could not have been better timed and was a cute as could be.
I had a great experience as the wedding officiant for Nicholas and Sabhiya in May of 2016 at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. The wedding took place in the Library of the large mansion/estate and was a beautiful setting for the wedding. Nicholas was a nervous groom who worked it off by pacing one of the estate hallways. It was a real treat to meet all the members of both family and to hear their stories about both the bride and the groom. The wedding went very well and was topped off by a wonderful blessing by the grandfather and aunt of Sabhiya.
I officiated for the wedding Kristen and Scott in May of 2016 at the Grand Ballroom in Joliet. The venue is the old downtown train station and is right along the railroad tracks. The Ballroom is like a smaller version of Grand Central Station and is a beautiful room for weddings and receptions. The station is locked at all times and only used for weddings. A guard at the door checked everyone in. Kristen and Scott were married on the outside upper balcony and the weather could not have been better.
It was a real treat to be the wedding officiant for Eric and Candice at the Arlington International Race Track in May, 2016. The weather was perfect – there was a storm coming from the west but it did not arrive until well after the early evening wedding. The wedding was held outside on a beautiful stone patio/terrace overlooking the paddock where the horses are brought in for the races. The reception was held in a suite above the racetrack and began about the time that races started for the day.
I was the wedding officiant for Christina and Kevin in May, 2016 at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn. The venue is a beautiful location overlooking a lake and with many spacious banquet rooms. Kevin and Christina are a great couple to work with, they both have a good sense of humor. They have a great story and have maintained a long distant relationship for a couple of years now and are happy to be married.