About this Vendor
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CEREMONIES BY DR. ELIZABETH-ANNE STEWART/ CHICAGO WEDDING RITES Couples love my weddings as there are always magical moments, laughter and happy tears. Let me work with you to create an outstandingly beautiful ceremony that fits YOUR beliefs and values! As Wedding Officiant, I deliver an experience that is personal, professional and creative. Whether you select a One of a Kind Ceremony or a Short & Sweet Ceremony, my goal is to help you celebrate Life and Love with solemnity, exhilaration, moments of tenderness, and light-hearted playfulness. Please note that I don't merely read a script: I deliver a memorable, heart-warming experience for each and every couple. I also offer optional marriage coaching before you tie the knot! http://www.chicagoweddingrites.com/ceremony-choices.html
Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony
Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican/Episcopal, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Nondenominational, Presbyterian, Protestant, Quaker, Christian, Hindu, Interfaith, Reform, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Secular, Sikh, Spiritual, Unitarian, Wiccan
Newlywed Life, After The Wedding, Getting Engaged, Premarital Counseling, Ceremony, Wedding
We had an incredible experience with Elizabeth! We were very nervous about finding an officiant for our wedding and when doing research online, Elizabeth was the only one that stood out to us. It was meant to be! Our first meeting was amazing - we clicked with her right off the bat. We spent time not only talking about our relationship and what we wanted our wedding to look like, but Elizabeth also shared her story with us. We learned her background, why she loves officiating weddings, and her insights about marriage. It was great to connect on both sides and build a relationship. After confirming that we wanted her to officiate, it was a breeze from there. We filled out several worksheets so she could get to know us and our families even more. It also helped my husband and I self-reflect and think about what we wanted from our marriage and life together. It was a great exercise all around. We met with Elizabeth a second time to review our worksheets and craft the wedding ceremony. She made it so easy and fun and put us at ease about all the little things we were stressing over. Elizabeth was very accommodating to our needs and completely understood sensitive family situations. She was responsive via email and gave us plenty of advice about the wedding beyond the ceremony itself. Then came the big day! Elizabeth was fantastic. Our ceremony was romantic and also fun (and funny!). Our family raved about her and couldn't stop talking about how 'us' the ceremony felt. Her presence in front of the group was very natural and she really connected with our readings and our story. Thank you for everything you did for us, Elizabeth! We appreciate it so very much.
Dr. Elizabeth-Anne Stewart was one of our favorite vendors to work with, hands down! Not only did she make the ceremony planning process easy due to her amazing organization skills and attention to detail, but she did it all the while making my husband and I feeing comfortable. Neither of us are very religious, however we still wanted some aspects of the Christian faith included in the ceremony. We also desired a less “traditional” ceremony in the sense that we wanted parts of our relationship included as well as non traditional readings and quotes. Being that we wanted so many different things, I thought we’d have a difficult time conveying to this an officiant. After our first initial phone meeting with Dr. Stewart, we knew we would choose her as she completely understood what we were looking for and was able to express it in a more eloquent way than we ever could! Because we wanted our own spin on the ceremony, we chose the One of a Kind package, which included a special “address” that told our personal story. This was a HUGE hit amongst our guests! We got many compliments on how great it was for our guests to learn more about our journey as a couple during the past 7 years we have been together. Dr. Stewart did is a wonderful story teller in that she the address didn’t seem like a “speech” but truly an actual story about us! She made it both endearing and comical at the same time. We couldn’t have asked for a better ceremony! If you are looking for someone that truly wants to share your special day and cares not only about your wants and desires for the ceremony, but about you as a couple as well, definitely contact Dr. Stewart!
My husband and I knew we wanted a wedding that was not traditional and not officiated in a church. We desired something personal and charming, that was both sincere and fun. Dr. Elizabeth-Anne Stewart gave us that and more. When I initially reached out to her, she replied within 24 hours and we chatted on the phone for quite some time. I did not feel as though I were being treated like a client but rather a friend, and this was my experience throughout the entire process. We worked together to build the ceremony of our dreams. Her questions were thorough and she made sure she knew us as individuals and a couple, so that when we actually had our ceremony it was truly unique to us. We have had so many wedding guests compliment our ceremony as truly beautiful, creative, and fun. Many have remarked that it was the best wedding they have attended. Additionally, my mother in law was very sick during the planning of our wedding and we were unsure if she would be able to participate and we would not know until the day of. Dr. Stewart was also attentive and sensitive to this and made preparations for either scenario. She made us feel calm and excited, and helped us create the wedding of our dreams. I highly recommend Dr. Elizabeth-Ann Stewart.
We are not overtly religious people, but on the cusp of our marriage we wanted a way to express the spiritual nature of our commitment. Fortunately, we found Elizabeth-Anne. She brings dignity, solemnity, joy and most importantly, her wonderful personality and spirt to the occasion.
When considering the task of hiring an officiant for our wedding I was immediately discouraged. I did not want a stranger to marry my husband and I and we did not have that perfectly eloquent friend or a religious figure in our lives that knew the both of us and could take on such a serious task. I deeply wanted our ceremony to be unique and a representation of our relationship, after all that's what a wedding is about! My husband and I got the great pleasure of working with Elizabeth for life planning and our wedding ceremony after she came highly recommended from others in her field. We could not have been happier with our decision to work her her! Elizabeth has a background in theology but can introduce religion as much or as little as you want. This process allowed us to get to know Elizabeth and to set a really great foundation into situations we will certainly encounter throughout our life and marriage. Our ceremony turned out spectacular. It so was personalized as Elizabeth spoke on Tommy and I and truly planned each detail with us in mind. We believe it set the tone for a very intimate and personal wedding. Our guests agreed and complimented us on the ceremony and told us how much they specifically enjoyed Elizabeth. I would highly recommend Elizabeth as she will create a ceremony and marriage planning experience to your desires. We are thrilled that we feel we gained a friend throughout this process and we not at all married by a stranger!
If you are considering Elizabeth-Anne Stewart to officiate at your wedding, look no further! She is an amazingly genuine soul and such a pleasure to work with!! When my then fiancé and I decided to get married in Chicago, 1000 miles away from our home, we had no idea how to find an officiant to perform the ceremony. After a somewhat basic google search, we found Elizabeth-Anne Stewart. With just one call, I knew we found the right person! From the first conversation, Elizabeth was so warm and sincere in her desire to make our day perfect. Since we were not in the area, all communication had to be via phone and email, but I still felt like I had a personal relationship with her because she was so thorough and effective in her communication with us. We wanted a very small, simple ceremony (only 20 guests were present) and she created such a personal, heartfelt and unique experience for us, that included my children, and truly made our day perfect! She has a true gift in connecting with people and she speaks with such grace and passion...you will feel like a dear friend is performing your ceremony, even if you just met her in person the day before (like we did)!
I don’t even know where to start with Dr. Elizabeth. She is wonderful, kind, intelligent and creative and made our wedding ceremony hilarious, sweet and unforgettable. Literally almost every single guest of our 120 person Wedding told my husband and I that our officiant was fantastic, well spoken, funny and did an amazing job. Our guests told us that our ceremony was enjoyable and it was one of the most memorable and best ones they have experienced because of Elizabeth’s beautiful story telling abilities. I can’t thank Elizabeth enough for her hard work, communication and dedication to our wedding and I highly, highly, HIGHLY, recommend her to officiate your wedding. For a reference my husband and I are not religious at all, our wedding was free of religion and it was still beautiful and everyone loved I! Elizabeth still does offer religious and spiritual services and worked with us well on customizing our experience :)
Dr. Elizabeth-Anne Stewart went above and beyond to deliver such a beautiful and personal wedding ceremony that we will always remember. She made our interfaith ceremony extremely special and understanding to guests of both sides. The extra address was a perfect way to wrap up our whole relationship and express that into the ceremony which was a combination of insight, humor, and most importantly love. One thing that was important to us was to find an officiant that does marriage coaching. We met with Elizabeth a couple times prior to the ceremony, and I must say, her coaching sessions really helped me relieve stress and gave me a new and more positive way of looking at future issues. We felt comfortable talking to her and these sessions allowed her to get to know us much better making the actual wedding and nerves of the ceremony much more comforting. If you want a great officiant that really personalizes your ceremony to your special wants and needs, Dr. Elizabeth-Anne Stewart will provide you with an incredibly memorable and beautiful ceremony. Our guests are still telling us how great of a job she did. We are very happy we chose her!
After our initial meeting with Elizabeth, we were excited for her to officiate our wedding and she did not disappoint! We were planning our wedding from another state, but having it in the Chicago area. Elizabeth was flexible with us, offering to have meetings via phone, and communicating via email so we did not have to make so many trips to Chicago in the planning process. The day of our ceremony, Elizabeth was very professional and had a calming effect on my "nerves". She orchestrated our ceremony wonderfully, and she kept things flowing smoothly. Everyone in attendance commented on how beautiful and intimate our ceremony was and how much they loved the blessing stones (which was something she suggested since our venue didn't allow for candles, etc.). Bryant and I were very happy to have Elizabeth officiate on our wedding day and would highly recommend her!
Elizabeth delivered a wonderful ceremony that was exactly what we were hoping for. We didn’t want a religious ceremony, but we still wanted the content to be meaningful and reflect the significance of our love and commitment. Elizabeth worked with us to achieve the perfect balance, and the end result was personalized and memorable. In addition, she was lovely to work with, and she made the whole process enjoyable and straightforward.
We had Elizabeth officiate for our small wedding over memorial day weekend. We had the best experience with Elizabeth and she customized our ceremony beautifully. My husband and I aren't overly emotional (even during our wedding) and we're not religious at all, but we still wanted a warm and meaningful ceremony. Admittedly, that is a hard balance to strike, but Elizabeth did it perfectly. My mother (emotional and relgious, haha) was gushing after the ceremony how much she liked it as well. I would highly recommend Elizabeth to anyone looking for a professional and excellent officiant.
Dr. Elizabeth Anne-Stewart gets 5 stars from us! She officiated our wedding and I wouldn't have wanted anyone else to do! She is kind, genuine, beautiful inside and out, and wonderful at public speaking. Many of our guests wanted to know how we found her! We were lucky that our venue told us to choose her and how great she is! She made every part of the process easy. We are from out of state and she worked with us through email and on the phone. I couldn't believe how much work she put into it. You can tell she loves doing weddings because she is so natural at it! Choose her for your wedding venue you won't be dissapointed.
Dr. Elizabeth-Anne Stewart was amazing. She included our daughter in everything and was very attentive to our wishes. Very fast communication between her when needed and the ceremony was beautiful. Everyone loved her-some even took a business card from her! I would definitely recommend her to anyone that is looking for an officiant for their wedding. You wont be disappointed!
Dr. Elizabeth Anne Stewart officiated at our wedding on June 16, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Let me begin by saying that she greatly assisted with our planning for the ceremony. This was a small wedding which we planned ourselves. Finding the right person to lead the wedding had to be accomplished long distance. It was the most significant aspect of the planning, so finding Dr. Stewart late in the process was propitious. We cannot say enough about how special she made the vows and and made us feel as a couple. She is a deeply spiritual person which set the tone for the entire event. Dr. Stewart is as much a part of our event memories as our wedding party. Sally Packard and Katharine Kuharic
Elizabeth officiated our wedding and we could not have asked for a better wedding officiant. We were going to have a close friend be our officiant, but he ended up having to cancel. So we came to Elizabeth about two months before our wedding. We opted for a non-religious ceremony with a personalized address. Despite relatively little time before the wedding, and a few personal things she was taking care of, she spent time getting to know us and putting together the most touching and beautifully written ceremony. We had many comments from our guest about how unique the ceremony was and how it was one of the best weddings they have ever been to. Many of our guests even thought she was a personal friend of ours since she just knew so much about our history together and she even shed a tear during the ceremony. Elizabeth is amazing and we cannot recommend her enough.
We met with Elizabeth at a local coffee shop prior to our wedding and she was personable, genuine, soft spoken, and kind. She prepared a rough draft of our personalized wedding ceremony prior to our meeting and asked for our input. She walked us through customizing our ceremony to exactly how we wanted it. The whole communication process prior to the wedding was seamless. We got to know her and was fascinated by her life stories and we felt very comfortable with her towards the end of the meeting. Since we didn't have a rehearsal the night before the wedding, Elizabeth was willing to arrive to the ceremony an hour early for a quick walk through rehearsal prior to the ceremony. She conducted the entire ceremony with grace. We both felt that Elizabeth helped us feel at ease during our ceremony.
She was so easy to work with and is able to guide you if you aren't sure what you want as well as accomodate any personal touches. Guests thought she was fabulous and did a wonderful ceremony.
Elizabeth-Anne Stewart did an outstanding job with our wedding ceremony. We received many, many compliments from our guests - in particular our families. We appreciate the thought and care she put into crafting a ceremony that fit us so perfectly. From our first meeting until our recessional, Elizabeth was a joy to work with. We happily recommend her.
I was lucky enough to learn about Elizabeth Anne Stewart through someone in my family after looking through the hundreds of options online. From the first moment I talked to Elizabeth on the phone, I knew she would be perfect for our wedding. Elizabeth is very experienced and professional in what she does and is open to making your ceremony exactly what you envision. My husband and I live out of state and after just one meeting with her she was able to nail down our personalities and put together a beautiful draft of our ceremony. Not only is she great at her profession, she is very personable and helpful with any questions I had. I wouldn't look any further for an officiant! Thank you Elizabeth!!!
This review is overdue, but needs to be done. Dr. Stewart made our wedding day absolutely perfect with a meaningful, heartfelt, short and sweet ceremony. She was happy to listen to our specifications and was a delight to work with. All of our friends and family said our ceremony was one of the sweetest they had ever heard.
Dr. Stewart is a phenomenal officiant! She gave us several options for the ceremony, from short to long, with and without using religious terms which we really appreciated. She saved us tons of time by providing many reading options to choose from. She was very patient with us and walked us through the procession and order of events, which is something we didn't have much knowledge about prior to meeting with her. Not only was she professional and organized, but she brought a level of detail and personalization which made the ceremony perfectly unique to us. Our guests were so impressed with her! Her ceremony included how we met, got engaged, and the little details of our lives together. Last but not least, she added an air of fun and humor to the ceremony that we really loved, it was fun yet romantic, and really set the tone for the rest of our wedding. Choose Dr. Stewart, you'll be so happy you did!!
Beautiful ceremony. Everything we asked for. Exceptional professionalism. Wonderful photographer. Would highly reccommend!
The ceremony of our wedding was very important to us. We didn't want anything too traditional, but we still wanted it to be serious, intimate, and our own. Elizabeth Anne Stewart did an excellent job working with us to create the perfect ceremony. It was worth it to pay the extra to have the ability for additional changes. Because we wanted it to be outside the box, it took us about 3 drafts, not including an hour long coffee meetup with EAS. Many of our guests told us how fantastic the ceremony was, which is a testament to EAS's charisma, poise, and brilliance (how many guests actually enjoy a ceremony?)... ;)
Dr Stewart made our ceremony so special!! I had so many compliments from our guests about her. We were completely at ease. Very professional. Highly recommend her!!
Dr. Stewart was an amazing officiant! She took the time and even met with us to plan a wonderful ceremony with her wonderful and touching original poems written by her. She was friendly, professional and made the ceremony extra special! Will definitely recommend!
Meet The Owner
Elizabeth-Anne Stewart, PhD
Years ago, I performed my first wedding for a couple who wanted to blend Polish marriage customs with Argentine Tango; that's when I discovered the joy of Officiating! Now, I not only perform religious ceremonies but also ones that are spiritual rather than religious. A professional writer and editor, I create outstandingly beautiful ceremonies that warm the heart and fit each couple's beliefs and life experiences. With a PhD in Theology, I have an extensive repertoire to draw on, having taught ritual at DePaul and Columbia College. My approach is warm, personal, engaging and fun!