by Anita



As a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant, I handcraft unique, personal ceremonies for couples who want an alternative to the traditional, religious wedding. I want your ceremony to tell your love story. I want your ceremony to make your guests laugh, and maybe even cry (just a teeny bit). Most importantly, I want your ceremony to celebrate YOU. Your ceremony doesn’t have to be boring or bland – it can even be fun! Whether you want to incorporate gamer references, Star Trek quotes, classical poetry, or you just want to have a lovely ceremony that allows YOU to be in control, your ceremony should include whatever matters to you. And even if you don’t have a clue what you want, I’d love to help you figure it out.

I’ve been married for 25 years and back when we were looking for an officiant, there were no options besides a religious leader or a judge. I became a Life-Cycle Celebrant to offer people another option and to help them have a ceremony they LOVE. Besides wedding ceremonies, I also create baby welcoming ceremonies! And when I’m not working on a ceremony, I teach the Weddings course for the Celebrant Foundation & Institute. I’m also a big reader, love baking, and have a bit of a plant obsession.

Instagram: @anitaweds
Phone Number: 224-645-9217
  • Handfasting. Photo by Julia Franzosa
  • Champagne and bread sharing. Photo by Allori Photography
  • Wishing stone ritual. Photo by Leni Luxe Photography
  • Ceremony with an orchid-planting ritual. Photo by Angel Eyes Photography
  • Candlelight ceremony. Photo by Angel Eyes Photography
  • Beer sharing ritual! Photo by John Hererra
  • Microwedding in the park.  Photo by Unposed Photography
  • Ceremony at Adler Planetarium. Photo by Maypole Studios
  • Star Wars wedding! Photo by TrueLee Photography
  • Outdoor ceremony - on a windy day! Photo by Angel Eyes Photography


What can we say about Anita that everyone one of her other couples haven't already said? Well, tough, we're going to glow and gush about here anyway, because we just love her so much. When we were planning our wedding we wanted to keep it rather small, even to the point of just going to the court house and as my now wife once put it "just to get it over with" – and this was the plan of attack, that is until we just talked briefly with Anita. She took the time to write up this couple paragraphs for us and I remember so vividly sitting in bed with my fiancee reading what she had written and we instantly changed everything so that we could do a non-traditional ceremony, but Anita HAD to be a part of it. We were blow away not only by her words and her love but just over all about how much she cared about us. And I have seen this with her other couples when I read their reviews and see their pictures together. She is this ever-glowing joy that you can't help to just NEED to be around! She is a genuine, passionate and a one-of-a-kind person that makes me and wife want to get married all over again just to have her be a part of it again.
Jaysin and Andy | July 9, 2018
We were so happy to have Anita officiate our wedding! She put so much work into planning our ceremony. She really listened to us and had lots of great ideas for how to make a wedding ceremony unique to us. She was professional, punctual, but she was also friendly and fun! I've been to too many weddings where the officiant went off on their own ramble that made the couple and audience cringe – with Anita, she gave us a draft of the ceremony based on our conversations, an opportunity to revise it, and then stuck to the script – no surprises! She comes ready with ideas but recognizes its your day and right gives you the final say. I am so happy Anita married us, and I would recommend her to anyone!
Tessa and Patrick | July 9, 2018
We’ve been married for close to 6 years and now have a toddler, Aunt Anita is a staple in our life! We met her while planning our wedding and she crafted the perfect ceremony for my wife and I. Because we met at a cocktail lounge our unique piece was blending a cocktail that we then handed out to every guest to cheers with during the ceremony. She loves her couples and is often giddy about creating a unique fun ceremony. We love having her in our lives and are so blessed to have met her.
Connie Pare | July 9, 2018
Anita handcrafted our beautiful Hindu-fusion ceremony, and it was so amazing. She knew so much about all the cultural aspects already, which was a huge plus for us! She also made the process super easy by sending us her questionnaire to fill out, and working with her remotely, we were able to communicate via email to incorporate all the things we wanted to convey in our ceremony. She sent us multiple drafts and edits to make sure it was perfect. And it was!! She made it all easy and wonderful, and we cannot recommend her more. She's extremely professional, but also just a really great person, which makes working with her all the better.
Amy B. | June 18, 2018

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