The Rev. Elizabeth Harding is located in Chicago, Illinois and is available as an officiant in the greater Chicago area.
Elizabeth’s philosophy of weddings: “It should be a celebration of marriage, an acknowledgment of your relationship up until your wedding, and then an indication of the promises you will make to each other throughout your marriage.”
In working with couples, Elizabeth strives to create a personal, witty, caring ceremony. She walks couples through drafting and creating a ceremony that reflects them, their beliefs, and family traditions. In her second meeting, Elizabeth offers a time for the couple to get everything on the table---all the “stuff”, because “everyone has stuff.” Elizabeth uses her counseling background to help the couple identify positive and negative patterns in their interactions with each other, and leaves them with strategies and tools for the future. In dealing with family and friends, Elizabeth is welcoming and supportive of their parts in the wedding ceremony.
“I feel so lucky that we happened upon you to help us plan and perform our wedding. Everything was exactly perfect for the people we are. I could not have asked for more; I would not have changed a thing! All our friends and family who attended/participated felt the same way.” ~Rachel, 2010
Elizabeth generally meets with couples three times prior to their ceremony, facilitates the rehearsal, and then is present for the wedding and reception, at the couple’s request.
Elizabeth grew up in the city of Chicago. Raised Unitarian Universalist from the age of seven, she has lived in Massachusetts, Alabama, California, Wisconsin and Michigan. Elizabeth graduated in 2005 from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and in 2006 from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She’s a Cubs fan because as she says, “their purpose on earth is to teach us about suffering.” Elizabeth is engaged to Kevin and together they have a dog named Bob.
Contact Elizabeth Harding today for initial consultations and conversation.