Wedding Professionals We Love – Michael Moody Officiant
Bliss by Sam loves showing off our creative partner love, and we’re excited to spotlight one of Chicago’s most popular wedding officiants – Michael Moody of Michael Moody, Wedding Officiant in Chicago. Choosing the right officiant for your wedding is an important decision. Officiating is far more than delivering the “I dos”. Connecting with the couple and authentically delivering their love story, and ferrying this new life milestone among family and friends is so instrumentally important. You may remember Michael from his River North Chicago Wedding to Sammy featured this summer. We’re so thrilled to be able to spotlight Michael Moody as a Bliss Professionals We Love. We sat Michael down to talk new wedding norms, telling a love story, and wedding officiating!
BBS: How long have you been in business?
MM: I’ve been a wedding officiant in Chicago since 2012 (although I’ve engaged in public speaking since 2005).
BBS: What is one thing you wish everyone knew about Michael Moody Wedding Officiant?
MM: I published my book Redefine Yourself: The Simple Guide to Happiness with the intent of helping people understand themselves, their relationships, and the world around them.
BBS: What is the most memorable moment you’ve experienced when officiating for a couple?
MM: One month after Illinois passed the gay marriage law, I officiated a ceremony between two men. After the exchange of rings, I felt an emotional charge in that historic moment. Without a doubt, love can truly overcome any limits!
BBS: What inspires you?
MM: The trust, faith, and commitment people value in their personal or professional relationship.
BBS: What is the best piece of advice you can give a client?
MM: In tough moments, surround yourselves with kindness, compassion, and patience. In troubling times, speak softly to one another; be slow to anger; be quick to forgive. When storm clouds do gather, remember to focus on what is right between you, not on what seems to be wrong. Continue to treat each other with respect and tenderness.
BBS: Why do you like working with wedding planners?
MM: Planning a wedding is an incredible undertaking for any couple. While you can’t expect a perfect day, you certainly don’t want to have worry about the minutia. A wedding planner allows you to step away from the overwhelming details of your day and gives you the freedom to immerse yourself into the experience fully.
BBS: What’s new/hot in your industry, and how are you offering it?
MM: New generations are rewriting the scripts of traditional weddings. I believe present-day wedding ceremonies reflect the interests and personalities of the wedding couples through their integration of unique spaces and diverse styles. My officiating style is adaptable for any environment or ceremony structure.
BBS: What is your favorite hidden gem in Chicago?
MM: My favorite hidden gem in Chicago is the Lakeshore East Park. It’s a floral oasis surrounded by some of Chicago’s most interesting modern architecture.
Thanks for chatting with BBS about all things love, vows, and wedding Michael!
Officiant, Michael Moody, Wedding Officiant
Michael Moody, author of the self-improvement book Redefine Yourself: The Simple Guide to Happiness, has served as an ordained minister in Chicago since 2012. Recently, Michael was awarded the 2016 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award in Chicago. His philosophy has evolved from a foundation of health, happiness, and mindfulness. Michael’s writings and speeches reflect the hope and inspiration of the people who surround him and the innate character of all beings.