Marriage Ceremony Officiant and Wedding Pastor Tom F. Hamel

Serving West Michigan Since 2005​​

About Tom F. Hamel - Marriage officiant in Grand Rapids

​About Me

It's a great honor to be instrumental in a marriage ceremony.  This is something I don't take lightly.  Consequently, I feel it is reasonable for every couple to want to know my background.  So allow me tell you a bit about myself.  

"Everything was perfect. We couldn't have been happier.  It was truly a great ceremony and great day! You made it all so easy and stress free."
Patti and Will (Livonia, MI)

"Our wedding was everything we had hoped for and more! From the planning stages to the ceremony itself you guided us every step of the way. We always knew we wanted a beach wedding, but didn't know the first thing about planning one. You used our dreams and gave us helpful ideas on how to make them a reality! Thank you so much for all that you did for us."
Mallory and Erik (Burton, Michigan)

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"We had a wonderful time in Ludington. 
The ceremony met all our wishes and imagination. It was a very special experience for us and we enjoyed it so much. You really picked the right words for us." 
Soenke and Wiepke (Germany)

"We just wanted to say thank you so much for making our special day so perfect.  You will always have a very fond place in our memories."
Emma and Filippe (Great Britain)

"The entire experience was professional, personalized and exceeded our expectations."
Ann and Jim (Baldwin)

Pastor Tom is amazing…..professional, accommodating, and sincere. Words can't describe how pleased we are, the ceremony was perfect!
Trevor and Maggie (Grand Rapids)

Amy and Tom Hamel

Providing wedding services since 2005.

Enjoying married life since 1977

"Thank you so much for officiating our ceremony. It couldn't have been more perfect, the outcome surpassed our expectations. We are so grateful that you were willing to work with us to create such a stress free, memorable experience. We have already recommended you to a few friends intrigued by our style of ceremony."
Jaci and Scott (Lansing)

Finding the right person to marry you is an important decision – 


 – after all, this person will have a huge influence on the tone of your wedding ceremony . You want to make sure that you find someone who is willing to perform the kind of wedding ceremony you are envisioning, who will respect your opinions and help you design a ceremony that is authentic for you.  And of course, you'll want to make sure that they are legally able to marry you in Michigan.  Now take a moment and learn about me in the words of others.  They were in your shoes once.

My wife, Amy, and I have been married 38 years and are blessed with two wonderful daughters, equally wonderful sons-in-law and six crazy grandchildren.  We were innkeepers of The Hexagon House Bed and Breakfast in Pentwater Michigan for nearly 10 years.  We loved living in this cozy village just south of Ludington on the shore of Lake Michigan. It was here that My West Michigan Wedding was born as I saw the need for a professional, ordained officiant willing to serve the couples who wanted to have their marriage ceremony along  Michigan's West Coast.  

Before becoming an innkeeper in west Michigan, I was involved in church development for 25 years in both part and full-time capacities.  My responsibilities provided 30 years of public speaking experience in front of all types of audiences.  I was ordained with the Church of God in Indiana, but worked as a lay minister for several different denominations including Lutheran, Methodist and non-denominational churches, as well as an international church consulting firm. This experience helps me assist couples with different faith backgrounds.

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