Rev Pam’s Story

Weddings Held In a Private Home, a Tradition Created by Mr Busse Himself!

Rev Pam is a retired agency producer, and Interfaith wedding officiant, and began marring couples at their wedding locations almost 35 years ago. Rev Pam travels a 5 state area to perform both legal and spiritual marriage ceremonies, Same Sex Commitment ceremonies, and legal Pagan Handfastings.

Rev Pam opened Pine Manor to the public in 2011 marrying couples of all faiths and orientation. Once thought this was an ORIGINAL idea – In researching the history of Mount Prospect, the location of Pine Manor, it was learned that the city’s founder and Cook County Commissioner William Busse had the idea a hundred years before. He built his home on the corner of Busse and Main St where Central Bakery is now in 1894 and married and raised his family here. This was certainly the grandest house in Mount Prospect with beautiful sunken gardens behind the home and was used to entertain distinguished guests who came to town.

The house was so nice that a number of William Busse’s friends asked to get married in his home and the tradition of the parlor wedding began in Mount Prospect. This is a Mount Prospect custom Rev Pam has had the honor to continue at her home, Pine Manor. In the day, Mr Busse had the couple’s pastor come over and perform the oath of marriage and held the ceremony in the Commissioner’s parlor.

The reason for the Pine Manor wedding service being nick-named “PARLOR WEDDINGS” 

The Original Busse Home
Busse Home Being Moved

This is a photograph of that home before it was moved and given to his son. In its place, Mr Busse built what is now know as Central Continental Bakery, Pine Manor’s wedding cake partner.

After Rev Pam retired as a successful Chicago advertising print producer in 2011, Rev Pam opened her private home and garden to couples for their weddings. With the approval of the Mount Prospect township, she is the only private home offering wedding services for small weddings in the state of Illinois today. Her service has been significant to help bring the city of Mt Prospect notoriety as a welcoming community to same sex couples, as well as bringing business to the local community by partnering with wedding vendors to provide the services to create her wedding package offerings. Also, in signing and recording the marriage licenses of hundred of couples, Rev Pam has identified Pine Manor Mt Prospect as an important part of Cook County history forever.

Flowers and Photography by Rev Pam

In keeping with her goal to provide a needed service at budget prices, Rev Pam also makes the bridal party flowers, and take many of the wedding photos, plus she plans and manages day-of activities for hundreds of wedding, and spiritual retreats every year.

Rev Pam comes highly recommended with dozens upon dozens of 5 Star reviews which are collected at and year after year she has won awards for her service and attention to details. She’s quick on her feet, and without even a mention to the couple or guests, any hiccup will be managed and solved. This is why she has all 5 star reviews after marrying 300 couples in 2014.

Rev Pam has been featured in many articles in The Daily Herald, TribLocal and Chicago Sun times. She was featured as the national “wrap” for ABC Radio news airing 12-12-12 regarding the “unique” weddings in her home. Rev Pam was one of five officiants asked to marry same sex couples for the MCA Illinois marriage equality celebration June 2nd, 2014. The Rev’s home Pine Manor, located in Mt. Prospect, Illinois was the location of My Fox Chicago’s Remote for the morning show May 30, 2014 with award winning journalist, Darlene Hill. Joined by multiple couples whom the Rev married, along with the Local hotel partner, Country Inn and Suites the seven 3-4 minute features were aired, during the national  show. In April 2015 Pine Manor Chicago was the featured article of the premier issue of CG Magazine, and Rev Pamela will be the featured guest with Steve Hirmeron the Sunday Podcast Radio Wedding Expo Show, airing Mid April 2015, and she has been the recipient of many awards to include Wedding Wire Brides Choice Award 2013 Bridal couples award 2015, Pine Manor Chicago Selected as the 2015 Best Business of Chicago Venue for Weddings and Events 2015 by the The Chicago Best Businesses Program, October 2015 Rev Pam’s article, Titled: Frugal Wedding Planning Made Easy for up to 30 Guests was featured on Chicago Wedding as she launched her services as a to the press. And, to complement the goal of fulfilling the “dream” wedding, December 2015 Rev Pam launched a new look and feel for and adding Cosplay , Elvis, and even Murder Mystery to a wedding event.  http://CosPlayWeddings.LOVE, was featured as the wedding giveaway 2016 at the LGBT Rainbow Wedding Expo – windy city times.