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We adored Maria! She is a kind, warm and cheerful person. She really took the time to get to know us so our ceremony felt very intimate and special. Guests raved about how lovely and unique the ceremony was. She was a true asset to the whole wedding-- she gave vendor advice and ran the rehearsal with such professionalism and detail that everything went smoothly the day off. She even made sure we had all the necessary documents with us to finalize the marriage application, dropped it off herself, and we received it very promptly without any hassle!

Whittney + Matt
French's Point Estate
Stockton Springs, Maine

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Where do we even start!?! If you haven't contacted Maria to officiate your wedding day please do yourself a favor and reach out to her NOW! You will not regret it! From the first FaceTime chat with Maria to the day of our ceremony (16 days later) Maria gave us the tools to help her create the most beautiful and personal elopement ceremony. Her warmth, joy, excitement, love for her job and love for standing with couples as they state their vows to one another is infectious. Her attitude made us more excited to plan our perfect day! Maria is so laid back and SO much fun to be around! She didn't blink an eye when we informed her that we wanted her to create a personalized ceremony for us in just 16 short days. No, she was up and excited for the challenge! It was exactly what we were hoping our officiant would be and more! After the first time we talked, we felt she really got us and our relationship and because of this we decided for her to surprise us by not sending our marriage address to us to review before our elopement. This ended up being our favorite part of the ceremony! Maria, thank you again for everything. We cannot stop reliving the entire day (especially the ceremony)! Thank you for being such a HUGE part of It, we couldn't imagine becoming husband and wife without you and your support. The ceremony was more amazing and perfect than we could ever imagine!

-Nadine + Brady, Wolfe's Neck State Park Elopement

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Maria is worth every penny and more. She just makes everthing so comfortable. I had nerves since I was planning a wedding at a location I had never been to that was 3000 miles away. She got to know us before anything else and was able to find that perfect balance to make the ceremony that matched us. It's obvious that wedding are just more than a paycheck to Maria, they are her passion and that makes all the difference in the world.

Carrie + TJ, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Sweet + Simple Wedding

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We all felt that Maria Northcott of A Sweet Start did a great job with my daughter's wedding ceremony. She worked diligently with the bride and groom to be able to capture the essence of who they are and helped them to craft a ceremony that was very touching, deeply meaningful and even a bit funny. She incorporated a tree planting at the request of the bride and groom and it was lovely. Maria took the time to get to know them and we felt that connection as she spoke. She was also great at the rehearsal so we all knew what we were doing on the big day. If you aren't using a priest or rabbi and want a very meaningful and memorable service, we highly recommend A Sweet Start.

Susan, Mother of the Bride
Rockport Opera House Super Sweet Wedding