One of the best ways to make your Maine wedding fabulous is to use lighting and decor! It’s simply the best and easiest way to add ambiance and atmosphere to your wedding. Glamorous draping, a sparkling chandelier, warm cafe lights or even marquee lighting can literally transform a space.Read More
Every so often I share with you a list of things I’m loving. I think it’s a fun way for you to get to know me better and see what my life is like.
I’m loving this super easy meal. If you want to impress your guests but don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen, use this recipe. It’s a serious crowd pleaser!
Over the years, I’ve officiated many secular (non-religious) weddings that incorporated Jewish wedding traditions. It’s worked out really well because I happened to have done the same thing in my own wedding in 2006. We had a birch tree huppah with a covering hand-embroidered by my mother, it was beautiful. We also conducted a simple wine ceremony during the proceedings and then concluded our wedding ceremony with a few quiet moments alone. All of these elements happen to come from the Jewish tradition.Read More
Clara and Dallas aren’t just clients, they’re friends. We live in the same community and run into each other in the grocery store. Their gorgeous home used to be a wedding venue, can you see why?! So, when they asked me to be their wedding officiant, I was completely floored and totally honored!
“Do you want to be our officiant?”
“I do! “
Clara calls Dallas her knight in shining armor, and we got a glimpse of that when the rain started pouring down mid-ceremony. Dallas gallantly held an umbrella over my head so I could officiate, thank you, Dallas! And beautiful Clara glowed like a princess on her wedding day. You could say these two are Maine royalty!
As you can see, the rain pelted us before and during their wedding ceremony, but cleared up enough for them to exchange rings, conduct a candle unity ceremony and share their first kiss as husband and wife under clear skies!
The rain didn’t bother any of us in the least, as you can see from the roaring laughter we shared during their ceremony. Their guests bravely witnessed the union from under their umbrellas and raincoats, which just made them all feel even more apart of the festivities. Rain has a way of bringing everyone together on wedding day!
Enjoy these stunning photos from Kivalo Photography, one of my favorite Maine wedding photographers!
Scroll down to the bottom for the list of talented wedding professionals who produced this fairytale wedding celebration!
Officiant: A Sweet Start
Bakery: Cakes for All Seasons
Bar Service Provider: MANE Catering
Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal & Formal, Portland
Caterer: MANE Catering
Ceremony Venue: Overlook at the Point, private residence
Ceremony Music: Aaron Denny
Design and Styling: n/a
Dress: Stella York
Florist: Blue Cloud Farm
Groom's Outfit: BlackTux.com
Hair: From This Day Forward
Makeup: Kim Doll On-Site Stylist
Oyster Bar: BP’s Shuck Shack
Photographer: Kivalo Photography
Planner or Day-Of Coordinator: Dragonfly Services Day of Wedding Coordinator (my favorite!)
Reception DJ: Aaron Denny
Reception Venue: Overlook at the Point, private residence
Rehearsal Dinner Caterer: Red Claw Lobster Bakes
Transportation: Bath Bus Services
Videographer: Kivalo Photography
As a professional wedding officiant, I arrive to your ceremony at least an hour early. That means I get to see the finishing touches of the hair and makeup team (if you’re not doing a first look and already ready). The ladies are often in colorful robes, drinking champagne and laughing at inside jokes. I get to observe the catering staff and wedding planner finalizing the tablescapes and decor. And, I get to check in with the groom and his groomsmen (if there is one) to see how they’re getting ready. Sometimes it’s loud music, shots of whiskey and maybe even lawn games. It’s such a relaxed and happy time!Read More
Right up til the last minute we weren’t sure if we were going to have Kaitlyn and Ben’s wedding ceremony outside. The radar didn’t look great, but there’s something about Hollis, New Hampshire where the rain just passes by, so we went for it. Unfortunately, mid-ceremony the rain poured down, but Kaitlyn’s Mom and Dad popped up and covered them with umbrellas and on we went. It ended up being quite a magical moment filled with laughter and cheer!Read More
I’ve been officiating weddings here in Maine since 2011 so you can bet I’ve seen lots of weddings that included dogs. There’s nothing cuter than a dog all dressed up for the special occasion with a floral crown around its neck or a fancy bow tie attached to its collar. We’re lucky that many of the barn wedding venues in Maine allow leashed and well-behaved dogs on site, which means you can include your pet in your wedding. In this post, I offer you some things to consider before asking your furry friend to be in your ceremony and some tips for making their participation the most successful it can possibly be.Read More
In 5 easy steps you could be working with Maria from A Sweet Start, one of Maine’s best wedding officiants! Wait, I’m writing this post, so I should say “You could be working with me!”
Step #1 The Inquiry Email
You might not know this, but the inquiry email is very important. You want your inquiry to stand out from all the other ones I receive. So, make it interesting and give me information about your wedding and your mate.
Step #2 The Meet-n-Greet
This is my favorite step because it’s when I get to meet you two! We’ll schedule a 30-minute video chat to get to know each other and see if we’re a good fit. You should look for an officiant you feel a warm connection with; someone who can earn your trust. Hopefully it’s me, but it might not be, and that’s totally ok!
Step #3 The Paperwork
This is when you read the service agreement carefully and then electronically sign it. Easy, peasy!
Step #4 Pay the Deposit
I require a non-refundable save-the-date deposit of 50% of the fee to officiate. The balance, including travel, parking, accommodations (if applicable) is due one month before the big day! You receive an electronic invoice and I accept all major credit cards.
Step #5 That’s It
We’re off to a sweet start! Woohoo!
This is the story of Jon and Amy, whose wedding that took place at the Coveside Bed & Breakfast tucked away in the seaside town of Georgetown, Maine. On one of the most beautiful days in late summer, these two continued their adventure by tying the knot while surrounded by Amy’s three children, Kyleigh, Stella and Evan and a warm and loving community of friends and family. I had the great fortune of being their Maine wedding officiant!Read More