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Maria took any and all stress out of our ceremony by handling the logistics and working with us to make sure it was EXACTLY what we wanted. She is so solid, kind, and beyond capable and saved the day several times with her emergency wedding kit in her car (fish line for the flower swag, she had it!). She was kind, communicative, and connected with our family and wedding party. Everyone felt comfortable asking her any questions they had, and she ensured our ceremony was perfect without any stress for anyone. Her voice and presence in front of guests is beyond amazing, and our guests commented ALL NIGHT about how incredible of a ceremony it was. She was recommended to us by two separate individuals and we are so glad we found her!! One phone call with a Maria and you’ll be psyched about your ceremony.
— Kaitlyn + Ben, Lull Farm, Hollis, New Hampshire

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With so many choices in front of us my fiancé and I were overwhelmed (to say the least!) we had no idea what we wanted in a ceremony, but we certainly knew what we didn’t want. Right from the very first conversation we had with Maria we were at ease she was able to figure out by our “not” list what it was we wanted.

Life threw us some curve balls and we had to split our wedding up into two ceremonies— Maria was more than understanding & accommodating. We had a small “sweet & simple” ceremony last week and very much look forward to working with Maria to create our “super sweet” ceremony next May.
— Stephanie + Chris, Belfast, Maine

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Choosing Maria of A Sweet Start to officiate our wedding day ceremony was hands down the best decision we made during our wedding planning process! My husband and I are not very religious and knew we wanted to get married outside, but that was about all we were sure of. After meeting Maria on Skype, we knew we could fully trust her to help us create the ceremony of our dreams. Maria custom tailored a ceremony for us that was unique and meaningful and she embraced our idea of a beer ceremony and turned it into reality! My husband and I are in our mid 20’s so we thought most of our guests would be talking about “the party” the next day, but everyone could not stop raving about our ceremony! I had multiple people tell me it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever attended. I cannot recommend Maria enough!

Lauren + Mark
Spruce Point Inn
Boothbay Harbor, Maine

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My husband and I are ecstatic with the work Maria did for our wedding. Maria goes above and beyond what is expected of an officiant. She helps couples every step of the way from planning the day, making herself available to ask questions and creating a ceremony that not only feels intimate for you and your partner, but also connected to all of your guests. Maria speaks eloquently, projects herself well, and truly knows what she is doing to make your ceremony flow, but also slow down and hold on to that special moment. We absolutely adore Maria and her work. We would recommend her to ALL! (: Thank you Maria!! 

The Campbells
Granite Ridge Estate
Norway, Maine

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How can I even begin to write about our experience with Maria? My husband and I were feeling anxious about finding the right person to officiate our wedding. We knew we wanted something special, personal, real, and fun without religious undertones, but had no idea where to begin. We set up a video call with Maria after reading reviews online and felt an immediate connection with her; we knew she was the right person to help us craft our fully-custom ceremony! From that day forward Maria was communicative, clear in her expectations, and available whenever we had additional questions. She set deadlines for us throughout the process, which allowed us to take the time we needed to be thoughtful about the pieces of the ceremony. We went back and forth with her over ceremony drafts 5 or 6 times, and it was finalized about a month before the wedding. I can't tell you how important this piece was - we had so many other things to think about in the weeks leading up to the wedding and I was so happy that we didn't have to scramble to write anything. The week of our wedding, we touched based again just to make sure we had all the timing right, and Maria made great suggestions about how to handle other details, like the processional. When it came time for the rehearsal, Maria was fun and assertive, making sure everyone knew where to be, which took so much pressure off of us and allowed us to relax and enjoy it! Thanks to Maria's help, our ceremony was just as we envisioned it. So many people commented later that they loved her energy and couldn't believe she hadn't known us for years! We watched our wedding video this week and couldn't stop smiling re-living the moment. It was perfect.

Ian + MIchelle
Clark's Cove Farm
Walpole, Maine

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I feel like no words in the English dictionary can even come CLOSE to accurately describe how amazing it is to work with Maria. Within minutes of our first FaceTime consultation, we knew she was the one, we just clicked so well! Maria created a completely custom ceremony for us by sending us sample scripts and a ton of different readings and poems, as well as a questionnaire that we each filled out separately. Being very much a type A planner, I cannot tell you how much I worship her organization skills, she was always on top of everything and lightning-fast responsive when we contacted her. Maria has a very warm, calming energy that just made us feel good. We stressed about everything else, but never about this. The ceremony went so well that we had relatives coming up to us later to say how impressed they were with her. They said they’ve been to a lot of weddings, but she was one of the best officiants they’ve seen. Her blog also has a lot of great advice, not just specific to officiating, that was helpful during our planning process. Trust me when I say this: SHE IS WORTH IT. <3

Kristie + Matt
Pineland Farms
New Gloucester, Maine

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What can we say about Maria? From the moment we met (via Skype) we knew Maria was the person to marry us. Her experience, knowledge of vendor partners and the area, as well as her incredible passion for her work all proved to be invaluable. Having been involved in many weddings, but never our own, both my wife and I found Maria to be the most professional, caring, involved, and exciting officiant we’ve ever been around. From start to end, her guidance through our experience was incredible - Maria walked us through our ceremony, taking careful note of minute details to build out a touching, personal ceremony that came to life beautifully. Beyond just drafting the ceremony, Maria’s command of the ceremony, ability to corral those involved, and remind us to stay in the moment was everything we needed, but didn’t expect. For any couples looking to tie the knot, Maria is worth every penny and then some. Our day was beyond words, and a major part of that was her professional knowledge, love and support. As of today, Maria is no longer our officiant, but a close family friend!

Ben + Jordan
Marianmade Farm
Wiscasset, Maine

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I can’t say enough about Maria. She helped us come up with a beautiful, personalized ceremony, was a total pro guiding our wedding party through the rehearsal, and did everything she could to make our big day special. Her positive attitude and enthusiasm made her such a hit with everyone at our wedding. Thank you so much Maria!!

Kris + Andy
Live Well Farm
Harpswell, Maine

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Highly recommend Maria! Working with her was smooth and easy. Her professionalism and organization is equally matched with her passion for weddings, and with us, she made every step of the ceremony-crafting process super easy and personal. I especially appreciated her work in coordinating the actual logistics of the ceremony and rehearsal (timing, processional order, seating etc) this was a HUGE value and not something I necessarily thought of when researching officiants. Her calm, open, yet organized approach was a breath of fresh air during the inevitably hectic days leading up to the wedding. Maria’s words for our ceremony turned out perfect and several of our guests made comments that it was the best ceremony they had ever witnessed. Maria’s positive energy added to the love we felt on our day, and we are so glad that we chose A Sweet Start! Thanks Maria! <3

Victoria + Ryan
Beech Hill Barn
Pittston, Maine