This morning I received an email that not only made me cry but validated for me that all the hard work is totally, 100% worth it! This came from Greta Tucker, a dear friendor (friend + vendor), who I had the pleasure of working with at this past weekend's wedding

You know, on Saturday I saw you in such a different way…not anything that I didn’t know before, but I didn’t realize it was THIS magical. :)
The way Lissa reacted to you coming into the [bridal suite], it was just amazing, she was SO happy to see you and you totally made her feel so much better and at ease. It’s so nice to see the relationships you build with your clients, the way you "get" them, their personalities, and their relationship. 
I wanted to tell you how much I LOVED seeing the magic you bring to people’s lives and how you treat everyone like they matter and they are not just one of your clients but personalities and stories that you helped write. You made a difference in their story and in such beautiful way. OMG! 

-Greta Tucker
Greta Tucker Photography

Maine rustic barn wedding

On a perfect autumn day at the stunning William Allen Farm in Pownal, Maine, Chris and Melissa tied the knot...literally. They chose to create a Lovers Knot during their ceremony to symbolize the joining of their two hearts. The ceremony took place under blue skies and a apple tree, and I had the great fortune of being their wedding officiant. 

Everything about this wedding was beautiful from the bride in a princess gown, to all the thoughtful rustic decor elements and the gorgeous overflowing of flowers from Snell Family Farm. It felt lush and comfy, rustic and cozy, elegant and comfortable. Just a perfect day all around! 

All photos below by me, A Sweet Start

Real Kingsley Pines summer camp wedding

A while back I posted some iPhone photos I took at a wedding I officiated at Kingsley Pines in Raymond, Maine. This wedding was a highlight of my summer for both the sweet couple, Amy and Dan, as well as the amazing staff at the camp. The weather was also beautiful and because I spent Friday night in one of the cabins I spent the morning on wedding day enjoying the camp (read that as: lounging in an Adirondack chair on the beach). Now we can relive that wedding with the gorgeous professional photos from Bill Marshall Photography. Enjoy! 


French's Point Real Maine Wedding

After five years of being a professional wedding officiant I finally got to perform a wedding at French's Point Estate in Stockton Springs, Maine! It's been on my list of must-work-at-venues since I found out about it. And just take a look at the photos to understand why. This venue is incredible with jaw-dropping...

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Simply put, Maria is incredible. Though incredible hardly seems powerful enough a word. While people review everything these days, it is somewhat difficult to write a proper, glowing review. All of the typical words sound cliché. Amazing, wonderful, special; they all seem so underwhelming when you have experienced what Maria actually brings to your wedding day. Maria has a quality about her that is exceptionally rare. The first time you speak with her, it feels as if you have known her forever. She has a wonderful charisma and a true passion for helping to make your wedding exactly what it should be: memorable. Maria works tirelessly to compose a custom ceremony for her clients. She provides what seem like unlimited options, encourages collaboration, and welcomes feedback. In fact, just a week or so before our wedding day, Maria was still communicating with us about minor changes in the script – all to make sure that we were comfortable and that everything would be perfect. And it was. Maria will give you exactly what you dream of, all while ingratiating herself to your closest friends and family. I cannot count the number of people who came up to us and told us what an amazing ceremony Maria performed – and while she would never admit it, I know Maria kept getting pulled aside afterwards as people heaped their profuse (and wholly deserved) praise. People always say it is difficult to remember your wedding day. For some, that may be true. For us? We can say with unyielding confidence that Maria will put together a ceremony that you will never forget. So, Maria, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

Sincerely, Harrison and Callie.

Sunny Norway Maine Wedding

This is the love story of Jen and Justin, two of the most genuine, kindhearted, compassionate people. They chose to tie the knot at the Granite Ridge Estate and Barn in Norway, Maine, an excellent choice, if you ask me. With breathtaking views, abundant sunshine, the cutest ring bearer you'll ever see and lots and lots of laughter, these two joined their lives together in marriage and I had the honor of being their wedding officiant! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Justin Miller! 

All iPhone photos below by me, A Sweet Start

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Maria Northcott is, in a word, amazing. My daughter and son-in-law were fortunate to have Maria officiate their destination wedding this summer. Throughout the entire planning process and wedding weekend Maria was intuitive to their wishes. Meeting in person for the first time at the rehearsal, Maria was enthusiastic, organized and efficient. She instantly put the bridal party and family members at ease. Maria understood the vision of the wedding they wanted and performed a ceremony so personal and from their hearts that it seemed she had known them for years. I sincerely appreciate Maria for making this special day even more memorable.

-Jennifer, mother of the bride


If you want your wedding day to be completely personalized, while being full of laughter and tears of joy; A Sweet Start is a perfect fit!!! Maria is a genuinely caring person who we had an instant connection with. The guests at our wedding said it was the best ceremony they have ever attended!! Couldn't ever ask for anything more. Thanks Maria!!! We love you!!!