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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

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From the very first email with Maria I could tell we had found the perfect person to marry us! Maria is so nice and sweet and if you ever have any question about anything she always gets right back to you with an answer! We lived a little far from each other so we did FaceTime calls which were great!! She also has amazing ceremonies you can pick if you choose to do that, like we did! When it came to our vows Brandon and I wanted to write our own. Maria looked over each of ours gave us feedback and even helped make things flow better with our words AND put them on cards for us to read on the day of. When it came to wedding day Maria was nice and early and was checking in with me to make sure everything was going good. She also let us know when it was time to start! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience from a better person! Maria being our notary public was one of my very favorite parts of our day!!

Maria + Brandon
Private Residence
York, Maine

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My husband and I chose Maria to be the officiant at our wedding. I could tell from the beginning that we made the right choice. Maria was very professional but also extremely personable. She will work with you on customizing your ceremony so it’s unique and special. When we finally met Maria in person the night before our wedding she brought such a positive, humble energy to our wedding party. She was very organized and you could tell she was extremely comfortable with helping the wedding party understand what they needed to do on the wedding day and where they needed to go. On the day of our wedding she was very supportive and made me feel like okay, I CAN do this! She read our ceremony perfectly! I really can’t describe in words how amazing Maria really is. I couldn’t imagine any wedding without her!!

Ashley + Ryan
Hilton Garden Inn Riverwatch
Auburn, Maine

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We feel so lucky to have Maria part of our lives after officiating our wedding in July 2017. From our first Skype conversation, we knew Maria was the perfect person to help us building a warm, loving, personal, secular ceremony. Even though the ceremony was the most important part of our wedding day, we didn’t know where to begin and we collaborated with Maria to work from her expertise to build a ceremony that felt entirely our own and so authentic to who we are. On our wedding day, we found ourselves more emotional that we expected, and Maria was our rock and helped us be in the moment and get through the tears! Maria was so responsive and thoughtful throughout our planning process and was a great sounding board for other elements of our wedding. We had a fantastic check in with her a few months before our wedding where we went over every detail, and she prompted us to think of things we hadn’t considered and had expert guidance and experience to help us build a ceremony we were so thrilled with. She also led our rehearsal ceremony and our families and wedding party was blown away by her warmth, attention to detail, and positive energy. We could not have imagined our wedding day without Maria! Any couple will find themselves in such supportive and thoughtful hands in working with her. We worked with a lot of great “vendors” on our wedding day, but Maria was the best.

Claire + Mike
The 1774 Inn
Phippsburg, Maine

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How do we say enough about Maria? As a couple from New England but living in Oregon, Maria made crafting our ceremony seamless, even from a distance. From the very start, she made us so comfortable in an arena we knew absolutely nothing about. The process was so simple and easy to work into our busy lives- after finding out what we liked and disliked, we received a first draft, which we edited and sent back, repeating just a few times until we had a ceremony that we all adored. So many people came up to us or messaged us after the wedding to tell us that it was the most well-crafted and personalized ceremony they'd ever been to. During the rehearsal and ceremony, Maria was so organized but also incredibly warm and kept us at ease. She didn't want the rehearsal to feel too real and emotional, so she told my dad and I jokes as we walked down for practice. Little touches like that made us appreciate her so incredibly much. We all were tearing up during the wedding! Maria was such a big part of our wedding, and I can't recommend her enough. We can't thank her enough for making a truly one-of-a-kind ceremony that was incredibly personalized and reflected us more than we could have ever imagined. Get her on your vendor team now!

Maia + Jake
Live Well Farm
Harpswell, Maine

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Maria is amazing. She has such a warm personality and worked really hard to write a beautiful ceremony that we loved. Friends and family commented on how personal and touching the ceremony was. The ceremony itself felt like us (...we laughed! we cried! the whole 9 yards). Logistics: Maria first spoke to us over skype, exchanged a few emails, met with us in person, led our rehearsal, and met me before the ceremony. She explained how to get our marriage license, she helped us make some ceremony decisions, and she is just a nice person to be around. Nothing negative to say - she is wonderful.

Caroline + Tim
Migis Lodge
Raymond, Maine