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Officiant in Bath,
(207) 380-2444
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    Janelle Nichols

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  • My husband and I were just married by Maria on June 18th, 2020. It was such an amazing experience! We had originally planned to marry in Italy this June and had to cancel due to the pandemic. When we found this elopement package in our home state of Maine we were elated. We didn't want to wait to marry and the package provided everything and more for us to recreate our perfect wedding day. We met Maria on the day of our ceremony and immediately felt comfortable in her presence. She printed out our vows and pasted them on cards so that we could easily read them to each other. She was so flexible with all of the technology we used to Zoom in our families to "give us away" and even offered an additional suggestion for our ceremony called "Handfasting" which we thought was such a sweet touch. She provided us with a copy of our entire ceremony including our personal vows just days later which we'll be able to look back on and re-read for years to come. Her upbeat and comforting attitude rea... Read more

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    Dear Mrs. Nichols! It's funny you mention how immediately comfortable you felt with me, I had the exact same feeling with you and Jon! I'm delighted that you liked the Handfasting ceremony, I hope that moment helped you both feel connected and experience the strength of the commitment you had just made. It gives me shivers to think about it! xoxo Maria

    Erin Tomczak

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  • Hiring Maria to be our officiant was hands down the best decision we made, in regards to vendors for our wedding. After skyping with Maria, we knew instantly that she was the perfect fit. It was like we knew her for years, yet we just met. Her energy radiates to everyone around her, oh and she's really funny! We chose the personalized package and looking back I would make this decision over and over again. It was worth every penny. All of our guests raved about how heartfelt, personal, and emotional our ceremony was. You can really tell that she practices each ceremony too because her pronunciation, tone, pauses, etc. were all spot on. Additionally, the expertise that Maria brings is like no other. She gave us suggestions for where to stop to get "the perfect picture," how to organize our wedding party, how to stand, what to be conscious of, etc. I cannot say enough great things about our experience with Maria and would highly recommend her to anyone I know that's getting married a... Read more

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    My dear Erin, thank you so much for sharing your experience working with me! I'm especially touched by the comment about me practicing the ceremony and how "spot on" you felt my pronunciation, tone and pauses were. I work so hard on this, so to know you recognize it and value it makes me so happy. All my love to you and Trevor! xoxo Maria

    Sarah Martin

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  • Maria was extremely helpful from start to finish! She was so friendly and easy to talk to making the process so easy and seamless! Like so many other couples, our wedding plans were changed due to COVID-19. Maria was my saving grace. From our first email, I knew she was the right officiant for us. We were unable to meet in person until our wedding day but that didn’t change the quality of our ceremony. We met via zoom and discussed our visions, wants, dislikes, etc. Maria was so supportive and creative! We could feel how much she truly cares about the couples she works with! Everything was so perfect and I am so thankful that she was able to be there for us as our officiant! I will forever recommend Maria to all newlyweds!!!

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    My dear Sarah, thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm so glad you felt the quality of your ceremony wasn't affected by us not meeting in person til wedding day! I know this wasn't the wedding you had planned, but there was something so special about just having your family there. As much as I was the right officiant for you, you and Isaac were the right couple for me! xoxo Maria

    Matthew Pennie

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  • Maria is elite. From the first time we met Maria we knew that she was the right fit for us. We met in person and via video chat several times allowing her to get to know us and have a feel for our relationship. She has several options to make a ceremony feel like it is all about you. Our ceremony was flawless and the rest of the night people told us how special it was. We can not thank Maria enough and would recommend her to my family and friends and anyone that was looking for a great experience.

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    Dear Matt, thank you for the kind words! I loved getting to know you and Wendy. It felt like we were old friends by the time your wedding rolled around. I love hearing that you got compliments on the ceremony. Yay!! Lots of love, Maria

    Brittany Boilard

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  • Where to even begin?! Maria was just absolutely amazing from start to finish with the entire wedding process! Besides being extremely thorough and organized, she was a wealth of knowledge and a great resource when needing/looking for advice regarding anything wedding related. She was more than just an officiant, she become a friend & family. Her writing and public speaking skills really took our ceremony to the next level. She left all of our wedding guests raving about the ceremony!!

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    Oh Brittany, your review just gave me goosebumps! Thank you so much for pointing out my public speaking skills, I think you might be the first person to specifically mention it! Lol! I'm delighted to hear your guests raved about the ceremony. I've been raving about you and Alex! Love the photos from Rachel Campbell Photography!! All my love, Maria xoxo

    Courtney Mazur

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  • We could not be more happy with our decision to have Maria officiate our wedding. The ceremony was so personal and fit our style perfectly. Maria beautifully combined our love stories with readings and other elements we picked from her vast reserves and was then receptive to changes down to the word so that we felt comfortable with what it said. We really appreciated her patience and flexibility - it was so clear that she cared that we got it just right. Throughout the process Maria did a great job of setting expectations and communicating clearly. She was also very easy to work with even though we were out of state for most of the planning process. And while we weren't initially sure that we could match Maria's level of wedding-related enthusiasm, and we cringed at themes like "grounded", (which I bring up only to contrast all those who say that they immediately clicked with her), we are so grateful for the way that she kept us organized, calm, and excited about our ceremony. So man... Read more

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    Courtney, thank you so much for your honest and beautiful review! I know my wedding-related enthusiasm is a little much for some (hahaha!), so I'm so glad you felt like I kept you organized and calm. And most of all that your ceremony fit your style perfectly! Love, Maria xoxo

    Ellen

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  • From the very first call with Maria, she immediately put my husband and I at ease. We felt completely assured that she would execute our ceremony flawlessly. We met with Maria via video call several times over the course of the 12 months we were planning our wedding. Throughout that time Maria was highly professional and detail orientated. We had previously considered using a friend as our officiant however after connecting with Maria we were so impressed with her experience, knowledge, warm personality and ability to create a special moment for the two of us and our guests. One of the things we are most sad about our wedding being over is not being able to work with our vendors' anymore. Maria was our wedding officiant but also had become a friend. This is such a testament to the care and attention she gave us and gives all of couples she works with. We'll make sure to get coffee with her when we're in Portland next summer! If you're looking for an officiant in Maine - Maria should be... Read more

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    Oh, Ellen, I feel the same way now that you're wedding is over: I miss you and Adam! What a joy it was getting to know you two and working together. I'm so touched that my experience and knowledge helped assure you that working with a professional officiant, rather than a friend, was the right choice for you. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Love to you and Adam! xoxo Maria

    Michael Hoffer

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  • I can't rave enough about how Maria walked us through the process, incorporated our story into the ceremony and impressed everyone with her skills as our officiant. Her enthusiasm is genuine, she loves what she does and she makes the wedding couple feel at ease, while also making them excited for what's to come. I recommend her highly!

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    Michael, working with you and Angi was a joy! Thank you for participating in writing your ceremony in such an engaged way. I'm so glad to hear you felt at ease on wedding day, that's a win in my books! Big hugs to Angi! xoxo Maria

    Annelise

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  • Having Maria as our wedding officiant was one of the VERY best decisions we made for our wedding. She was a true joy to work with -- from the beautiful and 100% "us" ceremony she custom-wrote, to her calm and deeply knowledgeable guidance as we finalized ceremony logistics leading up to the wedding. On the wedding weekend itself, she blew us away with her warmth and skill (and her ability to wrangle our family and friends and keep us in the “happy wedding bubble"!). Our ceremony was one of the most magical, meaningful, and joyful moments of our lives and so much of that was because of Maria's incredible talents -- and her clear passion for the work! She made time slow down and every word matter. We will treasure those memories forever. We can't thank Maria enough! She's amazing - and now truly feels like family!

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    My dear Annelise, your thoughtful feedback means so much to me! Hearing you use the words "calm" and "deeply knowledgeable" warms my heart, because, as you know, offering these qualities to you was my ultimate goal. I'm delighted our paths crossed and will always treasure our time together. I love you and Jeremy! xoxo Maria

    Sophie Booth

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    5 out of 5
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  • Where to start with our dear, dear Maria?! Let me just say - choosing to work with Maria was by far one of the best decisions my (now!) husband and I made as we planned our wedding. We had a complicated situation - I'm American, my husband is Belgian, and we live in Belgium but got married in Maine. Maria Skyped us whenever we had questions, kept us on track with her incredible organization and deadlines for things like vows and ceremony readings, helped us detangle the international aspect of our marriage paperwork and license, and connected us with a network of professionals who, just like her, are authentic and fantastic people who I'm now thrilled to consider friends. Maria led our rehearsal dinner and made sure everyone involved knew their role. And our ceremony...it was truly the highlight of our wedding. Heart centered, personalized, grounded, sweet, and such a genuine reflection of me and my husband's love...at the end of the day, that's what all of this is about, isn't i... Read more

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    My dearest Sophie, thank you so much for expressing your feelings about working with me. I want to thank you and Simon for taking the time to meet with me and making the effort to see me when you were in Maine. Getting to know you two was such a pleasure! I look forward to visiting you when we come to Bruges! Cheers to your marriage and our friendship! xoxo Maria

    Amanda Fogarty

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    5 out of 5
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  • Oh Maria, where do I begin!? We knew we wanted to book you long before we ever got engaged! Knowing that we didn’t want a super religious ceremony but also wanting our ceremony to be thoughtful and meaningful we knew you would help us create just that. Creating a custom ceremony with you is one of our favorite parts of the entire planning process. You helped ground and reconnect us in a way that we so desperately needed amongst the chaos of planning. The months and days leading up to the wedding (and after!) you were an incredible resource for all things wedding. From writing our own vows to how to change my last name after the wedding - you already had all the tools in place to make the process as smooth as possible. One of the moments that sticks out to me the most is the moment during our rehearsal when you announced to our closest family and friends that our planning responsibilities were officially over and to keep us in a “wedding bubble of bliss”. From that mome... Read more

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    Oh, Amanda, where do *I* begin? Working with you and Cole was such a pleasure. You were both so responsive and engaged. I'm delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the process. I'm also so glad you were able to stay in the "wedding bubble of bliss" all weekend, you deserved it! Congratulations on your beautiful marriage. I'll never forget your wedding! xoxo Maria

    Brianna

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    5 out of 5
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  • Maria made our ceremony one of a kind! She was able to take aspects of our lives and relationship and create the most beautiful ceremony! She is also the sweetest person we have ever met! She took the time to get to know us to make sure the ceremony was exactly what we wanted! She made everything so easy for us, and was super patient and flexible! Everyone at the wedding raved about the ceremony!!!

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    My dear Brianna, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience working with me. I love that your ceremony was exactly what you wanted. Yay! Big hugs to you and Seth! xo Maria

    Alexandra Tsaryuk

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  • Planning a wedding during a pandemic can be undoubtedly stressful, but having someone as patient, compassionate, and wise as Maria was a huge reason why we were able to navigate our way through this crazy process. Maria is a top-notch professional who worked hard to get to know us on a personal level, to ensure that our ceremony was unique to us. When our initial wedding plans were canceled due to state regulations on out-of-state travel and social gatherings, Maria's first instinct was to make sure that we were doing OK emotionally. Thereafter, Maria was extremely flexible and understanding as our plans continued to evolve. It is obvious that Maria is the best of the best in her field, and we urge EVERYONE to consider her as a wedding officiant, as she will make your big day a truly unforgettable experience. Thank you for everything, Maria!

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    Sweet Sasha, my heart aches for all that you went through scheduling and rescheduling your ceremony. At what should have been the most joyous and celebratory time you were dealing with some really difficult decisions, the very least I could do was show you love and flexibility. Thank you for sharing your experience working with me in hopes that other couples find the same level of support and care you did. With all my love, Maria xoxo

    Susi Huesing

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  • We were exceptionally happy about our experience with Maria and how her wonderful energy and enthusiasm brought our ceremony to life. From our first experience interviewing her, we immediately had a sense of confidence in finding the right person. She provided us with 3 different scripted ceremonies to choose from as a great starting point for us to then make the ceremony our own. She was super flexible working with us, yet timely and prompt in everything she did (and kept us on track)! We met with her in person as our ceremony approached to further personalize, share family and wedding party background, and have her walk us through everything we should expect. Our wedding day ran so smoothly with her coordinating with the owner of our venue (Eve at Grey Havens Inn) and everyone in the wedding party knew what to expect and do. She was very clear and instructive in what was required for our marriage license and promptly took care of our filing. You’ll want to connect with Mari... Read more

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    Danke, Susi, for this wonderful review! It warms *my* heart to know you felt your ceremony was heartwarming, that's exactly what we were going for! I appreciate your confidence in me and that you felt I was timely, prompt and kept you on track. :) Mit liebe, Maria xoxo

    Jill Barkley Roy

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    5 out of 5
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  • My wife and I hired Maria to do a surprise wedding for us in the middle of our housewarming party. As a former wedding coordinator, I knew I wanted to work with Maria. She was perfect! She kept us grounded throughout all of the planning, so when she arrived moments before we announced we were actually having a wedding, we were both put at ease. Her excitement was palpable, and her love and care for us was evident. The ceremony was beautifully written, a true reflection of our love story. If you want your ceremony to be thoughtfully put together and a meaningful experience for you to have and your guests to witness, hire Maria.

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    Jill and Amy, it was an absolute honor to be your officiant! Thank you for trusting me to help you pull off the surprise wedding. I'm especially honored you chose me since you were a wedding planner, Jill. You know what it takes to bring a ceremony to life so the fact you chose me is deeply meaningful! We still need to get a drink and debrief! xoxo Maria
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