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Officiant in Bath,
(207) 380-2444
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    Heather Gray

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  • Maria was fantastic!! She worked with us personally every step of the way. She wrote a special customized and personal ceremony for me and my (now) husband. She was there to answer any questions we had and guide us through the whole wedding process. Her energizing and bubbly personality fit great with mine and many guests raved about how great Maria was during the ceremony. Maria was so supportive and we really appreciated everything she did for us from the planning process, to the edits, to the rehearsal, to the wedding, and even afterwards. We would 100% recommend her services to anyone we meet! She made our wedding truly special and memorable.

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    Sweet Heather, thank you so much for this awesome review and for trusting me to be your guide through the wedding process! I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and Brett, and it was fun to see how much you and I had in common - definitely the same energy and bubbly personality, like you said! All my love xoxo Maria

    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

    Rylee Eterginoso

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  • Finding Maria was perhaps the luckiest google search I ever performed. Like many hopeful couples, we found our wedding plans complicated by the challenges of 2020. With a honeymoon to Maine still on the books, we thought to ourselves, “Could we elope?” And with less than 6 weeks to go, google introduced us to Maria and we couldn’t be more happier. From the very beginning, we felt we were in good hands. She responded promptly and warmly to my emails and made me feel at ease planning a wedding so far from home. She was organized and friendly, not to mention a wealth of knowledge. We were starting from scratch with our elopement and Maria gave us recommendations that led to both our wedding photographer and florist who we were also incredibly impressed with. Working with Maria felt like we won a contest. The day of the ceremony we didn’t know what to expect, but we trusted her. She arrived with calm energy, light, and joy. I am smiling right now thinking about it. Through a unique... Read more

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    Oh my gosh, Rylee, this is the one of best reviews I've ever received! My heart is bursting, and *I'm* brimming with gratitude that you took the time to share your experience working with me. I take the trust you put in me very seriously, and I'm delighted to know you felt my calmness and joy! All my love to you and Michael on this next phase of your lives! xoxo Maria

    J and K

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  • Maria from A Sweet Start was just amazing to work with from the moment we reached out to her. She was able to guide us through our Elopement process from the beginning to the day she married us at Pemaquid Lighthouse. Maria is someone you can trust and she will ensure you have everything to anything you need. If you are reading this, don't look any further and giver her a call for an appointment!

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    Sweet K, Thank you for saying I'm someone people can trust. Just like marriage, trust is the foundation of the relationship with your officiant, so it means the world to me you feel this way! Thank you for sharing our thoughts about working with me. All my love to you and J! xoxo Maria

    Sarah Treff

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  • Maria is amazing! She was so responsive leading up to our very last minute elopement and really helped to give us direction. She was incredibly professional. We are so grateful we had her as our officiant on our special day. Thank you Maria for making our wedding ceremony so special!

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    Sweet Sarah, I agree, your ceremony was so special! I love how much laughter you two shared during the proceedings. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my couples full of joy! Thank you for trusting me to be the person to marry you an Bobby. xoxo Maria

    Kaylee Darigan

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  • We found Maria through our original venue's preferred vendor list. Due to Covid, our wedding changed a lot from the time we booked Maria to the day of our wedding, and she was with us for the entire ride. Maria was professional and flexible. She provided timely responses to all of our questions, and upon our first virtual meeting with her, we felt like she was an old friend we'd known forever. She walked us through every step and offered us advice when we needed it. She writes incredibly beautiful ceremonies that are unique and personalized to each couple. She really took the time to get to know us and our families, and on the day of our wedding we got so many compliments on the ceremony and how wonderful she was. I highly recommend Maria to anyone looking to get a really personal and special experience. Thinking about how wonderful and memorable she made our ceremony makes me want to get married all over again! Thank you Maria!

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    My sweet Kaylee, I really hope that my being there for you as your plans changed felt grounding and supportive. I'm so impressed with how gracefully you and Brandon adapted to all those changes. Actually, your positive attitude and pure joy *during* the ceremony was an inspiration, too! All my love to you both! 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

    Kelly Barret

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  • Maria from A Sweet Start was hands down one of the best decisions we made during our wedding planning. She is simply incredible! From the first meeting a year and a half prior to the wedding, to the big day, she was involved the whole time. Maria was extremely communicative and sincerely wanted our ceremony to portray us as a couple while gently offering professional help. She was patient with us, as we struggled with planning a wedding during Covid which left us making a lot of last minute decisions. As a bride, you will have plenty of added stress and she completely removes that by fully running the rehearsal and emailing your vendors schedules. Family and friends are still taking about how touching and heartfelt our ceremony was and how well-spoken and sincere Maria was. If you get the opportunity to have Maria as your officiant, you are very lucky.

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    Oh my dear Kelly, what a beautiful review! Hearing that I removed your stress by running the rehearsal and communicating with your vendors makes me so happy! This is just what I want all my couples to feel. I'm also very moved by knowing that your friends and family felt the ceremony was touching and heartfelt. It was a pleasure being there for you and Dave - I'm the lucky one! 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

    Lauren

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  • We met Maria two years ago over Skype and instantly fell in love with her. Having an interfaith ceremony, we knew we didn’t want a traditional ceremony with a religious officiant. Maria was highly recommended to us from another vendor and we couldn’t have been more pleased. We felt like she had been a part of our family for years and she helped us create the most perfect ceremony. Even when things didn’t go exactly according to plan... because 2020... she was with us every step of the way. We couldn’t be happier with our day and cannot recommend her enough!!

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    Dearest Lauren, I'm so touched that you feel like I've been part of your family for years. Literally nothing could make me happier to hear! I'd also like to say the feelings are mutual: I love you and Michael! Thank you for this beautiful review and for putting your trust in me! xoxo 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
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