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Officiant in Portland, ME,
(207) 671-7237
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    Thomas

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  • Everything. Claire is a caring person who loves what she does and it comes through when she speaks. She’s willing to bend and weave with whatever your feeling towards your ceremony. She’s helpful, smart, and has a great sense of who she’s talking to when she meets you. She’s very attentive to details. She helped us with any advice we needed every step of the way. Thankfully we found her. Simply put she is a godsend.

    Ben Anderson

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  • Our first meeting with Claire was at a new coffee shop in downtown Portland. Originally the meeting was supposed to be a quick meet and greet but we all got along so well that we spent a couple of hours there. Claire made us feel comfortable, excited for the future, and confident that she was the right officiant for our elopement. It felt like we knew her our whole lives. She was wonderful with our families and friends, she was quick with documentation, and she took care of every little last detail. We would recommend her to anyone and everyone!

    Brittany O'kelly

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  • Claire was absolutely fantastic! In the midst of Covid-19 and all the government regulations, she worked with us to get married. We ended up having to cancel our actual wedding ceremony, and instead she married us in her backyard (maintaining the 6 feet of course) with her husband and my best friend being the witnesses! I can't recommend her enough! If my now husband and I do have the actually ceremony, she's promised to be there in a heartbeat for us. Not many people would do that... She is extremely caring and the perfect officiant.

    Rebecca

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  • Claire is warm, bubbly, funny, dependable, and goes the extra mile. She is everything you could want from an officiant and more. I am so glad that she officiated our wedding. Leading up to the wedding communication was great and, despite us being out of state, she made us feel like she was right there with us. On the day of the rehearsal and wedding day, she made everything easier and was a zen angel. And by the end of the wedding, she felt like family. I can't recommend her enough.

    Kasey Rosala

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  • I found Claire online since my husband and I don’t live in Maine. She was so easy to work with and was very helpful in making our ceremony exactly how we wanted it. Honestly I can’t think of anyone better to have officiated our wedding. There was so many personal touches she added that made the day perfect!

    Natalie Canaday

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  • Claire is absolutely wonderful. She went above and beyond to make our wedding ceremony special. We couldn’t recommend her more!

    Anna Groman

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  • Wow, just wow! Claire was absolutely unbelievable. We contacted her for our wedding in Maine and since we are living in Colorado she facetimed us and she immediately just ~got~ us. She went through so many different versions of the ceremony with us and was patient while we decided which readings we wanted. She came all the way to my parents house the weekend before the wedding to meet us and really put us at ease! She is such a charismatic person the entire ceremony everyone was in tears at times and laughing till they cried at others. She made all our guests feel welcome and so loved and we are forever grateful for her!!!

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    I thought Anna & Nathan's wedding ceremony was charming on paper. But the emails between us and print outs did not reveal the gorgeous, luscious, delicious, delightfulness of their wedding weekend. A new term "gourmet glamping" must now enter our vocabulary. Their vision, which was storybook to begin with, came to life under the direction of Kmarie Events. WITH an equally delightful plan B as there was strong chance of rain. The rain held off, but right on cue a rainbow appeared over the mountains beyond the altar. Then a country music song began and the bride came out with her charming parents. This wedding was one of the best I've ever officiated because of the warmth of the people plus the planned and unplanned moments like that. Well done, thank you and a very happy life to you both!

    Brian Dwyer

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  • Claire really couldn't have been a better officiant. We don't live in Portland (where we were married), so we didn't have the chance to meet her in person until a couple of days beforehand. But we did facetime calls to get to know each other and collaborate on the ceremony plan (Claire took the lead). She really hit all the perfect notes, and more importantly developed a great chemistry with us and the crowd. Multiple guests told us that this was the best ceremony they have been to and they really weren't just saying that. I couldn't imagine a better officiant and wedding ceremony. She is truly gifted at connecting with people and being able to lead the ceremony in the right direction. Of course, she's also easy to deal with and a big help in getting things organized.

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    If I was able to review couples, Brian and Zayi would get 5 starts too! They worked so hard to give each wedding element their own touch. The ceremony became an exact reflection of their love for each other and everyone there. The guests responded by being as in the moment as Brian and Zayi were - it was a really exciting wedding! Thank you for this outstanding review and come back to Portland soon!

    Myla

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  • We contacted Claire a year prior to our elopement to plan our special day. We had numerous face time sessions and email check ins to follow-up, get to know one another and stay on top of things. Claire was extremely receptive to feedback and eager to please. The day of our elopement Claire arrived early and mingled with our family/friends at our hotel which really made her feel like a member of our family. Claire kept the ceremony on track time wise and it did not lag or feel too brief.

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    Myla, I still have to pinch myself when I think of your AH-MAZING elopement on top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. It was THRILLING to be up there on top of the world while you two exchange such heartfelt vows. I adore your children and had the best adventure with your friend Joy! Many, many thanks for including me in your beautiful wedding vision!

    Nikita

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  • Claire was so helpful and so much fun to be around! She was totally flexible and willing to make our day 100% about our unique love story. We threw out tons of ideas, gave lots of feedback, and she totally rolled with it and did an awesome job! Her energy was laid-back and calming, while also fun and upbeat. We highly recommend her!

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    Thank you, Nikita, dear! You and Matt really surprised me with the depth of DIY planning that went into your wedding. All totally Pinterest-worthy! I loved your ceremony - it was such a fun collection of readings and elements. Your family's contributions were beautiful. Well done and best wishes to you both!

    sharyn

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  • Claire is absolutely AMAZING! She is one of the sweetest and funniest people I have ever met and both of those thing shined through during the ceremony. Our ceremony was very personal, intimate and romantic thanks to her incredible and kind words. It was exactly as we hoped it would be! She helped make our dream wedding a reality and we cant thank her enough! She fine tunes everything specific to her couples and performs the most wonderful ceremony! My guests were blown away and so were we. It was the perfect blend of sweet romance and funny uplifting moments. You honestly cant go wrong by choosing Claire to be a huge part of your big day!

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    Sharyn had a vision of her wedding and she allowed NOTHING to get in her way. I cannot believe the curves thrown at this couple (everything-included-vendor bailed) but they remained calm and incredibly joyful throughout the entire weekend! Their families blend seamlessly and made me feel right at home. The groomsmen could've jumped out of a firemen's calendar (!) and were so fun all day. Can you tell? I would do this wedding again in a minute!

    Dan Ehrmann

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  • From the minute my wife and I contacted Claire it was an absolute joy. She got back to us very quick and not only that - she arranged a Skype interview with us to get to know what we wanted and had in mind for our wedding. From that day forward she was very consistent with reaching out to us and was very quick in response to any questions we had. Apart from all of this, she is such a sweet, kind, and loving person. It’s hard to imagine what our wedding would have been like without her as our officiant and she holds such a special place in our hearts!

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    Thank you Dan & Kate! Yours was my first elopement on Cadillac Mountain. I wish I could add a photo because this couple is stunning! They drove from RI to Bar Harbor, Maine for their runaway wedding weekend. They were so excited, endearing and genuine. On elopement day, a storm chased us off the very top of Cadillac Mt, but our intrepid photographer (Ashley Jardin of She of the Woods Photography) had a great backup location further down. I prevailed upon two visiting biophysicists from Germany to get out of their warm car and be our witnesses. They were a hoot: "But we are not related to them!" This elopement was just thrilling - I can't think of another word for it. The wedding, the mountains, the foliage, the linda vista. I won't soon forget any of it and wish Dan and Kate the very best!

    Madeline

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  • All I can say is so helpful!! She always answered all my questions and gave me suggestions when needed. She was excellent with communication from the start. Savoir Claire was a god sent when my other minister cancelled on us! Call it fate!! Thank you Claire!!!!!!

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    I loved Madeline & Adam from the moment her Mom Suzy called me and told me about them! Their wedding at Stage Neck Inn in York Harbor was stunningly beautiful. Every detail planned & executed with perfection. This couple and their children were delightful and I hope to see them all again (i.e., dibs on the boys weddings!) The love between Madeline & Adam is palatable - I was so honored to be part of this union!

    Renee

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  • I cannot say enough good things about Claire! Her positivity and excitement are infectious! We had no idea going into this what to expect or how to create a ceremony and she made the entire process from beginning to end smooth and fun! She listened to what we were looking for and created a beautiful and memorable ceremony. Claire surprised us with this absolutely amazing and personal touch of including our guests in the ceremony. We could not have asked for anything more and would recommend Claire to anyone!

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    Too sweet! I loved this wedding! From the glorious drive to Fryeburg to the delightful woodland altar, this wedding was completely beautiful, unique and so meaningful. The surprise Renee speaks of was my version of The Seven Blessings - I use 8 Blessings. See, I knew they wanted to add an element of some sort, but couldn't decide on one in time for the wedding. So, on the day of the ceremony, before the processional began, I chose 8 guests at random and gave them each a blessing to read. Right before the Ring Exchange, I said "we have a surprise for you" and one by one, the chosen 8 stood and read my slightly revised versions of that lovely wedding tradition. Renee & John were thrilled - it was fun watching their heads turn back and forth seeing who would stand up next! Some readers read their blessing with real gusto which was an added treat. I wish this couple the best of everything. I can't wait to see and share photos of this glorious autumn wedding at Hardy Farm in the mountains of Fryeburg, Maine!

    Amanda G

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  • Claire was everything we could have hoped for in an officiant. She is so genuine, warm, friendly, and very skilled at making everyone around her feel immediately at ease. She was incredibly responsive and helpful, and we received so many compliments from our guests - they all wanted to know how long we'd been friends with her, and no one believed us when we said we met her for the first time that day. The ceremony she wrote for us was perfect and exactly what we wanted. I can't recommend her enough.

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    Dear Amanda & Kevin! I knew I was in for a treat when I heard you were from Alaska - this couple travelled all the way to back Maine to get married. Playing a role in that adventure was my honor indeed. I had so much fun at your wedding! Your family and friends were delightful and the location - deep deep in the forest - also added tp the extraordinary time. Thank you for this glowing review and know I feel the same. Best always, Claire
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