Heartcrafted Ceremonies offers custom, creative, and personalized non-religious wedding and elopement ceremonies. Based in Portland, Oregon, Susie Cunningham is a Life-Cycle Celebrant who creatively writes and officiates wedding ceremonies unique to each couple. Through Heartcrafted Ceremonies, Susie works closely with each couple, and together they collaboratively create a meaningful and personal ceremony. Each wedding also includes the couple's Love Story meticulously written by Susie. Whether the wedding is more traditional or an eclectic, creative gathering, Heartcrafted Ceremonies will create a wedding or elopement ceremony that authentically represents each couple.
Heartcrafted Ceremonies creates custom wedding and elopement ceremonies that uniquely reflect the values and commitment of each couple, offering ideas for readings and meaningful, non-religious rituals. Guidance and assistance as needed for vow writing.
53 Reviews for Heartcrafted Ceremonies
Recommended by 100% of couples
50 User photos
Caitlin · Married on 12/12/2015
We are so grateful for Susie
Planning a wedding is stressful. Planning a wedding during a pandemic... way more stressful. Thank GOODNESS we had Susie along for the ride with us on this one. She not only is a pure joy to chat with and be around, she is so organized and communicative, and went above and beyond to make sure that our day was as special as we imagined it would be -- despite all the twists and turns. At one point, she even offered options for alternative ceremony locations and really helped us through all of the changes in our plans. On top of all that, Susie is a beautiful and creative writer and did an absolutely stunning, heart-touching job writing our ceremony. We felt like we formed a special bond with her throughout the whole process and could not imagine sharing the start of our marriage with anyone other than Susie. Thank you, Susie!Sent on 07/17/2020
Heartcrafted Ceremonies's reply:Thank you Caitlin and Sam! Getting to know you, sharing your love story, and being part of your special day was a joy. Planning a wedding during a pandemic is akin to Mr. Toad's Wild Ride! But we maneuvered through it ALL and .... happily landed in your backyard! The rain showers passed, your daughters stood nearby, and family from across the country witnessed your ceremony through Zoom. And in the end... you were married! There were many personal touches and traditions like writing love letters that you honored, making your ceremony so meaningful and special. And I got to be part of this love-filled wedding! Thank you! I can't add any colorful hearts to this note. Darn! So I will end with a long line of !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just pretend they are hearts, Caitlin!
Christine Crowley-Kelly · Getting married on 03/07/2021
Susie was a Wedding-Saver!
We got married last July (2019) and had a wonderful celebration with Susie! We had originally asked a close family friend to officiate our wedding - my wife and I researched and wrote our own script and had started workshopping the ceremony with her. About a month before the ceremony, our would-be officiant called us and said that she would no longer be able to officiate our wedding due to familial pressures, since this was a same sex wedding. Naturally we were upset and hugely stressed. Then, we found Susie and she was the perfect person to partner with for the perfect wedding. She took our script, asked all of the right questions, made all the right changes and worked to make our ceremony as personal as we had been planning from day one. She was flexible, generous and warm. We couldn't have had the wedding we did with anyone else! We'd recommend Susie to anyone who's looking for a thoughtful, creative officiant!Sent on 04/20/2020
Heartcrafted Ceremonies's reply:Oh Christine and Sarah! I will always have such fond memories of your amazing, love-filled wedding. You thought of such creative ways to include your family and friends in your ceremony and made every part of it special and meaningful to you. Remembering your delightful "Flower Grandmas" happily tossing petals down the aisle to begin the ceremony will always, always, always make me smile! Together we created the wedding you had envisioned and joyfully celebrated YOUR love. Lucky me! I got to be part of this spectacular day. Thank you!
Ashlee Merry · Getting married on 11/07/2020
Simply the best!
Susie was amazing from start to finish. She made this whole experience light hearted and easy. We planned our wedding in about a month and we feel so lucky we found Susie. She really did make our ceremony feel so personal and like she had known us for years. In times where we couldn't actually meet in person until the day of that says a lot about her. When I look back on our wedding day our ceremony was such a special part of it that I'll always cherish. Susie is thoughtful and made our ceremony exactly what we imagined but better. Everyone at our wedding kept complimenting us on how amazing our ceremony was. Thank you for marrying us Susie and being the best of the best!Sent on 07/16/2020
Heartcrafted Ceremonies's reply:Mr. and Mrs. Merry - you are the best! It was truly a privilege being part of your most special day. I am so pleased you liked your ceremony and travelogue Love Story! Although your wedding looked a bit different from the one you had originally planned in Puerto Vallarta, your backyard ceremony surrounded by loved ones suited you well. Your love and exuberance was truly contagious! Thank you for including me in your day. Fasten your seatbelts ...... and continue falling in love all over the world!
When someone offers me a wedding and I'm already booked, Susie Cunningham is the Celebrant I refer them to. She is a supremely empathetic being who connects strongly with her clients and always gives them a beautiful, appropriate -- yes, truly "heartcrafted" ceremony. Susie is a star.
For a personal, wonderful wedding ceremony, there is nobody else I could recommend as highly. Simply wonderful to work with!