Rooted & Wild is a wedding Celebrant based in Portland, Oregon who takes great joy in creating spirited wedding ceremonies that express your unique love story. Whether it’s in your backyard or at a waterfall, officiant Emily Sterling wants your wedding ceremony to be romantic, sacred, and unforgettable. With a down to earth vibe and equal parts humor and sacredness, Emily gladly officiates both indoor and outdoor weddings in the Pacific Northwest and beyond! Ask her about her travel bucket list to see if your wedding plans align.
If you’re dreaming of a wedding, elopement, vow renewal, or civil union in the heart of nature, Emily will hike to the destination you desire for your ceremony. Rooted & Wild believes that everyone’s love story is important which is why Emily is passionate about serving all couples. She is a proud LGBTQ-ally vendor. As each couple is special and deserves services tailored to their unique needs, Emily offers a free 30-minute consultation to make sure she’s the perfect wedding officiant for you. Rooted & Wild helps couples write their vows and provides fun vow writing workshops in Portland, Oregon and online. Emily specializes in non-religious, interfaith, agnostic, and non-denominational ceremonies.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Dawn · Married on 06/16/2018
Emily was amazing from the first interaction until the moment we were announced Mr. & Mrs.'s! She took the time to sit down and hear our love story in person. Then she sent us each a questionnaire to fill out which allowed her to build our ceremony from there. The collaborative process was unexpected and helpful when formulating our ceremony. She really got a sense of who we are not only as a couple, but as individuals as well. Emily made herself readily available for any questions or concerns. I never expected the ceremony to be my favorite part of the wedding day but it was without a doubt the most memorable day of our lives. All of our family and friends were so impressed with Emily. Many of them assumed she was a close friend of ours. By the end, we can definitely say Emily has become a friend and truly enjoys what she does. Her passion for love 100% shines through her work. We would highly recommend her if you want a personal, unique and meaningful ceremony.Sent on 07/22/2018
Bonus: She also teaches vow writing workshops that were so fun and very helpful when writing our own vows.
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Marissa Solini · Getting married on 07/13/2019
Vow Writing Workshop Review
My partner and I attended Emily's "Vow Writing Workshop" and were so glad we did! We are getting married next year and are opting for a small intimate wedding so making sure we have meaningful and heartfelt vows is very important to us. After this workshop I feel full of reminders of why I'm so excited to marry my partner and finally feel in the right mindset to write these vows - all thanks to Emily! She was helpful at guiding us, while also encouraging us to be 100% ourselves and she has such a calm and wonderful energy about her. I highly recommend her workshop!Sent on 11/10/2018
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Randal Glynn · Married on 03/12/2019
Great experience & so fun!
My fiancé and I attended a vow writing workshop that Emily hosted. It was definitely one of our favorite parts of wedding planning/preparing. Writing our own vows was something we both wanted to accomplish but didn’t know where to begin. Emily made the process easier and fun! We were able to reflect on our relationship and discuss where we’d like our relationship to go. The 90 minute session had us crying, laughing, and remembering why we are marrying each other! I highly recommend to all engaged couples and even those looking to renew their vows! Thanks Emily!Sent on 03/14/2019
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This 1.5 hour interactive workshop held in the cozy loft of the Corkscrew Wine Bar helps you craft the promises you want to make to your partner on your wedding day and throughout your relationship. You'll laugh, reflect and reconnect with the reasons why you are committing to your partner. In this workshop, you will receive vow writing templates, tips & tricks and reflection questions to get your creative juices flowing! You'll leave with inspiration and strategies to tackle your vows with confidence.
Come with an open heart and a sense of humor. Couples are encouraged to attend the workshop together. This workshop is also appropriate for couples in love who are not engaged but wish to explore their love story or married couples who want to refresh their vows to one another.
Tickets are $40/person. You can select an exclusive Sparkling Wine flight during the event for $20.
Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vow-writing-workshop-tickets-53772136909
Wine Flight: Toasting with Sparkling Wine
There is a world of sparkling wine beyond Champagne and choosing the perfect one to toast your wedding doesn’t have to break the budget. Explore the ins and outs of sparkling wines as we visit three value driven options that are festive and delicious!
Here's what participants have said about the workshop:
"Emily’s workshop was warm and inviting. We were all quickly met with ease and humor that helped break the ice. After some giggling, we got to work. Her questions and prompts truly helped my partner and I find the words to express ourselves and write the perfect vows for us. I would recommend this workshop to anyone!"
"It was a really helpful, fun, and intimate event. I've been feeling intimidated about writing my vows, but the exercises she led really helped get the juices flowing. The combination of light hearted, lightning-round activities mixed with quieter, reflective activities made it easy to get comfortable with her and the other participants".
This 1.5 hour interactive workshop helps you craft the promises you want to make to your partner on your wedding day and throughout your relationship. You'll laugh, reflect and reconnect with the reasons why you are committing to your partner. Each couple receives a packet of resources including templates, reflection questions and example vows. You'll leave with inspiration and tips to tackle your vows with confidence.
Come with an open heart and a sense of humor. Couples are encouraged to attend the workshop together. This workshop is also appropriate for couples in love who are not engaged but wish to explore their love story or married couples who want to refresh their vows to one another. All couples and love stories are welcome in this workshop.
2019 clients get a discount, so please e-mail Emily for the discount code. A free glass of bubbly is included in the ticket price, as well as an exclusive discount code for vow writing calligraphy with Letters & Dust!
Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vow-writing-workshop-tickets-57884086862
If you want your ceremony to stand out from the other 20 weddings you've been to recently, go with Rooted and Wild. You'll create a memorable ceremony that is fun for you and your guests!
Emily has a wonderful and strong sense of self and her surroundings. She is an active listener that allows for full immersion in cultivating the experience that each individual couple wants and desires. Her calm, supportive demeanor makes for an ideal efficient and trustworthy confidant. You can only have a joyous and calm ceremony when she is a part of it.