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 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, or vow renewal in the heart of nature, Emily will hike to your destination 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.
Emily is now booking for fall 2020 micro-weddings and elopements with less than 25 guests, pending state guidelines and restrictions due to COVID and 2021 weddings.
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Joshua Paulus · Getting married on 12/07/2021
Best Celebrant Ever!
Emily was amazing - she helped us through every step of the process and totally delivered on the wedding day!! She really took the time to get to know us and was able to craft a ceremony that felt very personal and totally in line with our values as a couple. She was also able to deal with some unexpected obstacles on the day of with grace and humor and her calming presence was a real asset - we can't recommend her highly enough!Sent on 08/05/2020
Rooted & Wild's reply:Thank you Josh! It was a total honor to be a part of you and Brooke's memorable elopement ceremony. So glad that I was able to get to know you both and honor your journey in love.
Kelly Merrick · Getting married on 07/06/2021
Wouldn't choose anybody but Emily
My husband and I attended Emily’s Vow Writing Workshop this spring in anticipation of our 10th anniversary vow renewal ceremony. I didn’t write my own vows when we were married, and I was very nervous to write my own this time around - how could I possibly capture everything about our marriage in words? But with Emily’s guidance, examples, and encouragement, I was able to speak from my heart and express my love and devotion. Not only did Emily help me write my amazing vows, but she also officiated our ceremony. We had to make adjustments to our original plans to due COVID-19 and social distancing rules, but she was flexible, accommodating and wrote us a beautiful ceremony that was the absolute perfect way to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Thank you, Emily!Sent on 07/16/2020
Rooted & Wild's reply:Thank you Kelly! I'm so glad that the workshop was helpful in guiding you to reflect on 10 years of marriage. Yay! It was also such an honor and a joy to witness and help tell your love story at your vow renewal, even in the midst of a pandemic. Your love is powerful!
Marcus Wong · Getting married on 05/03/2021
Made our ceremony so meaningful and personal. Thank you Emily!
We highly recommend Emily to anyone who is looking for a celebrant for their ceremony. She worked well with us and with our planner, and her communication was great throughout the process. Her empathy, kindness and professionalism reduced our stress level and made it really easy to work with her.
We originally planned a March 2020 wedding with friends and family, most of whom would be traveling to Seattle from the US and Canada. Because we wanted to write our own vows but couldn’t attend Emily’s vow writing workshop in person, Emily set up a 1:1 video chat and walked us through the process of vow writing.
Emily wrote a thoughtful and beautiful ceremony. And then she had to rewrite it when we canceled our ceremony and had mid-March Covid elopement. And what really made it special was that she secretly worked with our planner and family to gather notes from family members who could no longer attend. She included some of those well wishes in the ceremony, and had all of them printed out so we could read them all later that evening.
The ceremonies she wrote fit really well with what we had planned, and also for the elopement that actually happened. She included a lot of meaningful things that she had gathered from our conversations and from the questionnaires we completed.
Our elopement was a couple weeks earlier than our originally planned ceremony, and Emily was flexible and still traveled to Seattle so that she could be our celebrant. We were both anxious because of everything that was going on, and Emily’s support throughout relieved some of the burden and stress we were feeling.
The week after the ceremony, Emily confirmed that she completed the marriage license and sent it back to the county office. Within a few days, it was officially recorded and we were able to get our certified copies.Sent on 07/05/2020
Rooted & Wild's reply:Thank you Marcus! I loved working with you and Cynthia. I'm so glad that we were able to create a meaningful and safe elopement ceremony in the midst of all of the uncertainty of this time. I loved the letter surprise and I'm so glad we were able to work in the voices of your families during the ceremony, even though they couldn't be present. All the love to both of you!
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.