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 11/09/2018
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Natalie Secrest · Getting married on 06/05/2019
Emily is incredible!!
Our experience with Emily was absolutely incredible!! Right from the start, she took the time to meet with us and really get to know us. Not only did she ask us a lot of questions and make it a fun process of learning more about our story, but you could really feel how much she genuinely cared. After getting to know us, she crafted the most beautiful and personalized ceremony for us! On the day of our elopement, she made us feel so comfortable. We laughed and cried with her and just felt so at ease with her. Hiring Emily to be our celebrant was by far the best decision we made. The ceremony ended up being the best part of the day and we have Emily to thank for that! We would HIGHLY recommend Emily to anyone looking for a really special, personalized experience on their wedding day :)Sent on 05/12/2019
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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.