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Rooted & Wild

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A wedding ceremony that celebrates your unique love story.

Celebrant and officiant Emily Sterling takes great joy in creating meaningful, personalized wedding ceremonies that express your unique love story. Whether it's just you and your partner at a waterfall or 150 of your closest friends at a gorgeous venue, Emily wants your wedding ceremony to be intentional, sacred, and unforgettable. With a down-to-earth vibe and equal parts humor and reverence, Emily officiates memorable weddings and adventure elopements in the Pacific Northwest and beyond!

Services Offered

*Customized wedding ceremonies

*Vow writing workshops

*Family/friend officiant coaching classes

*Ceremony design consulting (weddings, vow renewals, post-COVID celebrations, bachelorette retreats and more!)

Rooted & Wild believes that everyone鈥檚 love story is important which is why Emily is passionate about serving all couples. She is a proud LGBTQIA+ ally vendor focused on inclusivity in the wedding industry. Emily specializes in non-religious and spiritual ceremonies for non-traditional couples. Emily offers a free 30-minute consultation to make sure she鈥檚 the perfect wedding officiant for you.

Emily's 2023 officiating schedule is now full. She is not yet booking for 2024 at this time. Other ways to work with Emily this season include taking a vow writing workshop, signing up for ceremony design consulting or taking the Officiating 101 on-demand video course on her website.

You can also follow along on social media to see what she's up to @rootedandwildpdx.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Non-religious
Interfaith
Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
No Denomination

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

In which states are you licensed?

CA
OH
OR
WA

What languages do you speak?

English
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    When we were first planning our elopement we weren't sure if having a stranger be our officiant would make the ceremony feel less personal and Emily made that fear go away almost immediately. It truly felt like we had a friend with us during our ceremony. Everyone was so personalized and she was so great at helping us plan the details of the ceremony to ensure we felt that it aligned with our vision and our values. I highly recommend working with Rooted and Wild and the vow writing workshop offered was also helpful!

    Rooted & Wild's reply:

    Thank you dear ones! I'm so glad you felt supported and known during the ceremony design process and on your elopement day. What a beautiful and adventurous weather day we had in the Redwoods!
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    Rachel W. Married on 03/25/2023
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    Unforgettable ceremony, absolutely divine!

    Boy, where do I begin! Emily is officially one of my favorite humans on this planet. She came highly recommended by our queer friends who eloped in 2020, and I'm so grateful we chose to work with her. Rooted and wild is the perfect name for what she does! I craved and appreciated her approach to duality, integrating equal parts serious and lighthearted moments into our ceremony so seamlessly, it felt like a dream come true. Her energy and guidance gave me permission I didn't know I needed to be truly present. It's such a gift, during the throes of wedding planning - one of the most important, nerve-wracking moments of your life - to feel truly taken care of. And she does it all with an air of clarity, calmness, and confidence - all I had to do was follow her lead. But then she also managed to follow ours? Best of both worlds, I swear!

    Especially when it came to writing our vows - her private one-on-one workshop with feedback following the first couple drafts was a true godsend. I would recommend her to anyone, especially any queer couple, looking for a ceremony that accurately reflects the reverence and beauty of your love. She's the best, hands down. Thank you for everything, Emily!!

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    Oh my gosh sweet peas! Thank you, thank you for your incredible words. It makes me so happy to know that you felt so deeply seen, celebrated, and cared for during the entire process of ceremony creation and on your wedding day. You deserve it! I am so grateful we got to work together!
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    What a dream!
    Emily is not only a ridiculously talented celebrant, she is a gem of a human being!
    Collaborating with Emily to bring our goofy personalities into our ceremony was an absolute delight! She made the process SO easy and FUN!
    Emily has an amazing gift of words and creativity that we are so lucky to have enjoyed! Our ceremony was perfectly personalized, from the Rock, Paper, Scissors-off to determine who vowed first to the unforgettable "We Do!" from our friends and family! She is genuine, creative, and has a radiant smile that we captured in many a photo to enjoy forever!

    Rooted & Wild's reply:

    Oh my gosh, dear ones, y'all are the best! Thank you for bringing such joyful energy to your ceremony. I had such a wonderful time co-creating alongside you. Wishing you so much happiness together!
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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!

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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.

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