Rooted & Wild

Portland, Portland, OR 97212 Map · Phone number
Hired? Save
  • Photos 13
  • About
  • Reviews 49
  • FAQs
  • Network

About Rooted & Wild

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.

Services Offered
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.

Follow Rooted & Wild on

Other couples have also viewed:

  • The Wedding Judge
  • Heartcrafted Ceremonies
  • Jennifer Nies Officiant
Clear skies on wedding day
Clear skies on wedding day
5af9a82e6591f031 Lily Chris Mt Rainier Elopement Teasers The Foxes Photography
Rooted & Wild
Intimate van life elopement in the gorge
Intimate van life elopement in the gorge
Cathedral vow renewal ceremony
Cathedral vow renewal ceremony
Pre-ceremony pep talk
Pre-ceremony pep talk
Oregon coast elopement
Oregon coast elopement
Redwood Deck at Hoyt Arboretum
Redwood Deck at Hoyt Arboretum
Family wedding on the beach
Family wedding on the beach
The kiss
The kiss
Vow writing workshop
Vow writing workshop
Signing of papers
Signing of papers
Intimate backyard wedding
Intimate backyard wedding
Reading letters from their family during their intimate elopement in Mt. Rainier National Park.
Reading letters from their family during their intimate elopement in Mt. Rainier National Park.
Clear skies on wedding day
Clear skies on wedding day
5af9a82e6591f031 Lily Chris Mt Rainier Elopement Teasers The Foxes Photography
Rooted & Wild
Intimate van life elopement in the gorge
Intimate van life elopement in the gorge

Interested in this vendor?

Request pricing

49 Reviews for Rooted & Wild

Recommended by 100% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

27 User photos

Sort by:
  • Joshua

    Joshua Paulus · Getting married on 12/07/2021

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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

    Kelly Merrick · Getting married on 07/06/2021

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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!
  • M

    Marcus Wong · Getting married on 05/03/2021

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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!

Awards

49
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner

Rooted & Wild FAQ

  • 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

Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements

  • Blackboard Music Wedding DJs

    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!

  • Ringed Wedding Jewelers

    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.

Map

  • Portland, 97212 See on map
    9713192681 (Phone number)
    Location of (Rooted & Wild)