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Claire McKenna · Married on 07/19/2019
A beautifully personal ceremony, wonderful experience all around!
Of all the aspects of my wedding day, the ceremony itself was not something I had any strong ideas about, had no personal traditions to fall back on, and was almost dreading. Mary was on a list of officiants recommended by my wedding venue which is how I initially heard about her. She put me at ease immediately, from our very first phone call she understood my concerns and had wonderful ideas for how we could create a ceremony that felt right for us. I could have chatted with her for hours, she is so easy to talk to. We met with Mary in person shortly after that but due to living in another state from where we were holding our wedding, that was the only time we met with her face to face before our rehearsal. Mary made the process simple, gave us questionnaires to work on so she could learn more about who we were. She was always available to answer any questions we had along the way and checked in right when we needed a nudge. My husband managed to procrastinate his questionnaire until it was too late but Mary was able to work off the answers I had given her and the ceremony she wrote brought tears to my eyes when I read the draft. She managed to capture our story and convey all the humor, love, and important facets of who we are.Sent on 09/05/2019
At our rehearsal Mary had every detail covered ensuring our bridal party knew where to be and what to do making everyone feel relaxed which was wonderful! That calming presence she exudes continued into our ceremony itself, any time I felt a flutter of nerves and emotions I was able to focus on her calm, even way of speaking and remember the advice she gave about how to feel grounded in that moment and despite things being such a blur it allowed me to feel present in the moment.
After our ceremony we had family and friends approaching us with the highest compliments for our ceremony and asking how we knew Mary. Many family members on both sides assumed she was a family friend from one of our families because she was able to share our story as though she had known us forever.
Mary helped us create a modern fairytale out of our love story and I will cherish rereading her words for years to come in the wonderful booklet she put together of our whole ceremony as a gift to us. She provides such a personal touch to her services, taking the time to truly get to know us during the process of crafting the ceremony. I can't emphasize enough how wonderful it was to work with Mary and any couple would be lucky to work with her as well.
Lizzie · Married on 06/09/2019
We hired Mary to be our wedding officiant in June 2019. Mary came highly recommended from our wedding planner and we also did a ton of research ourselves. Best decision we've ever made!!! Mary truly has a special gift for what she does. She has incredible grace, empathy, warmth, charisma and kindness, and everyone at our ceremony and I mean everyone commented about how wonderful she was and how beautiful and heartfelt our ceremony was. Every step of the way, she was PRESENT, an excellent listener and communicator, and made us feel so grounded. She was truly amazing with our family and friends during the rehearsal, and worked amazingly well with all our vendors. And it wasn't just what she said during our ceremony, it was the WAY she said it and how she shared our story. One thing my husband really enjoyed about her was the time and the several rounds she took with both of us reviewing our personal vows until they were perfect. It really shows the level of commitment she made. We are eternally grateful for her authenticity and the bright spirit she brings to her work. She set the tone for the entire occasion and was absolutely pivotal to the success of our special day!!!!Sent on 07/23/2019
Jennifer · Married on 09/14/2018
Mary helped make our wedding a DREAM!
If we could have Mary be the godmother of our first child, I honestly think we would. She's that amazing. The ceremony was one of the most important pieces of the wedding for us and Mary made it so special. Both of my parents (separately) were trying to make recommendations for an officiant based on someone they had seen as guests of a wedding. But we ended up doing our own research on the Knot and decided to meet with Mary. We obviously loved her and booked her after the initial meeting. We later found out that Mary was the SAME PERSON my parents were recommending to us. Truly the stars aligning. Mary was sensitive to family dramas and creative in presenting solutions. She was thorough, kind, patient and responsive. An hour before the ceremony she came up to check on me and I was a bundle of nerves. I asked her to walk through the entire ceremony with me again. She physically walked me through each step, knowing that would help me feel calmer. I was so grateful for her. And the written ceremony Mary drafted was just perfect. It was personal, sweet and funny. She listened to who we were, what we loved about each other and wrote the most beautiful ceremony that truly encompassed our love and who we are as a couple. She even puts the entire written ceremony and our vows in a little pamphlet for us as a gift at the end. We will cherish it forever. If you get sick, Mary is the type of person that you'd want to take care of you. She has this contagious and positive energy about her. All our guests were talking about our officiant. We all just adore her.Sent on 11/13/2018
Kaitie · Married on 09/08/2018
The best choice we made for our wedding!
We are so happy we went with Mary as our officiant! From the start, she listened to everything we wanted and needed in our ceremony. She puts so much extra effort in that we never would have expected. She was able to incorporate our story into our ceremony so beautifully and she was so eloquent in her words. She truly has a gift! Seven months later guests are still raving about her. We will forever be so thankful we found her to be part of this new chapter in our lives. Thank you Mary!Sent on 01/14/2019
Elbert · Married on 08/18/2018
When my partner and I first met Mary, we knew right away that we wanted her to be the officiant for our wedding. Mary was committed to delivering a well-prepared and personal ceremony from the very beginning. She asked a lot of questions and let us fill out questionnaires to understand our story as a couple. Then, she incorporated that into the narratives of the ceremony to create a special ceremony for us. She definitely doesn’t do a “fill in a blank” ceremony. In addition, she has a lot of wonderful ideas and is very creative with how she performs the ceremony. For example, we have a set of magnets, and we kept each piece when we separated from each other and put them together when we were together. Although some might think these magnets are silly, she understood the significance of these magnets to us and incorporated the assembly of the magnets into the ceremony to signify that we will always be together. She also helped us with writing the vows by providing guidelines and sharing lots of examples. After the ceremony, she gave us a beautifully prepared keepsake that documented our ceremony, which we can look at many years from now to remind ourselves of the promises that we made to each other. We don’t think we could have found a person better than Mary. We highly recommend her. Don’t look further.Sent on 09/07/2018
Hannah Moore · Married on 07/15/2018
We couldn't have asked for a better officiant!
Mary was a wonderful officiant. She took the time to really get to know us and to hear our story, and then clearly put a lot of time and effort into creating a ceremony that was very personal and meaningful to us. She made sure that she understood our vision for the ceremony. She also provided us with a variety of options and ideas to incorporate into the ceremony so we felt very involved in the process. For us, our ceremony was the perfect balance of profundity and celebration. Many guests commented on how unique and lovely our ceremony was.Sent on 01/01/2019
Mary is extremely well organized. She thought of every detail, so the day ran flawlessly. She even provided us with all the information and forms we needed for our marriage license well in advance of the wedding, so we didn't have to worry about that in the days leading up.
She was also very communicative and was responsive to all our questions. We couldn't have asked for a better officiant!
Christina · Married on 06/30/2018
Mary Coburn provided my wife and I with amazing service. From our initial contact and first meeting through our wedding ceremony, everything she did for us was simply the best. Mary is kind, professional, and will truly CARE about your ceremony. Mary was able to capture our love story and transfer it into a wonderful, touching, and personal ceremony. Mary provided us with tips and techniques to be fully present in the moment of our wedding ceremony. Mary was also very helpful in providing information regarding wedding licenses, certificates and other procedural items.Sent on 07/03/2018
Mary is very attention to detail oriented and it shows in her craft. Her communication and collaboration with us was so helpful. She guided us and our wedding party through a very practical rehearsal. She even made the ceremony stand out on a day when the temperatures were above 100 degrees.
In summary, we would highly recommend Mary Coburn's services to any couple. We are so thankful that she was able to share our story. No one could have told it better. The feedback from our guests about Mary has also been so positive. We believe she is the person to share your love story as well.
Leah Rosendahl · Married on 06/16/2018
Can't imagine having anyone else
My husband and I can't imagine having anyone other than Mary marry us on our wedding day. She was both professional and personable - making it a point to get to know us well, providing great input, putting together the most perfect and unique but classic ceremony. We received so many compliments from our guests on the ceremony, and Mary in particular. We are so honored to have had Mary with us on our wedding day!Sent on 01/07/2019
Joelle · Married on 05/25/2018
The moment we saw Mary at a family member's wedding, we instantly knew we needed her to officiate our own. Her knack for storytelling and her ability to captivate an audience immediately spoke to us. She made our special day so much more special, and people are still complementing us on our ceremony!Sent on 03/04/2019
Shannon · Married on 05/13/2018
Working with Mary was an absolute pleasure. We learned of Mary through friends of ours who had worked with her and had nothing but extremely positive comments about her work and ceremony. When we mentioned these friends to her, she immediately recalled their wedding day with vivid detail, and this wedding was over 3 years earlier. With us, Mary was nothing short of incredible. She was extremely kind, bright and made us feel so comfortable. It was clear within the first few moments of working with her that she was the one for us. She is organized, replies to emails quickly, and truly cares about your story. We booked Mary over a year in advance and stayed in touch many times throughout that year. Our ceremony was unbelievable. Some comments and compliments that we received from guests include; how soothing her voice is, how clear her story of us was, how it seemed like she had known us our entire relationship, how personal the ceremony is, and many more. When you decide to have Mary as your officiant, she sends you lots of documents that help you organize your thoughts and give you all of the options for the ceremony. There are SO MANY OPTIONS! Everything is personalized to exactly what you want. She also sends you questionnaires that the bride and groom fill out separately to send to her so she can formulate the ceremony. Included in the documents she sends you is information of changing names, and obtaining a marriage license, choices of vows, tips on how to write your own vows, etc... She is so incredibly helpful with all of this. Once you have filled out all the questionnaires and given your thoughts about what you would like, Mary goes to work and writes an extremely personal ceremony and then sends it to you so you can read through it and make any changes you may want. We had the most unbelievable experience with Mary and would highly recommend her to any couple looking for a very special ceremony that they and their guests will certainly remember forever.Sent on 05/19/2018
Kellie Tingle · Married on 04/21/2018
Mary is the absolute best!
My sister used Mary for her wedding and we knew we had to have her after that! She is the absolute best. From our first meeting where she made us feel extremely comfortable sharing our story to our wedding day, she was amazing. She has a way of telling your story that has the guests laughing and crying with you and gives everyone insight into who you are as a couple. She made our wedding night absolutely perfect. I cannot count the number of people who commented on how much they loved our ceremony and said it was the best one they had been to! We are forever grateful for Mary and all she did to make our wedding day perfect!Sent on 02/03/2019
Ashley · Married on 03/31/2018
The best officiant for a personalized wedding ceremony!
Choosing Mary as our wedding officiant was by far the BEST decision we made for our wedding day. When looking for an officiant, we were very hesitant and nervous about who we should hire, as my husband and I come from two completely different cultures, religions and backgrounds and wanted to bring both into one ceremony. From the first email exchange with Mary, she instantly put us at ease! Without hesitation, she offered to meet with us and answer any questions we had before we had even decided to hire her. She spent hours talking with us at that first meeting, making every effort to really get to know both of us and what our wants/needs were for our ceremony. We were instantly impressed by her dedication to making our ceremony completely customized to represent us and bringing significant rituals and customs from both of our cultures/religions into one ceremony. From that first meeting we knew we had chosen the right person to marry us and really honor the journey that had led to our wedding. Now, almost a year after our wedding, many of our guests still rave about our ceremony and Mary! Our closest family and friends have said they loved how she was able to capture us both as a couple and as individuals so well. They have also said they had learned things about us and our relationship that they didn’t even know prior to our ceremony. We would highly recommend hiring Mary if you’re looking to have a custom ceremony that you’ll never forget!Sent on 01/09/2019
Adrian · Married on 12/09/2017
I dont even think I can say how special Mary was to our day! From the very first conversation, to meeting with us at our hotel and sitting and chatting with us, to countless emails back and forth and she was always quick to respond, even when I had wedding brain and forgot to respond to her timely. For us the ceremony was very important, it was not just bringing me and my husband together but also creating a family and including my son as a big part of the day. Every single person commented on how amazing the ceremony was. If you have even a thought of using Mary, just use it. She is worth every single penny and then some. I could not even imagine how our wedding would have been without her! Mary thank you so much for everything. Rob, Eric and I are so grateful for you.Sent on 02/09/2018
Alyssa · Married on 09/30/2017
Mary is absolutely wonderful! She put so much detail into listening to our story, crafting the ceremony, and delivering it in a fun and meaningful way. After the ceremony, we had people coming up to us at the wedding asking how long we'd known Mary for because she did such a great job! My 81 year-old, super Catholic grandmother who wanted us to have a religious ceremony even went up to Mary after the ceremony to tell her how beautiful it was. In addition to the ceremony being great, she's super good at dealing with complicated family dynamics - my parents are divorced and she did a great job of navigating those waters and putting my mind at ease. She's such a lovely woman and truly loves what she does. You will not regret choosing Mary to officiate your wedding!Sent on 10/07/2017
Sara · Married on 09/09/2017
I know I am going to risk sounding competitive here, but Mary really is absolute perfection. We booked Mary as our officiant very early for our wedding because we knew immediately that we needed to have her write our ceremony. At our first meeting, Mary was beyond personable and we stayed and chatted with her for over an hour. Even if we booked Mary one year and a half before our wedding, she never delayed responding to our e-mails with kindness and all the information that we needed. She took the answers from our questionnaires and wrote the most beautiful ceremony. She also reviewed our handwritten vows, and reminded us to breathe and stay present the week of! I am so glad that she did. Because of her recommendations, I was able to stay completely calm and 100% present during our ceremony. Mary had guests laughing and crying at our ceremony and all night long we received compliments from guests about how much they loved the ceremony and were dying to know how we found Mary! So many guests approached us and said that it was the best ceremony they have ever been to and they loved hearing details about our relationship that they hadn't previously known! Booking Mary as our officiant was 100% the best decision we made for our wedding!!! Thank you so much, Mary!!!Sent on 09/11/2017
Allison Mount · Married on 09/08/2017
Made the ceremony personable and unique to us!
Mary was absolutely wonderful. She spent a lot of time, getting to know us as a couple, finding out what was important to us not only together, but separate as well. She incorporated very important family traditions. The ceremony was so smooth and methodical. It was not too long or too short. It was so specific to our relationship and our family. I can say not because it was my wedding, but because of Mary's efforts and attention to make it unique, it was the best ceremony I have experienced. I met her while doing a ceremony for my nieces christening and fell in love with her. I remember she collected rain water for the ceremony! And at that moment I knew she would be the one to do our wedding ceremony. And I will be also reaching out to her to do our christening for our kids as well.Sent on 03/14/2019
Jonathan · Married on 08/11/2017
Mary was amazing. She made our ceremony so special and it was truly the best part of the whole day. My wife and I were floored with how many small details and fun/touching anecdotes she incorporated into our ceremony. All of the guests had rave reviews and told us that this was the best ceremony they ever saw. She was also extremely professional and well organized. Our rehearsal went off without a hitch and everyone in the wedding party knew exactly what they had to do the next day. Could not recommend Mary enough!Sent on 03/09/2018
Ryan · Married on 07/29/2017
Mary Coburn: thank you! Our wedding ceremony was beautifully written and we enjoyed every minute of working with you on our journey to our wedding day!Sent on 12/28/2017
For couples looking for a Celebrant: Mary writes the most thoughtful and personal ceremonies we have ever experienced, which sets the atmosphere for the whole ceremony. For my husband and I, she took time getting to know us and who we are as a couple and as individuals. From this, she prepared a personalized ceremony, one like we have never had the opportunity to experience before her. Our family and friends still talk about how beautiful and personal the ceremony was that she wrote. Mary Coburn is a beautiful soul and we couldn’t be happier with our experience with her.
Ryan and Thommy
Laura · Married on 07/15/2017
Mary is absolutely amazing. She was calming, thought of every detail and made our ceremony so meaningful and special. Numerous people approached my husband and I at our reception and told us it was the best ceremony they had ever been to! She tailored our ceremony to make it truly reflect our love story and we could not be happier!Sent on 07/30/2017
Holly · event on: 07/12/2017
It does not get any better than Mary!Sent on 11/23/2017
She is amazing! She knows how to capture the true meaning of marriage. She performed our wedding ceremony and 5 years later she performed an anniversary ceremony for us via Skype. We plan on doing a 10 year anniversary celebration with her as well. She is a true gem!
Rebecca · Married on 07/08/2017
Mary was wonderful as the officiant for our wedding! When we were selecting an officiant, we knew that the ceremony was going to be the most important part of our day, so we wanted to choose someone who was going to be warm and inviting, and someone who could really capture us as a couple. From the first time we met Mary, we knew instantly that she would be able to bring a warmth and sincerity that most others would not be able to bring to our wedding. In fact, Mary was the only officiant that we met with, that's how sure we were that she would be a great fit. We both loved the fact that she asked us what we wanted our ceremony to be like. While she offered great suggestions which gave us direction, she did not impose her beliefs or preferences on us. We were a little worried that it would be difficult for her to make the ceremony personal, because we had never met her before, but she knew the right questions to ask and was able to write a ceremony that felt like it truly fit us. If you are looking for someone who truly cares about creating a ceremony that fits you and your significant other, and who will bring warmth and sincerity to the most important day of your lives, then Mary is the perfect choice!Sent on 01/21/2018
Laura · Married on 06/17/2017
When we started looking for an officiant for our June 17, 2017 wedding, we knew we truly wanted someone who would make our ceremony unique and feel like they've known us our whole lives. We got that, and MORE with Mary Coburn!!! From the second we initially met, we knew Mary was special and she was committed to making our vision come to life on our wedding day. I can't stress how perfect our ceremony was- and it was all due to her hard work. She met with us for hours, constantly kept in touch with us through email and phone calls, offered creative ideas/suggestions and answered all of our questions, multiple times!! Mary helped us through the entire process and provided several drafts of our ceremony to be sure it was EXACTLY the way we wanted. She even gave us breathing exercises, and tips for the weeks leading up to the wedding when our stress was at it's peak- she truly went above and beyond! We received so many compliments from our guests- "how long have you known her?" - she just had a way of making everyone feel so comfortable with her warm and touching ceremony- every word was perfect. Throughout the planning, Mary even suggested different traditions, readings, vows, songs, etc. The week before the ceremony she even took it upon herself to contact all our other ceremony vendors (musicians, wedding coordinator, photographers, etc.) and she confirmed all details and organized our whole ceremony. She ran our entire rehearsal and worked directly with the venue- she literally took all of our stress away. Mary has such a special place in our hearts- our ceremony would never have been so perfect without her special touch!!! I cannot recommend her enough!!!!Sent on 08/01/2017
Katie · Married on 06/09/2017
Mary officiated our wedding in June of 2017 and we could not have been happier. We knew immediately after our first meeting that we wanted her to be a part of our day. She is the one of the kindest and heartfelt people I have ever met and brought such a warm and calming presence to our day. Mary spent so much time getting to know us and our family and created the most personal and meaningful ceremony. Our guests felt like they were transported into our love story. We absolutely loved Mary and are still getting compliments on our ceremony!Sent on 02/16/2018
Jaimie · Married on 06/03/2017
Mary was one of the BEST choices we made when planning our wedding. She was organized, responsible, dedicated, hardworking, and all around amazing. When she met with us the first time, she already put together a folder of our information with our names printed on it. We were impressed from the start and we both knew right away that we were going to choose her. When writing our ceremony, Mary sent examples of different types of wording, ex. traditional or contemporary. She also had us each separately write up a wedding worksheet and email it to her. She used our answers to tell our story to our friends and family. Our guests kept telling us how much they enjoyed listening to her and they knew us a little better after hearing it. Mary was able to answer any question we had no matter what it entailed. She put so much effort into planning for our wedding. I highly recommend Mary for anyone, she is a great person and will do a fantastic job.Sent on 07/13/2017
Laura · Married on 05/28/2017
If you are lucky enough to have stumbled upon Mary Coburn's profile, you should not look any further! Mary is extremely detail oriented and it pays off! Her ceremony was just beautiful. She gave my husband and I the opportunity to answer questions which shaped her speech. We also had the power to see the speech beforehand, to make any edits (not that we needed to). If you want something special for your ceremony, Mary can help you come up with it. Every single guest told me how much fun and beautiful my ceremony was, and they're right! I wasn't that excited for my ceremony initially, but after our first meeting with Mary I realized it could be a very special moment- and was it ever. I can honestly say it was my favorite part of the whole day, and this is coming from someone who is nervous in front of a large crowd. Mary had a way of putting us at ease and helped us to soak in the moment. I feel very lucky to have had Mary marry us. It is without any hesitation that I recommend Mary Coburn.Sent on 06/19/2017