61 Reviews for A Sweet Start
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My husband and I are ecstatic with the work Maria did for our wedding. Maria goes above and beyond what is expected of an officiant. She helps couples every step of the way from planning the day, making herself available to ask questions and creating a ceremony that not only feels intimate for you and your partner, but also connected to all of your guests. Maria speaks eloquently, projects herself well, and truly knows what she is doing to make your ceremony flow, but also slow down and hold on to that special moment. We absolutely adore Maria and her work. We would recommend her at ALL! (:
Thank you Maria!!
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Campbell (wohoo!!), thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. Knowing that you felt supported through every stage of creating and planning your ceremony makes me so happy, as that's what I aspire to do for my clients. I'm so glad we worked together on your absolutely perfect wedding! With love, Maria xoxo
What can we say about Maria? From the moment we met (via Skype) we knew Maria was the person to marry us. Her experience, knowledge of vendor partners and the area, as well as her incredible passion for her work all proved to be invaluable. Having been involved in many weddings, but never our own, both my wife and I found Maria to be the most professional, caring, involved, and exciting officiant we've ever been around. From start to end, her guidance through our experience was incredible - Maria walked us through our ceremony, taking careful note of minute details to build out a touching, personal ceremony that came to life beautifully. Beyond just drafting the ceremony, Maria's command of the ceremony, ability to corral those involved, and remind us to stay in the moment was everything we needed, but didn't expect.
For any couples looking to tie the knot, Maria is worth every penny and then some. Our day was beyond words, and a major part of that was her professional knowledge, love and support.
As of today, Maria is no longer our officiant, but a close family friend!
Wow, Ben, what can *I* say to *you?* This review is incredible, and I'm so grateful that you took the time to share your experience working with me. I'm especially touched by you saying that all those things I provided were what you needed but didn't expect. I love you and Jordan and can't wait to catch up next time you're in Maine! xoxo
How can I even begin to write about our experience with Maria?
My husband and I were feeling anxious about finding the right person to officiate our wedding. We knew we wanted something special, personal, real, and fun without religious undertones, but had no idea where to begin. We set up a video call with Maria after reading reviews online and felt an immediate connection with her; we knew she was the right person to help us craft our fully-custom ceremony! From that day forward Maria was communicative, clear in her expectations, and available whenever we had additional questions. She set deadlines for us throughout the process, which allowed us to take the time we needed to be thoughtful about the pieces of the ceremony. We went back and forth with her over ceremony drafts 5 or 6 times, and it was finalized about a month before the wedding. I can't tell you how important this piece was - we had so many other things to think about in the weeks leading up to the wedding and I was so happy that we didn't have to scramble to write anything. The week of our wedding, we touched based again just to make sure we had all the timing right, and Maria made great suggestions about how to handle other details, like the processional. When it came time for the rehearsal, Maria was fun and assertive, making sure everyone knew where to be, which took so much pressure off of us and allowed us to relax and enjoy it! Thanks to Maria's help, our ceremony was just as we envisioned it. So many people commented later that they loved her energy and couldn't believe she hadn't known us for years! We watched our wedding video this week and couldn't stop smiling re-living the moment. It was perfect.
Oh my gosh, Michelle, you just blew my mind! This is such an excellent review because it's so specific; that will definitely help other couples trying to find the right officiant. I am SO grateful that you took the time to put all of this in writing. Thank you SO much! All my love to you and Ian! xoxo
I can't say enough about Maria. She helped us come up with a beautiful, personalized ceremony, was a total pro guiding our wedding party through the rehearsal, and did everything she could to make our big day special. Her positive attitude and enthusiasm made her such a hit with everyone at our wedding. Thank you so much Maria!!
Thank *you* so much, Kris, for taking the time to share your experience! I'm so glad you got the personalized ceremony that you wanted and that you felt my enthusiasm for your wedding! All my love to you and Andy! xoxo
Choosing Maria of A Sweet Start to officiate our wedding day ceremony was hands down the best decision we made during our wedding planning process! My husband and I are not very religious and knew we wanted to get married outside, but that was about all we were sure of. After meeting Maria on Skype, we knew we could fully trust her to help us create the ceremony of our dreams. Maria custom tailored a ceremony for us that was unique and meaningful and she embraced our idea of a beer ceremony and turned it into reality! My husband and I are in our mid 20's so we thought most of our guests would be talking about "the party" the next day, but everyone could not stop raving about our ceremony! I had multiple people tell me it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever attended. I cannot recommend Maria enough!
Well, Lauren, you just made my day! I'm smiling from ear-to-ear! Thank you so much for putting your experience working with me into your review. My favorite photo from your wedding is you raising your glass of beer and cheers-ing your guests. I love that your personalized your ceremony that way. Say hi to Mark! xoxo
My husband and I chose Maria to be the officiant at our wedding. I could tell from the beginning that we made the right choice. Maria was very professional but also extremely personable. She will work with you on customizing your ceremony so it's unique and special. When we finally met Maria in person the night before our wedding she brought such a positive, humble energy to our wedding party. She was very organized and you could tell she was extremely comfortable with helping the wedding party understand what they needed to do on the wedding day and where they needed to go. On the day of our wedding she was very supportive and made me feel like okay, I CAN do this! She read our ceremony perfectly! I really can't describe in words how amazing Maria really is. I couldn't imagine any wedding without her!!
My dear Ashley! Thank you for sharing your experience working with me. I'm so glad I was able to be a support for you on wedding day. During the ceremony, we all felt the love that you and Ryan share, it's true and deep. Cheers on your marriage! xoxo Maria
From the very first email with maria I could tell we had found the perfect person to marry us! Maria is so nice and sweet and if you ever have any question about anything she always gets right back to you with an answer! We lived a little far each other so we did FaceTime calls which where great!! She also has amazing ceremony's you can pick if you choose to do that like we did! When it came to our vows brandon and I wanted to write our own maria looked over each of ours gave us feedback and even helped make things flow better with our words AND put them on cards for us to read on the day of. When it came to wedding day maria was nice and early and was checking in with me to make sure everything was going good. She also let us know when it was time to start! I couldn't have asked for a better experience from a better person! Maria being our justice of the peace was one of my very favorite parts of our day!!
I'm so touched you took the time to give me this glowing review, thank you!! Your wedding is one I'll remember forever; what a perfect day! And, that location! WOW! I loved chatting with your grandfather and meeting your family. Keep in touch! xoxo Maria
We feel so lucky to have Maria part of our lives after officiating our wedding in July 2017. From our first Skype conversation, we knew Maria was the perfect person to help us building a warm, loving, personal, secular ceremony. Even though the ceremony was the most important part of our wedding day, we didn't know where to begin and we collaborated with Maria to work from her expertise to build a ceremony that felt entirely our own and so authentic to who we are. On our wedding day, we found ourselves more emotional that we expected, and Maria was our rock and helped us be in the moment and get through the tears! Maria was so responsive and thoughtful throughout our planning process and was a great sounding board for other elements of our wedding. We had a fantastic check in with her a few months before our wedding where we went over every detail, and she prompted us to think of things we hadn't considered and had expert guidance and experience to help us build a ceremony we were so thrilled with. She also led our rehearsal ceremony and our families and wedding party was blown away by her warmth, attention to detail, and positive energy. We could not have imagined our wedding day without Maria! Any couple will find themselves in such supportive and thoughtful hands in working with her. We worked with a lot of great "vendors" on our wedding day, but Maria was the best.
Oh, Claire, thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience! Working with you and Mike was such a delight. I appreciated the humor and fun that you brought to your special day, and I'll never forget standing on that hill watching you walk down the aisle! Pure joy! xoxo Maria
Highly recommend Maria! Working with her was smooth and easy. Her professionalism and organization is equally matched with her passion for weddings, and with us, she made every step of the ceremony-crafting process super easy and personal. I especially appreciated her work in coordinating the actual logistics of the ceremony and rehearsal (timing, processional order, seating etc) this was a HUGE value and not something I necessarily thought of when researching officiants. Her calm, open, yet organized approach was a breath of fresh air during the enevitably hectic days leading up to the wedding. Maria's words for our ceremony turned out perfect and several of our guests made comments that it was the best ceremony they had ever witnessed. Maria's positive energy added to the love we felt on our day, and we are so glad that we chose A Sweet Start! Thanks Maria !
Dear Victoria, thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review! I love the adjectives you used to describe working with me and that you valued my organization and coordination. That makes me so happy! Working with you and Ryan was a delight and I'm so honored you chose me to be your officiant! xoxo Maria
I feel like no words in the English dictionary can even come CLOSE to accurately describe how amazing it is to work with Maria. Within minutes of our first FaceTime consultation, we knew she was the one, we just clicked so well! Maria created a completely custom ceremony for us by sending us sample scripts and a ton of different readings and poems, as well as a questionnaire that we each filled out separately. Being very much a type A planner, I cannot tell you how much I worship her organization skills, she was always on top of everything and lightning-fast responsive when we contacted her. Maria has a very warm, calming energy that just made us feel good. We stressed about everything else, but never about this. The ceremony went so well that we had relatives coming up to us later to say how impressed they were with her. They said they’ve been to a lot of weddings, but she was one of the best officiants they’ve seen. Her blog also has a lot of great advice, not just specific to officiating, that was helpful during our planning process. Trust me when I say this: SHE IS WORTH IT.
Wow, Kristie, I barely know what to say! Thank you a million times over for writing such a wonderful review! You and Matt were a joy to work with. I'm so glad our paths crossed and that you chose me to guide you through this incredible milestone in your life. All my love, Maria
How do we say enough about Maria? As a couple from New England but living in Oregon, Maria made crafting our ceremony seamless, even from a distance. From the very start, she made us so comfortable in an arena we knew absolutely nothing about. The process was so simple and easy to work into our busy lives- after finding out what we liked and disliked, we received a first draft, which we edited and sent back, repeating just a few times until we had a ceremony that we all adored. So many people came up to us or messaged us after the wedding to tell us that it was the most well-crafted and personalized ceremony they'd ever been to. During the rehearsal and ceremony, Maria was so organized but also incredibly warm and kept us at ease. She didn't want the rehearsal to feel too real and emotional, so she told my dad and I jokes as we walked down for practice. Little touches like that made us appreciate her so incredibly much. We all were tearing up during the wedding! Maria was such a big part of our wedding, and I can't recommend her enough. We can't thank her enough for making a truly one-of-a-kind ceremony that was incredibly personalized and reflected us more than we could have ever imagined. Get her on your vendor team now!
Wow, Maia, what an incredible review, thank you so much! I appreciate how specific you were about your feedback, I'm sure that will help other couples understand the service I deliver. I absolutely adore you and Jake and look forward to keep in touch! Congratulations, you two! xoxo Maria
Maria is absolutely amazing. She takes the time to get to know you, understand your wants and needs to ensure she provides the perfect wedding for you!
Thank you so much, Barbie! I'm so glad you and Mark chose to work with me, we made a great team! Congratulations on your wonderful marriage! xoxo Maria
Maria is amazing. She has such a warm personality and worked really hard to write a beautiful ceremony that we loved. Friends and family commented on how personal and touching the ceremony was. The ceremony itself felt like us (...we laughed! we cried! the whole 9 yards).
Logistics: Maria first spoke to us over skype, exchanged a few emails, met with us in person, led our rehearsal, and met me before the ceremony. She explained how to get our marriage license, she helped us make some ceremony decisions, and she is just a nice person to be around.
Nothing negative to say - she is wonderful.
Thank you, Caroline, for sharing your positive experiences! I appreciate your comments about the logistics, I think that will be really useful for couples who are interested in my services. I wish you and Tim so much love!
Where do we even start!?! If you haven't contacted Maria to officiate your wedding day please do yourself a favor and reach out to her NOW! You will not regret it! From the first FaceTime chat with Maria to the day of our ceremony (16 days later) Maria gave us the tools to help her create the most beautiful and personal elopement ceremony. Her warmth, joy, excitement, love for her job and love for standing with couples as they state their vows to one another is infectious. Her attitude made us more excited to plan our perfect day! Maria is so laid back and SO much fun to be around! She didn't blink an eye when we informed her that we wanted her to create a personalized ceremony for us in just 16 short days. No, she was up and excited for the challenge! It was exactly what we were hoping our officiant would be and more! After the first time we talked, we felt she really got us and our relationship and because of this we decided for her to surprise us by not sending our marriage address to us to review before our elopement. This ended up being our favorite part of the ceremony! Maria, thank you again for everything. We cannot stop reliving the entire day (especially the ceremony)! Thank you for being such a HUGE part of It, we couldn't imagine becoming husband and wife without you and your support. The ceremony was more amazing and perfect than we could ever imagine!
Thank you so much for this glowing review, Nadine! I believe destiny brought us together for your wedding celebration. And now you can say the Cubs won the World Series because you got married. Hahaha! xo
Maria is worth every penny and more. She just makes everthing so comfortable. I had nerves since I was planning a wedding at a location I had never been to that was 3000 miles away. She got to know us before anything else and was able to find that perfect balance to make the ceremony that matched us. It's obvious that wedding are just more than a paycheck to Maria, they are her passion and that makes all the difference in the world.
We all felt that Maria Northcutt of A Sweet Start did a great job with my daughter's wedding ceremony. She worked diligently with the bride and groom to be able to capture the essence of who they are and helped them to craft a ceremony that was very touching, deeply meaningful and even a bit funny. She incorporated a tree planting at the request of the bride and groom and it was lovely. Maria took the time to get to know them and we felt that connection as she spoke. She was also great at the rehearsal so we all knew what we were doing on the big day. If you aren't using a priest or rabbi and want a very meaningful and memorable service, we highly recommend A Sweet Start.
Maria is absolutely amazing. My husband and I didn't think we cared that much about who would marry us. But let me tell you, Maria goes above and beyond. We had actually booked a different officiant and later changed our whole wedding to a new location on a different day. We had to find a new officiant and we found Maria! It was the best thing thing that ever happened for us! She completely customizes the ceremony and takes care of all the little details. She is so utterly amazing that words can't even describe. I highly recommend Maria!
Maria of A Sweet Start is so incredibly talented, creative, and devoted to each and every one of her clients. From her website, to her blog posts, to her Facebook page, she is constantly providing you with fun and new ideas to help you organize the perfect wedding ceremony for you and your beloved. She focuses on every last detail of your relationship and really gets to know each of her couples. Her level of interest in making sure she fully captures all the reasons why you two should be married makes you never question your relationship or your decision to hire her as your officiant! We already know we are going to contact Maria when we hit our 5 year mark for some vow renewals! We love Maria and so will you!
Maria from A Sweet Start was absolutely fantastic, she took all the time we wanted to craft a complete ceremony that fit us perfectly and was beautiful and unique. We don't live locally and she was great about setting up Skype sessions so we could have face to face meetings to plan the ceremony. Everything went so smoothly and exactly as we planned it We can't recommend her highly enough.
We adored Maria! She is a kind, warm and cheerful person. She really took the time to get to know us so our ceremony felt very intimate and special. Guests raved about how lovely and unique the ceremony was. She was a true asset to the whole wedding-- she gave vendor advice and ran the rehearsal with such professionalism and detail that everything went smoothly the day off. She even made sure we had all the necessary documents with us to finalize the marriage application, dropped it off herself, and we received it very promptly without any hassle!
Maria Northcott is, in a word, amazing. My daughter and son-in-law were fortunate to have Maria officiate their destination wedding this summer. Throughout the entire planning process and wedding weekend Maria was intuitive to their wishes. Meeting in person for the first time at the rehearsal, Maria was enthusiastic, organized and efficient. She instantly put the bridal party and family members at ease. Maria understood the vision of the wedding they wanted and performed a ceremony so personal and from their hearts that it seemed she had known them for years. I sincerely appreciate Maria for making this special day even more memorable.
Simply put, Maria is incredible. Though incredible hardly seems powerful enough a word. While people review everything these days, it is somewhat difficult to write a proper, glowing review. All of the typical words sound cliché. Amazing, wonderful, special; they all seem so underwhelming when you have experienced what Maria actually brings to your wedding day.
Maria has a quality about her that is exceptionally rare. The first time you speak with her, it feels as if you have known her forever. She has a wonderful charisma and a true passion for helping to make your wedding exactly what it should be: memorable. Maria works tirelessly to compose a custom ceremony for her clients. She provides what seem like unlimited options, encourages collaboration, and welcomes feedback. In fact, just a week or so before our wedding day, Maria was still communicating with us about minor changes in the script – all to make sure that we were comfortable and that everything would be perfect.
And it was. Maria will give you exactly what you dream of, all while ingratiating herself to your closest friends and family. I cannot count the number of people who came up to us and told us what an amazing ceremony Maria performed – and while she would never admit it, I know Maria kept getting pulled aside afterwards as people heaped their profuse (and wholly deserved) praise.
People always say it is difficult to remember your wedding day. For some, that may be true. For us? We can say with unyielding confidence that Maria will put together a ceremony that you will never forget.
So, Maria, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.
Sincerely, Harrison and Callie.
OMG... where to start. I guess that I will start with that everyone at my wedding came up to me and said that Maria from A Sweet Start was the best officiant they had ever heard. It was truly magical. Maria had people laughing, crying, singing, and in complete awe. I had other vendors come up to me and say in all of their years of working, they have never seen an officiant as amazing as her. My DJ, who has been working for 30 years said my wedding ceremony was the best he had ever seen. I can not tell you how important she was to our wedding. Maria set the tone for the rest of the night. It truly was magical and I will never forget it.
Maria was an excellent wedding officiant! We chose to go with her after our seeing her officiate our friends wedding and thought she was great. Her tone and the way she conducted the ceremony put everyone in a very joyful mood. Everything went perfectly smooth and I would highly recommend her to anyone!
If you want your wedding day to be completely personalized, while being full of laughter and tears of joy; A Sweet Start is a perfect fit!!! Maria is a genuinely caring person who we had an instant connection with. The guests at our wedding said it was the best ceremony they have ever attended!! Couldn't ever ask for anything more. Thanks Maria!!! We love you!!!