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Mary Coburn, Wedding Celebrant

Mansfield Center , CT
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P.O. Box 884
Mansfield Center, CT US 06250 (map)

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860-519-4127

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What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
If I could give Mary more than 5 stars, I would. She was amazing. I was worried going into it that because we weren't doing a formal ceremony in a church that we wouldn't have a special ceremony, and I could not have been more wrong. As soon as we met with Mary I was sure that the ceremony would be exactly what we wanted. She put a lot of time and effort into getting to know us and our story and crafting a ceremony that fit us.

Despite how little of the wedding planning involves the ceremony itself, it was one of the most important things about our day. The ceremony was personal and even more special than I could have hoped. Mary went over every detail with us before the day and was very prepared on the day to make sure everyone was where they were supposed to be and knew what to do. It went flawlessly!

I got more compliments on the ceremony than just about anything else at the wedding. One of our guests said she thought it was the first time she'd ever actually listened to the entire ceremony. It was unique and personal. People kept asking how we thought of all these things, and I had to give all of the credit to Mary, because we did nothing. We could not have been happier with how it went and that is 100% because of Mary.
If I could give Mary more than 5 stars, I would. She was amazing. I was worried going into it that because we weren't Read more...
If I could give Mary more than 5 stars, I would. She was amazing. I was worried going into it that because we weren't doing a formal ceremony in a church that we wouldn't have a special ceremony, and I could not have been more wrong. As soon as we met with Mary I was sure that the ceremony would be exactly what we wanted. She put a lot of time and effort into getting to know us and our story and crafting a ceremony that fit us.

Despite how little of the wedding planning involves the ceremony itself, it was one of the most important things about our day. The ceremony was personal and even more special than I could have hoped. Mary went over every detail with us before the day and was very prepared on the day to make sure everyone was where they were supposed to be and knew what to do. It went flawlessly!

I got more compliments on the ceremony than just about anything else at the wedding. One of our guests said she thought it was the first time she'd ever actually listened to the entire ceremony. It was unique and personal. People kept asking how we thought of all these things, and I had to give all of the credit to Mary, because we did nothing. We could not have been happier with how it went and that is 100% because of Mary. Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
9/19/2014
5.0/5.0
What to say? Mary is a class-act and so gifted with what she does. Everything from beginning to end was flawless. Her storytelling, and elegance is second-to-none. Anthony & I were referred to Mary by another Celebrant, and we knew after 5 minutes of meeting with Mary that she was the only one that we wanted to perform our ceremony. I could go on and on about how much we adore Mary and appreciate all that she did to make our special day all that we dreamed it would be, however it can be summed up in one word; Perfection!

It is now 10 days later and I still have people emailing, phoning and approaching me to say how amazed they were with Mary.
What to say? Mary is a class-act and so gifted with what she does. Everything from beginning to end was flawless. Her Read more...
What to say? Mary is a class-act and so gifted with what she does. Everything from beginning to end was flawless. Her storytelling, and elegance is second-to-none. Anthony & I were referred to Mary by another Celebrant, and we knew after 5 minutes of meeting with Mary that she was the only one that we wanted to perform our ceremony. I could go on and on about how much we adore Mary and appreciate all that she did to make our special day all that we dreamed it would be, however it can be summed up in one word; Perfection!

It is now 10 days later and I still have people emailing, phoning and approaching me to say how amazed they were with Mary. Read less
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chelsea
Wedding:
8/10/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are so thankful for everything Mary did for us! The process with her was so wonderful and very very meaningful. I have told many this before but I honestly mean it when I say we couldn't have gone with anyone else to marry us! We felt a connection with her from the beginning and knew how important this was to her as it was to us. That means more than any words in an review can ever truly say!

Everyone raved about the ceremony and how personal and beautiful it was. They also are still raving about Mary and how wonderful she is. I can't even begin to tell you how much everyone just loved her voice!! I know that is weird but it really made a difference how warm and open she was!

Because of Mary, we will have a ceremony to read and watch that we are so proud of. It was full of our spirit and for that we are forever grateful!
My husband and I are so thankful for everything Mary did for us! The process with her was so wonderful and very very Read more...
My husband and I are so thankful for everything Mary did for us! The process with her was so wonderful and very very meaningful. I have told many this before but I honestly mean it when I say we couldn't have gone with anyone else to marry us! We felt a connection with her from the beginning and knew how important this was to her as it was to us. That means more than any words in an review can ever truly say!

Everyone raved about the ceremony and how personal and beautiful it was. They also are still raving about Mary and how wonderful she is. I can't even begin to tell you how much everyone just loved her voice!! I know that is weird but it really made a difference how warm and open she was!

Because of Mary, we will have a ceremony to read and watch that we are so proud of. It was full of our spirit and for that we are forever grateful! Read less
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Christian
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
We found Mary through our wedding venue. We contacted several people but she was always the one to beat in our minds. Meeting Mary in person only solidified this! She was a gem to work with! Mary really took the time to get to know us individually and as a couple. She was genuinely interested in our story. Her attention to detail is very comforting. We had quite a bit of push back about not being married in a religious institution. Mary supported us and worked diligently to help us balance expectations. Her ceremony allowed some of my family members who are of a different faith to still be present but the ceremony still reflected our religious beliefs.

I also must say that as the bride, getting married without either of my parents was particularly scary for me. When we decided on a big wedding, my anixety went through the roof. I was still coping with my grief and just terrified that I would cry my way through the ceremony. Mary was aware of this from the beginning and about six months before the wedding she called me to discuss methods to help me be present in the moment, to feel my emotions without succumbing to the weight of them. IT WAS LIFE-CHANGING! I followed her advice and by the time the wedding day came I wasn't worried at all. Mary kept telling me I would be present in the moment and she was absolutely right. I can't imagine all officiants are able to do this but she did and I am so grateful to her for it!

Two months after our wedding people are still complimenting us on the ceremony. Everyone loves that they could see our faces and not our backs! They love that they learned our story. And they all say that it was the perfect length. Not too long and not too short. I am not surprised.. Mary is the best officiant any couple could ask for! I encourage you to check out her website to get a better idea of just how wonderful her ceremonies can be!
We found Mary through our wedding venue. We contacted several people but she was always the one to beat in our minds. Read more...
We found Mary through our wedding venue. We contacted several people but she was always the one to beat in our minds. Meeting Mary in person only solidified this! She was a gem to work with! Mary really took the time to get to know us individually and as a couple. She was genuinely interested in our story. Her attention to detail is very comforting. We had quite a bit of push back about not being married in a religious institution. Mary supported us and worked diligently to help us balance expectations. Her ceremony allowed some of my family members who are of a different faith to still be present but the ceremony still reflected our religious beliefs.

I also must say that as the bride, getting married without either of my parents was particularly scary for me. When we decided on a big wedding, my anixety went through the roof. I was still coping with my grief and just terrified that I would cry my way through the ceremony. Mary was aware of this from the beginning and about six months before the wedding she called me to discuss methods to help me be present in the moment, to feel my emotions without succumbing to the weight of them. IT WAS LIFE-CHANGING! I followed her advice and by the time the wedding day came I wasn't worried at all. Mary kept telling me I would be present in the moment and she was absolutely right. I can't imagine all officiants are able to do this but she did and I am so grateful to her for it!

Two months after our wedding people are still complimenting us on the ceremony. Everyone loves that they could see our faces and not our backs! They love that they learned our story. And they all say that it was the perfect length. Not too long and not too short. I am not surprised.. Mary is the best officiant any couple could ask for! I encourage you to check out her website to get a better idea of just how wonderful her ceremonies can be! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Mary was fantastic. She was a pleasure to work with and she helped make our day perfect. Several friends and family members commented on how beautiful and personal the ceremony was and how great Mary was. They thought we had known Mary for years. They were so surprised learn that we had just met her a few months before the wedding.
Mary was fantastic. She was a pleasure to work with and she helped make our day perfect. Several friends and family Read more...
Mary was fantastic. She was a pleasure to work with and she helped make our day perfect. Several friends and family members commented on how beautiful and personal the ceremony was and how great Mary was. They thought we had known Mary for years. They were so surprised learn that we had just met her a few months before the wedding. Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
6/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Having Mary as our officiant on our wedding day was the best decision we ever made. She made our ceremony very special and personnel. Our guest have been coming up to us ever since telling us that it was the best wedding they had ever been to in there lives and that Mary was amazing. She put a personnel touch into the ceremony that allowed for our guests to understand us better as a couple. She also was amazing with the rehearsal dinner and making sure every detail was in place for the wedding day. We cannot say enough good things about Mary. When we first met her, we knew she was going to marry us. She fills a room with such an amazing positive energy when she walks in. We cannot thank her enough for making our wedding day so special.
Having Mary as our officiant on our wedding day was the best decision we ever made. She made our ceremony very special and Read more...
Having Mary as our officiant on our wedding day was the best decision we ever made. She made our ceremony very special and personnel. Our guest have been coming up to us ever since telling us that it was the best wedding they had ever been to in there lives and that Mary was amazing. She put a personnel touch into the ceremony that allowed for our guests to understand us better as a couple. She also was amazing with the rehearsal dinner and making sure every detail was in place for the wedding day. We cannot say enough good things about Mary. When we first met her, we knew she was going to marry us. She fills a room with such an amazing positive energy when she walks in. We cannot thank her enough for making our wedding day so special. Read less
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Tamara
Wedding:
6/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Where to begin!

We found Mary through The Knot website. After reading many reviews, we decided to contact her. My husband and I have no religious affiliation, so we would be relying mostly upon reviews to find our celebrant for our June 2014 wedding. Everyone said such incredible things about her in the reviews- so she would definitely be our first choice.

After speaking with her over the phone for the first time, we had no doubt in our minds that she was going to be the perfect person to marry us! As soon as we hung up the phone, my husband and I just looked at each other and smiled, because we knew we had found the perfect match for us!

Mary was genuinely interested in our story from the very beginning. She took so much time getting to know us, and the incredible journey that brought us to our special day.

Mary was much more than a celebrant for our wedding ceremony. She was our friend throughout the entire planning process. She was there with any wedding-related question we had. She supported and excited us each step of the way. (…even all the way through the ceremony-with much needed relaxation and breathing techniques to calm the nerves!!)

The ceremony reading was perfect. An absolutely flawless narrative of “us.” An enchanting love story. Our friends and family were utterly captivated, as were we. As Mary spoke, she effortlessly unfolded each page of our love story. She brought us and our friends and family to laughter, and tears of joy, as we became husband and wife.

After the ceremony, so many of our guests commented on the truly unique character of her readings, describing it as the best wedding ceremony they’ve heard. Mary has an amazing ability to illustrate a love story with her words. Finding Mary, and having her as a part of our Big Day was undeniably one of the best decisions we made!
Where to begin!

We found Mary through The Knot website. After reading many reviews, we decided to contact her. Read more...
Where to begin!

We found Mary through The Knot website. After reading many reviews, we decided to contact her. My husband and I have no religious affiliation, so we would be relying mostly upon reviews to find our celebrant for our June 2014 wedding. Everyone said such incredible things about her in the reviews- so she would definitely be our first choice.

After speaking with her over the phone for the first time, we had no doubt in our minds that she was going to be the perfect person to marry us! As soon as we hung up the phone, my husband and I just looked at each other and smiled, because we knew we had found the perfect match for us!

Mary was genuinely interested in our story from the very beginning. She took so much time getting to know us, and the incredible journey that brought us to our special day.

Mary was much more than a celebrant for our wedding ceremony. She was our friend throughout the entire planning process. She was there with any wedding-related question we had. She supported and excited us each step of the way. (…even all the way through the ceremony-with much needed relaxation and breathing techniques to calm the nerves!!)

The ceremony reading was perfect. An absolutely flawless narrative of “us.” An enchanting love story. Our friends and family were utterly captivated, as were we. As Mary spoke, she effortlessly unfolded each page of our love story. She brought us and our friends and family to laughter, and tears of joy, as we became husband and wife.

After the ceremony, so many of our guests commented on the truly unique character of her readings, describing it as the best wedding ceremony they’ve heard. Mary has an amazing ability to illustrate a love story with her words. Finding Mary, and having her as a part of our Big Day was undeniably one of the best decisions we made! Read less
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Abby
Wedding:
4/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was probably the most perfect wedding that I have ever been to. It was set on a beautiful beach, in April. The weather was perfect, we could not have asked for better scenery, and the ceremony was so heartfelt and personal. We have Mary to thank for this! She did an amazing job telling our love story to the guests, and it was nice to relive all of our greatest moments (so far) as we took this very important step in our lives.
Mary really did her homework, when getting to know us. She asked us questions separately and together about our relationship, how we met, our anniversary, how we feel about each other etc. It was fun answering the questions, and reminded us of all the good times we have had, and why we feel what we feel for each other. She was super easy to talk to and gave us her opinions on things, but also listened to our opinions. We were quite clueless as to what we wanted, and her suggestions were very helpful. We were very happy that we took her advice and ideas for the ceremony.
Mary was so patient with us during the rehearsal, and I am very thankful for that! We probably would have driven anyone else crazy. It had been a long while since all of our family and friends had gotten together, with us living out of the state from them. So between all of the catching up with everyone, and the horseplay, she was super patient and instructed with kindness.
Our ceremony was really amazing!!! It was relaxed, personal, fun, and heartfelt. Since Mary had done her homework, she knew our love story just as well as we did, and shared it with our family and friends. I even cried, and I am not a crier. I have attended a lot of weddings (for work and as a guest) and this was by far the best ceremony that I seen. At the reception, we got numerous compliments on Mary's work. People were just raving about how personal it was, and how it was really about us. By the end of the wedding Mary felt like a part of my new family.
Our wedding was probably the most perfect wedding that I have ever been to. It was set on a beautiful beach, in April. The Read more...
Our wedding was probably the most perfect wedding that I have ever been to. It was set on a beautiful beach, in April. The weather was perfect, we could not have asked for better scenery, and the ceremony was so heartfelt and personal. We have Mary to thank for this! She did an amazing job telling our love story to the guests, and it was nice to relive all of our greatest moments (so far) as we took this very important step in our lives.
Mary really did her homework, when getting to know us. She asked us questions separately and together about our relationship, how we met, our anniversary, how we feel about each other etc. It was fun answering the questions, and reminded us of all the good times we have had, and why we feel what we feel for each other. She was super easy to talk to and gave us her opinions on things, but also listened to our opinions. We were quite clueless as to what we wanted, and her suggestions were very helpful. We were very happy that we took her advice and ideas for the ceremony.
Mary was so patient with us during the rehearsal, and I am very thankful for that! We probably would have driven anyone else crazy. It had been a long while since all of our family and friends had gotten together, with us living out of the state from them. So between all of the catching up with everyone, and the horseplay, she was super patient and instructed with kindness.
Our ceremony was really amazing!!! It was relaxed, personal, fun, and heartfelt. Since Mary had done her homework, she knew our love story just as well as we did, and shared it with our family and friends. I even cried, and I am not a crier. I have attended a lot of weddings (for work and as a guest) and this was by far the best ceremony that I seen. At the reception, we got numerous compliments on Mary's work. People were just raving about how personal it was, and how it was really about us. By the end of the wedding Mary felt like a part of my new family. Read less
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Krista
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Mary was a pleasure to work with during our wedding planning! We could not have picked a better Officiant to perform our ceremony! She is organized, compassionate, and extremely thorough in everything she does. It was so comforting to know that she was only an email or phone call away. Mary was very interested in not only getting to know us as individuals and a couple, but she also felt it was important to get to know our family and bridal party. She complied a beautiful ceremony with such grace and pose. Mary wanted to share our story of how we met, and it made our ceremony extra special. She also gave us some great poetry and other symbolic rituals to give our ceremony a more meaningful experience. Overall, Mary was the perfect choice for us, and it definitely showed on our wedding day. All our guests raved about what a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony she created! It made us feel so happy. We are happy to have Mary as part of our lives!
Mary was a pleasure to work with during our wedding planning! We could not have picked a better Officiant to perform our Read more...
Mary was a pleasure to work with during our wedding planning! We could not have picked a better Officiant to perform our ceremony! She is organized, compassionate, and extremely thorough in everything she does. It was so comforting to know that she was only an email or phone call away. Mary was very interested in not only getting to know us as individuals and a couple, but she also felt it was important to get to know our family and bridal party. She complied a beautiful ceremony with such grace and pose. Mary wanted to share our story of how we met, and it made our ceremony extra special. She also gave us some great poetry and other symbolic rituals to give our ceremony a more meaningful experience. Overall, Mary was the perfect choice for us, and it definitely showed on our wedding day. All our guests raved about what a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony she created! It made us feel so happy. We are happy to have Mary as part of our lives! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
For anyone out there looking for an officiant, look no further. Mary is absolutely one hundred percent the BEST I've ever met. As soon as we met her, I knew we had to have her perform our ceremony. She felt like family. She is warm, funny, charming, easy to talk to, welcoming, and excited for your wedding day. She truly wants it to be as special as you do. I can't believe the level of detail she put into our ceremony. Every single person we spoke to commented on the ceremony and Mary's delivery. Most people thought she was a member of the family or close family friend due to the intimate, beautiful words she spoke. I think booking Mary was without a doubt the best decision we made in planning our wedding. If you want a personalized, witty, warm, beautiful ceremony that pays homage to your love as a couple and allows your guests to feel like they are really a part of your ceremony, book Mary immediately. She is truly the best in the business. I can't say enough good things. We LOVE Mary!!!!!!!
For anyone out there looking for an officiant, look no further. Mary is absolutely one hundred percent the BEST I've ever Read more...
For anyone out there looking for an officiant, look no further. Mary is absolutely one hundred percent the BEST I've ever met. As soon as we met her, I knew we had to have her perform our ceremony. She felt like family. She is warm, funny, charming, easy to talk to, welcoming, and excited for your wedding day. She truly wants it to be as special as you do. I can't believe the level of detail she put into our ceremony. Every single person we spoke to commented on the ceremony and Mary's delivery. Most people thought she was a member of the family or close family friend due to the intimate, beautiful words she spoke. I think booking Mary was without a doubt the best decision we made in planning our wedding. If you want a personalized, witty, warm, beautiful ceremony that pays homage to your love as a couple and allows your guests to feel like they are really a part of your ceremony, book Mary immediately. She is truly the best in the business. I can't say enough good things. We LOVE Mary!!!!!!! Read less
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Dawn
Wedding:
10/9/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife Delia and I were MORE than excited to work with Mary. She was wonderful and wrote us the most beautiful ceremony. Every one commented to us afterwards how amazing it was. Mary was so patient with us when we weren't sure at the time what we wanted. She made us feel like we were her only clients. She is quick to repsond to your questions and really takes the time to get to know her couples. Our wedding day was the most special moment in our lives and she made all the difference with everything. Being a same sex couple, it was even more important to us to find someone with an open heart and mind. Mary is absolutely the best at making you feel comfortable and important. Thank you again to Mary, our wedding day would not have been as perfect without you!
With all our love and admiration,
Dawn and Delia Wilson
My wife Delia and I were MORE than excited to work with Mary. She was wonderful and wrote us the most beautiful ceremony. Read more...
My wife Delia and I were MORE than excited to work with Mary. She was wonderful and wrote us the most beautiful ceremony. Every one commented to us afterwards how amazing it was. Mary was so patient with us when we weren't sure at the time what we wanted. She made us feel like we were her only clients. She is quick to repsond to your questions and really takes the time to get to know her couples. Our wedding day was the most special moment in our lives and she made all the difference with everything. Being a same sex couple, it was even more important to us to find someone with an open heart and mind. Mary is absolutely the best at making you feel comfortable and important. Thank you again to Mary, our wedding day would not have been as perfect without you!
With all our love and admiration,
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Seth
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
All we can say is WOW - there literally are no words to describe how amazing Mary is and what a wonderful job she did with our ceremony. My wife and I first met Mary when she was performing another wedding a few years prior and we decided that if we were ever to get married, Mary would be the first vendor we called. As it turns out, when we got engaged we immediately thought of and called Mary to make sure she was available for our date. What makes Mary different from other wedding officiants is that Mary takes the time and really gets to KNOW the couple. The wedding ceremony itself is so extraordinarily enhanced because Mary really knew my wife and I by the time we finally got married.

We could literally take pages and pages talking about how wonderful it was to work with Mary but instead I will just summarize with this - nearly all of our guests came up to us afterwards and commented that it was the best wedding ceremony that they had ever witnessed. Simply put, Mary is a wonderful person who happens to be wedding celebrant - anyone lucky enough to work with her will have a spectacular day.
All we can say is WOW - there literally are no words to describe how amazing Mary is and what a wonderful job she did with Read more...
All we can say is WOW - there literally are no words to describe how amazing Mary is and what a wonderful job she did with our ceremony. My wife and I first met Mary when she was performing another wedding a few years prior and we decided that if we were ever to get married, Mary would be the first vendor we called. As it turns out, when we got engaged we immediately thought of and called Mary to make sure she was available for our date. What makes Mary different from other wedding officiants is that Mary takes the time and really gets to KNOW the couple. The wedding ceremony itself is so extraordinarily enhanced because Mary really knew my wife and I by the time we finally got married.

We could literally take pages and pages talking about how wonderful it was to work with Mary but instead I will just summarize with this - nearly all of our guests came up to us afterwards and commented that it was the best wedding ceremony that they had ever witnessed. Simply put, Mary is a wonderful person who happens to be wedding celebrant - anyone lucky enough to work with her will have a spectacular day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Choosing Mary for our wedding Officiant was one of the best things my husband and I did. Our ceremony was INCREDIBLE! Our guests kept telling us that it was one of the most amazing ceremonies they have ever heard. She really captured our relationship and tailored the ceremony to be exactly what we wanted. The way she spoke about us, it sounded like she knew us for YEARS when we had really only met once. All of my single friends told me that when they get married, they are definitely hiring Mary!

Furthermore, Mary was so incredibly helpful during the rehearsal. She was extremely organized and really helped everybody figure out the flow of the day.

I could not have asked for a better experience. Mary truly has a gift for this and has definitely found her calling. Thank you so much for making our day so special!!
Choosing Mary for our wedding Officiant was one of the best things my husband and I did. Our ceremony was INCREDIBLE! Our Read more...
Choosing Mary for our wedding Officiant was one of the best things my husband and I did. Our ceremony was INCREDIBLE! Our guests kept telling us that it was one of the most amazing ceremonies they have ever heard. She really captured our relationship and tailored the ceremony to be exactly what we wanted. The way she spoke about us, it sounded like she knew us for YEARS when we had really only met once. All of my single friends told me that when they get married, they are definitely hiring Mary!

Furthermore, Mary was so incredibly helpful during the rehearsal. She was extremely organized and really helped everybody figure out the flow of the day.

I could not have asked for a better experience. Mary truly has a gift for this and has definitely found her calling. Thank you so much for making our day so special!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Mary Coburn is an extraordinary wedding celebrant and we are so happy that we listened to all of the glowing reviews online and that we chose Mary! Our wedding day was absolutely perfect, and she was a big part of making it so special. We really enjoyed collaborating with Mary to create our unique ceremony. Through our meetings, phone calls, emails, and surveys, she really captured our love story and expressed it so beautifully. Our family and friends have all told us that they have never attended such a meaningful, enjoyable wedding ceremony. We have received countless compliments on our ceremony and we agree with all of our guests that she is wonderful!! Mary is a very organized, hardworking, and caring person, and she is passionate about creating the perfect wedding ceremony to reflect the couple’s unique vision. Mary is a great listener and is very thoughtful. She is also an extremely talented writer, as shown through her verbose email correspondence and beautifully crafted ceremonies. She will revise and brainstorm new ideas for the ceremony until you absolutely love it. She had many ideas for quotes, readings, and rituals, and she was open to new suggestions too. Mary created a ceremony that really reflected our personalities, our love for each other, and the importance of our families and friends in our lives. There were touching moments and there were moments that made everyone laugh. Mary directed the rehearsal the day before the wedding and perfected every detail. On the wedding day she was calm, eloquent, and looked lovely in all of our photos. Through the collaboration process with Mary to create our ceremony, she encouraged us to reflect on our relationship with each other, reminding us amidst all of the craziness of wedding planning what this day is really all about. Mary also made a pretty keepsake book with the words from our ceremony, which we will always treasure alongside the photos of our special day. She is the very best!
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Mary Coburn is an extraordinary wedding celebrant and we are so happy that we listened to all of the glowing reviews online and that we chose Mary! Our wedding day was absolutely perfect, and she was a big part of making it so special. We really enjoyed collaborating with Mary to create our unique ceremony. Through our meetings, phone calls, emails, and surveys, she really captured our love story and expressed it so beautifully. Our family and friends have all told us that they have never attended such a meaningful, enjoyable wedding ceremony. We have received countless compliments on our ceremony and we agree with all of our guests that she is wonderful!! Mary is a very organized, hardworking, and caring person, and she is passionate about creating the perfect wedding ceremony to reflect the couple’s unique vision. Mary is a great listener and is very thoughtful. She is also an extremely talented writer, as shown through her verbose email correspondence and beautifully crafted ceremonies. She will revise and brainstorm new ideas for the ceremony until you absolutely love it. She had many ideas for quotes, readings, and rituals, and she was open to new suggestions too. Mary created a ceremony that really reflected our personalities, our love for each other, and the importance of our families and friends in our lives. There were touching moments and there were moments that made everyone laugh. Mary directed the rehearsal the day before the wedding and perfected every detail. On the wedding day she was calm, eloquent, and looked lovely in all of our photos. Through the collaboration process with Mary to create our ceremony, she encouraged us to reflect on our relationship with each other, reminding us amidst all of the craziness of wedding planning what this day is really all about. Mary also made a pretty keepsake book with the words from our ceremony, which we will always treasure alongside the photos of our special day. She is the very best! Read less
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Kara
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Giving Mary 5 stars just isn't enough! She did A++ work and was such an important part of our ceremony. Her writing is excellent, and her oration is even more spectacular. She met with us on multiple occasions to make sure the ceremony was extremely personal, and always met us half-way and on our time schedule. She was very easy to talk to and was always receptive to details and clarifications. She was professional in dealing with us and our family. Mary is someone who will forever be in our hearts, as we look back to our wedding and remember how big of a part she played in making it the happiest day of our lives.
Giving Mary 5 stars just isn't enough! She did A++ work and was such an important part of our ceremony. Her writing is Read more...
Giving Mary 5 stars just isn't enough! She did A++ work and was such an important part of our ceremony. Her writing is excellent, and her oration is even more spectacular. She met with us on multiple occasions to make sure the ceremony was extremely personal, and always met us half-way and on our time schedule. She was very easy to talk to and was always receptive to details and clarifications. She was professional in dealing with us and our family. Mary is someone who will forever be in our hearts, as we look back to our wedding and remember how big of a part she played in making it the happiest day of our lives. Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Mary Coburn was our wedding officiant for our June 29th 2013 wedding ceremony. She was an absolute pleasure to work with during the entire wedding process. Mary helped ease my "ceremony anxiety" by providing me with ideas of what would help me to stay grounded and in the moment on the big day. She helped us polish and perfect our personal vows and she gave us helpful feedback on the personal components we were adding to the ceremony. She was extremely attentive to our needs and worked hard to create a highly personalized ceremony that reflected our family values, our upbringings and our love story. Mary was able to involve our families and friends in the ceremony and made everyone feel connected and part of something special. Our loving and emotional ceremony was my favorite part of the wedding and I couldn't be happier with how everything unfolded. It is clear that Mary loves what she does and all the effort and hard work she puts forth is well worth it.
Mary Coburn was our wedding officiant for our June 29th 2013 wedding ceremony. She was an absolute pleasure to work with Read more...
Mary Coburn was our wedding officiant for our June 29th 2013 wedding ceremony. She was an absolute pleasure to work with during the entire wedding process. Mary helped ease my "ceremony anxiety" by providing me with ideas of what would help me to stay grounded and in the moment on the big day. She helped us polish and perfect our personal vows and she gave us helpful feedback on the personal components we were adding to the ceremony. She was extremely attentive to our needs and worked hard to create a highly personalized ceremony that reflected our family values, our upbringings and our love story. Mary was able to involve our families and friends in the ceremony and made everyone feel connected and part of something special. Our loving and emotional ceremony was my favorite part of the wedding and I couldn't be happier with how everything unfolded. It is clear that Mary loves what she does and all the effort and hard work she puts forth is well worth it. Read less
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Kara
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
I can't possibly begin to explain how important Mary was to our wedding. She was more than just a celebrant for us - she truly helped us shape and set the tone for our ceremony, and served to help myself and my husband fully prepare emotionally and mentally for the day. Mary's personal and thoughtful approach was so valuable to us and she went out of her way to get to know us as individuals and a couple, and to shape the ceremony in a way that was both personal, spiritual and meaningful to our families and friends. Mary, thank you thank you.
I can't possibly begin to explain how important Mary was to our wedding. She was more than just a celebrant for us - she Read more...
I can't possibly begin to explain how important Mary was to our wedding. She was more than just a celebrant for us - she truly helped us shape and set the tone for our ceremony, and served to help myself and my husband fully prepare emotionally and mentally for the day. Mary's personal and thoughtful approach was so valuable to us and she went out of her way to get to know us as individuals and a couple, and to shape the ceremony in a way that was both personal, spiritual and meaningful to our families and friends. Mary, thank you thank you. Read less
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Katy
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Easily the best decision we made during our wedding planning process! From the moment we met Mary for coffee, Eddie and I felt like we’d known her for years. She is incredibly easy to talk with and open up to and made the entire process light and fun while still capturing the seriousness of what we were doing. After our ceremony, people thought we were related because she made it so personal and even still – 4+ weeks later, we are still hearing what a fabulous job she did! We could not have picked a better person to marry us and hope to work with Mary again in the future!

Katy and Eddie
Easily the best decision we made during our wedding planning process! From the moment we met Mary for coffee, Eddie and I Read more...
Easily the best decision we made during our wedding planning process! From the moment we met Mary for coffee, Eddie and I felt like we’d known her for years. She is incredibly easy to talk with and open up to and made the entire process light and fun while still capturing the seriousness of what we were doing. After our ceremony, people thought we were related because she made it so personal and even still – 4+ weeks later, we are still hearing what a fabulous job she did! We could not have picked a better person to marry us and hope to work with Mary again in the future!

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Jessica
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Hiring Mary Coburn as our wedding officiant was probably one of the easiest and smartest decisions i made during my wedding planning process. She is genuinely one of the nicest people you will ever meet and truely cares about making your ceremony absolute perfection. She spent two hours with us during our FREE initial meeting just getting to know us and learning our story. During our ceremony you would have thought she was our friend for years. I never thought i would get so many compliments on our ceremony, she did an excellent job. i can not thank her enough for the outstanding job she did. She's worth every penny plus some. I think of Mary as not only a vendor, but now a friend. HIRE HER you wont be disapointed
Jess and Andrew 5/26/13
Hiring Mary Coburn as our wedding officiant was probably one of the easiest and smartest decisions i made during my Read more...
Hiring Mary Coburn as our wedding officiant was probably one of the easiest and smartest decisions i made during my wedding planning process. She is genuinely one of the nicest people you will ever meet and truely cares about making your ceremony absolute perfection. She spent two hours with us during our FREE initial meeting just getting to know us and learning our story. During our ceremony you would have thought she was our friend for years. I never thought i would get so many compliments on our ceremony, she did an excellent job. i can not thank her enough for the outstanding job she did. She's worth every penny plus some. I think of Mary as not only a vendor, but now a friend. HIRE HER you wont be disapointed
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Cindy
Wedding:
4/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Mary Coburn was an excellent officiant for our wedding this past April 2013. She is detail-oriented and truly gets to know the background story of the bride and groom. Mary has a calming presence, and I couldn't imagine anyone more prompt and efficient!
Mary Coburn was an excellent officiant for our wedding this past April 2013. She is detail-oriented and truly gets to know Read more...
Mary Coburn was an excellent officiant for our wedding this past April 2013. She is detail-oriented and truly gets to know the background story of the bride and groom. Mary has a calming presence, and I couldn't imagine anyone more prompt and efficient! Read less
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Katherine
Wedding:
12/31/2012
5.0/5.0
Every experience and interaction with Mary was beyond what we could imagine. Mary invests her heart and soul into creating a ceremony that is personal, intimate and simply beautiful. She has an uncanny ability to capture the spirit of a person and a couple in a truly heartfelt manner. Mary created a ceremony that my wife and I will cherish forever, and one that, to this day, is brought up in conversation with attendants as the most incredible ceremony they have ever witnessed. Members of our family have expressed interest in utilizing her expertise, and my wife and I look forward to involving Mary in future celebrations and special occasions. It was wholeheartedly an honor to have her as part of our wedding ceremony.
Every experience and interaction with Mary was beyond what we could imagine. Mary invests her heart and soul into creating Read more...
Every experience and interaction with Mary was beyond what we could imagine. Mary invests her heart and soul into creating a ceremony that is personal, intimate and simply beautiful. She has an uncanny ability to capture the spirit of a person and a couple in a truly heartfelt manner. Mary created a ceremony that my wife and I will cherish forever, and one that, to this day, is brought up in conversation with attendants as the most incredible ceremony they have ever witnessed. Members of our family have expressed interest in utilizing her expertise, and my wife and I look forward to involving Mary in future celebrations and special occasions. It was wholeheartedly an honor to have her as part of our wedding ceremony. Read less
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Jeff
Wedding:
11/2/2012
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for an officiant that will provide you with a service people will appreciate and enjoy than look no further. We learned of Mary through our photographer Carrie Draghi and we could not have been happier with the outcome. From the start we were put at ease with Mary by her level of involvement and her attention to detail through the planning process. We were asked to write answer a numerous amount of questions (separately) that ended up becoming the ceremony that Mary would pull together. Come the night of rehearsal you could tell Mary had a presence that she was going to guide us through our special day and leave no stone unturned. When the ceremony finally happened we could not have been happier. As previous reviews have also mentioned Mary will NOT just give you the insert name here type of ceremony. She will tailor the ceremony to the couple you are. I know she was phenomenal because so many people keep speaking about how great it was to be a part of the ceremony.

If you are looking for a ceremony people will remember then Mary is your person.

Thanks again Mary!

Jeff and McKenzie
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If you are looking for an officiant that will provide you with a service people will appreciate and enjoy than look no further. We learned of Mary through our photographer Carrie Draghi and we could not have been happier with the outcome. From the start we were put at ease with Mary by her level of involvement and her attention to detail through the planning process. We were asked to write answer a numerous amount of questions (separately) that ended up becoming the ceremony that Mary would pull together. Come the night of rehearsal you could tell Mary had a presence that she was going to guide us through our special day and leave no stone unturned. When the ceremony finally happened we could not have been happier. As previous reviews have also mentioned Mary will NOT just give you the insert name here type of ceremony. She will tailor the ceremony to the couple you are. I know she was phenomenal because so many people keep speaking about how great it was to be a part of the ceremony.

If you are looking for a ceremony people will remember then Mary is your person.

Thanks again Mary!

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Sarah
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary is the absolute best!! From the moment we first met her, my now husband and I were blown always by her genuine warmth, professionalism, and incredible ability to put people at ease. Many people have mentioned this already, but it is so worth repeating what a kind, wonderful person and celebrant she is.

Throughout the entire planning process, Mary was an amazing source of advice and comfort. Often I would email her in a panic with last minute questions and worries, (with everything from bridesmaid freakouts to help with vows) and she always offered incredible support, guidance and reassurance. She helped us with the nuts-and-bolts aspects of getting married, by explaining how and where to obtain our marriage license, and gave us great, honest advice about other vendors she had worked with in the past.

She ultimately designed a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony that was unique and completely tailored to both of us. She incorporated all of our guests into the proceedings, allowing everyone to feel like an active participant in the day. It really felt like a celebration; of us, of our friends and families, and of the new life we would share together. Afterwards, we received so many compliments from our guests, who remarked that ours was by far the most loving, and romantic ceremony they had ever attended. Even my great-uncle, a retired minister, (and no stranger to weddings having seen and performed many over the years) came up later and told us that Mary’s was ”the best” ceremony he’d ever seen!

I can’t recommend her highly enough!! Mary, thank you so much for making our day so incredibly special.
Mary is the absolute best!! From the moment we first met her, my now husband and I were blown always by her genuine Read more...
Mary is the absolute best!! From the moment we first met her, my now husband and I were blown always by her genuine warmth, professionalism, and incredible ability to put people at ease. Many people have mentioned this already, but it is so worth repeating what a kind, wonderful person and celebrant she is.

Throughout the entire planning process, Mary was an amazing source of advice and comfort. Often I would email her in a panic with last minute questions and worries, (with everything from bridesmaid freakouts to help with vows) and she always offered incredible support, guidance and reassurance. She helped us with the nuts-and-bolts aspects of getting married, by explaining how and where to obtain our marriage license, and gave us great, honest advice about other vendors she had worked with in the past.

She ultimately designed a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony that was unique and completely tailored to both of us. She incorporated all of our guests into the proceedings, allowing everyone to feel like an active participant in the day. It really felt like a celebration; of us, of our friends and families, and of the new life we would share together. Afterwards, we received so many compliments from our guests, who remarked that ours was by far the most loving, and romantic ceremony they had ever attended. Even my great-uncle, a retired minister, (and no stranger to weddings having seen and performed many over the years) came up later and told us that Mary’s was ”the best” ceremony he’d ever seen!

I can’t recommend her highly enough!! Mary, thank you so much for making our day so incredibly special. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR AN AMAZING, PERSONAL CEREMONY: We called other celebrants before Mary and heard, "here is my typical 20 minute ceremony" and "this is why other celebrants don't know what they're doing." etc. We did not want a negative person with a canned ceremony. When we called Mary the first question she asked was, "So, how did you two meet?" We were on the phone with her for an hour discussing our families, our relationship and what's important to us in a ceremony. We then met Mary for two hours at a coffeeshop and she listened intently to all our stories with such great interest - we laughed and cried together and when we left her, my fiance said to me, "Don't you feel like you were just hugged for two hours straight?" Mary sent us lots of readings and vows and worksheets with questions about us and our relationship which she used to create a very personal ceremony just for us. We emailed back and forth with Mary many times and she was always very quick to respond and open to any changes that we wanted. Everyone at our wedding said it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever been apart of and several people asked us how long we had known Mary, assuming that only someone we had known for years could have brought such a personal and beautiful energy to the wedding celebration. Mary has such a warm and embracing presence about her which is apparent in her voice, the way she carries herself, the way she listens and the obvious love she has for celebrating marriages. I can't imagine our wedding day without her . She set the tone for the entire day and was honestly our favorite part of the entire wedding day. I highly recommend her to any couple that wants a personal ceremony they will always remember.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR AN AMAZING, PERSONAL CEREMONY: We called other celebrants before Mary and heard, "here is my Read more...
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR AN AMAZING, PERSONAL CEREMONY: We called other celebrants before Mary and heard, "here is my typical 20 minute ceremony" and "this is why other celebrants don't know what they're doing." etc. We did not want a negative person with a canned ceremony. When we called Mary the first question she asked was, "So, how did you two meet?" We were on the phone with her for an hour discussing our families, our relationship and what's important to us in a ceremony. We then met Mary for two hours at a coffeeshop and she listened intently to all our stories with such great interest - we laughed and cried together and when we left her, my fiance said to me, "Don't you feel like you were just hugged for two hours straight?" Mary sent us lots of readings and vows and worksheets with questions about us and our relationship which she used to create a very personal ceremony just for us. We emailed back and forth with Mary many times and she was always very quick to respond and open to any changes that we wanted. Everyone at our wedding said it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever been apart of and several people asked us how long we had known Mary, assuming that only someone we had known for years could have brought such a personal and beautiful energy to the wedding celebration. Mary has such a warm and embracing presence about her which is apparent in her voice, the way she carries herself, the way she listens and the obvious love she has for celebrating marriages. I can't imagine our wedding day without her . She set the tone for the entire day and was honestly our favorite part of the entire wedding day. I highly recommend her to any couple that wants a personal ceremony they will always remember. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I have been to a lot of weddings over the years. While no wedding ceremony can be called bad, they are often impersonal and somewhat generic. We have even been to ceremonies where the bride and groom's names were not pronounced correctly. That's awkward. We knew we wanted something different. Mary was the one and only officiant that we met with. From our first conversation, it felt like Mary was genuinely excited for us, and I know she participates in a lot of weddings, so that can't always be easy. Throughout the process of planning, Mary was always very responsive and went above and beyond to be helpful. She provided all of the materials that we needed to choose vows and readings that meant something to us and worked hard to get to know us as a couple before she wrote our ceremony. When we did receive our ceremony I was amazed. I had never heard a ceremony so personalized and full of love before. It told our story meaningfully and with touches of humor. On the day of the wedding, although we had read the ceremony through, it was like we were hearing it for the first time, along with our guests. Mary is truly a talented writer and storyteller. At the reception we heard over and over from our guests how much they enjoyed the ceremony, how unique it was, and how much they loved Mary. To this day, Mary is the number one compliment we receive about the wedding-and she deserves it. If you are considering using Mary as your officiant, please do not hesitate. It will be the best decision you make for your wedding. Yes, it may be a little more of an investment than other officiant's you may have seen, but please, look at it as an investment. You are getting so much more than the same "insert name here" wedding ceremony that everyone has seen before. Your ceremony is not a place to cut costs. Make it meaningful and special for you and your families by choosing Mary as your officiant. We are so thankful that we did!
My husband and I have been to a lot of weddings over the years. While no wedding ceremony can be called bad, they are Read more...
My husband and I have been to a lot of weddings over the years. While no wedding ceremony can be called bad, they are often impersonal and somewhat generic. We have even been to ceremonies where the bride and groom's names were not pronounced correctly. That's awkward. We knew we wanted something different. Mary was the one and only officiant that we met with. From our first conversation, it felt like Mary was genuinely excited for us, and I know she participates in a lot of weddings, so that can't always be easy. Throughout the process of planning, Mary was always very responsive and went above and beyond to be helpful. She provided all of the materials that we needed to choose vows and readings that meant something to us and worked hard to get to know us as a couple before she wrote our ceremony. When we did receive our ceremony I was amazed. I had never heard a ceremony so personalized and full of love before. It told our story meaningfully and with touches of humor. On the day of the wedding, although we had read the ceremony through, it was like we were hearing it for the first time, along with our guests. Mary is truly a talented writer and storyteller. At the reception we heard over and over from our guests how much they enjoyed the ceremony, how unique it was, and how much they loved Mary. To this day, Mary is the number one compliment we receive about the wedding-and she deserves it. If you are considering using Mary as your officiant, please do not hesitate. It will be the best decision you make for your wedding. Yes, it may be a little more of an investment than other officiant's you may have seen, but please, look at it as an investment. You are getting so much more than the same "insert name here" wedding ceremony that everyone has seen before. Your ceremony is not a place to cut costs. Make it meaningful and special for you and your families by choosing Mary as your officiant. We are so thankful that we did! Read less
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Sandy
Wedding:
8/12/2012
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for an amazing wedding ceremony, we wholeheartedly recommend Mary. When we were looking to get married, the ceremony was our top priority. We wanted a ceremony filled with love, humor and personal touches. After extensive searches online we found Mary. Once we met her we knew that she was the one to marry us. She took the time to get to know us over coffee and we immediately realized that we had the same vision for our wedding ceremony. Additionally she had extensive knowledge of our wedding venue and was able to guide us through the finer details of that venue. Prior to the wedding, Mary gave us some homework on our background (how we met, first date, proposal, family, how our lives are different, etc.). It took a lot of time, but it was one of THE most rewarding aspects of our wedding. Not only did Mary seamlessly incorporate the information into the ceremony, but we shared our responses with each other on our honeymoon and have an incredible keepsake to share on all our future anniversaries. From beginning to end, Mary was spectacular on the day of the wedding. She helped with both the bridesmaids and groomsmen to set everything up, including helping the clueless groomsmen on the art of boutonniere pinning. The ceremony was beautiful, filled with personal touches, amazing quotes about love and an intimate wine sharing ceremony. As with all events, the unexpected often happens and in our case it was in the form of an airplane advertisement (Lobsters $4.99/lb) in the middle of a serious portion of the ceremony. A testament to Mary is how she kept us and the guests focused and let nothing detract from the ceremony. After the ceremony, we have had numerous guests mention that our ceremony was the best they had ever attended and that it reminded them of why they fell in love and got married in the first place. To cap it all off, Mary created for us a copy of our ceremony in the colors of the wedding. We cannot praise or recommend Mary enough.
If you are looking for an amazing wedding ceremony, we wholeheartedly recommend Mary. When we were looking to get married, Read more...
If you are looking for an amazing wedding ceremony, we wholeheartedly recommend Mary. When we were looking to get married, the ceremony was our top priority. We wanted a ceremony filled with love, humor and personal touches. After extensive searches online we found Mary. Once we met her we knew that she was the one to marry us. She took the time to get to know us over coffee and we immediately realized that we had the same vision for our wedding ceremony. Additionally she had extensive knowledge of our wedding venue and was able to guide us through the finer details of that venue. Prior to the wedding, Mary gave us some homework on our background (how we met, first date, proposal, family, how our lives are different, etc.). It took a lot of time, but it was one of THE most rewarding aspects of our wedding. Not only did Mary seamlessly incorporate the information into the ceremony, but we shared our responses with each other on our honeymoon and have an incredible keepsake to share on all our future anniversaries. From beginning to end, Mary was spectacular on the day of the wedding. She helped with both the bridesmaids and groomsmen to set everything up, including helping the clueless groomsmen on the art of boutonniere pinning. The ceremony was beautiful, filled with personal touches, amazing quotes about love and an intimate wine sharing ceremony. As with all events, the unexpected often happens and in our case it was in the form of an airplane advertisement (Lobsters $4.99/lb) in the middle of a serious portion of the ceremony. A testament to Mary is how she kept us and the guests focused and let nothing detract from the ceremony. After the ceremony, we have had numerous guests mention that our ceremony was the best they had ever attended and that it reminded them of why they fell in love and got married in the first place. To cap it all off, Mary created for us a copy of our ceremony in the colors of the wedding. We cannot praise or recommend Mary enough. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
8/3/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are beyond lucky to have stumbled upon Mary on a wedding website. We read such great reviews from past brides that we decided to contact her and have an initial meeting. My husband and I weren't sure what to expect, but the instant we met Mary it was clear that she was going to be a very worthwhile investment and the perfect person to conduct our ceremony. My husband and I are an interfaith and interracial couple. We discussed with Mary including both Buddhist and Catholic pieces to our ceremony. Mary immediately had ideas of incorporating both religions. Even after the meeting Mary researched other ideas and continually kept in contact with us about her thoughts. Not only did she script our ceremony in a way that told the story of how we met, but she even helped us find and ultimately craft blessing strings for our ceremony the night before the wedding which was a huge help! Mary is truly an amazing officiant and a wonderful storyteller. We loved how she wrote our ceremony and made it uniquely about us. After the ceremony, I honestly can't even remember how many family members and guests commented on how lovely the ceremony was. Several people came up to me and said, "That was the best wedding ceremony I've been to!" and even simply, "I loved it!" We both wanted a ceremony that was memorable and most importantly meaningful. We truly received a fantastic gift that day. I cannot say enough kind words about Mary and her work. If my husband and I ever renew our vows, I would undoubtedly pursue Mary again.
My husband and I are beyond lucky to have stumbled upon Mary on a wedding website. We read such great reviews from past Read more...
My husband and I are beyond lucky to have stumbled upon Mary on a wedding website. We read such great reviews from past brides that we decided to contact her and have an initial meeting. My husband and I weren't sure what to expect, but the instant we met Mary it was clear that she was going to be a very worthwhile investment and the perfect person to conduct our ceremony. My husband and I are an interfaith and interracial couple. We discussed with Mary including both Buddhist and Catholic pieces to our ceremony. Mary immediately had ideas of incorporating both religions. Even after the meeting Mary researched other ideas and continually kept in contact with us about her thoughts. Not only did she script our ceremony in a way that told the story of how we met, but she even helped us find and ultimately craft blessing strings for our ceremony the night before the wedding which was a huge help! Mary is truly an amazing officiant and a wonderful storyteller. We loved how she wrote our ceremony and made it uniquely about us. After the ceremony, I honestly can't even remember how many family members and guests commented on how lovely the ceremony was. Several people came up to me and said, "That was the best wedding ceremony I've been to!" and even simply, "I loved it!" We both wanted a ceremony that was memorable and most importantly meaningful. We truly received a fantastic gift that day. I cannot say enough kind words about Mary and her work. If my husband and I ever renew our vows, I would undoubtedly pursue Mary again. Read less
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T
Wedding:
7/12/2012
5.0/5.0
I am not the kind of person that writes a review; however, I was so inspired by Mary I knew I had to sit down and compose one to tell couples looking for an "officiant" just how phenomenal Mary is at what she does.  In fact, I had never heard of a celebrant before.  I had always heard this role in the ceremony as being an officiant; someone who makes your marriage official.  Before talking with Mary, I didn't even realize that this was all the expectations I had. Mary did make our marriage official; however, Mary did so much more than this superficial layer, she celebrated our lives, love and our union together!  I now know what a celebrant is and I am truly thankful for Mary in showing us the difference!
My wife and I live in Indianapolis, Indiana and we were planning our wedding in Connecticut.  We even found Mary online.  From the first email to the first phone meeting, we knew she was the person who would marry us.  As we were getting ready for our day, she communicated with us several times and put us at complete ease with an answer to any of our questions in the most thoughtful way.  The more we got to know her, the more we were blown away with her insightfulness and kindness.
We finally got to meet her in person the day before our wedding. By this time, it seemed like we had known her for years.
Getting married is a major life event; however, Mary made us feel at ease about our big day.  The experience on our wedding day was purely magical!  Mary was genuinely overjoyed with us about our day! There is not a doubt in my mind about recommending Mary Coburn to any couple!!  She has an amazing spirit and a zest for creating the purely unforgettable wedding experience!  
I am not the kind of person that writes a review; however, I was so inspired by Mary I knew I had to sit down and compose Read more...
I am not the kind of person that writes a review; however, I was so inspired by Mary I knew I had to sit down and compose one to tell couples looking for an "officiant" just how phenomenal Mary is at what she does.  In fact, I had never heard of a celebrant before.  I had always heard this role in the ceremony as being an officiant; someone who makes your marriage official.  Before talking with Mary, I didn't even realize that this was all the expectations I had. Mary did make our marriage official; however, Mary did so much more than this superficial layer, she celebrated our lives, love and our union together!  I now know what a celebrant is and I am truly thankful for Mary in showing us the difference!
My wife and I live in Indianapolis, Indiana and we were planning our wedding in Connecticut.  We even found Mary online.  From the first email to the first phone meeting, we knew she was the person who would marry us.  As we were getting ready for our day, she communicated with us several times and put us at complete ease with an answer to any of our questions in the most thoughtful way.  The more we got to know her, the more we were blown away with her insightfulness and kindness.
We finally got to meet her in person the day before our wedding. By this time, it seemed like we had known her for years.
Getting married is a major life event; however, Mary made us feel at ease about our big day.  The experience on our wedding day was purely magical!  Mary was genuinely overjoyed with us about our day! There is not a doubt in my mind about recommending Mary Coburn to any couple!!  She has an amazing spirit and a zest for creating the purely unforgettable wedding experience!   Read less
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Moira
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary Coburn is an absolute must have at your wedding. She was recommended to us by our photographer who said she was the best of the best. He was 100% right, she made our ceremony better than we could have dreamed. Our ceremony was so personalized and she really got the essence of who we are. She spent hours meeting with us in person, interviewing us on the phone, and reading through a very thorough questionaire that she had us complete. She took the time to write our ceremony from scratch and sent it to us to review. The whole room laughed, cried, and smiled the whole ceremony. Dont dilly dally though because she books up fast!
Mary Coburn is an absolute must have at your wedding. She was recommended to us by our photographer who said she was the Read more...
Mary Coburn is an absolute must have at your wedding. She was recommended to us by our photographer who said she was the best of the best. He was 100% right, she made our ceremony better than we could have dreamed. Our ceremony was so personalized and she really got the essence of who we are. She spent hours meeting with us in person, interviewing us on the phone, and reading through a very thorough questionaire that she had us complete. She took the time to write our ceremony from scratch and sent it to us to review. The whole room laughed, cried, and smiled the whole ceremony. Dont dilly dally though because she books up fast! Read less
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Andrew
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
When we began our search for a wedding officiant, we knew we had the bar set high. We wanted someone who could tell our story - how we met, how we fell in love, and our journey to our wedding day - all with a personal and heart-felt delivery. It was also very important to us that we be able to know in advance exactly what would be read at the ceremony.

When we first met Mary, we knew she was the perfect person to tell our love story. We felt an instant familiarity and comfort with her and she nearly read our minds on the elements of our story we wished to incorporate into the ceremony. After our first meeting with Mary, we knew we could end our search. We knew we were in good hands!

We added an extra degree of difficulty by planning our CT wedding from DC. However, Mary kept us on track and on time throughout the entire process. We never felt rushed or out of contact.

We opted to omit any religious elements from the ceremony; however, Mary was happy to explain ways in which we could incorporate some spiritual elements (such as a non-religious blessing). We really valued her suggestions and decided to include a non-religious blessing at the end of the ceremony. When we told Mary that the bride-to-be’s family was Polish, she went out of her way to learn several Polish greetings and phrases, which she included in the ceremony as well.

We were blown away when we read Mary’s draft of the ceremony. It had absolutely everything we wanted: our story, romance, humor, celebration, and warmth. It has now been more than four months since our wedding and we are still getting compliments on how beautiful the ceremony was.

Working with Mary was a great experience from start to finish. She has a wonderful warm energy and brought to life the ceremony we envisioned!
When we began our search for a wedding officiant, we knew we had the bar set high. We wanted someone who could tell our Read more...
When we began our search for a wedding officiant, we knew we had the bar set high. We wanted someone who could tell our story - how we met, how we fell in love, and our journey to our wedding day - all with a personal and heart-felt delivery. It was also very important to us that we be able to know in advance exactly what would be read at the ceremony.

When we first met Mary, we knew she was the perfect person to tell our love story. We felt an instant familiarity and comfort with her and she nearly read our minds on the elements of our story we wished to incorporate into the ceremony. After our first meeting with Mary, we knew we could end our search. We knew we were in good hands!

We added an extra degree of difficulty by planning our CT wedding from DC. However, Mary kept us on track and on time throughout the entire process. We never felt rushed or out of contact.

We opted to omit any religious elements from the ceremony; however, Mary was happy to explain ways in which we could incorporate some spiritual elements (such as a non-religious blessing). We really valued her suggestions and decided to include a non-religious blessing at the end of the ceremony. When we told Mary that the bride-to-be’s family was Polish, she went out of her way to learn several Polish greetings and phrases, which she included in the ceremony as well.

We were blown away when we read Mary’s draft of the ceremony. It had absolutely everything we wanted: our story, romance, humor, celebration, and warmth. It has now been more than four months since our wedding and we are still getting compliments on how beautiful the ceremony was.

Working with Mary was a great experience from start to finish. She has a wonderful warm energy and brought to life the ceremony we envisioned! Read less
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T
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary wrote a beautiful service, kept us positive when things were difficult, accommodated whatever we needed and became a real friend to us. From our first meeting, we knew she was something special, but didn't realize so many people would compliment us on her service afterwards. Even the most cynical of our guests were touched and thought she was fantastic.
Thanks, Mary! You are truly something special and are great at what you do. We are so happy that we found you!
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Mary wrote a beautiful service, kept us positive when things were difficult, accommodated whatever we needed and became a real friend to us. From our first meeting, we knew she was something special, but didn't realize so many people would compliment us on her service afterwards. Even the most cynical of our guests were touched and thought she was fantastic.
Thanks, Mary! You are truly something special and are great at what you do. We are so happy that we found you! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
5/25/2012
5.0/5.0
I don’t know how I can possibly do Mary Coburn justice in this review, because I am not nearly as talented a writer as she is, but I will try! I was married in May 2012. We had such a fun, fantastic wedding, and worked with great vendors, but Mary was by far the BEST. A friend’s wedding photographer recommended Mary, which meant a lot because the photographer has obviously attended tons of wedding ceremonies. Mary was the first and last person I contacted - from the moment I spoke with her I knew she was going to be ‘the one’ to marry us. No matter what kind of ceremony you are envisioning I am sure Mary can make it happen. For us, she told the story of my husband and I; weaving together our history, our families, our friends, our community. She helped us decide what types of readings, vows, and elements we wanted to incorporate. We spoke on the phone, met in person, and were in touch through email during the planning process, and Mary was ALWAYS prompt, thoughtful, and helpful in her responses. When she arrived at the rehearsal she magically knew everyone’s names, and remembered them throughout the rehearsal and wedding. She seriously charmed our families – everyone fell in love with her that night! The next day the ceremony was like dream, just perfect. Mary made things run smoothly (she coordinated with the venue, florist, DJ, etc. all ahead of time) and was such a beautiful reader and a truly beautiful spirit. Five months later wedding guests are still gushing that it was the best ceremony they’ve ever been to. To top it off Mary gave us a really special and unexpected memento to mark the occasion – I won’t say what it was so you can be surprised too – that I will cherish forever. When you think back to your wedding, it is really not the dress, or the flowers, or that favors that matter, it’s WHO you are marrying and the ceremony is the most central and special way to celebrate that. Look no further, book her now.
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I don’t know how I can possibly do Mary Coburn justice in this review, because I am not nearly as talented a writer as she is, but I will try! I was married in May 2012. We had such a fun, fantastic wedding, and worked with great vendors, but Mary was by far the BEST. A friend’s wedding photographer recommended Mary, which meant a lot because the photographer has obviously attended tons of wedding ceremonies. Mary was the first and last person I contacted - from the moment I spoke with her I knew she was going to be ‘the one’ to marry us. No matter what kind of ceremony you are envisioning I am sure Mary can make it happen. For us, she told the story of my husband and I; weaving together our history, our families, our friends, our community. She helped us decide what types of readings, vows, and elements we wanted to incorporate. We spoke on the phone, met in person, and were in touch through email during the planning process, and Mary was ALWAYS prompt, thoughtful, and helpful in her responses. When she arrived at the rehearsal she magically knew everyone’s names, and remembered them throughout the rehearsal and wedding. She seriously charmed our families – everyone fell in love with her that night! The next day the ceremony was like dream, just perfect. Mary made things run smoothly (she coordinated with the venue, florist, DJ, etc. all ahead of time) and was such a beautiful reader and a truly beautiful spirit. Five months later wedding guests are still gushing that it was the best ceremony they’ve ever been to. To top it off Mary gave us a really special and unexpected memento to mark the occasion – I won’t say what it was so you can be surprised too – that I will cherish forever. When you think back to your wedding, it is really not the dress, or the flowers, or that favors that matter, it’s WHO you are marrying and the ceremony is the most central and special way to celebrate that. Look no further, book her now. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Working with Mary Coburn and planning our ceremony was my favorite part of wedding planning. Mary is a pleasure to work with, kind, professional and amazing at her job. She provided us with exactly what we were looking for, which was a very personal wedding ceremony that told details of our lives and our love story and was very touching. (We laughed, we cried, it was great!) She also helped us pick out readings, work on our vows, and build a ceremony that flowed beautifully and was light-hearted. We worked in detail with Mary before the wedding and she told a beautiful story at our wedding that represented us perfectly. She nailed it! She took our love story, and our feelings and orgainzed them in a way that made a beauitful ceremony. We received so many compliments on how interesting and fun and personal our wedding was. But what is most important to me is how it made myself and my husband feel... how we were so touched and felt like our ceremony was so heartfelt and a real depiction of our love for one another. I also want to mention that she was extremely helpful during our rehearsal... providing great tips, making sure everyone knows what they are doing and where they are walking etc... When I watched the ceremony for the first time on video a few months after our wedding, I cried and felt so lucky to have worked with her. For many many anniversaries to come my husband and I will put in that DVD and watch our wedding ceremony and remember Mary and the excellent job she did as our wedding officiant.
Working with Mary Coburn and planning our ceremony was my favorite part of wedding planning. Mary is a pleasure to work Read more...
Working with Mary Coburn and planning our ceremony was my favorite part of wedding planning. Mary is a pleasure to work with, kind, professional and amazing at her job. She provided us with exactly what we were looking for, which was a very personal wedding ceremony that told details of our lives and our love story and was very touching. (We laughed, we cried, it was great!) She also helped us pick out readings, work on our vows, and build a ceremony that flowed beautifully and was light-hearted. We worked in detail with Mary before the wedding and she told a beautiful story at our wedding that represented us perfectly. She nailed it! She took our love story, and our feelings and orgainzed them in a way that made a beauitful ceremony. We received so many compliments on how interesting and fun and personal our wedding was. But what is most important to me is how it made myself and my husband feel... how we were so touched and felt like our ceremony was so heartfelt and a real depiction of our love for one another. I also want to mention that she was extremely helpful during our rehearsal... providing great tips, making sure everyone knows what they are doing and where they are walking etc... When I watched the ceremony for the first time on video a few months after our wedding, I cried and felt so lucky to have worked with her. For many many anniversaries to come my husband and I will put in that DVD and watch our wedding ceremony and remember Mary and the excellent job she did as our wedding officiant. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Mary was a phenomenal celebrant. She took the time to get to know us as a couple. After a few meetings, it was as though she knew us for years. Mary’s ceremony was very personalized; many of our guests commented that it was the best ceremony they had ever experienced (of course, we felt the same way!). Without a doubt, we would select Mary again to serve as our celebrant.
Mary was a phenomenal celebrant. She took the time to get to know us as a couple. After a few meetings, it was as though Read more...
Mary was a phenomenal celebrant. She took the time to get to know us as a couple. After a few meetings, it was as though she knew us for years. Mary’s ceremony was very personalized; many of our guests commented that it was the best ceremony they had ever experienced (of course, we felt the same way!). Without a doubt, we would select Mary again to serve as our celebrant. Read less
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Mary Coburn, Wedding Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Dear Anonymous who was recently married,
I wish I knew who you are so I could thank you for your very lovely review!
Happy marriage!
Mary
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aprilandamy
Wedding:
4/11/2012
5.0/5.0
My partner and I first spoke with Mary by phone several months before our wedding and felt an instant connection to her. We were planning a small ceremony in CT (while living in SC). Mary was able to help us organize our thoughts for the ceremony, including recommending a fabulous photographer for our intimate day, and her calming presence was translated even through email. We communicated with Mary on a regular basis, and all emails were returned within 24 hours. By the time our wedding rolled around, I felt like we were old friends! I still feel that way. She provided us with a magical ceremony. She took the details of our relationship and created the most beautiful vows from our own personal love story. I have never witnessed anything quite like it. We were all in tears! (Happy tears, of course)! I have gone back and read the beautiful keepsake copy of our vows numerous times since the ceremony, and am still moved by her thoughtfulness, attention to detail and the connection she had with us on that day. I would enthusiastically recommend Mary's services to any and everyone. She helped make our special day perfect. She is a gifted wordsmith and a unique individual. She was truly invested in providing us with the ceremony that we envisioned and so much more. I am honored that she was able to pronounce us legally married.
My partner and I first spoke with Mary by phone several months before our wedding and felt an instant connection to her. Read more...
My partner and I first spoke with Mary by phone several months before our wedding and felt an instant connection to her. We were planning a small ceremony in CT (while living in SC). Mary was able to help us organize our thoughts for the ceremony, including recommending a fabulous photographer for our intimate day, and her calming presence was translated even through email. We communicated with Mary on a regular basis, and all emails were returned within 24 hours. By the time our wedding rolled around, I felt like we were old friends! I still feel that way. She provided us with a magical ceremony. She took the details of our relationship and created the most beautiful vows from our own personal love story. I have never witnessed anything quite like it. We were all in tears! (Happy tears, of course)! I have gone back and read the beautiful keepsake copy of our vows numerous times since the ceremony, and am still moved by her thoughtfulness, attention to detail and the connection she had with us on that day. I would enthusiastically recommend Mary's services to any and everyone. She helped make our special day perfect. She is a gifted wordsmith and a unique individual. She was truly invested in providing us with the ceremony that we envisioned and so much more. I am honored that she was able to pronounce us legally married. Read less
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raeann
Wedding:
3/31/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary performed our interfaith ceremony and she was the most wonderful person and celebrant to work with. We really felt that she cared and she took time to get to know us during this exciting time on our lives. Our ceremony was very special and she made it our own. Many guests told us at the wedding that it was the nicest ceremony they have ever been to. I would highly recommend Mary!
Mary performed our interfaith ceremony and she was the most wonderful person and celebrant to work with. We really felt Read more...
Mary performed our interfaith ceremony and she was the most wonderful person and celebrant to work with. We really felt that she cared and she took time to get to know us during this exciting time on our lives. Our ceremony was very special and she made it our own. Many guests told us at the wedding that it was the nicest ceremony they have ever been to. I would highly recommend Mary! Read less
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Bartol79
Wedding:
3/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Mary came highly recommended by our wedding planner, and for good reason. She is professional, creative, and caring. Mary worked very closely with us to ensure that we got the ceremony we wanted. Her questionnaire was thoughtful and thought provoking, and the communication was consistently satisfying. Mary put us at ease throughout the whole process and I would not hesitate to recommend her to any couple looking for an officiant.
Mary came highly recommended by our wedding planner, and for good reason. She is professional, creative, and caring. Mary Read more...
Mary came highly recommended by our wedding planner, and for good reason. She is professional, creative, and caring. Mary worked very closely with us to ensure that we got the ceremony we wanted. Her questionnaire was thoughtful and thought provoking, and the communication was consistently satisfying. Mary put us at ease throughout the whole process and I would not hesitate to recommend her to any couple looking for an officiant. Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
2/19/2012
5.0/5.0
It has been almost nine months since our wedding and we continue to receive compliments from family and friends about Mary and the beautiful ceremony that she crafted for us. Mary perfectly captured our personalities, our values, and our love. In fact, many of our guests assumed that Mary had known us for years, which is not the case. Most important for us, Mary guided us through the wedding process. For example, it can be intimidating to think about choosing readings and drafting vows. Mary, however, presented us with a tailor-made set of options. Because she took the time to get to know us, our likes and our dislikes, all of the options that she presented to us were perfect. Planning a wedding involves many compromises and staying within budget isn’t easy. We chose a DJ over a band, a winter wedding over a summer wedding. We could not be happier, however, about not compromising when choosing our officiant. Mary is the best - we love her, our guests loved her, and we recommend her without reservation.
It has been almost nine months since our wedding and we continue to receive compliments from family and friends about Mary Read more...
It has been almost nine months since our wedding and we continue to receive compliments from family and friends about Mary and the beautiful ceremony that she crafted for us. Mary perfectly captured our personalities, our values, and our love. In fact, many of our guests assumed that Mary had known us for years, which is not the case. Most important for us, Mary guided us through the wedding process. For example, it can be intimidating to think about choosing readings and drafting vows. Mary, however, presented us with a tailor-made set of options. Because she took the time to get to know us, our likes and our dislikes, all of the options that she presented to us were perfect. Planning a wedding involves many compromises and staying within budget isn’t easy. We chose a DJ over a band, a winter wedding over a summer wedding. We could not be happier, however, about not compromising when choosing our officiant. Mary is the best - we love her, our guests loved her, and we recommend her without reservation. Read less
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SandyPants10
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Mary Coburn. This day in age where anyone can get ordained, it has become popular to have a friend or relative officiate your ceremony. Some people feel it's odd to have someone marry you that doesn't know you that well. Though I understand their thought process, the other side of that coin is that the person marrying you needs to be able to speak well and thoughtfully to a crowd. The great thing about Mary is that not only is she great at leading a crowd, but you meet her and you feel like you HAVE known her for years. I mean that in all sincerity. She has this special way about her, and you know that she truly finds joy in being your celebrant. She listended so intently and excitedly to our stories, and it just turned into a conversation among friends. She wrote us the most beautiful, and thoughtful ceremony. The most compliments I got from guests was about her and what an amazing ceremony it was. She is extremely helpful and supportive throughout the process, and always responds quickly. Hire Mary; you will be so happy you did.
I cannot say enough good things about Mary Coburn. This day in age where anyone can get ordained, it has become popular to Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Mary Coburn. This day in age where anyone can get ordained, it has become popular to have a friend or relative officiate your ceremony. Some people feel it's odd to have someone marry you that doesn't know you that well. Though I understand their thought process, the other side of that coin is that the person marrying you needs to be able to speak well and thoughtfully to a crowd. The great thing about Mary is that not only is she great at leading a crowd, but you meet her and you feel like you HAVE known her for years. I mean that in all sincerity. She has this special way about her, and you know that she truly finds joy in being your celebrant. She listended so intently and excitedly to our stories, and it just turned into a conversation among friends. She wrote us the most beautiful, and thoughtful ceremony. The most compliments I got from guests was about her and what an amazing ceremony it was. She is extremely helpful and supportive throughout the process, and always responds quickly. Hire Mary; you will be so happy you did. Read less
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YogiGirl
Wedding:
9/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Mary Coburn made planning our wedding a unique and personally exploratory experience. From the first phone interview to the last meeting, Mary made us feel comfortable and that she was genuinely interested in our story. Mary loves what she does and it shows through every detail she puts into a ceremony. She acted the narrator to the story of "us," always keeping us at the forefront of the conversation. The best part about her methodology is that she involves the community of people you have asked to gather with you on your wedding day. In the end, your guests feel more a part of your story - and life - than they did before. We couldn't be happier with the creation and delivery of our ceremony - compliments are still flowing in from our guests!
Mary Coburn made planning our wedding a unique and personally exploratory experience. From the first phone interview to Read more...
Mary Coburn made planning our wedding a unique and personally exploratory experience. From the first phone interview to the last meeting, Mary made us feel comfortable and that she was genuinely interested in our story. Mary loves what she does and it shows through every detail she puts into a ceremony. She acted the narrator to the story of "us," always keeping us at the forefront of the conversation. The best part about her methodology is that she involves the community of people you have asked to gather with you on your wedding day. In the end, your guests feel more a part of your story - and life - than they did before. We couldn't be happier with the creation and delivery of our ceremony - compliments are still flowing in from our guests! Read less
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Kevill22
Wedding:
9/9/2011
5.0/5.0
We HIGHLY RECOMMEND Mary Coburn to anyone who is looking for a professional officiant who can provide a totally unique, extremely personalized ceremony.

My husband is Jewish and I am Catholic so doing the traditional church wedding was not going to work for us. We chose instead to do an outdoor ceremony that, while it touched on our religious backgrounds, focused on who we were as individuals and as a couple. Mary was able to write THE PERFECT ceremony for us.

We also threw in the challenge of asking her to make the ceremony humorous AND we asked her to include six of our family and friends as participants in the ceremony. She never flinched. She took on each challenge with a positive attitude and she delivered on every request!

Having Mary as our officiant actually provided us with a lot of comfort because we knew instantly upon meeting her that she was going to insist on perfection as much as we wanted perfection. We basically put the responsibility of making the ceremony perfect into Mary's hands and we never once worried about how it would turn out.

The compliments from our guests started pouring in immediately after the ceremony ended. Our guests LOVED it. Many people said they had never been to such a great wedding (ceremony). They loved how it was different - relaxed, fun, and personalized.

Mary could easily disappear into the night after the ceremony, but she doesn't! When we returned from our honeymoon, we discovered that Mary was going to over-deliver by sending us a commemorative copy of our ceremony which was unexpected, but so beautiful!

Our advice - if you want a ceremony that is totally "you" - ask Mary Coburn to be your officiant. You will NOT be disappointed.
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We HIGHLY RECOMMEND Mary Coburn to anyone who is looking for a professional officiant who can provide a totally unique, extremely personalized ceremony.

My husband is Jewish and I am Catholic so doing the traditional church wedding was not going to work for us. We chose instead to do an outdoor ceremony that, while it touched on our religious backgrounds, focused on who we were as individuals and as a couple. Mary was able to write THE PERFECT ceremony for us.

We also threw in the challenge of asking her to make the ceremony humorous AND we asked her to include six of our family and friends as participants in the ceremony. She never flinched. She took on each challenge with a positive attitude and she delivered on every request!

Having Mary as our officiant actually provided us with a lot of comfort because we knew instantly upon meeting her that she was going to insist on perfection as much as we wanted perfection. We basically put the responsibility of making the ceremony perfect into Mary's hands and we never once worried about how it would turn out.

The compliments from our guests started pouring in immediately after the ceremony ended. Our guests LOVED it. Many people said they had never been to such a great wedding (ceremony). They loved how it was different - relaxed, fun, and personalized.

Mary could easily disappear into the night after the ceremony, but she doesn't! When we returned from our honeymoon, we discovered that Mary was going to over-deliver by sending us a commemorative copy of our ceremony which was unexpected, but so beautiful!

Our advice - if you want a ceremony that is totally "you" - ask Mary Coburn to be your officiant. You will NOT be disappointed. Read less
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robleaf
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
We cannot praise Mary's qualities as a wedding officiant or as a person highly enough. From the beginning we found Mary to be warm, intelligent, calm and extremely capable. During our engagement we were very impressed with the quality and the process of her writing. If Mary had written the whole ceremony without our input (as many other officiants do) it probably would have been adequate but Mary took the extra time to ask about our tastes and expectations to ensure that the ceremony was exactly what we wanted. She asked us to respond to a questionnaire that she constructed and she deftly wove our personal stories and narrative into the ceremony. It was so perfect that many of our guests were moved to compliment her in person or through us. Such was the quality of the the ceremony and her excellent delivery that even some of our most skeptical, and traditional, family members were singing her praises. This cannot be overstated - some of these skeptics considered it unseemly to be married outside the church but based on their gushing compliments afterword I really think they will use our ceremony as their benchmark of quality.

We mention that Mary has many admirable qualities as a wordsmith, a professional, a master of ceremonies but the quality we most valued was her dedication and persistence to make our day exactly what we wanted. Our vision of our perfect (outdoor garden) ceremony was nearly compromised by the arrival of Hurricane Irene. We had many stressful days leading up to the reception and ceremony as almost all of our plans were changed. Mary was determined not "to make the best of it" but make it the best, regardless of circumstances. She went above and beyond - she mobilized our caterer and other vendors to ensure that we were able to use our limited covered outdoor space and have our garden wedding. It was absolutely perfect.

On the day of our wedding we really needed someone to step up because there were so many changes. We told Mary what we wanted and she would not be deterred. From the start, we knew Mary would do a great job as our officiant and she only exceeded our expectations. We could not imagine having any other officiant share the day with us.
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We cannot praise Mary's qualities as a wedding officiant or as a person highly enough. From the beginning we found Mary to be warm, intelligent, calm and extremely capable. During our engagement we were very impressed with the quality and the process of her writing. If Mary had written the whole ceremony without our input (as many other officiants do) it probably would have been adequate but Mary took the extra time to ask about our tastes and expectations to ensure that the ceremony was exactly what we wanted. She asked us to respond to a questionnaire that she constructed and she deftly wove our personal stories and narrative into the ceremony. It was so perfect that many of our guests were moved to compliment her in person or through us. Such was the quality of the the ceremony and her excellent delivery that even some of our most skeptical, and traditional, family members were singing her praises. This cannot be overstated - some of these skeptics considered it unseemly to be married outside the church but based on their gushing compliments afterword I really think they will use our ceremony as their benchmark of quality.

We mention that Mary has many admirable qualities as a wordsmith, a professional, a master of ceremonies but the quality we most valued was her dedication and persistence to make our day exactly what we wanted. Our vision of our perfect (outdoor garden) ceremony was nearly compromised by the arrival of Hurricane Irene. We had many stressful days leading up to the reception and ceremony as almost all of our plans were changed. Mary was determined not "to make the best of it" but make it the best, regardless of circumstances. She went above and beyond - she mobilized our caterer and other vendors to ensure that we were able to use our limited covered outdoor space and have our garden wedding. It was absolutely perfect.

On the day of our wedding we really needed someone to step up because there were so many changes. We told Mary what we wanted and she would not be deterred. From the start, we knew Mary would do a great job as our officiant and she only exceeded our expectations. We could not imagine having any other officiant share the day with us. Read less
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JaQue07
Wedding:
8/21/2011
5.0/5.0
You will notice a common thread throughout all of Mary's reviews... When you're looking for someone to unite two loving souls together on one of the most important days of your life, you want to know that this person is going to be more than you could have ever expected. That your wedding will stand out from all the rest... Not because of the location, the venue or the dollar amount you spent on dinner and top shelf open bar service, but because of the message and spirit your ceremony had that resonated with each and every guest at your wedding. You do your research, read the reviews and make a few phone calls just to feel like you did your due diligence. Well, I'm here to save you time and lead you to the best decision you could ever make for a wedding you've always dreamed of...

From the moment I picked up the phone and heard her calm voice on the other line I knew right at that moment, she was the one! She encouraged me to look around to see if someone else might be a better fit, but I wanted to say, "No, let's get started!!" Mary was extremely thorough, thoughtful, and to be quite honest timely. There's plenty to worry about leading up to the day of the wedding and she reassured us that she was prepared to tell our love story. The compliments from our guests flowed all night and days following the wedding. "This is the absolute best wedding I've ever been to... Mary's words really spoke to me". Our intimate and personal ceremony gave our guests from all over the country a chance to get to know us better and bring us all closer together. Mary I can't thank you enough for all you've done for us. Love you!!
You will notice a common thread throughout all of Mary's reviews... When you're looking for someone to unite two loving Read more...
You will notice a common thread throughout all of Mary's reviews... When you're looking for someone to unite two loving souls together on one of the most important days of your life, you want to know that this person is going to be more than you could have ever expected. That your wedding will stand out from all the rest... Not because of the location, the venue or the dollar amount you spent on dinner and top shelf open bar service, but because of the message and spirit your ceremony had that resonated with each and every guest at your wedding. You do your research, read the reviews and make a few phone calls just to feel like you did your due diligence. Well, I'm here to save you time and lead you to the best decision you could ever make for a wedding you've always dreamed of...

From the moment I picked up the phone and heard her calm voice on the other line I knew right at that moment, she was the one! She encouraged me to look around to see if someone else might be a better fit, but I wanted to say, "No, let's get started!!" Mary was extremely thorough, thoughtful, and to be quite honest timely. There's plenty to worry about leading up to the day of the wedding and she reassured us that she was prepared to tell our love story. The compliments from our guests flowed all night and days following the wedding. "This is the absolute best wedding I've ever been to... Mary's words really spoke to me". Our intimate and personal ceremony gave our guests from all over the country a chance to get to know us better and bring us all closer together. Mary I can't thank you enough for all you've done for us. Love you!! Read less
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MollyBT
Wedding:
8/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Mary was one of the best decisions that we made for our wedding day. From her true thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and loving ceremony that she wrote, everything was perfect. We would highly recommend her to any couple looking to be married by a true wedding celebrant!
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Mary was one of the best decisions that we made for our wedding day. From her true thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and loving ceremony that she wrote, everything was perfect. We would highly recommend her to any couple looking to be married by a true wedding celebrant! Read less
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JessicaK
Wedding:
8/13/2011
5.0/5.0
Mary creating a ceremony that fit my husband and I just perfectly! She got to know us and assisted us each step of the way. Our ceremony was thoughtfully planned and more than we could have hoped for! Thank you, Mary!
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Mary creating a ceremony that fit my husband and I just perfectly! She got to know us and assisted us each step of the way. Our ceremony was thoughtfully planned and more than we could have hoped for! Thank you, Mary! Read less
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Joanne
Wedding:
8/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Speaking from our hearts, we can honestly say that there aren’t enough words to fully express our complete satisfaction and extraordinary delight with Mary Coburn, Wedding Officiant & Celebrant! Mary exceeded all our expectations, and here’s why…

Firstly, we’d like to comment on Mary as a person…Mary is attentive, genuine, interested in people, loving, kind, sincere, delightful, respectful, thorough, trustworthy, creative, personable, enjoyable, a good communicator, sensitive and focused with a great sense of humor and many more positive qualities too numerous to list!

As a wedding officiant & celebrant, Mary brings the same wonderful personal qualities she possesses to her work, with one more exemplary quality to be added…without question, Mary Coburn is the standard that all other officiants and celebrants should be modeled after! Mary’s guidance, flexibility and genuineness fit our wedding needs and celebration perfectly. We asked Mary for a specific pronouncement time and she delivered it and immeasurable joy to our wedding day experience. And the memento offered to us by Mary is cherished by us every day.

We could not imagine having any other celebrant for our ceremony and simply wish that EVERYONE getting married or joining their lives together could have such a thoughtful and wonderful celebrant such as Mary Coburn. The value of Mary’s services is well-worth the investment and it will bring immeasurable peace of mind to have a highly-professional and personable officiant/celebrant assisting you on one of the most important days of your lives. There are no re-dos on your wedding day, so choosing Mary Coburn as your wedding officiant/celebrant will be one of the easiest and best decisions you will make for yourselves… you are worth it…and we can’t stress enough, that so is Mary!

With gratitude for Mary,
Joanne Bartone + Karen Wainwright
Married: 08.03.2011
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Speaking from our hearts, we can honestly say that there aren’t enough words to fully express our complete satisfaction and extraordinary delight with Mary Coburn, Wedding Officiant & Celebrant! Mary exceeded all our expectations, and here’s why…

Firstly, we’d like to comment on Mary as a person…Mary is attentive, genuine, interested in people, loving, kind, sincere, delightful, respectful, thorough, trustworthy, creative, personable, enjoyable, a good communicator, sensitive and focused with a great sense of humor and many more positive qualities too numerous to list!

As a wedding officiant & celebrant, Mary brings the same wonderful personal qualities she possesses to her work, with one more exemplary quality to be added…without question, Mary Coburn is the standard that all other officiants and celebrants should be modeled after! Mary’s guidance, flexibility and genuineness fit our wedding needs and celebration perfectly. We asked Mary for a specific pronouncement time and she delivered it and immeasurable joy to our wedding day experience. And the memento offered to us by Mary is cherished by us every day.

We could not imagine having any other celebrant for our ceremony and simply wish that EVERYONE getting married or joining their lives together could have such a thoughtful and wonderful celebrant such as Mary Coburn. The value of Mary’s services is well-worth the investment and it will bring immeasurable peace of mind to have a highly-professional and personable officiant/celebrant assisting you on one of the most important days of your lives. There are no re-dos on your wedding day, so choosing Mary Coburn as your wedding officiant/celebrant will be one of the easiest and best decisions you will make for yourselves… you are worth it…and we can’t stress enough, that so is Mary!

With gratitude for Mary,
Joanne Bartone + Karen Wainwright
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Thrilled to be Mrs.
Wedding:
7/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Mary was fantastic. We loved the ceremony she wrote for us. It was so personal and meaningful. Many of our guests commented that it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever been to.

Mary had been recommended to us when we were deciding upon an officiant. She was a little pricier than others around, but we figured we would meet with her and a couple others before deciding what who we wanted to go with. After our first meeting my husband and I were not even to the car before we had decided that Mary would marry us. There was no pressure from Mary. It was clear that she loved what she did and was good at it. Our hopes for our ceremony were only exceeded.

The ceremony captured the essence of us. Mary had fabulous suggestions for ceremony music, when we asked for her advice, as well as lengthy and diverse lists of vows, poetry, prose, and readings. She was always quick to respond to any questions I had.

Having a background in theater, Mary was also attentive to how the ceremony looked. She really directed the rehearsal and made sure everyone knew where and how to stand, how to move, etc. so that everything would look great for the pictures, and so all guests would have a clear line of sight. For the majority of the ceremony, Mary stood to my right as we faced the guests. I appreciated how she thought of all these little details.

If you are planning a wedding, the best decision you could make would be to book Mary Coburn to perform your ceremony. She is a wonderful woman, and fantastic at what she does. She is warm-hearted and conveys such a feeling of love. She is the type of person you feel blessed to know.
Mary was fantastic. We loved the ceremony she wrote for us. It was so personal and meaningful. Many of our guests Read more...
Mary was fantastic. We loved the ceremony she wrote for us. It was so personal and meaningful. Many of our guests commented that it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever been to.

Mary had been recommended to us when we were deciding upon an officiant. She was a little pricier than others around, but we figured we would meet with her and a couple others before deciding what who we wanted to go with. After our first meeting my husband and I were not even to the car before we had decided that Mary would marry us. There was no pressure from Mary. It was clear that she loved what she did and was good at it. Our hopes for our ceremony were only exceeded.

The ceremony captured the essence of us. Mary had fabulous suggestions for ceremony music, when we asked for her advice, as well as lengthy and diverse lists of vows, poetry, prose, and readings. She was always quick to respond to any questions I had.

Having a background in theater, Mary was also attentive to how the ceremony looked. She really directed the rehearsal and made sure everyone knew where and how to stand, how to move, etc. so that everything would look great for the pictures, and so all guests would have a clear line of sight. For the majority of the ceremony, Mary stood to my right as we faced the guests. I appreciated how she thought of all these little details.

If you are planning a wedding, the best decision you could make would be to book Mary Coburn to perform your ceremony. She is a wonderful woman, and fantastic at what she does. She is warm-hearted and conveys such a feeling of love. She is the type of person you feel blessed to know. Read less
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AmyandBrian
Wedding:
7/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Mary worked with us from the moment we first spoke. She not only helped us craft the perfect ceremony, but she added the perfect touches that made it personal and special! She has perfect input and ideas, (we certainly asked her for as much help as we could!) for before, during AND after the wedding. She became a part of our wedding, and our day would not have been nearly as wonderful if Mary wasn't standing there next to us!
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Mary worked with us from the moment we first spoke. She not only helped us craft the perfect ceremony, but she added the perfect touches that made it personal and special! She has perfect input and ideas, (we certainly asked her for as much help as we could!) for before, during AND after the wedding. She became a part of our wedding, and our day would not have been nearly as wonderful if Mary wasn't standing there next to us! Read less
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cwhetstone
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
We have so many wonderful things to say about Mary!
As we planned our wedding, we knew that we wanted to find an officiant who understood our vision for the ceremony…but we had a feeling it was going to be difficult to find the right match.
We were referred to Mary through our wedding planner. After speaking on the phone, she offered to come to NYC to meet with us in person. We were so impressed with Mary from the moment we met her. We spent about an hour and half talking with her--sharing the story of how we met, our engagement & what we wanted the tone our wedding ceremony to be. She had wonderful suggestions & seemed to understand what we were looking for right away.
Following our meeting, Mary sent us suggested poems and reading selections based on our discussion when we met with her. She also sent us a couples questionnaire which we each filled out separately, which would eventually become the foundation of our ceremony.
About a month before the wedding we received a rough draft of her ceremony, we were totally blown away, we had no idea of what to expect but when we read the draft it sounded perfect. She touched on so many unique and personal aspects of our relationship and we felt it was truly an expression of our love and what we envisioned our wedding day to be all about. She clearly put a great deal of thought and care into the creation of our ceremony.
We feel so fortunate to have had Mary officiate our wedding. She was an integral part of both our Rehearsal Dinner and our Wedding Day. We are so grateful to her for making our day so special…not only for us, but for our guests as well.
We have so many wonderful things to say about Mary!
As we planned our wedding, we knew that we wanted to find an Read more...
We have so many wonderful things to say about Mary!
As we planned our wedding, we knew that we wanted to find an officiant who understood our vision for the ceremony…but we had a feeling it was going to be difficult to find the right match.
We were referred to Mary through our wedding planner. After speaking on the phone, she offered to come to NYC to meet with us in person. We were so impressed with Mary from the moment we met her. We spent about an hour and half talking with her--sharing the story of how we met, our engagement & what we wanted the tone our wedding ceremony to be. She had wonderful suggestions & seemed to understand what we were looking for right away.
Following our meeting, Mary sent us suggested poems and reading selections based on our discussion when we met with her. She also sent us a couples questionnaire which we each filled out separately, which would eventually become the foundation of our ceremony.
About a month before the wedding we received a rough draft of her ceremony, we were totally blown away, we had no idea of what to expect but when we read the draft it sounded perfect. She touched on so many unique and personal aspects of our relationship and we felt it was truly an expression of our love and what we envisioned our wedding day to be all about. She clearly put a great deal of thought and care into the creation of our ceremony.
We feel so fortunate to have had Mary officiate our wedding. She was an integral part of both our Rehearsal Dinner and our Wedding Day. We are so grateful to her for making our day so special…not only for us, but for our guests as well. Read less
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dakink
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Mary is a gem! A genuinely warm, exceptionally organized, thoughtful professional. My husband and I are so glad we found her to officiate at our wedding last June in Brooklyn, CT. We highly recommend her. She was a source of ideas, guidance, and stability through the hectic months leading up to our wedding. Having her on our team really made a huge difference. We first met Mary several months before our wedding and right away we felt comfortable with her. She quickly grasped the goals of our ceremony and helped us to make it a reality. She took the time to get to know us and that really came through in the ceremony which was highly personalized (just the way we wanted it). In the months leading up to our wedding we corresponded many times about ceremony details and she was always very prompt, thorough, and reassuring with a can-do attitude. She is a joy to work with and there is no doubt that the peace of mind she gave us was worth every penny. Especially if you are a busy couple without a lot of time to fuss over details and yet who want a heart-felt, creative, customized wedding ceremony. She also was very flexible—accommodating a last-minute change in rehearsal time due to wet weather the day before our wedding. She also provided a lovely keepsake copy of our ceremony and large print cue cards of the readings for our parents--I could go on and on--she really thinks of every detail! Do yourself a favor and talk with her—you won’t be disappointed!
Mary is a gem! A genuinely warm, exceptionally organized, thoughtful professional. My husband and I are so glad we found Read more...
Mary is a gem! A genuinely warm, exceptionally organized, thoughtful professional. My husband and I are so glad we found her to officiate at our wedding last June in Brooklyn, CT. We highly recommend her. She was a source of ideas, guidance, and stability through the hectic months leading up to our wedding. Having her on our team really made a huge difference. We first met Mary several months before our wedding and right away we felt comfortable with her. She quickly grasped the goals of our ceremony and helped us to make it a reality. She took the time to get to know us and that really came through in the ceremony which was highly personalized (just the way we wanted it). In the months leading up to our wedding we corresponded many times about ceremony details and she was always very prompt, thorough, and reassuring with a can-do attitude. She is a joy to work with and there is no doubt that the peace of mind she gave us was worth every penny. Especially if you are a busy couple without a lot of time to fuss over details and yet who want a heart-felt, creative, customized wedding ceremony. She also was very flexible—accommodating a last-minute change in rehearsal time due to wet weather the day before our wedding. She also provided a lovely keepsake copy of our ceremony and large print cue cards of the readings for our parents--I could go on and on--she really thinks of every detail! Do yourself a favor and talk with her—you won’t be disappointed! Read less
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Elleadelle
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
Mary was such a pleasure to work with. She made us feel extremely comfortable and helped immensely in guiding us through the process of writing our vows and deciding on the elements of our ceremony. She was extremely patient and helpful, and never made us feel stressed. She worked easily with our busy schedules and ultimately created a unique and individualized ceremony that was both personal and concise. Our guests all praised her and the ceremony and agreed that she did a wonderful job of making it uniquely ours. She really made our day special and I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of her services.
Mary was such a pleasure to work with. She made us feel extremely comfortable and helped immensely in guiding us through Read more...
Mary was such a pleasure to work with. She made us feel extremely comfortable and helped immensely in guiding us through the process of writing our vows and deciding on the elements of our ceremony. She was extremely patient and helpful, and never made us feel stressed. She worked easily with our busy schedules and ultimately created a unique and individualized ceremony that was both personal and concise. Our guests all praised her and the ceremony and agreed that she did a wonderful job of making it uniquely ours. She really made our day special and I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of her services. Read less
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Jameira
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Mary officiated my wedding and was a joy to work with. Any time she contacted us she was always gentle and not overbearing. We needed some prodding along to get our vows and other things completed in time but she always nudged gently. As the bride I had to communicate with a lot of different people to get to our final day and working with Mary was ALWAYS a pleasure. Even her presence, she has a very calming and reassuring presence that could put nerves at ease that haven’t even surfaced yet. I would recommend her with no caveats for your upcoming nuptials!!
Mary officiated my wedding and was a joy to work with. Any time she contacted us she was always gentle and not Read more...
Mary officiated my wedding and was a joy to work with. Any time she contacted us she was always gentle and not overbearing. We needed some prodding along to get our vows and other things completed in time but she always nudged gently. As the bride I had to communicate with a lot of different people to get to our final day and working with Mary was ALWAYS a pleasure. Even her presence, she has a very calming and reassuring presence that could put nerves at ease that haven’t even surfaced yet. I would recommend her with no caveats for your upcoming nuptials!! Read less
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HappyBride
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
In so many ways, Mary was there for us before we even knew we needed her. Many times throughout our wedding planning process we’d say to each other “What would we have ever done without Mary”?
Mary was more – so much more – than a voice declaring us husband and wife. She was our greatest ally during our planning process – lending support and wisdom through familial challenges and giving great attention to creatively honoring our love for each other.
Mary’s experience and acquired knowledge about us and our families allowed us to be relaxed and focused on each other on our wedding day. We knew that as we prepared for our ceremony that day, Mary was on scene as our director, advocate and greatest fan leaving us nothing to worry about.
A wedding day is a blur – this is a phenomenon that is difficult to avoid. But when Mary led us and our guests through the ceremony she had written expressly for us, it was as if all of the whirring paused to appreciate the beauty of our union.
Mary’s gift for writing and oration, experience, professionalism and great love for her work make her one of the very best gifts a bride and groom can give to each other.
In so many ways, Mary was there for us before we even knew we needed her. Many times throughout our wedding planning Read more...
In so many ways, Mary was there for us before we even knew we needed her. Many times throughout our wedding planning process we’d say to each other “What would we have ever done without Mary”?
Mary was more – so much more – than a voice declaring us husband and wife. She was our greatest ally during our planning process – lending support and wisdom through familial challenges and giving great attention to creatively honoring our love for each other.
Mary’s experience and acquired knowledge about us and our families allowed us to be relaxed and focused on each other on our wedding day. We knew that as we prepared for our ceremony that day, Mary was on scene as our director, advocate and greatest fan leaving us nothing to worry about.
A wedding day is a blur – this is a phenomenon that is difficult to avoid. But when Mary led us and our guests through the ceremony she had written expressly for us, it was as if all of the whirring paused to appreciate the beauty of our union.
Mary’s gift for writing and oration, experience, professionalism and great love for her work make her one of the very best gifts a bride and groom can give to each other. Read less
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Nikki
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
I was searching for a Personalized Ceremony that was written for my husband and I. I was not looking for a standard script that our names were dropped into. Mary is a talented writer and she captured Andy and I. The ceremony is the most important part of the wedding and mine was all about Andy and I. I really could not have asked for anything more. My entire family was amazed by my ceremony and said it was the best one they have ever been to....and they were right :) If you are looking for a unique and memorable wedding then I would suggest that you have Mary as your Wedding Celebrant.
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I was searching for a Personalized Ceremony that was written for my husband and I. I was not looking for a standard script that our names were dropped into. Mary is a talented writer and she captured Andy and I. The ceremony is the most important part of the wedding and mine was all about Andy and I. I really could not have asked for anything more. My entire family was amazed by my ceremony and said it was the best one they have ever been to....and they were right :) If you are looking for a unique and memorable wedding then I would suggest that you have Mary as your Wedding Celebrant. Read less
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alifos
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
When we met with Mary for the first time we knew immediately that she would be the perfect person to officiate our wedding ceremony. She is incredibly warm and kind. She worked with us each step of the way to create a very personal and meaningful ceremony. She went above and beyond our expectations in every way! I still can't believe that we were lucky enough to find her, and I couldn't have imagined a more perfect ceremony!
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When we met with Mary for the first time we knew immediately that she would be the perfect person to officiate our wedding ceremony. She is incredibly warm and kind. She worked with us each step of the way to create a very personal and meaningful ceremony. She went above and beyond our expectations in every way! I still can't believe that we were lucky enough to find her, and I couldn't have imagined a more perfect ceremony! Read less
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Dana
Wedding:
7/3/2010
5.0/5.0
Mary is absolutely amazing - she is the perfect officiant and composer of your ceremony. My husband and I wanted a ceremony that was unique to us and very personalized. Since we were not affliated with a specifc religion but both of us were incredibly spiritual, we thought we would have to settle for an ordinary justice of the peace ceremony....but then along came Mary. I searched the web to find life celebrants who would bring the spiritual side to our day - I spoke with two other celebrants who clearly had their own format and agenda which didn't align with ours. I then spoke with Mary on the phone and instantly I knew she would be different. When my husband and I met her there was an instant intimacy and comfort that we felt with her - she asked sincere questions about us and what we wanted and truly listened to our responses. The rest of the process with Mary was accomplished through emails - she was incredibly professional and timely with all responses and delivered exactly as she said she would. Her process is amazing - it is almost like a pre-marriage class in that she provides you with a questionaire to let her know about you - my husband and I couldn't get over how thought provoking this exercise was - it brought us back to our core beliefs, a greater understanding of what family means to us and a renewed intimacy of what our love was about. When my husband submitted his to her he told me he cried with the emotion brought on by exploring his innermost thoughts. We had in mind what we wanted the ceremony to be but didn't know how to put that together. From these quesitonnaires Mary began to visualize and create our ceremony. She provided us with examples of poems, poetry, readings, vows, etc for us to pick from - we picked some and magically she meshed together our story of love and the readings into a ceremony that was absolutely perfect....and about us. Her passion to make our ceremony perfect was evident from the start - there was not going to be any cookie cutter aproach from her. Prior to our wedding day she reached out and coordinated with our other vendors and my coordinator to make sure everything and everyone was in sync. On the day of the wedding she arrived on her mission! She handled every detail and the ceremony was flawless. We had our ceremony on a public beach - everyone kept moving in closer (including children) to hear what was being said. Mary had everyone's full and undivided attention...including strangers on the beach who came up to hear what was being said! One of these strangers tapped my friend on the shoulder and with a tear in her eye said that "this is the most beautiful ceremony I have ever heard" ... and it was. It was everything I dreamed of and wanted it to be. After the ceremony, everyone kept coming up to me telling me how beautiful and unique the ceremony was and asking where I had "found Mary - she's amazing"! One of my friend's macho husbands came up to me and said he actually got choked up which he admitted was not his way at all!! Bottom line, my husband and I felt that what we expressed to each other and what was said in our ceremony was going to be the most significant and meaningful part of our wedding day - it was when we were expressing our desire to be soul mates forever. Based on this we wanted our ceremony to be just that - significant and meaningful...and it was... beyond our greatest desires. Thank you Mary from the greatest depths of our hearts.
Mary is absolutely amazing - she is the perfect officiant and composer of your ceremony. My husband and I wanted a Read more...
Mary is absolutely amazing - she is the perfect officiant and composer of your ceremony. My husband and I wanted a ceremony that was unique to us and very personalized. Since we were not affliated with a specifc religion but both of us were incredibly spiritual, we thought we would have to settle for an ordinary justice of the peace ceremony....but then along came Mary. I searched the web to find life celebrants who would bring the spiritual side to our day - I spoke with two other celebrants who clearly had their own format and agenda which didn't align with ours. I then spoke with Mary on the phone and instantly I knew she would be different. When my husband and I met her there was an instant intimacy and comfort that we felt with her - she asked sincere questions about us and what we wanted and truly listened to our responses. The rest of the process with Mary was accomplished through emails - she was incredibly professional and timely with all responses and delivered exactly as she said she would. Her process is amazing - it is almost like a pre-marriage class in that she provides you with a questionaire to let her know about you - my husband and I couldn't get over how thought provoking this exercise was - it brought us back to our core beliefs, a greater understanding of what family means to us and a renewed intimacy of what our love was about. When my husband submitted his to her he told me he cried with the emotion brought on by exploring his innermost thoughts. We had in mind what we wanted the ceremony to be but didn't know how to put that together. From these quesitonnaires Mary began to visualize and create our ceremony. She provided us with examples of poems, poetry, readings, vows, etc for us to pick from - we picked some and magically she meshed together our story of love and the readings into a ceremony that was absolutely perfect....and about us. Her passion to make our ceremony perfect was evident from the start - there was not going to be any cookie cutter aproach from her. Prior to our wedding day she reached out and coordinated with our other vendors and my coordinator to make sure everything and everyone was in sync. On the day of the wedding she arrived on her mission! She handled every detail and the ceremony was flawless. We had our ceremony on a public beach - everyone kept moving in closer (including children) to hear what was being said. Mary had everyone's full and undivided attention...including strangers on the beach who came up to hear what was being said! One of these strangers tapped my friend on the shoulder and with a tear in her eye said that "this is the most beautiful ceremony I have ever heard" ... and it was. It was everything I dreamed of and wanted it to be. After the ceremony, everyone kept coming up to me telling me how beautiful and unique the ceremony was and asking where I had "found Mary - she's amazing"! One of my friend's macho husbands came up to me and said he actually got choked up which he admitted was not his way at all!! Bottom line, my husband and I felt that what we expressed to each other and what was said in our ceremony was going to be the most significant and meaningful part of our wedding day - it was when we were expressing our desire to be soul mates forever. Based on this we wanted our ceremony to be just that - significant and meaningful...and it was... beyond our greatest desires. Thank you Mary from the greatest depths of our hearts. Read less
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megmarie417@aol.com
Wedding:
5/29/2010
5.0/5.0
Mary is GREAT! She wrote our ceremony and really took the time to hear our story and really cared about us as individuals and couples. She was very accommodating, professional and prepared! She is also VERY creative! We would recommend her to anyone looking for a celebrant who WILL deliver! We will miss working with her, but are keeping her in mind in blessing our future baby!!! :)
Mary is GREAT! She wrote our ceremony and really took the time to hear our story and really cared about us as individuals Read more...
Mary is GREAT! She wrote our ceremony and really took the time to hear our story and really cared about us as individuals and couples. She was very accommodating, professional and prepared! She is also VERY creative! We would recommend her to anyone looking for a celebrant who WILL deliver! We will miss working with her, but are keeping her in mind in blessing our future baby!!! :) Read less
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amanda
Wedding:
8/22/2009
5.0/5.0
Mary wrote the most amazing ceremony for us... we cannot recommend her highly enough.
Mary wrote the most amazing ceremony for us... we cannot recommend her highly enough.
Mary wrote the most amazing ceremony for us... we cannot recommend her highly enough. Read less
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Kathryn
Wedding:
10/5/2013
4.9/5.0
Stumbling upon Mary was like stumbling upon a rare and valuable gem. You can't really understand how incredible she is until you meet her in person. She's remarkably in tune to others, genuinely cares, and has a way of understanding you in a very short period of time. My family isn't religious, but my husband's family and friends religion is very important to them. Mary managed to seamlessly unite both our backgrounds into a truly spectacular and personal ceremony that left everyone--even the most traditional of guests--remarking on how much they loved it. I think even our groomsmen were a bit entranced by her! :) And who could blame them? She's amazing!
Stumbling upon Mary was like stumbling upon a rare and valuable gem. You can't really understand how incredible she is Read more...
Stumbling upon Mary was like stumbling upon a rare and valuable gem. You can't really understand how incredible she is until you meet her in person. She's remarkably in tune to others, genuinely cares, and has a way of understanding you in a very short period of time. My family isn't religious, but my husband's family and friends religion is very important to them. Mary managed to seamlessly unite both our backgrounds into a truly spectacular and personal ceremony that left everyone--even the most traditional of guests--remarking on how much they loved it. I think even our groomsmen were a bit entranced by her! :) And who could blame them? She's amazing! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Mike and Efrain
Wedding:
9/2/2012
4.9/5.0
Mary was absolutely awesome! She did extensive research on both of us to provide an extremely personalized ceremony, detailing our history before we met, how we met, how our relationship developed, and how we proposed. We wanted family and friends involved as much as possible and Mary came through with flying colors. All our guests were involved in the blessing of the rings, which were passed around to each guest during the ceremony. Our Mothers', family, and close friends were involved in the ceremony via a blessing rite involving wine, and several readings. Mary made everyone feel relaxed and comfortable with her charming personality and never ending smile.Many tears of joy were shed over the aura of love that permeated the entire ceremony, even by those whose emotions are usually kept in check. The biggest compliment we could give Mary, is that after almost 2 months since our Wedding, our family and friends are still talking about how wonderfully touching and full of love the wedding ceremony was.
Mary was absolutely awesome! She did extensive research on both of us to provide an extremely personalized ceremony, Read more...
Mary was absolutely awesome! She did extensive research on both of us to provide an extremely personalized ceremony, detailing our history before we met, how we met, how our relationship developed, and how we proposed. We wanted family and friends involved as much as possible and Mary came through with flying colors. All our guests were involved in the blessing of the rings, which were passed around to each guest during the ceremony. Our Mothers', family, and close friends were involved in the ceremony via a blessing rite involving wine, and several readings. Mary made everyone feel relaxed and comfortable with her charming personality and never ending smile.Many tears of joy were shed over the aura of love that permeated the entire ceremony, even by those whose emotions are usually kept in check. The biggest compliment we could give Mary, is that after almost 2 months since our Wedding, our family and friends are still talking about how wonderfully touching and full of love the wedding ceremony was. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Ryan
Wedding:
10/6/2012
4.8/5.0
Mary was fantastic! There are not enough kind and thankful words to express just how much we appreciated the beautiful ceremony she put together for us. We really felt like she took the time to get to know us, cared about us and our day, and wanted all of our friends and family to share in our happiness. To this day, we still have people coming up to us saying it was the most beautiful ceremony they have ever heard. I want to get married again just to have another ceremony performed by her!
Mary was fantastic! There are not enough kind and thankful words to express just how much we appreciated the beautiful Read more...
Mary was fantastic! There are not enough kind and thankful words to express just how much we appreciated the beautiful ceremony she put together for us. We really felt like she took the time to get to know us, cared about us and our day, and wanted all of our friends and family to share in our happiness. To this day, we still have people coming up to us saying it was the most beautiful ceremony they have ever heard. I want to get married again just to have another ceremony performed by her! Read less
Services Used: Officiant

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