A Sweet Start - Greta Tucker

Greta Tucker Photography

L&L: Tell us a little bit about you & your business.

My name is Maria Northcott I’m a professional wedding officiant designing, writing and performing customized wedding ceremonies for couples getting married in Maine who want a warm, personalized and heartfelt wedding. I’m a notary public which gives me the authority to perform marriage ceremonies in Maine. I’ve been in business since 2011 when I performed my very first wedding. I honestly feel like officiating wedding ceremonies is my calling. I love this work so much and find that helping couples create a meaningful ceremony really does give them a sweet start to their married life!


 L&L: Describe the range of services you offer.

My services include elopements and very small intimate wedding ceremonies all the way up to large weddings with huge wedding parties. I also consider myself a “full service ceremony coordinator” which means I guide my clients through the process of envisioning their ceremony from the pre-processional all the way through to the recessional. I organize and direct their wedding rehearsal and act as the coordinator for that portion of their wedding on wedding day.


L&L: What is one thing you would say makes your business unique in the industry?

I’m starting to learn that not all officiants coordinate the rehearsals or are as intimately involved in the details and production of the ceremony beyond the spoken words. My clients and I put so much thought and energy into the entire ceremony, I want to be there with them though the whole process. This full service ceremony coordination definitely makes me unique. I also take photos at the cocktail hour of the weddings I officiate. With my clients permission I post those photos on my blog in a Real Weddings category (http://www.asweetstart.com/blog?category=real+weddings). Clients love that I do this and so do I! Oh, and also how much I truly, honestly LOVE weddings!


 L&L: What are some of your favorite venues and vendors you enjoy working with in the area?

I’m so lucky to have worked with some of Maine’s best wedding vendors. I adore Emily Hricko from Emily Elizabeth Events. She’s incredibly creative and produces some of the most magical weddings I’ve ever seen. I’m also a huge fan of Erin Little of A Love Supreme Photography. Her amazing work defies categorization! The florals designed by Sarah Lapine of Watershed Florals and the arrangements that Megan Hevenor of Field put together just blow my mind. As far as venues go, I’m partial to Marianmade Farm in Wiscasset. Not only is the property stunning, but I love working with MacKenzie and Michelle. But I could go one and on, there are so many talented vendors and amazing venues in our great state!


 L&L: How far in advance do couples usually book you for their wedding day?

It really ranges. Some contact me 18 months in advance and some just days before, but I’d say the majority contact me between 8 – 12 months in advance of their wedding. The sooner they contact me the better though since I take a limited number of weddings each season!


 L&L: How do most clients find you?

A huge number find me by doing a Google search for something and then they find a post on my blog about it. My blog is filled with useful information for couples planning their wedding. I’m also getting clients through Pinterest now, which is so cool. Couples also find me through WeddingWire where I have a bunch of really awesome reviews. And, of course, I get the majority of my clients through vendor-to-vendor referrals.


 L&L: What is the most memorable wedding you’ve worked at and why?

I have to say it was the wedding I did on the Schooner Frances in the middle of Casco Bay. The Frances is a replica merchant schooner so it has no motor. We sailed between two islands and there, on the deck of the ship, I performed a wedding. Such an awesome day; I’ll never forget it! (You can see a photo of it on the homepage of my website!)


 L&L: How can couples get in touch with you?

Through any of my social media: I’m @asweetstart on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Of course they can also find me on my website www.asweetstart.com and my blog www.asweetstart.com/blog. Or just shoot me an email maria@asweetstart.com.


L&L: Anything else you would like to share with our readers?

My passion for weddings extends beyond the ceremony. I also organize and host networking events for wedding professionals working in Maine. Through my connections with hundreds of Maine wedding professionals I’m able to give my couples personalized vendor referrals. I feel so lucky to be part of this amazing community and say with confidence that you’ll be in good hands if you have your wedding in Maine!


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