Maine Wedding Officiant &
I would love to marry you! I provide couples with customized ceremonies & vows. Whether we start with something from my collection or write vows from scratch, your wedding is going to be a glorious memory – for you & your guests. I pride myself in creating ceremonies & vows that reflect exactly who you are as individuals and as a loving couple. I want your vows to reflect the love in your hearts and what your unique personalities are bursting to say. We’ll work together until your ceremony and vows are just right.
Claire Winston-Wade, Wedding Officiant and Ordained Minister
Photo by Dave Wade Photography
don’t call it a dream
CALL IT YOUR
Photograph by Dory Diaz, dorydiazphotography.com
There are so many types of wedding ceremonies and I want yours to be perfect for you, particularly the part where you say “I do.” As your Maine wedding officiant, I have a number of ideas and samples of vows I can share with you. I can also help you write your own vows or provide additional inspiration.
IDEAS AND INSPIRATION
I encourage couples to consider readings and musical interludes by family and friends. I adore when children play a role in a wedding ceremony. Pets of all kinds are always welcome. Let’s create a ceremony tailor-made just for you.
I would love to hear the plans for your dream wedding or elopement!
i specialize in
At the very first wedding I performed I knew this was the work I was meant to do. The three of us standing at the alter is one of the most precious moments I’ve ever known. Couples say they never forget the person who married them. I want your wedding to be the best memory ever.
I perform wedding ceremonies of any size and/or vow renewals for couples of any race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
I perform elopements any where in the world for couples of any race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
kind words from
Arielle & Mike
Moses Pavilion, Belfast, Maine &
Portland City Hall, Portland, Maine
“Claire was an absolute star. From the moment we met her, she brought joy, laughter and energy to our wedding planning and ceremonies that helped everyone at our weddings feel at ease. She is an excellent communicator, and puts her whole self into the job–you can tell she really cares and is genuinely present for you, which helps you be more present too. She is also on time, responsive, and responsible. We had originally planned to have her only officiate our legal City Hall elopement, but once we met her we wanted her to be at everything we had planned! She traveled a long way to come to a rehearsal we hadn’t even planned to have her there for–but she volunteered because she genuinely wanted our weddings to be as smooth as possible. We cannot recommend her highly enough. We love Claire!”
Every wedding is so different and this Couple proved it. The weddings they planned and executed were meaningfully unique, deeply personal and filled with love. Once I was selected as their Officiant, I simply held on for the ride. I was charmed by this Couple, their darling family and such genuine friends. Thank you
Melissa & John
T3R8 Baxter State Park, ME
“We had the greatest day and Claire was a big part of why it went so well! We had a last minute change in location for our elopement and Claire was up for the adventure. She has the most wonderful, warm personality and I can say 100% honestly that she helped to make our day special. I wish there were more than 5 stars to select!”
Melissa’s elopement plan sounded so exciting I couldn’t wait for the day to come! I knew I was in for a treat to finally see Katahdin. But turned out meeting Melissa, John and Melissa’s parents was the highlight. Everyone was so charming and funny – we clicked immediately. Look at that scenery! And I recognize that look on my face – I’m choked up. This was one of the most loving and meaningful ceremonies I’ve ever officiated. Rock on T3R8!
Sharyn & Jacob
Private Residence, Intervale, NH
“Claire is absolutely AMAZING! She is one of the sweetest and funniest people I have ever met and both of those thing shined through during the ceremony. Our ceremony was very personal, intimate and romantic thanks to her incredible and kind words. It was exactly as we hoped it would be! She helped make our dream wedding a reality and we cant thank her enough! She fine tunes everything specific to her couples and performs the most wonderful ceremony! My guests were blown away and so were we. It was the perfect blend of sweet romance and funny uplifting moments. You honestly cant go wrong by choosing Claire to be a huge part of your big day!”
Sharyn had a vision of her wedding and she allowed NOTHING to get in her way. I cannot believe the curves thrown at this couple (everything-included-vendor bailed on them!) but they remained calm and incredibly joyful throughout the entire weekend. Their families blend seamlessly and made me feel right at home. The girls were perfect and the groomsmen could’ve jumped out of a firemen’s calendar (mercy!) Can you tell? I would do this wedding again in a minute!
Renee & John
Hardy Farm, Fryeburg, ME
“More than we could have asked for! I cannot say enough good things about Claire! Her positivity and excitement are infectious! We had no idea going into this what to expect or how to create a ceremony and she made the entire process from beginning to end smooth and fun! She listened to what we were looking for and created a beautiful and memorable ceremony. Claire surprised us with this absolutely amazing and personal touch of including our guests in the ceremony. We could not have asked for anything more and would recommend Claire to anyone!”
From the glorious drive to Fryeburg to the delightful woodland altar, this wedding was beautiful, unique and so meaningful. The surprise Renee speaks of was my version of The Seven Blessings – The 8 Blessings. They wanted to add an element of some sort, but couldn’t decide on one in time for the wedding. So, before the processional began, I chose 8 guests at random and gave them each a blessing to read. Right before the Ring Exchange, I said “we have a surprise for you” and one by one, they stood and read the 8 blessings. It was fun to watch Renee & John’s heads turn back and forth seeing who would stand up next! Some readers read their blessing with real gusto which was an added treat!
Kate & Dan
Cadillac Mountain, Bar Harbor, ME
“From the minute my wife and I contacted Claire it was an absolute joy. She got back to us very quick and not only that – she arranged a Skype interview with us to get to know what we wanted and had in mind for our wedding. From that day forward she was very consistent with reaching out to us and was very quick in response to any questions we had. Apart from all of this, she is such a sweet, kind, and loving person. It’s hard to imagine what our wedding would have been like without her as our officiant and she holds such a special place in our hearts!”
Thank you Dan & Kate! Yours was my first elopement on Cadillac Mountain. This couple is so wonderful! They drove from RI to Bar Harbor, Maine for their runaway wedding weekend. They were so excited, endearing and genuine. On elopement day, a storm chased us off the very top of Cadillac Mt, but our intrepid photographer (Ashley Jardin of She of the Woods Photography) had a great backup location further down. I prevailed upon two visiting biophysicists from Germany to get out of their warm car and be our witnesses. They were a hoot: “But we are not related to them!” This elopement was just thrilling – I can’t think of another word for it. The wedding, the mountains, the foliage, the linda vista. I won’t soon forget any of it and wish Dan and Kate the very best!
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I specialize in non-religious, non-denominational ceremonies. I’ll travel anywhere in the USA for any couple who wants to be married. I’m more than just a wedding officiant, I’m your wedding consultant!
Claire Winston-Wade, Wedding Officiant and Ordained Minister
Photo by Dave Wade Photography
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