Things I'm loving

This edition of Things I'm Loving is devoted to cats. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a bonafide crazy cat lady. In fact, a dear friend of mine just told me I'm her favorite cat lady! My cats have their own Instagram account, where they share their Maine cat life. I'm the person people think of when they see anything cat - videos, blog posts, clothing, books - you get the idea. So, here you go, a bunch of cat-related things I'm loving. 

Things I'm loving cat edition. Cat butt magnets from  Kikkerland Design

Things I'm loving cat edition. Cat butt magnets from Kikkerland Design

  • These socks I just got for Christmas (from aforementioned friend)
  • This Pinterest board (yes, it's mine!)
  • Pretty much the greatest thing ever
  • This notepad, which I don't have, but I have the tote bag with this same graphic
  • I follow these kitties and these kitties on Facebook
  • This tote bag, although mine is light green
  • This cat video is so sweet it makes me smile
  • There are no words to describe how badly I want these magnets
  • Visiting this place is on my cat-bucket-list
  • This t-shirt, which I actually own and wear often
  • I laughed for days and days at this photo
  • Pretty sure this is my favorite cat video
  • If all goes well, I'll be visiting this place in January!
  • I'm so in love with this "problem child" cat
  • This live feed that I sometimes watch when I need to say "awwwww!"


Maria is the absolute best at what she does! She is so easy to communicate with, responds quickly and has a great sense of humor. When we renewed our vows this summer we knew we wanted the ceremony to be extra special. Maria guided us the whole time and helped us put together the ceremony of our dreams! She is a true proffesional! Maria is an amazing speaker, heartfelt and truly genuine. Her knowledge of ceremonies and weddings in general is outstanding! We are so glad we found Maria, you absolutely can't go wrong when you choose her!

Lauren + Derek
Hardy Farm
Fryeburg, Maine


We adored Maria! She is a kind, warm and cheerful person. She really took the time to get to know us so our ceremony felt very intimate and special. Guests raved about how lovely and unique the ceremony was. She was a true asset to the whole wedding-- she gave vendor advice and ran the rehearsal with such professionalism and detail that everything went smoothly the day off. She even made sure we had all the necessary documents with us to finalize the marriage application, dropped it off herself, and we received it very promptly without any hassle!

Whittney + Matt
French's Point Estate
Stockton Springs, Maine


Where do we even start!?! If you haven't contacted Maria to officiate your wedding day please do yourself a favor and reach out to her NOW! You will not regret it! From the first FaceTime chat with Maria to the day of our ceremony (16 days later) Maria gave us the tools to help her create the most beautiful and personal elopement ceremony. Her warmth, joy, excitement, love for her job and love for standing with couples as they state their vows to one another is infectious. Her attitude made us more excited to plan our perfect day! Maria is so laid back and SO much fun to be around! She didn't blink an eye when we informed her that we wanted her to create a personalized ceremony for us in just 16 short days. No, she was up and excited for the challenge! It was exactly what we were hoping our officiant would be and more! After the first time we talked, we felt she really got us and our relationship and because of this we decided for her to surprise us by not sending our marriage address to us to review before our elopement. This ended up being our favorite part of the ceremony! Maria, thank you again for everything. We cannot stop reliving the entire day (especially the ceremony)! Thank you for being such a HUGE part of It, we couldn't imagine becoming husband and wife without you and your support. The ceremony was more amazing and perfect than we could ever imagine!

-Nadine + Brady, Wolfe's Neck State Park Elopement


Maria is worth every penny and more. She just makes everthing so comfortable. I had nerves since I was planning a wedding at a location I had never been to that was 3000 miles away. She got to know us before anything else and was able to find that perfect balance to make the ceremony that matched us. It's obvious that wedding are just more than a paycheck to Maria, they are her passion and that makes all the difference in the world.

Carrie + TJ, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Sweet + Simple Wedding


We all felt that Maria Northcott of A Sweet Start did a great job with my daughter's wedding ceremony. She worked diligently with the bride and groom to be able to capture the essence of who they are and helped them to craft a ceremony that was very touching, deeply meaningful and even a bit funny. She incorporated a tree planting at the request of the bride and groom and it was lovely. Maria took the time to get to know them and we felt that connection as she spoke. She was also great at the rehearsal so we all knew what we were doing on the big day. If you aren't using a priest or rabbi and want a very meaningful and memorable service, we highly recommend A Sweet Start.

Susan, Mother of the Bride
Rockport Opera House Super Sweet Wedding


Maria of A Sweet Start is so incredibly talented, creative, and devoted to each and every one of her clients. From her website, to her blog posts, to her Facebook page, she is constantly providing you with fun and new ideas to help you organize the perfect wedding ceremony for you and your beloved. She focuses on every last detail of your relationship and really gets to know each of her couples. Her level of interest in making sure she fully captures all the reasons why you two should be married makes you never question your relationship or your decision to hire her as your officiant! We already know we are going to contact Maria when we hit our 5 year mark for some vow renewals! We love Maria and so will you!

Melissa + Chris
William Allen Farm
Super Sweet Wedding


Maria was an excellent wedding officiant! We chose to go with her after our seeing her officiate our friends wedding and thought she was great. Her tone and the way she conducted the ceremony put everyone in a very joyful mood. Everything went perfectly smooth and I would highly recommend her to anyone!

Dan + Amy
Kinglsey Pines Camp
Super Sweet Wedding



Maria is absolutely amazing. My husband and I didn't think we cared that much about who would marry us. But let me tell you, Maria goes above and beyond. We had actually booked a different officiant and later changed our whole wedding to a new location on a different day. We had to find a new officiant and we found Maria! It was the best thing thing that ever happened for us! She completely customizes the ceremony and takes care of all the little details. She is so utterly amazing that words can't even describe. I highly recommend Maria! <3

Nicole + Luke
Private Residence
Scarborough, Maine
Super Sweet Wedding