Information about Portrait Ceremonies
Based in Newmarket, Ontario, Portrait Ceremonies is operated by Laura Higgins. She is a licensed officiant and life-cycle celebrant who is passionate about doing her part in helping the vision of a prospective newlywed's important celebration be brought into reality. Drawn to this work due to her care for others, she is able to use this to help create a remarkable and meaningful day for the newly married.
Laura provides her services for single religion, interfaith, non-religious ceremonies as well as rehearsals. For how the ceremony will go, couples have many options to choose from. There are many pre-written scripts to choose from or they can opt for a special one-of-a-kind custom-written ceremony. Each script and plan will be completely and fully approved by the soon-to-be newlyweds before it happens.
How she works
The customization option involves her learning about the future newlyweds such as their beliefs, values and what is important to them as well as what the day means to them. Additionally, family and friends present or absent can be incorporated in creative ways. Culture, multi-lingual aspects and religion can be included to the level of the to-be-married's desire.
Single religion, interfaith ceremony, non-religious, vow renewal, ceremony rehearsal
Licensed, allow couple' own vows
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Riel Stone Aarons, Married on 08/07/2017
My wife and I consider it one of the great blessings of our wedding to have had Laura Higgins as our celebrant/officiant. With her guidance, we were able to design and carry out a ceremony more beautiful than either of us ever imagined. From our very first meeting with her till ... View more the time of our wedding, Laura conducted herself with assured professionalism, confidence, class and a wonderfully open mind. She also showed a genuine appreciation for the tender intricacies of the heart, for the element of romance. We wanted a ceremony that would give some context to who we are individually and who we are as a couple, one that would convey the depths of our love for one another. We wanted, above all, a ceremony rich with feeling, and thanks to Laura, we had that to our hearts’ content. At the same time, we felt a great peace of mind, knowing that she was always on top of the essential legalities of the marriage process, making sure we were equipped with all the necessary paperwork and no shortage of helpful materials. She is remarkably thorough. Laura was also very accommodating with her time, consistently available by phone or email. She has a warm, compassionate and fun-loving manner, and it was always a pleasure to interact with her. Following our ceremony, there was no shortage of direct praise for Laura from our guests, so many of whom were moved to tears. My uncle told me, as he shook my hand, how impressed he was with Laura and that he wanted to have her as his own officiant when he and my aunt renew their vows. My wife and I cannot recommend Laura highly enough. She has our everlasting appreciation and thanks.
Tiziana Knox, Married on 20/05/2017
Thank you so much Laura for personalizing our ceremony and making our wedding day extraordinarily special! And, although everyone looks back on their wedding day as the beginning of their marriage, we will always carry your words and warmth with us throughout our marriage. We were truly blessed to have you as officiant of our wedding. With gratitude, Tiz and Chris
Yari Potocki, Married on 13/05/2017
Thank you Laura for making our day so especial. , with your amazing personality and your support you made both my self and my husband so comfortable you are the sweetest woman and your professionalism goes beyond 100. Thank you from Mike and I. Much love xoxox
Alyssa Archer, Married on 04/11/2016
Laura is simply amazing she did a wonderful job with writing our wedding ceremony script. She personalized it to our wants and needs ,when ever I had questions she was always there to answer and help. I dont know know what I would've done without laura she guided myself and my ... View more husband threw the ceremony and made it effortless.She is one of the most friendly and kindest people I have ever met . Thank you so much Laura for being apart of Alex's and my wedding . I would recommend her to anyone and everyone.
Jennifer Macey, Married on 04/11/2016
We approached Laura with a unique ask - an intimate vow renewal for our 10-year wedding anniversary, including our young kids. It was a private ceremony for just the four of us, led by Laura. It was everything I imagined and then some. My husband and I were both thrilled with the ... View more the attention Laura gave us and our kids and the beautiful memory she created for the four of us. Our day was so special and will be remembered fondly thanks to Laura.
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