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. Laura specializes in one-of-a-kind custom-written ceremonies that reflect each couple's unique relationship. Each script and plan will be completely and fully approved by the soon-to-be newlyweds before it happens.
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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.
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Dana Lian · Married on 26 of October of 2019
Laura was AMAZING and our ceremony was perfect!!
Laura officiated our wedding this past weekend. She was such a pleasure to work with during the entire ceremony decision making/crafting process. She was recommended to us by our photographer, who actually had Laura officiate her own wedding ceremony a few years prior!Sent on 29/10/2019
Even through all my indecision (of which there was plenty), Laura was there to help guide us along. We ended up having a fully custom ceremony written by her, with input from us based on some questionnaires we answered. Laura created an initial draft for us, and we had the ability to make edits as we saw fit.
She has a wonderful personality and her writing is phenomenal. Laura really captured the essence of us and our relationship. She even did her own research into some of our interests (video game related) and incorporated them into our ceremony in a subtle way that we could enjoy without it be too overt!
Her delivery of the ceremony was also perfect. You can totally see and feel her kindness and sincerity in everything she does. Any communication we had with her was met with incredibly timely responses that were very thoughtful and helpful. She also helped us with some of the logistics, e.g. connecting with our vendors as necessary.
We would not hesitate to wholeheartedly recommend Laura to anyone who wants a personal, custom ceremony for their wedding. Thank you so much Laura - we're so grateful for your work!
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Rebecca Fazio · Married on 30 of August of 2019
Laura is fantastic!
Laura was so organized, helpful and kind. She crafted beautiful words for our wedding day and was on top of everything. She is a true perfectionist and we really appreciated how much she truly cares for her clients.Sent on 20/09/2019
I will continue to recommend Laura to family and friends with upcoming weddings.
Portrait Ceremonies's reply:Thanks so much for your kind words Rebecca. I loved working with you and Marlon and so appreciated how organized and responsive you were! You are such a warm and kind couple and it was wonderful to see that love you share and express it through the ceremony. I wish you both a beautiful future together.
Vanesa Vidakovic · Married on 06 of October of 2018
We had the pleasure of having Laura as our officiant last month for our wedding. She was absolutely incredible and made our whole experience such a positive one! Everything she did for us she put so much thought and effort into, and we are so thankful for all her advice and suggestions. She is very considerate and made sure that we were happy with absolutely everything. We are so glad we chose her to be there on our special day, our wedding definitely wouldn't be the same without her. Thank you Laura for making our wedding so memorable!Sent on 11/11/2018
Portrait Ceremonies's reply:Thank you so much Vanesa for your kind words. I absolutely loved creating your ceremony and including not only your special story and the wonderful things you love about one another – but also some thematic imagery connected to something you both love that has deep meaning for you. Nothing gave me as much pleasure as seeing you together, and feeling how much you love one another. I loved your bohemian themed wedding and the lovely ways that you included your parents and your dear friends in the ceremony. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your special ceremony. I wish you a beautiful life together.
Jennifer Boyce · Married on 12 of August of 2018
We loved having Laura as part of our experience and were truly honoured.
My husband and I are so happy that Laura was our officiant for our wedding. We loved having her as part of our experience and were truly honoured.
There’s definitely a large group of officiants in the area but we chose Laura because she has such passion for what she does - it really shows. From the moment we first emailed to the first meeting, and then our wedding, she has shown us how kind, caring, and professional she is. We saw her attention to detail and was extremely pleased on how well her wedding service was executed. We are so grateful to know her and to have her perform our ceremony for us. She is a kind soul that really connects to the person she is helping. We had a few minor family and dog issues during the ceremony and she kept everything going very nicely. We didn’t feel the stress at all. We did sense one thing with Laura during that ceremony and that was how sincere and happy she was for us. When we did our vows and the ring exchange she looked so happy and moved by our words to one another that it made me feel like we were in front of a friend. Laura has a real connection to her clients, their families, and those unique moments. I highly recommend Laura and hope she continues to touch lives around her.Sent on 06/09/2018
Portrait Ceremonies's reply:Jennifer, your words mean so much to me. I’m so very touched. Thank you. To be able to get to know and to help wonderful people like you and Chris in this way is what brings me so much joy as a Celebrant. Your vows were beautiful and moving – there is so much love. Connecting with you and your families was a pleasure and honour. Wishing you all the best now and always.
Jennifer Macaskill · Married on 11 of November of 2017
Laura is absolutely worth her weight in gold and our guests were actually telling us afterwards that ours was the best wedding ceremony they have ever been too. Laura worked incredibly hard to get to know Matt and myself well and tailored our ceremony so that it was a customized reflection of us which it was. She was super responsive, quick to offer advice and supremely well organized which was also appreciated.Sent on 16/11/2017
Portrait Ceremonies's reply:Thank you Jennifer! I love that your guests felt that way about your ceremony. I truly enjoyed getting to know you both, learning your stories and what makes your relationship so special and then being able to share that through your ceremony. Learning more about Scottish wedding customs and including them was great fun as was learning a little Gaelic for a marriage blessing. You have been a joy to work with and I wish you and Matt every happiness!
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