Portrait Ceremonies

Millard Avenue L3Y 2A4 Newmarket (Ontario) View map

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.

Services offered

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.

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.

  • Wedding Types

    Single religion, interfaith ceremony, non-religious, vow renewal, ceremony rehearsal

  • Officiant Services

    Licensed, allow couple' own vows

  • Religious Affiliations

    No denomination

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More information about Portrait Ceremonies

  • On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate? 30-60 mins.
  • Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal? No

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  • Monika

    Monika Widjaja, Married on 15/07/2018

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    Very Personal Ceremony

    We are so happy that we went with Laura as out officiant. We didn't want a cookie-cutter ceremony and that's one of the main reasons we chose Laura. So many friends and family told us that they have never experienced such a personal ceremony, and that they loved our unity ceremony.

    Laura was great to work with! She gave us everything that we needed including advice we didn't know that we needed. Her responses are very fast and if we needed anything she was more than willing to help us. It's so reassuring to know that your vendor has your back.

    I would definitely recommend Laura to someone who wants a highly personal ceremony.

    Sent on 08/08/2018

    Portrait Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much Monika for your kind words and feedback. I'm so glad your friends and family enjoyed the ceremony so much and was happy to support you in any way I could! I really enjoyed getting to know you both, creating the ceremony with you and learning new things about your pastimes to understand and express the symbolism of your unity ritual. Thank you so much for choosing to work with me. It meant a lot to me. Wishing you all the best.

  • Kalyna, Married on 14/07/2018

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    Our incredible ceremony with Laura

    Our ceremony was the highlight of our weekend thanks to all the hard work Laura put into it. We did a completely custom ceremony. Laura sent us very thorough questionnaires for us to fill out about each other and our relationship. Some of the parts were kept secret from the other until the ceremony, so we were just as surprised (in a very good way) as our guests by how moving and lovely the ceremony was!! It was the perfect balance of touching, romantic, and funny. I loved every second of it.

    I had multiple guests come up to us afterwards and tell us that it was the most unique and beautiful ceremony they had ever seen, and I 100% agree. It was evident how much work went into the ceremony, and we were absolutely thrilled with the result. Laura always replied to emails in a timely manner, and made the whole day, including rehearsal, run like a dream.

    Thank you so much!!

    Sent on 16/07/2018

    Portrait Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much for your kind words and for describing your experience working with me in such a beautiful way. I'm so very glad that you had such a wonderful experience. All the care you and Adrian put into your questionnaires and conversations with me was invaluable in crafting your ceremony--you truly have a special relationship and that came through so clearly in ceremony. Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your day and to share in such a unique, connected experience from our first conversation through to your wedding day! It was absolutely my pleasure. :)

  • Fiona, Married on 23/06/2018

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    The perfect personalized ceremony that we will remember for the rest of our lives!

    Laura was a vital part in making our wedding as beautiful as it was. She took the time to figure out exactly what we wanted for our ceremony, and how we wanted it. Laura is extremely organized, caring, patient and professional. We can tell she really loves her job and she’s super good at it too! She took time to learn about us and our love - in turn, wrote a beautiful ceremony script that incorporated everything we wanted and more. We loved all the personalization that we had to the ceremony - her words definitely brought tears to many of our eyes! We can’t thank her enough!

    Sent on 27/06/2018

    Portrait Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much Fiona. It was a pleasure to work with you both and I absolutely loved writing your ceremony -- what you each shared with me about your relationship was beautiful and inspiring. Your vows were heartfelt and touching. And the centrepiece of the ceremony space was such a beautiful metaphor for how you have found home in one another. I love that you had that special place to stand. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of it all!

  • Natasha Pirone, Married on 20/05/2018

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    Amazing Ceremony

    Laura was amazing! She created a beautiful ceremony that showed our love for one another. She incorporated the things that we love to do together and the things that we most love about each other. Laura really takes the time to know you. She is a beautiful writer and a very genuine person. I would definitely recommend her if you are looking for something non traditional and more personable!

    Sent on 10/06/2018

    Portrait Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much Natasha for your kind words. I had so much fun talking with you both and writing your ceremony and your unique unity ritual! It was so great to connect further at the rehearsal as well. Enjoyed that rehearsal so much! Best of all was seeing just how much you love one another - it was beaming from your faces during the ceremony! I felt so lucky to be a part of it all. Thank you!

  • Stacie Carey, Married on 05/05/2018

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    Our ceremony was the highlight of our wedding!

    We give Laura the highest possible recommendation. She was professional, incredibly organized, and her writing is spectacular. Everyone has told us since how special and unique our ceremony was. It truly was the highlight of our day, and we are grateful to Laura for making it happen!

    Sent on 28/05/2018

    Portrait Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much Stacie! I absolutely loved working with you both and was so touched by the love you so clearly have for one another. You are a very special couple! It's been an honour.

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