Mary is a lover of the weird, wild, and wonderful. She finds enormous joy in the things that make other people light up with excitement and talk nonstop for hours: their favorite fandom, their niche hobby, or the love of their lives.
As a Humanist with a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies, Mary has a keen appreciation for ritual and ceremony and the creation or discovery of meaning. She believes that all people deserve meaningful celebrations of the important moments of their lives and is eager to help couples find what will make their ceremony perfect for them, whether that’s a peaceful ceremony filled with connection and depth or more festive from start to finish wearing Jedi or Harry Potter robes. Mary loves working alongside couples to craft a celebration of love and commitment that uniquely reflects their passions, principles, and personalities.
A queer woman, Mary has worked as a community organizer for over half her life, fighting for marriage equality in Washington state, organizing against bear baiting in Maine, and managing the campaign of a domestic violence survivor turned state house candidate in Pennsylvania. She serves on the board of several non-profits dedicated to justice and is a believer in people power. After a difficult pregnancy and the birth of her son, Mary trained to be a doula, supporting birthing and adoptive families across the region and training other doulas to serve non-traditional families and birthing folks.
Continuing to serve families as a ceremony officiant is a natural extension of Mary’s enthusiasm for holding space and seeing love deepen. Mary is a Humanist Celebrant endorsed by the Humanist Society.
Mary went above and beyond and truly made our day special and stress-free. Mary’s writing of our love story was so beautiful. The maid-of-honor said the love story was her favorite moment of the whole event. Before we hired Mary we tried to write our own ceremony, we searched online but didn’t find anything quite right. Mary gave us a curated list of options and crafted the prefect ceremony. During the rehearsal, Mary handled and managed strong family opinions like a breeze. During the actual ceremony, she made sure everything went smoothly and used cues to keep everyone on track. Everyone appreciated her leadership and direction. What warmed my heart the most is how inclusive she was. I have hearing loss and she made sure I didn’t miss a thing. She printed out copies of the ceremony for everyone to follow along including my mother who is also hard of hearing.
100% would recommend Mary for any important event.