My Story

Thank you for taking the time to check out my website!  Here's a bit of info on me:

I'm an Iowa transplant and a former hospice nurse. Like so many others, I moved to Colorado for the mountains. I met Tim (thanks to eHarmony) in 2007, and we married in 2009. We now live in Johnstown with our 6 year old son Beau - and a small menagerie of pets. :) 
We love life in Colorado and get out to enjoy our community at every opportunity. We ride Tour de Fat every year. We love Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland. We're all about the breweries, the food, the art, but mostly it's the people. It's easy to make friends. Colorado has room for everyone and all are welcome. It feels like home. 


I began officiating weddings in 2005, when two dear friends asked me to do the honors in their non-religious service. It was an unforgettable feeling, the joining of two hearts in marriage, and I was rocked by the beauty of symbolic ritual. I fell in love with love and never looked back. What started with friends and family, turned in to many referrals, and in 2015 I was able to leave my nursing position to work as a full-time officiant. I'm slinging licenses left and right, and loving every minute of it!
Nothing makes me happier than helping good people get married. I am unbelievably lucky. I have met the most amazing couples, along with their families and friends.
Every experience teaches me something and my skills grow with each ceremony.


It truly is my dream job.


I'm a big fan of theme weddings - especially those sharing my own nerdy interests. I love Star Wars, Harry Potter, Dr Who, LOTR, and Tim Burton, to name a few. Please let me know if I can help you plan the perfect theme wedding!



Universal Life Church Minister - 2005

Universal Ministries Minister - 2011

Priestess of Dudeism - 2017

Ordained Jedi Knight - 2017

Pastafarian Minister - 2018

Church of the SubGenius - 2018


Married by Maree - Colorado's Wedding Officiant
 Phone: (303) 775-5740
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