Memoir of Carissa Ceremonies

Memoir of Carissa Ceremonies

Memoir of Carissa Ceremonies. Join us as we go back to the beginning and share how we began and have evolved into the business we are today.

Memoir of Carissa Ceremonies
Maria Pelton
March 6, 2022
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Jessica Rowell; Founder, and her sister Maria Pelton; Director of Ceremony Services, grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. Their parents owned a general store for over 20 years in a small rural town in Southern Vermont where they grew up spending their days helping their parents and learning the ways of entrepreneurship. Both sets of their grandparents were entrepreneurs as well, so it’s no surprise that this would attract Jessica and Maria to do the same.

Over 15 years ago Jessica found herself in somewhat of a conundrum. She was getting ready to get married. She knew the qualities, energy and vision that she was looking for in a wedding officiant and for her ceremony, but was having difficulty finding an officiant that met these criteria. This led Jessica to start Carissa Ceremonies. Her vision was to provide an experience for couples that embodied those elements that she had been looking for in her own special day. 

Fast forward 8 years at which time Jessica brought on her sister; Maria, as an Associate Officiant, who has more recently taken the role of Director of Ceremony Services. Jessica has taken more of a behind the scenes role; embarking on new entrepreneurial ventures with Maria taking over all aspects of the business. Maria’s energy and smile are truly infectious, and the connection that she builds with Carissa Ceremonies couples is so unique - it’s the kind of connection that you would want to have with that person who will be taking part in the most important part of your wedding day.

“It’s all about building a connection with our couples; we truly want to get to know them and hope that this relationship continues long after their wedding day. We want to have built a connection so on their wedding day as they walk down the aisle to present themselves in front of their circle of family and friends they feel at peace, and are present in that moment.” says Maria.