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Coastal Maine Wedding Coordinator

“Sarah Goodwin is everyone’s wedding hero. We can’t even begin to describe how ABSOLUTELY invaluable she was throughout our entire wedding planning process. Early on, we quickly learned that we needed to work with people who shared in our vision – yet were experts in their craft. Sarah is that person for event planning. There is nothing she can’t do! From vendor management to event design to day-of logistics, Sarah succeeded in it all with the same thoughtfulness and attention to detail she brings to every moment. She’s extremely responsive, sees beauty in all elements, and somehow makes each idea she shares even better than the one before. And they all are amazing!

As everything came together, I often found myself silently asking how things just seemed to fit – us, the venue, and the experience we wanted for our guests. It’s because Sarah gets to know people and can pinpoint what truly matters. We can easily go on and on about the twists and turns leading up to our wedding day. As we experienced those moments of chaos and aggravation – we had the utmost confidence Sarah would (and did) handle them with gravitas, calmness, and fairness on our behalf. Before we hired her, many vendors we spoke with gushed about Sarah. “You will be in wonderful hands,” they said.

While she is well connected in Maine (her vendor recommendations are spot-on), I would honestly fly Sarah to execute an event for me anywhere. That is how hard she works. That is testament to how she approaches a challenge. She is simply wonderful in all ways, and was our very best investment. We cannot thank her enough for all the joy and laughter she brought us – both on our wedding day and the year+ we worked together to plan this very special occasion.”

Cynthia, bride

“I finally maybe-sort-of have the words to express our gratitude for all that Sarah did to help us achieve our absolute dream wedding. Truly, that’s what it was. A dream. We can’t believe how flawlessly executed and spectacular the day turned out to be. I knew that we were in great hands with Sarah but, even then, our wedding was above and beyond anything we could have ever imagined.

From the florals to the photographer to the food and the lighting, we really feel that we had the dream team of wedding talent and there’s no doubt that Sarah was the captain of that team. From the first day that we talked, I felt that Sarah understood my vision and that I could trust her insight and judgement. She was supportive in my quest for an “eclectic” wedding and I loved that she made me feel like anything was achievable. She spent hours on the phone with me talking through things that, even at the time, felt silly (napkin colors, bridesmaid dress palettes), and she did so in a way that made me feel like they weren’t silly and that she was really invested in making this day special.

I can’t tell you how many times in the planning process my husband, my parents and I turned to each other and said, “There’s no way we could do all this without Sarah.” She was an invaluable part of our wedding and we know that we will look back on this day in awe and appreciation of its perfection. I could probably go on blabbering for pages about Sarah awesomeness– her unreal organizational skills, her friendly and laid-back demeanor, how she goes above and beyond her duties (think scouting out a new ceremony space due to our guest list size) but bottom line is she is Wedding Planner Extraordinaire and she will be the best investment of your wedding.”

Kate, bride

“Newly engaged and living in Massachusetts, we had grand ideas and visions for our Maine wedding. But we quickly found ourselves overwhelmed – and the demands of our day jobs continued.

From our very first conversation with Sarah, we were blown away by her warm spirit, her “get it done” attitude, and her attentiveness to every possible detail. From the get-go, Sarah helped us to clarify our vision and settle on a cohesive theme that was exactly what we had in mind, but were having a tough time describing. In the months preceding our wedding, Sarah spent literally dozens of hours planning details, speaking with vendors, visiting our venue and meeting with us to go over it all. Whenever we found ourselves with questions – Sarah had the answers. She was our eyes, ears and feet on the ground in Maine, and did so much more than we ever could have possibly imagined. To say that she went above and beyond doesn’t even begin to capture it.

Fast forward to our wedding day. As we were anxiously waiting to exchange rings and vows, Sarah was working feverishly. She was everywhere, all at once! She handled the multiple elements our tablescape – from design to execution. Sarah coordinated the wedding ceremony to perfection – and had all of our vendors sticking to the schedule in the “Vendor Handbook” that she had customized for our wedding (she made sure each vendor received their own personalized copy)! During the reception, Sarah made sure all guests were happy, and that our vendors were doing their jobs.

The reality is that there is probably much more that Sarah did without our even knowing it. There is no doubt in our minds that we would have been lost in planning our wedding were it not for Sarah.

Sarah & Patrick, bride and groom

“Sarah of daisies & pearls is truly extraordinary! She is wonderfully creative, incredibly organized and unbelievably fun and sweet to work with during the entire wedding process. At our first meeting, she created a Pinterest board for our wedding and her fabulous ideas started flowing. No project was too big or too small for Sarah – she happily and tirelessly worked on everything! Leading up to the wedding, she kept me and all of our vendors on track. Sarah’s attention to detail is amazing – every detail of our day was thought about and written down in our wedding handbook. She listened to what we wanted and always had great ideas and recommendations. The day before our wedding, Sarah stopped by the bakery bright and early to pick up all of our cupcakes and baked goods and then arrived ready to work. And work she did – pretty much straight through until the following evening! There is nothing that could be thrown at Sarah that she could not handle – honestly she comes prepared for everything! Thanks to Sarah, we were able to relax and truly enjoy our wedding day. Sarah deserves the highest of compliments – she is a true professional and a true joy to work with.”

Christina, bride

“Sarah was an absolute delight to work with!! During the coordination process, she was extremely attentive to every last detail and asked all of the necessary questions to make sure the day was a success. She took all of my crazy props, decor and details and executed everything flawlessly on the day of the wedding. I truly was able to enjoy myself during my entire wedding weekend because I knew Sarah would take care of everything for me, which is the greatest feeling after a year of planning. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to be there for our special day and am so grateful for daisies and pearls!!”

Devon, bride

“I went to Sarah with an idea for my wedding day (a rustic barn/backyard wedding at a family friend’s house) and she made the day of my dreams come to life! She was professional, organized, kept me organized, friendly, creative, fun, and just wonderful all around. She listened to all of my ideas and concerns, and I wouldn’t have trusted anyone else with my wedding. I look back on the day with such pride and joy and that was partly brought by Sarah. Not only is she good at what she does, she makes you feel as if you are her only client and she was so passionate about our wedding. I want to plan another event just to work with her again!”

Michelle, bride

“Hiring Sarah Goodwin of Daisies and Pearls was one of the best decisions we made when planning our wedding! Throughout our year-long engagement, Sarah was our go-to person for anything and everything wedding related. She was always there to answer questions, come up with ideas, offer solutions, listen to our pre-wedding anxiety and she even met us at the venue a few months before the wedding to walk through the site with us. Sarah showed up at 10am the Friday before our wedding and did not stop working until 10pm on the night of our wedding. Whether it was setting up the ceremony site, sending my dad and I down the aisle, or arranging the scotch and cigar bar after dinner, Sarah was there for us 100%. Knowing Sarah was there to solve any issues that arose helped us to relax and really enjoy our wedding day! Sarah is professional, friendly and gets the job done. She pays attention to detail, goes above and beyond in every instance, and truly has the passion to match her motivation and attentiveness. Without Sarah’s help, we never could have had such a seamless and fabulous event.”

Lauren & Stephen, bride and groom

“We have so much to say, and could go on forever, about all the things we know Sarah did for us discreetly behind the scenes, but knowing there are a million more things we don’t know about. Sarah was far more help than any bridesmaid could be, and more patient and kind – unlike anyone’s sister or mother I’ve ever known. I know that Sarah went far above and beyond her job description because she put her heart into our silly little wedding party that’s come and gone in a blink of an eye. I know that Sarah did this because she genuinely cared that the day was the biggest success for everyone involved.”

Shirley, bride

“As the former owners of one of Maine’s busiest wedding reception venues, we found Sarah Goodwin and Daisies & Pearls to stand out from the crowd. We dealt with many wedding planners, often too serious and sometimes even grim, mostly cookie-cutter and hard to work with. Sarah was the opposite, with good humor, and surprises every time, and always a joy to work with. If you want to have YOUR day truly be YOURS, we highly recommend Sarah and her company as a great starting point for a successful and memorable event.”

Greg & Sue Marquise, Whitehall Inn Camden, Maine

“I cannot thank you enough for taking on the assignment of a crazy-in-love guy from NYC proposing to his now wife-to-be from NYC in Maine! I am glad you were my partner-in-crime in the epic awesome once in a lifetime moment. You were very professional and creative in your approach.”

Nishant, client

“Sarah assisted with planning our employee appreciation party. She recommended vendors, researched event activities, drafted the invitations, managed all the details, and provided valuable guidance and insight along the way. I appreciated her creativity and style at every stage of the planning process. Her ability to keep us organized and focused was amazing. Sarah was always responsive and accessible. She’s a wonderful event planner! I won’t plan another party without her as my partner!”

Jaclyn Mandrake, Human Resources Director, Town of Scarborough

“I worked directly with Sarah Goodwin in regards to WillardFest 2012. I found Sarah to be extremely detail oriented and right on top of everything. She was never afraid to suggest new ideas and concepts. Nor did she mind hearing others ideas, she was always open to suggestions. Her ideas helped to insure the success of the event. Sarah is very cheerful and on a personal level, is a joy to work with.”

Jessica Hanscombe, City of South Portland, Maine

“Sarah worked on interior decorating and display for my bridal boutique and tea house in Gardiner, Maine. Her creative eye, ability to execute both simple and complex ideas, and warm personality is a unique combination that makes her a design powerhouse. Of the many improvements and accents she added to our shop, the most noticed and admired is the lamp she constructed from our cracked bone china tea pots and tea cups. This, and everything else I’ve seen her create, is inspired, inventive, and perfectly beautiful.”

Kara, Sweet Love Gardiner, Maine