Once upon a time, there was a young woman who had just gotten engaged. She was eager to step onto the path of her new life. In the time spent planning her wedding, she fell in love with the process, and vowed that one day, she would help others to plan their own weddings…
Once upon a time, there was a (slightly older) young woman who had just left her corporate career in the publishing industry. She was eager to step onto the path of her new life. As she tried to decide what to do next, she remembered her long-ago vow, to be a wedding planner…
17 years later, that young woman has had the honor of planning, coordinating and officiating at dozens, if not hundreds of weddings.
There have been so many stories, so many wonderful moments, so many times I just sat back in wonder, amazed and grateful that this has been my life and my career; that I have had the joy of doing work that is not just work, but that is my calling. I honor with gratitude all my brides, grooms, moms, dads and vendor partners… you’re all in my heart, and always will be.
Even when it wasn’t all cupcakes and roses, I still honestly believe (to quote one of my favorite movies ever), if you look hard enough, Love Actually is all around.
There was an (ever so slightly older) woman who felt a deep call in her heart, a calling to move. To expand. To bloom into a new kind of flower.
This call could not be ignored, and the woman was eager to step onto the path of her new life. And so, she listened, she said yes, and to her surprise and delight, she moved, expanded, and bloomed in so many ways…
Over the past several years, as I’ve been on an incredible journey of priestess training, pilgrimage and life transitions, it became very clear that while weddings will always hold a special place in my heart, there’s more to my story now. And therefore more offerings, from my heart to the world.
More “making it sacred.”
More spiritual support.
What was once a close focus on weddings is expanding to encompass the full spectrum of life’s transitions, rituals, ceremonies and cycles.
Welcome to the new Circle of Love… celebrating the circle of life.
Let’s celebrate, ritualize, make it sacred, dance and sing, cry and laugh together.
I offer you my hand and my heart to accompany and support you, during times of joy and times of sorrow. It’s my honor to be your companion on this marvelous journey we call life.
~Mark Nepo, the Book of Awakening
Mom and Dad move to Atlanta from New Jersey, for my dad’s career at Coca-Cola
Daria Blair Wilks is born in Atlanta, Georgia, a first generation Southerner
Northside Hospital, baby!
Yes, a “rare” native Atlantan
We live overseas in Tokyo and Bangkok; travel the world
My sister and I, ready for the
Loy Krathong festival in Bangkok
Our family returns to the States; settles in Norcross, Georgia
Jim and I meet in high school;
hate each other immediately
I graduate from
with a degree in
I decide to be a wedding planner
when I’m “old, you know, like 30”
My corporate career in publishing as a proofreader, editor and project manager
The daily grind at the Apartment Guide
Jim and I get married! (We got past our high school angst.)
Our wedding cake, made with love
by my friend Ron, was so delicious!
We buy our house in Norcross, Georgia. and adopt our four-legged daughter, Sylvie
Sylvie was my first pup; I grew up with cats!
I must confess, I was a bit terrified at first,
although soon I fell straight in love with her
Circle of Love Weddings is born
My 21-year-old self’s dream came true!
I open and operate a small venue, Camellia Blossom Cottage
The little green house in
Circle of Love Weddings plans and coordinates a record high of 37 events in one year
My favorite event that year: my dear friend
Alecia’s Dr. Seuss-themed baby shower
Sylvie crosses the Rainbow Bridge; our hearts break
We miss you every day, our Angel Princess
We sell the house and many of our possessions
We embark on traveling adventures
throughout the U.S. and Europe
I attend interfaith seminary in New York City (while planning and officiating weddings up and down the East Coast)
A beautiful day in Brooklyn, NY
We spend the pandemic in Atlanta; I officiate at many tiny weddings and midwife my mother through her end-of-life transition.
I am officially an officiant!
A sabbatical year of travels in Europe, at the end of which we settle in Ireland, my magical Motherland
Overlooking the Bay of Naples
I choose the miracle, and I am grateful for the ever-renewing gifts of life and love.
For his countless hours of listening
Countless tears dried
Countless brilliant ideas (and metaphors!)
Countless prayers for perfect wedding days
and countless Superman moments when he saved the day,
He pours his love into it by loving me.
And I am who I am through the gift of our love,
which renews me every day.