Beloved is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
But you are eternity and you are the mirror.

So speaks The Prophet, the poet Kahlil Gibran

Photo by Sarah Morrill Photography

A Lovely Love Story

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.

And love has the endless capacity to surprise and delight,
often when you least expect it.

Once Upon a Time...

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.
More devotion.

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.



Priestess Daria

Walker, there is no path, you make the path as you walk.
For aren’t we forever taking first steps, again and again?

~Mark Nepo, the Book of Awakening

The Long and Winding Road


Mom and Dad move to Atlanta from New Jersey, for my dad’s career at Coca-Cola

I love this photo of them!

Age 0

Daria Blair Wilks is born in Atlanta, Georgia, a first generation Southerner

Northside Hospital, baby!
Yes, a “rare” native Atlantan

Ages 8-13

We live overseas in Tokyo and Bangkok; travel the world

My sister and I, ready for the
Loy Krathong festival in Bangkok

Age 14

Our family returns to the States; settles in Norcross, Georgia

Jim and I meet in high school;
hate each other immediately

Age 21

I graduate from Oglethorpe University with a degree in
English literature

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
downtown Norcross
was adorable!


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

To be continued...

There are two ways of living one’s life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
~ Albert Einstein

I choose the miracle, and I am grateful for the ever-renewing gifts of life and love.

I dedicate this site to my husband Jim,
for Circle of Love Weddings is
as much his story as it is mine.

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.