SORRY! FULLY BOOKED FOR 2023 ON THESE CEREMONIES!
Pssst…can I let you in on a little secret? Couples I marry for a second time ALL tell me..yup…every last one of them…that they got so wrapped up in the pretty and the party that they missed their wedding ceremony…they don’t remember a thing. And they don’t want that to happen this time…nuh uh. This time, they want the reason why people are coming to be the heart of their day. They want to revel in love…the love they have for one another, for their families, their in-laws and out-laws. Maybe their kids…2 and 4-legged. And the friends they have been either danged lucky or smart enough to have gathered along the way. They want the feeling of standing in gratitude…..present and open…embraced in love…in a pivotal moment that will not come again.
Charger plates just can’t do that.
Could it get any better than what I just said?? It sure can! Because for me, an amazing ceremony is one you experience. Fully. Because it’s personal...it includes your quirkiness and all of the things that make you…well…you. Because it embraces what’s important to you…culturally, spiritually, ritually. Because, if we do it up right, it feels like a big group hug. Like the awesome life moment that it is.
Ashley and Brandon Photography
Another little secret? I find at the end of these ceremonies, there’s a whole different vibe as you head into the party. A stronger sense of connection. More joy. And sometimes, my couples tell me, years later, how their loved ones still remember their wedding ceremony. Because what touches our hearts is what remains with us. Always.
All that said, ceremonies like this take time to create and my time for these larger ceremonies is fully booked for 2023. I’ve included a list of alternate officiants here. If you are shopping for a Saturday in wedding season, skedaddle! Remember, the only things you actually need to get married are 1) someone to marry you and 2) someone to marry you…:)
“We felt SO taken care of, listened to, and just loved collaborating with Barbara to create this beautiful special ceremony. It was so personal, so “us”, and all of our guests were raving to us about how it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever been to, how special it was to be a part of the day, and how unique! It was absolutely the highlight of our day, and Barbara made sure we were in the moment during the ceremony – so we’ll never forget the experience. Me neither, Julian & Jacob. Wholehearted love image by Funkytown Photography
“I thought it might be easiest to sum up Barbara’s contribution to our wedding day with some direct quotes/ comments I received from friends and family after the ceremony – many of whom still had tears in their eyes or were still openly crying, in turn making me cry more. You get the picture – it was a mess, but a good one!
– “That was absolutely, hands-down, THE most beautiful ceremony I have ever witnessed” (these words were said many times over by many different people)
– “That was positively magical. The love and the emotion in the room were palpable.”
– “The ceremony was my favourite part of the wedding. The officiant’s words, your words, the space – everything felt so heartfelt and magical.”
– “I never cry at weddings and I sobbed the whole time throughout your ceremony!”
– “I can’t believe how funny, emotional, personal, and how YOU that ceremony was!”
– “WHO is that officiant woman?! She was amazing – like part comedian, part yoga instructor and part spiritual guru or something!”
Stu & Niki, a room filled with love. More images by Sabrina Patrice Photography here.
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K+J wanted a ceremony that was full of both joy and meaning. Their own story was as playful as their family stories were profound. We laughed and cried and it was simply remarkable. Beautiful capture by Paper Heart Films.
If you want to see a full wedding video that is planetary (and has LOTS of ceremony stuff in it), check out A+S’s wedding day video. And thanks for generously letting people watch how awesome you and your people are, A&S. A work of art by Paper Heart Films.
S&N’s backyard wedding was relaxed and whole-hearted. It also included bees and small animals..:) And lots of love. Great capture by Steph and Kati.
Are you having an intimate ceremony with 20 people or less? Check out my Wee Weddings/Group Elopements.
Do you have kids? (even adult ones?) Are you marrying later or after loss? Have you been together for a while? Check out Weddings with History.
Are you a same-sex, trans or gender non-conforming couple? Check out LGBTQ weddings.
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Modern Metaphysical Minister/Celebrant and Wedding Officiant, Vancouver Island. Including Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Courtenay, Comox Valley and Campbell River.