Krystal , Married on 17/12/2018
Heartfelt, Just for Us
We were the best of friends for 3 years and have been together 21 years as a couple. We have raised a family together, faced family health issues, death of loved ones and pets, provided hospice for parents in our home, tackled the legal system of WorkSafe (and won) - we've been busy. We have talked about doing the deed many times over the years but for one reason or another, the timing wasn't right. In October, we talked again, chose a date and began planning our wee wedding (8 people)
It felt right and we wanted to take time to celebrate and honour one another, our lives so far and our future. Barbara heard our desires as a mature couple, and crafted a beautiful ceremony that caught the essence of our experience, our deep love for one another and our excitement for our very long married life. Barbara wove quotes and spirituality to reflect who we are to one another and that even in your 60's, one can love, truly, madly and deeply and look forward to more life together. She was always available for consult and guidance. Barbara's thought provoking questionnaire began a two month process of happy tears, increased awareness and deepening appreciation for one another and set the stage and our hearts for our special day. We are most appreciative for Barbara's gentle heart and caring spirit and her talents and skills as our Celebrant.
If you choose Barbara as your Officiant/Celebrant/Minister, know that you will be well cared for, that you will feel honoured and valued during the process and most especially at your ceremony.
We wish you a joyous journey and many, many years of health, happiness and prosperity in your new lives together as Mr. & Mrs.
Sarah Henderson , Married on 22/09/2018
Best choice we made!
Barbara was absolutely fantastic. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to find a celebrant last minute. Luckily she had a spot open up in her calendar! She met with us in person and made us instantly feel at ease that she would be able to provide us with the kind of ceremony we wanted. We wanted something unique, inclusive and representative of our love for each other as well as each other's children- She delivered exactly what we had envisioned. We were blending families and she helped to create a ceremony which included all of the kids and helped us start off our new family perfectly. Every single person who attended the wedding commented on how beautiful and touching our ceremony was. My husband and I loved it and the kids did too. Everyone felt so included, it was incredible. She had such a warm, loving and unique approach to our wedding. I would very highly recommend her to anyone!
Chris Mccullough , Married on 01/09/2018
AMAZING! still get compliments about our wedding.
I feel so bad this has taken so long to write!! sorry Barbara!
We hired Barbara to be our officiant for our wedding in Tofino this past September and I am so grateful we did. I know we spend all this money on the venue, food, booze, flowers and all the typicals but everyone seems to cheap out on the officiant. Both me and my husband wanted our wedding to be something different. I lost my mother 11 years ago and incorporating her, and all the other 'moms' that helped raise me, into the ceremony was so important to me. The day was perfect and I do believe the ceremony set the tone for the mood for the rest of the celebrations. I highly recommend this woman if you want a wedding ceremony that your guests will talk about for months/years after. I already look to booking her again for our vow renewal in 10 years. Barb thank you!! your thank you card has not been forgotten haha...life just got hectic and we still need to send them out!
xoxo Laura & Chris
Miranda Gagne , Married on 25/08/2018
Wee Wedding Ceremony in Cathedral Grove
We had to change our wedding plans and location last minute and we stumbled upon Barbara while researching ceremonies in Cathedral Grove. Her “Wee Wedding” ceremony was exactly what we had in our minds. The ceremony that she wrote for us with our words was very beautiful and included all of our guests in some way. We in no way wanted a cookie cutter ceremony and what Barbara put together was so unique. She will not disappoint.
Kaila Hawkes , Married on 28/07/2018
Amazing! We loved Barbara
We LOVED working with Barbara and the ceremony she put together for us. She went far beyond our expectations in capturing our love story and showcasing it throughout the ceremony. Despite us planning our wedding from across the country and relying heavily on skype and email, she perfectly understood what we needed to make the ceremony 'ours'. She had so many creative ideas and options for us to consider, touches that we loved but may not have considered on our own. We loved it and we received so so many compliments about it from guests. We continue to read through the ceremony script and love it every single time. Barbara made the ceremony one of our most treasured memories of the day.
Julian Dorscht , Married on 07/07/2018
Barbara is charming, charismatic, kind and warm - Ceremony was the highlight of our day!
If the ceremony is one of the most important parts of your day, or you want to make it feel very special and personal to you- Barbara is absolutely the right choice. 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. Thank you, Barbara- for everything!
Nicole , Married on 09/06/2018
Magical, Memorable, Emotional & Personal Ceremony
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 or spiritual guru or something!"
Finding an officiant for the wedding was the thing I was dreading the most about planning our day. We aren't a religious couple, but I would say we're spiritual and I had no idea where to start finding someone who would represent us well. As soon as I read Barbara's website I felt like she was perfect. After our first skype date with her, we both KNEW she was perfect. She was wonderful and supportive through the whole process, despite our being nowhere near ideal clients. (I never thought I'd be this person but we handed everything in to her late - I'm so sorry!) We absolutely recommend Barbara to everyone. Is it a little more money than your run-of-the-mill officiant? Sure. Is it worth the money? Oh yes, and so much more. Thank you Barbara, you made our day so magical and memorable and special. I've never felt love and energy like I did during our ceremony. The air felt heavy and weighted with emotion and love. We believe you created and held the space for that. Thank you! xx
Amanda Young , Married on 06/06/2018
The Most Magical Elopement
From the time we first contacted Barbara, we knew that she was the one to help us make our Elopement dream come true! She worked with us to create a personalized ceremony that fulfilled our wishes, while creating a memorable, magical experience for us. She did all this through email and skype as we were traveling to Vancouver Island and had an idea of what we wanted but Barbara helped create that small idea into an amazing reality. She created a ceremony that brought in elements from our past, tying them into our present and future. She brought it all to reality, creating a ceremony that involved 4 different "stops", as we walked through the forest and ended up on a secluded beach! She was even able to include our daughter which made the day even more special!
I would recommend Barbara to everyone I know (after we tell our families of course!) She went beyond our expectations and we couldn't have hoped for a better, more memorable, beautiful ceremony! Thank you Barbara!
Milo Rp , Married on 29/03/2018
Best Day Ever
Barbara was perfect. There aren't enough words in the world to say all the good things we have to say about her. She worked with us personally to make sure our day was exactly what we wanted. We had an unusual elopement with a few out of the box requests, and she was more than happy to accommodate everything we asked for. She had the best ideas and suggestions when we weren't sure what direction we wanted to go, and was more than happy to alter any ideas to fit our needs and desires. She was able to take a nebulous idea we had and craft it into an intensely personal and beautiful ceremony, and bring all of our dreams about the day to life. I would recommend her to anyone, from anywhere. Travel to see her. It's worth every second.
Benjamin Trepanier , Married on 02/09/2017
My partner and I are convinced, after our wedding in September 2017, that Barbara Densmore is the best wedding celebrant on the planet. This might sound like an exaggeration but we honestly could not have imagined more of a perfect ceremony on our big day. Within about 2 minutes of our initial skype meeting with Barbara, I was nudging my partner in the ribs to try to indicate that this was obviously the person we needed to go with and from that moment on it was an absolute privilege to get to work with Barbara. Every time we met with her she managed to tap into exactly what it was we were looking for with such ease. To complicate things, we were living on opposite sides of the country (I in Vancouver, and my partner in Toronto) in the lead up to our wedding. We were slow to return to emails, late on all of the suggested "due dates" for revisions on drafts of the ceremony, and all around did NOT make it easy for Barbara. She never missed a beat, and went far above and beyond what I would have expected from her based on what she charges for her services. She drafted up a ceremony that captured the essence of our relationship, and that managed to make everyone present like that were a part of the ceremony. By the end, it felt like pretty much everyone was crying and afterwards we received numerous comments that this was the best and most genuine wedding ceremony people had ever attended. Other compliments received from others about Barbara's style were the fact that she took her time and took pauses in the most appropriate places, that she moved around and didn't stand in the typical "ministerial" position, and that she managed the crowd beautifully in the time prior to the ceremony. In the few days before the wedding, Barbara voluntarily stepped into a coordinator role that we did not even expect her to take on, emailing both the photographer and the resort coordinator to make things happen. I don't know that I can put into words how fortunate we feel to have had Barbara officiate our ceremony, and I don't think we could provide a more enthusiastic recommendation of her services. I hope she never stops doing what she does.