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Rachel Edwards, Wedding Officiant and Life Cycle Celebrant

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About

Rachel Edwards is a professional wedding officiant based in Owen Sound, Ontario. Rachel is an ordained metaphysical minister who will strive to curate a personalized ceremony for each soon-to-be-newlywed. She is truly committed to the happiness of each couple, delivering calm yet warmhearted service. Rachel will demonstrate an appreciation for the significance of your celebration, designing an unforgettable occasion that portrays your love for one another.

Services Offered

Rachel will make it a priority to develop a genuine connection with each client, gaining an authentic understanding of their dream vision. She services an array of wedding events including ceremony rehearsals, civil unions, vow renewals, and interfaith ceremonies. She is focused on the creation of a tailored experience for every couple, allowing them to perform their own vows. Rachel will also strive to deliver an inclusive service, serving a variety of religious affiliations including Agnostic, Pagan, Anglican, and Earth-based couples.




Highlights

Wedding Types

Civil union, interfaith ceremony, vow renewal, ceremony rehearsal

Officiant Services

Licensed, allow couple' own vows

Religious Affiliations

Agnostic, anglican, episcopalian, methodist, presbyterian, quaker, earth-based, pagan, unitarian

Wedding Services Starting Price

$450

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On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

30-60 mins.

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

Yes

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    Yimeng Z. Married on 12/11/2021
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    Wedding officiant

    I chose Rachel as our wedding officiant because she seemed like she was someone who was interested in our story as a couple. This characteristic allows her to create ceremonies that make the experience even more special for the couples she works with. She created vows for us that were personal and reflected our personalities, relationship, and history. She cared about who we were as people. She is also very easy to work with. She is quite responsive in her communications and proactive in her organization. She is flexible as well with regards to ceremony preferences. I liked the professionalism she displayed by showing up in person to assess the ceremony venue beforehand just so that she would be able to help us position ourselves for the best angles possible for photos and ceremony flow. She is also very knowledgeable about the entire process and I never worried with regards to what was required next. The officiant is the most important part of the wedding due to the legal nature of their duties and I found working with Rachel one of the least stressful parts of my wedding and its organization. I highly recommend her.

    Rachel Edwards, Wedding Officiant and Life Cycle Celebrant's reply:

    Yimeng, thank you for your kind words! It was a pleasure to get to know you both. With your input, your wedding perfectly reflected the two of you! Your location was beautiful, I will never forget the beautiful couple I married and the amazing skies that accompanied the wedding!
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    Sarah S. Married on 10/07/2021
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    Rachel is an incredible officiant!

    Rachel was amazing to work with and made our day so special! Everyone commented on how beautiful and personal the ceremony was. She eloquently blended stories and sentiments about both of us together which made it feel so natural and incredible.

    Rachel Edwards, Wedding Officiant and Life Cycle Celebrant's reply:

    Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to work with you and get to know you both. You taught me that physics, chemistry, relativity and fractions can be romantic! I wish you both years and years of happiness and love!
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    Lisa K. Married on 09/09/2020
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    Right on point!

    Rachel was very professional, very personable. Not only did she make our ceremony about us, it was very short and sweet, just as we wanted it to be. We would highly recommend Rachel.

    Rachel Edwards, Wedding Officiant and Life Cycle Celebrant's reply:

    Thank you Lisa and JR! It was wonderful to work with you, and I have to say, you have the BEST LOVE STORY EVER! (you KNOW what I mean!!) Thank you for your kind words.
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    Elana F. Married on 11/08/2018
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    Couldn't have picked a better vendor myself!

    We were fortunate enough to win an elopement giveaway and luckily Rachel was the selected officiant for the big day. We could not have picked a more fitting officiant ourselves. We had 3 weeks to prepare (contest announcement date - pre arranged elopement date) and she connected with us right away through phone and I immediately felt comfortable speaking with her and trusting her with an important part of our day. She was very organized with a questionnaire and I could tell she had many great ideas coming together for our ceremony as we spoke on the phone. Within the week she had sent a draft for us to review and she hit the nail on the head first try! Our ceremony was perfectly personalized. To top it all off Rachel was so flexible and up for an adventure when she willingly met us at the top of the escarpment and hiked 15 minutes in the rain & mud to a spot in the forest to proceed with the ceremony. We were so lucky to have her be a part of our very intimate and special ceremony. I would highly recommend her for any ceremony, especially the ones that aren't so traditional!

    Rachel Edwards, Wedding Officiant and Life Cycle Celebrant's reply:

    Thank you Elana and Cale for your wonderful review! It certainly was an adventure and an unforgettable day. It felt really special to witness your promises in the middle of that beautiful forest. I could hear your vows echoing back after you exchanged them, I will never forget that moment!
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    Breanna M. Married on 23/10/2021
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    Beautiful Wedding ceremony

    Rachel was great to work with, she wrote a beautiful ceremony for our wedding which our guests loved. She was very responsive by email during the planning.

    Rachel Edwards, Wedding Officiant and Life Cycle Celebrant's reply:

    Thank you for your kind words Breanna! There were a lot of alterations to your day but it was a beautiful ceremony in a place so special to you and your family! It was a pleasure working with you both.
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    Tyler Married on 26/06/2021
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    Highly Recommend!

    Our time working with Rachel was an absolute joy! She took so much care and consideration in getting to know us and crafted a beautiful ceremony that perfectly reflected who we are and what we value in our relationship. She was so kind and helpful in answering our questions and ensuring we were calm and comfortable throughout the process of planning our wedding ceremony.
    Words cannot express how grateful we are for Rachel and we highly recommend to have her facilitate your ceremony - the happiness and laughter will not be lacking!

    Rachel Edwards, Wedding Officiant and Life Cycle Celebrant's reply:

    Thank you for your kind words Tyler! It was an absolute pleasure working with you and getting to know you and your love story! I hope you get back to the Kings' Road to celebrate your marriage!

    Rachel, xo
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    Meaghan Married on 11/10/2020
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    Personalized Wedding!

    We were very happy that we chose Rachel to be our officiant for our small wedding. She made us and our guests feel very comfortable. She worked with us to create the perfect ceremony script!

    For anyone considering working with Rachel, if you are interested in a personalize ceremony, then she is the best person for the job!

    Rachel Edwards, Wedding Officiant and Life Cycle Celebrant's reply:

    Thank you Meaghan for your kinds words. It was a pleasure to work with you and Shawn. I loved that we collaborated and you provided me with such wonderful ideas. It really was a group project!
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    Krista T. Married on 18/09/2020
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    Amazingly perfect

    Rachel made our day so special, she took time in advance to ask questions and she really made our ceremony about us and showed our love story perfectly through the ceremony. She responded quickly to questions and was flexible with us! She preformed a sand ceremony that was perfect. She made our day so special and perfect!

    Rachel Edwards, Wedding Officiant and Life Cycle Celebrant's reply:

    Thank you Krista and Colin! Your ceremony was so special, the location was beautiful and it was so nice to include the children in the Sand Unity Ritual! It was a perfect day and I enjoyed working with you both so much! Give your children a big hug from me!
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    Siyeong S. Married on 17/08/2020
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    Thank you Rachel for making our day so special!

    Chris and I feel so lucky to have had Rachel officiate our wedding. She was very nice, personable, and professional. She responded quickly to our questions and helped us create very cute and personalized ceremony. She was also incredibly flexible and accommodating our wishes. I loved the first phone conversation with Rachel. Right from the start she made us so comfortable and relaxed. We definitely recommend Rachel for anyone who are preparing for a beautiful and special wedding ceremony.

    Rachel Edwards, Wedding Officiant and Life Cycle Celebrant's reply:

    Thank you Siyeong and Chris! I feel very honoured to have worked with you and officiated my first international (live streamed) wedding! Your ceremony was beautiful, like your love for each other! It was intimate and the location and the spectacular sky overhead us made your wedding even more special.
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    Gigi M. Married on 25/07/2020
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    Best decision yet!


    Hardy and I can’t thank you enough for being part of our wedding day. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and we will cherish the memories for the rest of our lives.  We appreciate you being so flexible with our requests and tailoring the ceremony to what suits us best as a couple. This truly made the ceremony special in every way. We are also grateful for the words of advice during the ceremony. We found them very relatable and we have taken your words to heart. Thank you again for sharing in our day and making our wedding unforgettable.  We wanted to keep it happy, light-hearted and very “us”.  You really made that happen! Your speech and incorporated our religion into it made it so personal. Please stop in to say hello when you are in our area. Would love to cross paths again.
    Best,
    Hardy & Geree

    Rachel Edwards, Wedding Officiant and Life Cycle Celebrant's reply:

    Thank you Hardy and Geree! It was a wonderful ceremony. It was intimate and about family as well as love. I really enjoyed working with you and my biggest sadness is that because of COVID I wasn't able to "break bread" with you after the ceremony!! I wish you all the happiness in the world!

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Rachel Edwards
Rachel Edwards
Wedding Officiant/Life Cycle Celebrant

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I want to tell you a bit about me. I grew up in Whitby, Ontario. My parents were from Liverpool, England I am the youngest of 4 children. In high shcool I did a personality test and the results indicated I would be best suited to the military or to be a Minister. I dismissed this information, clearly the test was wrong. I went to McGill University and studied English Literature. After that I went to live in Europe for 2 years. I returned to Canada and worked at different jobs, got married and had children. When my oldest child was born I decided the best fit for our family was for me to stay home. Over the next 13 years we had 3 more. I loved being a stay at home mum and I also home schooled the oldest children up to Grade 9.

My niece asked me to Officiate her wedding and that was the catalyst for me. I had found the work I loved. I completed 2 certificate courses at the Celebrant Foundation and Institute in Weddings and Funerals. I like everything about this work; meeting people, writing (finally my English Lit. degree was serving me!), creating meaningful ceremonies, researching rituals, readings, music and trends. I hope to create many different ceremonies, to date I have performed Weddings and Funerals. I was ordained in March of 2019 as a Metaphysical Minister, so I guess that personality test was partly right.

I have lived in beautiful Owen Sound since December 2008. The beauty that surrounds me continues to inspire me and keeps me centred. I love travelling, I have spent a lot of time in Spain, particularly Basque Country, and also love to visit Wales. I have a horse who is teaching me lessons I didn't even know I had to learn. We also adopted 2 cats, I always thought of myself as a "dog" person but I realize I'm an "animal" person. I speak other languages and can incorporate that into my ceremonies. I feel that because of the travelling I did, I am open to different perspectives and traditions, I know this helps me to be more creative in my practice. I love to laugh, I think humour can heal and it's a great way to connect with people. I have found a calling that I can do as long as I can read and drive so I intend to Officiate for many years to come!

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