Rachel Edwards, Wedding Officiant and Life Cycle Celebrant
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.
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.
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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!
2nd Avenue N4K 4M2 Owen Sound (Ontario)