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Rachel Edwards, Wedding Officiant and Life Cycle Celebrant

Owen Sound, Ontario View map

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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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    Bethany M. Married on 07/09/2022
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    Rachel is truly a joy!

    From the moment we first reached out to Rachel, she has been such a joy to work with. She took time to get to know us both-as individuals, as a couple, our values, our hopes and dreams, and our relationships with our family members. Rachel then created the most thoughtful and meaningful ceremony for our intimate wedding. Our family and friends have shared how much they enjoyed the ceremony. They were impressed with how well Rachel had gotten to know us, allowing her to personalize the ceremony to who we are. We loved the addition of a unity ceremony which allowed us to include our guests in our ceremony. We are so very grateful to Rachel—our ceremony was one of our favourite parts of the day and we cherish her words and presence. Rachel went above and beyond—you won’t regret having her as a part of your day!

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

    Thank you so much Bethany for your kind words! It was a pleasure getting to know you both, and your wedding was magical! It felt like we were the only people in the world in that beautiful gathering. Your love is awesome and I am so honoured to have been a part of your wedding and to celebrate your amazing love!
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    Penny W. Married on 04/09/2022
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    couldn’t have been any better!

    Rachel is great! Very quickly she just “got us. She is superb & caring & easy to work with! We may very likely call upon her to renew our vows in another location next year! We also hope to stay in touch with her as she has already became a fast friend! Thankyou so very much Rachel ❤️

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

    Thank you so much Penny and I will be visiting you sometime soon! I really enjoyed getting to know you both, your love story is the best and you are perfect for each other and amazing people. I feel blessed to be your friend. Your wedding day and location was magical! xo
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    Sophie L. Married on 24/08/2022
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    Rachel helped make our day so special!

    I honestly can't recommend Rachel enough! From the moment we had our first consultation with her over the phone, we were totally drawn to her warmth and openness. As part of the preparation for writing our ceremony, she sent us a very detailed questionnaire that really helped us put a lot of thought into our relationship and why we wanted to get married. She truly helped make our wedding ceremony feel personal and unique. I would 1000% recommend Rachel to anyone looking for an officiant. Thank you so much, Rachel - we'll never forget you!!

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

    Thank you Sophie, I really appreciate your kind words. It was a joy getting to know you both, learning the names of different neurotransmitters (you know what I mean!) and creating your ceremony together. It was a wonderful journey we shared that I will always remember! I wish you both all the happiness in the world. Rachel, xo
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    Shannan Married on 06/08/2022
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    Such a lovely experience!

    Rachel was hands down amazing! Very professional, organized and had great communication! She was all around smiles and was willing to do whatever we asked with our ceremony script!! She took into consideration our concerns for guests and the heat etc. Highly highly recommend!!

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

    Thank you Shannan! It was wonderful working with you both and being a part of your beautiful day. I loved our collaboration, the ceremony is always better with more collaboration! A wonderful, if warm day from beginning to end!
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    Erin C. Married on 15/07/2022
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    Wedding at Ladybank Schoolhouse

    Rachel was the celebrant for our wedding at the Ladybank Shoolhouse in July 2022. The ceremony she crafted for us was truly beautiful and personalized, and I don't think there was a dry eye among our guests! My mom mom was talking about how beautiful the ceremony was even days after our wedding. It was the perfect springboard for our new married life together. She was flexible in working around our requests; for example, we asked for no rehearsal, and the ceremony turned out wonderfully even without it. We also asked her to provide us with vows, which were lovely and unique. Coordination with her before and after the wedding was easy and efficient. She really is both and artist and a professional, and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding officiant. Thank you Rachel!

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

    Thank you so much for your kind words Erin! It was lovely to work with you, get to know your love story and to meet you and your wonderful families. And you both deserve a gold star for your memory work :)
    It was a wonderful ceremony, surrounded by nature and the love of family. Love to you both!
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    Emma H. Married on 24/06/2022
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    We recently had our 10 year wedding anniversary and decided to renew our vows for the occasion, Rachel went above & beyond to make our day so special

    Rachel is Amazing & so caring!

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

    Thank you Emma! It was a beautiful and sunny day surrounded by your families and lovely flowers! And B and B were amazing! I was so happy and honoured to be part of your vow renewal ceremony.
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    Suzanne N. Married on 22/05/2022
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    Small wedding ceremony

    Rachel helped us to create a ceremony that was perfect for us. She helped us to select a variety of options that made our celebration authentic and special. Rachel created a ceremony that was unique to us and was very personal. We were extremely pleased with the way our ceremony turned out. We would highly recommend Rachel!

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

    Thank you for your kind words Suzanne! Your ceremony was wonderful and everyone there from youngest to oldest participated with joy! You two share an amazing love and it was an honour to celebrate it! All the joy and love to you!
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    Nicole C. Married on 11/02/2022
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    Highly Recommend

    Rachel allowed our wedding day to be exactly what we wanted. She created an amazing ceremony which touched on specific areas we wanted like how we met, what we have accomplished as a couple, and family members that have passed and were not able to attend.

    Rachel creates her ceremony specifically to you as the couple and ensure that there is a meeting prior to the ceremony to discuss exactly what you envision your day to look like. As well, she touches base leading up to the wedding day to ensure everything is going as planned.

    Additionally, she gives you a keepsake for you with your ceremony and either sending its as a PDF or mails it to you.

    I highly recommend Rachel for your wedding day.

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

    Thank you for your kind words Nicole and Logan, it was a pleasure to work with you to be there for you and with you, on your amazing wedding day. I thought Lady was especially well behaved! I wish you all the joy in the world and thank you for allowing me to be part of this journey.
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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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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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