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Simply Ceremony

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About

You will laugh, you will cry and you will feel a deep sense of connection with your beloved, your family and your treasured friends. Your profound wedding experience will be remembered forever. Lisa Hartley of Simply Ceremony is a professional Life-cycle Celebrant providing Ceremonies for all the transformational moments in your life.

Experience

Lisa Hartley has been a wedding celebrant for over 5 years. She is certified by the Celebrant Institute and Foundation and is recognized as an interfaith, Religious Officiant in the Province of British Columbia. You can hear her on Roundhouse Radio talking regularly about ceremonies and issues regarding the end of life.

Services offered

Whether you are celebrating a blended or interfaith marriage, same-sex, first or second marriage, Lisa will meet your ceremonial dreams. She believes marriage is sacred and the threads of your life story, using your family history and your dreams of your future together will all be woven into a genuine, heartfelt wedding ceremony.

Lisa offers different packages based on your needs. The packages offered include the following services:

  • Masterpiece wedding: This is Lisa's full-service wedding ceremony which includes everything within the classic celebrant ceremony plus unlimited readings, blessings and rituals, full circle family interviews to complete your story and much more
  • A true celebrant ceremony: This is a classic celebrant ceremony and includes an in-depth interview to understand your love story and wedding dreams, professionally written 30 to 40-minute wedding ceremony, up to 3 wedding rituals, as many readings and blessings as needed, 3 edits, multiple communications and a keepsake ceremony
  • A simple ceremony: Includes a professionally written 20-minute wedding ceremony, simple wedding ritual, a reading or blessing, 2 edits and officiating
  • Your words only: Includes your writing plus Lisa's guidance, editing and officiating
  • Every ceremony counts: Contact her for a complimentary consultation to discuss your ceremonial needs.

Other services

Among the other services she offers, you can find:

  • Birth
  • Coming of age
  • Milestone Birthdays
  • End of life

Highlights

Wedding Types

Civil union, single religion, interfaith ceremony, non-religious, vow renewal, ceremony rehearsal

Officiant Services

Licensed, allow couple' own vows

Religious Affiliations

Agnostic, buddhist, anglican, baptist, catholic, lutheran, methodist, no denomination, quaker, jewish, unitarian

Wedding Services Starting Price

$800

More information

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

30-60 mins.

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$150

If you offer pre-marital counseling, what is the starting price for (per session)?

$125

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    Vida J. Married on 10/08/2018
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    Celebrant with Soul & Style

    Lisa was extraordinary! She guided and prepared us well for the celebration of our special day. She was extremely engaged, and created a custom, perfect ceremony for us. She was inclusive of our family and guests, and made them all feel welcome and a part of our story. The whole process was designed to really see each other and ourselves in each others eyes and to culminate in a fun, glorious ceremony that we will cherish forever. Lisa is an angel.

    Simply Ceremony's reply:

    Dearest Vida,
    What a joy and delight to work with you and Dean. I was so happy to meet your amazing family; Moms, nieces and nephews and friends you call family.
    Good Luck!

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    Kristi Married on 24/05/2018
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    Kristi & Madison Edwards ceremony

    My husband and I decided to do a surprise ceremony at our "rehearsal dinner" for our 30 closest family and friends at the end of May. Lisa happily helped us coordinate our happy prank, as well as helped us refine our hand-written vows. She was very flexible about the passages we wanted read and very accommodating to our mixed spiritual backgrounds. Thank you, Lisa!

    Simply Ceremony's reply:

    It was a fun day Kristi, I wish you both all the best in your marriage!
    Fun to work with you both.
    Lisa
  • Mary
    Mary K. Married on 28/05/2016
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    Lisa was an absolute pleasure to work with from the first meeting, to receiving our marriage certificate in the mail just this week. Our ceremony was the most important aspect of our wedding given that this was my first, and my husband's second marriage. He has 2 boys that very much wanted to be integrated into the ceremony and celebration. We had already written our ceremony and vows, then only a month before the wedding we started our search for an officiant when we came across Lisa Hartley, family celebrant (I'd never heard that term). We found her website and listened to a radio interview she'd done. I immediately liked her voice (this is important!) as it was strong and calm, as well as her philosophy.

    Flexible and accommodating are 2 of the first words that come to mind. How she structures her offerings reflect this -as you can have as much or as little guidance from her as you wish. Because we had most of our ideas in place, Lisa worked with us to structure it, strengthen it, and make sure it flowed on the day. She managed our rehearsal like a pro- which we needed given that our wedding party consisted of us, plus 5 kids aged 9-12 yrs. And while we had the words we wanted- she physically "staged" us so that the boys were seamlessly integrated and we moved as a family unit throughout the ceremony. It was absolutely beautiful- and we would never have thought of the level of detail she brought to our planning.

    On our actual wedding day- despite that the skies opened up into a torrential monsoon skewing all of our grandiose outdoor plans- she was able to quickly move to our "Plan B", setting the tone for the day by thoughtfully sending us an email first thing in the a/m, about the beauty of rain on one's wedding day signifying "fertility, cleansing, unity, renewal, tears...happy tears".

    She helped everyone focus on the silver lining in the dark clouds and the significance of our day, and in the end it was more beautiful and memorable than we ever could have imagined. Consistent with the weather, the room was full of happy tears and Lisa was an instrumental part of making our day one that we will never forget. Thank you, Lisa!

    p.s. Lisa brings her own inconspicuous wireless head set and speaker which is a godsend in many settings. Her mic is bionic and easily picked up our voices, precluding us from having a big handheld mic in our faces and wedding photos throughout the ceremony.

    Simply Ceremony's reply:

    Mary, you have me in tears.
    It was such a wonderful experience to collaborate with you and your beautiful family. Truly an honour to be part of your wedding day.
    With warmth and respect,
    Lisa
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    Melina L. Married on 29/10/2020
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    Thoughtful and professional

    Lisa is a natural when it comes to creating a ceremony. She asks specific questions and uses her years of expertise to tell a story and bring your vision to life. We are full of gratitude after our beautiful and meaningful vow renewal. Her services are worth every penny. Highly recommend!

    Simply Ceremony's reply:

    Dear Melina,
    It was meant to be! I was deeply moved by your commitment to each other and honoured to create a Vow Renewal, six years after your wedding day. Thank you for your kind words.
    Warmly,
    Lisa
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    Shauna U. Married on 20/07/2019
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    Sunshine Coast Wedding With Lisa Hartley

    Lisa officiated at our wedding on the Sunshine Coast, BC in July of 2019. We planned for a casual-ish event at the home of the groom's parents. We were really keen to weave in stories and traditions from our families and cultures. Lisa did a great job of explaining some of the Jewish traditions we included (chuppah, breaking glass) and took the time to appreciate the location and our family stories.

    We were so happy with how the ceremony unfolded and appreciated all she did in advance, behind the scenes, and in the moment. We particularly loved the collaborative feel of working with her and how open and encouraging she was of our ideas.

    Many of our guests commented on the intimate feel of the occasion and for that, we thank her.

    Simply Ceremony's reply:

    Dear Shauna,
    Thank you for your kind words. It was fun to work with you and Mike. Creativity and collaboration really made the ceremony personal.
    Congratulations to you both.
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    Sylvan Married on 12/07/2014
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    My wife and I strongly recommend Lisa Hartley as your celebrant for your wedding day because her talent as a celebrant is only surpassed by her positive energy. Lisa's professionalism, creativity, and calming demeanor made for an experience that went above and beyond our hopes for a perfect ceremony. We were impressed at the dedication she provided us, not only during the ceremony, but beforehand as well. Lisa's attention to detail was demonstrated when she personalized our ceremony in a way that allowed us freedom of expression and through our collaboration, brought a truly unique experience. Having Lisa as our celebrant for our wedding gave us peace of mind because we knew the ceremony was in more than capable hands.
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    Ian S. Married on 28/06/2019
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    Absolutely Brilliant

    We cannot recommend Lisa Hartley strongly enough. She took the time to get to know us, work out what we wanted, and what we didn't want.

    The first draft of the ceremony was virtually spot on and needed very few amendments.

    The result was fun and light-hearted ceremony which was exactly what we wanted.

    My brother (and Best man) later said of Lisa:

    "... she was excellent. We all thought it was a really nice and intimate ceremony."

    He then asked for the transcript as his own daughter was getting married later in the year and he was looking for ideas!

    Simply Ceremony's reply:

    I can almost hear the laughter as I read over your review, Ian. It was so much fun to work with you both. Thank you for your thoughtful words!
    Lisa
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    Natasha T. Married on 23/12/2018
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    Attentive, creative and caring wedding officiant!

    We had Lisa as the wedding officiant for our ceremony and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. Lisa was very attentive from beginning to end of the entire process despite our long distance (Hong Kong – Vancouver): arranging a Skype meeting and following up with emails, getting to know our relationship story, to finally meeting in person a week prior to the ceremony and the service itself on the big day. She showed both care and creativity writing our ceremony, designing cute rituals tailored to us and suggesting readings based on our story. On the big day, the weather was terrible, but she made sure she came early anyway, to talk with the banquet manager, making sure that everything was going to go according to plan, and most importantly to settle us down, and our nerves! We especially love her for taking the time to get to know our guests prior to the start of the ceremony which we found key, as a way to connect not just everyone but her to us and our group given that she barely knew us, doing so made us feel that she is not a stranger but part of the wedding party. While our ceremony was small and simple, Lisa made the service warm and moving with unique touches. We are so grateful for all her wonderfulness and so glad that she signaled the start of our married life. Thank you, Lisa!

    Simply Ceremony's reply:

    Thank you for your thoughtful words Natasha! So much fun to see the smiles and tears on your faces in the photographs. Thanks again for choosing me!
    Lisa
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    Ayesha Married on 15/09/2018
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    An Incredible Experience!

    This review is well overdue, as my husband & I got married last September. Lisa was phenomenal and made our wedding day so special. From the moment we met with her, she was professional, calm and so pleasant - we never felt any pressure to move forward with anything that we didn't feel comfortable with. In the end, we chose a simple ceremony and we received so many compliments from our guests about how great Lisa was. Our wedding ceremony did not go as expected to begin with, in that it rained and we had issues with our sound system - Lisa was incredible at managing the crowd and everything went smoothly after that! Thank you Lisa for everything, you made our day unforgettable. I would without a doubt recommend Lisa to any couple looking to add something special to their ceremony.

    Simply Ceremony's reply:

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review Ayesha! Your wedding day was so much fun. I’m excited that you’ve gotten started on growing your family!!! I would LOVE to help you write a Baby Welcoming Ceremony. It's such an amazing way to welcome your baby!

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