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Valerie Russell - Humanist Officiant

Cobourg, Ontario View map

About

Valerie Russell is a registered Officiant with the Humanist Association of Canada and she is available for a variety of events, weddings, elopements, destination wedding and vow renewals. Valerie caters to secular couples of all backgrounds and she is the perfect person for all kinds of events, a small elegant ceremony or a grand wedding. Valerie serves the Durham County, Northumberland County, Peterborough County and beyond.

Services offered

Valerie allows the couple, to write their own vows to make the ceremony more personal and unique. She can create a highly customised wedding ceremony according to the beliefs and expectations of the couple. If you are searching for a great wedding venue, her small farm and garden in Gore's Landing is also available. The services of Valerie are offered for civil unions, non-religious weddings, vow renewals, and ceremony rehearsals.

Other services

Along with weddings, the services of Valerie are available for other events, such us:

  • Naming ceremonies
  • Funerals
  • Elopements

Highlights

Wedding Types

Civil union, non-religious, vow renewal, ceremony rehearsal

Officiant Services

Licensed, allow couple' own vows

Religious Affiliations

Agnostic, no denomination, earth-based

Wedding Services Starting Price

$350

More information

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.
30-60 mins.

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$50

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

$15
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    Emilie S. Married on 10/09/2022
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    We are so happy Valerie was our officiant

    Val was a wonderful officiant! It was easy to schedule meetings with her (both virtual and in person). We had phone conversations with several officiants before deciding, but after our meeting with her she was already at the top of our list.
    She sent us many example ceremonies that we could read through at our leisure and choose what aspects we wanted to use in our ceremony. I really liked getting to read through them all, and pick the pieces of each that we wanted in our ceremony. Then Val took what we liked and put it all together so that it flowed well and suggested parts to add if it felt like something was missing.
    On the wedding day itself, Val even had tissue for us to use during the ceremony. There was a small hiccup in the ceremony, that lead to Val improvising in what ending up being the most memorable and special moment of the ceremony.
    We definitely recommend Valerie as an officiant!

    Valerie Russell - Humanist Officiant's reply:

    Thank you Emilie for inviting me to be a part of your beautiful wedding. The setting, the musicians and the two of you, made it a memorable day
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    Abi M. Married on 20/08/2022
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    Valerie is the Best!

    Valerie was great from the moment we connected with her in the summer of 2021. She was well spoken, gave us clear direction, and provided us with a lot of options for our ceremony. Valerie allowed us to be part of writing our own ceremony to make it more personal for us and our guests, and talked us through the editing process. She was super organized and put together all the notes and our personal vows to help make our ceremony run as smoothly as possible. Her professionalism was also amazing when we had a series of questions regarding last minute illness (what to do if she got sick) and helping to give recommendations when friends of ours lost their officiant with weeks to spare. Thank you Valerie for making our ceremony a beautiful and personal memory for us to remember forever.

    Valerie Russell - Humanist Officiant's reply:

    Abi, Thank you so much for this review. I was my pleasure to work with you and officiate your beautiful wedding. Val Russell
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    Jen M. Married on 16/07/2022
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    Valerie is the best!

    Highly recommend Valerie to be the officiant of your wedding! She is very responsive and willing to answer any questions. As she had done numerous weddings at our venue she was also able to offer some insight and advice on options for signing etc. which I was thankful for.
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    Jennifer Married on 18/09/2021
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    Highly recommend!

    From the moment we "met" Valerie on the phone, we had a great feeling about her. She is warm, personable, and feels like speaking with an old friend. She arrived on time, despite having two prior officiating engagements before ours! She was accommodating of our ceremony requests, and executed everything perfectly. Highly recommend Valerie as your officiant for your special day!

    Valerie Russell - Humanist Officiant's reply:

    Really appreciate this great review Jennifer. Thank you very much. Looking forward to your photos. Val
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    Emilee Married on 21/08/2021
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    Valerie was amazing!

    Valerie officiated our wedding ceremony in Stirling and she was absolutely incredible leading up to the big day and delivered a beautiful ceremony! We would absolutely recommend Valerie to anyone looking for an officiant due to her professionalism, flexibility and willingness to accommodate. We wanted a personal and non traditional ceremony and Valerie was so amazing to make it happen!

    Valerie Russell - Humanist Officiant's reply:

    Thank you so much Emilee. Looking forward to seeing your photos. Your wedding was just beautiful and you looked absolutely stunning.
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    Jonathan Married on 27/07/2019
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    Book her now

    Valerie officiated our ceremony in Roseneath ON on July 27, 2019 and Valerie was a complete gem to work with. While we lived in Toronto, Valerie was more than accommodating to find dates and locations to meet with us. She was very responsive and put us at ease on how our day would go. She came very prepared with a whole encyclopedia of example scripts and on the day of, she spoke very well and our guests specifically mentioned how beautiful our ceremony was, in part due to Valerie’s officiating.
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    Rena A. Married on 22/06/2019
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    Absolutely Lovely!

    Valerie is so very lovely and was awesome to work with. She was kind, patient, and genuinely loves what she does. Definitely would recommend to any couple looking for a beautiful non religious but meaningful ceremony!
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    Jennifer D. Married on 25/05/2019
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    Beautiful ceremony

    This review is for Humanist Officiant, Valerie Russell. Val was beyond accommodating and helpful. She gave us a beautiful ceremony that we won't forget. Val is kind, punctual, reliable and wonderful to work with. She goes out of her way to make sure you have a special day. You won't be disappointed!
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    Vanessa Married on 23/09/2018
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    Not One Complaint

    Valerie was amazing! I would definitely recommend her to anyone! She was more than helpful with ideas, very accommodating of our location and went over and above what I was expecting. Wanting only our kids at the ceremony, we would have been short a witness if her husband didn't come along and sign for us as well. They were both wonderful people and they helped make our day perfect! Thanks again Valerie!
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    Brianna P. Married on 04/08/2018
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    Amazing Officiant!

    We had the pleasure of working with Val to design our dream ceremony. Val was supportive, kind and knowledgable, offering many suggestions and ideas from her experiences to help us. She was available to meet and discuss ideas or ask questions throughout the process. We received numerous compliments for how personal our ceremony was on focusing on our love. We are honoured to have worked with Val and highly recommend her as an officiant.

    Valerie Russell - Humanist Officiant's reply:

    Thank you so much for your review Brianna. It was indeed a pleasure to be a part of your day. Val Russell

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5166 Traill Rd. Gores Landing ON K0K2E0 Cobourg (Ontario)

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