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Last update: February 2023
BUILDING A CULTURE OF STRONG MARRIAGE, ONE COUPLE AT A TIME
At XO. Life Celebrations, we understand how important marriage is and we want to help make sure that your union is a happy and successful one. That’s why we offer both wedding officiant services and marriage readiness courses.
Our wedding officiant services provide couples with a meaningful ceremony that will bring your special day to life. We help you create a ceremony that is personal and unique to you, one that reflects your values and beliefs.
Our marriage readiness courses provide couples with the tools they need to make their marriage last. We provide couples with communication and conflict resolution skills, advice on money management, and teaching on how to navigate the ups and downs of married life.
We would be honored to be part of your special day. Please let us know if you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about our services.
AN EXTRAORDINARY OFFICIANT
Tracy B Richards is one of Ontario's most sought-after wedding officiants.
XO stands for eXtra Ordinary, owing to Tracy’s passion, dedication, and commitment to excellence in serving couples, families, and her community at large. XO also represents the emphasis on a genuine connection that is present between Tracy and everyone she works with.
Tracy's reputation as a warm, supportive guide and mentor throughout the ceremony planning process is what her clients have come to appreciate most about her. Tracy's strong values and inclusive approach are what guide and motivate her, both personally and professionally.
Tracy and her team are highly trained, extremely professional, and deeply committed to creating meaningful, values-based, personalized ceremonies for every couple they meet.
Tracy is an experienced Marriage Readiness & Enrichment counsellor and has been devoted to helping individuals and couples learn how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships since 2001. Discovering that this was not simply a vocation, but a true “calling” led her to become ordained as a Marketplace Minister and licensed to solemnize marriages in the Province of Ontario in 2015. Since then Tracy has gone on to officiate hundreds of weddings and has supported her community through many seasons of celebration and loss as a Life Celebrant.
"Becoming a Wedding Officiant and Life Celebrant was such a natural evolution for me. I can’t think of any higher honour than to be supporting, assisting, and guiding other members of my community as they move through significant Life Events."
MARRIAGE READINESS COURSE
By investing in yourself and your marriage, you will be able to gain invaluable insight into why some marriages succeed and others fail, and about how to build a satisfactory, stable relationship. With my experience, I will guide and support you through this process.
Are you ready to start your marriage off on the right foot?
With the help of my 2+ decades of experience working with couples, we can provide you with valuable insight into building a satisfactory, stable relationship. Through the Prepare/Enrich assessment combined with the 8 follow-up feedback sessions, I will guide and support you as you gain a deeper understanding of each other. Let's start your marriage off right!
ANNOUNCING OUR EXCLUSIVE HOST VENUE: DEER CREEK HOMESTEAD
For years, we’ve had a vision of creating a “Tiny Chapel” on our own Country Homestead where couples could have a simple, yet elegant elopement with just a few friends. As couples began to embrace the charm and cost-effectiveness of smaller, simpler weddings, we decided to take the leap of faith and purchased our own 2.5-acre property in the Village of Madoc, ON in the spring of 2021. Known lovingly as “The Little Village with the Heart of Gold'', Madoc was originally the epicenter of Canada’s Goldrush. Conveniently located only 2 hours east of Toronto, Madoc Village is surrounded by beautiful countryside and offers endless opportunities to explore nature and experience authentic country life.
While Deer Creek Homestead is being lovingly restored we will be offering the following services exclusively at Woodland North Lavender Farm and O'Hara Mill Homestead in Madoc, ON
- "Just the Two of Us" Legal Marriage Signing (license and two witnesses required)
- Intimate "DIY" Elopements
- Casual, Country Style Elopements
- All-Inclusive Elegant Elopements
We look forward to welcoming you to Madoc very soon!
Casual, Country Style Elopements in Madoc, ON
Your ceremony will take place at one of our host venues near the charming village of Madoc, ON (2 hours east of Toronto).
After a scenic drive through the picturesque farmland of Centre Hastings, Tracy will greet you at your chosen venue.
When you arrive, feel free to take a few minutes to stretch your legs and roam the property as you explore the ideal spot selected for your casual & intimate ceremony.
To make your nuptials even more special, our all-inclusive packages include floral arrangements for both Bride & Groom, professional photography, a wedding cake, and a sparkling toast. A post-ceremony mini-reception can be added on for a per-person charge.
XO. Life Celebrations offers detailed packages for weddings, complete with fully personalized ceremonies. Services include the filing of your marriage license after the ceremony and offering continuous support and encouragement throughout the entire process. The following are XO. Life Celebrations' "Signature" Ceremony Packages:
- Super Simple "I Do's"
- Traditional "Bespoke" Ceremonies
- All-Inclusive Elegant Elopement Packages at one of our host venues in Madoc, ON, or a venue of your choice
- Ceremony & Marriage Prep Coaching Packages
Additionally, the company provides services for the following ceremony types:
- Personalized ceremonies
- "Pop-Up" ceremonies and elopements
- Off-Beat venues
- Christian Ceremonies
- Jewish Ceremonies
- Vow renewal
- Ceremony rehearsals
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With love, Mr. & Mrs. Bruce
Beautiful ceremony and happy newlyweds
Wonderful and attentive
Tracy was Amazing
Amazing guided experience
Fully Recommend, Professional and caring
Lovely officiant, lovely ceremony, lovely day!
Easy to work with, professional, and very flexible!
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Meet the team
In addition to being a Life Celebration Specialist (Weddings, Funerals & Life-Cycle Events) I am a Personal & Relational Growth Counsellor & Mentor specializing in Spirituality, Relationships & Families
Becoming a Life Celebration Specialist was such a natural evolution for me. I can't think of any higher honour than to be supporting, assisting and guiding other members of my community as they move through significant Life Events.
If you're curious about my vibe, I'm very down-to-earth and I care deeply about making heatfelt, meaningful connections vs superficial interactions.
I enjoy an abundant life: writing, painting, travelling, mentoring and exploring the edges of my comfort zone. This ensures that I am constantly growing -- and I'm grateful that I can share all of it with my cherished clients, family, and friends.
How I became a Life Celebration Specialist
Through my own life experience and my work with couples, I became passionate about relationships. The suggestion to become a Wedding Officiant originally came from a couple I had previously worked with. When they became engaged and expressed their desire for me to perform their ceremony, it just felt 'right' and, as they say... the rest is history. Today, I perform between 40-60 ceremonies a year and love every minute of it!
Following a career focused on creating meaningful people management solutions, I have had the privilege to connect with and guide a diverse selection of clients in the discovery of their passions and purpose. As a daughter, sister, mother, friend and confidant, I value and live by the ‘family first’ motto. As an avid traveller, I have trekked a volcano, zip-lined through a rainforest, and I enjoy a schmalzy film now and again…a die-hard romantic!