LIFE IS EXTRAORDINARY!
Celebrating life’s milestones is an opportunity to focus on what really matters.
At XO. Life Celebrations we take that seriously. With an emphasis on values, simplicity, lightheartedness, and warmth, let us help you create a unique, meaningful ceremony for your wedding or other life-cycle event.
XO. Life Celebrations is a wedding officiant business founded by Officiant and Life Celebration Specialist, Tracy B Richards, serving Belleville, Toronto, and surrounding areas in Southeastern Ontario.
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 relationship 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."
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.
Effective November 2021 we will be offering the following services exclusively at Deer Creek Homestead:
- "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 at Deer Creek Homestead
Your ceremony will take place in the exquisite, pastoral setting of Deer Creek Homestead nestled in the charming village of Madoc, ON (2 hours east of Toronto).
Once a functioning horse farm, complete with a soon-to-be restored 1830's stable and elopement chapel, Deer Creek is now the private residence of your host, Officiant and Life Celebrant, Tracy B Richards.
After a scenic drive through the picturesque farmland of Centre Hastings, Tracy will greet you amidst 2.5 acres of park-like serenity.
When you arrive, feel free to take a few minutes to stretch your legs and roam the property as you select the ideal spot for your casual & intimate ceremony.
You may choose to have your ceremony outside, anywhere on the property, under one of our arbours, or inside our Tiny Coach House “chapel”.
To make your nuptials even more special, you may choose to add “a-la carte” options such as flowers, a live acoustic musician, professional photography, wedding cake, a celebratory toast, or a post-ceremony mini-reception, suitable for up to 10 people
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 a venue of your choice
Additionally, the company provides services for the following ceremony types:
- "Pop-Up" ceremonies and elopements
- Off-Beat venues
- Vow renewal
- Ceremony rehearsals
- Personalized ceremonies
Single religion, interfaith ceremony, non-religious, vow renewal, ceremony rehearsal
Licensed, allow couple' own vows, premarital counseling
Agnostic, anglican, baptist, catholic, episcopalian, lutheran, no denomination, orthodox christian, presbyterian, evangelical, jewish
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Marriage Prep Classes
Package of 12, 90-minute sessions
Based on my 2+ decades of experience working with couples, my program Will provide you with valuable insight into why some marriages succeed and others fail, and about how to build a satisfactory, stable relationship. It is based on the research and experience of well-known experts such as harville hendrix & helen lakelly hunt, brene brown, john gottman and stan tatkin. This program is comprised of 12, 90-minute private sessions and homework exercises and begins with a conversation about your hopes, expectations and dreams as you prepare for marriage.
As a couple, you will share in discussion and activities designed to engage you in increasing your mutual understanding of yourselves and each other, through a combination of expert guidance, couple dialogue and practice of the new skills you are learning.
Individual sessions are priced at $180 each ($2160)
12-session package on WeddingWire: $1600
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!
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132 St Lawrence St. W, Madoc, ON K0K 2K0 Toronto (Ontario)