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XO Life Celebrations

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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.

Experience

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."

Start Your Marriage of Right! Enjoy the Wedding, LOVE the Marriage: MARRIAGE PREP COACHING

With 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. I have studied with well-known experts such as Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt, Brene Brown, John Gottman, and Stan Tatkin. I have facilitated both the Imago Dialogue and Daring Way Programs.

Do We Really Marriage Prep Coaching?

It’s already expected that you will probably spend a lot of money, not to mention time, in preparing for your wedding day. But did you know that preparing for marriage is different?

As we all know, most of you will probably spend half of your time preparing for your wedding day but spending time to be prepared for your married life is often overlooked.

You are now taking a big step forward in your relationship and Marriage Prep Coaching can be beneficial to your future success. If you are seeking ways to bring more communication and understanding into your partnership, this may be your answer.

Because backgrounds differ, communication styles and abilities will likely vary. Over time, those differences can lead to tension and dysfunction. However, the tools I use, such as the Prepare/Enrich assessment combined with the 8 follow-up feedback sessions may help you overcome many pitfalls of contention. Likewise, it can help lead to a deeper understanding of each other.

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.

Services Offered

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

Highlights

Wedding Types

Single religion, interfaith ceremony, non-religious, vow renewal, ceremony rehearsal

Officiant Services

Licensed, allow couple' own vows, premarital counseling

Religious Affiliations

Agnostic, anglican, baptist, catholic, episcopalian, lutheran, no denomination, orthodox christian, presbyterian, evangelical, jewish

Wedding Services Starting Price

$275

More information

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 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)?

$160
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    Amazing experience

    Tracy was very responsive to our needs. She brought a sense of calm to all parts of our wedding and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. She was very attentive and put us both at ease. she was also accommodating, helping us create a unity ceremony for the blending of our families. The food was plentiful and delicious. WE highly recommend her!!
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    Beautiful ceremony and happy newlyweds

    My husband and I just married this past weekend and we are so unbelievably happy with the service we recieved. Tracy was so easy going and awesome to work with, she made the whole process less nerve racking and we were very comfortable with her. We wanted a simple and sweet ceremony and that's exactly what we got. Would definitely recommend her❤️
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    Wonderful and attentive

    Tracy was fantastic to work with and very professional. Her expertise and knowledge helped us to plan the perfect ceremony to celebrate our special day. Our ceremony was truly memorable and we would highly recommend her !
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    Tracy was Amazing

    Tracy worked very hard to work with our wishes on our big day. She was also extremely helpful when our rehearsal time and date kept changing. She had great ideas to add to the ceremony as well.
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    Amazing guided experience

    We are so grateful to Tracy for officianting such a beautiful ceremony for our wedding day. We wanted our ceremony to be short, simple and sweet and her process enabled us to do exactly that. Tracy guided us through the entire ceremony process, with two consulting appointments and two well thought-out questionnaire that helped us structure the ceremony according to our dreams. Tracy has such a pleasant air and voice to her, and she chose the perfect words to reflect our love. Thank you so much Tracy for being a part of our special day!
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    Fully Recommend, Professional and caring

    Tracy officiate our wedding on April 1st. We had a small ceremony on the beach front. Tracy from start to finish was professional and courtesy and communication was always straightforward and courtesy. My husband and I couldn't of picked an better officiant. We would fully recommend Tracy.
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    Lovely officiant, lovely ceremony, lovely day!

    Tracy is a wonderful officiant! From the start she made us feel comfortable and worked with us to build the ceremony we wanted. The pandemic restrictions threw us a few curveballs and she was super flexible and rolled with the punches as we had to adapt to park road closures and toy trains riding by. :) All our friends and family commented on the great job she did and we too were so pleased with how the whole ceremony went. Thank you, Tracy!
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    Easy to work with, professional, and very flexible!

    Tracy did a great job officiating our wedding ceremony! We had a pop-up style wedding which she was able to accommodate and still made it feel very special.
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    Just get Tracy and stop looking!

    Tracy handled our covid adapted wedding with grace. She moved quickly with us as our plans changed and even trekked into a park with us for the ceremony. With little prior meeting, she made our ceremony special and lovely. All our guests commented on how awesome she was.

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ENHANCE YOUR HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP with the Prepare/Enrich Marriage Prep Program.

Choose any Ceremony Package and add our 8-session Marriage Prep package for just $1,150 +HST

The Prepare/Enrich online couples assessment is the #1 premarital and marital assessment tool.

This Package Includes:

  • Online assessment questionnaire — about 40 minutes long, completed individually by each partner

  • PDF, printable copies of the Couples Report of the online assessment findings

  • PDF, printable copies of the Couples Workbook — skills and exercises for home and in-session practice

  • Eight (8) 60-90 min. online couples facilitation sessions

About Me

With 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. I have studied with well-known experts such as Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt, Brene Brown, John Gottman, and Stan Tatkin. I have facilitated both the Imago Dialogue and The Daring Way Programs.

Do We Really Need This?

You are now taking a big step forward in your relationship and the Prepare/Enrich program can be beneficial to your future success. If you are seeking ways to bring more communication and understanding into your partnership, this may be your answer.

Because backgrounds differ, communication styles and abilities will likely vary. Over time, those differences can lead to tension and dysfunction. However, tools like this assessment may help you overcome many pitfalls of contention. Likewise, it can help lead to a deeper understanding of each other.

What Is It?

The Prepare/Enrich program begins with an Online assessment questionnaire (about 40 minutes long) completed individually by each partner.

The assessment addresses ten areas including:

  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Family and Friends
  • Relationship Roles
  • Financial Management
  • Leisure Activities
  • Partner Style and Habits
  • Children and Parenting
  • Sexuality and Affection
  • Spiritual Beliefs

The resulting "Couples Report" can help you spot potential trouble areas within your relationship but it also highlights the relationship's beautiful qualities. Discovering marital strengths and weaknesses can help you develop realistic expectations. As a result, this discovery can benefit both of you individually and as a whole.

What Can We Expect?

Using both the Couples Report and the Couples Workbook, we will then follow up with 8, 60-90 minute private feedback sessions and will complete in-session exercises and well as assign homework so you can explore the new skills you are learning.

As a couple, you will share in discussions 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 session rate is $160 + HST ($1280)

The 8-session package on WeddingWire: $1,150 +HST when you book your wedding ceremony with us.

Meet the team

Tracy  Richards
Tracy Richards
Founder, Director & Senior Life Celebration Specialist

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!

Veronica Utton
Veronica Utton
Life Celebration Specialist - Associate

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)

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