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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."

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

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 a venue of your choice

Additionally, the company provides services for the following ceremony types:

  • "Pop-Up" ceremonies and elopements
  • Off-Beat venues
  • Interfaith
  • Non-traditional
  • Spiritual
  • Symbolic
  • Vow renewal
  • Commitment
  • Ceremony rehearsals
  • Personalized ceremonies

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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    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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    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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    Wedding Officiant - highly recommended


    Tracy officiated our wedding and made our day even more special. Not only is she so experienced in the rules and bi-laws with respect to the ceremony, she provided a calm to all (including the bride) during the entire process. Tracy met with us many times to really learn and understand what we were looking for in terms of a ceremony and personalized it to our needs. Not only that, Tracy has such a positive and uplifting spirit and worked to ensure this ceremony was a reflection of us. I can’t say enough about her process and how comfortable she made us feel during planning and day of ceremony. Even through minor blips (groom forgetting his vows), Tracy rolled with the punches and turned the mis-step into a funny, photo worthy moment. Tracy helped to make our wedding the day of our dreams. I would highly recommend Tracy!
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    Tracy is incredible!

    We saw Tracy officiate our friends' wedding a couple of years ago and knew that she needed to officiate ours! She is so incredible. She takes the time to get to know the couple and when she speaks, it's as if she has known the couple for years. Her ceremony was everything we had hoped for and more. She takes the time to plan out something that you want and includes any details with ease. She is attentive during the rehearsal and ensures everyone knows where they need to be, what will happen, etc. This ensured our wedding day went super smooth and I didn't have to stress about a thing! We received so many compliments about her. She connected so well with our guests. Her words of wisdom resonated with us and we will always remember our ceremony because it was so spectacular. Thank you for being SO wonderful, Tracy!! :)
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    Jessica A. Married on 17/08/2019
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    The Perfect Wedding Officiant!

    Our Experience with Diane from XO Life Celebrations was better then we could have ever imagined. We felt lost when looking for someone to officiate our wedding. We wanted someone who would be able to capture us as a couple, someone who made us feel comfortable and as if we were with a friend or family member. WELL Diane did this for us! She was the perfect choice. She made our ceremony and the planning of our ceremony so easy and relaxed. From the moment we met she had this way about her that was just so personable and she immediately made us excited to have her at our wedding. I would highly recommend Diane for any life celebration. Thank you Diane for everything you did for us and helping to make our wedding day as magical as it was!
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    She is a mother and a sweet kind hearted lady.. my husband said Tracy is good and she knows her job

    Tracy B Richard’s is Amazing, words can’t express her personality and that of her son (Ryan).. I felt welcomed and we all went out for lunch after my wedding...... we(husband and I) didn’t feel weird...she is everything you are looking for in a friend and minister
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    We highly recommend Tracy! Gizem and Sep, 2018

    Tracy won our hearts from the first phone call we had with her! She insisted us to think about our ceremony in a detailed way and imagine what we really want and ask us crucial questions to think about. At our first meeting we went through everything, she was really patient and took the time to listen our needs and special requests. At the end we had a beautiful ceremony; it was emotional and fun, it was all very sweet! Thank you Tracy for creating an unforgettable wedding for us:)
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    Angela P. Married on 21/07/2018
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    Great officiant!

    Our wedding is a little over a week ago and Diane Miller is our officiant. She is amazing. She did a beautiful ceremony for us. Throughout the whole process, she is very supportive and professional. She made it very easy for us and is very flexible with our needs.
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    Tracy B Richards is more than just an officiant

    From the moment we met Tracy, we knew she would be a fantastic choice to officiate our wedding ceremony. From the very start Tracy was invested in getting to know us. She asked many questions to help her understand who we are, and why we chose to build a life together. We were so delighted to see that small details we had shared during the question process (some even unknowingly) were included within the ceremony.
    Tracy captivated the audience so much so that our guests commented on how wonderful she was and how much beauty and grace she brought to the ceremony.
    Tracy allows you to build a ceremony that is right for you. We even encoroporated an engagement ring ceremony- it was pretty special!
    If you are lucky enough to have Tracy officiate your wedding you will not be disappointed! She is truly one of a kind.
    Thank you Tracy !
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    Lianne Married on 01/12/2017
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    Tracy's Super Simple/Elegant Elopement Package

    My husband and I were looking to hold a small ceremony for us and 6 guests in Toronto. We chose Tracy's Super Simple/Elegant Elopement Package and couldn't be more happy with our decision. From the very first introduction meeting, to the final important details at the end of our ceremony, and every little detail in between, she turned what felt like an overwhelming process to us into a seamless, elegant, fun and memorable experience for us and our guests. We are SO grateful for everything she did for us and HIGHLY recommend her services.

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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.

Interaction

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

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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