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Last update: February 2023


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.


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."


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!


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

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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Single religion
Interfaith ceremony
Vow renewal
Ceremony rehearsal

What services do you provide?

Allow couple' own vows
Premarital counseling

What religious affiliations do you serve?

No denomination
Orthodox christian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

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Jessica B. Married on 20/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

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Truthfully, we don't think there are enough words to describe how amazing our wedding day was! We live in Thunder Bay and we had our wedding in Toronto. There are so many companies out there, but we checked the website & did our research through wedding wire and all the reviews were outstanding, and we couldn't agree more! Tracy Richards absolutely blew our expectations and organized everything (and our family loved meeting her also!) We had a few Zoom meetings with Tracy and she definitely wanted to get to know us, what we wanted our day to look like and guided us along the way. There was CONSTANT communication so we always knew what was going on with vendors & details which definitely eased the pressure being over 16 hours away from Toronto. On our wedding day in Nov 2021, the venue was beautifully decorated, Tracy found us such a wonderful photographer (Caitlin Free Photography) who was so easy to work with and beautifully captured our day. We requested florals be dropped off at our house and everything from my bouquet, boutonnieres, and corsages were outstanding. We even upgraded with a limo and it was definitely a special touch. The venue was decorated and looked gorgeous with florals and an aisle for our intimate family wedding at the Downtown Wineary in Toronto. We decided early on to go with the XO Celebrations package and had it customized to what we wanted -- if you need a sign or are thinking about XO Celebrations think no longer and just go for it!! We had delicious brownies & chocolate strawberries, Tracy found us delicious champagne, she found a pianist who did a wonderful job playing our requested songs during our ceremony, and let me tell you our ceremony had everyone in tears of joy. Any issues we had, we knew we could count on Tracy. Thank you again Tracy for running such a professional business and being the BIGGEST part and support on our wedding day.
With love, Mr. & Mrs. Bruce
Matthew R. Married on 22/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

So comfortable

Tracy did a great job of making us feel comfortable and relaxed. She took the time and didn't rush. It was perfect. Thank you!
Lisa R. Married on 11/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

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!!
Corissa Married on 03/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

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❤️
Laurie W. Married on 15/08/2022
4.6 out of 5 rating

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 !
Taylor S. Married on 09/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

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.
Miruna T. Married on 08/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

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!
Jo O'reilly Married on 01/04/2021
5 out of 5 rating

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.
Emily C. Married on 26/09/2020
5 out of 5 rating

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!
Tanya B. Married on 18/09/2020
5 out of 5 rating

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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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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