Weddings, Vow Renewals and Anniversaries
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu
You have decided to get married, Congratulations!
Now you are imagining what you want one of the happiest days of your life to be like.
Where ever your wedding venue is, on a beach, in a park or at one of the many beautiful locations available on Vancouver Island, the keynote will be your Ceremony.
If you want a personalized ceremony that includes your love story, cultural roots and unique rituals, woven together with all of the elements of a wedding, I can create a ceremony that reflects your journey and honors your love.
A Vow Renewal or Anniversary? I can create a ceremony for those celebrations too!
“Darren and I were Elaine's first couple to marry and we were very impressed with our ceremony, professionalism, and support that she gave us up to the big day. If you are looking for a personalized wedding ceremony then a Celebrant is the way to go. We had friend's come up to us after our ceremony and said, I wish that we had a ceremony like that when we got married. We would highly recommend Elaine Stuart as a Celebrant for your special day”.
- Darren and Corrina Colpman
Funerals and Memorials
“Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.” ― Haruki Murakami
Honoring a loved one’s passing is as important for them as it is for you.
Their ceremony can truly reflect the person they were, while providing a sacred space for family and friends to express their sadness.
I will meet with you to discuss your needs and craft a ceremony that respects your loved one and their wishes for end of life.
Whether the occasion is a funeral or memorial I can provide a ceremony that supports you through this most difficult time.
Losing a pet is never easy.
A ceremony to remember them and the special bond they had with you can help ease the grief and also honor their life.
If you have a pet that has passed away and want to help your family find a way through the sorrow that accompanies such a loss, please feel free to contact me for help.
Ceremonies Across The Life-Cycle
“The soul is healed by being with children.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky
Welcoming Children and Celebrating Their Life Passages.
Ceremonies to welcome children are a wonderful way to celebrate their arrival with family and friends. Music, candle lighting, wishing wells, thresholds and many other ritual elements can be imagined and become part of your ceremony.
Whether celebrating a birth, adoption, coming of age or graduation, whatever way you want to mark a milestone in your child’s life, I can create a one of a kind ceremony for you!
“The baby welcoming is something new I did for my third child. It was a wonderful way to introduce him to the world and celebrate him with his sisters. It was so beautiful and special that I regret not doing it with my first two children. I highly recommend this as well as, or even instead of a traditional baby shower.”
- Sarah Hubbard
Uncoupling and Divorce Ceremonies
“Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning... Anyone can start over and make a new ending.” ― Chico Xavier
Ending a marriage is complicated. I have experienced such a journey and can say the way forward can seem daunting and emotional. You might separate in a good way or a not so good way, it all depends on your circumstances.
If you are parting as friends you might consider a ceremony to “uncouple” your relationship, honoring the time you spent together and releasing your bond so you can journey forward as individuals. If you have children you might imagine a ceremony that supports their feelings and needs for the future.
If the relationship has ended on bad terms you’ll need time to process your feelings as you rebuild your life. Once you feel stronger and are ready to move forward a divorce ceremony can help support, comfort and provide closure from the past as you cross a threshold into a new future.
Whichever situation you find yourself in, please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs.