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Modern Celebrant, An award-winning Vancouver & Whistler Wedding Officiant team

Vancouver & Whistler , BC
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ABOUT US

There are moments in our lives that we hold above all others.

These moments are marked not by cakes, flowers, or stationary – but by our hearts, in ceremony. At a wedding our... Read more
There are moments in our lives that we hold above all others.

These moments are marked not by cakes, flowers, or stationary – but by our hearts, in ceremony. At a wedding our hearts sing out for connection. Modern Celebrant custom crafted wedding ceremonies are award-winning for a good reason: We celebrate the promise of your two lives AND bring your family and friends into the experience -- It will be real, inspiring, and is guaranteed to become a treasured part of your couple and famiy narrative.

Completely unique and reflective of YOUR personalities, backgrounds, and life experiences!

When your wedding ceremony is alive with your personalities and what is meaningful to you, it will be a collectively felt experience in a way that one-size-fits-all ceremonies (that are unfortunately the norm) can never do. That is why we use your own words throughout the ceremony because it is what love and marriage mean to you that counts, not the words of others. Both of you will feel seen and heard. In fact that is something that people say is distinctive about the ceremonies we create – men feel welcomed and included. (We love Wedding Wire because you can read unedited reviews from other couples. It's important for you to know what they have to say.)

Not only is your ceremony the beginning of your marriage journey, it sets the tone for your entire wedding day.

It’s your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show family and friends why your love is so important. Not to mention that the ceremony is often the first time many guests will have met. What a precious opportunity to bring them together in a powerful shared experience! Yet many engaged couples get so caught up in planning, that the rich inner world on the way to becoming a married couple is often forgotten. We help you give voice to your thoughts and feelings so these may be shared with your family and friends through your wedding ceremony. Our transformational ceremonies are custom written with reverence. And like our remarkable clients, no two ceremonies are ever the same!

WATCH a VIDEO TO GET A SENSE OF OUR CEREMONIES

Enter a world of extraordinary ceremonial possibilities.

We are an award-winning ceremonial team dedicated to exclusive client experience. Our wedding ceremony collection has a ceremony for every personality, background, and budget. Read more about these here: From our Making Memories Wedding Journey ($1,450) to our JewelBox Ceremonies ($695). Have fun dreaming of what you now know is possible!

Click here to request your Complimentary Consultation.

I'm Michele Davidson, Principal of Modern Celebrant. I'd love to hear from you! Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Islam, Jewish, No Denomination, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism

REVIEWS

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Clare
Wedding:
7/18/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were clueless when it came to planning our ceremony. We had a long list of things we knew we didn't want, as so many of the stereotypical ceremonies didn’t feel authentic to us, but no idea how our ceremony should go. We are so lucky to have found Michele and have her guide us through this journey. The entire process was comfortable, stress free and thoughtful. Throughout our wedding weekend we had no nerves or uneasiness about the “Big Day” as we trusted Michele completely who was always organized and well prepared. Our ceremony exceeded all our expectations. Not only was meaningful for my husband and I but for our family and friends as well. It was completely unique to us and was such an intimate experience. A month later we still have family and friends telling us how it was the most heartfelt wedding they have ever been to. Our ceremony was everything we could have ever imagined and a beautiful way to begin our marriage!
My husband and I were clueless when it came to planning our ceremony. We had a long list of things we knew we didn't want, Read more...
My husband and I were clueless when it came to planning our ceremony. We had a long list of things we knew we didn't want, as so many of the stereotypical ceremonies didn’t feel authentic to us, but no idea how our ceremony should go. We are so lucky to have found Michele and have her guide us through this journey. The entire process was comfortable, stress free and thoughtful. Throughout our wedding weekend we had no nerves or uneasiness about the “Big Day” as we trusted Michele completely who was always organized and well prepared. Our ceremony exceeded all our expectations. Not only was meaningful for my husband and I but for our family and friends as well. It was completely unique to us and was such an intimate experience. A month later we still have family and friends telling us how it was the most heartfelt wedding they have ever been to. Our ceremony was everything we could have ever imagined and a beautiful way to begin our marriage! Read less
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Anika
Wedding:
7/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Lisa Hartley performed our wedding ceremony this past summer. From beginning to end, she was a pleasure to work with, always generous and professional. We met her a few months before our wedding day at our home. We immediately found her to be warm, funny, open and approachable. She asked us illuminating questions and listened attentively to our dreams, plans and wishes for our marriage. Within a few weeks she drafted a poetic and heart-felt ceremony that spoke to us as a couple and reflected our shared values. Perhaps because of Lisa's thoughtful and intuitive nature, we had minimal changes. The few revisions we did have were handled patiently and diligently. Throughout the process Lisa was kind and reassuring. On our wedding day, Lisa was eloquent, gracious and supportive. She held a profoundly special space for us, and our friends and family. Looking back, we feel that the ceremony was deeply meaningful and represented who we are and who we hope to become. I would not hesitate to recommend Lisa and her services to anyone!
Lisa Hartley performed our wedding ceremony this past summer. From beginning to end, she was a pleasure to work with, Read more...
Lisa Hartley performed our wedding ceremony this past summer. From beginning to end, she was a pleasure to work with, always generous and professional. We met her a few months before our wedding day at our home. We immediately found her to be warm, funny, open and approachable. She asked us illuminating questions and listened attentively to our dreams, plans and wishes for our marriage. Within a few weeks she drafted a poetic and heart-felt ceremony that spoke to us as a couple and reflected our shared values. Perhaps because of Lisa's thoughtful and intuitive nature, we had minimal changes. The few revisions we did have were handled patiently and diligently. Throughout the process Lisa was kind and reassuring. On our wedding day, Lisa was eloquent, gracious and supportive. She held a profoundly special space for us, and our friends and family. Looking back, we feel that the ceremony was deeply meaningful and represented who we are and who we hope to become. I would not hesitate to recommend Lisa and her services to anyone! Read less
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maggie
Wedding:
7/5/2015
5.0/5.0
Lisa Hartley our Celebrant truly is an expert on how to get you to focus with a gentle but firm hand .We met all the deadlines for all the legal stuff and more importantly the heart and soul behind the Ceremony ! On our big day she took me aside and guided me to a calm and blissful state that I carried into the evenings’ celebrations. She truly is a master at weaving our words and values into the nuptials and bringing a clear voice to the moment. Many came to me after and said that was one of the most beautiful ceremonies they had ever witnessed ! I feel blessed to have had a master of light and love create magic for our vows !
Thank you thank you Lisa you are a gifted skilled Celebrant and I could not have asked for a more extraordinary wedding!


Maggie,
The new Mrs. Phillips

P.s. I would recommend Lisa Hartley in a heartbeat, for any ceremony!
Lisa Hartley our Celebrant truly is an expert on how to get you to focus with a gentle but firm hand .We met all the Read more...
Lisa Hartley our Celebrant truly is an expert on how to get you to focus with a gentle but firm hand .We met all the deadlines for all the legal stuff and more importantly the heart and soul behind the Ceremony ! On our big day she took me aside and guided me to a calm and blissful state that I carried into the evenings’ celebrations. She truly is a master at weaving our words and values into the nuptials and bringing a clear voice to the moment. Many came to me after and said that was one of the most beautiful ceremonies they had ever witnessed ! I feel blessed to have had a master of light and love create magic for our vows !
Thank you thank you Lisa you are a gifted skilled Celebrant and I could not have asked for a more extraordinary wedding!


Maggie,
The new Mrs. Phillips

P.s. I would recommend Lisa Hartley in a heartbeat, for any ceremony! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had been to a wedding that Michele at Modern Celebrant officiated, so one of the first things we knew we wanted when we got engaged was to have her officiate our wedding. We were blown away by the ceremony Michele had done for our friends and knew that we wanted her to create the same experience for our wedding. We got everything we hoped for - and more! Michele had us do reflective work that really got us thinking about our relationship and the step we were taking and what it meant to us. She met with us a couple times, coming to our home to get a better sense of who we are and what makes our relationship work. She then took everything she had learned and crafted the most beautiful and touching ceremony we could have asked for. Our ceremony was incredibly meaningful and really about the two of us. We had several people ask us if we were friends with Michele and even more of our guests told us that the ceremony was one of the best they had ever experienced. Let me tell you - there were A LOT of tears! What we really appreciated about Michele's work was that it elevated a great party to something so much more special. We would highly recommend hiring Michele.
We had been to a wedding that Michele at Modern Celebrant officiated, so one of the first things we knew we wanted when we Read more...
We had been to a wedding that Michele at Modern Celebrant officiated, so one of the first things we knew we wanted when we got engaged was to have her officiate our wedding. We were blown away by the ceremony Michele had done for our friends and knew that we wanted her to create the same experience for our wedding. We got everything we hoped for - and more! Michele had us do reflective work that really got us thinking about our relationship and the step we were taking and what it meant to us. She met with us a couple times, coming to our home to get a better sense of who we are and what makes our relationship work. She then took everything she had learned and crafted the most beautiful and touching ceremony we could have asked for. Our ceremony was incredibly meaningful and really about the two of us. We had several people ask us if we were friends with Michele and even more of our guests told us that the ceremony was one of the best they had ever experienced. Let me tell you - there were A LOT of tears! What we really appreciated about Michele's work was that it elevated a great party to something so much more special. We would highly recommend hiring Michele. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Janis & Modern Celebrant were fantastic! We got a personalized ceremony that was really 'us'. It was especially important to us that our ceremony wasn't of the 'canned' or religious variety and Janis put together something that was really unique, entertaining and personal. We even had our guests comment on how much fun it was.

I highly recommend Modern Celebrant (and Janis) if you're looking for something out of the ordinary that really speaks to you.
Janis & Modern Celebrant were fantastic! We got a personalized ceremony that was really 'us'. It was especially important Read more...
Janis & Modern Celebrant were fantastic! We got a personalized ceremony that was really 'us'. It was especially important to us that our ceremony wasn't of the 'canned' or religious variety and Janis put together something that was really unique, entertaining and personal. We even had our guests comment on how much fun it was.

I highly recommend Modern Celebrant (and Janis) if you're looking for something out of the ordinary that really speaks to you. Read less
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Taryn
Wedding:
3/2/2015
5.0/5.0
Michelle was beyond fantastic! There truly are no words for how truly wonderful and perfect for us she is. Our engagement was one month, to the day. Having already planned a ski trip to Whistler, we realized there would not be a more perfect place for our very small wedding. That said, we had about 2 weeks to plan. My husband and I each did a separate search and both gravitated toward Michelle! She was so helpful with ideas and giving us information on getting married in Canada (we are from Texas). Our ceremony (at her brilliant suggestion) was on the Peak to Peak gondola and it was absolutely gorgeous. She provided us with an assortment of vows and readings to choose from a format that perfectly suited the 11 minute ride from Whistler peak to Blackcomb peak. Our vows were simple and beautiful and perfect for us! The entire delivery was flawless. We could not be more happy with the way things went and would absolutely recommend Michelle to everyone!! She felt more like a friend than someone we just met.
Michelle was beyond fantastic! There truly are no words for how truly wonderful and perfect for us she is. Our engagement Read more...
Michelle was beyond fantastic! There truly are no words for how truly wonderful and perfect for us she is. Our engagement was one month, to the day. Having already planned a ski trip to Whistler, we realized there would not be a more perfect place for our very small wedding. That said, we had about 2 weeks to plan. My husband and I each did a separate search and both gravitated toward Michelle! She was so helpful with ideas and giving us information on getting married in Canada (we are from Texas). Our ceremony (at her brilliant suggestion) was on the Peak to Peak gondola and it was absolutely gorgeous. She provided us with an assortment of vows and readings to choose from a format that perfectly suited the 11 minute ride from Whistler peak to Blackcomb peak. Our vows were simple and beautiful and perfect for us! The entire delivery was flawless. We could not be more happy with the way things went and would absolutely recommend Michelle to everyone!! She felt more like a friend than someone we just met. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Michele was so wonderful, and made the ceremony the most meaningful and special part of the wedding for us. Several of our guests commented on how warm and lovely the ceremony was, and how impressed they were with Michele. I had more than one person tell me that ours was the best wedding ceremony they have ever been a part of. I look forward to having Michele be a part of big moments in our life to come, and I recommend her without reservation to any couple who wants to have a truly heartfelt wedding ceremony that really feels like THEM.
Michele was so wonderful, and made the ceremony the most meaningful and special part of the wedding for us. Several of our Read more...
Michele was so wonderful, and made the ceremony the most meaningful and special part of the wedding for us. Several of our guests commented on how warm and lovely the ceremony was, and how impressed they were with Michele. I had more than one person tell me that ours was the best wedding ceremony they have ever been a part of. I look forward to having Michele be a part of big moments in our life to come, and I recommend her without reservation to any couple who wants to have a truly heartfelt wedding ceremony that really feels like THEM. Read less
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Paul
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
We had compliment after compliment about our ceremony, particularly about Janis, our celebrant, and our personal tributes to one another.

Janis struck the perfect chord. Many people said that it was the most meaningful and touching wedding they had attended -- easy on pageantry and big on heart.

The day was a blur but it was very special and we wouldn't change a thing -- we both thought it was perfect.
We had compliment after compliment about our ceremony, particularly about Janis, our celebrant, and our personal tributes Read more...
We had compliment after compliment about our ceremony, particularly about Janis, our celebrant, and our personal tributes to one another.

Janis struck the perfect chord. Many people said that it was the most meaningful and touching wedding they had attended -- easy on pageantry and big on heart.

The day was a blur but it was very special and we wouldn't change a thing -- we both thought it was perfect. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Satendra
Wedding:
9/14/2014
5.0/5.0
We had a fabulous experience with Lisa! She helped us to craft a ceremony that was unique, meaningful, moving and fun. It was exactly the experience we were looking for but didn't know how to create ourselves. We are very pleased that our guests enjoyed the event and we have some wonderful memories. I would highly recommend Lisa and the Modern Celebrants to anyone who is looking to create a heartfelt ceremony.
We had a fabulous experience with Lisa! She helped us to craft a ceremony that was unique, meaningful, moving and fun. It Read more...
We had a fabulous experience with Lisa! She helped us to craft a ceremony that was unique, meaningful, moving and fun. It was exactly the experience we were looking for but didn't know how to create ourselves. We are very pleased that our guests enjoyed the event and we have some wonderful memories. I would highly recommend Lisa and the Modern Celebrants to anyone who is looking to create a heartfelt ceremony. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
For my husband and I, finding an officiant that we felt comfortable with and connected to were the most important things to us. We also wanted to find an officiant that understood us as a couple. Michelle happened to meet with us on a day that we were going through a tough time and even seeing us in our weakest of moments, not only was she completely non-judgemental, she also welcomed us with open arms and offered us kind advice that we really needed in that moment.

Michelle formulated our ceremony based on information we gave her about us as a couple and the whole ceremony really felt like it was personalized to us. Compared to all other ceremonies I've been to, I really felt like ours was anything but boring!

We approached Michelle only a month or less before our wedding and she still provided excellent service and produced our ceremony very quickly for us.

I would highly recommend Michelle to anyone, especially for couples that really want their ceremony to be very personalized to them.
For my husband and I, finding an officiant that we felt comfortable with and connected to were the most important things Read more...
For my husband and I, finding an officiant that we felt comfortable with and connected to were the most important things to us. We also wanted to find an officiant that understood us as a couple. Michelle happened to meet with us on a day that we were going through a tough time and even seeing us in our weakest of moments, not only was she completely non-judgemental, she also welcomed us with open arms and offered us kind advice that we really needed in that moment.

Michelle formulated our ceremony based on information we gave her about us as a couple and the whole ceremony really felt like it was personalized to us. Compared to all other ceremonies I've been to, I really felt like ours was anything but boring!

We approached Michelle only a month or less before our wedding and she still provided excellent service and produced our ceremony very quickly for us.

I would highly recommend Michelle to anyone, especially for couples that really want their ceremony to be very personalized to them. Read less
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