Without a doubt, with all the choices we made leading up to our big day, our choice to invest in Susan for our wedding officiant was the best one we made! She personalized our ceremony to make it truly unique and so special. Our friends and family still rave about our ceremony, despite it pouring rain all the way through.
Our guests got to hear our story, be engaged in the ceremony, and participate with us. We felt our ceremony should be the most important part of our day and, with the guidance of Susan, it truly was spectacular! She perfectly captured our personalities and our story and encapsulated it all together in a smooth, personal, and engaging way that wasn't too over the top or lengthy. She also listened to what we wanted and needed in our ceremony.
Susan is also progressive and modern, so was able to edit out the old-fashioned ceremony traditions that we did not care to participate in but then incorporated some new rituals that were fun and unique. She is very professional, prompt to return emails and messages, and guided us through the process of creating our ceremony and writing our vows with ease.
She was even able to help my husband express himself, who is notorious for being a man of few words. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone who asks! The ceremony she will create for you is well worth the cost.
- Paige & Stephen
Susan was an absolutely vital part of our wedding. We worked together to create a very unique, custom ceremony that reflected who we are and what we wanted. We ended up with a Celtic ceremony to honour our Scottish and Irish heritage, with a handfasting and some personal vows and readings. Every guest after said it was the nicest they'd seen, and were thrilled that it reflected who we are so well. I can't say enough good things about how helpful and flexible Susan was throughout the entire process of brainstorming ideas and helping to make sure we accommodated the beliefs of our guests as well.
- John Goodwin
Sue was the perfect addition to our little farm wedding! Randy and I wanted a small ceremony with our parents and siblings on the farm I grew up on in Enderby. That is exactly what we got! :) Our script was personal and exactly us! Sue provides you with wonderful questions that dive into why you are so in love and what this commitment means to you and your partner!
In the end, after answering all questions, the script was everything we wanted to say to each other in such a natural, fun and beautiful way. Sue was so helpful in sharing our love story, and making the ceremony about us and our love. :) Thank you Sue! Our photos were captured by Joshua Jerrid Photography! Look for a wedding package that Sue and Josh have put together, it may be the perfect ceremony for you.
- Camille & Randy
We simply cannot say enough high quality things about Sue and her ability to go above and beyond in delivering an outstanding celebrant package. First and foremost, Sue is truly a gifted person who seemingly without trying, genuinely connected with us in a way that made us feel like we've known her all our lives. What she provided us was tailored entirely to who we are individually and as a couple. She met with us prior to asking for our input. That meeting made her feel like family. She clearly laid out what to expect and the cost involved.
Given what she provides and how well she provides it, the cost was minimal to us. It's one thing to marry two people off but Sue also spent many hours learning about us and our families. She sent us a lengthy questionnaire that gave her a really solid understanding of who we are, what we want and need and who our families are. With this information she was able to craft a unique ceremony that made total sense and was beautiful. It not only bonded us but brought together very different families not to mention several farm animals who also were a part of the ceremony.
She is excellent at bringing humor and connection into the mix. Her service is bar none. The ceremony was our favorite part! We are so happy with Sue's work!a
- Evan Rafuse-Brown
Thank you, Sue, for our absolutely beautiful ceremony! From our first meeting, all the way through to the end, you were so sensitive and caring. The ceremony you designed for us, and the telling of our 35 year story, was amazing! I even saw a tear in YOUR eyes! You were professional, caring, and truly celebrated our love and joy. The inclusion of our adult children in the ceremony was very special, as well. Neither of us had heard of Celebrants, so we really weren't sure how it would go.
You put us at ease right from the start. You wrote and shared our story in exactly the right way. Now we understand that Celebrants, or you in particular, truly celebrate the love story they are telling. It was clear that you were truly happy to share in our love and commitment to each other. And you are super photogenic, too. LOL Thank you for making our day truly special and memorable
- Helga & Trent
Susan was the perfect choice for our wedding ceremony. All of our communication with her was online as we were living in a remote part of Mexico while planning the wedding in Kelowna, but this did not compromise our connection with her. She is quick to respond, professional, understanding, creative and dynamic.
We wanted a ceremony that was not religious but still felt steeped in ritual, nature, and sacredness; Susan did this perfectly. The script was incredible and included some of our favourite quotes! In those wild, surreal, joyful moments in the midst of getting married, Susan is a calm, grounded, beautiful energy to share your day with. And we feel like we've made a new friend.
- Adrian & Natalie
A beautiful ceremony to make things official! My wedding was rather unique as my husband planned a surprise wedding, only telling the 6 friends who helped put it all together. He proposed on a Friday and we got married the next day! We did a small ceremony with friends on the Shuswap Lake on our houseboating trip and then another ceremony at Sparkling Hills resort in Vernon to make it official!
My husband contacted Sue after reading about her on her website as he felt that she and I had many similarities and while I only had the pleasure of meeting Sue briefly before our ceremony I knew that he was right when she opened our ceremony with a beautiful quote by Rumi :) My husband said Sue was extremely easy to communicate with and was very flexible with planning the date and time of our ceremony. I felt very at ease with Sue and felt what she read at our ceremony was a beautiful reflection of my husband and I.
Sue, thank you so much for making our 'second' wedding just as special as the first. There were a lot of emotions that day and you were so easy to be around and allowed us to be ourselves and made our official ceremony a very special day for us.
- Sara & Brad
It was our big goal to make an adventure out of our elopement. Since we came all the way from Germany we were looking for someone that has the time and the passion to make our day very special. Sue scheduled Skype-Meetings with us were we could exchange ideas. She answered our many questions, was a reliable local contact and even has provided us witnesses. The ceremony was just beautiful and Sue has summarized our story and the feelings we wanted to have expressed for each other just wonderful. I am so glad that we have chosen her.
- Thomas & Nicola
Susan, as a celebrant, is truly creative and intuitive. She helped us create a sacred union ceremony that was deeply personal and meaningful for us, and inspiring to those who attended – it was a truly unique, intentional event.
She crafted a ceremony that represented our specific spiritual beliefs, in a way that was accessible and fun for everyone involved. The highlight for sure was the love story she crafted, based on our shared history as a couple – she had everyone rapt with her humor and ease of storytelling – this is a big gift of hers!
Sue was very flexible, and able to roll with the punches without stress, when a huge thunderstorm took us by surprise! Sue is a lovable and warm person, with many gifts, but truly her biggest gift is her ability to bring people together with ease and excitement, to create and hold sacred space. This is the work she was born to do.
- Rose & Mick DeRoo-Ludvig
Having Susan as our wedding celebrant was one of the best choices we made for our wedding. As a couple, we identified as being non-religious, but we wanted more than just a cut-and-dry civil ceremony. Susan was able to take our story, our thoughts and feelings about each other, and hopes for the future, and create a beautiful ceremony that was thoughtful, touching, unique, and very personal.
Originally we had wanted to write our own vows, but my husband and I both felt a bit stressed by this. Once we read Susan's draft of our ceremony, we felt like she had captured our story so well that we didn't need to write our own vows because the vows she had created for us were absolutely perfect.
Susan was prompt in her replies to emails, and very easy to deal with long-distance, as we live about 6 hours from our wedding location. I felt comfortable relying on her to make sure our ceremony went as planned, and felt reassured by her calm, gentle demeanor. Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better celebrant for our wedding ceremony, and I am so grateful that we chose Susan to be part of our story.
- Kennedy Denys
My husband and I chose Sue Cairnie Ceremonies for our wedding, and we are so glad we did! Susan was extremely helpful in providing us with different options for our celebration, and getting to know us personally so she could hand craft and tailor a resplendent ceremony. She was gentle, flexible, patient, efficient and was able to meet or exceed all of our expectations! We would highly recommend her for any celebration, and are thrilled to have had her as our officiant! Looking forward to booking her for our renewals in 10 years.
- Tanya Lipscomb
Susan Cairnie was the Celebrant for our daughters wedding which was held in our ski cabin at Silver Star. It was a very intimate ceremony with only immediate family. She was very professional and personalized the ceremony to the couple. I found the ceremony very moving. The Bride's grandmother found the ceremony the best she's been to. I would highly recommend Susan for any ceremony you are planning.
- Christina, Mother of the Bride
I don't even know where to start, I have so many amazing things I want to say about my experience with Sue. I luckily met Sue through a friend after getting engaged. I didn't want your standard cookie cutter wedding ceremony and Sue was offering a more creative and tailored approach.
I didn't really know what to expect as I had only ever experienced the standard wedding ceremony. All I knew was I wanted something different that expressed and focused on what I felt was important for my wedding. And Sue did not disappoint. She took the time to get to know us and learn what was important to us and created this beautiful and meaningful ceremony. Not only was she on point with her content during the ceremony she was also on point with her skills as a public speaker, the calls she made and in helping to run the rehearsal.
As soon as she took charge of the rehearsal I breathed a sign of relief. The rehearsal ran so smoothly. Then when it started to pour rain during our ceremony she was right on it with her plastic covered pieces of paper and adapted to the situation and made it a very short ceremony. She then pulled things back together for us and we were then able to finish the rest of the ceremony inside.
Through the whole process Sue was very calm and collected and I felt very well taken care of. I love what she came up with for our ceremony so much I have it printed out and will reside in my wedding memories binder to look over in the future. Since the wedding I have had multiple guests tell me how much they appreciated Sue's ceremony and that it was one of the best wedding ceremonies they have ever seen. I am so beyond happy with my experience with Sue. I can't say enough. I feel so lucky I found her.
- Natasha & Justin
Sue was very professional, flexible as we had some very unique request for a ceremony and she was very pleasant to work with. She made our day very special and we are so happy we decided to use Earth to Sky Ceremonies for our day.
- Michelle & Lindsay
Sue did such a wonderful job from beginning to end of our journey with her! She was so helpful and accommodating and really set a beautiful vibe for the evening of our wedding. All of our guests and many bystanders commented on how sweet and lighthearted the ceremony was while still maintaining the sacredness of the occasion.
- Jasmine & Manix
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Sue Cairnie Ceremonies is based in the Okanagan, BC Canada, on the unceded territories of the Syilx Okanagan and Secwepemc Nations.