Ritual & Celebration

As an interfaith minister and licensced wedding officiant since 2004,  I have the great pleasure of assisting couples to realize their dream wedding day through crafting and officiating authentic, sacred and magical experiences wherever their location. 

The process begins by intentionally building a relationship of trust and understanding through conversation, curiosity, deep listening, respect, and a  well-rounded sense of humour that encourages collaboration.  


 Take the first step by calling me at 902.314.6670 or emailing me at barbaramcdowall@gmail.com



“As soon as I had my first conversation with Barbara about the possibility of marrying my wife and I, I knew she was the one I wanted to do it. She is warm and friendly, very helpful and open, and she made the planning of our nuptuals on the beach seamless. We were married at sunset, and she brought along two of her friends as witnesses (as we are from out of province) and they were as warm and as friendly as she is. We thank her from the bottom of our hearts for making our day as special as it was!”

…K. Barta, Montreal, PQ

“Barbara performed our wedding service.  It was an absolute pleasure to have her share in our special day.  We later welcomed the opportunity to have her visit our home and baptize our baby boy.  She recently joined us again at our home to bless our beautiful baby girl.  Antony and I truly feel that Barbara is a part of our lives and it feels like she’s part of the family.  She made everything very simple and stress-free.  I’d highly recommend her to anyone.”

…L. Fitter, Kitchener, ON

Selecting a wedding celebrant from a website seemed like a risky proposition at the outset.  However, from the moment Barbara responded to our inquiry, we knew that we had made the right choice.  Barbara expressed interest in our preferences for the service, made subtle suggestions for change and throughout the lead up to our wedding was warm and supportive.  At the ceremony itself, she inspired a sense of calm and intimacy.  A truly, wonderful celebrant!”

…B. Morden, Toronto, ON

“Barbara was a terrific officiant!  She was helpful and supportive from the word ‘go’, and made organizing a wedding from overseas a remarkably straightforward task.  She also had just the right knack of offering guidance where necessary but otherwise letting us do things just how we wanted.  And on the day, she did a great job fitting in perfectly with the informal mood of the ceremony, but at the same time bringing an appropriate sense of solemnity to the occasion.  Highly recommended!!”

…Deb & Elaine, UK  

“Your soft heart was so evident as you looked into Broderick’s eyes during his baptism ritual.  Thank you for bringing your generosity of spirit, your gentleness and your authenticity into our family on this special occasion.”

…S. Dafoe-Abbey, Guelph, ON

“Barbara was wonderful!  The ceremony she conducted for my wife and I was all we could have asked for.  The pre-ceremony meeting with her was painless and informative, and she was a calming influence on the stress of the wedding day.

…J. Brooks-Budhoo, Toronto, ON