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Merry Fairy Wedding Officiant

Your ceremony is the heart of your wedding day. A moment that you will remember for your entire life.  My name is Catherine (she/her) and I am a legal wedding officiant in Ottawa, Gatineau and Greater Ottawa Region. My passion is to create engaging, custom, personalized and lighthearted ceremonies and elopements that celebrate your unique love story. Classic, timeless ceremonies crafted with care, purpose and intention. And of course a couple of laughs!

As a natural born storyteller, I listen to couples, offer guidance and advice on creating the perfect moment. Whether it's a grand affair, a micro wedding, an intimate elopement, signing your legal documents, or needing help with obtaining your marriage licence and certificate quickly, every moment matters.

For all those who are in love.


Wedding Officiant Services include: Traditional Wedding Ceremonies, Elopements, Ceremonies, Simple legal ceremonies, paperwork, and ceremony coaching. Want to have a friend or loved one lead your ceremony? Let's talk! Not sure what you are looking for? Contact me for more information.

Photo Credit: Lauren McCormick Photography 

Why Choose Merry Fairy as Your Wedding Officiant?

  • Inclusive Love: I am honored to support and officiate weddings for all couples, including members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. Love is love, and every love story deserves to be celebrated.
  • Legal Expertise: Navigating the legal process of obtaining a marriage license and getting married can be overwhelming. As a legal wedding officiant, I guide you through the legalities with expertise and care.
  • Passionate Bilingual Speaker: With a passion for crafting and delivering engaging personalized ceremonies, I offer my services in both English and French. I can legally perform wedding ceremonies in Quebec and Ontario.

Services Offered:

  • Wedding Ceremonies: From grand celebrations to intimate elopements, I create and perform ceremonies tailored to your vision.
  • Renewal of Vows: Celebrate your enduring love with a personalized vow renewal ceremony.
  • Legal Paper Signing: For a simple and efficient union, I offer paper signing services, handling all legal aspects.
  • Ceremony Coaching: If a loved one wants to officiate a symbolic ceremony, I provide coaching to ensure a heartfelt and meaningful experience.

In marriage, the little things are the big things: 

  • Vows: How do I write wedding vows? That is probably the most common question I get from couples. I have lots of great resources and guidance to share with you. My goal is to make the process fun, light and memorable. I can help.
  • Rituals: I am very knowledgeable and able to perform all types of wedding rituals to help make your ceremony as unique as you are. What is a handfasting ceremony? How can I include the kids in the ceremony? What about honoring my parents or loved ones that have passed? I have lots of great suggestions on how to incorporate traditional and modern rituals into your ceremony.

Why Stress? Let Me Handle the Details:

Planning a wedding involves countless details. As a knowledgeable and experienced wedding Officiant, let me take care of the ceremony design and the legal aspects of your union. This way, you can channel your energy into planning the rest of your big day.

Photo Credit: Carley Teresa Photography
Photo Credit: Carley Teresa Photography
Photo Credit: Melissa Toye
Photo Credit: Melissa Toye

My story

As a romantic at heart, I have always been a huge fan of love stories. Some are long, some are short, and some are just getting to the good part. As an ordained wedding officiant, having the opportunity to help couples celebrate their love through marriage has been such a meaningful journey.

Born in the Ottawa-Gatineau region and raised in a francophone family, I am perfectly bilingual in English and French. I hold a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Ottawa and a Graduate Degree from the University of Bremen in Germany. I am privileged to be ordained through the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry, and legally (and happily) able to marry ALL couples in Ontario and Quebec. I am proud to say that I have helped hundreds of couples in Ottawa and Gatineau celebrate their journey and love stories in their own unique way.

Beyond my role as a wedding officiant, I am a mama to two remarkable little human beings and have been married to my best friend for the past ten years.

Photo Credit: Melissa Toye

Life's journey has now taken me on a new path as a wedding officiant. I am privileged to be ordained through the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry, and legally able to marry couples in Ontario and Quebec. I am committed to helping all couples who are in love get married in Ottawa, Gatineau and surrounding regions. I'm a forever romantic at heart and I just love a good love story.

Photo Credit: Tracy Grace photography
Photo Credit: Tracy Grace photography


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Ottawa and Gatineau