• Weddings that celebrate
    your love story

    Elopements + Traditional + Love-story Weddings

    Serving Raleigh and the Surrounding Areas

    It begins with your love story...

    Your love story should be the centerpiece of your wedding ceremony. It’s the story of how you as a couple came to be. How you met, spent time together, fell in love and decided to spend the rest of your life together. 

    Sharing your love story with the people who mean the most to you is one of the reasons you want a wedding ceremony. Your story is central to your guests’ involvement in your celebration. It’s what your guests will remember the most and it’s what they will tell you they enjoyed the most.


    Celebrant Gwen Downs will help you create a unique ceremony for a memory you will cherish forever. Whether you are secular, religious, spiritual, part of an interfaith, or same-gender couple, she will create a ceremony that is inclusive and that respects all that is meaningful to you.

    Meet Gwen

    Gwen's Glowing Reviews

    Sharon + Belou

    "Recently moved here due to getting engaged. Gwen went above and beyond with suggestions on where to have the wedding and several options for the ceremony. The amazing vows Gwen helped us write had our guests crying with love."

    Ceremony at Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn and Garden, Fuquay Varina, NC

    Jennifer + Rob

    "We highly recommend Gwen. We chose to incorporate a Unity Puzzle ritual into the overall ceremony. She did an amazing job creating the words to describe the ceremony to our guests. We received many compliments on the uniqueness of the ceremony. We are very glad we found her!​​" 

    Ceremony at The Family Farm , Holly Springs, NC

    Valita + André

    "Gwen was amazing! So glad to have found her. She was very thoughtful and took the time to get to know my partner and me. Our ceremony was just as I hoped it to be, personal and uplifting. I would recommend her to any and everyone!" 

    Elopement at 12 Oaks, Holly Springs, NC

    Dana + Daniel

    "Gwen was outstanding. She has a system for collecting all the right info to get to know you and your story. We were extremely happy with our vows and the presentation and her professionalism."

    Ceremony at The Leaning Tree, Bailey, NC

    Emily + Blair

    "Gwen was warm and open-minded right from the start. She was easy to communicate with and very patient with our last-minute ceremony-writing process! She has a lot of resources to help you put together your big day, and she makes sure all the critical boxes have been ticked."

    Ceremony at Artspace, Raleigh, NC

    Ashleigh + Kymm

     "Gwen gave us our truly perfect wedding. Seeing as it was a lesbian wedding most people wouldn't marry us. Once we met Gwen we knew she was the one. She doesn't see color nor sexual orientation, she just sees people in love."

    Intimate ceremony at family's home

    Gwen's Wedding Packages

    Tie the Knot (Legal Signing)

    Couples who are having a destination wedding or will have a wedding in the future

    All You Need is Love (Elopement)

    Couples who want to share their love alone except for two witnesses

    Sealed with a Kiss (Small)

    Couples who want an intimate ceremony with a few of their family and friends

    Endless Love (Traditional)

    Couples who want a ceremony with traditional elements plus the hand-fasting ritual

    Forever in Love (Love-Story)

    Couples who want to choose elements and share their love story with their guests

    Gwen's Pages

    About Gwen

    Why Gwen is the right officiant for your wedding

    Get the Facts

    Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Gwen's services


    A few of the many rituals you can choose if you decide to include one in your ceremony

    Photo Gallery

    Browse through photos of Gwen's ceremonies in Raleigh and the surrounding areas

    Contact Gwen

    If you want your wedding to be romantic, fun and stress free, call, text or email Gwen or use the short form on this page.

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    Email: gwen@raleighofficiant.com

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