Meet Celebrant Gwen Downs

Gwen is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® with a certification from the world-renowned Celebrant Foundation and Institute®.  A Certified Life-cycle Celebrant is a specialist in ceremony and ritual who is professionally trained and experienced in developing unique, personalized ceremonies for marking and celebrating life major accomplishments and transitions. 


Besides being a trained ceremony professional, Gwen is an ordained Interfaith Minister. However, she comes with no religious agenda. She honors and respects all philosophies, beliefs and traditions - secular, spiritual, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, agnostic, interfaith, atheist, earthy, artistic, cultural, or totally avant-garde.


Gwen grew up in New Jersey with her mom, dad and two siblings. She has two grown daughters, Jillian and Lynzie (who still lives in Jersey). Gwen moved to Holly Springs in 2015 to escape the harsh winters and high taxes in the garden state. She loves everything about North Carolina, especially the crepe myrtles, craft beers and the sunny dispositions of the people who live here. 


When Gwen is not crafting wedding ceremonies for her clients, she enjoys playing golf with her husband Mack, bird-watching and spending time with her three adorable grandbabies, Bella, Becca and Olivia. She also loves snuggling with her fur babies, Delilah, a Coton de Tulear dog, and her two Ragdoll cats, Milan and Sicily.

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