Meet Gwen - Celebrant, Wife, Mom & Grammy

Celebrant Gwen Downs crafts one-of-a-kind wedding ceremonies that uniquely celebrate each love story by weaving together words, music, poetry, and rituals.


Gwen is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® with a certification from the world-renowned Celebrant Foundation and Institute®. She is educated in the culture and foundation of ceremony and rituals, and vast amounts of training in ceremony creation, organization and presentation. 


Gwen is a Ritual Specialist, and a ceremony professional, as well as, 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. 


Creating a ceremony that reflects your true selves, your love and your commitment is her goal. Creating a ceremony that touches your heart and the hearts of the family and friends you have invited to share in your happiness is her guiding principal. 


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, birdwatching 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.