Lisa Hartley Celebrant
About Simply Ceremony
Your profound ceremonial experience will be remembered forever.
You will laugh, you will cry and you will feel a deep sense of connection with your beloved, your family and your treasured friends.
A Family Celebrant providing Ceremonies for all the transformational moments in your life like Weddings, Baby Blessings, and Memorials
Passion, wisdom, creativity
As a Celebrant, I gracefully hold the space for people through their transitional moments in life; Birth, Death, Marriage, coming of age and even milestone birthdays. If we are lucky we gracefully move through all these things in life. Certainly birth and death are unavoidable, likewise birthdays and aging.
Yet these transitions invite turmoil. Stress is always present with change. And change it seems is always present. By making the change intentionally, through a ceremony that marks the event, you invite support and guidance. As well, when you share with others, letting them know what you are going through they too benefit. You become a guide for them as others are for you. With my work I create a framework, a ceremony, so that you can transition as mindfully, purposefully and intentionally as possible.
In the past we have relied upon our faith traditions to take care of this fundamentally important part of life. Yet, Churches, Synagogues and Mosques have let many of us down and we have stepped away from that support. While the framework that sustained many generations no longer seems meaningful it is still possible to draw from these traditions with integrity and create something strong, meaningful and relevant to our current lives.
What does that mean? Creating a safe space with words full of integrity and intention. Laughter and play are also not very far away, truthfully, I’ve learned that a trickster will often show up when we have truly created something sacred. So no worries about getting too rigid, falsely sincere or holier than thou – I love to laugh.
I befriend my clients, uncovering the best of them and what brings them alive. With that in mind I design a ceremony that is truly unique yet simple enough that it can be enjoyed and experienced by everyone present.
The process is simple. We talk. I ask you thoughtful questions and with them, and your ideas I create a ceremony. You have absolute control over my words, yet, I offer my experience and wisdom so you are not floundering or forced into a role. Like handmade shoes the fit is perfect and uniquely you. Yet, the shoe is supportive, durable, beautiful and necessary for taking your next steps in life.
My ceremonies are handmade, in the most elegant way. Taken from the rich soil of your life experiences and designed to honor your dreams and desires.
Let me design your brilliant unique, elegant and graceful ceremony to celebrate the times of your life.
Ultimate Full Service Wedding Ceremony
A True Celebrant Ceremony
A Classic Celebrant Ceremony
A Simple Ceremony
Small, simple, brilliant
Your Words Only
Your writing, my guidance, editing and officiating
Every Ceremony Counts
Call now for a complimentary consultation
What ever stage of planning you are in contact me for a complimentary consultation. I will sit with you and discuss what service will be perfect for your dreams.
Prices range from $125 for hourly services to $2,199 for the Masterpiece Ceremony.
Ceremonies at the End of Life
Personal, profound, tender and meaningful
Memorial, Funeral, Celebration of Life
Each Ceremony is hand-crafted to your needs. Through a thoughtful and safe discerning process I gather the necessary details of your beloved's life so that I can tell their story through writing, ceremony and ritual. You will feel profoundly supported and empowered as you honour your loss.
Some families have the resources to create their own unique Ceremony, yet lack guidance. Simply Ceremony will provide support, resources, wisdom as needed to each family on an on-call basis.
Major Milestone Ceremonies
Ceremonies to honour the journey of Life
A way to honour the huge life change that a baby brings. Deeply moving and meaningful, your community, family and child will be thrilled to be involved in this Ceremony. Make a commitment to your child to raise them in the best way possible.
Buying your first home, or moving out of your last is a transition that can be eased and honoured through ceremony. Using words, simple rituals and a gathering of friends you will envision your next step in life.
Coming of Age Ceremony
We have lost the art of guiding our children through their teen years and into adulthood. With a Coming of Age Ceremony you remind them of your love for them, call to their unique gifts and point them towards their future all with the support of family and friends. Using the values they were raised with you free them for the adventures of their own life.
Crescent Beach, B.C.
"Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for our precious daughter Thalia's baby blessing. The arrival of our little girl has meant so much to both our families in Australia and Canada and the service was the most perfect way to celebrate that love. Thank you sincerely for your warmth, professionalism and efficiency in putting together the service at short notice. Everyone felt we captured Thalia's spirit perfectly.
-Jenny and Jason Strong
Spanish Banks, Vancouver, B.C.
"Lisa was able to support, very intuitively, generously, and graciously, the process of respectfully honouring my former partner and best friend after his sudden passing. With input from many of his loved ones, she created a ceremony that was performed in two cities for two different groups of his friends that was tremendously heartfelt and filled with more meaning than she could have ever have known. It was hard to believe that she had never met him in person or known of the struggles he had with his mental health prior to his death, but she brought profound meaning to both of the memorial services."
A Simple Wedding Ceremony
Ron and Nikki Daines,
Brock House, Vancouver, B.C.
"What an amazing job you have done!
We are so lucky to have you as our celebrant."
"Lisa, we cannot reiterate how fantastic this is. It made us so excited to think that this is happening in a little over a month. Thank you for taking the time to create a personal and unique ceremony for us. This is a gift to us, which we will remember and be thankful for forever.
Thank you for including all the points we shared with you in the package we completed. You have done an absolutely amazing job highlighting all the things we value and love about one another!"
-Ron and Nikki Daines
Who We Are
Living in your community, serving you and your family.
2016 is my fourth year as a Wedding Celebrant. Marriage is sacred to me but so is community building and ceremonies for all parts of your life. As a Wedding Celebrant, my heart opens when I can offer you my skill, wisdom and training, and I am well versed in interfaith and intercultural traditions. I also love designing ceremonies for blended families, and I adore creating joyful baby blessings. I deeply believe that for your special ceremony, we can design a profound rite of passage to meet these modern times and your chosen family.
Within my life, I have weathered both life and death, and in doing so, I see how stories give meaning to our lives. Your stories are important, and through working with a Celebrant, your ceremony will come alive. Within a Celebrant Ceremony, we have space to honour your grandparents, or parents, to have your favourite niece involved or maybe even remember your beloved dogs that died recently. All these threads are part of your personal narrative and inform my work for you as a Celebrant.
In 2016, I’m expanding my practice to include the full spectrum of your life. Encompassing, birth, coming of age, marriage, and milestone birthdays and of course the end of life.
Lisa is trained and certified by the highly respected Celebrant Institute and Foundation and recognized as an interfaith Religious Officiant in the Province of BC. She is registered with Vital Statistics to perform Weddings in British Columbia. Lisa brings to clients her creative gifts and volunteers for many organizations, leading a local high-school parent’s advisory council and coordinates the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective free yoga program. She can be heard regularly on Roundhouse radio talking about ceremony and issues surrounding the end of life.