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Gwen specializes in creating fun, lighthearted weddings that have couples and guests saying, “it was the best ceremony they’ve ever been a part of!” With just the right balance between cheer and tradition, not only will your ceremony include all the elements you want, but it will also feature the story of how you and your fiancée “ended up here today.” That means rather than a formality, your nuptials will actually be one of the most fun and entertaining parts of your day!

Serving The Triangle

Gwen is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant. She uses her specialized skills in ceremony creation and rituals to design a unique and memorable wedding ceremony reflecting your personalities, love story, beliefs, values and cultural backgrounds. She will customize every element of your ceremony with your collaboration, assist you on the traditional elements you’d like to include, write your love story, ask members of your family and friends for their input, and tell it the way it happened to the delight of everyone in attendance. You and your guests will remember feeling riveted, engaged, and moved by your wedding ceremony for years to come.

Gwen Downs, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant

Gwen is an ordained non-denominational minister. Her ordination allows her to legally wed couples in North Carolina and in many other states as well. She works with couples from across the spectrum of religion, spiritual and lack thereof. The majority of her couples identify as non-religious, and are seeking a ceremony that is meaningful and full of love. She works with each of her couples to make sure she is using language that feels right to them and reflects their beliefs. Her ceremonies are modern, fresh, fun and embrace gender equality and fluidity.

Besides fully personalized Celebrant Ceremonies, Gwen also performs Simple and Romantic Elopement ceremonies at her Holly Springs location and Microwedding ceremonies at parks, backyards and restaurants.

Thomas + Chris / Gwen Downs, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant

“I can’t say enough great things about Gwen and her celebrant services!✨ My fiancé and I wanted something “short and sweet.” A large wedding was the last thing either of us cared for, so a nice intimate elopement was right up our alley. We happened to find Gwen on a whim and thank goodness we did! 💍💐 Gwen made the process of getting married so simple and the experience one to remember. She was even able to provide us with witnesses—something we couldn’t do since we are new to the area. Gwen took care of all our needs (right down to the signing and mailing of our certificate), and was quick to respond to any questions / comments / concerns we had. 🧾🖋️ Her venue is cozy and quaint and we even had a few photos taken, with some complimentary props Gwen provided! Booking her was easy as 1-2-3, thanks to her website and we got to be wed on Halloween 🎃 (a shared dream of ours). We couldn’t have asked for more and highly recommend Gwen to anyone looking for a professional, caring, and attentive officiant for their wedding or elopement! 👰🏾‍♀️💕🤵🏻‍♂️ P.S. She also had the cutest dog, that she let us both snuggle after our wedding; we love animals so that moment was just icing on the cake for us! 🐶🐾” Jasmine + Andrew, 2021

Andrea+Wes /  Gwen Downs, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant /  Suzel Roth / El Pictures /  Holly Springs, NC /  12 Oaks Club

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Q: What’s your title/position in your business?
A: Wedding Celebrant and Non-Denominational Minister
Q: When a couple inquires about your elopement services, what is the process?
A: My first question is, “What type of ceremony are you having?” If they are having a small ceremony with less than 20 guests, after they book me I send them a mini-questionnaire so that I can lightly personalize their ceremony. Couples who wish to hire me for elopements or microweddings can book me on short notice or even the same day!

Q: What is your best advice for having the best wedding day ever?

A: Don’t sweat the small stuff – your attitude is the #1 determining factor of the experience you will have. I have seen couples get completely thrown off track by things going “wrong” – and I have seen couples laugh and shrug off the exact same things. It is pretty much guaranteed that your wedding day will not go exactly to plan, and being able to let go of the small things and focus on what truly matters – this amazing human you get to explore life with – is all you can do. I like to think that your wedding day is a good example of what your marriage will be: you can’t control the weather, or other people, or so many little details, but you know that you with your person by your side, you can make it through anything. And that’s what really matters.

Q: What is your favorite thing about elopements?

A: The couple gets to have the wedding they want, the way they want it, for an affordable price.
Q: Can we say our own vows?
A: Yes, always! This is YOUR wedding so you can do whatever you want!

Q: What area do you serve?

A: I am located in Holly Springs. I serve couples at my location, as well as, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Wake Forest, Louisburg, Clayton, Smithfield, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Pittsboro, Sanford, Wilson, Mebane, North Carolina and beyond.
Stacy + Daniel Gwen Downs, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant Suzel Roth / El Pictures Holly Springs, NC

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