Barbara Parker, Life-Cycle Celebrant, Wedding Officiant
I am Barbara, Life-Cycle Celebrant and founder of Threshold Ceremonies. I co-create custom ceremonies with clients who are exploring significant life moments, from birth through end of life. With deep listening and story-sharing, we work to creatively to uphold and honour each crossing.
Together, we conjure poetry, weave music, embody intentions with action, and above all, aim for transformation.Ceremony that arises from the personal pushes us to reach beyond necessity toward beauty, relevance and meaning.
We turn a legal commitment into a welcome to love. We circle around an expectant mom, showering her with gifts of community wisdom. We gather in grief and in remembrance, with respect for a life that has passed.
Clients come to me because they value connection, and believe in the power of story. And because our human story is individual, no two ceremonies are alike. One word seems to creep in every time, though — and that word is Love.
I just want to express my admiration and appreciation for the meticulous, wonderful work you do. I’d like to think I have a faint idea of everything you put into a ceremony and I believe a sincere ‘beautifully and exceptionally done’ is in order.
As a witness to many officiants’ differing styles and work ethics I can say, in all honesty, that you are the best at what you do.
I can’t thank you enough Barbara for the service you delivered and for the healing you gave to all of us. The time you spent with us recollecting was invaluable in our process. I had almost everyone at the funeral approach us and say it was the most memorable funeral that they have ever attended and I believe much of that is due to you. One relative said that you brought our mom into the room I know that was your intention. Thank you also for encouraging me to share my poetry. It was special to bring that to the family.
Thank you so much for the beautiful service you orchestrated for Esha. I know Esha loved the ceremony and Liam and I certainly did.
Married life is only just starting to get back to normal and oh how we are loving it!
We cannot thank you enough for everything you did for us, from helping us prepare for the day to making us feel comfortable and confident and embracing our family and friends on our special day.
The number of compliments we had about the ceremony were amazing, everyone was touched and thrilled by your kind and honest words. And to receive them bound so wonderfully will be something we cherish forever.
Rhona and Dan
Thank you so much for agreeing to take on the task of being the celebrant at Corrie’s funeral. We couldn’t have asked for a better person to lift our spirits. You did an incredible and thorough job, Corrie would have loved it. Thank you for being able to pass on her message so clearly. We are so thankful for your vibrant, positive and happy presence in our lives.
The Boekel Family
Both Misha and I were so glad that you were here to help create such a heartfelt, meaningful ceremony. It was without a doubt the highlight of our trip. Your idea for moving the ceremony from one destination to the next was so thoughtful, and symbolized our journey so wonderfully.
And thank you again for the lovely ceremony keepsake! We plan to begin a tradition of reading through our vows on every anniversary. It will be a treasured keepsake and memory. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Alice (and Misha)
We travelled from the UK for a special elopement in June. We had a vision to be dancing away on the mountain side above Lake Peyto surrounded by epic vistas and bundles of love. Barbara understood our vision from day one and created the most beautiful ceremony for us. I cannot imagine anyone more perfect to share our special day with. Barbara truly went above and beyond for us, scaling the mountain with us to ensure we had the most perfect spot. Barbara had such an impact on our day that we were sad to see her leave. Thank you Babs, you truly are one amazing human!
Portia and Nick
Thank you for your beautiful ceremony. We loved all that you said and how you delivered it. We received so many compliments about the ceremony which is a reflection of the passion and unique individualized approach you use. Thank you for the beautiful start to our love story.
Arwen and Tandy
It’s been five months since our wedding and I still cannot put into words the heart and craft that goes into Barb’s spoken poetry. From our first meeting to each and every time we run into her in town now we feel like we’ve known her forever. We crafted a ceremony that reflected us. Truly us. She took the time to get to know us together and individually and gave us moments that we will truly remember and cherish always. There were tears and laughs and “rock, paper, scissors”. She gave us… us. We could not have asked for a better celebrant. Our guests still tell us that our ceremony was so fitting, so intimate and precious. She is a true artist and has the warmest soul. We are so grateful to have worked with her.
Iola and Max
Words cannot describe how grateful we are to have shared out special day with you. Our ceremony was perfect. You brought so much genuine love, kindness and heart to every word, and your words will be forever ingrained on our hearts.
Henry and Stacey
When we started looking for an officiant, one of the main reasons we chose Barbara was her passion for this! Her care, effort, and experience were evident in every step.
Her experience helped us to craft a custom ceremony, with deep meaning, and significance in every detail (oh, and mild pyrotechnics in the finale of our ceremony!).
We loved one of her goals; that couples will leave their wedding ceremony and truly “FEEL” married. Through her questionnaires that we completed, our meetings with all together, and finally the big day itself, we are happy to say that this goal was achieved.
Andy and Lindsey
You have no idea how much peace you have given us last night, just to know that it’s going to go as we had envisioned it. You will be guided I have no doubt. But there is something in your eyes in your actions in your words what gives ease , to look at and to listen to.
I’m glad things are going well for you and you’re still doing what you love! You’re very good at it. I think people can experience ‘wedding fatigue’ but a customized ceremony that is tailored to the people actually getting married and offers a chance to reflect on why people partner for life is a good antidote to that.
Take care, Aaron and Katrina
Thanks for the wonderful service. Everyone said it was nice, not religious, just about who Pauline was.
Once again we were so happy opening our box and re-reading through our ceremony and vows. You did such a great job and we just can’t thank you enough for everything you did for us.
We got to open our wine this year, we are now a family of three…plus two fur babies! Beau was born February 18 and is the happiest, sweetest little man! Life is sure different but in the best way possible.
Great to hear from you!
Lakeisha, James & Beau
WOW! Just simply WOW! I love all your ceremonies, but the attention and heart that you infuse into each ceremony, with each couple, their love, and their story really is a true gift.
Have a most incredible adventure tomorrow! Raf is super excited to see you all at the trailhead.
Thank you again for the fantastic service and for connecting with Carol so well—as I mentioned, I truly believe you became her voice and it must have been such a gift for her to be involved with someone who understood her, despite her communication challenges. I think most people went away from the service inspired, and Carol would have loved that. I shall read and reread the poem you read by the Bow—the words and images are powerful.
All the best—you captured Carols essence so well,
Just wanted to reach out and thank you again so much for everything last weekend. It was so magical, and people couldn’t stop talking about how fantastic you were (and we agree, of course!)
Sam and Blair
I just wanted to send you a note to let you know how beautiful you made yesterday for Jenn and Kev to have their happily ever after and share their wonderful story of commitment and love. We all left feeling we know them a little more deeply and dearly and our lives with be touched infinitely.
Yesterday allowed me to revisit my vows from 11 years ago with my husband and celebrate all the reasons we chose to marry each other.
Thank you for the work you do on the planet to inspire celebration!
Not only were you the rock and key figure, helping us beyond what words can describe, going through the ordeal of burying a best friend who lost his life in a very untimely accident; your obvious empathy and compassion meant the world to all of us in the darkest times possible in a human life.
But also your experience in the matter, and your professionalism allowed our whole group to give our departed buddy a wonderful, touching and genuine farewell.
You helped us focus, and guided us with the right frame of mind, to build a very nice ceremony, to which the ones who participated were just able to each add their personal touch and testimonies.
Without you the funeral would not have been half as nice as we wanted it to be.
As well, I personally really appreciated the non-religious but spiritual metaphors (lighting of the candles etc…) and analogies that filled this special time, in a spirit that I know Arnaud would have appreciated. His family sure was amazed despite the pain.
Thanks again, I know you are the best advisor anyone could hope for.
Barbara June came to our rescue at a very difficult time in our lives. She helped us make sense of our feelings and ground us enough to focus on what needed to be done in order to honour our dear friend who died in a tragic accident. Words that come to mind when I think if Barbara – calm, professional, genuine, sincere, sweet, clear, supportive, caring and compassionate…
Thank you Barbara for being all those things and so much more.
Jason and Christine
Thank you so much for your support and guidance through our ceremony. It was the most incredible day, and both of us were so emotionally affected by your beautiful ceremony. I think it’s safe to say that everyone really was! Going into our wedding planning we thought we would just have a short ceremony to make things official, but through the process we realized how much we wanted to say about our relationship and our life together. Your words and your presence took the ceremony to another level we didn’t know we needed, but we are so incredibly thankful it went there. Joel and I both agreed that we could have ended the day right there, at the end of the ceremony, because it was so perfect! That’s all we needed! And it’s all thanks to you.
Again, Barbara, thank you so much for being a part of our wedding. It wasn’t just the day, it was the days leading up – you got to know our families, you spent time with us, you became a part of the journey. It was really beautiful and something we will cherish.
Joel + Elizabeth
Thank you so much for your amazing work! We have just found time to read your draft together. It required a few breaks to wipe away tears and for tender kisses. We are awed and pleased by how you so beautifully encapsulated our thoughts, words and feelings. We think you are magic!
Carmen and Bill
I was so very pleased with the way that everything went yesterday. We really managed to bring very many memories of Jim to the front of our minds and truly appreciate him. I know that he would have been so amazed and so proud. Thank you again for helping me to make this happen.
Thank you Barb…through your words and wisdom you have made me feel much more comfortable about death.
It is inevitable but it doesn’t have to be the end…our gifts to our children and to our grandchildren continue, as does follow through from great-grandparents, history etc.
On behalf of our whole family, I would like to thank you for your dedication and skill and warmth, in this job you did with grace. It was beautiful! As I said before, you are truly gifted!