About Us

Cherished Ceremonies, nestled in the picturesque Okanagan Valley,
specializes in crafting heartfelt wedding ceremonies that resonate with love and meaning.

What is a Life Cycle Celebrant?

In addition to being a seasoned wedding officiant, Deirdre is also a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant.

Life Cycle Celebrants undergo a comprehensive seven-month certification program, where they emerge as expert ceremony professionals adept in every aspect of ritual and celebration. With a strong emphasis on ceremony writing and public speaking, they skillfully weave personal narratives and histories into each ceremony, creating deeply meaningful experiences.

In a world where many couples identify as spiritual but not necessarily religious, Life Cycle Celebrants offer a unique avenue to honor life’s transitions with authenticity and depth. They provide a heartfelt alternative for couples seeking to commemorate their journey in a way that reflects their beliefs and values.

In our increasingly diverse society, where interfaith and multicultural unions are commonplace, Life Cycle Celebrants offer a beautiful solution by specializing in crafting customized ceremonies that seamlessly blend family traditions and faiths, ensuring that each ceremony is a true reflection of the couple’s shared identity and love story.


Deirdre McCarvill
Owner & Head Officiant


I’ve always valued relationships, whether between siblings (I have four amazing brothers!), partners, married couples, parents and children, or simply friends. My belief is that these relationships should always be founded on love, honesty, health, and constructive communication.

With a background as a licensed counselor and certified Divorce Coach, I spent a decade working as an assistant in a boutique family law office in Vancouver. My passion for writing naturally led me to explore the world of crafting ceremonies. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my horse, Libertie, as well as indulging in music, tennis, reading, and cooking. I cherish moments with my three grown children, their spouses, and my friends. My insatiable curiosity often leads me to new classes and hobbies.

In 2016, I attended a wedding that left me feeling empty, as if the essence of the celebration was missing. This experience deeply moved me, sparking a desire to create ceremonies that are truly meaningful and memorable. When I discovered CF&I’s program, offering the opportunity to craft deeply personal ceremonies for life’s milestones, I knew I had found my calling.

In 2020, my husband Clive and I sold our Vancouver home, built a new one in Predator Ridge, and fully embraced the enriching lifestyle of the Okanagan. Now retired, I’m thrilled to dedicate myself to what I consider the best job in the world: crafting unique, magical, and deeply personalized ceremonies. Each ceremony is a reflection and extension of each couple’s special relationship, ensuring that their love story shines brightly on their special day.



At Cherished Ceremonies, weddings are our specialty, and our focus is entirely on you. We believe that your wedding ceremony should perfectly reflect who you are and your unique beliefs.

You deserve a wedding ceremony that feels like hitting the “Golden Buzzer” – one that leaves you grinning weeks later because your friends and family can’t stop talking about how incredible it was. More importantly, your ceremony should mark a profound shift as you step into the next chapter of your life together. Years down the line, when you revisit the script, it should still evoke the same tender feelings of wonder and joy.

We understand that weddings aren’t just about celebration; they’re about the deep connection between you and your partner. That’s why we’re dedicated to crafting ceremonies that honor your love story and strengthen the bond between you, your families, and your communities.

Even in difficult times, such as navigating family dynamics or blending cultural traditions, we’re here to guide you with sensitivity and expertise. Our goal is to create a wedding ceremony where you feel truly heard, validated, and honored.

At Cherished Ceremonies, we promise to bring a wealth of knowledge and offer relevant suggestions to enhance your special day. Whether you need someone to chat with, bounce ideas off of, or just ease a bit of anxiety, Deirdre is here to support you every step of the way. It’s your time, your day, and your celebration – and we’re here to ensure it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more.