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Colin Ward, Wedding Celebrant .......


Celebrant - Colin WARD

Colin's a popular and experiened celebrant recognised for his sensitivity, sense of humour and ability to write intimate and meaningful ceremonies which create memories that last a lifetime.

He's been congratulated on many occassions for his skill in blending ceremonies for multi cultural couples (Jewish - Christian - Buddhist - Hindu - Athiest and others combinations).

His creative approach ensures you get the ceremony that you dreamt of, anything from a romantic outdoor elopement for two in Paris, to a classical French château with hundreds of guests.

He's officiated ceremonies in castles, historic settings and private chapels ... to more adventurous outdoor locations in gardens, forests, beaches, yachts, ski slopes and sand dunes.


"Celebrants in France" are a group of independent wedding officiants based in SW France. We offer couples the chance to have a personal wedding ceremony which reflects their personal values and beliefs (humanist / non-religious / secular), within a romantic setting in France,

We work with you in a friendly and caring way that puts you at ease, so you can enjoy the process as well as the big occasion. All of us are committed to providing you with an unforgettable wedding ceremony.


Couples thank yous ....

Ashley & Aric - Elopement in the Eiffel Tower Gardens in March

A romantic elopement ceremony for US couple Ashley and Aric in the March sunshine with the perfect backdrop of the Eiffel Tower, even the cherry blossom came out early to celebrate.

Ksenia & MaximPhotographer: Claire Morris

John & Kimery - Elopement in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.
Waking up playing back our day - thank so very much for All that you did to make our day So Special - the Lock was C'est Bon!; the champagne toast - Magnifique! and how you got 4 Danish singers to amble by and strike up a tune was Impressif! Merci beaucoup - J (USA)

Ksenia & MaximPhotographer: Lindsey Kent

Alexis & Selina - A French Chateau Wedding in the Dorgogne.
Wow! We are positively glowing from a wedding weekend full of so much love and celebration. We are so lucky and so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful friends and family, and thank our lucky stars for such a special time - it was an unforgettable and truly magic experience. Everyone commented on how beautiful the ceremony was, and I dont think the women in our lives who came up for the hand-fasting realised what an effect it would have on them. Our families were particularly touched, and they were so happy to be a part of the blessing. You were a wonderful speaker and really made Alexis and I comfortable (and smiley!) and we are so grateful for your guidance and wanted to thank you for such a lovely ceremony.

Ksenia & MaximPhotographer: Love & Laughter

Trish & Tim - A Romantic Ceremony at the foot of the Eiffel Tower
We would like to thank you. You had made a special day a whole lot more special. Thank you for being so good about our children and thank you so much for the beautiful service along with the gorgeous Champagne and bubbly pop for our children. You helped make it all so easy and enjoyable, if I ever hear of anyone who is going to marry in France I will be sure to recommend you. Thank you again for the bouquet it was also perfect. Colin, I can not thank you enough, for me the day was perfect. Sending you a lot of love Trish and Tim (Australia)

Ksenia & MaximPhotographer: Lindsey Kent

Klaus & Katya - Strictly Come Dancing star, Katya Virshillas and her Danish dance partner Klaus Kongsdal held their celebrity wedding in a fairy tale château in the Loire Valley. Colin helped Klaus and Katya create a unique ceremony that reflected the couples Jewish and Danish roots incorporating traditions from both cultures and officiated the ceremony in the romantic candle lit caverns of the château before their many family and well known guests.

(Click photo for a short video on the "Hello Magazine" website).
Ksenia & MaximCelebrant - Colin Ward, Photograph - HELLO Magazine, Planner: Chateau & Villa Weddings

Holly & James - Include the ancient Handfasting tradition in their wedding ceremony - this is the where the phrase "tying the knot" originated.

Ksenia & MaximPhotographer: David Bacher

Ksenia & Maxim - A romantic Russian couple, who wanted a wedding ceremony they could tell their grand children about. They had an amazing ceremony on top of Europes largest sand dune.

Ksenia & MaximPlanner: Jarretiere in the Air

"Hope you're fine. So we're at home at last... to begin our married life :-) Maxim and I would like to thank you for your commitment to our wedding day! ... The ceremony was exactly what we wanted!!!! ... Once again thanks for everything!" - Ksenia (Planner: Jarretiere in the Air)

Kathryn & Joseph

Kathryn & Joseph

Kathryn & Joseph travelled from San Francisco to enjoy the romance and excitement of the perfect Paris elopement.

They celebrated their wedding, bathed in bright sunshine in the beautiful and historic Luxembourg Gardens. Their tailored ceremony included traditions that reflected their Italian, Hungarian and Chinese heritage.

A personal note from Joseph Ansanelli - "Colin, Thanks again for an amazing wedding."

Kathryn - "Thank you so much for making the day so incredibly special. Your words and thoughtfulness truly made our wedding. . Thank you again! You will always be so special to us."

Erica & Maz - A truly unique wedding(s) with an intimate ceremony in the gardens of the Rodin Museum in Paris, France followed by a ceremony in Paris, Las Vagas with their wider circle of friends.

Erica & Mazir


" We absolutely loved the way you conducted our wedding ceremony.  Maz and I felt so connected with each other and our guests because of your warm rapport and well organized program. We had a second wedding in Paris, Las Vegas and wished that we could've flown you out there to marry us again!  We truly appreciate your professional service as our Wedding Celebrant."


Andrea & Shannon - Realised their dream wedding day. A perfect Paris wedding ceremony held on the deck of a private yacht as they cruised down the Seine, followed by a release of doves as the made their personal vows to each other.

"Shannon and I are back in Atlanta, and wanted to take this opportunity to send you a formal *thank you* for making our wedding day the mAndrea & Shannonost special, memorable day of our life. We really appreciate you taking so much time before our ceremony to get to know us, and personalize the vows so perfectly. The vows you wrote for us couldn't have been more beautiful, and they expressed exactly what we feel for one another. We will cherish them for the rest of our lives. Thank you for printing them and giving them to us to place in our album – such a special and thoughtful touch! You have a gift of translating love that people feel for one another, into words, and creating such a warm, beautiful environment. We feel so blessed that you were our celebrant, and both agree that while everything was beautiful on the day of our wedding, it was you that made it the most special day of our life."


Krista & Andrew
Krista & Andrew

enjoyed a memorable wedding in the Champ de Mars gardens at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, followed by a stunning photo shoot in front of the major Paris landmarks. The following day they set off on their honeymoon to the beautiful Dordogne valley in South West France.



Louise & Neil
Louise & Neil
- marry in a fairytale Dordogne chateau.

"Colin - I just wanted to thank you so much for making it such a special day, everyone thought it was a really fantastic ceremony - I can't thank you enough."

Mrs Radcliffe ... was Boniface ;)


Claire & Lee
Claire & Lee
- Renewed their vows after 14 years of marriage. Their ceremony was held in a hidden square in the beautiful village of Aubeterre due Dronne. After a moving ceremony and a champagne toast, a horse and carriage took the couple through the romantic french countryside and past fields of sunflowers.



Eve & Edward - Enjoyed a unique wedding blessing on the balcony of the Adrey Telebar hotel, overlooking the ski slopes of Meribel. Some of the guests skied in the morning then enjoyed the late afternoon ceremony bathed in sunshine. The touching ceremony was followed by a memorable reception where the champagne was chilled in snow and the food was exceptional.

Eve & Edward

"Colin - We had a truly wonderful wedding .... the ceremony was the best bit of the whole day and the readings and your words were brilliant – Thank you for making it exactly how we had hoped." - Eve Riddle.

Elana & BrettElana & Brett



Elana & Brett - An adventurous Australian couple surprised all of the family and friends who had joined them for a once in a lifetime skiing trip to the French Alps, by suddenly announcing they were to be wed at the top of the mountain only two days later (31 December). They followed their carefully planned surprise with a champagne reception and afternoon of feasting in a mountain top restaurant.