Wholehearted Ceremonies

by Heather G. Richard

Tell Me Your Story

I am a Story Catcher.

I catch stories and turn them into beautiful, memorable ceremonies.

Most often, the stories I catch are love stories, and the ceremonies I officiate are weddings. Because your story is unique, your ceremony should be, too. The weddings I create are one-of-a-kind. No dry, standard, boring ceremonies here – thoughtful, wholehearted, custom designed ceremonies that you and your guests will remember always.

I make your wedding ceremony unforgettable by writing and officiating at custom, personalized ceremonies that feature your love story. No matter the size of your celebration, you want every moment of your day to be thoughtful and personal, to express who you are, to reflect your values, and to show the depth of your love.

My name is Heather G. Richard, and I am Wedding Officiant, Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant, and Interfaith Minister. I perform personalized, memorable weddings for couples here in Western Massachusetts.

As a professional writer, I spend my days using words to capture the details of life. Becoming a Celebrant was a natural extension of my favorite activity: catching stories.

 Make your day memorable by

personalizing your ceremony.

Anchor your celebration with a truly memorable ceremony.

You may be busy planning the details of your celebration or finalizing your reception, but don’t forget about the one event that makes all the celebration worthwhile – the wedding ceremony itself.

That’s where I come in to the story.

Here’s what working together looks like…


  • We meet for a free, no-obligation interview to explain my services
  • I ask you to answer questions about your love story
  • I write a fully customized ceremony, suggesting appropriate rituals
  • We revise the ceremony until you are completely satisfied
  • I officiate on your special day
  • I submit any legal paperwork in a timely manner
  • You live your happily ever after.

Interested in having a truly wholehearted, handcrafted, custom ceremony? Click below to set up a free consultation!


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Explore my blog for inspiration and to read about vow renewals, naming ceremonies, baby blessings, and other ceremonies related to an important rite of passage: retirement, home blessings, birthdays, and coming-of-age celebrations. If you have decided – as many people do – to use a friend to perform your wedding or if you have already hired a Justice of the Peace, email me about ceremony writing services.

If you are looking for elopement services (Just marry us today, please!) call me directly at 413-768-7443.

I am a proud supporter of Marriage Equality, and here in Massachusetts, I have been honored to officiate legal same-sex marriage. I specialize in honoring the diverse political, spiritual, and personal choices of LGBTQ clients, and offer a variety of ceremonies to suit every couple’s personal choices, including commitment ceremonies outside of legal constraints.

Service area: I have officiated weddings in Franklin, Hamden, and Hampshire Counties. I serve the most Western Massachusetts towns: Montague, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Gill, Amherst, Northampton, Florence, Hatfield, Hadley, Whately, Conway, Shelburne, Buckland, Belchertown, Palmer, Leverett, Shutesbury, Ashfield, Deerfield, South Deerfield, Erving, and all surrounding towns. I’m happy to travel! Looking for a Massachusetts Justice of the Peace? As a Celebrant, my wedding services are very similar.

In addition to weddings, I perform baby namings (a spiritual alternative to religious ceremonies), mother blessings (a baby shower alternative), and ceremonies for milestone birthdays and civic events.