“I’ve not been to a ceremony like it, so memorable, and touching, funny and personal. It was everything I hoped it would be for my daughter. And more. Thank you for making our day so amazing”
Our five-year-old grandson said to me “Grandma, you know ‘loving’…. ‘yes sweetie’…… ‘well sometimes I feel like my heart is in my head”. He was stroking someone else’s dog at the time and was in a little world of his own.
I am intrigued by the ‘heart’ that is in the head and the mistress of ceremonies! Weddings, vow renewals, relationship celebrations, uniting families and their children, and landmark dates – in fact, any reason you can think of to celebrate the one life we have, I do it! Whether young or not so young, same-sex or straight, people approach me because they want their special day to reflect who they are and how they live their life. Sometimes they arrive via this website, sometimes via event planners, sometimes via recommendations via venues – and frequently they will come to me because of recommendations from other people.
However you are planning to celebrate love in all its glory, and whatever the reason, I build my professional reputation on three things. Being open. Being honest. Being me. It’s a bit like love, in a way. I aim to listen carefully, be curious about you and what you want, ask helpful questions, accept who you are without question and turn all those thoughts and feelings, memories and treasures into something that is meaningful, lasting and real. Indoors or outside, intimate or formal setting, large guest list or small, the elements that translate your thoughts and dreams about this day are mediated through my experience. What guarantees success on the day is the combination of preparation, an experienced and flexible celebrant, a venue that feels right for you, and either a brilliant event planner and/or a tribe of fantastic friends. Oh. And love.
Together we will create a bit of magic – combining the setting, the ‘feel’, the words and the music chosen by you that will guarantee everyone – and especially you – drifts home with magical memories. Being a Humanist celebrant is a cross between being a good listener, a thought explorer, a dream weaver, a writer and a performer!
If you are looking for a celebrant with style, wisdom and panache then look no further.
A great ceremony is dependent upon these elements:
- A great story
- A great relationship
- Great attention to detail
- Great teamwork
- A great celebrant!
This poem by Robert Fulgam just about sums it up for me, and is what underpins my love for my family, my friends and the couples with whom I work – whatever your ceremony, we will weave love into it.
All I ever really needed to know, I learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulgham
All of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school. These are the things I learned…
Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Give them to someone who feels sad. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day.
Take a nap every afternoon. Be aware of wonder.
Remember the little seed in the plastic cup? The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.