“We chose you because it felt right. It was that simple!  You listened, we felt the vibe, we laughed, you laughed. We sensed how important love was in your life and we wanted some of that too!”

Our youngest 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!

Any reason you can think of to celebrate the one life we have, I do it!  Whether young or not so young, binary, non binary, transgender, 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, like you, they arrive via this website, or via the Humanists UK link; sometimes recommended by event planners, sometimes by special venue owners  – and frequently they come to me through recommendation. 

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 translation of your thoughts and dreams about this day are mediated through a combination of preparation,  my experience and flexibility, a venue that feels right for you, and either a brilliant event planner and/or a tribe of fantastic friends to help support you. Oh. And love. 

Together we create something really special – combining the setting, the ‘feel’, the words and the music chosen by you that will guarantee everyone –  and especially you –  drifts home with unforgettable 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 spectacular ceremony doesn’t just happen – it is dependent upon these elements:

  • A great story
  • Great communication
  • A great relationship
  • Great ideas
  • Great attention to detail
  • Great teamwork between your suppliers
  • Great energy
  • 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.

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