“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, ‘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 direct recommendation. How you  plan to celebrate love in all its glory, and whatever the reason, I build my professional reputation on three principles.  

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 your ideas for your ceremony, ask helpful questions, offer suggestions, 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!


Sonnet xvii by Pablo Neruda


I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,   

or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:   

I love you as one loves certain obscure things,   

secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries   

the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,   

and thanks to your love the tight aroma that arose   

from the earth lives dimly in my body.


I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,   

I love you directly without problems or pride:

I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,

except in this form in which I am not, nor are you,   

so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,   

so close that your eyes close with my dreams.

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