Wedding & renewal-of-vows testimonials

These comments come from some of the cards, notes and emails I have received from couples, following their wedding or renewal-of-vows ceremony…

A month since our wedding, and now back from honeymoon, we wanted to say a massive thank you for the beautiful service you wrote and conducted for us. You created the perfect atmosphere for our day at Harry Warren House, in Studland; and as well as Chris & I, we’ve had some lovely comments from friends and family about the ceremony. We’ve got some lovely pics to send, once we’ve shared them with family. Thank you again – it really was just perfection! Lauren & Chris Forecast

We wanted to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for the amazing job you did at our beautiful ceremony at Sopley Lake. It was one of the most memorable ceremonies any of our guests will have ever been to; your words, and their delivery, played a huge part in that. We knew after our first meeting that our wedding ceremony would be something special with you at the helm, and we will be eternally grateful to you for putting us at ease from day one!  All our love, Mr & Mrs Gorby

David and our ceremony was one of the best parts of our wedding. I’m so glad we decided to have a Humanist ceremony. Due to our three meetings prior to the big day, we really felt like we knew David and that he knew us, which made everything feel so much more personal. A number of the guests even thought he was my uncle because he knew so many of our stories! He was professional at all times, guiding us through the day in such a gentle way. Thank you David! Jenny & Alex Olczak

We cannot say enough how absolutely thrilled we were that we chose you to host our big day at Sopley Mill. We received so many compliments from family and friends, who had never been to a Humanist ceremony, who said it was one of the loveliest ceremonies they’d attended. The highest compliment came from my Great Aunt, who is very religious. She thought it was fantastic. We cannot recommend you highly enough; keep up the good work! Tara & Terry Brown

Just a note to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for our superb ceremony on Saturday. It felt like you read us a love story and then realising that was exactly what it was, for it was Our Love Story! You captured everything we said and translated it beautifully. Everyone said how amazing it was. Thank you once again Dave, for putting our dream renewal-of-vows into reality, quite literally a fairy-tale come true. Many, many thanks. Debbie & Gary Clayton

We have such happy memories of a very special day, for which we owe you much. You responded in such a delightful, individual way to the personalities of our two young ones and brought it all out in the ceremony in a way to give pleasure and happiness to everyone present. We have received comments to this effect from many people who were with us, in particular from our own older friends who loved the unique wedding, but also from their contemporaries.  It was the deceptively simple-hearted but sincere occasion that our two wanted. Bride’s parents

We wanted to send along our deepest and most heartfelt THANK YOU. Honestly, the ceremony hit us more than we ever imagined and we will cherish that feeling for the rest of our lives. Everyone we spoke to could not get over how personal and special your words were. (There were many tears and many laughs.) THANK YOU for your incredible words and all the time you spent getting to know us and our story. THANK YOU for touching us and each and every one of our friends and family. Ross & Brad

Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful. You really did strike the perfect balance between the importance of the event and the light-heartedness we were looking for – it was sentimental, charming and funny, and perfectly matched us as a couple – and seeing everyone smiling and laughing was just lovely. Chloe & Martin Greenslade

David, thank you so much for the lovely wedding ceremony you conducted last Saturday in Sway for Catherine and Hannah. It was obvious you had planned it carefully and with great thought to make it personal to them and those who know them. Most of the guests made similar comments and I would like you to know that you set the tone for a very happy and joyful afternoon. With grateful thanks and best wishes…
Christine (Catherine’s mother)

Thank you so much for everything. Everyone commented on how beautiful our ceremony at Sopley Mill was. We couldn’t recommend you more highly… Courtney & Wayne Gollop

We wanted to thank you for doing an amazing ceremony for us in the gardens at Beaulieu Palace. Everyone absolutely loved it, calling it unique, beautiful and special and we couldn’t agree more. You did an amazing job! Thank you so much for making our day so special. With love, Hyesha & Sami

I can’t remember in the haze of it all if we ever really thanked you properly for such a lovely ceremony at the Three Tuns, in Bransgore. We still have people now saying to us how beautiful and personal it was. When I look at the difference between the pleasant but sterile civil ceremony and our wonderful, warm room filled with love, laughter, and tears, I am so glad we found you! You captured what being ‘us’ meant and it showed through every line. I know I was fussy with the drafts so thank you for being so patient! We wouldn’t change a thing and you have given us memories we will treasure forever. Miranda & Steve Foster

We really can’t thank you enough for the most unbelievable ceremony and experience, and your hard work in creating and executing the vision for us is for ever appreciated. Jess & Pete

Joel and I thank you sincerely for the most fabulous ceremony last Friday. As you could tell, we found it very emotional and it meant a lot to us. We had many guests commenting on how beautiful and personal it was, which is exactly what we wanted. From the first time we met you, you put us at ease and you’ve listened to exactly what we’ve wanted right from the beginning. You’re clearly perfect for this role! We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone who wants to opt for a Humanist ceremony. Hope you managed to enjoy some fizz and canapés! The rest of our day was as perfect as the ceremony and we can’t wait to look back at our video and photos.  Thank you so much again. Sarah & Joel Sutherland

We wanted to write to thank you for being the celebrant at our wedding-in-the-wood. You captured us and created a ceremony that was intimate and beautiful. So many people have commented how they felt privileged to have been a part of it and that is thanks to you. Take care.  Emma & Gavin Smillie 

We are still seeing friends and family for the first time since the wedding and we are hearing nothing but wonderful things; many people saying that it was the ‘best and most personal’ wedding that they’ve ever been to. We went to a wedding last weekend and we don’t think that it was a patch on ours. But hey, we’re probably slightly biased! Thank you again for helping us to make our day the personal, unique and wonderful day that it was. Pieter & Lindsey Lawman

Thank you so much for conducting our wedding at Sopley Mill. Everyone we have spoken to has said it was the nicest ceremony they have been to with the mix of humour and how personal it was to both of us. We both felt far more relaxed than we expected to on the day and I think this was due to how at ease you made us feel. Thank you for everything. Gemma & Pete Earley

We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for helping to make our day so extra special. Our ceremony was absolutely perfect – you made it so personal to us, not only in the way you wrote it, but also in your presentation and attention to all the details we hadn’t thought of. It contained a perfect balance of gravitas and humour and your personable delivery reflected this perfectly. We really appreciated the way that right from the start you guided us along the tricky path of creating our perfect ceremony. We found that the words really meant something to us and will always stay with us. Ellie & Troy Phillips