“The ceremony was really warm, meaningful and personal, and yet totally unpretentious.”
I live in Cheltenham and conduct namings, weddings and funerals in and around Gloucestershire with occasional excursions further afield (including overseas weddings).
I first found out about humanist ceremonies when I joined the British Humanist Association in 2005. I loved the concept and immediately felt that becoming a celebrant was something I would find both rewarding and enjoyable. I was absolutely right and couldn’t be any happier in my work.
Each occasion has such a distinctive feel. It’s not just that the words spoken and components included (e.g. readings, music, symbolic actions), but the way this reflects the people at the centre of it all. And so I’m always delighted when, after a ceremony, guests say “that was absolutely them!”.
My writing style is typically quite straight-forward; you’re unlikely to get flowery prose unless you specifically request it. Similarly, since I appreciate the value of laughter, I’m a big believer in sprinkling some well-placed humour throughout the script. This all helps people to relax whilst also makes the ceremony more intimate and memorable.
On the day itself I generally seek to create a reasonably relaxed atmosphere that nonetheless acknowledges the sincerity of the occasion. That said, if you would prefer something more formal or traditional then just let me know: what matters most is that you get a bespoke ceremony that is absolutely right for you.
Hannah was just wonderful – she carried out a beautiful and funny service… perfect balance. Everyone commented on how lovely and smiley she was!
I’m always happy to have a no-obligation chat about any ceremony you are considering so please feel free to contact me by email or phone. It’s helpful if you can give me an indication of your preferred date(s) too. You’ll often find me working from home so do try the landline first as mobile reception in my house is poor.