I am a humanist celebrant and take naming and wedding ceremonies in Gloucestershire and surrounding counties. I’m also happy to travel overseas for ceremonies.
Though a life-long humanist, I didn’t know much about humanist ceremonies until I became a member of the British Humanist Association in 2005. I realised straight away that this was something I really believed in and could love doing. I was absolutely right!
My writing style is typically quite straight-forward; you’re unlikely to get flowery prose unless you specifically request it! And I’m a big believer in sprinkling some well-placed humour and anecdotes into the script as it helps everyone to relax and makes the ceremony that much more intimate.
Hannah was just wonderful – she carried out a beautiful and funny service… perfect balance. Everyone commented on how lovely and smiley she was!
What I enjoy most about this work is that since every couple or family I work with is unique, so every ceremony is unique. I love working with people to help create a ceremony that reflects who they really are and what’s important to them. I enjoy the creative challenge of working through various ideas and piecing together the different parts of a ceremony.
A ceremony I conducted recently was described as “really warm and meaningful but totally unpretentious”. This articulated exactly what I want my ceremonies to be – but I do appreciate that some people might be happier with a different (and equally valid) style.
I’m always happy to have a no-obligation chat about a ceremony you are considering so please feel free to contact me by email or phone. You’ll often find me working from home so do try the landline first – mobile reception in my house is very poor.