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…

Thank you so much for the lovely ceremony you performed for Lorna & Laith. They loved it and you made their day really special. Laura said it was the nicest wedding she had ever been to. Micro weddings could catch on! Fiona (Mother of the Bride)

David, what can I say, other than a humongous thank you? You have been an absolute legend and made our day so, so special. The guests talked about you non-stop after the ceremony. It was utterly stunning and captured Tim & I to a T. We can’t thank you enough for your support, flexibility and guidance. I will remember the ceremony for the rest of my life. You encapsulate everything that a Humanist celebrant stands for and we are honoured that you took our ceremony. All the best, Gemma & Tim

We would like to thank you for making our wedding ceremony at Ower Quay Cottage truly magical. You were amazing. Thanks for helping us develop a memory we will cherish forever. Love from Sarah & Steve Devine

Sorry it has taken us so long to write and say a big thank-you for performing the perfect wedding ceremony. We were so lucky to have the opportunity to make it personal and many of our guests commented on how special it was. The jar of sand now stands in pride of place, in our front room. Thank you for everything you did for us. It was a pleasure to see you again and work with you to create our ceremony. Love & best wishes, Fran & Simon xx

Married life is suiting us. Thanks again for helping make our wedding so special – you did such an amazing job and we’ll always remember your ceremony fondly. Paul & Christine

We are back home in Leeds now. What a whirlwind of a time! We had a really fantastic day and I think all our guests really enjoyed themselves too.  So we would like to say a huge thank you for the diligent and thoughtful work you put into the script you created for us. On the day you delivered it with a deft touch and we have had many comments on how people thought the ceremony was interesting and touching. Here is a great picture of you in full swing! If ever people need a celebrant in Hampshire, we will be sure to send them your way. Jake & Freya

Thank you for a wonderful day! Amanda & Bruce

Dear David, we are so thankful that you were able to join us in the celebration of our marriage at Sopley Mill; it meant the world to us. The ceremony you conducted was truly special and captured our beliefs in marriage perfectly. We have had so many positive comments about the service, we couldn’t have wished for any more. Thank you so much! Karly & Steve xx

We want to thank you for all of your input into making our day, at the George Hotel, Yarmouth, such a magical one. Right from the start you have been personable, yet professional. You have made the whole process a comfortable, uncomplicated one. We hope you sensed on the day that everybody was so impressed with the ceremony. J&J

It’s been a whirlwind since the wedding day, but we hope you are well and wanted to say a big thank you for delivering such a wonderful, magical ceremony for us – at Weddings-in-the-Wood – and for all of the hard work leading up to our special day. It was of course amazing for the two of us, but every single one of our guests have been so complimentary about you and the ceremony, and how enchanting the forest setting was! Holly & Nick Milsom

We just wanted to take the opportunity to send you a heartfelt thank you message for making our wedding day last month, at Christchurch Harbour Hotel, so special! Your calm, reassuring guidance made us feel relaxed and totally supported throughout. We feel truly blessed to have such a warm and happy celebrant to lead proceedings, which set the tone for the rest of the day – and what a lovely sunny day we had! We also wanted to let you know that the two olive trees, which we stood between to recite our vows overlooking Christchurch harbour in August, now sit proudly in the garden of our new home. As we watch them grow, strengthen and flourish, so too we hope will our marriage and our love for each other. They will serve as wonderful green reminders of the words of love and wisdom you expressed, which we will cherish forever. With you by our side, we made such wonderful memories that we shall look on with such happiness. All the love, laughter and joy to you, Alex & Phil (aka Mr & Mrs Osband)

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for our beautiful wedding ceremony at Whitchurch Silk Mill. It couldn’t have been more perfect for us and everyone’s comments reflected the same sentiment. We have read the love letters again since and both agree that it was such a lovely thing to have done. Love Kate & Jack

Sarah and I wanted to say thank you so much for our absolutely incredible ceremony yesterday at Sopley Mill. So many people came up and said how amazing you were and we are so happy we chose you. You conducted the ceremony perfectly and made it so personal and special to us. Just so you know, the rest of the day went absolutely perfectly too and it is the best day of our lives. Thank you so much, once again and we both wish you all the best… The very happy Mr & Mrs Honour

Hi David, Sorry for radio silence! Our feet have just touched the floor in Sydney! Thank you so, so much for the most perfect ceremony of all time – at Barford Park Farm. Everyone commented on how lovely it was, so thank you, as that is all down to you. Thank you again – for everything, Amy & Callum Forrest Xxx

Thank you so much for the beautiful ceremony you created with Zoe and Mark on Sunday at Sopley Mill. Andy and I felt it fitted the occasion perfectly and really seemed to reflect how they feel about each other. It’s so nice that couples can now have a meaningful ceremony in an attractive setting even if they do not have a religious faith. Several guests, even those who I know would probably have preferred a church service, seemed to approve! Sue Seymour (Mother of the Bride)

Now that the confetti has settled, I felt that I must contact you to express both my gratitude and admiration at the ceremony you conducted for Mya & Jamie at the Italian Villa. Every single one of our guests was overwhelmed by the emotion, by their story and by the way you pulled it all together. You went above and beyond what I think was expected and the time and attention you gave to us is deeply appreciated and recognised; just knowing, as I left the hotel with Mya, that you were there not only to conduct the ceremony but to also control that first forty five minutes, coupled with you meeting us downstairs, was hugely reassuring. There can be no greater thanks than to leave you with the knowledge that you made many, many dreams come true that day and were a pivotal part in making a lot of people very happy.  Robert, Father of the Bride

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