“Peter is ‘restored’ to me as he lived, and my memories of him are no longer clouded by his decline and death. So he goes with me into the next phase of my life as he lived, not as he died – it’ll be ‘bittersweet’ at times of course – and with the knowledge that we ‘did him proud’ throughout yesterday. You’ve been pivotal in this – the ceremony was beautiful, your delivery of the tribute perfect and I truly enjoyed it all. So I’ll thank you always.” Paula, following her partner’s funeral.
“Thank you for the attention to detail and calm help you provided … The memories of that day could not be better ones; I will treasure them… you played such an important part in making this so and will always be a part of those memories. Please accept our thanks for your presence and guidance, we count ourselves very fortunate to have found you.” Pam on her husband’s funeral.
“Both Mo and I want to thank you for conducting the ceremony so well and so sympathetically, it was almost as if you had known him yourself and everyone agreed afterwards that it helped us all get through what was a very sad occasion.” Dave, on his friend’s funeral.
“A huge thank you for your contribution to making our day so special. We have had such amazing feedback from our guests about the ceremony and how warm and intimate you made it. We were so pleased you could stay with us for the dinner and speeches as you really were such an important part of our special day.” Rod, on marrying Tanya.
“Thank you so much for today, it was a lovely naming ceremony and everyone commented how lovely it was. Again, thank you so much for such a lovely day, I know we will remember it for a long time to come.” Rob, on his son’s Naming.
“It was a beautiful ceremony. Everyone I spoke to during the wedding mentioned how special was it. I felt very special and lucky to have someone like you directing our lovely day.”
Jose on marrying Claire.
“Thank you so much for leading Suki’s Naming Ceremony today! It was lovely because you put so much care and thought into the preparation!” Emily, on her daughter’s Naming Ceremony.
“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We were absolutely thrilled and deeply moved by our wedding ceremony yesterday. It was perfect and everything we had hoped for.
You completely captured the mood and feelings we wanted to convey, the combination of deeply felt love and commitment, the sense of a long journey together towards equality and, of course, a good dash of realism and humour.
So many of our guests told us – and I hope you – how moved they were by the ceremony and there were a lot of moist eyes and quivering lips, as well as hearty laughs and some romantic “ahs”.
Hamish’s mother said it was so “us” and that is how we feel too. Right from our first meeting we sensed that you “got” us and we knew that our wedding would be in safe hands. And to think we were originally planning just to take a few people out to dinner…! What a waste of an opportunity to celebrate our love with family and friends that would have been.” Alan, on his marriage to Hamish.
“Thank you for partaking and leading such a wonderful celebration for our daughter. You were fantastic and we had a lot of compliments about you. And thank you for sending the transcript. We really appreciated all the heart, warmth and effort you put into the ceremony.”
Anne-Marie and Ben, on their daughter’s Naming.
“We had a lovely and memorable day, which was made possible with your very personal and thoughtful input.”
Ben, on the Naming of his son.
“It was one of the best days of our lives. The feedback we have had from friends & family has been incredible. Everyone was overwhelmed by the intimacy and emotion. And you played and orchestrated a huge part of the day. And for this, we will be forever grateful.”
Chris, speaking about his son’s Naming.
“We just wanted to thank you for making Cecily’s Naming Day such a warm, friendly and relaxed occasion – it was exactly what we were looking for. Thank you for all your efforts to ensure that the script was so well thought out.”
Faye and Dan on their daughter’s Naming.
For more testimonials, see the Naming Ceremony I conducted for Ken and Zoë’s daughter Elsie:
“We were looking for a Humanist alternative to a christening ceremony for our baby boy, and we found Elizabeth through the British Humanist Association website. Elizabeth was a pleasure to work with, from the very personal and meticulous planning stage, through to leading a charming ceremony that moved several of our friends and family to tears! She worked with us to create a script for the event that reflected what we wanted people to feel, and then led the ceremony with grace, authority and attention to detail. We would wholeheartedly recommend Elizabeth for naming ceremonies.”
Ian and Emma, on the Naming Ceremony for their son, Nate.
“Thank you again for creating such a beautiful and personal ceremony with us; it was absolutely perfect. We received the ceremony text in the post, too, and picked it up a month to the day after our wedding – we shed a few tears on the sofa reading it through again! We’ve received lots of comments about how personal and engaging the ceremony was, and a few friends have even asked to read the text of the whole thing themselves – testament to creating something genuinely beautiful and compelling.”
Jo & David, on receiving their wedding ceremony script.
“Thank you for a lovely ceremony, we loved it and everyone commented on how special it was.”
Becky & Jim, on their wedding ceremony.
“Thank you so much for writing something so beautiful for Elsie. And for us. We are very lucky to have you.”
Zoë, on the Naming Ceremony for her daughter, Elsie.
“We enjoyed the ceremony you helped to prepare. We’re grateful for the effort you put in to make it special.”
Kyle and Anja.