Inclusive Independent Celebrant
Celebrating life and love from beginning to end.
funerals and memorials
1. I love my rescue dogs
Lyra and Gina
They are rubbish when it rains - I have to stand outside getting wet as they won't go out alone - but I love them anyway!
My favourite ring bearer at a wedding is a dog!
2. I used to live in Amsterdam
and speak a little Dutch
I could feed the ducks on the canal outside my flat! The architecture is outstanding which is why I love weddings in historical buildings.
3. I love nature
and adore being outside
I have been known to hug a tree or two in my time and walking in the woods is my all time joy. This is why woodland weddings are so close to my heart.
4. I am inclusive and non-judgemental
inclusion and equality are central to my personality
My life as a teacher was spent helping children of all faiths and heritages with difficulties in some very tough schools, All people are included and welcomed
What do I love about being a Celebrant?
Three reasons this is the best job in the world!
I love weddings and all celebrations
Helping couples have their perfect day and involving all their family gives me such joy.
My favourite moment is when I tie the final knot and you look at each other with such love and joy - makes my heart soar every time!
I believe love is the most important thing in life
Whatever and whoever you love - do so wholeheartedly and with passion.
I didn't expect to feel so passionately about funerals.
I was a teacher for a long time, and loved it. Now I find many of those skills help me when writing and conducting funerals. The moments I treasure are learning all about the person and then writing their life story - celebrating the extraordinary in the ordinary.
and guilty pleasures....
The comments I get most often from all of my ceremonies are 'gentle', 'humorous', 'sincere', 'efficient and organised', 'empathetic and insightful' 'you got us completely' 'great ideas'
'sense of fun' 'alternative' and 'easy to work with'
So I guess you will find the same!
Outside of my work I am often to be found reading, or chatting with friends, and creating fused glass.
ok, total honesty? Chocolate or cheese and a glass of red wine on a Friday evening watching 'The last Leg' or 'Gogglebox'....
Getting up early and watching the dawn - not so much a guilty pleasure but one which has grown in comfort under lockdown...
Talking with a friend over coffee and people watching...
A long hot bath and reading until my fingers are wrinkled...
Hobbies and interests:
I enjoy glass fusing and creating one off pieces, which I sell on fb and my glass designs workshop. It really is a hobby, but very absorbing. As I have got older I have been able to enjoy being creative - singing, acting and even Panto! I bring this creativity to the weddings and funerals I plan too.
Swimming, gardening and learning new things are all passions of mine. I love finding out about other people's passions. Meeting new people and finding out about them is a great part of my work.
Catch my radio interview
On the 29th November I had the wonderful opportunity to talk to Samantha Day about my role as a celebrant. Click here to listen!