Services
Wedding Ceremonies

Happy Couple

Your wedding is the beginning of your marriage, the beginning of your dedication to each other, the beginning of your lives together.

It should reflect not only your love for each other today, but your commitment to ensuring that that love will not only grow, but evolve and change as life evolves and changes around you.

Your wedding ceremony should reflect all of these things, remembering that you are a unique and special couple. Your ceremony should be as distinctive as you are yourselves.

As a Civil Marriage Celebrant it is my role to identify your uniqueness, what sets you apart from other couples in love, and to craft the ceremony that is yours alone. We will work together to create your very own special ceremony.

I can offer suggestions for vows, readings and music or you can source or write your own. There are many rituals that can be included in a wedding ceremony that enhance the significance of the occasion, for example: handfasting, sharing wine, ring warming, lighting of candles.

I cannot guarantee you a perfect wedding, but I do promise one that will be enjoyable and unforgettable!

“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years” ...Simone Signoret

Funeral Services

Butterfly on FlowerElisabeth Kubler-Ross words (below) underpin my philosophy as a funeral celebrant. I believe in creating a funeral that is more than just a service; it is a memorable experience that enables family and friends of the deceased to commence the grieving process.

Planning a funeral can be a challenging and daunting prospect. Unfortunately this planning needs to be done in a very short period of time when we are the least prepared or able to cope. My role as a funeral celebrant is to alleviate fears and anxieties and to provide advice and assistance.

My funeral services are individually and uniquely written for each person after a consultation with the family in their own home. Every funeral is presented with sincerity, understanding and compassion, not only for the deceased, but most importantly, the family and friends remaining.

I am able to offer advice on rituals, readings and music. I am very comfortable with offering suggestions for creative and unusual ideas of celebrating the life of the deceased.

I assist with the liaison with the funeral arranger, preparing a running sheet of the ceremony to ensure the accuracy of the inclusion of music, readings etc.

A presentation copy of the ceremony is available for as many family members who wish to have it.

“Every individual human being born on this earth has the capacity to become a unique and special person unlike any who has ever existed before or will ever exist again." ...Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

 

Baby Naming Ceremonies

Baby Naming CeremonySurely the greatest gift of all is the birth of a baby! And the first and most significant gift we give our child is its name.

A naming ceremony formally celebrates the birth and naming of a child, thereby welcoming them into the family and the community. It is a defining moment for parents, grandparents and other members of the extended family.

As a celebrant, I create an individual and unique ceremony for each child, after a consultation with parents and other family members. The ceremony will embrace the naming of the child, appointment of the godparents, and the inclusion of the grandparents.

I provide for each family a presentation copy of the ceremony, a certificate of naming and certificates of commitment for the godparents.

"Of all the joys that brighten suffering earth,
What joy is welcom’d like a newborn child!" ...Caroline Norton

 

Other Services

Graduation ImageAs we move through life there are many milestones that deserve a celebration:

Reaching adolescence
Graduating from high school or university
Leaving home
Moving into a first home
Significant birthdays
Retirement
Memorial of the death of a loved one

Unfortunately the frantic pace of our lives means that we often forget to celebrate or do so in a perfunctory manner.

A civil celebrant can help to restore the celebrations we need as we progress through life.

I will write each individual ceremony uniquely and distinctively to reflect the importance and relevance of your celebration.

One ought every day at least
To hear a little song, read a good poem,
See a fine picture, and if it were possible,
To speak a few reasonable words

Johann Wofgang von Goethe

 

Eulogy Writer

Writing a EulogyEach person that lives on this earth has a story and rarely, is this story written, before they die. To write the eulogy of a loved one in a time of extreme grief for their loss, is often a difficult and impossible task.

My role as a eulogy writer is to write that story for you. I will spend time with your family, as you tell me about how that person was unique to you, why you loved them, how their life unfolded, their triumphs and tragedies, their loves and losses.

As a celebrant, I have written over 50 eulogies, many I have presented as part of the funeral and many have been written for others to deliver. My use of language is comfortable and easy to read. Each eulogy written is prepared for you in an easy to read format, in a display book. This is complemented by a presentation copy of the eulogy as a keepsake.

"What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow
Which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset." 

The last words of Crowfoot. Blackfoot warrior

 

Master of Ceremonies

Every event requires organisation. Before it can even start, there are often many people working behind the scenes to pull all of the aspects together that will make it a winner. Then when your event commences, a master of ceremonies will be the last link you need in your chain of success. A good MC will fill the gaps between speakers. An excellent MC ensures that the program moves smoothly and discreetly from one presenter to the next, whilst keeping the audience engaged and entertained.

As an experienced public speaker and orator, much of my experience covers the role of being the MC at many and varied functions. I will research the history behind your event, interview the speakers to ensure accuracy of introductions and liaise with you, the organiser, to make certain the best possible program is presented.

 "The finest eloquence is that which gets things done;
the worst is that which delays them."...David Lloyd George