I trained to be a celebrant following 15 years of experience in PR, event management, copy writing, script writing, photography and video production. It’s my great privilege that I trained with and am accredited by Humanists UK, to write and conduct highly personalised ceremonies for anyone who wants a memorable, unique and non-religious wedding.
In no particular order, I've lived in Harrogate, London and Surrey and, now firmly established and entirely at home in Harrogate, I love everything Yorkshire but still enjoy traveling around the UK and overseas. I'm married to Simon, a photographer and videographer, who I work with too, within our photography and video business. (yes, we do ceremony and photography packages sometimes!). We have two kids in their early twenties, One is a musician.. One is studying psychology with criminology.
Also living with us are Luna - our particularly fabulous and very bouncy Sheprador (GSD/Labrador cross), who loves nothing better than goofing around with a ball and diving into a river on a long walk, and two lazy, old cats who just about tolerate each other, and curl up on the sofa with us when it suits them!
I've been lucky to travel enough to open my eyes, but not enough to be satisfied! I'm still curious. I love music, friendship, films, box sets, festivals and wine. And I do a lot of walking in the countryside with our dog, although I sometimes crave a bit of city life too. I'm a pescatarian. I'd like to be a vegan, but I can't quite commit to giving up cheese. Life is mainly good!
I absolutely love being a wedding celebrant. It's such a joyful job and I am delighted that I am a recommended supplier at several venues in my patch - including Thief Hall in Northallerton, The Red Lion in Burnsall, Devonshire Arms and Devonshire Fell at Bolton Abbey, Skipton, The Swinton Estate in Masham, and Hazlewood Castle, Leeds.
What humanism means to me
The very first wedding I photographed was a humanist ceremony – and it blew me away. Although the ceremony didn’t go into detail about humanism, I asked the bride and groom before the wedding if they could explain what humanism was. Their brief description sounded to me like a way of thinking – a non-religious philosophy - that stood for everything in which I already believed.
Humanism is a way of thinking that is fair and just. It supports curiosity, is tolerant of all others’ beliefs, and celebrates the life we have. And I liked that. I did a short quiz on the Humanists website, and I found thatI was pretty much a humanist! Of course, there is a whole load of things to learn if you delve deeper, so if you are interested, please click here: https://humanism.org.uk
I am very excited to have been featured on Harrogate News here and Stray FM here (click through to the article and you can hear me too!) I've also written blogs for The Celebrant Directory and Hitched.co.uk, which can also be seen on my blog page. Please click and read my story, why humanist weddings are so good, and a little more about the reasons behind me becoming a celebrant.