I am a professional, independent Celebrant who conducts ceremonies covering all of life’s important events.  I live in Bristol and conduct ceremonies in the South West.

 

I took early retirement from a 30-year career in the university sector, working  in London, Manchester and Liverpool and now work as a Celebrant. During my career I have worked with people from diverse backgrounds giving academic support and pastoral care. My professional and personal experiences have taught me a great deal about offering support to people dealing with life’s ups and downs in a calm, reassuring, personal yet professional manner.

 

Throughout time communities have sought to mark important milestones in the human life span. Those milestones, or rites of passage, are often accompanied by some type of formal function and celebration. Over time such rituals were incorporated into religious doctrine. However, many people now find that in today’s more secular and less religious society, the formal religious ceremony does not meet their needs or reflect their wishes and their individuality.

 

I decided to become a celebrant and to train to create and conduct Weddings and Civil Partnerships, Naming ceremonies, Funerals and other ceremonies, so that I could help people have access to ceremonies that reflect their lives. I think that people should have a choice when it comes to these extraordinary life events. I feel that I have, through my personal life and professional experience, developed skills that enable me to provide a personal, sensitive and professional ceremony, tailored to the needs of the people involved. I believe in being honest and authentic, inclusive and above all compassionate and non-judgemental. I trained and qualified as a Celebrant with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants in 2014.

 

If you would like to discuss the possibilities for your personal and meaningful ceremony, I would love to hear from you

 

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