Emily and Jo’s Wedding Ceremony by Lunan Bay, Angus on 11th June 2022
“We were delighted that Onie was able to be the celebrant at our intimate wedding near Lunan Bay. She is so thoughtful, genuine, patient and kind and was really clear and helpful in explaining both the options available to us and the legal side of things.
Onie is a beautiful writer and her ceremonies are so authentic, personal and warm. At every stage, we knew she was working with us to make the day what we wanted it to be with no judgement whatsoever. We really appreciated the chance to work on the ceremony script with Onie and found that this process was a really important and meaningful part of our whole wedding.
On the day, Onie was, as ever, calm and flexible in the face of extremely high winds! Everyone spoke about how the ceremony felt “just like us”. We can’t recommend Onie enough, and want to thank her for her sensitivity, generosity and kindness.”
Claire and Scott’s Wedding Ceremony and Family Celebration at Cockenzie House, 29th May 2022
“If you are thinking about booking Onie to be your wedding celebrant, all we can say is that you won’t find a better person to walk beside you through this experience.
From the very first meeting it was clear that Onie really cared about understanding us together as a couple and the things that make our particular relationship work. She gave us a whole range of different things to think about, from examples of ceremonies through to a breakdown of different rituals. Just as importantly, she gave us confidence to be led by what felt authentic to us and our way of being in the world, whether or not that lined up with conventional approaches. We also loved the way she dealt with the more difficult things we brought to the table, including a devastating bereavement during the wedding planning period.
When it came to the day itself, Onie was simply wonderful. Her quiet and calm confidence in our love for each other came through every part of the ceremony, and helped both of us move through our nerves and into the absolute joy of making a long-held dream come true. Since the wedding so many of our guests have talked about how excellent she was as a celebrant and how much she brought to the day.
We loved working with Onie and we are certain that anyone who has her as their celebrant will feel the same.”
Jennifer and Thomas’ Wedding Ceremony at The Rhynd, St Andrews on 28th May 2022
“We can’t recommend Onie enough. She really was fantastic, we wouldn’t change a thing about the ceremony or the day as a whole! From our first meeting over Zoom (we live in England) we knew that Onie was the perfect person to conduct our wedding ceremony. She has a very warm and calming energy which we knew would match the vision we had for our wedding day. On the day of the wedding she came and met us both individually, and to talk us through the handfasting. Although we had only met her over zoom, her kind and friendly manner made it seem as though we had met many times.
The ceremony itself was everything we hoped for. Onie’s delivery of our story was so personal and intimate. Afterwards our guests all commented on what a lovely ceremony it was. We love the nice touch of planting a tree in our names. Thank you, Onie!”
Emma and Craig’s Wedding Ceremony at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh on 27th May 2022
“Onie was the perfect choice for our intimate wedding at the Botanic Gardens. She is warm, friendly and down to earth. Onie’s calm approach really put us at ease. She was always on hand in the lead up to the wedding and she put together the perfect ceremony for us!
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Onie – she is such a genuine, kind person and we loved having her conduct our special day. Thank you Onie!”
Kirsty and Scott’s Wedding Ceremony, in Kirsty’s Gran and Grandpa’s magical garden, 22nd May 2022
“Dearest Onie, We wanted to say how incredibly grateful we are for all that you did for us on our wedding day, and in the entire process leading up to the special day.
We really could not have imagined anybody else marrying us, your kindness, thoughtful nature, calming energy and joyful presence were invaluable to our experience, and we really could not have asked for a more meaningful way to get married. Thank you!
With much love,
Kirsty and Scott
(Mr and Mrs XX )”
Fiona and Tim’s Wedding Ceremony, Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, 20th May 2022
“From our first meeting with Onie we knew she would be the perfect person to conduct our wedding ceremony! She is friendly, down to earth and kindhearted, all qualities that make her the perfect celebrant. We wanted a personalised ceremony that would be inclusive of all faiths and from an initial chat over a coffee we knew that Onie could help us with this.
Onie guided us through the whole process really well and made creating our own personalised ceremony a very pleasant experience. On the day she made sure that the whole ceremony section ran seamlessly and was a calming and reassuring presence during a time with lots of heighten emotions.
Loads of our guests commented after how lovely Onie was and how well our ceremony reflected us as a couple…exactly what we had set out to achieve! The vow scrolls and keepsake ceremony are such a lovely touch and we look forward to being able to re-read and re-live our ceremony in years to come.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Onie to anyone looking for a celebrant for their special event.”
Emily and Steven’s Wedding Ceremony, Colstoun House in East Lothian, 7th May 2022 – a sweet note from the parents of the bride
“Dear Onie, We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for the most beautiful wedding ceremony for our daughter Emily and her groom Steven on Saturday. It was so special and personal, capturing them both and their relationship perfectly. We received many many positive comments afterwards. Honestly, the best wedding ever, we laughed, cried, reflected and shared, so very meaningful.
With many thanks and good wishes.
Carolyn and Ali xx”
Ying and Ao’s Wedding Ceremony at Carberry Tower in East Lothian, 25th April 2022
“Onie is a very professional celebrant, she is very friendly, patient and experienced. As our decision to have a wedding ceremony was so sudden and the time was running out, we were very worried about not being able to find a suitable celebrant for our ceremony, but we were so lucky to find Onie, she always responded quickly and worked efficiently.
As someone from a non-native English-speaking country, we were very apprehensive at first and we had no idea about the wedding ceremony in Scotland. Onie provided us with very helpful advice and introduced us to some interesting Scottish wedding traditions to add to our wedding process, which allowed us to have a very personal and unforgettable bilingual ceremony.
Onie made our ceremony very smooth and perfect, and also made us feel very reassured and relaxed during the ceremony. She played an important role in our big day and made us have a very precious memory. My husband and I are very grateful to Onie for being our wedding celebrant. We cannot recommend Onie enough!”
K and K’s Wedding Ceremony on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, 20th April 2022
“We cannot recommend Onie enough. If you want someone who has gorgeous energy and is well spoken and articulate; choose Onie. She really made our day extremely special.
From the moment we found Onie, we knew she had the right kind of energy we wanted for our wedding. We wanted intimacy, privacy, someone professional and someone who could tailor our ceremony to our unique selves. Onie went above and beyond.
We were eloping to Scotland from Australia for a same sex wedding. Our friends and family who could not come to the wedding each sent us a ribbon and some secret words as a part of our handfasting ceremony. Onie engaged with our friends and family beautifully. We felt respected, well informed and like we were in good hands.
We had the ceremony outside on Calton Hill. It was such a lovely setting under a small tree and our five guests all participated in the ceremony with their own roles, as guided by Onie. This made it all the more special for those who travelled so far to witness our vows. It was also very special to receive a small gift at the end of the day recording the ceremony. It was a beautiful and sentimental touch which we will keep forever.”
Rebecca and Mike’s Wedding Ceremony, Dundas Castle in South Queensferry, 17th April 2022
“Hi Onie, we just wanted to say the biggest thank you from both of us. So many of our guests said the favourite part of the day was the ceremony, the best they’ve ever seen. And we completely agree! You were absolutely wonderful and made our day so very special. The compliments keep coming in for the ceremony and how you made it so genuine. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. Can’t thank you enough! Becca and Mike xx”
Paul and Amy’s Wedding Ceremony, Macdonald Houston House, 16th April 2022
“Onie was able to give us a beautiful and very personal ceremony even with just a couple of months to do so. We were forced to change our celebrant just a couple of months before our wedding day and we found Onie’s profile we knew right away that we wanted her to do our ceremony. From the get go, Onie was fantastic, patient and helpful in getting all the information out of us needed to make our day as personal as we wished it to be. She gave us plenty of options and examples that helped us decide what we did and didn’t want included in our service. We cannot thank and recommend Onie enough, very accommodating to whatever kind of ceremony you want to hold she will guide you in the best direction. Thank you again, Onie!”
Shawnie and Dan’s Elopement Vow Renewal, Shieldhill Castle in Biggar, 11th April 2022
“Onie made sure our day was perfect. We are from California and had a Scottish style vow renewal. We loved everything! Onie had some excellent ideas that made our vows even better than we could have hoped. She made us feel very welcome, like a friend or family member. We recommend her to everybody!”
Alice and MJ’s Wedding Ceremony at Bellhaven School in Dunbar, 18th December 2021
“Onie delivered the most wonderful wedding ceremony for us December. Right from the beginning, when we met in August, Onie made us feel at ease and helped support us in creating the ceremony that suited us best. All our guests thought she was brilliant and they really felt that she captured our personalities. Thank you for making our day so special.”
Jess and Alfie’s Elopment Wedding Ceremony at Roslin Glen, 13th November 2021
“A wonderful day. Onie was great helping us sort out a romantic outdoor ceremony for our wedding. She was very organised and so respectful of our wishes. We had a great day and Onie really went the extra mile to make us feel special. Thank you, Onie!”
Amy and David’s Wedding Ceremony at Newhall Estate in Carlops, 23rd October 2021
“Now that our wedding is over and we’ve started to come down from the high of planning the day and actually going through with it, we have both had a chance to reflect on the day and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
The ceremony was perfect and surpassed all expectations. It was so well written and you delivered it as if you’d known us for years. It truly felt intimate and special and we’re so happy we chose you as our celebrant.
Everyone has commented on how beautiful the ceremony was. My parents were especially impressed. Having only attended religious ceremonies in the past, they were sceptical but having witnessed ours, they both agree that it was much more personal, intimate and appropriate for celebrating two peoples love than most religious ceremonies.
We can’t thank you enough for all the time and effort you put in to getting to know us and writing a ceremony that reflected us. We hope our paths cross with yours again sometime. We may see you in the future conducting some friends weddings as there were plenty of enquiries after the wedding as to who conducted such an amazing ceremony.”
Angharad and Iain’s Wedding Ceremony at Riddles Court, Edinburgh, 16th October 2021
“We were so lucky have Onie as our wedding celebrant. She was absolutely fantastic in terms of her organisation, and ability to put as at ease and guide us through the process.
She wrote a wonderful ceremony for us, and as others have noted, the keepsake was a fantastic reminder of a day that flew past for the both of us.
Many of our guests commented how lovely and personal the ceremony was, and how welcoming she was as they arrived. Honestly, we could not have asked for a better celebrant.”
Andrew and Kate’s Wedding Ceremony at The Biscuit Factory in Leith, 9th October 2021
“Onie is an incredible person, she managed to create a thoughtful, personal and fun ceremony for two very shy people who hate being the centre of attention.
Onie instantly made us feel at ease and we knew we could trust her completely with our big day. She spent lots of time getting to know us and writing (and rewriting) our ceremony so that it was exactly how we wanted it. On the day her warmth and reassurance made everyone feel included and smoothed over any mistakes we made!
The ceremony felt perfectly us and it was even better than we could have imagined. Everyone there commented on what a lovely ceremony it was to be a part of and how Onie was an excellent celebrant.
Thank you for bringing so much to our day and working so patiently with us! We would highly recommend Onie to other couples, we know you can trust her to create and carry out your perfect ceremony.”
Kim and Chris’s Wedding Ceremony at Fletcher Hall, East Saltoun, 25th September 2021
“We would whole-heartedly recommend Onie, without reservation. Right from the initial enquiry, Onie made everything very easy for us – answered all of our questions, talked us through the legalities/formal processes and made every effort to get to know us as individuals and as a couple.
The result was a ceremony that was very ‘us’ – laid back and fun. She really helped us to personalise it and incorporate messages from people who couldn’t attend, which meant the world to us. She responded to questions very quickly, and although we didn’t meet in person until the wedding day (Covid), it really felt like we knew her and that she knew us.
She put us at ease and made the ceremony very comfortable for two people who didn’t particularly like the idea of being looked at by all the guests. Thank you, Onie, for helping to make our day so special.”
Shona and Nathan’s Wedding Ceremony, Carberry Tower, 4th September 2021
“We are so glad that we found Onie! She was perfect fit for us, really took the time to get to know us, and ensured that our ceremony was perfect for us, and our family. She even, somehow, managed to make a cat appear during the service, not once, but twice (we love cats)!
For many of our guests, who weren’t from Scotland, it was the first time they had attended a non-church ceremony. Onie ensured that the ceremony felt inclusive, all of our guests commented on Onie’s welcoming, calm and warm character. In fact, two of our guests have since gone on to ask Onie to be their celebrant at their wedding next year!”
Shona and Nathan’s Wedding Ceremony, Carberry Tower, 4th September 2021 – a sweet note from the mother of the bride
(photo coming soon)
“Onie did a fantastic job at our daughter’s wedding. Her service was so personal and really got to the essence of the couple’s personality and relationship. It was so clear that she had taken the time to get to know them. The wedding had been delayed a year but I know she kept in touch with them all the way through.
So many people commented on how lovely the service was and how happy and smiley Onie was whilst getting us all through it in such a relaxed and inclusive way, with some things to laugh about in there too. A great mix of emotion and joy. There were many tears brought on by all the personal touches.
Thank you so much, Onie, for starting the day off so magically….. we couldn’t have had anything better.” Sue
Amy and Greg’s Wedding Ceremony, Barnbougle Castle in South Queensferry, 3rd September 2021
“Onie, thank you so much for all your hard work and patience in creating our personalised, story led ceremony for our big day. Your positivity and big smile made us excited at every step of planning – which was often tricky during postponing and uncertainty with wedding planning during a pandemic. The process was easy, the suggestions and previous ceremonies to use as inspiration were fantastic. The words for the quaich ceremony and vows very emotive and meaningful. Sharing our story as part of the ceremony and involving family members and friends made them feel like part of the ceremony.
A huge thank you from us! Greg and I have both said we felt present during the ceremony and were able to enjoy it, take in the words and each other as well as guests rather than it passing in too much of a blur. It really was perfect. Guests have commented on it – family feeling included, hearing about our story and our non Scottish guests loving the quiach ceremony. I can’t wait to relive it all when we receive our video! Thank you!”
Fiona and Rich’s Wedding Ceremony on Incholm Island, 29th August 2021
“Onie was absolutely lovely and easy to work with, and brought exceptional empathy, insight – and fun – to the process of helping us think about our wedding vows and ceremony.
Many of our friends and family commented afterwards on how special and inspiring it was to hear an inclusive ceremony that was clearly so personal to us and our lives together. We have a diverse set of friends and family, and we got positive feedback from people of all ages and backgrounds on how relevant the ceremony was to us.
It’s fair to say when we started planning the ceremony, we were a bit daunted. It was great to work with Onie as part of working out how we wanted to express and celebrate our marriage and commitment. On the day, I (the bride) had expected to be serene and happy but ended up being full of the emotion, adrenaline and excitement of the day. Onie brought a lovely calm and dignified approach to the ceremony, which was greatly appreciated.
We would highly recommend Onie to any couple looking for a ceremony that is unique to them.”
Hollie and Shaz’s Wedding Ceremony, Ghillie Dhu, 8th August 2021
“We feel so privileged that Onie was the celebrant for our wedding just over a month ago. We have known Onie for several years now due to covid and the resulting rescheduled wedding dates, and boy were we lucky to find her and that she was still able to perform our eventual ceremony!
From our first meeting Onie put us at ease instantly, she is kind, humble, personable and took on all of our requests without any issue at all. The ceremony itself was beautiful (almost all of our guests revealed that it was the most lovely ceremony they had attended). It was just perfect, exactly what we wanted! Not too gushy but still romantic.
Onie is a natural public speaker and navigated our ceremony which had several cultural and religious sensitivities with ease. We could not recommend Onie enough and wish her all the best in the future!”
Angela and Neil’s Wedding Ceremony at Dunglass Estate, 14th August 2021
“Onie was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Everything we wanted from our ceremony, she gave us. She has a beautiful personality and such a gentle, compassionate way about her. She was just exactly what we were looking for to make our ceremony intimate & loving.
All her little touches, like a printed book of our vows and lovely little gifts was so thoughtful.
I couldn’t imagine finding anyone better to seal our vows. Thank you, Onie, you were great! ❤️”
Sharon and Sarah’s Wedding Ceremony in their beautiful garden pavilion, 10th September 2021
“We can’t thank Onie enough for guiding us through our marriage preparations, with the most helpful ‘giant e-mail’ of information and examples to help us, along with an insightful pre-wedding questionnaire which brought out the best bits of our story so far … embroidered more by some secret questions and answers we’d each given Onie and which made our ceremony all the more poignant – we had the Best Day Ever! We held our ceremony in our garden and Onie warmly welcomed our guests, even managing everyone’s expectations as we arrived late! A loving, emotional, thoughtful and participative ceremony followed, with much laughter and happy tears – just the way we wanted it. Onie’s calming and caring presence made sure we could simply enjoy the ceremony 100% and be with our most special people on our Best Day Ever.”
Lorraine and Bobby’s Wedding Ceremony at Dalziel House Hotel, 18th September 2021
“I just wanted to say a huge thankyou from myself and Bobby for Saturday. The ceremony was perfect. I got a lot of positive comments from guests, most of whom had never attended a wedding performed by a celebrant. They, as did we all, thought the heartfelt way you delivered the vows and especially my mums poem was nothing short of exceptional and your professionalism was second to none. It was the perfect start to what we know will be a perfect marriage.Thanks again Onie xx.”
Kim and Lewie Wicksted’s Wedding Ceremony, Colstoun House in East Lothian, 31st July 2021
“From start to finish, Onie was the perfect celebrant for my wife and I. We met Onie at a boutique cafe in Leith and she immediately put as at ease. We were thrilled to ask her to provide our ceremony. Over the following months (and eventually YEARS!) Onie was in regular contact with us and we can never thank her enough for such a selfless provision. On the day that should have been our wedding day (before covid ruined that) we received a handpainted stone with our initials on. Just one of the many selfless and thoughtful moments that we’ll cherish from Onie.
Onie crafted the absolute perfect ceremony for us. We were blown away on our wedding day by how funny and moving and wholly Wicksted-encapsulating the ceremony was. Our friends and family commented at length during our wedding day on how beautiful they had found our ceremony and how taken they were with Onie. Many even went as far as to say that it was the best and most memorable ceremony they’ve ever witnessed.
Our experience with Onie will never be forgotten. In a post on instagram after our wedding, Onie thanked us for asking her to be a “small part” of our wedding day. Onie played a HUGELY significant role in our wedding day and in the run up to it and we’ll be eternally grateful to have had such a glorious, friendly, caring and thoughtful celebrant to marry us.”
Michelle and John’s Wedding Ceremony at Guardswell Farm in Perthshire, 24th July 2021
“From initial enquiry to our wedding, working with Onie was nothing but seamless. She worked with us to create a ceremony that reflected what we wanted, giving plenty of suggestions and guidance throughout. Due to the pandemic, we didn’t actually meet until the day of our wedding but it felt like we had and if we had any questions, she was just a phone call or email away.
The ceremony itself really came together because of Onie, she made sure we incorporated elements that meant a lot to us and put us totally at ease. We would recommend Onie to any of our friends and family.”
E & O’s Wedding Ceremony at Edinburgh Zoo, 10th July 2021
“We knew we wanted something slightly different for our wedding ceremony and Onie spent a lot of time with us in the run up to the wedding to get to know us and understand what we were looking for. The result was a fun, lighthearted ceremony that really reflected who we are and celebrated our marriage. All of our guests commented that they’d never been to such a personal wedding ceremony before and they loved all the stories that Onie shared, as did we! We really enjoyed working with her and would absolutely recommend her services.”
Kerrie and James’s Wedding Ceremony, The Rowantree in Edinburgh, 19th June 2021
“Our ceremony was personal, funny, romantic and full of loving elements from our family and friends that we didn’t know about until the day, beautifully called secret snippets bt Onie … loved that!
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house although there was also laughter and joy. It was magical.
We knew we wanted something more than a few words in a registry office and something more personal to us than a church service and we felt an Agnostic service may do just that. Onie guided us through planning and preparing – asked us questions that really made us think about what was important to us, and she wrote the most beautiful ceremony.
We had wanted our extended family to take part if they’d like to. On the day, we had readings, personal poems and a song written by the best man. At the very last moment, my brother asked to contribute and Onie wasn’t phased. We live-streamed the wedding and Onie also included those important people who couldn’t be there into the ceremony.
We have had so many friends and family saying how perfect it was and that they’d never been to a wedding like it. That was down to Onie. She made our day absolutely beautiful – even more special as it was a lockdown wedding … you’d never have known. x”
“Onie was absolutely amazing as our celebrant. She helped us to create a really lovely ceremony that was very personal to us. She even managed to get in some lovely, thoughtful surprises for us.
Onie took time to understand more about us and made the whole planning experience so much fun and effortless. When we had to move our date we made sure that Onie could be our celebrant. Then we spoke to everyone else.
On the day Onie was amazing. She made everyone feel relaxed and happy. The ceremony was even better than we could’ve ever imagined.
We highly recommend Onie. She has such a lovely energy. She makes you instantly feel at ease.”
Maddie and Warren’s Wedding Ceremony, Kailzie Gardens, 15th May 2021
“As soon as we met Onie we knew that she was the right person to guide us through our big day. We were recommended Onie by Maddie’s colleague who spoke very highly of her. Onie showed great flexibility and warmness in guiding us through the challenges of planning a wedding during the CV-19 pandemic, helping to create our perfect and personal ceremony under the most difficult circumstances. She really took the time to get to know who we are as individuals and as a couple, and created a ceremony that was truly personal and unique in every way. Onie is a wonderful person who helped our wedding ceremony become exactly how we wanted it. Highly recommend!”
Lucy and Emil’s Wedding Ceremony, Blair Atholl, 22nd May 2021
“Onie was fantastic. She guided us through the planning of our ceremony and gave us lots of great ideas. Her agnostic approach was truly welcomed in the ceremony where family members had different beliefs. Onie was there for us from the moment we met, we really felt like we knew Onie and she knew us and our story really well. One lovely thing about choosing Onie was that she gave us a beautiful printed version of our ceremony as a keepsake. It was such a lovely surprise and not something we have seen before. We would 100% recommend Onie!
Catherine and Theonas’ Wedding Ceremony, Yellowcraig Beach in East Lothian, 8th May 2021
“Onie wrote a beautiful ceremony which completely reflected our personalities and the relaxed style we wanted for our wedding. Our wedding was only 2 months in the planning and it started with Onie agreeing to be our celebrant. We knew we wanted to get married outside and fairly soon and the chilled out vibe Onie gave off during our first online meeting made us feel it was totally possible! She also suggested we combine our wedding with a little naming ceremony for our baby. We got an opportunity to celebrate these two massive occasions with some of our friends at the beach and others online who have yet to meet our little girl. It was a very special cold and windy day at the beach! Our friends and family all commented on how genuine our wedding ceremony was. Onie collated all the information we gave her on how we met, how we feel about each other and our views on marriage and wrote a stunning ceremony that was fun, heartfelt and relaxed. Thank you!”
Jade and Callum’s Wedding Ceremony, Restoration Yard in Dalkeith, 3rd April 2020
Onie was the celebrant at my son and daughter in laws wedding and could not have wished for better.
There was so much happiness, love and laughter on what could have been a very different day because of lockdown.
Onie made the service so personal to them and made everyone feel so relaxed and at ease. Highly recommended!
Lucy and Natalie’s Wedding Ceremony, Newhall Estate in Carlops, 20th December 2020
“Onie is simply a wonder, and we could not recommend her companionship on the road to marriage more highly. One of our family members asked us after our ceremony “when did your close friend become a wedding celebrant”? She was so taken by the intimacy, love and care shown by Onie during our ceremony that she believed it could only come from the closest of friends. This is the unique presence Onie brings to your journey with her. From the very first meeting, we knew we had met an extraordinary soul who would hold us close and help us plan our perfect day. Onie’s ability to quickly and deeply understand us made for such a joyous experience. She dispelled our nerves and crafted a ceremony that was simply perfect for us. Her readiness to flex and respond to the tumult of 2020 was exceptional, and we are grateful to her for helping us roll with the changes without losing any of the joy or excitement of our day. So special was our experience with Onie that we are commissioning her again to do a celebration service for us with our original guest list in 2021.”
Kirsten and Grahame’s Wedding Ceremony, Archerfield House in East Lothian, 13th December 2020
“When our wedding in Florida was cancelled and we decided to pull together our magical wedding, at home, during a global pandemic, in under 7 weeks, we thought we were crazy! Onie was calm and kept our stresses away as we juggled restrictions, guidelines and fast planning. Onie was just amazing from the get go: from our first meeting she got to know us, both individually and as a couple, and what our marriage meant to us. She wrote the most amazing ceremony sharing the important parts of our story adding in little secret snippets on the day. Thank you for all the special details and touches you added to our ceremony and the thoughtful keepsakes you made for us which we will treasure…always!”
Beth and Rachel’s Wedding Ceremony, St. Anthony’s Chapel on Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, 10th November 2020
“When we asked Onie to officiate our civil partnership in the middle of a pandemic, in the middle of winter, up a hill, she was completely on board. She listened to all our requests with patience and utmost kindness. We both felt at every point we had her full support and encouragement. Our ceremony was full of love and reflected our personalities and relationship in a wonderful way. Our guests couldn’t help but comment that Onie had a wonderful presence and captured the essence of the day, our story and our love wonderfully. She is truly a joyful person, is a perfect storyteller, and made every moment for us special and personable.”
Charlotte and Andrew’s Wedding Ceremony, Colstoun House in East Lothian, 31st October 2020
“Onie is one of a kind, and if you’re looking at this review and considering Onie, do it!! We are one of lucky couples who were able to get married during Covid-19 and the support Onie offered us was amazing from start to finish. I first found Onie when looking for something a little out of the norm for our wedding service. From our first call I knew we found a match. Every call we had with Onie was so personal, and made us feel even more connected remembering lovely stories of our history as a couple. We wanted a completely unique service, and Onie helped us create that with ease. Onie is perfectly calm and really helped keep our stressed minds at ease while we juggled all new restrictions. The service on the day was beautiful and all our guests (both present and on Zoom) commented on how personal our style of service was. Thank you so much Onie for such a wonderful day!”
Ashley and Tom’s Wedding Ceremony, Prestonfield House in Edinburgh, 9th October 2020
“Onie wrote the most beautiful ceremony for us, the words spoken will be cherished forever, a highlight of our wedding day. She is a born storyteller with a calm and nurturing way. Planning (and rescheduling) our wedding during CV-19 brought about a rollercoaster of emotions, and Onie was a huge support. She kept us well informed of the Scottish guidelines and was so flexible and supportive. We loved the beautiful scrolls Onie made for our wedding vows and our gorgeous ceremony keep sake. Thank you Onie for making our day so very special, for being kind and professional, we hope to see you again real soon. Ashley & Tom”
H and A’s Wedding Ceremony at The Folly in East Lothian in September 2020. A sweet note from the mother of the groom.
“Thank you enormously for officiating at the most beautiful wedding ceremony for H and A. It was truly magical and your calm and reassuring manner made us all feel very relaxed. You are a great find and I’m quite sure that you will be seeing a lot more of us all over the coming years! What an incredibly happy day we had but the highlight was most definitely the wedding ceremony. Thank you again! Helen”
And a sweet note from the couple:
“The enormous help and gentle guidance that Onie provided, enabled us to have exactly the right ceremony for us. It was so so special and brilliantly delivered by Onie. We honestly couldn’t recommend her well enough for any Celebrant need. I know for certain she is the first person we would call for any future celebrations. Onie’s calm reassuring manner from our first phone call with her to the ceremony was perfection. Both of our families also loved her involvement in our wedding – Thank you Onie! H & A”
Catherine and Nicholas’ Wedding Ceremony, Yellowcraig Beach in East Lothian, 19th September 2020
“We are so glad we found Onie to be our wedding celebrant. Onie is warm, approachable and really knows her stuff. Right from our first meeting she helped us shape our wedding ceremony and when the pandemic struck, Onie was helpful, informative and flexible. She kept us right up to date with the latest requirements and regulations and was very reassuring, often soothing our frayed nerves! Onie is generous with her time and really got to know us, ensuring a wonderfully personal and meaningful ceremony. We had a good idea of many of the details we wanted to incorporate and Onie helped us fill in the blanks with guidance and suggestions. Her approach is unobtrusive and professional and we’ll definitely want to catch up over a cup of tea after the pandemic. Thank you Onie!”
Magdalena and Struan’s Wedding Ceremony, Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, 21st August 2020.
“It was absolutely wonderful to have you as our celebrant. We felt that the day was very special and we are forever grateful for you conducting our marriage. With love, Magda and Struan”
Gillian and Andy’s Wedding Ceremony, Archerfield House in East Lothian 18th August 2020
“It’s just been the most magical few days we could ever have wished for.
The ceremony was a dream come true for us. We can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and patience with us in the run up to the ceremony. What we created together was perfect in every way and we will remember it so vividly for the rest of our lives. Thank you for the beautiful book of your words. It was so kind of you to do that and it will be so lovely to read it back again from time to time and help us relive those moments. Being able to finally get married after all this time has made everything this year worth the hardship. We feel truly blessed in life and are so grateful that Instagram led us to you to marry us! Thank you, thank you, thank you again.”
Rio’s Naming and Welcome-to-the-World Ceremony, 15th March 2020
“Onie was the celebrant for my daughter’s naming day and I could not have been happier. Onie was able to articulate my thoughts and my requests in such a wonderful way and the day could not have gone better. I thoroughly recommend Onie. I just wish we could do it all again!!”
Leanne and Alex’s Vow Renewal Ceremony at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, 20th February 2020
“Without Onie’s input we wouldn’t have had such a special experience and wouldn’t have shared the words together that we did. We knew that we wanted to make our 10th anniversary something more than just a nice trip, but how we were to celebrate it was something we needed guidance on. We contacted Onie and it was lovely to chat with her. After the call we had been given a variety of ideas to do during the ceremony and possible locations. Onie created a beautiful ceremony for us which included our unique stories and quotes, she also prompted us to give secret parts that we wouldn’t share with each other until the ceremony. We are so grateful for all of the work Onie put into the ceremony to make the day really special for us. On the day of our anniversary we travelled to Edinburgh, to the Botanic Gardens, where we met Onie in person for the first time. She made us feel at ease, the location she had suggested was perfect and we felt relaxed to laugh, and cry with joy, as we revealed some of things we had never said to one another before. Thank you so much for everything that you did to create our ceremony, Onie, it really was nothing without you and it is a day we will always cherish.”
Vivienne and Donald’s Wedding Ceremony at Dovecot Studios, 11th January 2020
Kira and James, Wedding Ceremony at Carlowrie Castle, 10th October 2019
“Onie, you were nothing short of amazing!!! You’re so sweet and our special day wouldn’t have been complete without you. Thank you.”
Bo’s Naming Day at Tyninghame Town Hall, 19th October 2019
“Onie wonderfully helped make our baby Bo’s naming ceremony the perfect event to welcome him in to the world. We so enjoyed working with Onie who helped us weave a ceremony together which included contributions from spiritual guardians, music, group singing, poetry, readings and blessings. Onie is very intuitive and sensitively translated our wishes and ideas in to a perfectly created ceremony. Onie has a beautiful calmness and tenderness which made the whole ceremony relaxed but very special on the day where she held a sacred space for us with a perfect balance of allowing for all emotions but with an overriding sense of joy which we felt she genuinely shared with us. We hope to remain friends with Onie as she has been a key guide/mentor for us during our wonderful and profound birth journey.”
Elsie’s Naming Day Ceremony at home in Edinburgh, 29th September 2019
“Onie led a truly beautiful ceremony for our third daughter in our garden surrounded by friends and family. It was fun and relaxed and full of love and smiles and was exactly as we wanted it to be. Onie helped and guided us right from the beginning; making sure that all our different ideas were included in the ceremony and helping us with choosing the right readings and giving opportunities for friends/family to be included too. It was a truly beautiful day and will give us many happy memories for the future. Thank you Onie for supporting us.”
Esther and John Life Partnership Ceremony in Kinghorn, Fife, 31st August 2019
“Onie helped us produce exactly the celebration we wanted: informal enough to set everyone at ease but poignant enough to highlight the importance of the day for us. She spent a lot of time beforehand talking to us and giving us ideas about the shape the ceremony could take but was always careful to give us the last word. This took a lot of the anxiety out of it and made it fun to do. The ceremony itself was everything we wanted, it was joyous and there was hardly a dry eye in the house as well. Thank you, Onie.”
Lianne and Iemad, Elopement Wedding Ceremony on the shores of Loch Bad ‘a Gaill near Ullapool, 10th July 2019
“Our elopement ceremony led by Onie was everything we hoped for – and so much more! The first email we received already showed how kind and thoughtful of a person Onie is. She was extremely helpful and patient from the beginning and we loved how well Onie put our thoughts beautifully into words. Onie provided us with many examples and ideas for the ceremony which really helped us to shape our ceremony exactly how we wanted it. She also added some lovely anecdotes and secret bits that made the ceremony so special. Onie puts in a lot of effort and does everything she can to make sure you have the perfect day. The ceremony itself was so magical and intimate and I am so grateful Onie was part of it. The ceremony cards Onie made (in both English and Dutch!) we got afterwards are such a lovely keepsake to have of our wedding day too. We highly recommend Onie as a celebrant and we are so thankful for everything she did for us, she is truly an amazing person!”
Jane and David Wedding Ceremony at GG Yard’s in Dumfries & Galloway, 11th May 2019
“So many people commented that it was the best ceremony they have been to and how beautiful, unique and personal it was. A lot of people thought Onie was a friend of the family as she spoke with such familiarity. Thank you for all the hard work you put into it and the beautiful ceremony cards you presented at the end!! For anyone looking for a celebrant, we couldn’t recommend Onie enough. She is kind, eloquent, thoughtful and will really add something extra to make your special day, even that bit more special.”
Celebration of Life Ceremony at Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh, 28th March 2019
“I shall always be grateful for your support, expertise and kindness over this entire period. All the hours you put into the ceremony. Your care and attention to detail. All your hard work resulted in a beautiful culmination of the complex person that my husband was…there really are not the words for me to express adequately how grateful I am.”
Connie and Rich, Wedding and Handfasting Ceremony at The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, 9th February 2019
“Onie helped us create the most beautiful, personal ceremony for our wedding. It was everything we could ever have wished for! Thank you again x”
Rose and Adam, Elopement Wedding Ceremony at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh, 3rd December 2018
“Onie was all Adam and I could have hoped for in a celebrant. She is very responsive, knowledgeable, prepared, and thoughtful. Her calming and friendly energy is so warm and made us feel very comfortable navigating this unfamiliar process. She was so helpful through e-mail and phone calls when we were planning our ceremony with her from Thailand.
The day of the ceremony Onie came early to familiarise herself with the space. She was thoughtful about so many small details. She printed and bound our ceremony beautifully for us. The wording was perfect and made us both emotional.
We so appreciate all the energy and effort Onie put in to make our day perfect. I highly recommend Onie and I can only say to anyone looking for a celebrant that you won’t find a more genuine and wonderful person!”
Alice Boyle and Calum Pretsell, Naming Ceremony for Leo in the Drawing Room at Kelburn Castle, 29th September 2018
“Onie was amazing from the word go. We met and discussed the type of ceremony we were looking for – a service with hymns, Buddhist readings, songs, vows from the godparents, blessings and also to involve the children. Onie helped guide us into creating a very personal and meaningful service, answering our questions quickly and always really calm and friendly. The day was beautiful. Onie led the service with ease and made everyone feel so relaxed. My friends and family enjoyed having her around. She was a real asset to the whole event as well as being a joyful celebrant for Leo’s Naming Ceremony.”
Scott Strain following the Funeral Ceremony for his father, Robert Strain, at South Lanarkshire Crematorium, 7th September 2018
“Onie beautifully captured the family’s memories of our father and presented them at his memorial service with a wonderful warmth, dignity and compassion. We were very pleased with the service Onie provided.”
Tammy Tibbets and Michael Walters, Wedding Ceremony at the DoubleTree Hilton in Edinburgh, 29th June 2018
“Our wedding ceremony is one we will forever treasure. We are so fortunate to have found Onie – she is truly gifted with her words and is one of the most genuine people you’ll ever encounter. You can meet her for a short period of time and feel like you’ve known her for ages. She worked diligently with us to craft a ceremony that we loved down to the last detail; she offered many reading suggestions to inspire us, and she presided over a ceremony that flowed brilliantly and touched the hearts of all our guests. We couldn’t recommend her more!”
Sophie Neale and Richard Cooke, Naming Ceremony and Family Celebration for Theadora, Agnes and Florence at home in Musselburgh, 10th June 2017
“It was a uniquely special day, full of colour and happiness. One that we are very glad we had and which we will always treasure. Onie worked with us to develop a wonderful ceremony that made sense to us and our family. She helped us understand what might work and suggested ways to fill the ceremony with personal ideas and touches. She then bought her distinctive lightness and joy to the ceremony, guiding it and engaging friends and family. Thank you.”
Louise and David Oliver, Wedding Ceremony at Carlowrie Castle in Edinburgh, 4th December 2016
“Onie guided us through and inspired us to create a truly personal ceremony. Many of the guests have since commented on how beautiful and unique a ceremony it was. Onie presented us with a handmade copy of our ceremony, which is one of our most treasured wedding gifts. We feel honoured and blessed to have had Onie as part of our day.”
Sarah, Ed, Beth and Arwen, Wedding Ceremony & Family Celebration in Fife, 20th June 2015
“Onie was the celebrant for our wedding and family ceremony in June, 2015. We had a rough idea of the kind of ceremony we wanted, but no idea how to make it happen or even what to include in it. We knew that we wanted to celebrate our connections to each other as a family, and Ed and I wanted to celebrate our connection to each other through marriage (we had completed the legal ceremony the day before). We also wanted to weave through the ceremony a celebration of our connection to the earth. Onie spent time with us beforehand ensuring that she was tuned into our thinking and used her intuition, gentleness and inherent kindness to help guide us and shape our ceremony into something wonderful. She was creative whilst also fully respecting our ideas and values. Her ideas were very respectful and very much in accordance with our family and what was important to us.
On the day, she held space for us in the most lovely way that I could ever have imagined. She helped out with what needed to be done as well as holding our ceremony for us. It felt very much like she was the thread that was holding, and weaving all of the pieces of what we wanted together to create a magical and memorable day for us. It was a unique day and everyone who attended spoke afterwards about the peaceful energy of the ceremony and how much they enjoyed it – it was totally unique. Onie was a very important person in helping create this and holding it for us. We will remember it forever.”
Emily and Ade Wedding Ceremony in Aberlady, 25th May 2013
“Onie was a wonderful and unreplaceable part of our wedding. I cannot imagine it without her. Onie was patient, thoughtful, loving and the perfect person to perform the ceremony. Onie took the time to go through my vows with me, helping me write them and construct a ceremony from scratch, to suit us as individuals. She was a calming positive influence both in the lead-up and during the day. I highly recommend Onie as a celebrant, and am so thankful to have had her with me on my wedding celebration!”
Torin’s Blessing and Naming Day Ceremony in London, 17th May 2015
“Onie wrote and delivered the most perfect naming ceremony for our son. It was a complex mix of beliefs, families and religions so we opted for an ‘Onie Ceremony’. It was thoughtful, poignant, the perfect combination of serious and light, struck all the right tones. We were all absolutely delighted. Even the most sceptical were totally won over – even the Catholic priest says every time we meet – it was the nicest, most inclusive and warm ceremony he has ever been to – and that was the sentiment we have heard over and over again since the day. We are currently planning a church wedding but are discussing doing a follow-up ceremony to renew our vows in a year just so we can ask Onie again!”
Carrie and Jan Wedding Ceremony on Vatersay Bay in the Outer Hebrides, 7th April 2012
“Onie was amazing as our celebrant – she guided us through the process and helped us capture some of our ideas into a very unique wedding celebration. What we appreciated most was that she helped us think through how to write our ceremony. We had a few very vague ideas of what we would like – but after a few conversations, and some useful tips that she sent our way, she helped guide us to personalise our ceremony, write our vows, and think through how to include friends and family in the process. It was also great fun using the process of writing our vows and think through our ceremony to reflect on our relationship and how we work well together. We can’t thank her enough for helping us pull together this day!”