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 familiarize 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.”
Agathe and Geoff, Wedding Ceremony at Inchcolm Abbey on Inchcolm Island, 5th June 2017“Onie was Celebrant at our Independent Wedding Ceremony on Inchcolm Island on the 5th of June 2017. At our first meeting we immediately felt comfortable with Onie. We had the feeling that she was the right person for our wedding because she would invest herself in our ceremony. And we were right! When our wedding day came, the ceremony was beyond all our expectations. Onie had set the perfect tone to make it incredibly deep and meaningful. We are so grateful for the hard work she put into our ceremony, the result was absolutely beautiful. Our families and guests all greatly appreciated Onie’s service as well and we heard compliments about her great work all day long. Her structuring, writing of the ceremony was great, each section went smoothly with the next and it created a meaningful poetic whole. Onie never pressured us to write sections of the ceremony. We were completely free to write some and let her write the rest. She also provided us with poetry and material to help us be inspired and have more ideas about what we wanted. We are absolutely delighted that she was our Independent Celebrant and that we shared our wedding day with such a friendly and open-minded person.“
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 Townsend and Ade Ryder 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!”
Lucy Robertson and Paul Littlewood, Naming Ceremony for Torin 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 Beaumont and Jan Bakker, Wedding Ceremony in Vatersay Bay, Western Hebrides, 2013
“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!”