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!”