Samantha and Conner’s Wedding Ceremony at Roslin Glen, near Edinburgh, on 1st May 2023
I am still glowing from the beautiful day we had with Onie. She wrote the most touching ceremony that will stay with us forever; she is truly a talented writer!
Onie spent a lot of time getting to know my husband and I before our ceremony, and spent a lot of time listening to exactly what we wanted, and she was so helpful in letting us know all our options for the day! She was also so accommodating with our schedule in regards to meeting up via video chat to discuss our ceremony (we are based in the US).
She provided so much insight and helpful feedback, which we truly appreciated because this was all very new to us! She is just the sweetest person ever, and I could not think of a better person to have performed our ceremony for us. I highly recommend her 🙂
Nicola and Robbie’s Wedding Ceremony and Welcome to the World Ceremony for Theo at Broxmouth Park, Dunbar on 29th April 2023
Onie, where do we begin! The most perfect day conducted by a fabulous Celebrant.
Onie made our ceremony everything we wanted it to be; personal, family orientated and full of laughter. Robbie and I were a bit unsure on where to start with creating our ceremony until we met Onie. Onie fully supported us in writing our own vows based on a love letter we both adored by Ludwig van Beethoven. Onie helped tailor the wording of this to merge this in with our vows, which was just perfect, assisted us with choosing a handfasting and also worked with us to have input into the ceremony script.
Onie also suggested having naming ceremony for our son afterwards, which is something we would have never have thought about. This was a perfect ending to our wedding ceremony.
We both loved working with Onie in the lead up to our wedding and felt like she really made the effort to get to know us, our son and our journey together. We truly cannot thank her enough for this. I felt so relaxed on the day when Onie came to join myself in the Bridal suite and Robbie in the Grooms room, this was another lovely touch as nerves began to build.
Onie – you were spectacular. We thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.
Liberti and Azim’s Wedding Ceremony at Borthwick Castle on 14th January 2023
We cannot recommend Onie enough as an officiant for a wedding. Onie did an incredible job as the celebrant for our wedding, and her heartfelt words, kind demeanour, and attention to detail truly made the day special for us.
From the moment we met Onie, we felt comfortable and confident in her ability to guide us through the ceremony. Onie’s professionalism and expertise were evident throughout the planning process, and her willingness to listen to our needs and preferences made the ceremony feel personal and authentic.
The care and attention she put into crafting the ceremony, tailored to our specific needs and desires, was evident in every word she spoke. It truly felt like Onie took the time to get to know us and our story, and that made the ceremony all the more meaningful.
We cannot thank you enough Onie, for being a part of our special day and for making it such a memorable experience. Your warmth and sincerity were felt by all in attendance, and we received many compliments on the beautiful ceremony you delivered. We are truly grateful to have had you as our officiant and cannot imagine the day without you.
Thank you again for all that you did to make our wedding day unforgettable. We wish you all the best and hope to stay in touch.
Jane and Sam’s Wedding Ceremony at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh on 17th December 2022
“Onie was a fantastic celebrant from the very beginning of the process to the day itself. Throughout the entire planning process she was friendly, approachable and so easy to talk to – she really took the time to get to know us personally, and this really reflected in the ceremony.
The ceremony was more than we could have asked for, with all of our friends and family commenting on how sentimental, personal and perfect the whole service was.
We can’t thank Onie enough for making our day so special!”
Calvin and Sarah’s Wedding Ceremony at Douneside House, Tarland on 2nd December 2023
Onie was fantastic from start to finish. When we first started chatting Onie was very easy to talk to and allowed us to create a personal ceremony that reflected or personalities. Onie is very easy going and accommodating to specific requests and even helps with how to make it work. For example instead of a quaich we used a cocktail glass with our favorite cocktail in it but Onie still used the beautiful Traditional Scottish wording around that part of the ceremony.
The ceremony flowed brilliantly and Onie is so clear and easy to listen to. After the ceremony we got so many compliments about the ceremony and for Onie as well on how good she was. We would recommend Onie 100% for anyone else’s event as she is brilliant and very professional.
Thanks again Onie for making our special day even more special.
Sara and Cormac’s Elopement Wedding Ceremony in Edinburgh on 2nd November 2022
“We couldn’t be happier with Onie as our celebrant. From the moment we reached out to her, she was so helpful and warm. We had our zoom chat and without hesitation we booked her. It was evident from the beginning, that Onie’s priority was to learn all about us to be able to provide a ceremony completely unique to us and our story. And she provided!
Our wedding day happened to be on a cold, rainy, windy day outside in Scotland. Within moments of the ceremony starting, we forgot the rain and cold and felt completely in the moment. Onie made our story feel so special … She’s not only an incredible celebrant, but a very genuine person. We can’t put into words how much we appreciate Onie and how much she made our day. Thanks Onie!”
Elspeth and Scott’s intimate Lochside ceremony followed by their family and friends celebration ceremony at Comrie Croft, Perthshire on 29th October 2022
“Onie was the celebrant at our wedding in October, and she was fantastic from start to finish. We were organising the wedding from Australia and she was incredibly accommodating for this, including arranging meetings to work with the time difference! She has an amazing talent for getting to know people quickly, and she understood us and our story even after just the first conversation.
Neither of us are particularly comfortable speaking about our feelings in front of people, and we didn’t want a traditional wedding ceremony, so we were nervous about how to make the day feel like us. Onie put us completely at ease and helped us work out what we wanted from the day and how best to do it, and in the end we had the perfect celebration.
We had a small intimate family ceremony followed by a blessing and drinking from the quaich in front of all the guests, and Onie wrote two beautiful and different pieces for them. The first was heartfelt and moving and the second was humorous and touching, and both fitted us perfectly. She captured not just our story but how we felt about each other and our families and friends and her words made the day what it was.
Everyone loved the ceremonies and we had so many comments on how fantastic and enjoyable they were. Our wedding wouldn’t have been the same without Onie and we are so grateful to her for being part of it.”
Vivienne and Brent’s Wedding Ceremony at Cluny Castle in Aberdeenshire on 15th October 2022
“Onie wrote a beautiful ceremony for our wedding – one which reflected our personalities perfectly and balanced poignant moments with light humour. It felt like Onie knew us as friends and this made the day so relaxed and natural. We loved every minute and were thrilled to receive our beautiful ceremony book as a keepsake, thank you.”
Chris and Alison’s Elopement Wedding Ceremony on the banks of Loch Morlich on 10th October 2022
“Onie has a really calming and warm presence, and this really came across meetings we had with her to discuss our ceremony. We felt reassured that we were in safe hands and that everything was going to be just the way we had dreamed of. Onie spent time to get to know us, how we met, and what we wanted our ceremony to be. After drafting the ceremony, she shared this with us as a live document hosted in the cloud. This made reviewing, making comments, and editing very straightforward.
On the build-up to the day, Onie was available for questions, and also reminded us to get our elopement-style mini-wedding registered at the local registry office.
On the day, the ceremony went perfectly, despite the weather being a bit blustery (this was Scotland after all!). The same genuine warmth came through (Onie’s smile is infectious), and helped to settle any nerves we may of had. Onie had hand painted us a beautiful oathing stone, and pre-printed out our ceremony to keep as a keepsake – we will treasure these throughout our married life. All of our guests commented on how lovely Onie was, and how personal the ceremony was – a sentiment that we whole heartedly share.
Thank you, Onie for making our day exactly what we wanted!”
Camille and Stewart’s Wedding Ceremony, Blackford Hill in Edinburgh on 9th October 2022
“When we first met Onie our car had just broken down, we were late for our appointment and quite flustered. Onie was so flexible and calm, meeting us in the Meadows in Edinburgh, close to where our car had broken down. Upon meeting her she was immediately friendly and approachable.
Having a special ceremony that was unique, inclusive and spoke to our experiences, both shared and different, was important to us. Camille had an upbringing influenced by Catholicism while Stewart is Atheist. We had considered a Humanist wedding, but looking into it we could see that it wasn’t going to sit right with acknowledging the different parts of our backgrounds.
Onie put real care and attention into crafting a ceremony that met our unique experiences, what we wanted to express and how we wanted our family and friends to feel.
We loved the ceremony we created together with Onie. We also received lovely comments from family and friends about the ceremony too!
We were lucky to find Onie. For anyone looking a celebrant who is adept at capturing your relationship and makes you feel at ease, look no further than Onie and the crew at Agnostic Scotland.”
Justine and Nick’s Wedding Ceremony, Borthwick Castle in Midlothian on 1st October 2022
“Highly highly recommend Onie for your ceremony! We don’t know where to start with our review for Onie but I think with a huge thank you is a good place! Onie was fantastic from start to finish… from the moment we had our first introductory meeting to the day itself, Onie was warm, welcoming and ever the professional.
Our ceremony was written beautifully and more than we could’ve hoped for. Onie helped us with everything we needed and guided us through the process which helped so much and being able to have the ceremony we hoped and dreamed for is fully credited to Onie. The ceremony was conducted absolutely beautifully.
Thank you so much, Onie, for being such a wonderful and prominent element in our big day- we are forever grateful.”
L & G’s Wedding Ceremony, Bowfield Country Hotel in Glasgow on 29th September 2022
Our Wedding Day wouldn’t have been so special if Onie hadn’t been involved.
We have been lucky enough to have Onie as part of our family for many years and we only ever wanted her to be our celebrant.
She helped put us both at ease and explained everything we had to do, she put so much work into making our day so special & personal for us. We loved that she suggested Scottish wedding traditions such as hand fasting and ring warming into the ceremony being able to include our guests in this made it such a happy family occasion.
Onie is such a lovely warm & friendly person, everyone thought she was amazing and that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. We can’t thank her enough L & G xx
Helen and Jamie’s Wedding Ceremony, Crail Community Hall on 24th September 2022
“From the first time we spoke with Onie we felt extremely confident that she would be the perfect celebrant for our wedding day.
Onie radiates positive energy and is a very warm person. She took the time to learn about us and made the ceremony personal and relaxed. She tailored it to suit our personalities perfectly and introduced many Scottish elements even our Scottish guests had never heard of.
We had so many guests comment on how lovely the ceremony was. She spoke beautifully and it was an absolute pleasure to have her there on our big day.”
Louise and Dan’s Wedding Ceremony, Hopetoun House on 17th September 2022
“We can’t thank Onie enough for giving us the most beautiful wedding ceremony. From the beginning all the way through to the wedding day, the way in which Onie collected ‘our story’ and then told this at our wedding was so special.
We had so many guests from our wedding tell us that it was the best ceremony that they had ever been to and just how personal and unique it was.
We were initially unsure as to where to begin with writing a ceremony but Onie made this so easy for us, we gave her the information and she turned it into more than we could have asked for.
Thank you so much again Onie! Best wishes,
Dan and Louise Scott”
Camille and Stewart’s Wedding Ceremony, Blackford Hill in Edinburgh on 10th September 2022
When we first met Onie our car had just broken down, we were late for our appointment and quite flustered. Onie was so flexible and calm, meeting us in the Meadows in Edinburgh, close to where our car had broken down. Upon meeting her she was immediately friendly and approachable.
Having a special ceremony that was unique, inclusive and spoke to our experiences, both shared and different, was important to us. Camille had an upbringing influenced by Catholicism while Stewart is atheist. We had considered a Humanist wedding, but looking into it we could see that it wasn’t going to sit right with acknowledging the different parts of our backgrounds. Onie put real care and attention into crafting a ceremony that met our unique experiences, what we wanted to express and how we wanted our family and friends to feel.
We loved the ceremony we created together with Onie. We also received lovely comments from family and friends about the ceremony too!
We were lucky to find Onie. For anyone looking a celebrant who is adept at capturing your relationship and makes you feel at ease, look no further than Onie and the crew at Agnostic Scotland.
Rebecca and Peter’s Wedding Ceremony, The Bonham Hotel in Edinburgh on 9th September 2022
“Onie has such a wonderful nature, she delivered a heartfelt service, she made us feel extremely comfortable and put together beautiful words. We are not a couple that’s comfortable writing speeches and she made it all easy for us, putting together a ceremony that said exactly what we wanted to say. Onie was easy to get in touch with and answered any questions that we had and set our minds at ease.
We were so glad we included the Handfasting and ring blessing and she happily included anyone we wanted to have a part in the service.
We would happily recommend Onie and an Agnostic ceremony to everyone.
It felt personal and intimate and at times we felt like we were the only two people in the room.”
Karen and Aimee’s Wedding Ceremony, Harburn Barn in West Calder on 7th September 2022
Onie is an exceptional marriage celebrant who truly goes above and beyond to ensure that every ceremony she performs is unique and tailored to the couple. She is incredibly personable, taking the time to get to know her clients and understand their story, personalities and preferences. This allows her to craft a ceremony that truly reflects the couple and their love story.
My wife and I were lucky enough to have Onie as our celebrant and we were blown away by the ceremony she created for us. It was amazing and lots of our guests commented that it was the best ceremony they’ve ever attended. It was clear that Onie had put her heart and soul into each aspect of the ceremony. We truly felt like the ceremony was a representation of our love for each other.
One of the things that stood out about Onie’s work was how unique the ceremony was, tailored specifically to our story. It was a wonderful feeling to have a ceremony that felt like it was truly our own, rather than a generic script that could be used for anyone. Onie’s attention to detail and ability to create a personalized ceremony is truly remarkable.
I would highly recommend Onie to anyone looking for a marriage celebrant. She is a delight to work with, incredibly professional, and truly cares about her clients. She takes the time to get to know each couple and their preferences, creating a ceremony that is meaningful and memorable.
If you’re looking for a celebrant who will put their heart and soul into your ceremony, look no further than Onie.
Duncan and Emmie’s Wedding Ceremony, Pratis Barns in Fife on 1st September 2022
“Onie was the perfect celebrant for our wedding earlier this year. The ceremony captured our story and relationship in such a genuine and thoughtful way. All our guests spoke so highly of the ceremony and it was a part of our day that we were most happy with. We are still getting compliments about the ceremony!
Onie really took the time to listen to our story and make sure to include what was really important to us. We loved how Onie picked up on little details during our conversations that were then included in the ceremony. It was lovely to be met with such a friendly presence on the day itself and Onie was a source of calm and expertise when we needed it most!
We would highly recommend Onie to anyone 🙂 Thanks so much for being part of our big day!”
Chloe and Sean’s Wedding Ceremony, The Sky Bar in Edinburgh on 27th August 2022
“We honestly couldn’t have wished for a better celebrant. From the moment we met Onie we both knew we had made the right choice, Onie has such a lovely and calm aura about her, she made both my husband and I feel so relaxed from start to finish.
Her communication was seamless throughout the planning and the attention to detail was everything. Onie gave us so many great and unique ideas to make our ceremony personal to us, her passion really shines through.
Our family members were so complimentary about Onie. They told us how calming she was prior to ceremony starting and how she explained everything so well and kept everyone’s nerves at bay! Guests also complimented how lovely, funny and heartfelt the ceremony was.
Onie, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much. You gave us a ceremony we will never forget, you truly are a special person and any future couples would be lucky enough to have you on their special day. You really are amazing at what you do and you hold a special place in our hearts.
Thank you for everything.
Mr and Mrs Cavanagh x”
Karen and Kenny’s Wedding Ceremony at Glencorse House, near Edinburgh on 13th August 2022
“From our first meeting with Onie, we knew we had the right celebrant for our day. She was warm, friendly and very understanding of the type of ceremony we were looking for. Onie really took the time to get to know us and even provided us with some example ceremony wordings and readings.
We worked closely with her on our ceremony wording and order in the months leading up to the day, and she was never fazed by some of our more unconventional ceremony requests (jumping the besom for example).
On the day, it was like having our ceremony lead by a dear friend, and all our guests had nothing but praise for Onie and the way she delivered our story, we are so grateful to her for making our ceremony so perfect.”
Judy and Jeremy’s Wedding Ceremony, The Free Company in Edinburgh on 1st August 2022
“What can we say, we are so thankful that we found Onie to host our wedding.
For our wedding we wanted to create something a little different since we’ve been together for over 20 years, and since we were hosting an intimate ceremony with close family. Onie was collaborative, and imaginative and really took the time to help us bring our ideas and stories to life.
From our first conversation, it was apparent that Onie loves what she does, and cares deeply. She helped us craft a unique and unforgettable wedding.
Since our wedding party was so small and all family, we wanted to involve them in some way. We had an idea to ask our party to contribute a memory, or anecdote of their impression of our relationship. Onie took this request on and worked behind the scenes with our family members to bring together a beautiful collection of words, readings, and songs that were shared during the ceremony. It was a secret surprise that brought so many smiles and happy tears.
She was calm and confident when we were nervous, a great listener, and a truly lovely person to work with, we can’t recommend her highly enough.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Onie!”
And a sweet note from the father of the bride:
Dear Onie, Thank you so much for a lovely ceremony at Balerno. I think the ‘experience’ was a first for all of us. Its simplicity was moving, effective and involved everyone which was so unique and special. The wind later brought rain but that did not dampen any of our spirit and we had a lovely evening together in our delightful and tranquil rural setting. Yours very sincerely.
J & S Wedding Ceremony at their family home Edinburgh on 30th July 2022
Our wedding day was a very beautiful and special day, thanks to Onie. Since our first chat, Onie was very friendly and professional. She gave us lots of ideas and made our celebration unique and personal. We highly recommend Onie for weddings.
Cameron and Kelsey’s Wedding Celebration at Newhall Estate in the Scottish Borders on 27th July 2022
“Onie is such a special celebrant, full of enthusiasm, ideas and openness to the needs and suggestions of her couples. Our wedding was moved due to Covid, so our contact with Onie perhaps lasted long than most couples, and throughout all our postponements Onie kept in touch, sent us a lovely gift on our original date and ensured that our planning remained a positive experience.
Closer to the date, Onie very kindly travelled to meet us as we were based outside of the UK and spent a lot of time getting to know our story, explain options for the ceremony and understand our views on how we wanted the ceremony to go. We really appreciated her giving over her time and creating the space for us to explore all the elements of the ceremony. Onie listened to all our thoughts and it was clear from the ceremony on the day how much attention she paid to our conversations in order to really match her approach to our preferences.
On the day Onie was again excellent. She took time to go over the ceremony in advance and was calm and organised, helping to settle any nerves. The atmosphere and tone of the ceremony that Onie created was perfect, matching exactly what we had hoped for. Every one of our guests remarked on how excellent the ceremony was and in particular the role that Onie played in it. We couldn’t have asked for a better person to make our wedding day special and we are really appreciative of everything Onie has done for us prior, on the day and after our wedding. We would highly recommend Onie to other couples and we’re sure all our guests would agree too.”
Emily and Steven’s Ceremony at Colstoun House on 5th July 2022
“Onie was the perfect celebrant for our wedding. Her ideas that she suggested to us were so helpful and really made us create a ceremony that suited us.
As Onie is part of Agnostic Scotland, it was a ceremony that was open to all beliefs and gave space for everyone to feel part of our ceremony in their own way. We had guests that were Jewish, Atheist, Catholic, and Protestant and they all felt welcome.
We can’t thank Onie enough for creating the most special ceremony that we will treasure for the rest of our lives. We had a number of guests come up to us and say it was the most perfect ceremony they have been to. You looked around the room and saw so many smiling faces, with the occasional laughter and tear. Thank you Onie!!”
And 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. 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”
Maria and Pete’s Wedding Ceremony, Mabie House Hotel near Dumfries on 25th June 2022
Onie was our celebrant this summer at our beautiful wedding. We had been contact with Onie over the previous 18 months as she guided us through the proces of building our wedding ceremony and vows. She made it easy for us to express our feelings and thoughts in a way that our guests would understand our relationship and why we were choosing to get married.
We were both were deeply affected by reading our vows for the first time and this carried through to the ceremony itself for us and our guests. The feel of the ceremony was very personal and the over riding comment from all of the guests was that the genuinely understood why we had chosen to get married and had a window to our relationship which had not before. As well as a few laughs and quite a number of happy tears.
Onie helped make the day extremely special and very memorable. And we had the feeling that she enjoyed the day too which made it all the more special.
Alison and Remi’s Wedding Ceremony, Prestonfield House in Edinburgh on 24th June 2022
“Onie really set the scene for a fantastic, unforgettable wedding day. In the run-up, she was collaborative, flexible, a source of advice and readily available, so we felt that the ceremony really reflected us by the time it was ready. And it was ready so promptly, giving us time to get it translated into French for the benefit of my partner’s family!
On the day, Onie worked so well with our excellent interpreter Catherine. They delivered a beautiful, personal, and intimate ceremony which is what we wanted all the long.
We have had so many comments from our guests about how moving it was – this is thanks to Onie. Thank you so much for your calmly confident demeanour and delivery on the day, it was appreciated!”
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.”
Carina and Jamie’s Wedding Ceremony at Dalhousie Castle in Edinburgh on 10th June 2022
“We cannot express our appreciation of Onie enough. She spent time getting to know us and created an incredible, beautiful and fun ceremony. We find it really difficult to talk about ourselves, but Onie was able to figure us out to a tee. She is so friendly and personable, we felt totally at ease in her presence.
Our guests loved how personal our ceremony was and that wouldn’t have been possible without Onie.
She was so patient with us and really made sure we were happy at every stage.
Thank you so much for making our day so perfect!”
Iona and Malcolm’s Wedding Ceremony and Georgia’s Naming Day at the Watchman Hotel in East Lothian on 7th June 2022
“We feel so lucky to have had Onie as our celebrant for our wedding and our daughter’s naming ceremony. From our first meeting we knew we had chosen well and she made us feel so at ease. In the lead up to the day that followed she guided us through the process seamlessly, offering her support throughout, and it felt like nothing was too much trouble.
On the day itself we could not have hoped for a more wonderful ceremony and celebrant – she was so warm, kind and funny and put everyone at ease. She took everything in her stride including when our daughter got a little unhappy during her naming ceremony. We had so many compliments afterwards about the service and this is testament to what an amazing celebrant Onie is. Thank you so much again, Onie!”
Catriona and Rob’s Wedding Ceremony at the Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh on 4th June 2022
“We chose Onie because she seemed open and friendly and once we had a conversation with her it was clear that she was going to build a ceremony with us, and for us.
Onie was brilliant – we met to discuss our needs and her relaxed manner allowed us to share our story easily with her and to agree what we wanted to include. Onie has great attention to detail, was calm and reassuring and very thoughtful about the different elements we wanted to include. She created a draft of the ceremony for us to play with and was very patient while we finalised what we wanted. She kept us right every step of the way around the practicalities and the possibilities, but it very much felt that this was “our” ceremony.
On the day Onie was attentive and helpful and she made everything flow beautifully during the ceremony as well as mingling with the guests. We could not praise Onie enough she was the perfect celebrant for our perfect day. It was an added bonus to receive a beautiful presentation copy of our ceremony to keep forever – which is part of her service. Thanks Onie you were fantastic!!”
Alice and John’s Wedding Ceremony, Colstoun Housein East Lothian, 2nd June 2022
“We could not have asked for a better celebrant. Onie is just lovely, kind and thoughtful. She wants you to have your perfect ceremony and does all that she can to provide this. She wrote such a perfect ceremony for us that reflected us perfectly.
So many of our guests commented on how perfect it was and how much they enjoyed it. We were unsure on what we wanted from our ceremony and she curated our perfect ceremony. Onie also provided such lovely keepsakes for us for the future.
On the day Onie kept us calm and lead the ceremony beautifully. She was clear and charismatic. I would recommend Onie to everyone. Thank you so much Onie!”
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.
Onie 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 )”
Steff and Steve’s Wedding Ceremony, Wedderlie House in the Scottish Borders, 21st May 2022
“Onie was fantastic and helped play a huge part in making our wedding day as special as it was. From our first meeting with Onie several months prior – which due to lockdown, had to take place via zoom – to the day itself, she was amazing!
Onie was able to capture our thoughts & feelings and deliver them perfectly in our ceremony. We were both nervous for the ceremony but on the day, didn’t have any issues, which we put down to how amazing our celebrant, Onie, was.
All of our guests have also commented on how personal and thoughtful the ceremony was and how gentle & calming Onie was.
Thanks again Onie, we really are grateful for the part you played in our special day and must also add in how appreciative we are for you helping all the boys get their button holes on, on the morning of the wedding. We highly recommend Onie’s 5 star service!!!”
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.”
Laura and Phil’s Wedding Ceremony, No.11 Brunswick Hotel in Leith, Edinburgh. 12th May 2022
“From the first meeting, even through a video call Onie put us at ease and we knew instantly that she was just the right celebrant to officiate our wedding. The process felt really natural and Onie provided lots of information so we knew all the options and could make informed choices on handfasting and vows.
The script was so personal to us and so many of our friends and family said what a lovely ceremony it was, how Onie told our story and made it such a special moment.
Thank you Onie for making our wedding day just perfect!”
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!”
Ella and John’s Wedding Ceremony at Tyninghame Town Hall in East Lothian, 2nd April 2021
“When John and I decided to get married we didn’t know where to start with finding a celebrant. We stumbled on Onie’s website, and found a video of her introducing herself and her ceremony styles. Even from the video we could tell she was someone kind and down to earth! After we got in touch, Onie provided lots of examples of ceremony styles, and content so that we could write our own. She was great at getting back to us – as anyone planning a wedding will know there’s more than enough to be keeping a track of in the run up. She gave us time to work on our own vows, and working together with her we wrote our perfect ceremony.
Asking Onie to be our celebrant was one of the highlights of our wedding day – she made everyone feel so comfortable and at ease. We couldn’t recommend her enough!! Thank you Onie!!!”
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.”
Sean and Suze’s Wedding Ceremony at Neidpath Castle, 15th December 2021
“Dear Onie, We cannot thank you enough for the day, you were amazing and relaxed at all times, the details you remembered and the way you structured the ceremony was terrific. We were both amazed by how you managed to encapsulate our relationship with just what we told you, which is a talent in itself. You also made us feel incredibly comfortable and relaxed and eased us from the pressures of the day. Thank you! Sean and Suze x”
Jess and Alfie’s Elopement 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!”