My interest in becoming a celebrant was sparked after I married my husband, Ally, in a Humanist Wedding Ceremony in 2008. Since then, friends and clients have asked me to conduct weddings, funerals, baby namings, and family celebration ceremonies in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Ayr, Aberlady, Fife, London and the Western Isles. I love to travel and have conducted ceremonies in historic castles, on breathtaking beaches, windswept hilltops and in gorgeous gardens. It is a great honour and privilege to help facilitate important and meaningful moments for couples and families.
I have always held a deep fascination for life’s transitions. As Co-Director of KnotStressed Therapies in Edinburgh for the past 15 years, I have supported couples during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. It is incredibly rewarding and heart-fulfilling work. My background is in Environmental Education, Conservation Science and Zoology. I’m a keen cyclist, wild swimmer, hiker and environmentalist. I’m currently writing a series of eco-fiction books and eco-games for children.
I believe deeply that families should be able to decide how and where they choose to mark the momentous occasions in their lives, however big or small, religious or secular, traditional or unconventional. There is something utterly beautiful about bringing together individuals with different beliefs, views and life experiences and honouring these beliefs in a shared, life-affirming and celebratory ceremony.
I have been an Independent Celebrant since 2013. In 2014, I qualified as a Funeral Celebrant with the Humanist Society Scotland. However, whilst I fully respect and admire the Humanist approach and have many friends who are Humanist Celebrants, in 2018 I decided to become a founder member of Agnostic Scotland. I am thrilled to be part of this association which essentially supports me in my wish to offer families what they want in their own ceremonies, whether that be faith-based or secular content. Through Agnostic Scotland, I am able to apply for a Wedding Authorisation Licence to conduct all aspects of wedding ceremonies, including the legally-binding aspects. I am also a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants.
I am always delighted to create bespoke ceremonies for families such as Weddings, Namings, Coming of Age Ceremonies, Renewal of Vows, Separation/Divorce Ceremonies, Memorials, Funerals, or any other ceremony of their choosing. The gathering of individuals to support, comfort and celebrate with each other through meaningful traditions, symbolism and rituals has taken place over millennia. Any event in life can be acknowledged, respected and honoured with ceremony if those involved feel it is important to them.
My role varies depending on the family. Some people know exactly what they are looking for and wish to write their ceremony entirely themselves. Others might have some ideas but aren’t sure how to structure the ceremony and ask for my help in bringing their ideas together. Others request me to write the ceremony entirely on their behalf. On the day itself, I am sometimes asked to be there before and after the ceremony to help ensure the fluidity of the day. Other times, I am simply requested to hold the space and conduct the ceremony.
I am happy to adapt my role to whatever suits your needs and wishes. I look forward to being in touch with you.