May this circle of love grow and expand…

Saturday’s Naming Ceremony in the gorgeous and historic Drawing Room at Kelburn Castle was a joyful day of love, friendship, songs and laughter.

Welcome to the world to Leo Lyle Pretsell Boyle. It was a great pleasure and honour to be your Naming Ceremony Celebrant and so lovely to spend time with your wonderful family and friends. You are a lucky boy to have so many fabulous people looking out for you.

In the words of the beautiful Irish proverb chosen by your parents for your Naming Ceremony:

‘We hope your life will be long and interesting; may you always have a penny in your pocket and a friend close by.’


Laugh as we always laughed…

“Call me by the old familiar name.

Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.

Put no difference into your tone.

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.”

~ Henry Scott Holland

Death is always hard for those left behind. Bringing together friends and family to celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed away is an enormous privilege. It is an even greater honour to conduct the funeral of someone you knew and loved.

Recently, I was asked to lead the funeral of a family friend; a wonderful, generous and kind-hearted family man with a mischievous sense of humour.

The ceremony took place on a perfect autumnal day in South Lanarkshire. Henry Scott Holland’s poem, ‘Death is Nothing at All’, was beautifully read by a relative, bringing both light and tears to the gathering. The perfect choice of poem for a man who, in the words of his family, carried laughter with him wherever he went.

We were all lucky to have known him. My love goes out to his close family and friends.

Love is what you do…

“Love isn’t how you feel. It’s what you do.” Madeleine L’Engle.

A perfect quote to capture the gorgeous ceremony celebrating the marriage of two trail-blazingly inspirational people, overlooking Castle Rock in Edinburgh on 29th June 2018. So many congratulations to Mike Walters and Tammy Tibbetts – the Walbetts!


It’s not every day a couple makes their vows to each other in the presence of an ancient volcano, especially one that has been continually inhabited for over 2,800 years. Wishing you both a thousand blessings in your life together and the same long-standing message of love and commitment as that which was evidenced by this most marvellous of wedding ceremony back-drops.

It was a great privilege to have been part of your day and share in the incredible warmth, energy and positivity of you, your friends and family. Thank you and congratulations!

Onie Tibbitt, Edinburgh & East Lothian Wedding Celebrant


So how does it happen, great love?

“So how does it happen, great love? Nobody knows. But what I can tell you is that it happens in the blink of an eye. One moment you’re busy enjoying your life and the next you’re wondering how you ever lived without them.”

This wonderful quote perfectly summarises Claire and Stefan’s beautiful Wedding Ceremony last Saturday at the gorgeous Coulston House in East Lothian.

It is so inspiring to spend time with a couple who have been together all of their adult lives and are as in love and deeply committed to each other and their family as Claire and Stefan are… and what a celebration it was!

Glorious sunshine, a beautiful walled garden filled with flowers and blessed by bumblebees, and a completely lovely group of family and friends.

So many congratulations to the happy couple. It’s been a great pleasure getting to know you and your gorgeous family. Wishing you so much love and happiness in the years ahead.

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A Wedding for All Seasons

What a brilliant day for Agathe and Geoff’s Wedding Ceremony on the iconic Inchcolm Island. Thunder for the vows, glorious sunshine for the reception, torrential rain for the boat ride home – accompanied by seals and porpoises – all topped off with clear skies and perfect light on arrival at South Queensferry. It couldn’t have been more atmospheric, or more romantic.

Inchcolm Abbey provides an intimate and dramatic setting for a wedding, in the heart of the Firth of Forth, with it’s medieval stone walls and bell tower. Sailing to the island on the Maid of the Forth in the company of the wedding guests, passing under three historic bridges spanning three centuries, was such a pleasure.

Wishing you so much happiness in your lives together, Agathe and Geoff. Thank you to you and all your family and friends for their warm welcome and great chat. It was a pleasure meeting you all and such a privilege to be involved in your beautiful ceremony.


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“You’re off to great places!”

“The thing about chaos, is that while it disturbs us, it too forces our hearts to roar, in a way we secretly find magnificent.”

This sweet quote by American poet, Christopher Pointdexter, I feel perfectly sums up the chaos of early years parenting. A crazy-happy, love-filled existence with (certainly in our family) more than a smattering of chaos. And the gorgeous trio of girls who were at the heart of last Saturday’s Family Celebration and Naming Ceremony are most definitely roaringly magnificent.

It was a real treat to be invited to lead the joyful celebration of the wonderful Neale-Cooke’s and their tremendous Theadora, amazing Agnes and fantastic Florence. The sun shone, Thea and Aggie outshone themselves with two beautiful readings about being sisters, and all three girls enjoyed the sprinkling of magic bestowed on them by their Fairy Godparents (or if you prefer, Fairly Odd Parents, or even Fairly Godless Parents…). Not to mention the post-ceremony magician who kept the girls and their friends entranced for the reception.

Wishing the entire Cook-Neale family all the best for a joyful and exciting future. In the words of your very aptly chosen Dr. Seuss reading, “You’re off to great places. You’re off and away!” I so look forward to hearing how your adventures unfold. Heartfelt thanks for inviting me to be a part of your important day.



A Beautiful Wedding Location

I’m so looking forward to facilitating Agathe and Geoff’s wedding ceremony on Inchcolm Island on Monday 5th June. What a gorgeous wedding venue! Recently, we all enjoyed a glorious day out to explore the island and get familiar with the setting and the Abbey rooms. We even spotted 28 seals on the boat trip over there (my daughter counted them)!

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