I love hearing peoples stories
Based in Woking, Surrey. I’m a daughter, a wife, mother, stepmother, aunty and even a great aunt! Mum also to one crazy Labradoodle.
I come from a professional background with past experiences in Fundraising and Complementary Therapies. Good grounding, I feel, for my work as a celebrant. When I was fundraising, I worked for Woking Hospice and then for the Surrey, Sussex and Kent Air Ambulance. Both positions put my skills in public speaking and event planning to the ultimate test. I was fortunate to work with people from all walks of life; sometimes when they were at their most vulnerable.
When my Husband and I decided to marry we chose to do so on a beach in Byron Bay as I’m from Australia originally. We then planned a Wedding Celebration to be held in my mum’s back garden so that our family and friends could share in our special day. We repeated the ceremony which was held in Australia, with my step sons on hand with our rings and my son walking me down the aisle “garden path”; it was an extremely personal and special day for us. Especially for me as the garden was where my dad spent his final days and it was important to me to feel that he was being included.
I’m often asked what the difference is between a ‘Humanist’ and a ‘Civil Celebrant’. The simple answer is with a ‘Civil Ceremony’ you can include an element of religion or spiritual traditions/rituals in your ceremony.
I trained with Civil Ceremonies acquiring the following qualifications: NOCN Level 3 Diplomas (QCF) in Celebrancy which covers: Naming & Couples Ceremonies and Civil Funerals. I’m a proud member of the Institute of Civil Funeral Celebrants and I’m committed to continuing my professional and personal development.