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My name is Brenda, and I have THE best job in the world - I became a celebrant in 2011 after thirty years as a nurse and midwife, and I can safely say it was the best decision I ever made. I am married, to my very long suffering, but extremely patient best friend, and he keeps me grounded - we have three grown up children, two of whom are married, and we now have four wonderful grandchildren and a house full of animals, so life is never quiet, which I think helps me always see the world very positively. I am a happy person so I view life as "if someone gives me lemons, I make lemonade!"
Although based in the East of Scotland, my lovely husband and I have another base near Glasgow, and I am always happy to travel to anywhere in this beautiful country of ours.
Our roles are celebrants, a very apt word when you think how life is to be celebrated, and I always feel very honoured when I am asked to be part of the important occasions in anyone's life, so whether the happy times like weddings or namings, or the sadder occasions - I will be there to help guide you through your ceremony.
Humanism to me is about respect for another, about caring for the world in which we live and most importantly treating everyone equally. I was always taught to believe we treat others as we want to be treated ourselves, or as my nana used to say, "We are all Jock Thamson's bairns!"
One of my favourite quotes comes from Maya Angleou who wrote “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"
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Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies
To be a part of a couple’s big day as they plan one of the most important events of their life is a huge pleasure. I like to meet couples before booking so we can chat over what they would like in their ceremony, and remember your ceremony should be as individual as you are! I can help with poetry and prose, symbolic gestures and am happy to discuss things that you have found too, that you may want included.
We then meet up again about a month before your big day. At every stage the input I receive from couples is so important and I like to keep up communication throughout their planning. My view is that we have one long conversation from booking to the ceremony.
Extra visits can be arranged and I welcome questions and if I don't know the answers, I always know someone who might, as we are part of a network of Celebrants who have a vast knowledge base, so you won't be surprised to hear that one of us will have heard or done it before! I look forward to helping a couple enter a new phase of their lives.
We are also very fortunate that through the HSS promise, that is for any reason I fall ill or cannot make your day, we are always covered and there will be someone else to step in.
Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies
A life to be celebrated and whether it is a new baby, an older child perhaps coming into a new marriage or the thrill of adopting a precious arrival, these are all to be celebrated. The ceremony can include personal readings, symbolic gestures as well as perhaps the introduction of guide parents or mentors. The choice is only limited by what form you would like the ceremony to take, and I look forward to helping you celebrate!
A funeral is a celebration of the life that has been lived and whether families would like their own personal input, by family members taking part or whether they are happy for me to write the ceremony after meeting with them, and hearing about their loved one, I am happy to work with them to compose a ceremony fitting to the life of those they are celebrating. it is so important to hear a family's viewpoint about their loved one and there can be so many stories, some happy others perhaps not so much, but these all go into making a tribute. Then, after speaking with the family, I send through a draft script to make sure there are no mistakes or anything has been misunderstood. I feel very honoured to have been asked to help a family through an emotional time.
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