I am delighted to be a Humanist Society of Scotland Celebrant. I have lived in Argyll for 17 years having moved from Lanarkshire to raise my family. Initially, I started studying to be a Primary school teacher yet ended up as a Chartered Surveyor working in Glasgow.
I feel lucky to now live in beautiful Oban, where I cherish being able to walk by the sea. I have been involved in various voluntary roles where I find it rewarding meeting and helping people.
My experiences have taught me to enjoy each day and the core values of Humanism are important to all of us as I believe we have one life and should endeavour to live it to the full, whilst being mindful of our responsibilities to each other and the planet we live on.
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Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies
Love - we meet by chance then fall in love, the most natural thing in the world. So now that you have decided to make it official then keep it true to you. Relaxed and fun, quiet and calm, loud and proud - whatever suits you both.
I love baking, spending time on getting the right bake and I see wedding preparation as the same. The ingredients are the details and information you share, your choice of what to include/exclude, are all important, but your base, is the love you have for each other. That's what makes your bake special. No one else has the same recipe, that is why your day will be unique. Forget normal, your love and personalities will determine what you choose and they way you express it.
I have always loved hearing how folks meet, each story is unique and special, so too then for your wedding day.
It is a delight to meet and prepare your ceremony. Yes there are questions to answer and even some homework, but again, it's all about the detail. You decide the what, when, where and enjoy the process, it will be great fun.
We will create your day with as much or as little pomp and ceremony that suits you. Come rain or shine, (it is Scotland folks), whether on a quiet beach, your special place, (as long as its safe and dignified) with just a couple of witnesses or at a large venue filled to the brim with your nearest and dearest, and everything in between, the beauty is, it's your day.
You choose your vows and any promises made to one another.
We have some wonderful symbolic gestures which you can consider and by the time we have compiled your script for the day, I am sure you will be excited and delighted that you chose to have a Humanist Wedding.
It is a privilege to be part of your special day.
Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies
A Humanist Naming and Welcoming Ceremony is the most special, joyous celebration of new life.
The ceremony is a wonderful way to welcome your baby, child or new family member into your community of family and friends, often incorporating family members and close friends in the ceremony.
I would be delighted to meet with you to ensure that your ceremony is unique and personally crafted to meaningfully and truly reflect you. It will be a privilege to meet with you, discuss your requirements, offer advice and guidance, and to then prepare and conduct your very own memorable ceremony. I am happy to travel.
Dealing with the death of someone close is always painful and organising a funeral can seem overwhelming when you are trying to process your own grief.
I understand how difficult these circumstances are. Usually we have an initial meeting where I listen and learn about your loved one. From our conversations I will write a draft ceremony then send you the script to read over. This way I can be sure that I have a clear picture of what you want, and together we create a fitting tribute to help you honour and remember your loved one.
A funeral is a final demonstration of love. You decide on the content, who to involve and who you ask to share their stories; everyone is unique and we all take comfort from different things. Saying goodbye is hard, but you have the opportunity to invite friends and family to come together to celebrate the life lived by your partner, relative or friend and to take comfort from each other.
Grief is brutal but remembering your loved one, sharing cherished memories and speaking about them keeps them alive in the hearts and minds of all who loved them.
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