To see of what I do, there are links below my profile but the summary is ...I love conducting ceremonies! Elopements, (big or small) surprise weddings, Weddings for same-sex or opposite-sex couples, whether in homes, castles or in the great outdoors...it matters not ..what matters to me is that you should get married YOUR way!
I believe in treating everyone with equal respect, have the privilege of helping people at the important times in their lives...so it's the best job I've ever done!
And my view of life?....I don't care what people believe, it's how they behave that matters, and I think it's our connections to our fellow human beings that make life worth living.
PS I've been a celebrant since 2008 so think I'm getting the hang of it!
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Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies
My Facebook page is constantly updated with pictures, video and info about Humanist Weddings and Civil Partnerships.
Each wedding or civil partnership is unique, and although marriages especially have a mass of assumptions associated with them, my advice would be to think about what is important for you both, and I'll help you construct a unique ceremony that is fun, serious or a mix ...one which reflects your values and your relationship. There is only one thing I stipulate, that as you've invited them to see you get married, you don't have your backs to your guests...they've come to see your happy faces after all!
I've mostly conducted legal Humanist marriages in Glasgow and the central belt but I'm happy to travel throughout Scotland. Below my profile are links showing a wedding I conducted at Oran Mor for Rebecca and Lewis 2017, one at Cottiers in Glasgow (summer 2014) for Stephanie and Brian , a winter wedding I conducted Dec 2014 at Pollokshields Burgh Hall for Sarah and David where their two wee boys featured. There’s also a link to Joe and Malx Wedding which I conducted (the first Gay Marriage in Scotland), there's a news report of the wedding I conducted on Antarctica 🙂 , and the last link was a surprise wedding (guests thought it was a birthday party) when Gillian and Graeme got married
It was my privilege to lead the HSS campaign for equal marriage and I conducted the marriage for Joe and Malx , the first same sex marriage in Scotland, on December 31st 2014 (some footage below).
My favourite poem at the moment concerning love comes from Seamus Heaney..entitled “Scaffolding”. It isn't about romance or passion, but instead recognises that a strong relationship is the foundation of a marriage..
Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;
Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.
And yet all this comes down when the job’s done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.
So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me
Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall.
and I like this, from the movie "shall we Dance"
I Will Be Your Witness
"We need a witness to our lives. There are over 7 billion people on the planet... I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things... all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness'."
Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies
The arrival of a new child into a family is a very special time and you might want to celebrate with a baby naming or welcoming ceremony.
As with all humanist ceremonies a naming is personal to you and your family so decide how you'd like to welcome this new person into your lives: you could sing a song, read a poem it's up to you. You might want to make promises for your child , you might have ‘special people’ like guideparent , and I'll help you plan the Celebration......
The idea behind a humanist naming ceremony is rather than inducting a child into a religion or even humanism, it's just your child's first party, an occasion to welcome them into the family.
I enjoy conducting Humanist baby naming ceremonies which I do generally in Glasgow and surrounding areas, and it's a particular pleasure to do that for couples I've married.
BABIES DON’T KEEP
Cleaning and scrubbing
Can wait ‘til tomorrow
For babies grow up,
We’ve learned to our sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs
Dust go to sleep,
I’m rocking my baby
And babies don’t keep
Looking back on the events of a life is a profound way of celebrating that person. It also allows those remaining to reflect on how the deceased person contributed to their own lives.
During a humanist funeral there is the opportunity to reflect on the whole life of the deceased...nobody is perfect, but everyone's life is unique, and everyone's life contain many things worth celebrating.
We all, in our own ways, live amazing lives. It's a privilege to recount the stories of people's lives and to set the life of each person in their place within their community, the time they've lived through, and what they meant to their family and friends, and that can even include the joy and laughter that they brought to life.
At the end of the ceremony I would hope people would leave with a sense of peace and perhaps some optimism about life ahead.
As for geography, I usually conduct funerals I Glasgow and surrounding areas, but I'm happy to travel further if needed.
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