“Today I marry my friend;
The one I have laughed with and cried with,
The one I have learned from and shared with,
The one I have chosen to support,
encourage and give myself to, through all the days,
Given us to share,
Today I marry the one I love.”
Bertrand Russell – Humanist philosopher
Although I’m authorised to conduct legal weddings in Scotland, in France every couple must be married by State authorities (usually the Maire). This means that usually there will be a short ceremony at the Town Hall (Mairie) conducted by the Mayor. Then of course they are free to celebrate their marriage in a Humanist (or a religious) ceremony.
I’ve been a celebrant for more than a decade now – it’s one of my life’s great joys. I love being with people at an important moment in their lives.
My approach to weddings
Depending on the balance of the guests I can conduct ceremonies in ether French or English, or in a mixture of both – so that no contingent is left in the dark as the ceremony progresses!
I see myself as a helper and as a guide as far as preparing the ceremony is concerned. I provide a range of material and send out templates and guides to all the couples I’m working with. So there’s as much (or as little) help as you need to build a ceremony that’s memorable, happy and comfortable – it’s your day!
What I love most about conducting weddings
Let’s be honest, weddings can sometimes be a bit stressful, so if I can put you and your guests at ease then we’re half way to a successful ceremony. In this way everyone can relax and really appreciate and enjoy what’s happening.
My advice to you
As far as preparing the ceremony is concerned you should feel free to say what you want and what you feel comfortable with. You should be true to yourselves, hopefully romantic and down-to-earth all at the same time!
Choice of wedding music
Pick something that really reflects your experience, your wishes and your ideas that’s the important thing. There’s no need to stick with the traditional choices if other music means more to you as a couple. If you need help or ideas, I can supply both.
My most unusual location for a wedding to date?
Nothing too outlandish, but how about village hall, castle, a ruined church, motor-cruiser, the top deck of a sailing ship and an old abbey on an island and of course, a five-star hotel!