What is your most memorable wedding?
An outdoor wedding when the weather was not co operating, the wind was blowing & the rain was lashing down, but regardless of weather we were there to celebrate two very special people so we changed our layout slightly and moved the balloon release a bit closer and at the end of the ceremony the bride and groom still had a big smile on their face, as did their family and friends. It was a very happy, memorable occasion and just goes to show the day is made by the people who are there, not the weather.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Friendly, positive, organised, relaxed, happy.
What about your business are you most proud of?
Being able to give couples a day that they will remember for a lifetime.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Enjoy organising your wedding as a couple and don't worry if there is something you don't agree on, you will find the right answer for you. There is a reason that you are getting married because you do work together and support one another, and planning your wedding no different to working out the compromises that we encounter in life.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
My favourite personal touch was when I had a Handfasting ceremony where my couples children tied the knots for the ceremony. It made the Handfasting so personal to them and showed that my couple were renewing their vows not just as couple but as a family.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
I like firstly to meet or speak with my couples so I can find out about the type of ceremony they would like, and also give them the chance to get to know me as it is very important that they are happy and relaxed with their celebrant. After this I will meet with them to start putting the ceremony together getting a good idea of what they would like to include, their love story and how we can make sure the ceremony reflects them in every way.
I can then start writing the ceremony keeping in touch with my couple to make sure are happy with everything.
I will always try to have a final catch up with my couple just to make sure everything is in place before the big day.
What is the most unusual thing you’ve been asked to plan?
A whisky toast during the ceremony with the bride and grooms favourite whisky.
How do you ensure a stress-free wedding?
Being there to support and talk through any worries the bride and groom may have and letting them know that even if the day not go fully to plan it will be perfect because they will be there together, as a couple, standing side by side celebrating their love.
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing the smile of my couples faces when they are saying their vows and their 'I do's', its really the highlight of the day for me as you can see how much they mean to each other and that is why we are there. As as I once read, 'Three little letters, two little words, its the simplest part of the day
but there is nothing simple about what it means'.
What is your favourite moment at a wedding?
When we did a round robin of the Owl and the Pussycat, all the guests got to read a line which lead to some very funny moments and had everyone laughing.