Kerry and Ben’s Romantic Cornfield Wedding

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I remember the first time I spoke to Kerry very well. She’d phoned me up to see if I was available on her wedding date (I was!), and we got chatting about what she had planned so far. When she told me that they had found a cornfield to get married in and the farmer had agreed to clear a … Read More

Meghan and Robin’s Forevering Festival in a Field

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At our very first meeting, Robin and Meghan mentioned three things that got me super excited about performing their ceremony (I know, I know – I live in a permanent state of excitement about weddings anyway – turn the dial up a notch to 11 for these ideas they hit me with but don’t forget to turn it down again … Read More

Brighton Death Festival 2016

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Funnily enough, when I shared information about the Brighton Death Festival on my Facebook page and asked who fancied coming along with me, I didn’t exactly receive a deluge of yes pleases. A few people were interested, but the main response was the one that I often get when I talk about being a funeral celebrant or about Death Cafes … Read More

Louise and Mick’s Worthing evening wedding with a twist or two!

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Louise and Mick’s wedding was a joy in so many ways. First of all, they eschewed the conventional afternoon ceremony in a formal wedding venue set up, opting instead for an evening party style wedding in the bar at West Worthing Tennis Club. Doing things differently This pair were up for doing things differently all the way along – not … Read More

Getting married? Make sure there’s a Dymond!

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From an unassuming garden shed workshop in Worthing, West Sussex, pours a stream of exquisite bespoke jewellery, crafted by the appropriately named Carron Dymond. Carron doesn’t look old enough to have been in the jewellery trade for 24 years but she started when she was just 16 as an apprentice. After all those years of experience, she now runs her … Read More

Sarah and Pat’s wedding at Pangdean Barn

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Sarah and Pat’s wedding will always hold an incredibly special place in my heart for three reasons: first, it was my lovely friend’s big day; second, it was the reason I started on my celebrant journey, and third, because of its networking success story. I first met Sarah a few years ago at the Mumpreneurs Networking Club. Sarah is an … Read More

Looking for a grand yet quirky wedding venue near Worthing? Cissbury could be the place for you…

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I think I’d fallen in love with Cissbury before I even set eyes on the house. It was a cold day in February but the sky was a brilliant blue, the sun shone on the sheep that dotted the fields around the long driveway, daffodils and crocuses were poking up from the earth and there was more than a hint … Read More

What is handfasting?

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Handfasting has been used in commitment and wedding services for many hundreds of years as a symbol of being joined together. Ever wanted to know the origin of the expression ‘tying the knot’? You guessed it, it’s to do with handfasting. Many people associate this ritual with Paganism and indeed, it is pagan in origin, as it was being practiced in this … Read More

Bubbles, glitter and the Batmobile… a naming ceremony for Max

When thinking about a celebration to welcome a child into their family, most people think of a christening, with long, lacy gowns and screaming babies who don’t take too well to being dunked in the font. It doesn’t have to be like that. At the end of January, I had the pleasure of performing a joint baby naming ceremony and first … Read More

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