The story of Ruth and Paul from Swipe Right to I Do!
2019 was quite a year… I conducted weddings on mountains in clouds, snow and rain, and back gardens in the sun; weddings for couples who’d met online, and couples who’d been together for 40 years, weddings with children and animals, weddings with handfastings and quaichs, huge weddings for crowds and intimate elopements for two. I […]
This is the story of what happened when Cleopatra met a guy in a Christmas jumper.
I’m glad that The Wedding Guru Oskar asked me to make this series of little movies, because it’s reminded me what’s at the heart of a humanist wedding: self-expression. Your big day is usually months, if not years, in the planning. It’s both the culmination of your lives together so far and the start of […]
Could there be a more romantic setting for an elopement than the Three Sisters of Glencoe? That was where Yann & Virginie chose to be married just before Christmas, with only their wedding planner, Gabrielle and their photographer Sean Bell as witnesses. Only a brisk hike up the hill from the A84, it felt like […]
A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from an old friend, Oskar. A wedding planner of more than ten year’s experience, he’s just set up a new business, The Wedding Guru and he asked me to give his followers some tips. Here’s my first: let me know what you think? You can follow […]
5,000 miles: that’s how far away Kelly and Alan were when we first spoke over Skype. It takes courage to organise a wedding at that distance, and confidence to invite your friends to make that journey with you, but that’s the kind of people they are. They relished the prospect of creating their ceremony in […]
I’ve only just come across this post, which dates from September 2014. I didn’t share it at the time because I thought it might be insensitive, but I’m doing so now not so much because time has passed, but because it reminds me so acutely why it’s so important to honour those we love. Appropriately […]
Secret weddings are hard to organise! I first met Sarah and Richard in June and they told me that they wanted their ceremony to be the surprise element of their housewarming party, so it was crucial that word didn’t get out. My lips were sealed… The new home came with Richard’s new job: they were […]
Assisted dying is an emotive subject, on which even humanists are not of one mind.