CELEBRANTS

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Anne Skelton - Thistle Ceremonies

ANNE SKELTON

When people ask me what I do for a living I struggle to answer because I am many things: I am an English teacher, a foster carer, but also a mum, a wife and now a granny, every single role I love. I first became interested in becoming a celebrant when someone else wrote my dad’s funeral eulogy and it sounded nothing like my dad, that was the moment I knew I had a role to fulfil. And I love it!


I pride myself in making every ceremony unique and only about the people involved. It is important for me to share your story, or your loved one’s story, the way you would like it shared. My background in teaching English has been such an asset when writing ceremonies.


Celebrant training was a joy for me and in no way felt like work. I loved the training and love the part I get to play in the biggest events in a person’s life. I enjoy working with people and hearing their stories because everyone is unique and deserves a ceremony that is as unique as they are.


I am based in Central Scotland but love to travel and will happily go anywhere in Scotland. I love outdoor weddings and rustic weddings; a castle wedding is just the dream.

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Hi!! I am Alexis and I am a mother, daughter, sister and wife (amongst other things). I live in South Lanarkshire with my husband and two young children.


Before becoming an Celebrant, I worked in financial services for 16 years but always craved something more meaningful and fulfilling in my life. After the sudden death of a close family member, I was asked if I would write and deliver the funeral. I accepted and found it to be a most uplifting experience. It was at this point, I realised my calling was to become a Celebrant.


I love meeting new people and am always truly fascinated to hear the journey they have taken through life, the highs and lows they have experienced and how that has shaped them as a person. Being given the task of telling those stories during a ceremony is an absolute honour.


Whatever the ceremony, I take the time to get to know the person or people and build a ceremony that is true to them. I take real pride in crafting my ceremonies and pay attention to the small details as often its the small things that mean the most. Its so important to me that what I create is perfect.


I take my role as a Celebrant very seriously but I don’t take myself too seriously, I like having fun, making people laugh but am professional at the same time. Whether your ceremony be a wedding, funeral, vow renewal, naming or renaming ceremony I would love to hear and help you tell your stories.

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I have lived and worked in many areas of Scotland and England from Lynton and Lynmouth in the south up to Strathpeffer and Mallaig in the north, and am currently in Barry (not the Welsh one) near Carnoustie.


I have been a Celebrant since 2016, and loved every minute of it. The happiness, joy humour and love at the weddings I have conducted, just make it so special for me. So many memories have been made and every one has been different, but equally memorable.


I am happy to conduct ceremonies all over Scotland. The Highlands holds a special place in my heart having lived and raised my daughters in the West Highlands.


Ceremonies can be held in almost any venue, and so far, I have been at village halls, a family croft, Caledonian Canal, beaches, hotels, town halls and even a few castles to name but a few.


I love meeting couples and planning their wedding. From the initial meeting, forming a bond with the couple is very important. Having conducted weddings in many venues in many locations, every one is equally as special as the others. Being a Celebrant is without doubt the most fulfilling job I have had.


I am fully trained to conduct weddings, funerals, renewal of vows, baby naming and gender transition celebration ceremonies.


Each ceremony is unique, so please feel free to contact me to discuss your own personalised ceremony.


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Most people choose non-religious Humanist ceremonies because they are looking for something unique and personal. Everyone is different and so every ceremony I compose reflects this.


My background is in therapeutic counselling. I feel this has proved invaluable, and given me excellent communication skills and an ability to put people at their ease to gain the information needed to write a truly personal and unique script for your ceremony. Whether that be a wedding, a naming, renewal of vows or saying goodbye to a loved one, I will do my upmost to create a special ceremony, just the way they want it.


I took early retirement from my career five years ago to persue my work as a celebrant.


I have always enjoyed meeting people and hearing their stories, and through my professional life this information was often composed into a report. Having attended a few humanist weddings I felt that this was something I could do.


I trained as a celebrant in 2016, and I love bringing couples' romance to life for an amazing ceremony.


I enjoy being a celebrant and feel honoured and privileged to share in these special moments.


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I believe that everyone is unique and that their special moments in life should reflect their personalities. I enjoy working with couples to help them create wonderful experiences when preparing for their wedding ceremony and planning for marriage. I also feel very privileged to work with families arranging a funeral to make sure their loved one’s story is tole and celebrated at what can be a very painful time. We have one life and it’s up to us to live it well.


When it comes to your ceremony, it’s all about you. I truly believe that everyone has their own unique story to tell. I will help to make your whole day as personal as possible, and it can be as formal or informal as you are. When it comes to the end of life, I believe it’s just as important to have a personal celebration that captures the essence of your loved one.


And what’s in a name? So much of course is in a name – whether it’s the name we give to our children, the names given to us by parents, or whether it’s one we choose ourselves, it’s a recognition of who we are – and another reason to celebrate!


I live in Cumbernauld and I’m available to conduct weddings, funerals and naming ceremonies across Scotland. We’re so privileged in Scotland to be able to conduct legal wedding ceremonies anywhere and it’s a huge honour for me to be able to see so much of our beautiful country being involved in such wonderful events.


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I believe a person’s life is their personal story written in time by their character, personality, their actions, beliefs, principles, and their sense of humour. To this end, your ceremony has to be the way you want it, whether it’s celebrating the love of a marrying couple, welcoming a new addition in to the world or paying tribute to those who have passed, I ensure my clients are always at the heart of everything I do.


If you’re looking for a ceremony that ‘does it your way’ I’d love to meet you. I’ll listen to what you want, give you ideas and explanations if you don’t know what you want, and guide you through all the possibilities as to how to personalise and create the ceremony you have always dreamed of.

I was a teacher and enjoyed working in a support role with children and families for over 30 years supporting families whose children have additional needs. I love running, mainly with my two dogs for company, am in a walking group with friends, and love swimming and being outdoors. I love my arts and crafts, as I draw, paint and sew, I’m also an avid reader but especially love time together with family and friends.


I am available for Wedding, Naming and Funeral ceremonies and is happy to travel in and around Edinburgh and surrounding areas, The Lothians, the Central belt, the Borders and the Glasgow area.


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I became a humanist celebrant back in 2017, having worked in medical and customer service led roles. I run a domestic ironing business which was established back in 2014 but my passion is definitely people!


I am mummy to 4 small people aka ‘The Creeps,’ and they have definitely taught me all about patience, compassion and respect. I am married to Pete and we have a little fur baby; Meena the rescue dog.


I adore getting to know couples and families, building beautiful friendships and being a confidant. Life isn’t always easy, and I am always at the end of an email, a text, or a phone call to listen and help ease the load.


I adore writing; when couples and families open up and share their life journey with me, I create bespoke ceremonies that reflect their personalities.


From the initial chat to the booking stages, meeting to discuss the ceremony be it a wedding, naming day or an affirmation of vows, to writing the script and being there on the day to conduct, every step is special, and every step is about you…the couple, the family, the new born baby or the child who has found their forever home!


You choose every element of your day and I help guide you.


I offer professionalism, compassion, humour, a little bit of silliness (Terrible Toilet Selfies are a must) and friendship.
I have conducted hundreds of weddings all over Scotland and I am available for Weddings, Naming Days and Affirmations of Vows, so if you are looking for a fun, loving and dedicated celebrant, just give me a shout.


Happy planning.

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NATALIE STEVENSON

Phyl Wright - Thistle Ceremonies

Hey everyone! I’m Natalie, I’m based in North Lanarkshire with my husband and son. I’m a creative with a background in drama and community arts for families. I’ve worked with organisations across the arts, charities and voluntary sector. I’m a story-teller, a mental health champion, a cinephile, a gig-goer, a theatre lover and a serial trinket buyer!


I’m also the group support manager for the PANDAS FOUNDATION UK. I work with communities that have been touched by perinatal mental illness. I absolutely adore my role. Supporting, listening and being approachable is at the heart of everything I do.


Everyone deserves to celebrate who and what they are on the days that mean the most to them. I became aware of humanism and its core values after witnessing many humanist ceremonies. I felt my skill-set would lend itself to training as a celebrant but I wanted to be sure that I would inhabit the characteristics of a humanist belief system.


The fundamental core values of humanism reflect my own character and how I approach life. There are many definitions of humanism, however, ultimately, it embraces diversity, welcomes inclusion, displays kindness, and generally promotes the notion of being right ‘guid eggs’.


I create ceremonies that truly reflect the essence of those we are celebrating with personalised storytelling and nods to all the things that they love! No two people are the same, therefore no two ceremonies are! With a sprinkling of smiles – you can be confident that your ceremony will be yours and yours alone!


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I worked in relationship counselling for a number of years then in an administrative role in a higher education environment. In my first role I developed empathy, the second, an ability to organise and plan.


Latterly I have worked as a writer and produced two novels then a children’s book, using the pseudonym Tess Dali. This was followed by a screenplay a couple of years ago. I discovered I enjoyed writing stories and after completing celebrant training, it gave me the chance to meet with people and tell their stories, highlighting their respective personalities and their journey.


Whether it is a naming ceremony, wedding, transitioning ceremony, a funeral or a special birthday or retirement, I am happy to craft a special ceremony for the occasion.


I am based in Glasgow but I also cover the surrounding areas and beyond if necessary.


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When myself and my husband were planning our own wedding, we were looking for a ceremony that would capture our personalities and would provide us with the flexibility to be creative. We chose a Humanist ceremony, and we were inspired by how unique and personal the experience was and our guests loved it!

It was this experience that interested me to find out more about Humanism and I felt a connection to the Humanist philosophy. Training to become a celebrant in 2017 felt like a natural next step.

My background is working with children and families. I try to embrace life and adore spending time with my own family and friends to ensure that I build magical memories and live my best life!
Being a celebrant is the most rewarding role. It is always an honour to be asked to bring families together as it is a privilege to be part of huge milestones in people’s life and can support them to create bespoke ceremonies.

I take pride in my work, and I am humbled to be asked to be the voice, whether it is at a celebration of life funeral, the celebration of new life with a naming day or celebrating love with a legal wedding ceremony or a vow renewal.

I am based in Dundee and am happy to travel to all areas of Dundee, Angus, Perthshire, and Fife.

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