2010

 

Fran, Adi and Milo – 31st October 2010 – Coventry

 

We decided we wanted to welcome of son into the world – to celebrate his safe arrival, how much we love him and him being a massive part of our family. A day that he could look back upon when he is older. It was a choice of ours to have a Naming Day, rather than a Christening or Baptism, as entering into a religion is not something that we feel that should be done for you. We spent a long while searching for alternatives and found Hannah’s details on a Humanist website as a Celebrant in our area. I contacted Hannah to ask if she could help and she could. We spoke and I explained what we would like and was delighted when Hannah told me how her ceremonies work. We answered Hannah’s questions about us, our son, our love, our families, our values and lives together. Hannah turned the answers we gave into a beautiful script for our naming ceremony. When we read it – it made us cry! Hannah was a great help with suggesting ideas for reading too. On the day, Hannah was fantastic, the ceremony couldn’t have been any better. Everyone had an amazing day! Thank you Hannah for your ideas, guidance and support on the day and before. Fran & Adi

 

Heidi, Dan and Aidan – 16th October 2010 – Thrussington

 

‘Thank you very much for today. People have just left the house and the quiet is so amazing you could almost touch it! Thanks again, lots of lovely comments from everyone. Heidi’

 

‘It was lovely to meet you too. The day was really nice and special for us all. Jo’ (guide-parent)

 

Kate, Simon, Harvey and Rosa – 11th September 2010, Ryton Organic Gardens

 

‘We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you…your professionalism, good humour and warm, intuitive manner with people meant our family celebration and naming ceremony was the perfect day we’d hoped for. Everyone said how much they enjoyed it and how well they thought you’d delivered it. We will certainly, and always, recommend you without reservation. Kate’

 

‘We had a strong vision for the naming ceremony of our children, and from the moment we met her, we knew that Hannah would help to shape and nurture this vision. Her warmth, intelligence and wit made us feel like we’d known her for years, and more importantly that she knew, and cared for us as a family. Her collecting of all the stories, poems, readings, songs and thoughts of an extended group of family and friends and then the writing of the ceremony itself was all perfectly executed and everyone was happy to share with Hannah, even my Dad, who said she was so friendly and funny to speak to. The naming ceremony itself, in beautiful organic gardens, was exquisitely delivered by Hannah; she put everyone at ease and again made us feel special and loved. She even brought the sunshine! Everyone commented on how perfect it was, and so much more than we ever could have hoped for. We enjoyed our time with Hannah so much during the process leading up to the ceremony and the ceremony itself that we missed her when it was all over!! If anyone is looking for a humanist celebrant I would recommend Hannah with a passion…and we would have her again in a heartbeat. Thank you Hannah, for our perfect day. Kate and Simon’

 

Victoria, Richard and Archie – 8th August, 2010 – Mansfield

 

We decided to have a naming ceremony over other services as we really wanted a personal touch. We wanted to share the birth of our baby with all our friends and family members in a relaxed and happy environment. After much thought we decided on a garden party and worked with Hannah to create a bespoke day especially for us. The sun shone brightly and the atmosphere was joyful with everyone chatting and eager to see what the day would bring. Hannah spent time explaining the service and spoke about our personal wishes and feeling for our son, something that was so far from the impersonal approach in a christening service. Several family members wrote their own readings and these were worked into our service along with personal vows from us to our son. The service was full of laughter, fun and tears of joy along with serious commitments from friends to guide and support our son through life. Our friends and family talk about our special day constantly and many friends have thanked us for the inspiration to consider naming ceremonies in their lives. I wouldn’t hesitate to contact Hannah in the future for any of the services she offers. If you want a unique, personal and special day for your child then without a doubt you should consider a naming ceremony. Thank you Hannah for everything you did for us and our family.

 

Victoria and Richard