2013

 

Sarah and Adam – Friday 27th December 2013 – Manchester Town Hall

 

Hi Hannah,

I just wanted to let you know how happy Adam and I were that you were part of our day.  The humanist ceremony was amazing, so many people have commented on it, and said how lovely it was.

 

We couldn’t have asked for more and it was the perfect way for us to share how we see marriage with those that are important to us.

 

I’m sure that we will be in touch in the not too distant future for a naming ceremony, but until then both Adam and I want to wish you all the best.

With our greatest thanks,

Sarah & Adam

 

Max and Mike – Saturday 21st September 2013 – ‘Crowhill’, Marsden

 

Hi Hannah, Thank you for everything. Sorry you weren’t feeling well, no one would have known that you were under the weather. Thanks again. So many guests were impressed and delighted with the ceremony, I think they may have discovered something new. We will send photos soon. Xxxx

 

Ayesha and Richard – Saturday 14th September 2013 – The Guildhall, York

 

‘…But the highlight of the whole wedding was the humanist ceremony. It was absolutely amazing. I had been so nervous in the build up but seeing you just before the ceremony on Saturday completely calmed my nerves. You have this utterly lovely combination of authoritativeness and warmth that completely put me at ease- like everything was completely in hand. Your calmness around ‘gran-gate’ was great too, I really felt as long as you were there everything would be okay. Rich has said exactly the same, your recommendation of not going to the front too early, of greeting people at the door of the Guildhall- all of these small details had a seismic effect of the feel of the ceremony.

 

Walking down the aisle I will never forget- a completely out of body but totally in the moment kind of an experience. I felt so aware of everything and everyone that was there-it is indescribable the feeling of walking in to a room and experiencing a tidal wave of love and warmth. The ceremony was all I could have hoped for- seeing all those smiling faces, Rich’s face. I am so glad you suggested the arrangement for standing the way you did- it was amazing seeing people’s faces and all the tears- oh my goodness I have never seen so many people cry at a wedding- I am secretly thrilled about this, happy tears are just beautiful, Rich told me that the string quartet were in tears too- we had never met them!!!!!!

 

Your delivery of the ceremony was brilliant. You are a truly great celebrant and really held the energy and filled the space. It felt so safe and sacred (not a word I’ve used before) and just really perfect. I know people are probably always waxing lyrical about their own ceremonies but literally all of our guests commented on what an incredible ceremony it was with lots of people saying it was the best ceremony they had ever been to- including some ‘humanist wedding sceptics’. Your name also came up throughout the rest of the wedding- people saying how brilliant you had been. I only wish you had been there for the rest of the wedding.

 

We deliberated pretty much every decision about our wedding and looked at countless options for most things, you were absolutely the best choice we made for our wedding and I am so grateful. A massive, heartfelt thank you to you for giving us such an enormously precious day and the happiest of memories.

Ayesha’

 

Lewis and Janette – Thursday 22nd August 2013 – The Craven Cruck Barn, Appletreewick

 

Dear Hannah,

It is so lovely to hear from you, thank you for the beautiful script of our ceremony. We do not have any amends or tweaks. It brings the day vividly to life and a tear to the eye. Thank you for all your work in creating such a meaningful humanist ceremony and for leading the day with such grace.

We are happy and well and still twinkling with the joy of the wedding and honeymoon.

 

Thank you again for making it so special.

 

With all good wishes, Janette xxxx

 

Natalia and Jon – Saturday 17th August 2013 – at home, Newark

 

Hannah was an absolute pleasure to work with in so many ways – she really does go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable, relaxed, confident and happy with the decisions you make. She offers her support throughout, her feedback when you need it and listens to your ideas and suggestions giving you her honest opinion but always ensuring the final decision is your own. She is very easy to work with and has a wealth of knowledge in her field having supported many couples on their journey towards their special day. On the day itself it was a delight to have her there with us, she brought calm and reassurance to what can be a fairly overwhelming and nerve racking experience. Her friendly yet professional persona meant that everyone involved immediately felt at ease with her and looked to her for guidance which she never tired of giving. Our humanist ceremony was simply beautiful and much more than we could have ever imagined all thanks to Hannah. We are delighted we chose to invite Hannah to be a part of our special day and cannot thank her enough for the time, effort, care and attention to detail she put into making it an incredible day to remember!

Thank you xxxx

 

John and Megan – Saturday 3rd August 2013 – the Lantern Theatre, Sheffield

 

‘As neither of us are believers, marriage for us was about sharing our love with our friends and family and declaring our commitment in front of them, and for that reason the ceremony was always the most important thing to us. Before I had heard of a Humanist ceremony, the idea of meeting our assigned registrar on the day of our wedding, realising that we didn’t click and then having to share the most important day of our lives with them, really worried me.

 

When we started planning our whens and wheres we found that the most special surroundings didn’t necessarily host legal weddings. On investigation we realised that “legal” wasn’t really all we were after in a wedding. We wanted something the recognised our friendship, love and compatibility and that marked the start of a new stage in our adventure (life!) together.

 

Finding Hannah took away all my worries about bringing a stranger into our most special day, after our very first conversation John and I both knew that we’d be delighted to share our day with her. It’s impossible to describe how perfectly Hannah met every one of our needs in the run up to and on the day of our wedding. I think it’s safe to say she’s even had an impact on our marriage.

 

If I had to pick one thing to tell people about, it would be the process of creating the Humanist ceremony. In asking us questions about our story as a couple, our feelings about vows, rings and marriage Hannah gave us space to reflect on our relationship and gave us prompts to start planning what we wanted in marriage. This was such a lovely period of our engagement – it’s not often you sit down and commit to paper what you love about your partner. Reading what John had to say about me, and the fact that he found it so easy to say those positive things, confirmed for me that we were getting married for the right reasons (namely that we are besotted!) and emphasized that we wanted the same things as one another in our relationship after the “Big Day”.

 

The end result of this process was a ceremony which perfectly reflected us, our story so far, and what we hope to be. Hannah transformed the essence of what we believed about marriage into a beautifully-worded script. I knew I’d be emotional about the words we were saying but I was surprised to see many of our congregation moved to tears too. So many of our friends gushed to us about the originality of the Humanist ceremony, and I know we just wouldn’t have been able to create so something so “us” without Hannah.

 

There are so many other great things which I could rave about! From big things like giving advice when we needed someone experienced to take control; making sure we were happy and calm at each stage of the day; stage direction (including lights, music, timings and a hidden groom!) and smaller things like allowing us to pay in instalments and having a lovely calm attitude at the rehearsal when we had lots of over-enthusiastic groomsmen, bridesmaids and venue volunteers faffing around us!

 

Hannah was so much more than we hoped for – she was our celebrant, our host, our MC, our crowd control and our event manager. Her experience shows in everything she says and does and her calm, friendly manner was a very welcome addition to our Big Day.’

 

Hannah!

Thank you for our script and a million squillion thank yous for being so amazing on our wedding day too! We were gutted that we got whisked away without saying goodbye on the big day. Needless to say we had a super fun mini moon (with swimming in the channel, eating crab and drinking rum) and have been enjoying wedded bliss ever since.

 

We had such a super-incredible individual emotional ceremony and would like to give you a testimony. Do let us know how this should work. Should we just say how great you are in an email or on your FB wall? Naturally we’ll also be recommending your celebrant-ing to everyone we know too 🙂

 

John & Meg x’

 

Leanne and Lourens – Saturday 27th July 2013 – Bramhall Hall, Stockport

 

We had such a great time and excellent feedback about how personal the ceremony was. Thanks for everything… love, Leanne and Lou

 

Jessica and Karl – Sunday 21st July 2013 – at home

 

I think we really did have a perfect wedding day, due in no small part to Hannah who guided us brilliantly through the process of creation (we were a bit clueless! but she gave us lots of help) and produced a personal, touching and beautifully delivered humanist service despite a suddenly nervous and scatterbrained bride and our baby daughter turning on a fan in the middle of our vows so we giggled our way through them. Our guests are still telling me it is the best wedding they have ever been to. I would highly, highly recommend her. Jessica

 

Rob and Layal – Friday 19th July 2013 – Stoke Rochford Hall, Lincolnshire

 

Hannah,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

 

I don’t feel like thank you even covers it but I don’t have other words.

I’m sorry this has taken me so long to write – all of a sudden, it’s 3 weeks later and I’m coming up for air.

We KNEW you would do an incredible job. I KNEW you were perfect the moment I called. If you had charged 5 times as much, I would have paid it without flinching. I just don’t think we could have imagined how perfect it would be on the day.

Every single line and word was us. That was the only thing that was important on the day (and for our marriage) and you condensed Rob and I into a 40 minute script. Love it. It was such an amazing start to the day and we can’t thank you enough.

 

Rob made the comment that it’s not often enough that people stop to think about why they work and what ‘makes love happen’ 🙂 so it’s really nice to have it written down and reflected on.

When I think of the moments that made that day, and how nervous I was walking down the aisle, I felt like I had you, and Rob and that made me safe. It was like having a friend to meet at the end and that’s comforting.

 

Thank you again. Please send an address, I want to send you something!

 

P.S. Use whatever you want on your website, I can still write you a gushing testimonial if you want!

 

P.P.S The lady in the lime dress who was sobbing at the end? She is a features writer. I’d like to pass your details on. I promised you some publicity – and I’d like more people to have the kind of day we did.

Xxxx

 

Jane and Gemma – Saturday 6th July 2013 – at home

 

My partner wanted to leave the ceremony to just the official words at the registry office but after much negotiation she agreed to also have a humanist ceremony with Hannah and all our friends and family at home.

 

This ended up being one of the very best parts of the day and largely that was thanks to Hannah. She was incredibly professional in the preparation for the big day, making sure that everything had been considered and organized. She was also incredibly patient with our constantly changing plans.

 

On the day Hannah was perfect and we are so glad we had her to lead our ceremony.

Many thanks, Jane and Gemma

 

Laura and Ben – Saturday 29th June 2013 – Garden Farm, Matlock

 

Thanks for creating such a lovely humanist wedding service for us – it was great. We had the most wonderful day (despite a bit of sunburn!) and a brilliant honeymoon. Now back to real life!

Regards, Laura and Ben

 

Grace and Reece – Saturday 22nd June 2013 – Hodsock Grange, Nottinghamshire

 

Hannah was a fantastic choice for us! She coordinated and delivered a perfect ceremony for our combined wedding and baby naming celebrations. Her ability to ask the right questions, listen carefully, and make sure she understood what we wanted, was evident in the brilliant script she created. It was important to us that our ceremony was romantic, while not being overly sentimental, and she hit exactly the right tone with it – having us all at the brink of tears one minute, and then laughing out loud the next! Fabulous! We can’t recommend her highly enough. Grace and Reece

 

Dave and Angela – Saturday 8th June 2013 – at home

 

Morning Hannah

It was truly a very special and FANTASTIC day and in the true Angela tradition…. weekend! Most of the family and some friends called yesterday, and we re-lived the day from start to finish again. At one point I sat back and watched and listened to them all talking with such admiration for you that it brought me to tears.

 

We received so many complimentary words in our guest book about the ceremony, your delivery and how so personal and touching it was from start to finish. I looked around at one point and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place! Dave’s Auntie said she’d gone through 4 packets of tissues!

 

We both want to thank you for everything you checked, wrote, amended and helped with. We both have said that your professionalism and heartfelt passion to create a unique ceremony shone through, and touched not only our hearts, but the hearts of all our guests and family.

 

All our love,

Dave and Angela

 

Sean and Emma – Saturday 1st June 2013 – at home

 

When we thought about who we wanted to perform our wedding ceremony, we wanted someone experienced, personable and confident. Upon speaking to Hannah for the first time we knew she was the right choice to deliver such an important part of our day.

 

Hannah maintained regular contact with us throughout the whole process, giving us exercises to get to know us. Nothing was too much trouble and nothing seemed to phase her, with Hannah embracing the more quirky and unique elements of our ceremony. She was positive and reassuring, giving help and advice along the way.

 

The script Hannah wrote for us was perfect and so personal. We loved how it incorporated the things we had told Hannah about ourselves and our relationship. Hannah confidently conducted our humanist ceremony and our guests were full of praise, saying it was so personal and it was as if Hannah had known us for years.

 

We cannot thank Hannah enough for all she did in the run up to and on the day of our wedding.

 

Sean and Emma

 

Nancy and Joel – Monday 27th May 2013 – Woodborough Hall, Nottinghamshire

 

‘Hannah – I’m not quite sure when I will come back down from Cloud 9 – you did the most sterling job for us yesterday. I would like to write you a proper testimonial for your website when I can get my head together a bit more. You were simply amazing and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Everyone loved the humanist ceremony and I have never seen so many men crying in one place 🙂 – the tears flowed for the rest of the day – happy ones and emotional ones… We felt very loved.

 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Nancy xxxx’

 

‘I’m so glad we have started our married life with a ceremony from such a wonderful person Hannah. It was a fantastic day. I couldn’t have wished for more. Joel Xx’

 

Will and Ali – Saturday 11th May 2013 – Styal Lodge, Cheshire

 

It was such a lovely and amazing day. It just went so fast! Thank you so much for everything. The ceremony was just how we wanted it and it captured us so well. We loved it!

 

Big love, Ali and Will xx

 

Kelly and Andrew – Saturday 4th May 2013 – Countesthorpe Village Hall, Leicester

 

We had a perfect day thanks to yourself and the beautiful humanist ceremony. Everybody thought it was lovely and enjoyed listening to it. Some even commented it was better than any ceremony they have been to. We will now enjoy our new life as a family. Thanks again, Andrew, Kelly and Sophie xxx

 

Dave and Helen – Saturday 13th April 2013 – The Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, Halifax

 

Jay’s photographs have reminded us of how special our wedding day was and Helen and I would like to thank you very much for your part at the centre of it. Few of our guests knew what to expect from, or had little idea what a humanist ceremony was before the day. Since then they have all told us how appropriate, moving and full of love and joy the experience was.

 

Our discussions with you before, and your guidance as we developed our vows, combined with your performance on the day created the perfect celebration for us and our guests, many of whom wished they had celebrated their day with the same depth of feeling. The ceremony gave some friends, who are planning to marry soon, cause to reassess their own wedding plans, so powerful was the experience at our own. The length, balance of emotion, and timing of the ceremony was great, and the hand fasting an ideal way to conclude.

 

We cannot thank you enough for your contribution to our perfect day.

 

Best Regards, Helen & Dave

 

Hannah and Chris, Saturday 6th April 2013 – at home

 

To Hannah, We just wanted to say a massive thank you for making our wedding so amazing. The ceremony was perfect. I just wish we could do it all over again. Love, Hannah and Chris

 

Suze and Rohan – Saturday 30th March 2013 – ‘Taitlands’, North Yorkshire

 

Thank you very much for creating such a fantastic humanist ceremony. We have enjoyed every step of the process (especially how it has kept our focus on what is really important rather than trivial wedding ‘stuff’). With best wishes and huge thanks, Rohan and Suze

 

Gareth and Melanie – Saturday 23rd March 2013 – The Talking Point, Oldham

 

Well how to start!

 

We contacted Hannah only 3 weeks before our wedding on the 23/03/2013. From the very first minute of speaking to her we knew that we would be privileged to have her conducting our Humanist service. What a lovely, warm and caring lady she is. With not very much time to organise the whole service and scripts, vows, plans etc, Hannah worked so hard to produce an outstanding bespoke script for the wedding, the communication was amazing and within the very short timescale produced a final script that fitted perfectly with our ideas of how our wedding should be. We couldn’t have asked for more.

 

We met Hannah three days before the wedding, her enthusiasm and joy in the work she does was evident from the start, we felt we had known her for years not just from many emails winging back and forwards over the airwaves! Not once were any of our suggestions rejected, just accommodated, and Hannah also gave us many ideas of which we hadn’t thought of or even known about. The Humanist ethos fitted exactly with what myself and my wife feel also. To put the tin hat on it the weather on the day was severe to say the least but undaunted by this , Hannah and her husband WALKED the nine or ten miles from her home over the moors to the Talking Point venue high above the valleys of Saddleworth to make sure she was there on our special day. Amazing! Hannah walked us through the whole ceremony which made us feel so comfortable and the hand-fasting was a wonderful experience.

 

We would certainly recommend Hannah to anyone thinking of a Humanist ceremony of any type. It was a pleasure to work with her. The whole service was an uplifting and emotional experience and we definitely would not have had such a wonderful day without Hannah’s help and support. Once again thank you so much for everything Hannah.

 

Love, Gareth and Melanie

 

Mai Mai and Martyn – 16th March 2013 – Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield

 

Choosing a Humanist ceremony was the first step in creating our perfect day. Choosing Hannah to be our Humanist Celebrant – the icing on the cake! From start to finish, Hannah was absolutely charming and really tapped in on the ‘feel’ we were hoping to achieve. Her beautiful drafts were spot on to begin with, and little tweaks along the way only added to the fantastically emotional and fitting ceremony that she expertly wordsmithed. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house we hear 🙂 Both myself and Martyn were blown away at how different and gorgeous our wedding was and summed up exactly how we felt about each other. Every one of our guests loved the experience and it was so nice for them to be able to contribute too, to make this a truly personal celebration.

 

Hannah also really helped soothe any nerves we had by giving us a call the day before the wedding and really appreciated her sending supportive texts to me in my hour of need! Her words of wisdom on my fear of blubbing at the first few words truly were worth their weight in gold – I managed to speak!

 

We’re now hoping that we’ll be lucky enough to see Hannah again for a naming day! :)) Thank you so very much for making it a day to remember. xxx

 

Nicky and Stu – 12th January 2013 – The Priest House Hotel, Castle Donnington

 

Dear Hannah,

Thank you for all your care and attention. You are amazing!

Everyone loved the ceremony. It was unique, moving and beautiful.

Hope we can stay in touch.

Nicky xx

 

P.s You don’t charge enough!!