A bespoke ceremony for a unique occasion.
Wedding thanks and testimonials
Nicky and Stu - 12th January 2013, The Priest House Hotel, Castle Donnington
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.
P.s You don't charge enough!!
Anoob and Deborah - 29th December 2012, Victoria Hall, Saltaire
We wanted to take a moment or two to contact you and say a heartfelt thanks for your warmth,
humour and patience in guiding us through creating our own personal wedding ceremony and vows.
We were delighted, moved and inspired by what you crafted from our words and on the day the
whole experience of hearing and speaking them was profoundly meaningful and joyful.
So many of our guests spoke to us about how much they loved the ceremony and how many
of them had shed a tear...which was in no small part down to you. Many, many thanks.
Love Deb and Anoob. X
Claire and Kim - 22nd December 2012, The Waterside Hotel, Didsbury
I will take more time to write after Christmas, but I just wanted to send you a quick line
to thank you. Employing your services was without a doubt the money best spent on our wedding.
Thank you so much for all your time, effort and enthusiasm for our day.
Emma and Paul - 6th October 2012, Hotel Maiyango, Leicester
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, haven't stopped since this weekend!! We would like to say a massive THANK YOU! Saturday was perfect and we couldn't have asked for anything better! Everyone commented on how personal the ceremony was and how it was lovely! Even Paul said that he thought it was nicer than the "actual marriage". Words really aren't enough to express how much Saturday meant to us! It really was a magical day. Thank you again for everything you did for us, in the ceremony and before in getting everyone organised! Do you have a website where I can write all brilliant things?
Mr & Mrs Batchelor :)
Sian and Chris - 22nd September 2012, Newton House, Derbyshire
Thank you so much for such a lovely, personal ceremony - it really was perfect. We really appreciate the time you took to get to know us and to make the ceremony so personal - it made it very special and the whole ceremony felt very 'us'. Lots of our friends and family were very touched by the ceremony and your beautiful words - there were definitely a few tears! Thank you too for your professional and calming presence on the day - you certainly helped everything to run smoothly. It has been a pleasure to meet you and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend you as a celebrant.
Louise and Toby - 16th September 2012, Hollin Hall Country House Hotel, Stockport
Just over a week in to my marriage and I'm only just sitting down for long enough to be able to reply! Thank you so much from both of us. I really can't thank you enough :-) People are still talking about the ceremony. It was the perfect day in every way.
I should be getting my pictures back over the next few days so I'll send you a couple over.
Martin and Beci - 14th September 2012, Chester Zoo
Hannah, you were fabulous and everything we wanted. Thank you sooooooo much for being our celebrant and so lovely. We'll forward on pictures when we get back from honeymoon. xx
Natalie and Chris - 8th September 2012, Penybanc Farm, Carmarthenshire
We're sat at the airport waiting for our flight to Bali. We just wanted to say thank you so very much for an incredible ceremony. It was absolutely magical and everyone kept saying all day how much they loved it. Your help and support these past few months has been so wonderful and really paid off on the day. Thank you for being there to tell our story and guide us through such an emotional, special moment that we'll never forget.
Much love and thanks
Chris and Natalie
Alice and Pete - 1st September 2012, Sabine Hey, Derbyshire
Sorry for delay in reply! We've been basking in our marriedness! You did an awesome job so thank you for that!!
Thanks again. You've got yours to look forward to now. It's brilliant :-)
Lots of love
Alice and Pete xx
Alan and Kathy - 24th August 2012, 'The Endeavour', Whitby
Wow ! I'll say that again WOW ! What a fab day !! In planning our wedding, we contacted a number
of Humanist Celebrants but just didn't get the right feeling from them. From the first time
chatting to Hannah on the phone, there was an immediate connection and we knew she was the one
who could make our dream day a reality. She said "It's a mad cap idea" and we were "bonkers" but
she threw herself into it completely. We had already hired the venue in Whitby (the Endeavour boat replica)
and fingers were firmly crossed for a sunny day. So after many email exchanges between us and a meeting
we felt as though we were having our friend conduct our wedding ceremony and very confident she knew
just what we wanted, a one-off and very personal ceremony to us. The big day came and so did the rain!
In buckets! A fast contingency plan formed but amazingly the rain stopped just before we were due to
board the boat and the sun came out to shine on us all. Hannah conducted our wedding ceremony with
readings given by our family, and injected the upbeat, celebration feel that we hoped for. We simply
couldn't have asked for more. We really enjoyed the process of the 'getting to know you' and were
delighted with the wedding script which totally reflected our relationship with an appropriate balance
between seriousness and lots of laughter. We now kind of miss responding to Hannah's 'getting to
know you' emails - some were easy to answer, some make you think, but the result is a truly personal
ceremony that reflects your relationship and personality.
Give her a ring...... it'll be the best call you make!!!!! Alan and Kathy
Jules and Ric - 17th August 2012, Pinewood Hotel, Cheshire
Without you, this day was not possible...without you we'd never have started down this path and
I'd have saved £300 hiding blue chairs! Yet with you we had our best day ever. With you we had
grown men crying, children laughing and a royal guard of honour. With you, we had a wedding so
perfect to everything our family needed that we were relaxed from the moment we all woke up;
and so we were able to witness, enjoy and remember every second of our ceremony.
Thank you Hannah, from the bottom of 4 very, very happy hearts.
Ric, Jules, Rose and Lowry
Tom and Kirsty - 11th August 2012, Chadkirk Chapel (deconsecrated), Stockport
Thanks so much for making yesterday what it was. Everyone commented on the humanist ceremony, saying how beautiful and personal it was. We were both really pleased with it and had a beautiful day. You made us so relaxed and made the process an easy and enjoyable one. We wish you all the very best for your wedding and will most certainly recommend you. Many thanks again,
Kirsty and Tom xx
Sally and Sean, 5th August 2012, Whirlowbrook Hall, Sheffield
Ruth and Jon, 21st July 2012, in the woods of Scraptoft Hill Farm, Leicester
Hannah, we just wanted to say a huge thank you for creating an amazing wedding ceremony.
The ceremony was so personal and perfectly captured who we are and what marriage means to us.
It was such a relief to find someone who could convey romance and love without, as we put it,
"the cheese factor". Throughout the whole process you made us feel like we had your undivided
attention and were very patient with our last minute approach! We had such positive feedback
from our guests, some who have been to humanist wedding and some who had never heard of them.
They all said how fantastic the ceremony was, and how refreshing it was to feel part of
Thanks again, it was a wonderful ceremony
Ruth & Jon
Helen and Pierre, 30th June 2012, Derbyshire
Thank you for your calming influence and beautifully written words. It was an emotional and deeply personal experience for us and our family and friends. Lots of guests have said they would now consider a similar ceremony so there can be no bigger compliment!
Helen & Pierre xx
Danielle and Jay, 23rd June 2012, East Yorkshire
Thank you so much for such an intelligent, very personalised and emotional ceremony.
It was truly wonderful how you made each and every one of us feel such a special part of it.
I think for me amongst all the praise and wonderful comments from all present the most telling
surely must be from Marc, our sixteen year old son, who was so moved and touched by it all.
He said 'I am absolutely definitely having a humanist celebrant to do my own wedding. I wish
I could have Hannah.' A lot of mouths dropped and eyebrows raised as he is yet to find himself
a girlfriend let alone one willing to marry him! So Hannah for so inspiring and motivating my son,
which takes some doing, and for your professionalism and warmth and wonderful care of us
all on the big day a HUGE "Thank You".
P.S I couldn't believe how the one thing we all most dreaded (raining during the open air ceremony) thanks to you handling it with complete and utter professionalism and flair, we all felt it actually enhanced the whole thing it was actually quite delightful and just so funny and British. We will be laughing and smiling about that for a long, long time
Debbie ( Danielle's mum ) x
Amy and Eric, 8th June 2012, Goldsborough Hall
Oh Hannah, that was the best day of our life and it started with the most incredible ceremony.
I must say that even though we had already read the script, we were blown away with how it
felt to actually do the ceremony and the reaction it provoked in our friends and families.
Everyone after talked about how emotional, personal and 'us' the ceremony was. And no one
even enquired about the legality - it was the perfect way for us to get married.
So thank you thank you thank you - you were the best decision we made regarding how we wanted our wedding day to be.
The Godoy-Pressland couple ;) Email from Amy and Eric
You are a true star! You should hear the feedback re the ceremony, it is outstanding.
We all agree that the decision to go with a humanist ceremony was absolutely correct,
the decision to go with Hannah W-G was a stroke of genius. You are such a warm, humorous
and sincere celebrant with an abundance of social skills who could not have failed to
have had us crying, laughing and profoundly moved throughout the whole event. My first
words to Don after the ceremony were, "I want her for my funeral!" Not that you'll have
a body to deal with (that's going to science), but my remaining essence will feel content
having you round off my life with your excellent narration.
On a more political/religious/social science point I think you will have made a lot of people think about the humanist perspective and perhaps provoke some debate, possibly even a change of view. But returning to A&E's wedding you welded together such a potent mix of joy and sincerity that everyone felt that they were part of something quite special. Many people said they had never experienced such a wonderful ceremony (including their own weddings).
With such a fantastic beginning the day just went from one fabulous thing to another. Amy and Eric in particular, but also all who were present (even the string quartet were crying!) want to say an enormous thank you for the best researched and most touching ceremony possible.
Thank you from the bottom/middle/top of my heart.
ps With Polly Toynbee as the president of the British Humanist Association, I've been meaning to join for a while, after Friday I'm definitely going to do it. Message from Amy's mum, Rosie.
Jane and Russ, 2nd June 2012, Macclesfield
Our wedding day was so special because of you. You eloquently and sincerely portrayed our feelings, relationship and love for each other. Because of you the ceremony was perfect in every way. We cannot thank you enough, Jane and Russ xx
Stuart and Matilda, 5th May 2012, Rutland
CJ and Graham, 21st April 2012, Suffolk
When we started our search for a humanist celebrant we knew exactly what we wanted: someone who could make our ceremony personal to us with the right amount of fun and celebration mixed in with the serious bits! We quickly realised that that combination wasn't the norm (although you'd expect it to be). Thank goodness we found Hannah's website! Within 3 emails we knew we had to have her! She had such a lovely way with words and a great sense of humour to top it all off! We felt instantly comfortable; it was like emailing a friend. When we met Hannah for the first time we left our meeting really excited. We were buzzing the whole way home, chatting about how pleased we were to have been lucky enough to find such a brilliant person to be part (quite a big part) of our day. Helping Hannah with the details she needed to write the ceremony was really fun...I don't want to give too much away to potential brides and grooms because it really was a lovely process that we both enjoyed. On the day we were completely blown away. The ceremony Hannah had created for us was perfect. She had 140 people laughing and crying in the all the right places and as far as Graham and I are concerned, we will never be able to recreate such an amazing 30 minutes! After the ceremony Hannah stuck around to talk to our guests and she made a big impression. We have had so many lovely compliments on the ceremony and specifically Hannah. Lots of our friends assumed we had known her for years. Strangely, we feel like have! I can't speak highly enough of Hannah and the personal service she offers. It's totally unique and brilliant and although I don't want to share her I do think that everyone should meet her while considering what sort of ceremony to have, regardless of the event...I know that if Graham and I have children she will be our first port of call for the naming ceremony! Thank you, thank you, thank you Hannah for everything! You're ace! Mrs Avery (he he!!) xxxx. CJ and Graham
Paul and Saskia, 31st March 2012, Warwickshire
April and Matt, 6th August 2011, Derbyshire
Alistair and Sarah, 2nd July 2011, Uppingham
We knew 10 minutes after meeting you that you would be the perfect person to work with us to make our wedding the day we had dreamed of. We did meet other people but didn't get the same wonderful feeling that we got when we sat down and got to know each other. Thank you so much for what did before and on the big day. You made the occasion emotional, meaningful and happy. We will never forget it. Alistair
Liz and Chris, 2nd June 2011, Granchester
Thank you so much for being our celebrant. It was perfect and we don't think we could have found a better person. You really understood what we were looking for and delivered it perfectly. Thank you very, very much. Liz
As soon as Hannah picked up the phone I knew she was the celebrant for us. Warm, funny, interested and open to our own ideas and suggestions, she immediately understood what we wanted from our ceremony and did a perfect job of realising it on the day. With Hannah's guidance we were able to create a ceremony that had true meaning and was completely unique to us. Liz and Chris
Kay and Andy, 7th May 2011, Ashbourne
What an amazing ceremony, everybody has in some words commented in our guest book how it moved them in all some way. You were amazing, so professional and perfect with your words, even with my beautiful niece dancing behind you at times. We cannot thank you enough for making our day with our family and friends perfect. Kay
I know Kay has already emailed our thanks but I just also wanted to say thank you. The script was fantastic and incredibly emotional, everyone really loved it but no one more than Kay and I. Thank you also for reassuring me before the ceremony. It really helped. Andy
Both Andy and myself were looking for a ceremony that captured the emotions of our family and friends, something that was unique to US and portrayed a sense of what we are about. Neither of us are religious and felt it would be inappropriate for our service to have that involvement, we were also certain that our blessing needed to be in a setting that was emotionally attached to us both. Our search began with researching celebrants and humanism, something that Andy had already taken an interest in some years ago and this search led us to Hannah. After previous phone calls to other celebrants in which I did not really connect with, I rang Hannah and immediately I felt inspired, motivated and assured that our ceremony meant as much to Hannah as it did us. What was most important to us is that we wanted guidance and support to help make our day what we had always wanted, our story, the journey we had travelled along together regardless of the pain that at times we endured and Hannah was able to capture this in true spirit. One of the most special things for us was the involvement and parts our family and friends played in all of this and how important Hannah made them feel. How many people can say that the opening line to their wedding ceremony was that of how their best friend was who we had to thank for Andy and I falling in love? It was the little things like this that helped tell the story and throughout the planning process with Hannah made us realise what it was that we loved so much about each other, but sometimes just forget to say. Hannah fulfilled every expectation that we had had, even more and the day itself was 'perfect'. Even with the heavy rain after heavy rain, I knew that by 4pm it would stop, and it did. Kay and Andy
Niki and Doug, 30th April 2011, Glyfada, Greece
We loved the ceremony and loads of our guests have commented on how much they enjoyed it. Niki and Doug
Ami and Dan, 17th July 2010, Uppingham
What an amazing time and wedding- everyone said the best they had been to and how real and honest the ceremony was- thanks to you. All were suitably impressed. Thank you Hannah. You did a fab, great job- more us than we intended and more beautiful than we could have dreamt of. It was so thoughtful and made most people cry. Ami
Naming thanks and testimonials
Rob, Sarah and Pippa - 20th January 2013, Tatton Park, Cheshire
Pippa's naming day was exactly how we wanted it to be. It was a lovely, personalised ceremony which allowed us to celebrate Pippa with close friends and family. We wanted a ceremony that everyone could be involved in and enjoy no matter what their background or beliefs. The ceremony allowed us and Pippa's guide parents to make promises to her that were both individual and special.
Hannah guided and supported us throughout the whole process and delivered a very touching ceremony. We couldn't have been happier with our choice of celebrant.
Thank you so much Sarah, Rob and Pippa
Claire, Paul, Josephine and Emily - 2nd December 2012, The Mews Hotel, Wakefield
Hannah created a fantastic naming ceremony for our baby girl that encompassed everything we had wanted. We felt involved and consulted throughout the whole process. I think what made it so special was how Hannah made it so personal to us, giving us help and suggestions but ultimately allowing us the control. From our initial meeting to the actual day and beyond Hannah made us feel special and important because she really does care and throws herself into the ceremony. She is friendly and enthusiastic and when we finally decide to get round to tying the knot she will definitely be the first person we contact as we'd only want the best! Thanks again Hannah. Claire and Paul Xx
Rob, Pippa and Rafferty - 25th November 2012, Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds
Hannah made our day perfect. She got to know us and made the ceremony very personal. I cannot recommend her enough. Pippa
Kate, Dave and Grace - 27th October 2012, Welburn Village Hall, North Yorkshire
We had a fantastic day, thank you so much for everything. Soooo many people have told us how much they enjoyed the ceremony. I think it was new to a lot of them! It was such a relief to have you there and know that you knew how to do things 'just right'.
Our very best wishes,
Kate, Dave and Grace x
Jo, Dale and Red - 30th September 2012, The Coach House Studios, Wirksworth
Thanks Hannah. You were great. A true professional and it was reassuring for me to feel you in
control so that Dale and I could be with family and friends. We are exhausted! It was all we
hoped for and more and so many people said it was such a special ceremony.
Minnie was marvellous! You were marvellous. Quite happy to give you a reference although they must be stacking up by now!
Love and Light, Jo, Dale and Red x
Richard, Kate and Freddie - 19th August 2012, at home in Manchester
Just to say a big thank you for making Freddie's ceremony a big success - I know a lot of people appreciated that you stayed afterwards to chat.
Thanks once again,
Richard & Kate
Kirsty, Neil, Emily and Benedict - 12th August 2012, at home in Leeds
Just a little note to say thank you so much for performing our ceremony. Lots of lovely comments. The day was such a blur! Kirsty
Tim, Ellie and Billy, 4th August 2012, Rotherham
Thankyou so much for making Billy's naming ceremony perfect! It was everything that we hoped it would be, fun, personal and all about Billy and welcoming him to the world. Throughout the ceremony close friends and family were made to feel involved and special; you really made an effort to 'get to know' us in the preceding weeks and this was apparent during the ceremony. The delivery and content were just perfect. Everyone has since commented on how beautiful the ceremony and day was. We knew that you were just what we were looking for, after the first conversation; someone enthusiastic, passionate and interesting, oh and patient!!Thanks for making the ceremony everything and more that we hoped it would be. Ellie, Tim and Billy xxx
Meredith, Mark, Vaughan, Laurus and Wylie, 3rd August 2012, Legh Arms, Macclesfield
Hannah was the consummate professional in leading the naming ceremony for our three boys. At every stage of the process,
from writing scripts to lighting candles, Hannah made everything easy, fun and comfortable for us as a family. Our day was
truly wonderful and Hannah played a big part in making it so personal. Many of our guests were moved by the ceremony and
commented on what an unforgettable experience it was. Thank you Hannah, what a gift you gave us!
Meredith and Mark
Gavin, Pru and Isabelle, 29th July 2012, Rutland
Thank YOU so much for making it a very special day. It was everything we had hoped for. You made a great impression, before, during and after the ceremony. We had put lots of thought into the venue and guests etc, and it was lovely to see that it was all worthwhile. The ceremony itself was by far the best bit of the day. Everyone couldn't stop talking about it afterwards!
Looking forward to seeing the script (although I almost think I know it off by heart by now! :-).
Thank you once again
Pru (and Gavin and Isabelle) x
Comment was from Pru
Chris, Natalie and Rohen, 1st July 2012, The King Power Stadium, Leicester
Cheryl, Dean and Evan, 24th June 2012, Mosborough, Sheffield
Thank you for a fantastic day. Absolutely everyone said how heart-warming and personal the ceremony was. They all thought it was the best naming they'd been to, and far better than a Christening. Most people even thought you were a friend because you were so natural. For Dean and myself it was just an amazing experience, far better than we could have hoped for. I'll definitely be back in touch when we get round to baby number 2 :o)
Thanks again for making yesterday so very special
Cheryl, Dean and Evan xxx
Comment was from Cheryl and Dean
Simon, Nicola and Stanley, 17th June 2012, Ockbrook, Derby
Thankyou so much Hannah for making our day so perfect. It was just what we had hoped for and so
much more personal than a christening would have been. Lots of people have commented on how lovely it was.
It would be a pleasure to send you a testimonial and some pics. I'll get something to you shortly.
Thanks so much again.
Lots of love,
The Ropers xxxxx
Comment was from Simon and Nicola
Jon, Alexandra, Scarlett, Jacob and Cameron, 15th April 2012, North Yorkshire
Thank you for the wonderful ceremony. We had a wonderful day. It far surpassed our expectations. Jon and Alexandra
Thank you for a lovely naming ceremony, it felt really special. Stacy and Tim, guide-parents to Scarlett and Jacob
Jonathan, Tammy and Martha, 1st April 2012, Chesterfield
Wow! What a wonderful day we all had :-) The thought provoking questions from Hannah gave her the answers to write the most incredibly personalised ceremony for Martha: Martha's traits, our hopes for her, what she meant to our family, how she'd changed us all. We enjoyed readings that I'd selected myself and the 'Little Twinkles' were able to sing Martha's favourite song at the start of the service. Certainly a highlight for me! Hannah created a wonderful poem for Martha's brother to read. We only passed on words given to us by the boys - and there it was! Hannah had promises from all the guide parents, all individual to them. These meant a lot to all of us. She was a complete professional from start to finish. I truly knew we were in safe hands. Hannah was at the venue with plenty of time to chat to those doing the readings, and to make sure the room set up was as it should have been. It was a wonderful experience. We would love to do it all again!!! We would highly recommend Hannah to all our family and friends. Tammy and Jonathan
Micheala, Liam, Evie and Olivia, 15th January 2012, Peterborough
Our little girls' naming ceremony was amazing and that was all thanks to Hannah. From the very beginning she made it so special for us as a whole family. Thinking of the script she made still makes me cry now. It was so honest and raw. It had every one of our guests feeling emotional afterwards and I still get compliments to this day on what a lovely day it was even if they had never heard of a naming ceremony before. My cousin told me that now she wants one for her children. But Hannah's service went much further than just the ceremony. She stayed behind and spoke to our guests which was lovely of her and even though it was the very first time we had actually met her me and my fiancé felt we already knew her because she is such a warm welcoming person. We loved her so much we spoke about her performing our wedding. We would recommend her to anyone that wants their day to be extra special. Hannah gives your day that special touch of magic to make fabulous family memories. Micheala
Just for my part I'd like to say a big thank you. As I must confess to a bit of apprehension beforehand about the ceremony, but your kind personality and professionalism soon put me at ease and I suspect also everyone else involved. So once again, a big thank you. Simon, guide-parent to Olivia
Lindsey and Ewan, 27th November 2011, Derbyshire
Hannah, Ewan's naming ceremony was absolutely fabulous, perfect in every way and exactly what I was looking for. So many people since have come to me saying how fantastic the day was, so personal (and were emotional still) and are thinking of having similar for their child, etc. There are not many "jobs" in life that bring total pleasure to people and touch their hearts and minds. I love it and I really loved that day. Ewan's tree is blossoming nicely in the back garden. Reading through the book afterwards took several attempts, blinking through the tears as you can imagine. What people put really touched me and inspired me to continue. It has definitely made me stronger and I'm so excited about the next chapter. Lindsey
Matt, Dwayne, Skye and Summer, 11th November 2011, Southwell
What amazing memories we have of our naming ceremony and our time in England. Thank you so much. It was incredible. Matt and Dwayne
Natalie, Andrew, Leo and Amelie, 10th September 2011, Fletton
Thank you very much for a great ceremony, it had everything that we wanted. Everyone enjoyed the day and all said that it was a nicely put together, personalised service. Teresa mentioned that you put in an awful lot of effort for Luca's ceremony and that is why we selected you for Amelie's special day - I'm so glad we did. Natalie and Andrew
Comments from guests at Jack's naming, 25th June 2011
Thank you for a lovely ceremony. It was a truly memorable occasion. Carol and Eric
It was lovely to meet you yesterday. Thanks for your help with the promises. The naming day went extremely well and was very emotional. You did a fantastic job! Serena
Lisa, Barry and Jack, 25th June 2011, West Bridgford
We are left feeling a little sad as our special day is now over, but that is only testament to the fantastic job you did. It was such an emotional day and the ceremony was everything and more we wanted for our little boy Jack, all those months ago when we first contacted you. We wanted to opt for a naming ceremony not only for the obvious religious reasons but also so it would be a truly personal day dedicated to Jack. We're not sure if every humanist ceremony is conducted the way you approached it, but we cannot thank you enough for all your efforts in gathering the information you needed to get a real feel for us as a couple and our family life. It made for a really lovely day and our sadness is solely because it's all over!!! It was a pleasure to meet you and we're so grateful for the fantastic job you did to mark our son's birth.
Teresa, Jay and Luca , 29th May 2011, Ashton
My partner and I wanted to do something really special and welcome our son Luca into this world as he has brought us such love and joy. Neither of us are big believers in God and we never go to church so we felt uncomfortable having a Christening. That's when I started looking into Naming Days and I am so happy I did. I emailed Hannah and she talked me through every step, making it very easy and stress free. The day went so smoothly (even though I had come down with a sickness bug the night before). Hannah took care of me and put my mind at ease that I could sit back and relax. Everyone said how beautiful and personal it was. I really loved how the Guide Parents worked alongside Hannah and came up with their own promises to Luca along with our own. Very touching and memorable that some of our friends are now booking Hannah in for their own namings. Teresa
We found you to be a warm, friendly, professional and very interesting person.....and you are so good at your job! We would love to recommend you to friends and clients so please send us cards if you want to. Marcus and John
Andrew, Katie and Jacob, 26th March, 2011, Twycross Zoo
Even before our son Jacob was born we decided a christening wasn't really for us, neither of us were particularly religious and we didn't fancy sharing such a special day with total strangers and other children getting christened. We researched other ideas and came across Naming Ceremonies. They sounded ideal, we wanted something that we could make our day and personalise it for our family. The next task was to find someone to conduct the ceremony, so I went on the internet and found the BHA and there was a list of celebrants. After initially emailing a handful of celebrants, Hannah really caught my eye. Her first email was really friendly and so then we arranged to meet her. From the first meeting we both felt comfortable talking to her and felt that she really "got us" as a family. Over the next few weeks Hannah sent us emails about the script what we wanted in it and generally found out more information about us all. About 2 weeks before the big day we got to see the final script and it was amazing, it bought a tear to our eyes just reading through it! We had both of our mums read a small poem during the ceremony and we had 4 Guardians who all read promises to Jacob as well as myself and Andrew. Hannah really encompassed the spirit of the day and made it funny when needed especially when Jacob was talking over her! At the end of the ceremony Andrew and I read poems and did thank you's, and then out of the blue he proposed to me! Hannah got straight back into her duties, and proposed a toast. She really brought the day together in a way that we couldn't of imagined. Some of the more traditional family members were very impressed with it all too despite their reservations at first. Thank you Hannah for such a special day that we will never forget! Andrew and Katie
Thank you for a beautiful ceremony. We enjoyed it very much. It was a pleasure to meet you. You are a lovely lady. Dee
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 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
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 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