A Special Message from Olivia and Sami

We had the pleasure of having the wonderful Simone as our celebrant for our baby’s naming day ceremony. Even now after three years people still talk about the ceremony and how personal and intimate it was. Many of our guests had never attended a naming day before and they thought it was so beautiful and felt Simone had made it so personal and special for us as parents but also included our guests. Simone is truly gifted at what she does and we are so happy we found her and would highly recommend to any future parents you will not be disappointed! Thanks again Simone, Olivia and Sami

Caroline and Gavin at The Village Barn

The ceremony was more than we could have hoped for – we loved it!  So many people came up to us on the day and since then to let us know how much they enjoyed it.  My parents have never been to a civil ceremony and they couldn’t get over how personal it was, they loved every bit of it.  Loads of people who have been to similar ceremonies said it was superior to anything they’d been to before, that it was so relaxed and meaningful and that you are so good at your job!  

Thank you again, I can honestly say that the ceremony was a huge highlight of our day.

Caroline and Tomás

Photography by Aidan Oliver

Arriving early is very important, this way I have plenty of time to speak with guests who have a role in the ceremony, and most importantly, chat with the bride and groom to settle any list minute concerns.

Caroline and Tomas celebrated their wedding in The Village Barn, Tyrrellspass, Co. Westmeath

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R&R at Ashford Lodge

Ruth & Ross

Photography by the very lovely Moathill Photography

Dear Simone,

I’m not sure how to start this email without getting overwhelmed. Last Saturday was the most beautiful day of my life & you were an instrumental part of making it so.

We told you that we first saw you at our friend’s wedding last Spring & commented on how beautiful you made the ceremony. We thought you knew the boys! It was so touching and personal.

And then we met you for our wedding. Simone, you treated us like we were the most important couple that you had ever met. Like ours was the only ceremony you would ever perform. Like fulfilling our dream meant fulfilling yours.

I’m overwhelmed by each and every personal touch. From the remembrance candles to the vows and ribbons, to how you weaved what we told you about the people in our ceremony, to how you told our story, to how you carefully minded our kids, it was all so simply beautiful and unique. Thank you.

And to then get the gift of the ribbons & the cert the next morning, blew me away.

Thank you again Simone. My favourite decision was choosing you to be our celebrant.

With the warmest regards & love, R&R. X X

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Sarah and Robert at the Mill House

I advise couples to choose a celebrant they connect with.  Someone they feel instantly at ease with.  When I first met Sarah and Robert the roles were reversed!  I was captivated by their story, and I knew right away, theirs was a story I could not wait to tell! <3

Sarah and Robert celebrated their wedding in the historic Mill House, Slane, Co Meath.  They chose a handfasting ceremony using coloured ribbons that held deep meaning for them and their guests.

Thank you so much for being part of our wedding day. You made everything so easy and stress-free. Your professionalism, warmth, and creativity knows no bounds. You blew us away with the ceremony you created for our big day and practically all of our guests commented on how gorgeous it really was. It was the best day of our lives but the ceremony was definitely the highlight and that’s thanks to you. Thanks for all your patience and guidance – Sarah and Robert

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The Mill House – Courtesy of Annie Kheffache Photography

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Destination Wedding: Caitlin and Ultan

 

“He loves so simply and deeply, which I think is very rare” (Caitlin)

Planning a destination wedding can feel like a daunting task, but for Caitlin and Ultan it was a breeze!  Every detail was thought of and executed perfectly! The forest on the grounds of Cloughjordan House was the perfect setting for an organic and real ceremony. Ceremony music was provided by Celtic Breeze.

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Head over to ‘Sean and Kate’ to see all the beautiful details they captured on the day!

“Her motivation and drive inspire me and in turn positively motivates me to be the best I can be” (Ultan)

The day was unbelievably perfect and we couldn’t have asked for anything better. Our ceremony was so personal and it meant so much to us, and we want to thank you for bringing it all to life so perfectly. We are so happy that we chose you as our celebrant and you were so wonderful to work with! Thank you for being so flexible and hopping on Skype on the weekends because of the time difference, and for being so collaborative with everything to make sure we were 100% happy. Ultan gave you a shout-out in his speech during the reception and you got a huge round of applause from everyone! 🙂 So many people also came up to us during the night to tell us what an amazing job you did. Thank you SO much again for everything. We are so appreciative!
Cheers,
Caitlin & Ultan

Style & Sophistication: Aoife and Robie

Aoife and Robie celebrated their ceremony in the beautiful Trudder Lodge, a period House in Newcastle, Co. Wicklow.

Heavy rain showers had no impact on the style, elegance and excitement of the day!  I was the very lucky celebrant who was chosen to create Aoife and Robie’s wedding ceremony and I loved every minute of it!

The ancient Scottish tradition of handfasting was a very special moment, when Aoife and Robie made joint promises for their married life ahead.  Following this they shared their peronal promises for each other.  Their marriage was sealed with the giving and receiving of a ring and New Zealand Jade.

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They also secured love lettters in a wine box ceremony, that is waiting to be opening on their first anniversary!

I wanted to say thank you so much for your wonderful, personal ceremony on May 27th. Everyone raved about you and the ceremony. It was so unexpected for most people that I think they were genuinely entertained. The main comment was how personal and romantic the entire thing was.

Robie and I said from the start that you were our star supplier for the day. We knew once we met you that you were the perfect addition to our day. You guided us through it with such grace and determination that I honestly cannot imagine doing the day without you.

The one thing I really wanted to make sure is that we felt the ceremony, took it slowly and enjoyed it. I can honestly say that we did and it remains my favourite part of the day.

Aoife and Robie

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If you would like to have a chat about planning your wedding ceremony, please feel free to give me a call on +353 877813594 or send an email to hello@thecivilcelebrant.ie

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

From the heart: Amanda and Shaun

Amanda and Shaun – Silver Tasse, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Having travelled the world together, Amanda and Shaun returned to their home county of Donegal to celebrate their marriage with family and friends.

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The wedding rings were warmed with love by everyone present and then placed in Amanda and Shaun’s hands. Each strand of the gold cold representing the facets of their life together, secured the rings within, and the ‘Hand Blessing’was read.

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The best wedding vows are those spoken straight from the heart.  Amanda and Shaun openly shared stories of their adventures and how it united them in a most unique way.

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Every tiny detail represented Amanda and Shaun and their wonderful life together!

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Thank you for delivering the most perfect ceremony on our wedding day! Without you it truly would not have been so special.  You are so very good at what you do and I would recommend you highly. Thank you so much and we will never forget the most perfect ceremony you delivered.

Amanda and Shaun

If you are planning your wedding ceremony and would like to have an informal chat, please feel free to ring +353 87 7813594.

I look forward to speaking with you!

Just Us Two: Elisha and Mark

Elisha and Mark – Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara, Co.Mayo

Pic065 Media Image 2.jpgWhile on a tour of Irish Castles, Elisha and Mark took time out to celebrate their marriage on the grounds of Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara, Co. Galway.

With a hand crafted bouquet and button-hole made from the pages of a Cinderella book, Elisha found the perfect spot for their ceremony. A small archway hidden away from view, where the rushing of the nearby river was the only sound to break the silence.

Elisha and Mark choose the ancient ritual of hand fasting to ‘tie the knot’ and to make personal commitments to each other.   Their ceremony closed with a reminder of the responsibility that comes when we hold the dreams of another in our hands, done through the words of W.B. Yeats – The Cloths of Heaven.

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Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding. I truly appreciate all the hard work you put into our ceremony. It was a beautiful ceremony and day.

Elisha and Mark

If you are planning your wedding ceremony and would like to have an informal chat, please feel free to ring +353 87 7813594.

I look forward to speaking with you!