A barn, a snowstorm, and freezing temperatures: a perfect wedding in Ontario, Canada.

Waterstone Estates was the setting for Kyle and Holly’s November wedding celebrations!  It was one degree Celsius and two days after a snowstorm.  YES, it was stunningly beautiful.  YES, I had the most wonderful time, and YES it was FREEZING! It was one of the most special ceremonies I have ever delivered and the memories will stay in my heart forever.

Here is a little sneak peek of their beautiful day! Continue reading

Vow Renewal in St. Stephens Green

Working with Kerri and Ronald was a treat!  Having traveled from Texas, U.S.A., they settled on St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin City as the location for their vow renewal ceremony. Together with their adult children (and ducks and swans 🙂 ) they celebrated a handfasting ceremony…to once again tie the knot!

Simone is amazing! My husband and I wanted to renew our 30-year wedding vow in Ireland along with our two grown children as our witnesses. I contacted others but Simone listened to what I wanted. From the start, she is full of energy, consideration, and full of ideas and suggestions to make OUR day the most special and memorable! I highly recommend her to perform any ceremony. From my experience, I know she will ensure it is the most amazing for you!! In addition, we have a friend in Ireland!

~Kerri and Ronald

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We stood just to the left of the old kitchen, pictured above, on the water’s edge.  The old kitchen was the perfect contingency location if the rain came.

“In vow renewal, you once again give yourselves freely and generously into the hands of the one you love, and by doing so, you receive the love and trust of the other as your most precious gift.”

The ceremony start time was 10am, so it meant the family had the whole day to celebrate and explore our lovely city.

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We this is very exciting!  A Mrs2Be Brides Choice nomination is a big deal for me!brides_choice_awards_nominated_large_960x960 Creating and delivering a wedding ceremony, on one of the most important days in a couple’s life to that point, is an enormous responsibility.  While many think the ability to perform a ceremony comes naturally, they do not realize the amount of preparation that goes on behind the scene.  The hours I spend rehearsing and reviewing the ceremony or arriving at a venue two hours before kick off to ensure everything is ‘ship shape’, is never time wasted.

I am nominated in the Celebrant category, but there are a few more categories I think I am eligible for:

  • Acrobatics: as I am a dab hand at catching the mother of the bride as she trips on the red carpet (true story).
  • Florist: for making a button hole for the father of the groom out of flowers from the venue’s garden (also a true story)
  • Beautician: for not crying when hot wax poured down my arm from a toppled candle (another true story)

So thank you from the bottom of my heart for the nomination and good luck to all the nominees, you all rock!

Simone <3

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Planning a Naming Ceremony

Planning a naming ceremony is a very special time, and preparations often begin before the baby is born or in the case of adoption, brought home.  Planning should be fun and stress free.  Here are some ideas to help you plan your special ceremony.

Keep a ceremony diary: If you come across a reading or poem that you would like at your child’s ceremony, jot it down or make a copy of the link.  When friends or family have naming ceremonies or other religious rituals like a christenings, make a note of little touches that you felt were special or meaningful.

Choose a venue: The wonderful thing about a naming ceremony is you can celebrant in any location!  If you choose to have the naming ceremony soon after the baby is born, it can be in the comfort of your own home.  This also allows you to limit the guest list, if you so choose.  Most hotels have smaller event rooms that can provide the intimate space needed for a naming ceremony.  Incorporating a ceremony with a sumer picnic is a great option if lots of children are attending.  Equally, holding a christmas naming ceremony when family and friends may be home from abroad is another great option.

Choose the life mentors/god parents: It’s a big honour to be chosen as the life mentor /god parent of a child, and never underestimate how special someone will feel when you ask them to take on this special role. It’s a good idea to make a note in your ceremony diary of why you have chosen them.  This is not only helpful for the celebrant to include in your ceremony, but also for the life mentor/god parent themselves.  It lets them know why you feel they are the right person to be there for your child.  Usually there are two life mentors/godparent’s.  If a child is being christened and having a naming ceremony, two people might stand for the child at both ceremonies, or there might be two godparents and two life mentors.

Ceremony Elements: A ceremony element is a another way to seal the bonds between family and friend attending the naming of your child.  There are so many different types to choose from.  A unity ceremony can include just the parents and child or all the guests!  Have a look at the ceremony menu page for some ideas.   Or spend some time on developing your own unique unity ceremony.  When you meet with your celebrant, bring your ceremony diary with you.  It will be a great help to ensure your ceremony is filled with personal choices and elements that have special meaning to you.

When you do start planning your child’s naming ceremony, please get in touch, as I would love to work with you to create your very special day.