Congratulations on your engagement! Now you've got a wedding to plan and where will you start? My advice - as an unashamed romantic - is to start with each other.
They say it's true love when you can absolutely be yourselves with each other - when you know your partner adores and celebrates every inch of you - just as you are. If you feel safe, known and loved when you're together, let's make sure that's exactly how you feel on your wedding day too. Don't let anyone else's ideas or rules mess with the magic and make you feel awkward, fake or like this isn't really you.
If you want your wedding ceremony to be all about the two of you and your love for each other; if you want to exchange vows that reflect your love story and your plans for the future; and for your whole ceremony to feel as if it was written just for you, then hurrah! You're in the right place.
Work with me and your wedding ceremony really will be written just for you! It's that simple. You're the ones doing the vowing but I do solemnly swear to you that I'll write every word of your ceremony just for you and I never shall copy and paste!
We'll meet - you can decide if it's over tea and biscuits or gin and tonics - and we'll talk. You can tell me all your hopes and ideas. Tell me about the best weddings you've ever been to - and the worst. Tell me about your family politics, the stories that'll make your friends howl with laughter and the secret way to win over your fiercest of aunties.
Whatever you're hoping for, I'll take the time to understand what the two of you want from your wedding day and to give it to you with bells on.
We celebrants are not registrars. We can't give you your legal marriage certificate (although we can talk you through the quickest and cheapest ways to get the legal side of marriage signed off as nothing more than pre-wedding admin) but that leaves us free to follow no-one's rules but yours. So you can have your wedding absolutely anywhere - on a beach, in a forest, up a mountain or somewhere as simple and intimate as your own home. Choose a celebrant and the only people making the rules are the two of you.
It would be the most massive honour for me to be your celebrant. You can find out a lot more about me on my website - including up to date prices. And check out my Instagram feed too - that's where I go to post pictures of my cats and pontificate about how much I love my job (especially when I'm putting off doing my accounts or I'm sick of trying to get my printer to work).
Do give me a call or pop me an email if you'd like to know more. I'm always happy to chat on the phone or meet up with no obligation. I live in Cheshire but I'll travel across the UK and abroad to wherever a wedding takes me. I can't wait to hear from you.
In the meantime: hold on to this moment - and each other.