I conduct a personal ceremony for your special and unique celebration Wedding, Handfast, Renewal of Vows, Baby Naming, Coming of Age, Memorial & Funeral. Full Legal Wedding and Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies conducted here in Bonnie Scotland Your service is about you and reflects your own personality and likes. Chose your own readings & music and get your friends & family involved too, if you wish, and enjoy your special day!

As part of the local Scottish Community, I have been conducting Ceremonies for several years now and I always try to do my very best for every couple and family I meet. My philosophy is that it is Your Ceremony and every service I conduct reflects your values & wishes. 

I've always been a 'listener' and, for your Celebration, I will listen to you and encourage you to have the ceremony you want, not what other people think you should have. It is your day. No matter how big or how small your Celebration is.. make it special, make it unique and make it memorable. And, most importantly, make it Yours.

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Scottish & Celtic Handfasting

Handfasting is the traditional marriage of Scotland. It is also the origin of the saying 'tying the knot' comes from as the couple would stand beside each other and two ribbons or cords were tied around their hands as they made promises to love and take care of each other.

The Handfast can be part of your legal wedding, renewal of vows or handfast (wedding blessing) if you wish.

There's a bit more history to it and, during a ceremony, I explain what the handfasting is to your guests - you may have seen it in a film (i.e. Braveheart!!) but it is a very lovely tradition here in Scotland.. and still active in Scandinavia and the Ukraine!

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Planning Your Ceremony

Contact me initially to discuss your Ceremony

We can meet up in person or talk via email and/or telephone You chose music, readings and family/friends taking part I can advise on traditions, customs and etiquette

For legal marriage in Scotland, I will guide you with paperwork, dates of submission etc

On your special day, I will conduct the Ceremony you want

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Ceremonies & Events


Legal Marriage Legal weddings and same-sex marriage in Scotland


Scottish & Celtic Handfasting is the traditional marriage of Scotland. I can incorporate this into your legal marriage or renewal of vows or wedding blessing

Renewal of Vows

A celebration for an anniversary and/or to celebrate your on-going commitment to each other

Baby Naming & Coming Of Age

For the special wee ones in your life

Funeral & Memorial

A Celebration of Life Other Celebrations Whatever the occasion, make it special!

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David and I would like to thank you so much for the wonderful ceremony you conducted. Everyone has told us how much they loved and how different and personal it was. It had many people in tears. We were both extremely happy and moved by what you created . It has been great being able to share the kids naming ceremony and our wedding with you. Thanks again. Leanne and David x

We would both like to thank you so much for marrying us, for making the ceremony everything we wanted and unique to us. We had a perfect day. Your advice and help leading up to the wedding were hugely appreciated and we would recommend you to anyone a hundred times over. Mr and Mrs R

xxx You are Legend. The Groom!

You’ve got this amazing calming influence. Lorraine

We thought our renewal of vows was going to be cancelled. Thank you for stepping in and making it so lovely and special. Hilary I loved the Scottish Handfast so much. Now my husband wants a Celtic costume and a sword! Helen

Thank you so much for helping us, we have had such a lovely day despite the rain! People have been asking if you’re a member of our family. Nic

Baby Naming

I had no idea about what my boys name meant and it’s just so funny now. I always just loved it but hearing what it meant was brilliant. I love it even more. Thank you so much. Nicola

Thank you for being so patient. You really made us feel at ease and everyone loved the ceremony. Cheryl

I can’t stop smiling, thank you. (Nanna)


I can’t tell you how wonderful everyone thought the service was. Thank you so much

That was so much better than I thought it would be. I was very nervous. Thank You

Lovely, really lovely. Thank you so much

That was the most beautiful service I have ever been to. And, believe me, I go to a lot of funerals You really got her… that was her to a T.

Thank you so much I cannot believe we got everything sorted in so short notice. This morning I was in panic mode, now I feel quite calm!” (First meeting with the family for a Funeral Service)

I just wanted to email you and thank you for the wonderful service you did for my Mum. It was lovely. I could not have wished for anything more. Thank you

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How much do you charge to conduct a Ceremony?

That depends on what type of Ceremony and the location

Do you come to the Wedding meal afterwards? That's up to you.

That's up to you. I don't 'expect' to be invited, in fact I'd rather you had your family/friends there (I know how expensive wedding's can be and I'd hate to take the place of someone you wanted to invite!). I may stay for a wee drink and Congratulate you

I am in America and I'd like to do something special for my partner - can you help?

Anything at all that I can do to help. If you need to arrange everything by email, it's fine. And if you need help finding a location in your budget just let me know. I'm always out and about.

When should I book you for my Wedding?

As soon as you have your date! It's not unusual to have a booking made 1-2 years before the Big Day so it's vital that you get your date, venue, celebrant and band booked as soon as you can.

What if you are not available on my date?

It may happen! But, don't worry, I have several lovely colleagues who I can recommend.

Where can I get married?

Anywhere in Scotland; in a garden, hotel, castle, palace, ruined historical sites, outside, inside, at home, on a boat, up a mountain.. (except some religious buildings)

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