Living in Australia, we decided to get married in England so all our close friends and family could attend our wedding and help celebrate with us. Once we arrived in England we contacted a registry office to check out the requirements. We discovered that as we were only going to be in the country 17 days, we fell short on the requirements by about 5 days. We felt very disheartened as our hopes of getting married amongst friends and family, seemed like they wouldn’t come true. We decided to contact Karen, and explained our situation. We would need to be married within the next 10 days, to accommodate other family members who also lived in a different country. Karen explained that it usually takes months to plan a wedding; however she would be willing to marry us at such short notice, given the circumstances. We met Karen on the Friday night and went through the vows that we would like and various other details that we felt necessary to include in the readings. On the Saturday, we had a small rehearsal to go through our vows and the way the service would be carried out. We were then married the following day. The ceremony was unique and tailored to our personal needs; this allowed us to be married in the open air in a place that we often visited when we lived in England.In the short space of time given to Karen to organise our special day, she was very calm, professional and put us both at ease. On the day, Karen performed the ceremony perfectly, we couldn’t have asked for anything different even if our wedding had been planned months in advance. On a whole, our wedding day was perfect! Thanks Karen for making our day such a memorable occasion.
Lindsey and Paul Pearce
Karen King’s services were initially recommended to us by Caroline Bavister (Danby Castle). When we began planning our wedding we wanted to have a ceremony that enabled us to reflect our true feelings, views on how we perceived marriage and our future together without any restrictions but we weren’t sure how to go about it. Having a humanist ceremony enabled us to include everything we wanted and from the initial consultation it was clear that Karen was prepared to work alongside us and take everything that we suggested on board to create a ceremony that was unique and it also enabled us to have the ceremony in the open air with the backdrop of the North Yorks Moors. As we live in London most of our correspondence before the wedding was by email and telephone and Karen was friendly, clearly passionate about her role as a humanist celebrant and committed to making our ceremony exactly what we wanted. We worked together to create the ceremony and Karen was open to all our suggestions. For example, it was important to us to include some of the symbolic features of a hand fasting such as the hand binding and besom jumping. Karen helped structure the ceremony so all the guests understood why we had chosen a humanist wedding and what the symbolism of each section meant to us personally. We were also able to include the music, readings and vows that we wanted to create our perfect ceremony. In the run up to the big day Karen was calm and always at the end of the telephone to go over any last minute changes and the day before the ceremony we met to run through details at the venue. On our wedding day Karen led the ceremony with sincerity and had the right amount of humour and warmth to put us at ease and make sure all our guests felt that they were a part of the ceremony too. Having Karen to help create and lead our ceremony at Danby Castle was the perfect way for us to celebrate our marriage. Thank you!
Dean Ramsay and Harriet Gervasio
Neither of us are religious so we were never having a church wedding. We were not initially planning on using a celebrant however due to the unavailability of the registrar at the time we wanted it was something we then began to consider – can’t take the credit it was Carolyn’s idea. As much as it wasn’t something we were considering initially it worked out brilliantly for us. Karen was brilliant from the beginning she really cared about reflecting our personalities and making the service personal to us. There were lots of emails back and forth throughout the planning stages and I think this helped her get a sense of what we were like as a couple. I hated the idea of saying my vows in front everyone as I knew I’d be a blubbering wreck so having the registrars first with just 8 family and friends present was really special for us all. When it came to the vows with Karen in front of all the guests we both felt relaxed and confident, we kept the ceremony quite traditional in format and saved the exchanging of rings for our second ceremony too. We had lots of cards afterwards and everyone said how lovely the service was, how it was different and ‘really us’ we had references to friends and light hearted moments throughout. Karen really helped put us at ease and conducted a service that allowed Graham and I to truly be ourselves. If having a church wedding is not a big factor in your Wedding day I cannot recommend enough having a Humanist ceremony, for Graham and I choosing the vows, readings and format of the ceremony really was a lovely part of the process. The ceremony itself was different, personal and fun without detracting from the actual purpose of it. Having Karen there was like having a friend steer you through the scariest but best words you will ever say.
Cat and Graham’s Celebrant Wedding
Hello, we just wanted to say a massive thank you again for doing our wedding! Everyone said how good the service was and how personal it was to us and that couldn’t have happened without your support, time and help! You really did make our wedding very special and you went far beyond what we expected which we are very grateful of. Thanks again!!!