I offer natural, simple and meaningful ceremonies, threaded through with symbolism, sentiment and ritual.
Being able to give families and couples the ceremony they have dreamed about is a vocation and I strive for more than satisfaction - there is only one chance to get it right and that is on the day. That is why, for me, it is so important to know the people I am working with, to understand their journeys and be able to hold the space for them as they travel through the rituals surrounding their rite of passage.
Working in partnership means regular consultation and revision until you are happy with the ceremony, and only then will it be published. After the ceremony you will receive up to 3 free presentation copies of the script as a keepsake of the day.
I have done pet funerals and memorials to help with the very real grieving process after the loss of a dear pet, explaining and honouring that death with care as often this is the first experience of death a child may have. I offer Life After Loss Cafes as a practical support group for those who have experienced any kind of loss - bereavement, job loss, divorce, pet loss, children leaving home to name but a few and as part of this support I offer the chance to honour that change in circumstances formally with a small intimate ceremony in the home.
Daisy Chain Weddings: Outdoor, Bohemian, Folk, Festival. Preferably in the great outdoors, but otherwise in small, rural venues, people's gardens, hospitals. Intimate ceremonies bursting with symbolism, ritual and joy. Pagan celebrations - handfastings, broom jumping, calling in the ancestors, family and audience participation - pets too if the venue approves.
Pushing up the Daisies Funerals: Green burials preferred over cremations - anything to give the family and friends more time and space to say goodbye in the best way for them. I am a trained Funeral Director too and can therefore advise on options not always identified - for example home funerals. Will do cremations if required, but would advise also a memorial to celebrate the life.
Fresh as a Daisy Namings: Family centred ceremonies either outdoor or inside. Full of symbolism, tradition and meaning. Including anointing with water infused with essential and relevant oils, the making of promises by parents and 'god'parents, fun abut meaningful activities for the siblings.
Wheel of the Year outdoor seasonal celebrations - dancing, music, meditation and ritual.
Divorce ceremonies, house and home blessings, new job/business ceremonies, acknowledging miscarriages and any other major rites of passage people would like to have honoured and respected.
Pet funerals and memorials.
We used Alison as a celebrant for my mother in law's funeral. So glad I found you when searching, Alison is amazing. This was my first time planning a funeral and I gave Alison a challenge as we were over 300 miles apart. Alison made everything easier and couldn't have done anymore. the eulogy she produced was amazing and she helped give my mother in law the send off she deserved. If you have a celebration or funeral please use Alison, you won't be disappointed.
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Why Choose ALISON
For me an honest commitment is at the heart of every celebration be that a joyful affirmation by a couple to share their life together, gifting a child with a name or bidding a fond farewell to a loved one, and I consider it my privilege and honour to be trusted to provide a ceremony which reflects that commitment. Drama and performance are in my blood and my training as a teacher as well as a celebrant ensures an attention to detail in all aspects of our work together. The challenge of preparing and delivering a bespoke service that is choreographed using your wishes and my skills is so exciting. I have an open mind and am happy to work with people from most faiths and spiritual paths, any race and colour and any sexual leanings. If people are willing to make the commitments they want celebrating then I will help them all the way, however quirky or different that is, and I will always work in partnership with my customers to achieve the day they want.