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Hi, I'm Isabel
I have always been fascinated by people’s journeys through life. From the paths they choose to the U-turns they make and the decisions they make along the way. All the events that create the person they are – and ultimately leads to the point where our paths cross.
My own life led me to become a celebrant. My son died suddenly in 2019, and this lived experienced fuels my empathetic and compassionate approach to funeral ceremonies. Every ceremony is tailored to your personal needs. My goal is to always create a meaningful and memorable day – the magic happens from working closely with you to bring your stories to life.
What's my ceremony style?
Your wedding shouldn’t be a source of stress, and I am here to collaborate with you to create a memorable ceremony that truly reflects you.
Each ceremony is written from the heart, choosing each word carefully and never using templates. That way, your ceremony is unique to you, as it should be! Who doesn’t love a Festival/Boho/Hippy wedding? I certainly do, and that is why when we got married in 2021, that is what we had, and I loved it! So did our guests and suppliers, saying it was the best wedding they had ever been to! Wouldn’t you want that for your day?
I can put myself in your shoes and help you navigate your way through birthing and nourishing the ceremony of your dreams!
So, how about we get together and have a no-obligation chat about your day?
Why choose Isabel?
Being a Celebrant is more than a job for me. It is my passion, my calling, [insert clique here!]. Seriously, I live, eat and breathe being a Celebrant; it feeds my soul!
I love stories, hearing them and telling them! I always strive to maintain a high standard when presenting your story, which is the heart of your ceremony. It is a privilege I do not take for granted, so much so that I have undergone a masterclass in “Mastering their Love Story”, so you are guaranteed a highly professional but fun, quirky and joyful ceremony!
What do I offer?
My favourite type of wedding is a festival-style celebration incorporating meaningful rituals and including family and friends. I love the ancient “Celtic” rituals such as handfasting. I equally enjoy helping couples create their own unique rituals based on a shared experience that is meaningful to them.
I do not offer any packages; every couple, wedding and ceremony is individual, and the cost depends on what is required. Prices start at £520 which includes the first 60 miles. Mileage is charged at 45p per mile.
Included in a ceremony is the writing of the love story (including poems and/or readings), support in writing the vows, choreography, and rituals. Each couple will receive a printed copy of the ceremony after the wedding.
Where a couple chooses to include rituals, there is the option for them to supply any props required or I can source the materials for an additional charge. For handfasting, I hold a workshop so that the couples can create their own cords.
Why choose Isabel for your wedding?
Having been to weddings where I thought “this doesn’t represent the couple at all, I could do better!”, I make it my mission to get to know you on a real personal level. This way I can tell your love story and engage with your guests – if you like, we can even include them in the ceremony, for example tying the knot at a handfasting ritual! I am forward thinking, and will embrace your beliefs be they religious, humanist, spiritual or anything in-between. Let’s make sure you have a memorable day for all the right reasons!
As an Independent Celebrant, I can provide a non-religious naming ceremony for all ages and genders.
Perhaps you do not connect with the name you were given at birth, or you have undergone gender reassignment and need to change your name. A renaming ceremony is the ideal way to say goodbye to your old name, give thanks for the life you had before and step through the threshold of your new identity.
I do not offer packages because I believe that each ceremony should be as individual as the person it is for.
My ceremonies are always tailor made with the input of the families. I can suggest and give examples of rituals that may resonate with your values such as an anointing ritual.
A naming ceremony can be held in any venue, indoors or outdoors at any time of day or night.
Why choose Isabel for your naming ceremony?
I place a lot of value on a name – a name can be chosen or gifted and I believe that the ceremony should reflect the same thought, love and details that has gone into deciding on a name. I will always research the origins of a name and if appropriate bring this into the ceremony.
Renewal of Vows
We reach many milestones in our lives and anniversaries are one. It can be a time of reflection, to see all the obstacles that have been overcome, the changes to the relationship, children, grandchildren etc. This can be a time to renew your commitment to one another by having a vow renewal.
Perhaps when you married (like me when I first wed) I did not get the ceremony I really wanted. This can be an opportunity to do that, to renew or add to the vows you made on your wedding day, involve your children and grandchildren.
As with a wedding ceremony, a renewal is bespoke and tailor made for the couples. I will support the couples to re-write their vows or create new ones and gather the stories of their life together so that I can create a script the is a reflection of the years they have grown together and their achievements.
Why choose Isabel for your renewal of vows?
As a mature lady, I understand the challenges that marriage brings from the early days to where you are now. it is important to honour each other and the journey you have been on – and I will help you do this in an authentic and beautiful way. You may incorporate rituals into your ceremony that featured in your wedding or create new ones to honour the years that have passed since.
I am a trained Celebrant, but I have also trained with Kate of the Coffin Club, and so will give you the information you need to create a celebration of life that is personal to your loved one. You don’t need to have music, poetry, or even a coffin if you don’t want one – we will walk through each of your options together.
I have also trained with Pushing Up the Daisies, who provide after life care of the deceased. This puts me in the unique position of being able to support you from the second the last breath has been taken.
Choose me as your celebrant, and I will guide you from choosing the most appropriate funeral director (if you decide to choose one) to options for venues for the service, to alternative coffins and beyond. I am passionate about bringing death home if that is what the client chooses.
My services start at £200 where the Funeral Director has commissioned me.
Service I provide are:
Care of the body after the last breath has been taken
Sign posting to funeral directors etc
Writing the ceremony and eulogy and presenting these on the day of the funeral
Advising of music and picture tributes
Exploring alternate venues for the service
Why choose Isabel for your funeral?
My son died suddenly in 2019 and I wanted to ensure that he had the best send-off possible. After this I decided to follow my passion, so I trained to be a funeral celebrant. Ever since, I have been on a mission to bring death, dying and the celebration of life home rather than giving all the power to a Funeral Director. I work closely with the clients to ensure that the ceremony is a true reflection of the deceased, including their story, their personality and anything that they have requested. I know the impact that mistakes and misinformation have on your memory of the day, so I will always
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