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I travel Internationally & Nationally
I specialise in bespoke wedding ceremonies and symbolic rituals.
Hi, I'm Rachael
Hello there! I am a Humanist celebrant specialising in wedding ceremonies, and vow renewals. I create highly personalised wedding ceremonies that reflect your relationship, emphasising the things that are important to you and sharing your story in a way that is fun, poignant and meaningful.
I am based in the beautiful and romantic city of York but I am happy to work further afield.
What's my ceremony style?
I create weddings that are recognisably weddingsy in shape, but have personal, humorous and fun elements to set the tone of your day!
I am enthusiastic, warm and engaging. I am comfortable projecting my voice in open woodland or working in a more intimate space.
Winter weddings special
I offer a 10% discount for couples marrying in January, February or March.
Why choose Rachael?
Choose me if you want your ceremony to be the most memorable part of your wedding day, if you want your family and friends to learn new things about your love and if you want a ceremony that is as unique as you are! I love getting to know my couples, hearing their love story and creating the perfect ceremony to celebrate that love. Wild horses wouldn’t keep me away from attending your wedding, but it’s good to know I am part of a network of Humanist celebrants. This means that if something should happen, I can rely upon one of my colleagues to step in and deliver the ceremony.
What do I offer?
I love weddings. I was motivated to train as a Humanist celebrant after my own Humanist wedding, where I was impressed by the fun, personal way our celebrant delivered our ceremony. We put so much effort into tiny details on our wedding day – flowers, favours and food – but the central part of the ceremony can sometimes be a tad formulaic.
Humanist weddings are built around you. There’s no set text or vows: we start with your story and build a ceremony around that. I can make suggestions for readings, provide words for vows or help you to write your own vows. I have been trained in symbolic actions, which can add drama and tenderness to the ceremony.
My service includes an initial meeting, either in person or online. I use this to get to know you and understand your needs. Afterwards, I will get you to fill in a couples questionnaire – this is where I get all the juicy bits for your ceremony! I will use your ideas and my knowledge to draft a ceremony script that includes vows, music, stories and lots of tender moments. I will give you plenty of time to review this ceremony, so that we can get it just right.
I usually participate in a practice run before your wedding. On the big day, I will arrive with plenty of time so I can be an oasis of calm for you both. I will deliver your wedding ceremony, involving your guests and getting them engaged with your love story.
Afterwards I will provide a copy of your ceremony script as a keepsake.
Why choose Rachael for your wedding?
I have a limitless well of enthusiasm for love and marriage! I will work hard to understand your relationship and your priorities for your wedding ceremony, and create a script that reflects you. I am a creative person and I am adept at communicating in a way that is engaging and fun.
I am warm, humorous and authentic. I take great joy in sharing your love stories and helping you to create your wedding ceremony. If you want to work with a celebrant who is flexible and fun then do get in touch.
Unfortunately Ceremonies with Rachael is not available for Naming Ceremonies.
Renewal of Vows
Why only celebrate marriage at its beginning?! A marriage is so much more than one day, so if you are in the fortunate position of planning a vow renewal I would love to be involved. I am available for vow renewals in the North of England.
You might be renewing your vows after a difficult time or to mark a significant anniversary. I will work with you in a sensitive and empathic way to understand why you are renewing your vows and why your enduring love is something worth shouting about! Understanding your motivations allows me to create a personalised ceremony that emphasises your shared story and looks forward to your future together.
Our renewal planning journey begins with a meeting, either in person or online. During this time I will get to know you both, understand what is important for your ceremony and learn about your plans for the day. Afterwards I will give you a questionnaire to find out more about your relationship and hopes for the future. This helps me to write your ceremony. I’ll stay in touch during the planning phase, bouncing ideas and making my draft available for you to check. I’m not precious about my work, so you can keep tweaking it until it’s perfect.
I am available for a practice ceremony and I will arrive with plenty of time on the day so that I can be calm and collected. I aim to deliver the ceremony in a way that is engaging, touching and humorous.
After the renewal ceremony I will provide you with a copy of your script, as a keepsake.
Why choose Rachael for your renewal of vows?
I am passionate about understanding your relationship and your priorities. Taking time to listen to you allows me to get all the best stories for your ceremony script, but also to get a feel for what kind of ceremony suits you.
Feedback from my previous ceremonies tells me that people like my warm, authentic delivery and my sense of calm and poise. If that appeals to you, get in touch!
Unfortunately Ceremonies with Rachael is not available for Funerals.
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