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I travel Nationally & Internationally
Pagan, Shamanic and Festival style ceremonies.
Scottish Pagan Federation
Hi, I'm Isabel
My life as a Celebrant takes me all over the North East of Scotland and beyond. I live in the beautiful surroundings of Royal Deeside and I love the land around me. I am an outside person and if I’m not working, that is where you will find me – in my garden. I love gardening and I have planted many plants in memory of my deceased clients.
People’s life journeys have always fascinated and interested me. From the paths chosen, the u turns made and ultimately to the point that has led our paths to cross. My own life’s journey was mapped out to lead me to become a celebrant, the lived experience of loss of my son fuels my empathetic and compassionate approach to funeral ceremonies. All of my ceremonies are tailored to your personal needs, they are meaningful and memorable. This magic happens from working closely with you to bring your stories to life.
What's my ceremony style?
I am also a Pagan celebrant and I can bring authentic rituals into ceremonies that have meaning and not just a gimmick placed there for effect. I am a qualified Shamanic and Reiki practitioner and I have a love of nature so outdoor ceremonies are perfect but being in Scotland the weather can be unpredictable! A plan B is always a good idea!
I recently married. it was a wedding festival which my husband and I planned ourselves. From sourcing the suppliers to literally getting our hands dirty preparing the garden and a field was more of an education than any celebrant training could provide! This led to an amazing day and night with comments like “the best wedding of the century – including mine” and “can we do it again?” being made. I want this for your ceremonies too.
Why choose Isabel?
Being a Celebrant is more than a job for me. It is a passion and I cannot stress this enough. I take my job very seriously although I am not stoic. In fact, the more out there the better!
Festival weddings are becoming more popular and I love the freedom it brings to couples. Having a service gives you the freedom to choose you venue, time and you are not constricted by “house rules”. This applies to all ceremonies, from funeral to weddings, baby naming to memorials. Your day, your way!
What do I offer?
My favourite type of wedding is a festival style 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 rituals that are unique to them based on a shared experience that is meaningful to them. My ideal couple would be free from the shackles of convention.
I do not offer any packages; each 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.
Where a couple has chosen to have rituals, there is the option for them to supply any props required or for an additional charge I can source the materials. For handfasting, I hold a workshop so that the couples can create their own cords.
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.
Why choose Isabel for your wedding?
Having been to weddings where I have thought “this doesn’t represent the couple at all, I could do better”! I make is my mission to get to know you so that I can tell your love story, engage with your guests and if you wish, include them in the ceremony for example tying the knot at a handfasting ritual! I am forward thinking, embrace your beliefs be they religious, humanist, spiritual etc so that 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 resonate with the name you were given at birth or you have underwent gender reassignment and need to change your name. A renaming ceremony is the ideal way to release y our 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 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 value on a name. i will research the origins of a name and if appropriate bring this into the ceremony. 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 choosing the name should be given to the creation of 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?
I am a mature lady and I can understand the challenges that a marriage brings from the early days to where they are now. it is important to honour each other and the journey you have been on and I will support you to do this in an authentic and beautiful way. You may incorporate rituals into your ceremony that you may have had at your wedding or create new ones based on your life together.
As a Celebrant plus I trained with Kate and Kate of the Coffin Club and I have also completed training with Pushing Up the Daisies who provide after life care of the deceased. This puts me in the unique position of being able to serve from the second the last breath has been taken. By choosing me as your celebrant, I will guide you to the most appropriate funeral director (if you are using 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
Wringing 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 I could possibly give him. After this I trained to be a funeral celebrant and 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. Being in service to the deceased and their family is something I do not take lightly.
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