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Member of International College of Professional Celebrants; Good Funeral Guild, The Celebrant Directory
English, Spanish, British Sign Language
Hi, I'm Maria
I am friendly, reliable and professional. I love the outdoors, travel, musical theatre and live music. My family is my world. I am a former lecturer and a published author. I am an independent civil celebrant, trained by the International College of Professional Celebrants. I am based in Durham, in North East England. I spent part of the year in Spain for many years, and have a love of Spanish culture. I speak Spanish (to a reasonable level) and communicate well in British Sign Language. I am very much a people-person and love working with families and clients to create unique, very personal ceremonies. I love poetry and writing and thoroughly enjoy creating ceremonies by listening closely to my clients. I am a perfectionist and will not be happy until everyone approves of what I have created. Second best is just not good enough.
What's my ceremony style?
I am friendly, calm, organised and very professional. I communicate well with people of all ages and backgrounds. I can speak confidently in Spanish and also by using British Sign Language. I am a good listener and pride myself on getting things done before any deadlines. I am certainly not a ditherer. I love working with families and couples to create a unique ceremony that is just perfect for them. I am quite traditional, so do love family oriented ceremonies, but love to suggest including mini rituals, to make the ceremony extra special, e.g. unity candle, sand ceremony or hand-fasting. Small and intimate is my preference, but I am happy to be guided by my clients into developing the perfect ceremony for them, truly unique.
I led a funeral service for a man who had led a ‘colourful’ life. Everything had gone smoothly. At the end, I bowed to the coffin, then heard rapturous applause! Shocked, and mildly amused, I turned around. The applause continued, stronger and louder. I smiled, bowed, then led everyone out.
Why choose Maria?
I am reliable, friendly and an excellent communicator. I consider myself to be highly professional. I am very organised and just love my work as a celebrant. I love working with families or couples to create the perfect ceremony for them. I work closely with clients during the writing process and check all details thoroughly with everyone involved. I can communicate well in Spanish and also in British Sign Language. I have a proven track record, with many satisfied clients. My reviews speak for themselves..
What do I offer?
I am quite a traditionalist, confident and very much a people person. As such, I am more than happy to work with couples, regardless of age, culture, background to create the perfect ceremony. Love is the main ingredient. I enjoy working with couples who are in love and who want to prove this to the world, and celebrate with a unique wedding ceremony that they helped to create. Perhaps this is a second, or even third wedding, but love conquers all and at last they have found their soulmate. We can include children, or parents in the ceremony if wanted.I love traditional style weddings, outdoors, or indoors, and like to include appropriate mini rituals agreed with the couple, for example, sand ceremonies, hand-fasting, unity candles etc. Time and location are decided by the couple. Together we will create the perfect wedding ceremony. The dream wedding can become reality..
After our initial consultation meeting, I will work with couples to collect information and to start to bring their dream wedding to life. I may suggest a variety of mini rituals, to match the couple’s personality and, possibly, their background or culture. I will encourage couples to write very personal vows and will guide them all the way, if this is what they want, or need. I will listen to the couple and we will get to know each other as their wedding ceremony takes shape. I will only conduct one wedding per day, so time is not limited. A copy of the wedding ceremony and a commemorative certificate will be given to the couple as keepsakes.
Why choose Maria for your wedding?
I am a professional through and through and can guarantee a unique, personal wedding ceremony that will be remembered forever. I am friendly, reliable and love writing and creating ceremonies. I will work closely with you, listening closely and making sure that the ceremony includes everything you have asked for.
I have a love of the outdoors, love musical theatre, live music and travelling. My family are my world. If you have similar tastes and interests, contact me and let’s work together to create and deliver your perfect wedding ceremony. You won’t regret it.
My family is my world. As an independent family celebrant, I can work with you to create the perfect naming ceremony . It can be held anywhere, at any time. This is a perfect alternative to a church christening or baptism. With a celebrant there are no restrictions on location or content. I love to work with families who are a little traditional, but want a highly personal and unique ceremony. If, like me, you want to share your happiness with friends and family, in a unforgettable way, look no further. I will be delighted to work with you to create the perfect naming ceremony for you and your child.
If you would like to introduce your new baby to the world, a naming ceremony is for you. If you have recently adopted a child and want to formally welcome them to your family, a naming ceremony is for you. Whatever your reason, I will work closely with you to create a unique, highly personal naming ceremony. You choose the date, the time and the location. I will create and deliver the ceremony for you. After the ceremony you will be given a special presentation copy of the ceremony script. You will also be given a commemorative certificate, to help you to remember the day.
Why choose Maria for your naming ceremony?
I care very much for my family. I am professional, friendly and reliable. I am a perfectionist and will work closely with you to create the perfect ceremony for you. You want your day to be unforgettable. I will make sure that it is – for all the right reasons! Contact me today for a free consultation. You won’t be sorry.
Renewal of Vows
Do you love the outdoors, musical theratre, live music or travelling? Me too! Perhaps you want to celebrate a significant wedding anniversary, or simply want to celebrate the fact that you have overcome a significant trauma or illness. Whatever the reason, if you would like to celebrate in a traditional way, including some favourite poetry or song lyrics, I may be the right celebrant for you. The ceremony can be small and intimate, perhaps only the two of you, or larger to include family or friends. The main point is that you want to renew your wedding vows and reconfirm your love for each other. Perfect!
I will get to know you and work with you to create a unique, highly personal ceremony, that is just perfect for you. I will offer suggestions for mini rituals, e.g. hand-fasting, unity candle or sand ceremony, if this is something you feel you want to include. This is your ceremony, so it has to be your way. I will check details with you and will amend and rewrite until you are both perfectly happy with the end result. On the day, I will present you with a special copy of the ceremony script and you will sign a commemorative certificate, to remind you of your perfect day.
Why choose Maria for your renewal of vows?
I am friendly, confident, totally reliable and very professional. As a former lecturer and a published author, I love writing ceremonies after getting to know couples. Your ceremony will be unique and very personal to you both. Choose me as your celebrant and this will be a decision you will never regret.
As an independent funeral celebrant, I like to work with funeral directors, or directly with families, e.g. when a family chooses direct cremations, with a service. In these circumstances, I am usually the main contact for the family as there is no funeral director in attendance at the funeral service.
Following an initial contact, I work closely with families and encourage them to share memories of their loved one, from which I will create a unique and very personal Celebration of Life ceremony. I check all details with the family, to make sure the account is accurate and truly reflects the person and their personality. I guide the family and listen to them at all times, to make sure the final service is one they are happy with. This is their final opportunity to do something for their loved one. Following the service, I present the next of kin with a personal copy of the script, to keep as a memento.
Why choose Maria for your funeral?
I am professional, calm and very organised. I communicate well with people and have had a lot of very positive and complimentary feedback from families I have worked with. I love what I do and I love helping families to remember all the little stories that help to paint a picture of their loved one and make the service very personal.
Reviews for Lily Rose Ceremonies
Total Reviews: 13
Average Rating: 5
Captured him perfectly
I knew I wanted to celebrate my dads life in a very personal and sentimental way. Maria worked so hard and thoughtfully to provide this for us. Maria offers a very personable service and kindly guided us through one of the hardest days with care and compassion. Albeit a sad day, her words allowed us to take joy in the memories she spoke of and included. I cannot thank her enough for her role that day, we are forever grateful and would recommend her 1000 times over Xxx
My father’s funeral
We got in touch with Maria to conduct a funeral service for my father. We had contacted several people prior to this but felt from speaking to Maria that she was the best fit for both us and him. We had a short meeting to talk about Dad and then Maria worked to meld the factual events of his life with anecdotes to produce a detailed eulogy, inserting historical context and even fact-checking details. I
Given the short time-scale we had, she produced the first draft very quickly and was prompt in all email enquiries about amendments and adding further anecdotes. She guided us through what can be a daunting process.
We were impressed with her professionalism and organisation, not only in dealing with us but in liaising with both the funeral directors we used and the staff at the crematorium.
On the day of the funeral Maria delivered the service with aplomb. We had many compliments on the eulogy, particularly from my father’s closest family members, who felt she really captured him and his personality. We would have no hesitation in recommending Maria.
My mum’s funeral
Maria delivered a superb eulogy for my mum’s funeral.
Her research was excellent. She gathered a lot of information from our first telephone conversation and sent me some information about the place my parents first met.
Maria’s eulogy was heartfelt and she captured many elements of my mum’s life. She was thorough and took the time to check details.
I would absolutely recommend Maria.