Soulful Celebrant

Journey to Celebrancy

tell your story, tell your life, tell your love

Call the Midwife

My practice as a celebrant has been moulded, and inspired, by my long career as a midwife. In my midwifery practice I work closely with women, couples and families at what can be an emotionally intense times in their lives, where they journey through one of life’s major transformations – parenthood. Many of the personal characteristics and skills required for my midwifery practice are beautifully transferable to my practice as a celebrant therefore I have the skills to work alongside couples and families, developing meaningful relationships, during all of the numerous life events that have the potential to transform or change us and the direction of our lives.

As a celebrant I appreciate that a couple or family’s choice to acknowledge and create ceremony and ritual, whether for birth, marriage, death, indeed any rites of passage or transformative moment in life, may also need rites of protection. I champion the right for people to be informed, have choices and make decisions and I have the skills to hold, nurture, see through and deliver those choices.

You can read more about my natural shift from midwife to celebrant in my Soulful Celebrant blog.

Weddings, Vow Renewals,

Family Ceremonies and Rituals

Wedding Arch

If you have made the decision to get married, elope, renew your vows, create a blessingway, a naming ceremony or indeed design any ceremony that reflects a transition in your life you have set an intention, a clear intention. Let’s collaborate and co-create to ensure your special gathering with your loved ones is underpinned by a powerful, beautiful ceremony that honours the step you are taking, the intention you are setting and the commitment you are making.

Ceremonies in all their forms have existed for many years but this is a time for you to create your own, conjure up your own magical ceremony that may include symbolic gestures or rituals. Rituals have ancient roots in many cultures but all ritual was first imagined and invested in by someone. Take this opportunity to invest in yourself, your union and your community of family and friends with ancient rituals or gestures of your choice or take this opportunity to build on the culture and tradition you are grounded in. Why not modernise, be creative and create rituals that resonate with you and reflect who you are as individuals, as a couple, as a family.

If incorporating ritual into your ceremony isn’t for you, you can still have such an amazing ceremony. Be aware that you are already furnished with everything you need for your ceremony through the quiet miracles of your story, your life and your love. Let’s work together to weave the strands of these stories, discover enduring threads and bring into being a ceremony that is original and right for you.

Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention

John O’Donohue

As a member of Agnostic Scotland I can apply for a Wedding Authorisation Licence which enables me to conduct the legal aspects of your wedding ceremony.

Wedding Arch on Portobello Beach

Whether it is a small intimate group or a great big gathering, indoors or out, however you choose to mark your occasion let yourselves, your family, friends and guests bear witness to a ceremony that acknowledges and celebrates the transition you are making. A ceremony that also recognises an anchoring, a grounding in your new role in life. Use your ceremony and your celebration to cross a threshold and commit to the next stage of your life.

Image by Agnes Pachacz

For the Agnostic Scotland Celebrant FAQ page and ceremony fees click here

Funerals and Memorials

Flowers from my garden for all at Binning Memorial Wood

I began my celebrancy career with a focus on funeral ceremonies. I am skilled in working with families during this transition in a respectful and gentle way that can foster the creation of a personal, meaningful and memorable ceremony. Families and friends play such a significant role in weaving stories that remember, honour, rejoice and celebrate their loved ones life and individuality thus creating a ceremony that captures the essence of your loved one and ultimately offers comfort. I am skilled in holding a safe space for all those who come together to say farewell, to acknowledge sorrow and loss, love and friendship.

A core tenet of mine, as a midwife and a celebrant, is when you believe in, and support, the concept of informed choice, which is underpinned by human rights, you empower. With empowerment, even in grief, community, communication, companionship and relationship can only be enhanced.

Sharing Experiences

Andrea spent time with the family several days before my 98-year-old Mum’s funeral. She captured memories from all of us, some happy, some sad and delivered a beautiful ceremony on the day. She really did capture the essence of my Mum and it was very comforting to hear her wonderful words. Andrea really made a difference for my family at a very difficult time for us emotionally

Andy and Eric Watson

As a family we cannot thank Andrea enough. Our mum was a very determined feisty lady who most definitely did not want a religious send off but she had a keen spiritual side. Together with Andreas perfect respectful guidance we put together a wonderful tribute. There was love, laughter, tears, reflection and thanks. Andrea’s delivery was professional and soulful, we really couldn’t have asked for more.

Pam, Shirley, Robert, Jeremy, Jade, Alex and Jodie

Andrea, you were a lovely calm presence giving us some much needed peace to reflect in the middle of the storm, we couldn’t have done it without you.
You offered invaluable help and support which made our little ceremony for Isadora so personal. A brilliant celebrant and we won’t hesitate to recommend you to others.

Judy and Torcuil

I have the privilege of working with Andrea as a midwife. I am acutely aware of her amazing calming compassionate presence. The families under her care feel well supported by a very skilled, knowledgable woman who supports and listens as she helps them on their journey. It’s therefore easy to understand that these invaluable skills will smoothly transfer to her role in Celebrancy, and I have no doubt she will be equally remarkable there to.

Jackie Urquhart, Midwife
Dunfermline Crematorium Memorial Wood

For the Agnostic Scotland Celebrant FAQ page and ceremony fees click here

A Tree Dressing Ceremony could be a wonderful way to remember, bless or send love and thoughts to someone you are saying farewell to at a funeral, memorial or interment of ashes.

Find out more about a Tree Dressing or Clootie Tree Ceremony here

Celebrancy Training