Testimonials

Sand Ceremony at Sissons Barn!

Emma and Jack held their wedding ceremony at Sissons Barn and wanted to include a sand ceremony as part of the service. They have a young daughter and wanted to choose three different coloured sands that matched their theme but also held some meaning for each person. Gold (the colour of wealth), White (the colour of purity) and Pink (the colour of love).

“It is evident from the start that Donna really cares about your experience with her. From start to finish she listens to you and in turn this made our ceremony perfect. I wish we could do it all again because I enjoyed the ceremony so much. Donna made the ceremony amazing and gave us our vows and ceremony script on some beautiful floral card that we have been able to frame so we can always look back on the promises we made to each other.”

“We absolutely loved how personal it was. Our love story that Donna told was written and spoken so well, she really spent the time getting to know us and that was evident during the ceremony. Our guests absolutely loved the sand ceremony, with most saying they had never seen this before! It made our wedding one to remember. We wouldn’t change a thing!”

This was a special day for me too as my husband and I got married on the same date 16 years ago!

I was proud to conduct this ceremony on my anniversary!

Jack & Emma 28.07.22

1st Anniversary Vow Renewal

Lucy and Tom were married on 24th July 2021 but unfortunately not everyone could attend the ceremony due to Covid.

They wanted to renew their vows on their 1st anniversary and make their vows again.They chose a perfect outdoor venue.

“Where to begin? Donna was absolutely fantastic from the first initial meet right up until the ceremony. My husband is quite a shy person when you first get to know him but Donna made him feel at ease throughout the whole process. At first, we had an initial meeting. This was to get to know my husband & I and what we wanted out of the vow renewal. We had only been married a year but as we were a covid couple, unfortunately some very special people in our lives were not able to attend. This is why we had our vow renewal. We chose to go with Donna because she was very warm and welcoming, right from this meeting it was personal, it was about us and she was genuinely interested in our journey and achievements. We also wanted to renew our vows with some vows that were more personal to us but we were not sure how to word them. Donna very kindly offered to help and we were able to decide on some special vows to read on the day. Not to mention we had a good laugh to begin with. After, that initial meeting, we went away and Donna created the script. She was very quick to send us a draft, asked us to double check it and made sure everything about us as a couple was accurate. She was very clear and concise and seeing us confirmed our choice of Donna. Then, we had our rehearsal…”

“We met in the gardens where we were holding our ceremony. Donna again, was very welcoming and warm. My husband and I instantly felt relaxed and not nervous unlike our original church wedding rehearsal. She clearly guided us through the rehearsal stating what we needed to do at what point and if we were unsure she allowed us to go back and practise again. Even on the rehearsal, we had a good laugh, especially as we couldn’t seem to master the hand fasting but again, Donna took it in her stride, made us feel comfortable and there were lots of smiles during this time. The ceremony itself was beautifully conducted. Donna again, had a warm and welcoming smile for our guests. We opted to not have the microphone and Donna could still be heard clearly amongst us and our guests. Many of our guests said how lovely the service was. They made comment on how well it focused on us as a couple and our achievements. Many of them said it was relaxed and showed us off as a couple perfectly. We really cannot thank Donna enough for all of her hard work and effort she put in throughout the process. We will definitely be using her again for ceremonies in the future whether that’s a naming ceremony or another vow renewal in years to come. I would absolutely recommend this lovely celebrant to anyone considering a special ceremony!”

Lucy & Tom 24.07.22

Chippenham Park Estates

Laura and Mark got married outdoors at the stunning Chippenham Park Estates in Cambridgeshire. Their guests loved the ceremony and liked the personal touches incorporated including this lovely couple’s love story! There were beautiful Irises all around the grounds and the walk to the ceremony space was gorgeous.

“Donna was absolutely amazing, from start to finish her attention to detail, professionalism and genuine lovely personality stood out the most. My husband and I cannot thank her enough for all the work involved to create our beautiful ceremony and would 100% recommend her to anyone.”

A beautiful ceremony on a beautiful day!

Laura & Mark 03.06.22

Secret Garden Ceremony!

Dani and Megan were really clear about the type of ceremony they wanted and I loved getting to know them both on our journey together to plan their wedding. We included a Yin Yang Sand Ceremony and a Ceremony Signing plus rainbows everywhere!

“Donna is such a gracious, caring celebrant and she went the extra mile to make our big day even more special! We really appreciated her taking the time to get to know us and our love story before preparing a bespoke ceremony. My fiancé and I couldn’t have asked for a better celebrant – from wearing a dress that matched our theme to gifting us a beautifully-bind script of the ceremony, Donna has been incredibly kind and caring throughout the whole process!”

Dani & Megan 04.05.22

Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire

Tom and Xiaoan booked with me only 8 weeks before there wedding ceremony but we worked together to create a service that told their unique story. The venue at Lamport Hall was stunning and the live pianist really set the scene in this historical house. The couple chose a unity candle ceremony to add a personal touch to the ceremony and then we moved to the library to sign the certificate in private.

“We are so thankful for Donna for conducting such a beautiful ceremony at our wedding. We met Donna via zoom a couple of weeks before the wedding and shared with her our story, this allowed the service to be really personal. the first few minutes of the service were taken by Donna telling our story, this set the scene perfectly for the day. We also met the day before to go through each stage of the ceremony, which certainly helped to calm nerves and ensure that we were well prepared. Donna has a very calming presence and did a great job of relaxing us just before and during the presence. I would highly recommend Donna’s service. Everyone loved the service. They all said it was really special and personal.”

I was very touched to receive a traditional Chinese gift of sweets in a gorgeous red bag…double happiness!

Tom & Xiaoan 28.05.22

Simply Elegant!

Katherine and James had the most beautiful ceremony, facing the glass entrance to Sissons Barn in October 2021. They wanted a simple ceremony that told their love story and wrote their own vows that each heard for the first time on the day. The venue hadn’t staged a ceremony in that direction before, and I am sure the photographer was worried about the light, but it made for stunning photos.

“We are so happy that we chose Donna to be our celebrant. From the very first meeting with her we felt at ease and knew that she would be perfect. She helped guide us through creating our own vows (something we never thought we could do!) and on the day did such an incredible job. She really succeeded in bringing out our thoughts and feelings about each other to make it a meaningful and unique ceremony. We had so many compliments from our guests.

Thank you so much. Katherine and James.”

Katherine & James – 28.10.21

Wild Love!

Ria and Dominic got married in November at Sissons Bard in Peterborough. They had a fabulous rustic theme with natural colours and these awesome large words!

“Donna was amazing from the minute we first spoke to her. She made us feel at ease and got us speaking about each other so freely. When it came to our vows, we were unsure about writing our own secret vows, but Donna helped us think about it & now I’m so glad we did! Was such a special part of the ceremony! From start to finish Donna was so helpful and professional! On the day of the ceremony everybody in attendance commented on how beautiful Donna had delivered the ceremony. It also got complements on how personal it was to us, and how our story was so well told. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better to deliver our ceremony! It was so beautiful! Thank you Donna!”

Ria and Dominic signed their Ceremony Certificate in the Forge.

Ria & Dominic 06.11.21

A Unity Candle Ceremony

Alexander and Jason chose to add a Unity Candle Ritual to their personalised Wedding Ceremony.

“We found Donna to be very accommodating, very personable and professional. After one meeting she was able to draft a very personal script which fulfilled our exact needs and reflected our relationship and personalities perfectly. She was also very knowledgeable about alternative elements that we could include in our ceremony, giving examples of how each would work and what they represented. Our guests commented on how well the script reflected us. Prior to the ceremony Donna also organised a rehearsal to make sure everything ran smoothly and was exactly how we wanted. We would thoroughly recommend Iris Rose celebrant services to everyone who requires a celebrant. Thank you for completing our special day.”

The special Unity Candle was lit by the couple’s orange and green tapered candles. This candle can be re-lit on special occasions like anniversaries!

Alexander & Jason – 30.10.21

A Family Sand Ceremony Outdoors.

Karen & Michael had a family wedding ceremony outdoors at the family homestead. Their ceremony included a Sand Ceremony and readings from family members.

“We found Donna the celebrant had picked up many aspects of our lives and incorporated them seamlessly into the ceremony. Many of our family and friends commented how much they liked the ceremony as it reflected our life and us as a couple.”

The sand ceremony vessel was a family heirloom and displayed the four coloured sands perfectly!

Karen & Michael – 29.08.21

A Handfasting Ceremony!

“We liked how it was written and how it was individual to us and our relationship.”

Mandy and Steven wanted a small, family ceremony that reflected their relationship. They chose a lovely venue and worked really hard themselves to plan and organise every element if their day.

“We were very happy with our ceremony. We had a couple of meetings before the day, and Donna was always available if we had any questions. The ceremony was written beautifully and was everything we hoped it would be. We would highly recommend Iris Rose ceremonies.”

Mandy & Steven 24.08.21