Lesley Simpson

Wedding & Civil Partnership, Naming & Welcoming and Funeral Ceremonies

About

'Celebrating Life in all its seasons' Hi thank you for visiting my profile. To introduce myself, I am Lesley Simpson originally from Glasgow but now living in Grantown on Spey. I have been a registered celebrant with the HSS since 2006 and have been authorised to conduct legal weddings since 2007.

Like many people I was introduced to the society through a funeral, my own fathers, and was so impressed with the compassion and professionalism given to us from our celebrant then (Joe Hughs) that I decided to become a member of the society and then went on to train to become a celebrant myself.

There are so many occasions in life to celebrate; from marriages, renewal of vows, civil partnerships, baby naming, celebrating the life of a loved one at a funeral, memorials to name but a few.Knowing that we are all individuals, with our own tastes and styles, I am committed to working with you to create a ceremony that best suits you and your personality or the personality of your loved one. I hope to bring my experience, warmth and respectfulness to the planning and delivery of your significant event.

Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

First of all let me congratulate you on your engagement! I am sure you are both enjoying this wonderful period in your lives.

Your wedding day is going to be one of the most memorable days of your life! As your Celebrant, I will ensure that your ceremony is a dream come true, special in every way.

Having had a humanist wedding myself, I truly understand the importance of being able to say in your own words what your marriage means to you. Your ceremony should reflect who you are as people and how you wish to live your lives.

I will work with you to understand your dreams and visions for this special day. After getting to know you, I will create a customised ceremony that is as unique and special as you are as a couple. Your ceremony can be anything you want it to be. Throw away old ideas about what a ceremony should include, and start fresh!

This is your special day and I will do everything possible to deliver a service that reflects the love and happiness you feel for your partner. I want this day to be remembered and cherished by you, your future Husband/Wife and your family and friends.

Celebrate your day, your way - as it should be... with the energy, enthusiasm, fun and focus that it deserves!

I am also happy to travel anywhere in Scotland to conduct ceremonies,

Should you have any queries or concerns at this stage please do get in touch.

Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

Baby namings are becoming a popular ceremony to welcome a new baby with love into the family unit and introduce them to family and friends. As a mum of two myself I know just how much joy a child can bring to a family.

Through preparing the ceremony together it helps us to create a unique way to not only celebrate with your friends and family, but also show them what your beliefs on family and parenthood are. My job as your celebrant is to give you lots of material and options of what you might like to include in your baby's ceremony and then write a draft based on your choices.

We also find ways of involving the whole family, from grand parents, aunties, uncles, cousins and of course you can choose to have a guide parent(s) someone who you know will be a positive influence on your child and who will always be there for them.

I of course also have the joy of getting to meet yourselves and the wee one in person and hopefully bu the time the day of celebrations arrive we will feel like old friends.

Funeral Ceremonies

It is always an honour to be asked to perform a funeral service. It is a very personal time for people whilst organising a service for someone they love.

No one wants to think about the sadness of losing a family member or friend, but inevitably, sooner or later, we all do. A humanist ceremony can provide comfort to those who are bereaved and be a fitting tribute to the one who has passed away.

When I meet with you, together we can write and create a ceremony that is personal, unique and reflects the attributes of the one whom you have lost. This is a time to honour and celebrate their lives through reflection, music and words.

There is no better feeling when I hear someone leaving the funeral of a friends and hear comments like 'That couldn't have been about any one else', or 'I didn't know that about him / her' and see that they have been able to remember their friend with repsect and a smile.

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