Kind Words

I’ve met some totally fab people over the years and had the privilege of sharing in key moments in their lives.

This page collates some of the kind words I have received from those I have had the pleasure of working with.

Please see some of the client feedback below for Weddings & Renewal of Vows, Baby Naming and Funerals Celebration of Life events.

WEDDINGS & RENEWAL OF VOWS 

“Thank you so much for Friday. There were SO many compliments on the ceremony – it was truly stunning and emotional and just perfect. Thank you for our keepsake copy of it too, it’s such a lovely memento. Jonny also keep saying thank you for keeping him calm, helping with the last minute details, and making sure everyone was in their right places!”
Jonny & Ruth, August 2018
“Thank you sooooo much for helping make the day so special! You were truly wonderful, we couldn’t have done it without you!! We’re absolutely blown away by what you did!”
Barney & Miranda, July 2018
“We have had so many compliments about the ceremony and also about you. It was perfect, with some people saying it was the best ceremony they’ve been too! We had such an amazing day – just can’t believe it’s almost been 4 weeks! Thank you so much again! You made such a difference to our day!”
Samantha & Charlie, June 2018
“For our Pearl Wedding Anniversary I had arranged a surprise for my wife to renew our wedding vows. A year of secretive planning went into ensuring my wife had the best day possible and Hannah was without doubt key to providing us with the most beautiful and memorable service we could have ever of wished for. She knew instinctively how to tailor the service to include all that was important to us and on the day eloquently spoke and delivered a service we will cherish forever.”
John & Ben, June 2018
“Well, the dust has settled, the jet plane has indeed flown, and we are both back at work in San Francisco. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for contributing to such a wonderful day on Saturday. We really enjoyed working with you, and especially appreciate your flexibility and proactivity given the distance and time zone differences. We were really pleased with the way the ceremony played out and thank you for incorporating our quirky requests to make it very personal on the day.”
Phil & David, June 2018

“We just wanted to thank you so much for conducting our ceremony on Saturday. It was absolutely perfect – all the right mix of sentiment and humour and I think you judged us perfectly.  Our guests thought you were so good, many of them thought you knew us already or were a friend of ours!  It was really fantastic and we’re still reeling from joy from the whole day!”

Libby & Jack, May 2018

“We just wanted to say thank you so much for doing such a lovely ceremony for us. It was so personal and exactly what we were hoping our wedding ceremony would be. I’m told that a fair few friends and family were moved enough to shed a tear! Thanks again for helping to make our wedding so special.”
Emma & Tom, May 2018

“Thanks again for making our day so special – everyone thought you were wonderful, especially maintaining your focus with all the children running riot around us!! It really was a magical day and the ceremony was just beautiful, so thank you.”

Wendy & Gabe, May 2018
“There aren’t enough words to say how much our Vow Renewal meant to us and you’ve helped us reclaim a day somewhat lost all those years ago to create new and happier memories of our marriage. Everyone said how truly lovely you were and that it was such a special and beautiful ceremony – informal, relaxed and honest that reflected us as a couple. Thank you again Hannah for being such a wonderful and special part to our very happy occasion – we couldn’t have done it so nicely without you.”
Amanda & Alan, April 2018

“We had a simple registry service to get the legalities out of the way and then later in the afternoon Hannah led us through a hand-fasting ceremony out in the open, along with approximately 9 small helpers all under the age of 10. It was the part of the day that I was looking forward to the most, because in terms of organisation it had involved the least stress, and because I absolutely trusted Hannah to hit the right tone. It was a real highlight of the day – relaxed, poignant and funny. Many friends and family commented on how brilliant Hannah was and especially with so many small children taking part.

Hil & Andy, September 2017

We just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful ceremony you created for us. Everyone commented on how relaxed, personal and moving it was. Thanks for all your help and advice. We couldn’t have wished for a better celebrant.

Marie & Bart, September 2017

Just a quick note to say thank you so much for yesterday. Everyone commented on how lovely the service was, and what a beautiful speaker you were. Oz also said what a help you were in the morning too, so thank you so much, and we wish you all the best.”

Lucy & Osman, September 2017

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for leading our ceremony on Saturday. It was just what we were hoping for, personal and warm whilst still feeling like a wedding ceremony. We received so many compliments from our guests about you and you played a big part in making our day so special. You can see how many happy, laughing faces there were in the congregation for the ceremony, which you made happen! ”   

Rosie & Chris, August 2017

Thank you so much for the most perfect ceremony and really setting off our day with such magical energy…everyone felt it, and everyone had such amazing words to say about you and the ceremony itself….it was perfect for us and so beautifully expressed by you, we really can’t thank you enough.”

Hely & James, August 2017

Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding on Saturday. You were so wonderful and the weather circumstances didn’t make it easy!

Thank you also for sorting out the sand vessels at the last minute! we found the coloured sand in a box outside our tent of course…the weather made it difficult to do all the little things i would have liked but actually what it did do was make it so magical and I love the way everyone just got on with it and celebrated in style. It certainly didn’t put a dampener on everyone’s spirits. It was such a special ceremony and I’m so happy you were our celebrant!

Jasmine & Solomon, July 2017

Hannah, can’t begin to thank you enough for yesterday. You made our day so special, and personal, and wonderful. Thank you for being there for us, and creating the perfect ceremony. We adore you and are so pleased you came into our lives and enriched it in the way you did.”   

Steph & David, July 2017

Hannah, we just wanted to say again THANK YOU. Everyone said it was the most beautiful service, the words were perfect and we couldn’t have hoped for it to be better! It meant so much to us and we will remember it forever. Thank you so much.”    

Hannah and Luke, July 2017

Just a quick email to thank you for such a wonderful day that we had. It was perfect it really was and our friends were absolutely gobsmacked needless to say we consumed lots of alcohol and danced the night away. Everyone said how lovely you were, and that you were brilliant.  Once again thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”   

Chris and Stacey, June 2017

We just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you very much for being the celebrant for our wedding at Hawthbush Farm. We had such a wonderful weekend with so many happy memories and the ceremony will always hold a special place in our hearts.

In spite of the rain, it was a fantastic service and so many guests came up to us after the ceremony in the forest to say that it was one of the most moving services that they have ever attended. This is testament to all your hard work in putting together such a personal and meaningful script for us. Thank you again…”   

Freddy & Alex, June 2017

With a week left to our wedding my partner and I were looking for a celebrant to perform our wedding ceremony very last minute. Luckily when we found Hannah she was very understating and sympathetic of our situation. She went out of her way to make sure we were stress free and helped us organise and tailor our vows to her best abilities in the time that she had. Hannah managed to create a very beautiful and personal set of vows that really brought the love we have for one and other to life in front of our guests.

Hannah’s calm and friendly voice as well as good sense of humour made the ceremony very emotional and meaningful. We had a such a great time and really lovely comments from our guests, even some tears regarding Hannah’s amazing delivery and therefore we highly recommend her to make the wedding day feel very special.”  

Simon & Pegah, December 2016

We had such a lot of fun working with Hannah on the creation of our wedding ceremony. Hannah was great at helping us shape and refine our ideas, and helping us to realise something truly unique for our special day. We enjoyed her warmth and good humour, as well as her ability to think of everything. Many of our guests commented on how lovely it was to be part of such a personalised ceremony. Would definitely recommend.”  

Brent & Chris, August 2014

Having emigrated to Norway from the UK, we weren’t quite sure where to get married, since there were travel considerations for friends new and old. In the end we settled on a beautiful outdoor wedding in France, where all our friends from both countries could come together and relax with us in the sun, which we followed up by sorting the legalities in private back home in Norway.

Hannah worked with us via Skype and email to arrange the ceremony, and although this was all done remotely we felt really engaged with the process, and we felt confident that Hannah had thought of everything.  One of the best things for us was being able to find a meaningful way to include our three, (now four!), children in the ceremony, which Hannah managed beautifully. Hannah led the ceremony with warmth, humour and respect. We honestly could not imagine the day witjout having had Hannah as celebrant. She was in every way perfect. It is a cliche but it really was the best day of our lives.”  

Lizzie & Stuart, August 2012

We’ve been to many weddings and civil partnerships, and always felt that the ceremony itself was most important – a few moments to declare your love and commitment to one another. Hannah helped us in the run up to the wedding, by not only guiding the content of the ceremony, and supporting us to write our vows, but also thinking about the choreography of the service, and how we might use music, and readings.

We decided the best option was to get legally married at the town hall in the morning, with a handful of guests,  followed by our own ceremony at Pangdean Barn, where Hannah could lead a special ceremony in front of all our friends and family. Hannah had an amazing ability to make the day fun, heart felt, and personable,  not only for us, but also for our gathered assembly of nearest and dearest. Our guests all praised Hannah on her role as celebrant, and she has had future bookings from friends of ours, based on her amazing work. We highly recommend Hannah to anyone wanting to find that special someone.”  

Ollie & Ollie, May 2010

A traditional church wedding would not have been appropriate for us, and we also didn’t fancy a legal registrar leading the whole ceremony for us. Instead we decided to find a licensed venue, where the registrar could come and marry us, but we could also use Hannah to lead the main part of the ceremony in which we exchanged vows and rings, and had readings by our friends and family. This worked really well, as we were keen to legally be married by the end of the day, but also wanted to have a fun & lively ceremony which we felt would better represent us as a couple.

The whole event was quite unique with performances, a lot of dancing and late-night gameshows! It was just what we envisaged and we are so grateful to Hannah for listening to all our crazy ideas and helping us to find a way of doing things ‘our way’. Hannah was communicative, professional and reliable throughout. With the run up to the big day being a pretty busy and stressful time it was so reassuring to have Hannah on board. Thanks Hannah!”  

Helen & Paul, April 2004

 

BABY NAMINGS 

Hannah I cannot find words to truly express my gratitude to you for all you have done for us. Everyone commented on how beautiful the ceremony was; you even brought the sun! You completely worked around my mistake at your own inconvenience, for which I am so sorry! Thank you Hannah for everything.”

Hannah & Mark, September 2017

We just wanted to let you know what a wonderful job you did for our Baby Naming Ceremony recently. From the first moment we met with you we knew you’d be able to make it magical. Your knowledge and ideas really helped us to choose exactly what we wanted for our daughter and your friendly yet professional nature put us at ease and meant we had the relaxed ceremony that we hoped for.  

All of our guests commented on how lovely you were and several mentioned their admiration for your ability to keep things running smoothly despite several moments of distraction caused by the many children we’d invited to join us. It really was a fantastic afternoon for everyone and one that we will remember for the rest of our lives. We’ll definitely be recommending you to all of our friends. Thanks again Hannah.

Sarah & Frazer, July 2017

 

FUNERALS & CELEBRATION OF LIFE EVENTS

“I just wanted to express my thanks for today.  Everyone commented on how lovely the service was which is down to a large amount of effort on your part.  The dog poem was really loved and a lot of people whom I spoke to afterward commented on how eloquent you were. It was perfectly pitched and exactly what mum would have wanted. Thank you again.”

A.M.

“I write to thank you for all you did to make today’s service at Masters’ chapel so personal and memorable. If I may say so you conducted the service immaculately and as far as it is possible to enjoy a funeral service you did that for us perfectly. And can I say it has been a pleasure to work with you in putting it all together. Thanks again and very best wishes.”
M.W.

“How do I say ‘thank you’ for a lovely service – you helped me so much to ‘let J go’ in a calm and happy way. You have a ‘lift’.”

B. W.

“We just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful service you conducted today.  Everyone commented on how lovely service and it felt very personal. I’m so glad to have had you do the service.”

C.E.

“We all wanted to thank you very much for your lovely, warm service for J.  You captured her perfectly – people found it hard to believe that you had never met her – and we had plenty of compliments on the eulogy and the whole service in general. Thanks, again, Hannah.”

C.H.

“I just wanted to thank you for the brilliant service you did at such speed for our mum.  I know you ended up working late into the evening for us and it is really appreciated.  The service was perfect and I had 2 separate people say to me that it was the nicest service they had attended.  Thank you so much for your efforts.”

L.M.

“Many, many thanks for the wonderful service you put together for mum yesterday.  We all thought it was beautiful and a number of people said it was the loveliest service they had attended.  Thank you so much for allowing us to send off mum so nicely.”

P.M.

“We all wanted to thank you very much for your lovely, warm service for J. You captured her perfectly – people found it hard to believe that you had never met her – and we had plenty of compliments on the eulogy and the whole service in general. Thanks, again, Hannah.”

C.H.

“Thank you so much for your help and input over the last two days. Everyone universally talked about what a lovely service it was today, and it was exactly as Mum would have wanted it to be. Thank you for all your support and guidance during a very difficult time – you did an incredible job and I am very grateful.”

H.C.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful eulogy you wrote for our mother, and for your help increasing a service which was deeply personal, moving and uplifting all at the same time. This card is one I got recently from an exhibition. I loved the painting and felt it conveyed the creative, caring and thoughtful way you go about your job – something I came to admire enormously.” 

L.D-S.

“Just a line to say how much we appreciated your speech at the service for S. We all thought you did a fantastic job, encapsulating the spirit of S and putting it across in a tone just suitable for the occasion. It was almost as though you knew S yourself. Again, many thanks.”

B. H.

“I just wanted to say thank you personally for the fantastic service you gave at D’s funeral. I don’t think anyone could have paid her a more fitting tribute. Although I felt totally broken I felt proud to have been her partner, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

G.B.

“A big thank you from all the family for the warm and friendly way in which you conducted the funeral for M yesterday. It was so fitting for him and everything went very much according to plan. It was a measure of your careful planning and co-ordination which we all appreciated. A number of impressed friends asked where we had found you!”

M.C.

“We were so pleased to have you conduct our mother’s service with such kindness and empathy.
Many thanks.”

E.N.

“You are indeed a “class act” and I just want to say how much I appreciated your leading the funeral service of my wife on Friday. We all thought that  you set exactly the right tone and balance, and that very favourable view was echoed in the comments made to us by all those present.”

M.H.

“Thank you so much for all your hard work with the preparation and presentation of your fine words at yesterday’s celebration of Y’s life. Along with everybody who attended, I felt it was a perfect day. You did an absolutely fabulous job. I’ve already had several lovely messages from many of those who came to the ceremony.”

M.K.

“We would like to thank you for yesterday. It was a lovely service for Dad and everything went just as planned. We were very lucky to have had you helping us to say goodbye to him.”

N.M.

“I just want to say thank you on behalf of myself and my family, for your faultless service last Thursday. We were very happy with how everything went and your assistance leading up to the funeral. Everyone said it was a very uplifting service so it seems we achieved our aim. I have no hesitation in recommending you if the occasion ever arose.” 

T.P.

“Thank you for your contribution in making yesterday’s Celebration of Life so successful. Everyone I spoke to during the afternoon was extremely complementary about the way the service had been conducted and the obvious care you had taken making the celebration so personal.”

D.E.

Thank you so much for all you have helped us with for today. It’s been emotional but I think an authentic celebration of a very special man. Again, thank you.”

S.D.

A quick note to say thank you for the service today. Afterwards we had to attend to guests so did not catch you in person. As I’m sure you have all the time, there was an abundance of positive comments. You got the tone just right. Many thanks.” 

S, L & D.

Thanks for your work yesterday, you did a great job and helped to give our Dad a good send off. We received a lot of positive feedback from those in attendance.

M.F.

I cannot thank you enough for your lovely lovely service for X. You were absolutely wonderful, everyone said so. I really felt that you led the way perfectly and my family and friends remarked on how you kept looking at us, and made it really personal. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

P.S.

I want to say a big thank you for the lovely way in which you chose to do X’s service. You were caring and thoughtful, and not ‘over the top’ in any way. So many people said to me how lovely it was, and a lot of that was down to you. So thank you for making a very difficult occasion more bearable.

D.M.

Thank you for all your help and advice leading up to the service last Friday. Everyone said what a lovely service it was, and that it was a warm, gentle and uplifting service to a lovely man. If the need arises in the future I will certainly recommend you to friends.

H.J.

We would like to thank you for your gentle kindness and astute guidance throughout the preparation and conducting of C’s service. Family and friends noted how beautifully the service was led and how C would have been smiling on us all. Thank you – such small words sent with heartfelt meaning.” 

H, J & L

Once again many thanks for Friday. Everybody thought it was the right celebration of Dad’s life and thought you were the perfect person to lead the service.” 

A.C.

Now that our friends and family have returned home and we are more settled, I just wanted to let you know how grateful we are for your excellent work. Thank you for making the service go so well.” 

J.R. & A.R.

 

Celebrant for London, South East and South West England

I conduct ceremonies of all types across London, the South East and South West. This includes Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and beyond.

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Hannah Osmond, Celebrant

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As an Independent Celebrant I love all things associated with ceremony, ritual and celebration. Whether it be a wedding, a renewl of vows, a milestone birtday or a funeral, there is nothing more powerful than a coming together of friends and family to mark a particular occassion. It's a real privilege to be involved in these special moments in peoples' lives. Life is so short. Let's celebrate more!

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