I recently performed a wedding in Torre Abbey, Torquay to a lovely couple who met while they were both working as Underwater Diving Photographers in Thailand. We met, after months of email contact, for the first time the day before for the rehearsal and I finally met their gorgeous baby, Matt. Charlie’s mum sent me these words.

“I have to let you know how much we enjoyed the ceremony on Saturday. It was beautiful and so very fitting for Charlie and Catherine and appreciated by all who attended. It made the occasion very special.”

Editorial for Reconnect Magazine



I had a wonderful response from this editorial in Reconnect Magazine.  Local people made contact to find out about me and I have been asked to talk to two organisations about my work.  Have a look and see what you think?

CELEBRATING significant moments of change in our lives is something that has happened throughout history and in all societies. A special ceremony gives greater meaning to these special moments and is particularly powerful when shared with family and friends.

Independent celebrant Sarah Chapman conducts ceremonies for weddings, funerals, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies.

She has been asked to perform ceremonies in all kinds of unusual places, including a beach at sunset, a clifftop at sunrise, Living Coasts and even a yurt. Couples and families choose the time, place and format for their celebration, and invite the guests. Sarah then spends time getting to know them and creates vows and readings especially for them.

“Many people don’t know they can celebrate their vows wherever they want to; it is simply the civil marriage that has to be conducted by the registrar,” said Sarah. “I have been privileged to perform wedding ceremonies for couples from Japan and Italy who wished for a real English wedding and brought their own interpreter.”

She suggests adding some ceremonial or symbolic elements, such as lighting candles, releasing balloons, or adding messages to a wishing tree to make the event even more personal and special.

“For funerals I offer families a ceremony that reflects their wishes, beliefs and values. While not a religious ceremony as such, religious content may be included, such as prayers or hymns,” Sarah said.

Sarah also writes and performs memorials and scattering of ashes ceremonies. For people who want to arrange their own ceremony before they die, she offers a Bespoke Funeral Wishes service.

There is growing demand for these types of ceremonies and Sarah says there is nothing better than receiving a hug or a handshake and a heartfelt thank you for a job well done.

Visit or call 07870 763304.

Mark and Tamara’s Wedding Day

It was a hot, sunny day in August in deepest Cornwall when Mark and his beautiful bride Tamara had their Wedding Ceremony.  The bride’s family had travelled all the way from Italy and Tamara’s best friend translated the vows and promises into Italian for the guests.  Even the Alpacas were groomed and smiling!  Mark had built a special wooden structure just for the Ceremony and Tamara had imported a Murano glass Chandelier which was lit throughout the day.

Their guests were rapt as I performed a Handfasting Ceremony for Mark and Tamara followed by a standing ovation.  At the end of the beautiful ceremony which included poems from Mark’s children, vows written by the couple and spoken (for the first time) to each other and signing a certificate, Mark and Tamara released balloons with wildflower seeds inside to express their love for each other.  The toast said it all:  “May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live”

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