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Adventures of a Celebrant in Venice – Part 3


By 4pm Tracy, our Hair and Makeup Artist had worked her special magic.

With Tara using every opportunity to take photos, we boarded the Water Bus and motored to Piazza San Marco.

As a Celebrant I am ready whenever and where ever I am needed so I played a supporting role as Tara managed her photo shoot with professionalism and calmness in this beautiful, bustling arena.  Tracy made sure that Naomi’s hair and make up was perfect, paying extra attention to the smallest detail and, as you can see, the results were amazing.

Tara Statton Photography

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Adventures of a Celebrant in Venice – Part 2

The next day brought mixed sunshine and rain so Graham and Naomi took advice from Tara and aimed to have the ceremony in the Piazza San Marco in the late afternoon.

Andy and I went exploring.












Highlights included: coffee in a small bar which suddenly filled with Gondoliers shouting greetings to each other; shop windows filled with Murano glass chandeliers; brilliantly coloured Carnival Masks and street entertainers and musicians.

Of course we had to take an iconic trip along the canals past ancient palazzi and magnificent cathedrals, gardens and bridges on a traditional handcrafted gondola.

My senses came alive with the sights and sounds of this beautiful city.

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Adventures of a Celebrant in Venice – Part 1

As an Independent Celebrant, I have a Diploma in Celebrancy: Naming and Couples (QCF) and a Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy (QCF).  I have performed many ceremonies in the UK and, when I was asked by Naomi and Graham Thomas to write and perform a bespoke ceremony to renew their vows in Venice, of course I said YES!  They are amazing people who run the charity The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation that organises and funds weddings for terminally ill people.

I created vows, readings and words for their personal ceremony and, as they also wanted to include their 6 year old son, Devon, I wrote a part for him in the ceremony until it was perfectly suited to them all.

I was accompanied by my husband Andy and he proved very useful in bag carrying, brow mopping and restaurant finding.  Packing for a short trip was interesting and involved laying all the clothes out on the bed then changing them regularly as the weather reports updated.

After a hearty breakfast, at last we were on our way!  At the airport we met Naomi and Graham, Tara Statton the photographer,  and Tracy Pallari, Hair and Makeup Artist

We landed in Venice Marco Polo Airport and boarded a Water Taxi.  There is nothing more glamorous than gliding along the Grand Canal in an open-top water taxi, slowly taking in the beautiful views before disembarking at our apartment in the Dorsoduro.

With our first Bellini at a local restaurant, we raised our glasses to a wonderful adventure together.

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Family Funeral with Bears

Bears was the theme for the celebration of this amazing lady.  Her family sent me this feedback:

Sarah did a really excellent job.  She was very helpful with the choice of poems and other sensitive wording.  She was also very kind and presented the ceremony perfectly, she did us proud.

If ever there is a tomorrow when we are not together
There is something you must always remember
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think
But the most important thing is, even though we are apart,
I’ll always be with you
Winnie the Pooh


Poem for a Family

It’s knowing where your roots are
That sometimes gives you wings.
It’s knowing there’s a place to go
To escape the awful things.
It’s knowing there will always be
At least one person on your side
Who’ll listen to your problems
And go along with you for the ride.
It’s comfort and it’s heartache
It’s pride and disappointment too.
It’s holding on and letting go
Cherishing old and accepting new.
It’s waiting for the next little one
To come and steal your heart
And wondering how being called Nanny
Is such a warm and fuzzy start.
It’s watching time go racing by
days, then weeks, then years.
It’s missing those who go too soon
To mix your laughter with your tears.
It’s remembering and forgetting
Loving and arguing too.
It was God’s plan from the start
And it’s still holding true.
So hold each day like precious crystal
That might break if you let go
For roots and wings are compatible things
Make sure your children know..
Faye Cook


Audrey Hepburn’s Funeral

Here is a wonderful poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her ‘beauty tips.’

It was read at her funeral years later.

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

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