it's all about you!
Once I meet you, it will all be about you… but I’ll include a bit more about me here, to give you an idea of whether you think we're a good match. Check out my Instagram too: it's where I share stuff the most regularly: there’s a story to follow most days!
why did I become a celebrant?
I'd been a teacher for getting on for 20 years: loved working with the kids - increasingly hated the target-based system! I was sat on the sofa one day, busy recommending humanist ceremonies to someone random on a forum... and I stopped mid-sentence. My brain worked it all out in a matter of minutes (Matrix-stylie) and I'd made my mind up: I handed in my notice within a week. That was back in 2017 and I have NEVER looked back: now my job is all about hearing how couples met, fell in love and decided to commit, why parents chose to bring new life into the world. I couldn’t be happier!
I love my city of liverpool...
it's magic how strangers start chatting to each other!
what else do I love doing?
My absolute fave is to go for leisurely hill walks with the hub: Peak District; the Lakes; North Wales; the French Alps in the summer; in 2015, trekking in the stunning Himalayas near Dharamshala, India; in 2017, part of the Inca Trail in Peru!
We've only got a small back yard but I'm proud of the oasis that I've turned it into: trees grown from seedlings now in massive pots, snowdrops, agapanthus, clematis, jasmine, family of house sparrows... and fairy lights, of course.
Favourite places in Liverpool: Fact cinema (sci-fi, comedy, whodunnits, animation), Lark Lane for all-day brekkies, cycling along the waterfront, Sefton Park, the bars and restaurants on Bold Street, the Bombed Out Church... and that's just for starters!
I've also recently started going to a ceramics evening class and have developed a taste for making Ghibli-esque monsters!
I've lived in London & Barcelona - i love going back there to visit friends and family!
what's important to me?
I'll be honest - when I was younger I used to keep quiet if I didn't agree with something. I have shed that role like there is no tomorrow! I'm proud to call myself humanist but I don't assume that's it, job done: I know it's important for me to play a role in the wedding industry by challenging racism if I see it, taking part in wedding fairs or styled shoots only if they are genuinely diverse and making sure my recommendation lists feature an excellent and diverse bunch of people!
"Sophie, that's all well and good", you might be thinking, "but don't forget about our ceremony?" I haven't! I *promise* to be your biggest advocate - hey, I'll even be 'bad cop' if that's what's needed to make sure you have the ceremony that YOU want (not the 'solemn occasion' your Aunty Nelly or Lucinda your second-cousin-twice-removed would prefer)... you can just blame me!
So if you want to dance your way down the aisle in one big, messy wedding party group, get ring tattoos instead of rings, include a quiz mid-ceremony, give your teenage daughter her own ring as a surprise just before you exchange your own, sing '500 miles' at the top of your voices at the end, or even keep the WHOLE WEDDING a surprise... I am here to make sure that *this* is what you get!