Hi. My name is Debra and I live in Leeds, West Yorkshire with my husband Ken and our Border Terrier Jasper. I am a fully trained and experienced Civil Celebrant and member of the Fellowship of Independent Celebrants. This means that I lead meaningful ceremonies (handfastings, baby namings, funerals etc) that are tailored to the wishes and beliefs of my clients rather than a one-size-fits-all formula. My own philosophy or belief system will not influence the services I arrange unless this is relevant to you and you specifically request my input.
All my working life has been spent dealing directly with the general public and most of it has been in one caring profession or another. It is this ‘calling’ that has led me to what I believe is my vocation – the desire to help people cherish the important milestones in their lives with meaningful ceremonies.
I was first approached by friends and family after they recognised my ability to lead ceremonies on their behalf. My reputation then began to spread by word of mouth and I gained more and more experience as I was asked to lead more and more ceremonies. When I decided to make this my work, I undertook some professional training because, although I had already been leading ceremonies for many years by then, I realised I could never know all there is to know and so I’m always willing to learn more.
Family and friends are important to me and I love spending time with them. I understand that special occasions are all the more special when spent in the company of those we love; so whenever I organise a ceremony I try to involve as many people as willing so guests feel they’re able to play a welcome part in proceedings.
I also understand that family dynamics are not the same for everyone. Not all families are loving and giving and not everyone has a wide circle of friends. I will respect your circumstances and you can trust me to provide you with a meaningful ceremony no matter how many or how few people attend.
Whatever occasion you wish to acknowledge, I can help you to make the day a truly memorable one by crafting and delivering a ceremony that is tailored exactly to your requirements. I take enormous pride in what I do and never give less than 100%; so you can be confident of a superior service that will ensure your big day (whether it be happy or sad) is as stress-free as possible. If you'd like to check out what some of my earlier clients think of my work, you'll find some testimonials HERE.
You will find me cheerful and friendly but always down-to-earth, practical and willing to go the extra mile. So please get in touch via my CONTACT page, and I’ll be happy to help. If you’re asked to leave a message, please do so because I check regularly throughout the day and will be in touch at the first opportunity.