Cornwall Celebrant Rebecca Morris
 
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It all started with two funerals and a wedding...

It was my love of people that drew me to education and which now brings me to celebrancy. 

Ceremonies have the potential to do many things. They offer us the opportunity to remember what has brought us to this moment; to celebrate the good things in life and to think about our intentions for the future. Ceremonies can bring together feelings of joy, hope and remembrance; a condensed version of life itself! 

Celebrancy is soulful work; it is a real honour and privilege to work with individuals and families during these special moments. 

 

 
 
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Unique Stories, Unique Ceremonies

How I work....

We can meet in person or via Skype to decide whether we will work together; for this, there is no fee. A deposit secures the date (if you are arranging a wedding, vow renewal or baby naming).

Once we start talking, I do not place a limit on the time we spend together; this is critical as it is here that you share your story and how you want it to be celebrated and remembered. 

Weddings

I will spend time with you both and then send you questionnaires to complete, independently and as a couple. We will make sure that your vows, your expression of commitment, your exchange of rings, your music, your readings are all a true reflection of you and your relationship. Your ceremony can take place in the location of your choice. It is only the legal registration of your marriage which needs to take place in a Registry Office.

Reaffirmation of Vows

Renewing your vows can be a wonderful way to celebrate your marriage. Formal or informal, intimate or overflowing, these ceremonies can be written to tell your story so far and to set intentions for the future.

Baby Namings

Many people want to celebrate the arrival of their child but may not want a traditional religious ceremony. We can design a ceremony which expresses your happiness and your joy but also your intentions and hopes for your family.  You may choose to name Guide Parents for your child and you may involve them in some way in the ceremony.

Funerals and Memorials

It is real privilege to work with people at this time. I will listen to your memories, stories, the good times, and the more difficult, and work with you to create a ceremony that celebrates the life of the person who has died and which captures their essence. We will create a personalised ceremony that will give reverence and significance to this moment in time.

Symbolic Rituals

 
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Handfasting

Aristotle described the hands as "the tool of tools" but they are also a huge part of our self expression and how we forge connection with others. Handfasting has been a tradition across cultures, across centuries. Through the handfasting we literally 'tie the knot' binding ourselves to another and to the vows we wish to share, whether they be a commitment to a moment in time or a commitment to forever. You can choose colours which symbolise important values to you; you can also choose significant others to place the cords over your hands.

The Red Thread of Fate

According to Japanese legend, the gods tie thread between our little fingers and those of whom we shall meet in our lives. As we get older, the thread shortens, it never breaks; we meet people just at the right time in our lives. The red thread can be included as part of a wedding ceremony or vow renewal or as a mini stand alone ceremony to celebrate friendship. You could include this for all your guests at a ceremony; finding ways to include everyone, makes for very meaningful moments.....

 

Unity Candles

Candles add a special light to ceremonial space. The unity candles can be lit to show the combining or blending of families, or simply the meeting of two people in relationship.

 

Testimonials

“From our first meeting you put us all at ease, which made the sharing of stories and details so easy and enjoyable. I could see lots of heads nodding around the room as you talked, the variety of anecdotes struck chords with people she’d met at the different stages of her life, which was wonderful as it was inclusive and she would have loved that. As I did the rounds, all the guests commented on how fitting and lovely the eulogy was. You truly captured the essence of her character both in your words and delivery.
“When we first got married 10 years ago we were in our 20’s and had a young daughter. The last 10 years have seen a lot of change for us with the completion of our family and our relationship has matured and evolved. We are really proud that our relationship has withstood some testing times over the years and wanted to renew our vows in front of our closest friends and family. A friend recommended Becky to us and from the very first meeting we immediately felt confident that Becky would create our perfect day! Working together with Becky over the next few months we decided that we wanted to hold the ceremony on our special beach. After interviewing us together and following up with separate questionnaires to us individually, Becky came up with a suggested ceremony incorporating a poem we’d had at our wedding, a poem written by our daughter and a hand-fasting ritual. On the day itself we were blessed with a beautiful Cornish summer’s day. The ceremony went so smoothly and was so personalised to us-Becky had a commanding, informal style and worked brilliantly with our photographer to ensure the smooth running of the day. Throughout the process we felt assured that everything was under control and we now have some wonderful memories to cherish. The best part for us was the presence of our children who are old enough to remember the day and we really feel that their inclusion-reading a poem and assisting with the hand fasting-has strengthened our family unit even more. We’d highly recommend Becky to anyone looking for a Celebrant.
“We are still glowing after our special ceremony performed by Rebecca!
After being married for 13 years, and the arrival of two amazing children, we decided that we wanted to renew our wedding vows. We’d been married in a church with over 100 people but decided on a very intimate ‘Red thread of fate’ ceremony with the children-a special moment that we could share together-just the four of us.
From the moment we started talking with Rebecca, we knew our special was going to be memorable. She communicated with the four of us individually, and then wrote the most amazing, touching, emotional ceremony-one we’ll never forget. Rebecca made the whole event effortlessly beautiful. Thank you, Rebecca.

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