Testimonials

WEDDINGS

Becky & Phil

I would like to say that Leigh made our day perfect. The ceremony was tailor made to us and we had everything and more that we needed. We had meetings with Leigh and she was interested in every part of our lives. She made our ceremony personal to us and added anything that we wanted. I felt comfortable knowing that Leigh had sorted everything and the day was going to go well. There was nothing too big or too small for Leigh to do for us. Her delivery was fantastic and everyone at the wedding said it was the best ceremony they had ever experienced, they loved how personal it was and how much Leigh had reflected mine and my husbands personalities. Thank you so much Leigh, I would recommend you to anyone!

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Debbie & Graham

I have had the pleasure to work with Leigh at many weddings and she has always made them feel so unique and personal. I cannot recommend her highly enough as an independent celebrant and just a fantastic genuinely warm person who will ensure your ceremony is just about you.
And then on January 30th Leigh wrote & delivered the most amazing ceremony for our very own unique wedding. Truly wonderful & a day thanks to Leigh we will always remember with joy. A dream to plan with & she also had to keep it a secret for many months as we organised surprise wedding. Thank you for just being you , a totally joyful wonderful human being!

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Iszy and Josh

From the moment we met Leigh, we knew she was the perfect Celebrant to conduct our winter wedding ceremony. Although we are not religious, some of our family are and Leigh created a balance of humanist with undertones of a traditional ceremony. Leigh also had the task of including a traditional Japanese ritual to show respect to one of the grandmothers who is of Japanese heritage. We would recommend Leigh to anyone who is looking for an alternative personalised wedding ceremony. Leigh orchestrated the whole wedding party and guests with warmth and confidence. She really helped make our wedding ceremony the experience we envisaged. Iszy and Josh

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Mark & Kelli

We decided to celebrate our wedding a little differently… outdoors, rather than a church or traditional venue. For us, it was important to make our day a very personal one, centered around our friends and family who had travelled far to be together, and the things in life that make us happy. We are not particularly religious, but still wanted our ceremony to be meaningful. From our first meeting, we were confident that Leigh knew exactly what we were hoping to put together, and although at first we had no idea what we would ‘fill’ our ceremony with, with Leigh’s guidance, and attention to us as a couple, she created the perfect ceremony – and delivered it in a warm, sincere way – which had the guests (even the devout religious ones) raving about it!

Thank you Leigh, for making the beginning of our day so special! (August 2015)

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Dan & Melody 

Leigh Derbyshire performed our wedding on the 29th June 2013 and it was the most wonderful day of our lives. Not only was the service fantastic, Leigh herself made the day.

Leigh made us feel calm and at ease with her loving and professional way. She knew exactly what to do as we were both very nervous and she just made it such an enjoyable time. We would recommend Leigh Derbyshire highly to anyone who wants a professional but meaningful day. 10 out of 10 to you and thanks again Leigh.

With love from, Dan and Melody

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Dean & Samantha 

We were not a needy, demanding couple who were stressed out at the thought of the big day. So much so that we put little thought into the ceremony after choosing the set format from the registry office and sending it off.

It was a surprise when the week leading up to the wedding that Leigh contacted us to discuss the ceremony. She suggested considering a reading which we had not thought about and gave us the much needed information around music choice and how to put it together.

We went away and looked up several options looking for that ‘something different’. We came across the perfect one for us from the film Frida. With a little trepidation we contacted Leigh and informed her of our choice. This was an instant hit and she stated it was something very special to her, especially as this was her last ceremony before going it alone.

On the day she shepherded our guests into the right seats moving them around to fill the last few seats. With my breath taken away as my beautiful bride entered, Leigh took command and guided us both through the ceremony despite the daze we were both in. She was funny when needed and serious when it was required. We both could not have asked for a more perfect experience. The reading we chose made everyone in the room sit up and listen and some girls cry! The way that Leigh read it was from the heart, in the most sincere way and really made it so memorable for us.

On coming back from a wonderful honeymoon we were delighted to have been contacted by Leigh to ask for some photographs of the event and for us to write this honest and memory jogging testimonial.

I think we can both agree that she made our day that little more special and is THE only registrar you should have if you want that special day to be as great as ours.

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Ronke & Gori 

Dear Leigh,

Gori and I would like to thank you so much for making our wedding ceremony so very special. With your professional attitude and your warm nature and kindness shown from the beginning up until the end was incredible. We could not have asked for anyone better and many of our guests, including our parents were singing your praises many days after the wedding. Family and friends commented on how at ease you made everyone feel and both Gori and I felt it too, so thank you, thank you, thank you!

Considering I was a little apprehensive not knowing whether our marriage celebrant would be the ‘right’ fit for us, I had absolutely nothing to worry about. You were amazing and we would highly recommend you, (as would our 160 guests), to anyone who is in need of a marriage celebrant for their forthcoming nuptials.

We hope you like the pictures we’ve sent you and once again, thank you for the support you have shown us both and for the wonderful memories.

We wish you all the best and more!

Lots of love, Ronke & Gori

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FUNERALS

Francesca 

It was a lovely service and a fitting tribute, I think father would have been pleased.  Your reading of the tribute was done beautifully with feeling, compassion and sensitivity. You made each of us who had contributed feel included and that was quite an achievement considering that you only knew two of us!

The evergreen part of the service was particularly special and not something I have encountered before but it was a very personal and moving moment.  For most of the people who attended, it was their first experience of a humanist service but everyone said that it conveyed a real sense of the man that he was and I am confident that it truly reflected what he had wanted.

Thank you for everything. Francesca x (February 2016)

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Lynne 

I just wanted to drop you an email to express my sincere thanks for your work on Tuesday. Everyone said how personal the service was to Mum and we as a family appreciated your support during a difficult time. (November 2015).

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Sheila and Helen (Second funeral for this family)

Leigh. Thank you for such a beautiful remembrance of Dad. Everyone also said how beautiful it was and captured his life completely. Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. (November 2015).

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Rebecca 

The service was so wonderful, thank you for your help and sorry for our last minute printing crisis!! I like the fact that the humanist celebration meant that there was more time for dad and less asking the imaginary man for forgiveness! It was wonderful and exactly what dad would have liked. (August 2015).

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Maggie 

Thank you for a lovely service. (August 2015).

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Pauline 

I just wanted to say thank you for such a lovely funeral service and for all the time and kindness you gave to me. Thanks again. (July 2015).

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Alan and Brenda 

Leigh: The funeral went wonderful. We have had so many positive comments on how natural and peaceful the environment was. There was no deep grieving and most had a very free feeling. We thank you for your professional and endearing leadership through the whole process. (July 2015).

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Cathy 

My response to a lovely card: I am so happy to hear that you sere so pleased with the funeral. It makes my job worthwhile. (June 2015).

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Theresa 

Dear Leigh, . . . . . I must say not only my brother and I were happy but most of the mourners who attended also commented in appreciation afterwards. A couple of the staunch Catholics even said it was a very pleasant eye opener as to how personal, friendly and warm it was from their previous experiences. (Mother and I had long given up on that hypocritical faith). As far as I was concerned, you made the whole experience far less unpleasant than I expected it to be, I could even go as far as to say it was pleasant. Thank you so much. It can never be an easy time for anyone in similar circumstances but to have you working with me on it actually got me through it with a very pleasant service to show for it. No stuffiness and awkwardness. Pure personal warmth. Thank you so much. (March 2015).

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Pat, Jean and Jim 

Dear Leigh: We want to thank you for the lovely service that you did for our Mother Lily. The service was very personal and all about her, which was exactly what we wanted. In fact everybody present said how lovely it was, many said it was the best they had been to. That made us very pleased as we had never organised anything like this before. Of course we couldn’t have done it without your support, ensuring details were correct etc. Also you inviting members of the family to read a poem etc. made it very special also for them. So a very big “thank you”. (February 2015).

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Sally 

Thank you very much for all your hard work Leigh. Much appreciated. (February 2015).

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Debbie 

I just wanted to say thank you for a lovely service Leigh. We know it wasn’t easy as there are so many of us and we all wanted to say something. We were really appreciative of the time you spent. Thank you for a wonderful and special service. From Debbie and all the Poole family. (March 2014).

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Diane 

Dear Leigh. I wanted to thank you for everything you did. We could not have asked for a better service and that is thanks to you. I have had a lot of people say that they thought it was an extremely good and appropriate service. When I go, if you are still working, I would like you. (March 2014).

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Sheila 

Thank you so much for making dad’s service very special. Everyone commented on how lovely it was and all want their funerals to be conducted that way. I know dad would have been very pleased. Fond regards, Sheila, Caren, Paul & family. (February 2014).

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Denys 

I just wanted to take a few minutes to say a huge thank you for giving Dad a great service, he was a man who didn’t like fuss, but he would have been so pleased with the service you delivered……once again a big thank you to Leigh. Denys (September 2013).

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Professional Assessment (KCC Assessor)

Leigh delivers a lovely ceremony that is audible and flows well. Leigh takes pride in this and genuinely enjoys the privilege it is to be in such a position. Leigh remains in total control throughout and it is clear that she would be able to deal with many situations that can occur before during or end of a ceremony. Leigh gave great support to both bride and groom, their best man, reader and the bride and groom’s mothers who were elderly and on their own because the bride’s father was in hospital.

Leigh made sure her instructions were understood and has a warm and natural approach to any of the staff or wedding party and guests she was dealing with.