As I was looking for images to describe what I do, I found that images of weddings, and the like were pretty much stereotypical. Images did not seem to vary. I chose the two peacocks as the cover photo, since peacocks are not only beautiful but they are associated with the Orisha (deity) Oshun. Oshun is the energy associated with the fresh waters. She is also the deity known as the Venus of the Yoruba Pantheon. She is associated with creativity and the arts.
When it came to designing this page, I also did not want to impose any visuals. I would like to encourage all those that come to seek my services to be as open and imaginative as they wish. You do not have to be constricted by what is expected. Anything goes. The world is YOUR oyster! I wish to help you orchestrate your special day. Help you write your vows, or give you ideas in writing your own. Your ceremony can be as lavish or as simple as you wish, as full on romantic or not! A civil wedding ceremony is not bound by law so you can choose to have your ceremony anywhere, although you must register your marriage which is a legal requirement.
Registrar V Celebrant:
Legally you are required to register your marriage, just as you have to register a birth or death. The legal requirements usually take around five minutes. There are also options to hire a registrar to come out to a designated place which is licensed for the Registrar to marry you legally, however you don’t have the choice of where, how long or even when and you are restricted somewhat creatively. A ceremony by a Registrar is by nature a short one where there are restrictions of time. In addition if you choose to hire a registrar to come out to a designated venue, it can be very costly and you will still be restricted by time.
By choosing a Celebrant, you can get married wherever you want and your ceremony and vows in front of friends and family can be totally as your heart desires. The registration part, is a legal requirement and can be done before or after your ceremony and even on the same day if you wish.
These days there are many choices of celebrants. There are humanist celebrants, interfaith celebrants, all sorts of people conducting and specialising in all sorts of ceremonies. Everyone is different and will have their own style. What makes me different is that I am a priestess within a religion that many people world wide follow. If you are looking for someone who may represent a faith that is similar in nature to Lucumi or any other Orisha based tradition, then the wording, philosophy and perspective may suit you.
Bilingual. I also speak Spanish and am happy to conduct ceremonies in either or both languages!!
I also have been trained in the art of Baby Naming Ceremonies, Renewal of Vows and a whole range of family based rituals and ceremonies. If you are interested, please get in touch!