Who's Karene?

"such a brilliant celebrant..."

(I don't like to blow my own trumpet, but this is what one happy bride said)


In recent years, I worked as a part-time registration officer for a local authority in England conducting and/or registering over 200 civil marriage ceremonies.  I consistently worked hard to bring heart and joy to every single ceremony. 


Before this, I was a freelance training consultant for over 30 years working with all sorts of people - engineers working in a sausage factory and sports photographers working in the media and everything in between. I've even done a stint in prison (in a professional capacity, of course).  So, I have loads of experience of working with people from all walks of life and creating memorable and enjoyable experiences with them.  I’ve also worked with interpreters and British Sign Language Signers. 


I am a fully qualified celebrant having completed the Certificate in Family Celebrancy with the UK Society of Celebrants in 2022.   I hold professional indemnity and public liability insurance.  If we get the chance to meet, I'll proudly show you my qualification and my insurance certificate to give you peace of mind.


I lived in Scotland for the first 20 or so years of my life and people tell me that I have a lovely, soft, calming Scottish accent (which can matter a lot when you're feeling nervous).

My Approach

personalised:  100%


I’m interested in people, not labels.  I believe that everyone has the right to have a wonderful celebration, no matter who you are or the depth of your pockets.  I work effectively, respectfully  and enjoyably with everyone and deliver the same high standard of service to everyone.


I love creating and conducting ceremonies which are special and unique to you.  I'll work closely with you over the months and weeks before your big day.  Together we will create your personalised ceremony with the heart and tone that reflects you both - individually and together. 


I'm an "extra" in telling your story - I'm there to give you a guiding hand, make suggestions and work as part of your team to make your special day everything you hoped for.


I only ever conduct one ceremony per day so you can be assured that I won’t be late or distracted by another booking.  And I never travel to a ceremony by motorway - the risk of getting trapped on the M6 is too high.  I am obsessed with time and will be at your venue at least one hour before your ceremony start time.  I always allow plenty of wriggle room to cope with possible delays on the way. 


Couples tell me that I have warmth, humour and a keen sense for fun, along with the ability to make people feel safe and reassured.  


But don’t take my word for it – have a look at feedback from recent ceremonies. 

Why 'Calluna'?

white heather only grows where fairies have been...

'Calluna' is the botanical name for heather.  Like me, heather has strong associations with Scotland (think heather-covered hills and glens...).  It also has a reputation for being hardy and surviving tough conditions - an appropriate metaphor for a long and happy marriage. 


The colour of heather is said to have different meanings:

Purple:    admiration and beauty

Pink:        love and passion

White:     good luck and protection


A spray of white heather is often given as a token of good luck at traditional Scottish weddings.