(oops, i mean... 'reviews from lovely kickass couples')
Louise made our wedding ceremony completely unique, beautiful, emotional and fun.
"Can't thank her enough for the memories which we will have for a lifetime."
♡ Giselle and Matt, Lantern Theatre, May 2023
Having seen Louise at a friend’s wedding, when it became our turn a couple of years later, we knew exactly who we wanted to marry us.
"We had so many compliments on our ceremony and we love that it brought tears, laughs and even whoops of joy from our guests. We knew we wanted the day to feel like ‘us’ and feel inclusive for everyone we love and having Louise as our celebrant was a key part of that. We couldn’t have made a better choice!"
♡ Lisa and John, The West Mill, May 2023
Louise was absolutely amazing, she really made our day special.
"So many of our guests said that it was the best wedding that they'd been to. One of guests even said that he wasn't looking forward to his upcoming wedding ceremony now as it would be boring compared to ours! We had the opportunity to make it anything and everything we wanted."
♡ Britannie & Rhys, Coombe Abbey, December 2022
Louise is literally so rad, I am so grateful we found her.
"Louise totally set the tone/bar for our wedding day. We had two different couples say to us that they didn't want to get married, but after our ceremony, now they do!
The whole process of meeting Louise, the personal touch of being invited to her home, the help she provided with vow writing - we felt totally comfortable and supported throughout. We were encouraged to be ourselves.
Louise has such a unique way of marrying people; I think it really speaks to our generation. Louise is simply an amazing human & I can't thank her enough."
♡ Chelsea and Ryan, Willow Marsh Farm, April 2023
We don’t even know where to start! There are so many amazing things to say about Louise, who she is and what she does as a celebrant.
"I found Louise on Instagram as a fellow mushroom botherer and instantly knew she had to be a part of our day. We’d already booked a bog standard, stuffy registrar as we’d found it difficult to understand the process of how we could get legally wed, but have a humanist ceremony. Louise is so passionate about being a humanist celebrant that she was more than happy to provide helpful info on how to sort this out, even before we’d confirmed a booking with her!
From booking to being wed by Louise she encouraged and supported us in organising every detail of our ceremony. She approaches everything with an open mind and welcomes any sort of crazy to the party.
Once we’d booked, we were assigned our “homework” to help Louise get to know us so she could ensure our ceremony was as authentically “us” as possible. Filling in the questionnaire and meeting Louise were some of the highlights of our many months of wedding planning…even if she did try to lock me in her toilet at our meet and greet! ;)
Louise was supportive right up until the big day. A pep talk with the bride in the morning, and comforting words to the groom when the bride was 25 minutes late to the ceremony...Whoops!
And what a ceremony it was! We had laughs, mushroom puns a plenty, a fantastic telling of our story as a couple, and 80 guests playing us out of the room with a chorus of kazoos at the end of it all.
The guests commented on the ceremony for weeks after, saying how different it was and how they wished they’d have done the same at their wedding.
Be damned the days of the beige registrar! Book the tangerine dream that is Louise and have the most magical marriage ceremony you could ever wish for!"
♡ Aimee and Sean, Crumplebury, October 2022
I honestly don’t know how Louise does what she does…
"The work and effort she put in to preparing the most PERFECT ceremony for us on our most special day, is unbelievable. The whole process of developing our vows and ceremony was not only stress free but actually so fun and enjoyable, and helped my HUSBAND Harry and I enjoy the unique experience of building up to our wedding day.
Out of over 100 guests only 2 or 3 had been to a humanist ceremony before… but people of all ages, backgrounds, religions (and no religion) commented on how much they loved the ceremony. It was so personal, sentimental, emotional, funny…and I’m sure Louise is the only person who can make a room of strapping rugby lads blubber like babies! We will remember our ceremony forever, the most important part of theeee most special special day. Thank you isn’t enough! x"
♡ Harry and Grace, Hanbury Wedding Barn, December 2022
Louise! Just wow!
"The most personal, magical part of our day, which our guests could not stop talking about! Louise was amazing from start to finish! After many meetings on zoom due to living abroad and numerous emails back and forth, she literally delivered the most beautiful ceremony on our special day! We couldn't be more grateful for the impact that Louise had on our day and would recommend having a celebrant (only Louise of course) to anyone!
Thanks so much Louise, you are fabulous!"
♡ Laura and Si, Norwood Park, December 2022
We would recommend Louise to everyone who wants a special meaningful wedding ceremony filled with laughter and tears of joy
"Louise was the Celebrant at mine and my Husband's wedding back in November 2022.
She was an amazing celebrant throughout the whole process and ceremony. So many of our guests were so shocked how personal and beautiful our ceremony was (even the traditionalists) and this was all down to Louise. She really got to know us as a couple and reflected this in our wedding script. She made the whole process of writing our vows easy and enjoyable."
♡ Anna and Matthew, Hamps Hall and Barns, November 2022
Louise was incredible and blew our expectations of a Humanist Ceremony out the park!
"The work Louise put in to getting to know us and being her wonderful self around us meant that we felt so at ease and like we were in safe hands, we felt like she got us.
Louise told our story better than we could have. She had our family laughing and crying and cheering! Everyone was so complimentary of the ceremony and said they'd not experienced anything like it before.
From the initial planning stages, content of the ceremony, little details and suggestions to creating the physical copies of our vows she listened and showed that she totally got us and that she really cared. You simple do not get that from a registrar or church (Sorry, but you don't)
We're forever grateful for Louise's hard work and honestly cannot recommend her enough! If you're reading this and you haven't booked her yet then you need to sort yourself out! ... And then book her!"
♡ Rebecca and Sam, The Hideaway, October 2022
Louise was the perfect celebrant for our occasion
"We totally clicked with her. She was able to capture the essence of our relationship and everyone commented on how special and personal our ceremony was."
♡ Sarah and Jess, The Aviator Hotel, October 2022
Louise is queen of the quirky
"Her careful consideration of us as a couple resulted in a totally bespoke and brilliant ceremony. She weaves together sentiment and humour seamlessly to provoke tears and laughter.
Before the wedding, her communication was clear and timely. She attentively crafted a magical running order after teasing out the best bits of our relationship without being invasive or interrogating us. Her attention to detail is incredible and because of that, we trusted her completely. We didn't quite know what we wanted or how it would work on the day, but Louise guided us with her creativity by giving us lots of ideas without being overwhelming or too forward.
On the day, everything was perfect. Her energy hypnotised audiences as she pitched the most heartfelt and hilarious ceremony. Afterwards, her considerate aftercare and wedding pack ensure that you have the most special souvenirs of the day. I cry every time I read them! She is incredible in every respect - a real asset to the celebrant community - and we cannot recommend her enough."
♡ Rosie and Jonny, Aston Hill Barn, August 2022
Louise was the best celebrant.
"From the planning to the day itself it felt like she was entirely on our side and helped us bring our bright, happy day to life. Hilarious and kind, we'll always cherish the vows she helped us write."
♡ Rosalie and Bhavik, Hanbury Wedding Barn, July 2022
Louise made our wedding what it was.
"Since booking she was amazing and made everything dead simple. Our planning meeting was like couples therapy but somehow Louise managed to capture our ramblings and created the most amazing ceremony script. A few days before she checked in and did a run through with us to calm the nerves which really helped and then on the day she arrived nice and early and even helped me with a bit of DIY when our Arbor broke!
She is a master of her craft and I would recommend her to everyone!"
♡ Ellie and Edward, Stone Siding Events, July 2022
The work that Louise put into our wedding was incredible
"She took our list of wishes and created a bespoke ceremony that blew our expectations away. We had so much we wanted to say but didn't know how to say it. Louise crafted our thoughts into a ceremony that encompassed our personalities so well, it felt uncanny.
It's a part of a wedding that sometimes isn't given the chance to shine. But it can be joyous, full of laughter and the central part of the day. Louise's ceremony is still strong in our memories, and those of our family and friends.
She has given us another wonderful part of our wedding to smile about."
♡ Ellie and Lee, Château Les Carrasses, July 2022
We feel so lucky to have secured Louise as celebrant for our June 2022 wedding!
"She took so much time to get to know us as a couple and to understand our story. The script she wrote was beautiful; the perfect mix of funny and sweet. Her dedication to our wedding was faultless: be that Louise perfectly matching our colour scheme, printing keepsake copies of our vows, or watching the premier league relegation zone like a hawk throughout May (sorry about that again 😂).
Although I was naturally pretty nervous on the morning of our wedding, I felt so at ease regarding our celebrant choice. We knew that Louise would arrive early and ready to give us a Kickass Gathering! Our guests have all commented on how unique, personal and fantastic our ceremony was. My 84 year old Grandma has since informed me that she might start dressing more cool like Louise, which may be highlight of 2022 (don’t tell my husband!)
I’d highly recommend Louise to anyone considering an inclusive, humanist, non-registrar wedding."
♡ Olwyn and Arron, Overgrown Acres, June 2022
Louise helped us create an amazing and personalised ceremony for our wedding, and helped give us plenty ideas for readings and vows along the way.
"She helped settle our nerves and always reassured us if we had a question that we felt might be a bit silly!
All our guests remarked on how lovely the ceremony was, and that they got to hear the inside story of our relationship that they may never have heard before. There was laughter and tears, and a real sense that this occasion was something special. We definitely felt like we clicked with Louise, which made the ceremony that much easier, and just feel even more right."
♡ Molly and Bryn, Haddon Grove Cottages, July 2022
Louise married Andy and I in May this year and was just fab!
"She took so much time and effort to get to know us and to write a ceremony that perfectly encapsulated our relationship. The ceremony was fun, colourful, emotional, and everyone commented on how great it was. I was so nervous about speaking and standing in front of people but she put me at ease, gave us some tips and pointers, and made sure the day was about making us comfortable. Thank you Louise!"
♡ Caitlin and Andy, May 2022
When we decided to get married we knew we had to have a humanist celebrant.
"As well as being Humanist UK members, Will works in the wedding industry and observes hundreds of ceremonies a year, and knew we definitely didn’t want the normal, business like, choose-column-A Registrar service. We wanted something that was built around us as people, our personalities and story, and that most of all had our humour.
We browsed through the Humanist UK website and Louise instantly stood out. We LOVED her vibrant, fun attitude and dress sense, it was super cool and relaxed and that suited us perfectly. We reached out and also quickly realised she must be amazing, as she is extremely booked up! We weren’t perturbed though and something told us we just HAD to have Louise at our wedding, and that she’d be as vital as finding the right venue.
We finally managed to book her and quickly realised what a great decision we’d made. In the lead up to the wedding Louise was amazing, meeting us on Zoom, and then an in-person visit, providing some amazing resources to help us plan our ceremony, and to help her get to know us amazingly well. She was also brilliant at keeping us on track as the countdown clock quickly ran out! We had the option to really tailor the ceremony content and feel exactly to what we wanted, you can even say if you want it to be funny, serious, emotional etc, and we also decided to brave it at Louise’s suggestion and do secret vows and service so we wouldn’t know what each other would say, or even what Louse would say!
Louise is so brilliant we had tons of confidence and knew we would be safe to put ourselves entirely into her hands and trust that the ceremony would be perfect, and would have some real magic and surprise about it for us as well this way!
On the big day she arrived early with our vows already printed for us in a gorgeous binder, (Will-this may seem like a small point but you’d be shocked at how many Registrars breeze in moments before the ceremony barely knowing the couples name, it’s terrible!) and the ceremony began, it was everything we had hoped for. Incredibly funny and personal, she had our guests all laughing and crying, it was a real rollercoaster, we honestly couldn’t have been happier and were SO glad we decided to let Louise keep it all a secret.
So many of our guests came up afterwards and said how much they loved our ceremony, how it was the best they had ever seen and how refreshing it was to see something so personal to the actual couple getting married. We invited Louise back to our reception and she brought some brilliant quizzes she had made testing our guests on the ceremony to check they’d been paying attention, everyone loved it!
She left us a wonderful present before she left, a personalised folder with fresh copies of our vows and the full service for us to read over along with some amazing little gifts.
As you can probably guess we couldn’t possibly recommend Louise any higher, if you’re looking for the perfect wedding ceremony, stop googling, throw away the short list, and Choose Louise!!!"
♡ Vic and Will, Normanton Church, May 2022
Louise WAS the wedding
"We laughed our entire way through the wedding ceremony and we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. From the initial planning stages to the ceremony itself, Louise couldn’t have made the process easier or more enjoyable.
Louise helped us achieve so many wonderful moments within our ceremony that we’d never have been able to do otherwise. The most wonderful addition for us was Louise's assistance in having our dog be a part of the wedding. The enthusiasm with which Louise worked to integrate Darcie into the ceremony will forever be appreciated. Who doesn’t want their dog to walk down the aisle and sign their wedding certificate?
Louise also suggested we have our reception drinks within the ceremony for guests to “cheers” with at the end of the ceremony. It was a nice touch we wouldn’t have considered on our own, nor is it something we could have done with a registrar-led ceremony.
Secret vows were something I never imagined us doing but Louise made it seem so much easier than we’d have thought. Louise worked as the middle point to make sure we were both writing in a similar manner and length and provided help and guidance when we needed it. Louise also has a really handy guide for different stages of the planning process but the vows guide was the most helpful of all!
One of the first stages of the wedding process was completing a Googleform with loads of questions about us and what we thought we wanted from a ceremony. We opened a bottle of prosecco, ordered a pizza and awkwardly laughed our way through composing answers before sending it off for Louise to read. We both said it was far harder putting into words why we actually wanted to marry than it should have been! By the same token though, it was a really great tool for making us sit down and reminisce and truly consider what we wanted from the day.
We then met Louise at her house and chatted through our answers in more detail. We were both a bit apprehensive about this part because we were nervous it was going to be awkward and uncomfortable talking about ourselves but Louise couldn’t have put us more at ease and we had a lovely time.
Getting the first draft of our ceremony script through was amazing. Considering Louise had only met us in person once, she told our story in a way that made you believe she’d been a part of our lives from the start. Neither of us wanted anything too emotional and Louise immediately hit the desired tone, imbuing sarcasm and amusing anecdotes all throughout. It’s not just Louise’s writing style that is incredible, but her delivery is even better. I'll never tire of reading the script and it's a lovely memory to treasure.
What more can I say other than if we were to start planning all over again, I’d book Louise before I even booked the venue. So many of our family and friends came over to us throughout the day and told us it was the most different but best ceremony they’d ever attended. We cannot thank Louise enough for her support and guidance throughout the planning process. She even helped us find a new photographer when our first one bailed on us - and agreed to move dates when our first venue cancelled too!
P.S A registrar (probably!) won’t lie to your soon-to-be-husband and say the minibus got lost making it’s way to the venue, when really you and your entire bridal party had to return home because you all left your handbags behind. Chances are they won’t even be able to wait for you if you’re running late. In that moment of panic, knowing Louise was able and willing to wait relieved so much stress.
We're forever grateful to Louise and I hope to see her marry many of our friends in the future because I think the ceremony spoke for itself."
♡ Vanessa and Ross, The Hidden Hive, April 2022
Booking Louise is one of the best decisions we made for our wedding!
"It was a risky move for us to choose a humanist wedding, (as Indians who wanted to go against the grain and live to our own values!) Louise made it feel like a walk in the park.
From our first phone call and discussing the issues we may come across, Louise guided us on how to handle difficult conversations, and made us feel at ease with what we wanted. Louise has a way of just understanding you as a couple and writes a script like the most perfect love story, with all the LOLZ and tears of joy!
The journey was an easy ride and Louise was happy to be on call and work with any changes we wanted to make and last minute additions to our ceremony. Although a little noisy with some crying babies in our wedding - Louise powered through as if it was the most quiet room - she was able to draw the attention of our guests, had everyone laughing and crying at all the right moments - joined us for a selfie because that’s what we love and generally brought the feel good vibes to our day!
We honestly could not recommend Louise enough. She will bring the good time vibes, the warmth and comfort to doing things a little differently and oh man her style is on point!
We love you Louise,
thank you for making our day so perfect!"
♡ Hemel and Jaina, Grand Station, March 2022
Louise married Matt and I last month and I can honestly say it was the best decision we made regarding our wedding day!
"The planning process was so much fun. We loved reminiscing when filling out initial questionnaire and found Louise to be super helpful when planning the readings, music choices etc. We both felt that Louise just ‘got us’ and knew exactly what sort of ceremony we wanted. I remember feeling SO excited for the wedding day after our first meeting, Louise was full of amazing ideas and I couldn’t wait to see how it would all come together!
Louise was great in the run up to the big day, she helped with our vows, checked in on us in the week before and was brilliant on the morning of the wedding, too.
The ceremony itself was so so so brilliant. We loved every second. The way Louise told our story was exactly what we hoped for - there was lots of laughing and some happy tears too!
Our doggo Charlie was also heavily involved in the ceremony. We loved that Louise fully embraced this and even suggested Charlie sign his paw print on our certificate! Our guests loved the ceremony! We had so many comments on the day and since about how fantastic the ceremony was. People felt that although they knew us, they really enjoyed hearing ‘our story’ and the funny anecdotes Louise told.
We got a beautiful card, copy of the vows and ceremony too which were such a gorgeous surprise and a lovely reminder of our brilliant day.
We are still so over the moon that we booked Louise to marry us! Thank you thank you! XX"
♡ Dani and Matt, West Mill, April 2022
"My husband and I chose to have Louise for our celebrant for our wedding. She was absolutely fantastic from the very start, and took lots of time to get to know us and our story before putting together our beautiful ceremony. It was so personal and perfect for us, our guests all commented that it was one of the nicest ceremonies they had been to. We can't thank you enough!"
♡ Andy and Sophie, Stretton Manor Barn, April 2022
We found Louise via Instagram, after deciding to do our legalities separately, and she was, quite frankly, one of the best decisions we made when it came to our wedding.
"Louise was amazing from start to finish, such a constant source of joy and fun during what we were told would be one of the most stressful time of our lives.
From the beginning, communication and transparency were clearly so important to her, with Louise setting our expectations about delivery of first draft, what she would need from us and how she would be in touch. Our Zoom calls (typical Covid) were always well planned and considerate, and she was more than happy to work around us despite that running into her evenings (and the attendance of Jarvis was also an added bonus).
When we got our ceremony through, it was exactly what we wanted and more - moving, hilarious, personal and SO thoughtful. You could tell how much effort Louise had gone to, to capture our story perfectly. She is a true wordsmith, and can make any ordinary love story sound like a Richard Curtis plot line.
On the day, Louise was so lovely - she looked amazing and chic (all of my friends immediately wanted green suits and orange hair), she was such a doll with our guests, saw both Brad and I before the ceremony and was so supportive to both of us.
The delivery of our ceremony was perfect, everyone LOVED it, and it was all people could talk about at our reception drinks. We were told time and time again how lovely it was, and it was so nice of Louise to stick around for a drink afterwards, to celebrate with us.
The personalisation didn't stop there, we got an amazing pack after the ceremony including such a lovely card, beautiful printed vow cards (which we will absolutely be framing) and our ceremony to read back through.
I cannot wait to re-watch our ceremony, I'm so excited to see the magic again, and I'm so glad we chose Louise to be such a prominent part of the day. I would recommend her in a heartbeat, she is such a delightful person and energy to be around, and she's going to have a really hard job of getting rid of me now, because I feel like I made a pal, not just paid a supplier."
♡ Tash and Brad, Aswarby Rectory, Feb 2022
"Louise officiated at our daughter's wedding in September 2021 (3rd attempt after 2 Covid cancellations!) The ceremony was wonderful and Louise had clearly spent a lot of time finding out what makes Charley and Andy's relationship so special. It was all very personal and conducted with plenty of humour. Our guests loved it, as did we. It was just the perfect day, and Louise played a pivotal part in this.
Many thanks, and we would thoroughly recommend Louise to anyone who is looking for a personally-tailored, fun-filled, kickass wedding ceremony xx"
♡ Andy and Charley, September 2021
If you're looking for a fun, relaxed, UNIQUE and meaningful ceremony which will have your guests laughing, crying and getting to really know the couple that stands before them... look no further.
"Louise has an incredible ability to bring to life your relationship; from how you met, what keeps you together, what you look forward to in the future and what makes you the unique couple you are... it'll feel like you've known her for years.
We got so many amazing comments at our wedding about how relaxed our ceremony was. We had guests attend who weren't interested in getting married - until they witnessed a Humanist ceremony.
Where else can you combine Scottish and Greek traditions - sipping on whisky, a crown ceremony and involving your friends and family to name a few!!!
Louise provides just the right amount of support and guidance to shape a ceremony that fits your personalities.
I would recommend her (and I have!) again and again. It'll be the best money you spend on your wedding day!!!"
♡ Leah and Allan, August 2021
"We contacted Louise after our original celebrant couldn't make our new date and it was utter fate!
Right from the beginning, Louise made us feel confident and our zoom calls where always fun and felt like chatting with a friend. Before the big day, Louise sent us the script and we laughed and cried.
As an English teacher, it is clear that Louise has a way with words and she delivered it with perfect timing and personality on the day; all our guests said it was the best ceremony they'd ever been to and she captured our love story perfectly.
Here's to cancelled celebrants and finding the one :)"
♡ Carlie and Rob, Aug 2021
What a delight!!
"Louise was fabulous throughout the whole process. We originally booked Louise for our first date in June 2020, then again for June 2021 and finally in September 2021 and the communication between the numerous date changes was excellent.
We love the relaxed, personal and informal approach that a celebrant brings and Louise tailored each part of our ceremony to suit us exactly - it was the perfect mix of laughs and emotional moments!
Both ourselves and our guests loved it. We thank you so much, Louise, as it was the perfect way to begin the best day of our lives!"
♡ Charley and Andy, September 2021
"We had a normal legal "boring" ceremony during Covid with 13 of our close family but we still wanted to celebrate with our friends and family when things improved, we looked at getting a celebrant, from the moment of seeing Louise's Instagram profile we knew she was the one for us, everything was handled very professionally and Louise was always available answering any questions promptly and honestly.
The ceremony was so personal, warm and friendly, there were tears (the good sort) and much laughter. Everyone of our guests loved the ceremony and said it made such a change from the normal and found it amazing.
I would encourage anyone to use Louise for their ceremony."
♡ Nikki and John, October 2021
"My sister recommended Louise to us for our wedding and we couldn't be happier with the service she provided for us. Everyone at the ceremony said how beautiful and amazing it was and that it was the best ceremony they have been to.
Louise told our story so well and everything went by beautifully. Our personalized vow cards (with a little Shiba on!) are lovely and we will keep them forever. I am looking forward to rewatching the ceremony on video.
Would definitely recommend Louise to anyone getting married, much MUCH better & personal than any boring legal ceremony. I loved how personal & special the ceremony was, we will never forget our perfect day so thank you for being part of it <3 definitely recommend Kickass Gatherings! x"
♡ Jason and Lily, September 2021
Louise is absolutely incredible!
If you want a wedding ceremony that is 100% personalized to you then kickass gatherings is what you need!
She goes above and beyond to create the perfect ceremony.
We had the best day of our lives and our wedding was perfect for us because of Louise!"
♡ Emily and Peter, October 2021
Louise was absolutely perfect for our wedding.
"We actually hadn’t originally chosen to have a celebrant at our wedding - it was because of covid and changes to our dates that meant there was no Registrar available… but honestly it must have been FATE! I’m a true believer that everything happens for a reason, and we couldn’t of asked for more.
After our ceremony we had so many of our guests comment on how much they loved to hear our story, how personal it was, funny and exciting!
Guests asked - was Louise a friend of ours?
It came across as though she had known us for years! Some guests even said they want a humanist wedding after being at our ceremony!
Louise captured the essence of our relationship incredibly and it was everything we imagined and more! And ‘The Suit’ was saved especially for us- she rocked it and fit right in with our tropical theme (see Insta profile pic 😜)
We can’t thank you enough Louise, for being such a legend! #celebrantgoals"
♡ Daniel and Hannah, September 2021
"Luke and I were honoured to have Louise marry us!
From our initial planning meeting - through to the ceremony itself - Louise was such a pleasure to work with. She gathered our details and made a beautiful love story, which our friends and family loved hearing. This was so much more than a standard wedding ceremony.
Having been to so many weddings - this felt like such an intimate, personal way of exchanging our vows.
We wouldn’t change a thing.
Thanks so much to Louise for such an
incredible, memorable and sentimental experience. We will forever cherish this memory!"
♡ Jess & Luke, July 2021