We absolutely loved the ceremony and received so many responses from guests sharing the same sentiment. Many guests said that it was the best ceremony they’d attended and that it was more like a party than a formal event. You gave us the opportunity to make it so personal to us and you put everyone at ease, including us which I really appreciated! Usually people are waiting for the ceremony to be over to have fun, but it was the ceremony that everyone enjoyed and commented on. It was the ceremony that we will remember – the nerves, the laughs, the readings and music. It made the best memories! Thank you so much for giving us that Joe. Thanks again Joe and we would be happy to recommend you to anyone else we come across who is in need of celebrating their love!!
Firstly, I want to send a BIG thank you from Chris and I. You really made the ceremony extra special and we enjoyed every minute. I remember being blown away when you conducted Valerie’s wedding ceremony and I knew that moment that this was for us. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. We were genuinely so delighted with everything. You are fantastic at what you do Joe. Our friends and family thought it was so personal. Thank you again! We might bump into one another again at another ceremony some day.
-Ruth & Christopher, Humanist wedding ceremony, Virginia Park Lodge, 29 March 2018
We had a fantastic wedding. The ceremony was everything we could have hoped for and very personal. We have recommended your services to our friends. I would not suggest any changes for the ceremony. Your input into it was fantastic. Thanks again for making our wedding all we could have wished for.
-Lesley & Owen, Humanist wedding ceremony conducted at Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, 24 March 2018
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Video courtesy of Matt Ryan Films.
Hi Joe, We are just back today from our honeymoon. We would both like to thank you so much for conducting such an amazing and heartfelt ceremony. We loved every minute and found it so calming and inclusive. There is nothing at all we would change about your performance both before and during the ceremony. It was just perfect. Everyone we spoke to has said that they have never been to a ceremony quite like it. My auntie and uncle even told me that your car broke down beside their house a few days before the wedding and were delighted to see you during the ceremony as you were a lovely man! We would happily recommend you to anyone as you were fantastic.
-Humanist wedding of Donna and Cormac conducted by Joe Armstrong at Crover House Hotel, 17 February 2018. Video courtesy of Matt Ryan Films.
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Thank you so much for helping me get over the jitters when you asked me about knowing of any impediments to my marriage to Amanda. All I could see was you using your two fingers (in a positive way!), to help me remember the words when I was saying them during the ceremony! Everyone we spoke to after the ceremony said how lovely it was, as many of our guests had never been to a Humanist Ceremony before. Our guests are still talking about how informal and happy our ceremony was and how good you were. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. You’re a , Mr. Armstrong, 10 out of 10, 100% a true professional.
-Paul & Amanda, Humanist wedding conducted at Ballymascanlon Hotel, Co. Louth, 3 January 2018 (pictures show the couple completing a variation of the unity bowl ritual, and jumping the broom – symbolizing crossing the threshold into marriage.)
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Hi Joe, Everyone loved the ceremony. Nobody had been to one in a hotel and done with a Humanist celebrant. They said it was a lovely, funny ceremony and very emotional. It was lovely the way we had ribbons and stone and everyone was involved. Thank you so much for helping us celebrate our special day. I was so nervous at the door just before I came in and then you started to speak and I calmed down because you had me laughing.
-Lisa & Paul, Humanist wedding ceremony conducted at the Castle Arch Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath 30 December 2017
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Ah my dear Joe, Thank you, thank you, thank you doesn’t nearly cover our appreciation, respect and gratitude to you, for everything since Jessica’s naming ceremony. I’m humbled by our experiences and, bias aside, I feel our wedding was the nicest wedding I’ve ever been to, and that is all thanks to you. Your experience shone through, while our lack thereof was smoothly covered! I’ve been so happy, feeling it couldn’t have been any nicer or better. (And definitely upped the ante on the Mate waterworks! Lol.
-Jane & Janos, Humanist wedding conducted at Ghan House, Carlingford. (I was privileged to conduct naming ceremonies for their two children, and the funeral ceremony for the bride’s father, and most recently their Humanist wedding ceremony on 28 December 2017. Sometimes it’s impossible to better a small, intimate, meaningful wedding such as Jane and Janos’s with just close family gathered.)
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Hi Joe, Just to say firstly – A BIG THANK YOU from myself and Damien. The ceremony was above and beyond what we expected and we loved every minute of it. The guests all thoroughly enjoyed it and have been raving about it ever since. Indeed, the majority had never been at a humanist ceremony and were blown away by how personalised and intimate it was. Not to forget you yourself – everyone remarked at how witty and entertaining you were. You really made the occasion for us.
-Kathryn & Damien, Humanist wedding conducted at Clonabreany House, Co. Meath, 16 December 2017. Phots by portraitrooms.ie
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We and our guests loved the ceremony. We felt so at ease and the whole thing flowed along and was beautiful. Our guests are still talking about it and how nice and friendly and good you where. Thank you again Joe for everything!
-Edel & Paul, Humanist wedding conducted at Darver Castle, Co. Louth, 26 November 2017.
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Hi Joe, We can’t fault the ceremony in anyway whatsoever. It was brilliant. It was funny and engaging and our guests said it was probably the best wedding ceremony they’d been to. Sarah and I would like to thank you for everything. It was a brilliant job on your part – exactly the kind of thing we were aiming for. When we got back from our honeymoon, the wedding video was at home and we have watched it now about 6 or 7 times and the ceremony was FANTASTIC!
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Thanks for your email and thank you so much for conducting our wedding. I have to say you did an excellent and professional job. If we had do it all again there is nothing we would change and we are delighted that we had you as our celebrant. All of the guests were commenting on what a fabulous ceremony it was and thought you were fantastic. So my advice to you is – don’t change a thing! Just keep doing what you are doing. Thanks for being a part of our Special Day.
– Veronica & Andrew, Humanist wedding conducted at the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan, 7 October 2017
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Firstly, thank you so so much. We both were ridiculously happy with our ceremony. It was even more special than either of us could have imagined. We thought you did an absolute superb job, really there is nothing we can find fault with! Overall, we were really happy that we held it indoors in the end, as we felt this added to the intimate atmosphere which we feel would have been lost had we held it in the garden. What stood out for me in terms of the rituals was the children doing the ribbon ceremony and our parents being involved with the candles.
In terms of your style, needless to say you really created a fun, inclusive and warm environment which I think was very special. What was really telling was the fact that many of my elderly relatives who had never been to a humanist ceremony (and I imagine it had caused quite a bit of discussion behind closed doors!), all sincerely loved it. They loved how relaxed and inclusive it was. I also had a number of people texting me after the wedding just to say how much they loved the whole day, and especially the ceremony. I also think our musicians really added to the overall feel of the occasion.
One other thing that you did which I really loved was after the readings, you were speaking about relationships and love, and you called on my sister again to recite a line from her poem. For me (and many others) this showed that you had really been listening to the reading and wanted to engage with her again, which gave her the recognition that I felt she deserved (she is such a beautiful writer).
And lastly, a friend of mine who is not yet married said that she would definitely be contacting you for her wedding – so I think that says it all 🙂 Thank you once again for helping to create a wonderful day for us, your thorough preparation and making us really think about what we wanted made it a total success.
-Gayle & Guy, Humanist wedding conducted at the Heritage Centre, Carlingford 8 September 2017
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Unfortunately we didn’t have time to personally thank you on the day. The ceremony was fantastic and was the most commented upon part of the wedding. You were very professional throughout the process and highly entertaining on the day!
-Rebecca & Derrick, Humanist wedding conducted at Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, 2 September 2017
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Picture shows Anita & David about to leap over the broom, symbolizing crossing the threshold of marriage.
David and I just wanted to say thank you so much for Friday. I’m just sorry we didn’t have a chance to say thanks in person. Almost every guest commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony and that it was one of the best they had ever been to…..relaxed and fun and moving. One couple who are getting married next year enquired if you travel outside of Ireland! 🙂 So thanks again for everything and making our marriage ceremony so special.
– Anita & David, Humanist wedding conducted at Carlingford Heritage Centre, 1 September 2017
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Hi Joe, Thanks so much for being a part of the wedding. We really had the best day ever and it all started with the humanist ceremony! You did an awesome job at creating the ceremony, it was perfectly personalised just for us and you even managed to seamlessly work in a military guard of honor. You kept the vibe very relaxed and fun which was exactly what we were hoping for. Straight after the ceremony we had so many friends and family tell us it was the best ceremony they had ever been to! No one really knew what to expect but everyone loved it! Neither of us have ever laughed and smiled as much as we did that day and we’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to you for being a part of it all.
-Jen & Ian, an officer in the Irish army, Humanist wedding conducted at Mount Druid 30 August 2017
(Photographs courtesy of Amy French)
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Hi Joe, Thanks so so much for everything. The ceremony was the best part of the day for both of us and it meant a lot to us.
On behalf of myself and my husband 🙂 i would like to thank you so much for conducting on our wedding ceremony.
It was an absolute pleasure working with you from the moment we first met you. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and was exactly how we thought it would be. Our guest have also commented on how beautiful the ceremony was 🙂 We had the day of our life, we wish we could go back and do it all over again.
Thanks again Joe for being a part of our special day, we have memories the we will cherish forever 🙂
– Angela & Ryan, Humanist wedding conducted Crover House Hotel, Co. Cavan, 12 August 2017
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Dear Joe, We have been enjoying our first Christmas as a married couple! We were both so happy with your officiating at our ceremony and we got so many positive comments from our guests about it afterwards! Even Fiona’s Dad, who freely admitted that he was dreading the ceremony beforehand, was full of praises afterwards! Thanks again for all your help both in the build up to the day and on the day itself! You were a major part in making our day so special!
– James & Fiona, Humanist marriage ceremony conducted by Joe Armstrong at Cliff at Lyons on 8 August 2017. Video credited to limelightweddingfilms.ie
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We really can’t thank you enough for officiating our wedding ceremony – it was our favourite part of the day. You made everything so easy from the beginning. It was so well organised and you had thought every detail through, we didn’t have to worry about a thing on the day because we knew you would be so professional and understood what we wanted from the ceremony.
It was the first time many of our guests had attended a humanist wedding ceremony and so many people commented on how intimate and personal it was and how relaxed and welcome you made them all feel. Thank you also for your patience and good nature with the changeable weather, we think it worked out well in the end!!
We were touched that you had taken the time to study the readings and songs we had chosen and said a few words about them during the ceremony. We had put a lot of time and thought into it and it was nice that you shared your thoughts on them with the guests.
We wanted to particularly thank you for waiting and coming to say goodbye to us after the ceremony. We appreciated the chance to thank you on the day once the deed was done! It was also nice that Julie was able to see you again before she walked up the aisle.
We found your checklist very useful for organising what was needed as well as your phone call a few days before the wedding.
As a couple that have been together for a number of years, we did not get married because we felt it was “the next step” but rather because we wanted to be married to each other. We hope that you could see how much it meant to us that you understood that. It was such a special day for us and we will always be grateful to you for making it possible.
Thank you again!
-Julie & Leon, Humanist wedding conducted at Virginia Park Lodge on 29 July 2017
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Hi Joe, Thanks so much for a lovely ceremony as we really enjoyed it and the feedback from our guests was really positive. A number of people said you made them feel welcome and at ease from the start. Many of our guests had not been at a Humanist ceremony before so it was a new experience for them which they really enjoyed.
– Jen & Chris, Humanist wedding conducted at Wineport Lodge, Glasson, Athlone, Co. Westmeath 28 July 2017.
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We both want to thank you for conducting our ceremony, it was truly a special day for us. The tone of the ceremony was perfect and everyone in our small congregation agreed it was a fantastic, relaxed and personal event. Thanks for being so easy to work with throughout the whole process, we enjoyed every moment of it and you made it that much more enjoyable.
– Patrick & Emma, Humanist wedding conducted at Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda, 27 July 2017
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Thank you very much for a wonderful ceremony…it was all we dreamed of and more!!! Our friends were so impressed with it. We had an amazing day…every aspect went as we had planned…we had a 70’s disco and the floor was full all night….five hours of fantastic music that wasn’t too loud!!!
Thank you very much again , Joe. Your words at our ceremony were so thoughtful and personal.
Thank you for the help with our readings…remember you sent us a list and we used some from that list; I was so happy with our musicians as well: they were so professional as indeed were you!
– Una & John, Humanist wedding conducted at Glasson Country Hotel, Glasson, Athlone, 23 July 2017.
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As we sit down to write this review we think back fondly on our big day and remember what a great time we had. We were immediately put at ease thanks to Joe’s humour and clear instructions on what was needed on the day. From the beginning when Joe met with Ben and his Best Man Keith right until the end of the ceremony Joe paid attention to the bride and groom’s needs. He kept the ceremony lighthearted and authentic in a way we had never experienced during a wedding ceremony. There was a lot of laughter and smiles throughout the day and we would recommend Joe as a celebrant. We are so happy with our decision and would like to thank Joe from the bottom of ours hearts. Thanks so much for all you did for us Joe!
-Ben and Casey, Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, Co. Meath, 21 July 2017
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Video credited to www.firstlook.ie.
We just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you so much for our wedding ceremony. So many of our guests spoke to us about how much fun and heart was in the ceremony. We are grateful to you for your help drafting it and for your delivery of it. Everyone was so at ease and you really helped to get them into the party mood.
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Hi Joe, Thank you so much for such a wonderful ceremony! Everyone complimented us on how beautiful it was. You were so patient with Lucas [Ed note: the couple’s young son] being so fussy. You made it very relaxed. There is nothing we would do to change it.
– Annmarie & Martin, Humanist Wedding conducted at Crown Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, 3 June 2017
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Hi Joe, We don’t know what to say! ‘Thank You’ just doesn’t express enough how happy & grateful we are that you were our celebrant and who joined us in marriage for the rest of our lives. The ceremony was AMAZING and we are still hearing 6 weeks later from people about how great the ceremony was. Honestly Joe you made our day! It was fantastic, the perfect balance of fun & seriousness. The only thing we are gutted about is that we didn’t get to say goodbye to you. We were so busy saying hello to people after the ceremony and then we were swept away for our photos, but I wish we had been able to have a drink with you after. We could sit here and type all night, as we have nothing but praise. FANTASTIC! You made our day Joe…. Thank you so much.
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– Sarah & Guy, Humanist wedding conducted at Virginia Park Lodge, 6 May 2017
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Hi Joe, We are just coming back down to earth after a fantastic few days and want to get in touch you and thank you for the very central role you played in making our whole day so special. The ceremony was the perfect balance of fun and warmth, while still capturing the gravity of the event. You made everybody feel welcome and comfortable. I knew from our meeting and email communication that we were onto a winner with you but still I was wowed by the ceremony on the day. Our friends and family gave such positive feedback, particularly those that had not been at a Humanist ceremony before. Thank you so much for your support in the lead up and your energy on the day!
Thank you so much for celebrating our marriage and for your guidance through the entire process.
We received so much positive feedback on the ceremony, how personal it was and what an excellent job you did. Both my parents are looking for the little piece you spoke at the end: they thought it was lovely!
We’re off on our honeymoon today!
– Simon & Ruth, Humanist Wedding conducted at City Hall, Dublin, 8 April 2017
We just wanted to let you know how grateful we are for the truly wonderful ceremony you conducted for us. I know that some people might say that choosing to have an outdoor ceremony, in March, in the Wicklow Mountains could be foolhardy, but we wanted to thank you for following our wishes and in helping us to create our perfect day. The ceremony, like the day, was fantastic. It was personal, relaxed, sincere and evocative. It was everything we’d envisaged and more.
A lot of our guests were blown away by the ceremony, many of them had never attended a humanist ceremony prior to ours; all of them commented upon the humour, warmth and intimacy that you injected into the ceremony. Our guests come from many different backgrounds and have many different beliefs; probably covering the whole spectrum of faiths, from devoutly religious to rational atheist. Yet every guest felt that the ceremony was inclusive, meaningful and magical.
We also wanted to thank you for all of your help in the run up to the ceremony, from help with the drafting process, to providing suggestions on readings and in allowing us to create a ceremony and a day that reflected not only who we are as individual people, but how we want to live our lives as a married couple. Thank you so much, Joe!
– Mary and Ben, Humanist wedding conducted at Kippure Estate, Co. Wicklow, 11 March 2017
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Photos courtesy www.garethmcgaughey.com. There are also lots of more photos of this wedding on my Pinterest weddings board . And for a great video of the whole ceremony, see the You Tube image below.
Hi Joe, We absolutely loved the ceremony, as did all of our guests. Everyone commented how welcoming you made everyone feel – we had a wide range of faiths from devout Catholics to United church members to atheists and no one was made feel unwelcome. The inclusion of the Skype call to Holly’s sister Jody – a very last minute addition – was expertly handled and made Jody feel as if she was part of the ceremony too. It was a lighthearted and most of all fun experience for all in attendance which helped kick off the party for the rest of the day. We honestly couldn’t have been happier with how it all turned out and would recommend you to any of our friends/family.
– Holly & Daniel, Humanist wedding conducted by Joe Armstrong at Clonabreany House, County Meath, 8 March 2017. Video courtesy of Eye Capture Weddings
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(Photos courtesy of Danielle O’Hora Photography www.danielleohora.com)
Hi Joe, We never got to speak to you or shake your hands after the ceremony but before we headed off on honeymoon we wanted to say thanks so much for what was a truly wonderful ceremony on Saturday. A lot of people said to us afterwards, quite rightly, how personal, relaxed, bespoke and meaningful the ceremony was.
It set the tone for the whole day, which was all wonderful. Your preparedness, thoroughness and reassurance before the ceremony also helped settle the nerves and give us all some guidance for the ceremony itself. We were very fortunate to have you as a celebrant.
It really was a wonderful and special ceremony for us. Thank you for creating such a perfect tone and atmosphere.
Thanks again and best wishes with all your work.
I just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you so so much for conducting such a beautiful ceremony for us on Thursday. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to thank you personally. It meant so much to us to have such a personal ceremony. It’s was really perfect and you made everyone feel so relaxed and welcome.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
– Fiona and William, Humanist wedding conducted at Brooklodge, Co. Wicklow, 6 October 2016
We just wanted to get in touch to thank you again for such a beautiful ceremony on Sunday. It really was magic – we both enjoyed it so much, as did our guests. Everyone was talking about how moving the ceremony was. It was a part of the day that really meant a lot to us, so thank you for helping to make it so special.
– Linda & Gavin (and little Peter), wedding conducted at the Millhouse, Slane, Co. Meath, 11 September 2016
Just wanted to thank you for a beautiful ceremony on Saturday. It was exactly what we wanted, relaxed and fun! So many people were complimenting on how personal it was and we really loved that. Thanks again!
– Jennifer & Emmet, wedding conducted at Mount Druid, Co Westmeath, 3 September 2016
Thanks again for Saturday. We loved the ceremony and got so much positive feedback about it from friends and family. You really made it very special.
– Eavan and Néill, wedding conducted at Hibernian Club, St. Stephen’s Green, 27 August 2016
Photographer Claire Byrne said of the ceremony ‘They had some of the most beautiful readings I’ve heard at a service’. For some of her professional pictures of this wedding, click here.
And here’s a brief video of the procession at the end of the wedding:
Thank you for everything you did for our wedding. We really enjoyed it and we were so happy with the ceremony, it really set up a lovely and relaxing day thanks to you (Not the wasps!) and everyone was raving about the ceremony.
– Lisa & Colin, Humanist wedding conducted at Coolbawn Quay, Co. Tipperary, 26 August 2016
– Emma and Ryan, wedding conducted at Mount Druid, Co. Westmeath, 5 July 2016
(This Humanist wedding was featured on One Fab day. For pictures, click here.)
I’m sorry we did not get in touch sooner – getting back into the swing of work and life! Just looked through our photos this week too and it brought back so many wonderful memories of the ceremony. It was hands down my favourite part of the day – as it should be! We are so grateful to have had such a chilled and professional celebrant as you. You just made us feel so at ease on the day even when the nerves were at an all time high. So many of our friends and family continually talk about how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how emotional and personal it felt. One of my good friends Mary has booked you I believe too from seeing how lovely ours was!
Thank you anyway from the bottom of our hearts!
– Niamh and Emmet, Humanist wedding conducted at Barberstown Castle, Co. Kildare, 17 June 2016
It’s been a crazy summer and I only just delivered Niamh and Emmet their full gallery this week, I wanted to share this slideshow with you and to include some web-sized images that you might like to use. To see the slideshow of Niamh and Emmet’s wedding, click here: iframe.html
We had a wonderful couple of days, the highlight of which was undoubtedly the ceremony, all our guests were blown away with it as were Rebecca and I.
– Rebecca and Gearoid, wedding conducted at Ghan House, Carlingford, 16 June 2016
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Both myself and Paul wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you done on our big day, and for all your help and encouragement in the lead up to it as well, you made our day personal and relaxed and everyone enjoyed it and felt included.
We can tell that you have found the job you love and are suited to as it shows in all you do. Best of luck in the future and I’m sure our paths will cross again soon.
– Anne & Paul, wedding conducted at Houghton House, Dublin Zoo, 30 April 2016
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I am almost embarrassed how long it has taken me to write this email to you. This is also the hardest thank you as I don’t know where to start and I don’t know how to put it into words just how amazing you made our wedding ceremony. I will give it my best shot though!
Our ceremony was by far our favourite part of our wedding day. It was everything we had dreamed of and more. A relaxed setting and a fun and welcoming atmosphere. Your ability to make people laugh, cry and feel at home still amazes us. The way you pick up on any mistake we or our readers had made and turned it around to make it funny and as if it was supposed to happen was what made the ceremony even more fun.
In our video, after the ceremony the guests are congratulating us, absolutely everyone who approached us made comments on how it was the best service ever, that was the best craic ever, such an emotional ceremony, that was great idea, that Joe lad is some craic, I want to do that for my wedding, I wish I had that for my wedding, I will never have a church ceremony after that…… The list goes on.
We had Thank You cards and endless texts and emails from our guests saying it was the best wedding they had ever been to and their favourite part was the ceremony, this to me says it all as when do you ever hear that? Normally people see the church part as the formal bit you need to get out of the way before you can start having fun, I myself dread going to the church part of a wedding!. As myself and James say, it wasn’t us that made it the best day ever, it was Joe Armstrong and Bellingham Castle. The only thing we done was make the two best decisions, to have Joe Armstrong as our celebrant and to have Bellingham Castle as our venue.
I remember on the day, making my way to the ceremony, forgetting I had to breathe, my mind panicking and feeling like I might just collapse, you came out and cracked a joke and from there I was relaxed and ready for the day!
So Joe, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for giving us the wedding we have always wanted.
– Grainne and James – Humanist wedding conducted at Bellingham Castle 15 April 2016 . See video of their wedding below:
HUMANIST WEDDING CEREMONY of Grainne and James conducted by Joe Armstrong, Friday, 15 April 2016, at Bellingham Castle, Co. Louth. Video edited by Liutauras Kepenis (www.liutaspictures.ie Email: email@example.com 0857288202) and John Armstrong (johna.artstation.com Email:firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Just wanted to thank you massively for marrying us, we loved the ceremony. We have been getting compliments non-stop.
Can’t sing your praises high enough, we cannot wait to watch it back because we had a ball during it. It was a great day and we loved every minute of it. Fun and relaxed, exactly what we wanted.
All the best and hopefully we will be in touch for some other ceremonies in the not so distant future.
– Helen & Mark, wedding conducted at Cromleach Lodge Hotel, Co. Sligo, 31 January 2016
On behalf of myself and Richie, I would just like to say a huge thank you for the wonderful, funny, personal and beautiful ceremony you performed. It really made our day, and each piece felt like it suited us perfectly. Thank you for all your help making it happen.
– Amy and Richard, wedding conducted 11 December 2015 at Moyvalley Hotel, Balyna Estate, Co. Kildare.
Enda and I just wanted to send you a little note to say a huge thank you for our ceremony which you preformed on Sat, 21st Nov. It was so representative of both of us and our outlook and it found an amazing balance between inclusion, fun, solemnity and a bit of madness (having to do it twice*)!
The ceremony was the absolute highlight of our day and of many others, and we felt so blessed to have you conducting it. So many people wanted us to pass on their appreciation of the ceremony to you so we just wanted to let you know that all our guests felt so welcome, included and thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony.
On behalf of myself and Enda, thank you so much for all the work, preparation and time you gave the process for such an amazing outcome. Thank you,
– Lisa and Enda, wedding conducted at Moyvalley Hotel, Co. Kildare, 21 November 2015
[*Editor’s note: the excellent photographer and video guys were there in plenty of time but the bride unwittingly gave them the slip! They were on campus but awaiting the bride’s arrival elsewhere, missed the bride processing in at the beginning, so, when the wedding was over, we did a re-take for the video and photo album of the arrival of the bridal party!]
It was perfect, just as we wanted it to be honest, wouldn’t change a thing!!
– Michelle and Ciaran, wedding conducted 12 September 2015, Kettles Hotel, Swords, Co. Dublin
In the name of all our guests thank you very much once again, you really made the ceremony so relaxed yet very emotional and personal – despite all the very-hard-to-pronounce Hungarian names 🙂
Was looking through some photographs of our wedding and when I saw this I thought you might like to have a copy. Wonderful memories of a wonderful day.
– Annemarie & Eamon, Humanist wedding ceremony 31 July 2015
Thanks a mil Joe for everything.
– Lorraine & Alan, wedding conducted at Station House Kilmessan 26 July 2015
We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for marrying us. You made the day so personal and special for us. Everyone we spoke to praised you and exclaimed how you made it so relaxed for everyone.
We are so glad we found you and that you to did the ceremony.
Yes Joe we are more than happy for you to use the video. We felt like it embodies the feeling of the day.
Thank you again Joe
– Trevor and Judith, wedding conducted at Mount Druid, Co. Westmeath, 21 July 2015
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As Mick so aptly said, you set the tone for the day. It was just perfect. I know from Mick how much thought and effort you put into it. Joe if I could freeze a period in time it would be my wedding ceremony, as to me the most beautiful ceremony was my own. Mick and myself have been together many years, a relationship built on mutual respect, a solid friendship and great affection and love. Through our ceremony which you guided us through I truly believe this was reflected. We thank you for what was and probably will always be the best day of our lives.
– Maeve and Mick, wedding conducted at Ghan House, Carlingford, Co. Louth, 6 July 2015
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Joe, we both want to pass on our thanks and gratitude to you for making our day so special, and for playing such a big part in helping the day be so, so personnel.
From the first time we met you in Kells, through to your guidance on the ceremony; from your experience in letting us know what would work well, through to helping Shane and his Best man & Groomsman that morning. All of it, every little bit, made the ceremony you conducted special in a way that can be only summed up by saying, there is no other way we would ever have done it.
All the read throughs we done prior to the ceremony didn’t do justice to prepare us for how beautifully you delivered it. You brought humour, sensitivity and character to our day. You made us feel relaxed throughout, and by doing that, you made everyone in that circle relaxed watching it. Your generosity with the readers, with our parents and with all who played there little part – it made it feel so inclusive for everyone. Listening to the words leap from paper to the ceremony brought on emotions that we just could not have prepared for.
Humanism, for the majority of people there, was an unknown, it was just a word when they took their seats. But by the end of it, humanism was about people, about friendship and about love to everyone there. People were blown away. Their eyes were opened. Shane’s aunt, who is a nun, and his Uncle, who is a Christian brother, loved every minute of it. So many people came up and said it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever attended.
So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for playing such a big role in making the day, the ceremony and our wedding such an enchanting memory.
Thank you so much! We really can’t speak highly enough of you and what you brought to our wedding day.
– Caroline and Shane, wedding conducted at Boyne Hill Estate, Navan, Co Meath 26 June 2015
We loved our ceremony, it was absolutely perfect and just what we wanted. Relaxed, fun and, most of all, everyone talked about how much they loved it afterwards.
-Dena and Craig, Wedding conducted at the Grand Hotel, Moate, Co. Westmeath 13 Dec 2014
Hi Joe, hope you’re well.
We just wanted to say a big thank you for the ceremony you performed at our wedding on the 5th of December in Ballybeg house. We thought it was amazing, extremely intimate and you added great personality to the ceremony.
I (Daniel) personally want to thank you for the guidance you gave me and Eddie on the day – it meant I could enjoy the ceremony and not worry about anything, I wasn’t nervous at all.
We wish you well in everything you do, as more weddings go down the humanist route hopefully our paths cross again.
– Kate and Daniel, Wedding conducted 5 December 2014 at Ballybeg House, Co. Wicklow
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– Lachlan and Nicola, Wedding conducted at Cashel Palace Hotel, Co. Tipperary, 16 Oct 2014
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Just wanted to send a message to thank you so much for our beautiful wedding ceremony.
We loved every minute of it, and everyone has been saying how much they enjoyed it.
It’s a relatively new thing for Carrigart to have a Humanist ceremony, and it certainly was a great hit!!
Thanks again so much for all your help with everything from day one…..you really made it all very easy and relaxing for us…such a special day.
We would not hesitate in recommending you to anyone who is looking for a Humanist celebrant.
– Sinead + Kenneth, Wedding conducted at Cuan na Ri, Carrigart, County Donegal, 11 October 2014
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Everyone was so relaxed and it was more than what we wished for!
Words cannot express our thanks for our special day, it was a beautiful ceremony, so touching and personal. It felt like us. Thank you for you guidance and advice and for just being you, for your patience with our nerves, to your warm nature with our group. Your humour and sentiment made a lasting impression on us and our family and friends. It was a day dedicated to us, and our friendship and love for each other and one we will truly never forget.
– Deirdre and Chris, Wedding conducted at Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, 12 Sept 2014
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Just wanted to say a big massive thank you for conducting our ceremony. It was amazing! A day we will always remember. And a thank you for your time and work in making the ceremony as special as it was. We were extremely lucky with the sunshine and we were extremely happy that we could have it outside like we always wanted. It was truly amazing!
Hopefully our paths will cross again in the future
– Ciara and Liam, Wedding conducted at Doonbeg Lodge, Co. Clare, 6 Sept 2014.
Would just like to say a huge warm thank you! We were so pleased with our ceremony, you really made it exactly how we wanted, easy going, full of happiness and laughter. We are both really thankful. Everyone was saying how they enjoyed it, and it was so different to normal weddings. Everyone felt included. I really think you set the tone for the day!
Thank you so much Joe, really from the bottom of our hearts! Your ceremony started the day off as we always wanted it, and the happiness & joy continued til (a very late) bedtime!
Thank you Joe for making our wedding day amazing…..it was truly the best day of our lives….so many great comments from our guests about the ceremony, and about yourself and how you made it very enjoyable and personal for us…I wish you all the best for the future….
Again thanking you so so much,
– Wedding conducted in Silver Tassie Hotel, County Donegal, 31 May 2014
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We just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you so much for conducting our wedding ceremony, we both had a fabulous day and the ceremony was even better than we ever could have hoped for. Many of our guests also told us they thought you were brilliant & the ceremony was beautiful.
– Wedding conducted in Darver Castle, County Louth, 25 May 2014
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Thank you so much for conducting a wonderful ceremony and making our wedding even more special. We won’t forget the day ever and thank you for that. Some guests who had never been to a Humanist ceremony said how much they loved it and found it personal and really warming and loved how you included our son in it.’
– Wedding conducted in Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin, 24 May 2014
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Thanks very much, you did a great job putting everyone at their ease with your professionalism and humour – we had a fantastic day from start to finish with a lot of help from you.
I’m glad now you encouraged us to incorporate more music and readings to enhance the ceremony – everyone really enjoyed it.
– Wedding conducted in Dylan Hotel, Dublin, 16 May 2014
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I just wanted to thank you again for conducting our wedding ceremony, and all the work you put into it. It was so special and personal to us. All our family and friends thought it was wonderful and are still talking about it, and I’m sure they will be still talking about it for a long time to come. The warm and relaxed atmosphere you created at the ceremony set the tone for the day.
– Sarah and Gerard, Wedding conducted in Middleton Park House, County Westmeath, 2 May 2014