I’ve been a celebrant since 2006 and I love it! I started off as we all do offering families support with their loved one’s funerals, with couples celebrating their love and commitment in renewal of vows and with their wee ones in naming or welcoming ceremonies.
In 2009 I had the great joy of conducting my first legal marriage ceremony. I am also very excited that since 31 December 2014 I have been able to marry all couples who ask me to – Scottish equal marriage for all rocks! Over the years I have had the joy of meeting and marrying hundreds of lovely people.
Gerrie and I were honoured to be the first lesbian couple in Scotland to say those immortal words to each other at the first opportunity possible in the wee small hours of 31.12.14. Minutes later I married two of our best women friends and Gerrie then finished the ceremony by marrying two young women friends! What a night! We can thoroughly recommend getting married it’s a fantastic feeling!
It’s hard to call being a celebrant work but although it feels more than that somehow I do take a professional approach and enjoy supporting families with sorting the words they want at funerals and helping couples tease out the best way for them to celebrate their love.
In order to manage my time as a celebrant I am self-employed and all my work involves people at its centre. My life’s career focuses on equality, disability, health and social care. For me this complements my work as a celebrant, really helping me understand people from their own life experiences.
I live in beautiful Prestwick right on the sea front and tend to focus on venues around an hour’s drive away from home. I can also go further afield and can travel all over Scotland. Getting to see many parts of our beautiful country is an added bonus!
Family is important to me. My partner Gerrie and I have been together since 1997 and we have seen our five children grow in to wonderful young people – beautiful too, but then I’m a biased mother!
You can see me in action in the Fellowship’s website and facebook page and also on the Douglas-Scott website and facebook page so do pop into our sites for a visit!
What people have said about my weddings
Joyce and I would just like to say how thankful we are to you for the most beautiful and amazing ceremony, it was everything and more we could have hoped for. Susan you’re truly a special lady, from your words and calming encouragement before the ceremony, to way you delivered our ceremony, there was not one person that did not comment on how wonderful you were and captivated you kept the guests. Everyone expressed how emotional they found it, some said they had experienced a humanist wedding before but one never like ours, it was relaxed and happy and informal and this is down to your brilliance. Thank you for being so understanding and accommodating to myself, even though i trembled with nerves throughout the whole thing. For any person looking for a celebrant, I can’t express enough how lucky they would be to have you be part of it. Nic xxx
We just wanted to send an email to say thank you so much for officiating our wedding at House For An Art Lover on 17 January. We really appreciated everything you did for us from supporting and guiding us writing the ceremony all the way through to the big day. Everyone commented on what a great ceremony it was, a friend of mine even looked into having a humanist wedding next year, unfortunately he lives in England!
We also thought we’d send you this photo of us from the wedding.
Mr & Mrs Stott