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About Dawn Rees – Humanist Celebrant

“You made sure we had the ceremony we absolutely wanted. You asked whether we wanted to include Sri Lankan elements and we are so glad we said yes. Unforgettable! Everyone said so!” 

About Me

Humanist ceremonies – weddings, namings, vow renewals, transition days and celebration days……. I love them all. 

Becoming a humanist celebrant was one of the best decisions I ever made – I chose life and to live it fully. To be honest, I chose humanism as a deliberate act of rebellion. Once you get to know me, you’ll see that rebellious twinkle in my eye!

Whilst I respect other people’s beliefs and culture, religion isn’t for me and I saw humanism as a way of celebrating my fundamental values – kindness, fairness, love, equality, fun and compassion. I decided to take these values and share them with others by creating wonderfully personal and unique humanist ceremonies.  

Dawn Rees

My Background

Before I became a humanist celebrant I spent many years working in senior roles for the government  before retiring.  Subsequently as self-employed entrepeneur I set up 3 companies, working internationally as a business consultant, business coach and public speaker until 2021.

As I moved on, I wasn’t ready to stop but I was ready to refocus.  I trained as a Humanist celebrant in 2017 and slowly shifted my focus from business to being a celebrant.

I truly feel like I’m living my best life – it’s never too late to discover new adventures. 

People often ask me why I am a celebrant and my honest answer is that it uses the best of me – what I do, how I am, what I’ve learned and who I am.

I’ve finally melded all the experience and learning into one place, and I am happy with that.

It feels like coming home. 

As for the rest…. 

I love travelling, I love my man more than anything in the world. I love swimming. I love cooking for the masses that seem to appear regularly around our table. I’m easy-going with a strong sense of the ridiculous. I love watching our grown-up children thrive and our two grandchildren develop.

I love watching the sun go down and being in our campervan in a quiet place. I love live music and dancing in a crowd of people.  I also value solitude. I love conversation, novel ideas, quirky people, and my home.  I collect far too many cookery books. I have a beautiful black Labrador called Ted.

That’s me. Living in the here and now is what I do. That’s how I feel about life – and it’s a bit like the ceremony you are planning.

There will be only one –  so between us we’d better make it extraordinary! 

You probably have lots more questions, so click over to my FAQ page and the please get in touch for a initial chat. 

Dawn Rees

Photos on this page are used with huge thanks to many of the wonderful photographers I have worked with over the years. Details of all those I recommend can be found on my Inspiring Wedding Suppliers Page.