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  • Other Ceremonies

  • Funerals

Welcome to Lakes Celebrant

Personable, Memorable Lake District Ceremonies

Have you got an individual story you want to tell here in the Lake District?  I’m Valerie, a qualified Independent Celebrant conducting Wedding Ceremonies, Vow Renewals, Baby Naming Ceremonies, Funerals & Memorial Ceremonies here in the Lake District that suit the personalities of my clients.


As a child, I enjoyed music, reading and storytelling and vividly remember one of my stories on the line of Enid Blyton’s, The Famous Five.  Other passions of mine were sewing, craft and learning languages.  I also spent time at school learning German, French and then Russian and later continued my learning at evening classes as well as spending many years learning Spanish as I love Spain.

Many years later, I am now able to develop my childhood passion for storytelling as well as my love of travelling and getting to know other cultures as I have trained with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants (FPC).  I now work with a small number of clients each year giving you my time and energy to develop and deliver a creative, personal and meaningful ceremony for you.

Many years working in training writing, developing and delivering sessions and courses has been a great foundation for my Celebrant role.

I am also interested in learning about other countries and their individual cultures and interests which I was able to put to good use when I worked as a Lecturer in Business and taught European Studies which was a good excuse to travel extensively in Europe and beyond to America, South America, Asia and Australia and New Zealand.  A part from travelling, I enjoy swimming, yoga, walking, cycling, learning Spanish and playing in a Ukulele band named The Flukes.

I am a Christian and happy to include aspects of religion into your ceremony if you wish equally if you want a non-religious ceremony, I am happy to help you design a ceremony to your wishes.  Although I would describe myself as a traditional wedding person, I am open to different types of ceremony – just tell me your plans and I’ll help you bring them to life.

Although I am not fluent in any language other than English, if you are a couple who wants aspects of your ceremony delivered in another language – either Spanish, German or French, I would be prepared to rise to the challenge for you!  If you are a mixed faith or multi-cultural couple, you may want to talk to me about including some elements of your heritage in your ceremony.

My ceremonies are couple centred and hand-written to reflect the two of you.  I will write your ceremony with love following a lot of thought to make sure that it will be everything you’re both looking for.

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Val Marshall, Lakesceremonies Wedding Celebrant at a styled shoot at Hause Hall Farm, Martindale, in the Lake District.

Val Marshall, Celebrant of Lakesceremonies conducted the wedding ceremony at this styled shoot at Hause Hall Farm a venue for small, intimate weddings which is part of  @ the_rowley_estates who have a number of wedding […]

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10 Ways to personalise the Celebration of Life for your loved one – Sophie, a Family’s tribute.

As we all know, a bereavement is a very emotive and stressful event with families wanting to pay personal tributes to their loved one but not aware of how to go about personalising their Celebration […]

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How to plan for and what to include in a post-Covid Memorial ceremony for your loved one.

Some families have chosen to have a direct cremation for their loved one with the aim of having a memorial ceremony later because of the pandemic and the restrictions both on time available for a […]

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10 great reasons to have your wedding ceremony in Cumbria and the Lake District

Congratulations if you’ve decided to get married and are now looking for your dream wedding ceremony venue.  There are beautiful venues everywhere but here, in Cumbria and the Lake District which is home to England’s […]

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Lakesceremonies – Lake District Celebrant at Park House Barn Lake District styled wedding shoot.

Val Marshall of Lake District based Lakesceremonies added her Celebrant skills to this styled shoot at Park House Farm- a unique barn and events venue located at Faversham, near Milnethorpe in the Lake District for […]

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Lakesceremonies – Lake District Celebrant at CastletownWoodlandWeddings

Val Marshall of Lake District based Lakesceremonies added her Celebrant skills to this styled shoot @ CastletownWoodlandWedding and Events venue located on a private estate at Rockcliffe near Carlisle, near the Lake District, which provided […]

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Will you marry me? Engagements – the tradition and meaning

When do most engagements happen?

2020, wasn’t a great year for weddings with many having to be postponed to 2021 and beyond but what we do know is that couples don’t stop falling in love.

Did you […]

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10 Reasons why a celebrant could be a great choice to conduct your perfect Lake District wedding celebration.

You can have your ceremony written especially for you both.

Your celebrant will spend time with you getting to know you as a couple, and will ask you lots of questions in order to create […]

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How to personalise a baby naming ceremony

A Naming Ceremony celebrates the importance of a baby or child to family and friends taking part in the celebration.  This guide will help you personalise your naming ceremony by including rituals or special actions […]

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How to Plan a Funeral for a loved one virtually.

Planning a funeral for a loved one virtually may be daunting as most of us have never done this before and there are no second chances of getting it right. So here is a simple […]

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‘ From the Loving Cup to Jumping the Broom’ – incorporating symbolic rituals into your Lake District Wedding Ceremony.

Wedding rituals are tried and true symbols of the joining of two people in marriage.  They are the ways that the people present at your wedding, and also everyone else who follows the same traditions […]

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What will my celebrant-led Lake District wedding ceremony Order of Service look like?

Every couples celebrant-led personal, memorable, Lake District wedding ceremony will be different and will give you the opportunity to include your own individual requirements which reflect your own personalities.  You can have your dream celebrant-led […]