Awards that recognise truly outstanding celebrants

2019 Winners

national celebrant awards

Family and Couple Category


Top wedding planner Vanessa Harness

Marriage expert, Professor Rebecca Probert.

Vanessa presented the awards.

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    Most promising Celebrant

    This category is for new celebrants – who are making their mark!

    Winner - Grace Jevons

    The judges said that nominations for Grace really stood out. The couples whose weddings she had conducted attested to her commitment, support, enthusiasm, attention to detail, and thoughtful additional touches, including keepsake boxes after the wedding. They said how special she had made their day and how the ceremony she had put together was a perfect reflection of them as a couple making them feel calm and excited all at the same time. 

    Runner Up - Sarah-Jayne Hall

    The nominations for Sarah covered a wide range of ceremonies and praised her professionalism, warmth, and ability to create really moving ceremonies. Her humour and attention to detail was praised alongside her ability to create wonderfully personal and emotive ceremonies

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    Celebrants' Choice

    This new category is where other celebrants rate other celebrants highly - celebrants nominating celebrants!

    Winner - Lucy Sonia Taylor

    The enthusiastic nominations for Lucy described how she gets to the meaning of a couple’s wedding day and getting ‘close to everyone’s heart and soul, on their wedding day.’ Lucy was said to have the ability to touch everyone during not only at the ceremony itself but also in the run up to the wedding.

    Runner Up - Wayne Corbett

    Wayne was described as ‘fantastic’, ‘professional’ and ‘caring’ and those nominating him noted how he was held in high regard by those who had asked him to carry out a funeral service. Wayne was described as a very caring individual, extremely compassionate and professional.

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    Influencing the Wider Profession

    Winner - Sophie Easton

    Nominations described Sophie’s influence on the wider profession through setting up a company focusing on outdoor weddings and promoting celebrants and the different types of ceremonies they offer. She widely regarded by her colleagues and other professionals.

    Runner Up - Greg Dukeson

    Greg was described as ‘amazing at what he does’ and his care and concern for the families whose funerals he had conducted was very evident.


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    Outstanding Celebrancy

    Winner - Judy Mansfield

    From the numerous glowing nominations received, it was clear that Judy is a total professional who really does go the ‘extra mile’ and always exceeds expectations.  Couples praised the research that she had undertaken in order to deliver a very personal ceremony for them – one commented that it was ‘if she had known us for years’. This attention to detail was particularly clear in the extra touches that many of them mentioned – such as bringing a mannequin for the bride’s mother’s own wedding dress. As one bride said, she had made ‘every single guest at our wedding, feel as though they were a part of our day and our story – which is EXACTLY what we wanted.’

    Runner Up - Dawn Rees

    Going ‘above and beyond’ was very evident in the nominations for Dawn Rees. Couples emphasised how she had taken time to get to know them, and the bridal party members in detail and crafted a very personal ceremony for them. In one case this required a high degree of empathy and sensitivity as the groom’s mother had died unexpectedly a few weeks before the wedding. In another case she had toy dinosaurs waiting for the young ring-bearer having learnt that he was obsessed with dinosaurs!

Funeral Celebrant Category


Dr Hannah Rumble, funeral researcher and academic,

Alun Tucker, funeral director and President of SAIF

Natasha Bradshaw who is the Superintendent at Mortlake Crematorium.


Awards presented by represented by Andrew Hickson, funeral director and owner of Kingfisher Funerals 

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    Most Promising Funeral Celebrant

    Winner - Deborah Page

    Debbie stood out as all her client families and professional colleagues recognised she brought something extra to her role. Deborah offers her families extended support above and beyond being their celebrant. She is recognised for taking her time with fantastic tributes and storytelling.

    Runner Up - Grace Jevons

    Grace received many nominations from clients and funeral directors alike who recognised her as having a gift for writing accurate but heart-felt, eloquent eulogies, described as being "nothing short of amazing". She delivers ‘difficult funerals’ with flair and was said to go above and beyond what was asked of her.

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    Celebrants' Choice - Funeral

    Winner - Wayne Evans

    Wayne was said to be incredibly supportive to new members to the industry and an invaluable mentor. Always at the end of the phone with guidance and encouragement if needed. Wayne wins this award in recognition of that support and mentorship to other celebrants working in his area. He is clearly appreciated by fellow celebrants.

    Runner Up - Julie Kay

    Julie deserves this recognition because she is acknowledged by colleagues as working tirelessly to promote funeral standards and the celebrancy profession. Colleagues have been inspired by her ethos to funeral celebrancy and state she is "well deserving of an award for all she does for families, the network and for the celebrants she inspires." 

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    Funeral Directors' Choice

    Winner - Sharon Weaver

    Sharon received many nominations from funeral professionals, all of whom had nothing but gratitude for Sharon's guidance and professionalism when organising baby funerals. "Outstanding" and "simply the best" were comments found in her nominations, from families and colleagues alike!  

    Runner Up - Greg Dukeson

    Greg was described as versatile with the ability to be very formal and very traditional if required and he can also be very funny when it is right. Yet always regarded as professional. He cares deeply about his service to bereaved families as well as having a real flair for celebrancy.

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    Influencing the Wider Profession

    Winner - Sharon Weaver

    Sharon is thoroughly deserving of this award as she was consistently nominated for nearly all the categories! In particular, Sharon stood out because of her dedication to undertaking neo-natal and baby funerals and helping bereaved parents, as well as the charitable works she does around pregnancy loss. She has supported and offered guidance to other celebrants developing their skills to confidently support bereaved parents.

    Runner-Up - Julie Kay

    Julie woks tirelessly to promote better funerals, and raise the standards and expectations of celebrants, whether they are new or established. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed!

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    Outstanding Funeral Celebrancy

    Winner - Sally Ward

    One of Sally’s nominations read - “We will cherish her words forever, she captured the real meaning of my Grandma’s life, her sense of adventure, her morals, her strength beautifully: She also talked about the years of her illness with real compassion and honesty.” Sally had nominations from client families and funeral professionals alike and what came through strongly was how heartfelt they were, recognising Sally's professionalism and gratitude for her services.

    Runner Up - Sue Lawther-Brown

    Sue deserves recognition for successfully helping families negotiate tragic family deaths and offer solace to the family in the process. All her nominations mentioned her work as outstanding and that she was a truly wonderful person.