Tara & Dan Todd
photo: Justin Heyes Photography
My name is Tara Todd, Humanist Celebrant and founder of Free Spirit Celebrants.
I was first introduced to celebrant work when I was planning my own wedding.
Here's my love story and the journey that brought me to this work:
It was always my dream growing up to see Ireland, and in the fall of 2015 that dream became a reality. Myself, my family and my two best friends booked a big tour of England, Scotland and Ireland for two weeks. It was everything I always hoped it would be - we would see historic sights and beautiful landscapes by day, and my friends and I would venture out at night. When we travelled through Glasgow, my friends and I decided to check out a local bar that had been recommended to us. It was that night that I met Dan, my now husband.
Nothing exciting happened that night, no fireworks or love at first sight. We all just had a wonderful night out, exchanged contact info at the end, and parted ways. A year later, I made a trip back to Ireland. I was on my own this time, no friends for company at the pubs. So naturally, I reached out to the only person I knew on that side of the pond. I didn't realize at the time that it was a bit ridiculous to ask someone to fly to Dublin for a night out (it is another country after all). But after some deliberation and a few beers, Dan decided the hour flight was worth the company. And so we met in Dublin.
That is the night my life changed. We spent the evening talking, laughing, and enjoying the live music at Temple Bar. The place was decked out in Christmas decorations and magic was in the air. The two of us knew that we had stumbled onto something special. When he returned to Scotland and me to America, we knew the odds were against us. We knew a trans-Atlantic relationship meant making some big decisions pretty quickly. And so naturally, we decided to get married.
Which brings us to a year down the road and finding the perfect person to create our special day.
Our experience working with a celebrant for our wedding opened my eyes to how truly special a ceremony can be. Donna made our day unique, personal, meaningful and memorable. And I remember thinking, wow. What an incredible service to be able to offer to others. So here I am now, looking to bring the same incredible experience and joy to others who are looking to celebrate their love in their own way.
If you are interested in working with a celebrant for your special day, please reach out to us via the form below. We can't wait to create an inspired ceremony just for you.
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What is Humanism?
"Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism or other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good."
– American Humanist Association
What is a humanist celebrant?
Humanist celebrants conduct humanist, nonreligious, and interreligious weddings and other life cycle ceremonies. They are typically accorded the same rights and privileges as members of clergy. You do not need to identify as humanist to work with a humanist celebrant!
What does humanism mean to me?
Humanism is a philosophy for those in love with life. It is about recognizing intuitive feelings and living for the here and now - using the imagination and pursuing reason and science for the betterment of the self, the community, and the world as a whole.