Tara & Dan Todd
photo: Justin Heyes Photography
We are Dan & Tara Todd, Humanist Celebrants and founders of Free Spirit Celebrants.
We were first introduced to celebrant work when we was planning our own wedding.
Here's our love story and the journey that brought both of us to this work:
It was always Tara's dream growing up to see Ireland, and in the fall of 2015 that dream became a reality. Tara, her family and her two best friends booked a big tour of England, Scotland and Ireland for two weeks. It was everything she always hoped it would be - they would see historic sights and beautiful landscapes by day, and herself and her friends would venture out at night. When they travelled through Glasgow, the girls decided to check out a local bar that had been recommended to us. It was that night that Tara met Dan, her 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, she made a trip back to Ireland. Tara was on her own this time, no friends for company at the pubs. So naturally, she reached out to the only person she knew on that side of the pond. She 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 they met in Dublin.
That is the night their lives changed. They 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 them knew that they had stumbled onto something special. When he returned to Scotland and her to America, they knew the odds were against them. They knew a trans-Atlantic relationship meant making some big decisions pretty quickly. And so naturally, Dan & Tara decided to get married.
Which brings us to a year down the road and finding the perfect person to create our special day.
Dan & Tara's experience working with a celebrant for their wedding opened their eyes to how truly special a ceremony can be. Donna made their day unique, personal, meaningful and memorable. And they both remember thinking, wow. What an incredible service to be able to offer to others. So Tara sought further education and completed a Master Celebrant certification, followed by gaining her endorsement through the American Humanist Society. Soon after her Celebrant journey, her husband Dan completed the same masters course that she had. So here they are now, hoping 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.
484-752-5494 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving the Greater Philadelphia area.
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.