Angela Maughan, an ordained independent celebrant, was delighted to marry her daughter and partner, Jess and Ross, in December of last year. She says: “Jess and Ross didn’t want to ask me to officiate as they thought it would be a workday for me, I offered as what a privilege and honour to be able to marry my daughter and her partner.”
Although guests at the wedding were limited by Covid-19 restrictions, with tables for the reception physically distanced with no more than 6 at a table, no music after ceremony and no dancing, Angela adds, “Having less then twenty there it was intimate, and very meaningful. I don’t think it detracted from the day at all and I don’t think Jess and Ross feel cheated at all.”
Jess also said “The wedding day itself was great, it was such a great day and I'm so glad we went ahead. I don't feel we missed out at all—it would have been nice to have a few extra guests, but we live-streamed the ceremony so that the people who couldn't be there could take part.”
Angela and Jess are grateful to the local businesses who helped make the day so successful: Jillian at Something Special flowers, Kirsty McPherson Hair and Make Up, The Bridal Boutique of Monifieth, Iain Struthers Photography and Murrayshall Country House Hotel.
“The businesses were all amazing,” says Jess, “and were so helpful throughout the planning despite the disruption covid caused. And obviously the biggest thanks to my mum, she was amazing. Wrote such a great ceremony which perfectly fitted me and Ross as a couple, she was also so helpful in the planning and setting up especially as a lot of it was left to the last 2 weeks as we needed to wait on finding on which tier we would be in. She made it much less stressful!”
Angela spoke about her won emotions when officiating, saying, “I was okay up until the music came on and then I felt a huge rush of emotion which I was able to settle and we got through the whole ceremony without any tears, but with lots of laughter.
“Throughout the whole process I did always joke to them that I would invoice them later, I haven’t as yet… it is my gift to them.”
Jess and Ross weren’t able to go on a honeymoon, but plan to go away to celebrate once it’s safe to travel.
In addition to officiating at wedding ceremonies, Angela also offers support with spiritual guidance and helps to support individuals experiencing grief and loss. She began her training as an ordained celebrant in 2012. Her celebrancy wasn’t about the ceremonies, but friends asked her to help with a funeral and then a wedding and she has never looked back.
Find out more about Angela's services here: https://www.facebook.com/angela.maughan14
Images by Iain Struthers Photography