About Mary Richards
I’m a down-to-earth true Yorkshire bred celebrant (in Cumbria - temporary visa!) and like Yorkshire’s famous tea I’m a blend of characteristics; warm, caring, fun-loving, creative, practical, no-nonsense approach, and sometimes just a little bit crazy. I can be straightforward and casual or eloquent and sophisticated but asking me to put on a posh accent might be pushing it a bit! I can talk clearly though so don’t worry if your guests aren’t from Yorkshire, they will still be able to understand me.
My celebrant business is fairly new (born a month before the first Covid lockdown - great timing!!) but that doesn’t mean I’m not experienced. Prior to training as a celebrant, I was a Deputy Superintendent Registrar for a County Council conducting legal marriage ceremonies as well as naming ceremonies and renewal of vows.
I have conducted over 200 ceremonies and learned a lot about the issues facing the happy couple; from the perils of having a ‘big’ dress to dealing with animals at ceremonies, and because of this I can offer a few hints and tips you may find useful. I started my business as a celebrant because I felt I could offer couples much more choice, more flexibility, and much more attention, without the restrictions of a Civil or Religious marriage.
I am married to Mark, (10 years in April 2022) we moved to West Cumbria from Yorkshire in 2016 and we are so lucky to have sea views and a beach within half a mile of where we live. Looking out at the sea, in all types of weather, helps me focus on the ceremonies I write. There's just oxmething about the power of nature that is inspiring.
I enjoy watching comedy films, shows, and comedians, My favourite comedians used to be Morecambe and Wise but that may have been because my Dad looked like Eric and could do the paper bag trick just as well as him. I'm not saying I'm the biggest fan on earth but I love Superhero and action films both Marvel and DC Comics such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, and Sci-fi such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate, and so much more - they are my escapism and my aspiration!
Why not arrange a no-obligation chat so you can get to know me personally to see if I am the right celebrant for you.