Anne made our wedding day magical. Though our French wedding was ceremonial as an exchange of vows only (unable to be official due to local laws), we still think of the ceremony Anne performed as our true wedding day and celebrate it as our anniversary. We initially debated the need for an officiant, but after working with Anne, we cannot imagine it any other way. She led us gently through the process from the beginning, encouraging us to write our own vows, and as importantly, to select readings for her and for our witnesses/friends to share.
These made the ceremony so warm and personal.
All of Anne’s special touches truly made us feel that our entire ceremony was unique and tailored specifically to us. Our only regret is that she couldn’t perform our legal wedding back in Texas! Thank you, Anne. You will always be such a special part of our togetherness and our memories.
Mark and Angela Niblett (Houston, Texas)
Firstly I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of our wedding. In a foreign land, as beautiful as it can be, we were but just the two of us...until you arrived. You brought with you a beautiful energy and became a close friend within moments, even helped me with my dress and made jokes with our photographer. We can't imagine anyone else marrying us but you. Even in the ferocious cliff-top winds, whilst trying to hold your skirt down, you delivered a wonderful ceremony, one so personalised and intimate.
Aishika and Paul DeGatesbury (Australia)
Anne, Christian and I wanted to say thank you again for the huge part you played in our wedding. The ceremony you created with us was personal, intimate and original, everything we could have ever wished for. Our family and friends have been highly complimentary towards you and told us how much they enjoyed speaking with you. We wanted you to know that it has been a pleasure getting to know you; we think you have the perfect demeanor and qualities to be a wedding celebrant and wish you all the very best in love, life and happiness. With our best regards,
Christian & Kirsty (London, UK)
Anne- thank you so much for guidance and support throughout the run up to our beautiful wedding. The ceremony was the most important part of the day and it truly reflected what Leo and I wanted to say to each other, and to our family and friends. It set the tone for the most wonderfully happy, relaxed and joyful day. Thank you for putting us at ease when we were nervous, and enjoying the experience with us. We wish you all the best,
Esme and Leo Faulkner (Los Angeles)
Anne brought our wedding ceremony to life; she created a beautiful, touching and loving service that was not only deeply appreciated by my husband and me but by all of our guests. Our friends and families continuously came up to us all throughout our wedding reception to tell us how much they loved and appreciated our ceremony and how blessed they felt to have been apart of it.
Anne listened to all of our requests, concerns, and personal preferences when it came to creating our service. Even though we were very far away from each other, us in Los Angeles and Anne in Cannes, she spent the time to get to know us over Skype and in person when we could visit. We highly recommend Anne to any couple looking for a deeply personal, moving, and unique ceremony. Thank you Anne for creating such a glorious moment in our life.
Sarah and Adam Leber (Los Angeles)
Laura and I just wanted to say thank you (so much!) again for helping us put together and perform our ceremony. The declarations were one of the biggest hits of the wedding and we had numerous people come up to us afterwards to compliment us on them. The same people were likewise highly complimentary about you and felt that the service was one of the nicest and most personal they had ever been to, so we wanted to pass this on. From our side we are also very grateful for your patience with us and for your wonderfully calming influence. I think we were both a lot more relaxed than we might otherwise have been and that certainly made the ceremony itself a lot less nerve-wracking! I want to echo Staff's thanks and appreciation to you. Our guests loved the ceremony and they couldn't get enough of you! My Grandmother Edith loved speaking with you too, Anne.
Laura and Stafford Lowe
Our wedding was absolutely beautiful, with a ceremony that was spiritually uplifting and emotionally moving. We were very touched by the way you kindly coached and supported us into creating our vows. They were personal and unique, and we will always treasure these heartfelt words. They will be our guidebooks well into our marriage. Our children were also brought into the ceremony with special moments, which was very important for all of us. Overall you elegantly and caringly provided us with a lovely wedding and I truly believe that anyone would be blessed to be married by you.....We were!
Michelle and Daniel Bednar
Anne came highly recommended by my wedding planner and exceeded all of my expectations. Following our first Skype session (I live in the U.S.), I knew Anne was the person for us. She is so authentic and was genuinely excited for our upcoming nuptuals. She took great care in designing our ceremony and helped guide us in writing our vows and declarations of love. We always felt supported and greatly cared for during the entire process. Our ceremony was lovely and more then we could have hoped for. I can't thank her enough for making our special day... well, that much more special!!!
Cecilia & Paul Levin (Los Angeles)
We arrived home yesterday and are both suffering from jet lag, but have had the most wonderful holiday in France.
Thank you once again for all your assistance, we had the most wonderful wedding, it was just perfect. You even fulfilled my wish for a lovely balmy evening at The Chateau Chevre d'Or. I still get emotional when I think of our time at The Chateau and our wedding. I do not recall ever seeing Ross cry, so you must have done a really good job. It was quite a challenge to try and organize everything from Tasmania, so I do appreciate your help with all my questions and suggesting our lovely photographer Rebecca, who made us feel so relaxed while being photographed.
We will remember our wedding day and stay at Eze for the rest of our lives and thank you for playing your part in making our wedding such a special event. I really hope I can email one day to request you to perform a renewal of vows at The Chateau Chevre d'Or.
Annette and Ross Smedley (Tasmania)
We wanted to Thank you again for such a beautiful ceremony for our 30th vow renewal. It was such a pleasure to meet you and we feel we could not have come in contact with a better more pleasant kinder person than what we found in you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts...we will always treasure that beautiful day. Click here if you would like to see the video montage that Marta did. Thank you again and much love to you and a very happy life for you.
Cheri and Buddy Linn
Both my new husband and I would like to thank Anne for our delightful service. The ceremony was simple and beautifully delivered. Anne took our personalities into account and created a ceremony that was just perfect for us. Thank you for making our ceremony so special.
Katie and Richard Mathews
I wanted to send you an official thank you for making Saturday's ceremony exactly what the couple wanted. It was simple, straight forward and perfect. Thanks again for being so patient with all of our schedules...in the end, the tone you set was exactly what they wanted. Thanks for sharing this day with us and I do hope to have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.
Nicky Reinhard, Wedding Planner, New York
We wanted to say a huge thank you for our beautiful ceremony. We had the most amazing day and we felt that the ceremony you wrote really reflected perfectly us as a couple and the feel of our day. Many of our guests said they loved the words and what a great start it was to the celebrations and our married life together. We really appreciate the effort and time you put in with us to get to know us. It was very important for us to get the ceremony "right" and you exceeded our expectations so we feel very lucky to have found you!
Lilly and Martin Santo
After 13 years of marriage, my wife, Isabelle, and I decided that it was important for us, and our family, that we renew our wedding vows. Being honest, I initially was more a "follower" than a leader in this event but I came to truly embrace the idea slowly...surely...then strongly, as the event came closer. In the end it was a beautiful and moving event and Reverend Anne Naylor orchestrated a wonderful day for Isabelle, myself and our family that we'll never forget.
Isabelle, who is French, moved to Canada 15 years ago with two beautiful daughters and we were wed in a backyard, small ceremony with family and close friends. Since that time, two other daughters have joined our family so we now have 4 daughters, aged 22 to 7!
When we began planning for our renewal of vows we had several goals in mind. We wanted it to be held in France where Isabelle's parents live and where we have a house and enjoy some of our best moments together. We wanted it to be small and intimate with a focus on family and renewal. We wanted our smaller children to play a role (as obviously they didn't play a role first time around!). We wanted to express ourselves in our own words and what our dedication and commitment to each other meant to us. We wanted the "right" tone of the seriousness of the day and words and event to be balanced with an air of casualness, fun and family. Thanks, in large measure, to Anne, we achieved all these goals and, I think, a lot more.
We intially "met" Anne via Internet and then had various organizational telephone calls. Anne's style immediately resonated with us and she eased us effortlessly through various options for us to consider. Her experience, touch, understanding, and sense of humour (!) were perfect for us. We agreed on a "program" and she guided us both collectively, and individually, on some things to consider as that program was written, fine-tuned and massaged. In the end, the messages that Anne wrote and provided at the ceremony, and that we wrote and delivered ourselves, were so personalized and totally on point and germane to who we were, that the day was a perfect success and truly exceeded what we could have hoped for. For Isabelle and I, and for our family, it was a day that truly represented the solemnity but also the celebration of the renewal and dedication that we were all looking for. It was a wonderful day and event, and we truly thank Anne for making it so. Thanks Anne!
Isabelle and Blair Fleming
Thank you for conducting our wedding ceremony in such a lovely way on Friday. We really enjoyed it, as did all our guests who thought it was lovely, thoughtful and very personal. It was exactly what we were looking for in our wedding. We had a great dinner afterwards, dancing around the pool in the moonlight and cocktails until dawn (when some of our guests did indeed jump in the pool). It was perfect.
Thank you again, we are so happy you were part of our wedding in France.
Nina and Padriac Moore
As I stood there, the sand between my toes, nervously waiting for my bride to turn up, my eyes flicked around me. Surrounding us on all sides was a circle comprising of all our friends and family and not a few curious local beach-goers, my heart rate went wild and my mind began to race. As I had done throughout the day, I sought out a face that I knew would calm my fears and keep me firmly on track, that face was Anne's.
She was without doubt the coolest person on the whole beach, despite being in charge of the whole thing! Her natural energy, supreme confidence and deep but down-to-earth spirituality gave our ceremony exactly the feeling we had dreamt of.
When we started planning our wedding it quickly became clear that the blessing was the most important part to us and we needed someone who could both direct, providing the guiding hands us novices needed, and listen and understand just what we were after and what it meant for us. Thanks to a great friend of ours, we found that person in Anne.
It was such a smooth yet truly enjoyable process from start to finish. The Skype chat, where we met (sounds a bit dodgy now but wasn't... I promise!) was hilarious, relaxed and yet really helpful. After an hour of throwing out ideas and discussing ourselves and each other, we felt certain that we had found the right person to lead us through the most important hour of our lives.
An excellent wild beach outfit (perfectly fitting our dress code) and highly skilled dancing finished the package off perfectly. Huge, massive, enormous thanks Anne for playing such a crucial role in our day. It was fantastic and we are still smiling.
Luke and Katherine Norman
We found Anne through a blog on destination weddings (we live in California and married in the south of France). When we went to her website and saw all the great things that previous clients had said about her, we had high expectations… Well, she exceeded our expectations by a long shot.
We did not have much of a plan- we just knew we wanted to get married in France and wanted an intimate, non-religious ceremony. We had no idea what we wanted to say in the vows. We emailed with Anne prior to the wedding, and chatted through Skype in order to figure it out. She sent us questions to answer about how we felt towards each other, as well as a large variety of readings and sample vows. It was really nice to actually collaborate, and it gave both my husband & I a reason to stop and think about why we were getting married in the first place!
The day of the wedding was the first opportunity we had to meet in person, and it was obvious that Anne was a complete professional. She was so calm, yet purposeful, and that was a big help because everyone else was in high stress mode, frantically pulling together the last minute details. The ceremony was both moving and personal, and we were so happy with it that we will be sending a bound copy of the vows to each of our guests as part of our Thank Yous. We really enjoyed working with Anne and would recommend her to anyone without question!
Liz and John Blomeyer
On behalf of Ian and myself, I would like to thank you so much for officiating our wedding ceremony. We had an amazing day and everything worked out perfectly. The ceremony was beautiful and was exactly how we imagined it. Zela was also wonderful and everyone enjoyed listening to her especially at the cocktail reception!
Catherine and Ian Feeley
When I began searching for someone to create a ceremony for us, I knew that I wanted something heart-felt and spiritual; however, since I am not a religious person, I did not want it steeped in religious speak. Then I found Anne's website and knew that she was the right choice. Through the whole process, Anne was easy to talk to, supportive and very encouraging. She began the process by making an effort to get to know us through several phone conversations and then went over the many choices that we had for the ceremony.
During the writing process, she was always willing to go over bits and make changes so that we felt comfortable with what was being said. And when we met her, it was as if we'd known her for a long time. Anne's gentle nature and calm demeanor was just what I needed as a slightly nervous bride. She guided us through our ceremony with kindness and sincerity and made it special for both my husband and me, as well as our guests. And after Anne said her goodbyes, our guests were still commenting on what a wonderful, personal ceremony it was. I will always hold that close to my heart and thank Anne immensely for helping us to articulate our feelings for each other and share them with our friends and families.
Alicia Anka and Michael
It’s a kind of Magic
Was it serendipitous, was it coincidence, was it the hand of God, who knows, perhaps only God his/herself knows. Last year my partner of many years and I decided to get married, we live just outside Lorgues and decided to have a family wedding here at our farmhouse. We asked a local Reverend to do our ceremony in the garden for us, we had a few misunderstandings and found that our religious beliefs did not match, my brother in law said ‘for goodness sake Tess find someone else, if you can’t I’ll do it for you’ So I set about finding someone else. Several friends had told me about Anne Naylor, so although we only had a few days to go before the big day, I gave her a ring, friendly welcoming and warm, she was happily free to do our wedding ceremony for us, within minutes she had sent me various different ceremonies to choose from and to add to and take away from. We had the perfect wedding in the garden, moving, simple and quite beautiful, Anne was a star and we were both filled with immense gratitude toward her.
So it is hardly surprising that it is Anne who I turned to when I suddenly found myself in a state of bewilderment and anxiety once we had married. I suppose it isn’t everyday that people marry over the age of fifty and it was the first time for both of us. I was hit with a hurricane loaded with unresolved problems from the past, hidden and stored in ancient memories, tucked away into the depths of my being ‘Ho ho they cried, it’s safe to come out now’ and come out they did. I needed counselling and I needed someone who I could feel totally safe with and who I trusted, I phoned Anne, who explained she usually did one or two long sessions, rather than see somebody once a week, I knew I need a continuum, and asked Anne if would consider once a week. She agreed, and off I trotted to Cannes every week for several months to receive Anne’s guidance, hope, strength, blessings, love, positive energy, and help, we went through some major childhood issues and I would come away from each session feeling renewed hope and clarity, magic was in the air and Anne worked her magic on me, she has been a gift from God and has been my angel on earth working me through some pretty dark days.
Thank you Anne. With love and Blessings
Tessa Baker Nelson
What can we say, Rev Anne made our day so special with her warmth and kindness the ceremony was beautiful and very relaxed. As we had met Anne a couple of days prior to the wedding to finalize our arrangements it made us feel so much at ease on the day. We enjoyed every minute !!
Jackie and Callum Hepburn
Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful wedding ceremony for Hans and I. The wedding day went perfectly. We couldn’t have asked for a better ceremony. It was personal and beautiful and we give you many thanks.
Sarah and Hans Oosten
We would like to say a big Thank You to you for all your fantastic hard work in planning, organizing and of course hosting our blessing for us. It was a very special day for not just us, our families all remarked on how unique and personalized the blessing was that you did for us at the Chevre d'Or. Everything went flawlessly and the whole experience was absolutely perfect. Thank you so much for making our special day even better than we ever imagined.
Chris and Kathy Perkins
The wedding was like a dream. You made our day even more special with your absolutely beautiful ceremony. We really appreciated everything you did for us.
Jason and Lorena Rich
Thank you very much for creating and conducting the ceremony and the wonderful “wows”. Our guests were impressed and touched by the whole thing. I didn’t expect such emotional reaction from them.
We really enjoyed the time we spent together planning the event. It is because you are such a warm and understanding person. Moreover you managed to really personalize the wording according to what we had told you, and that is invaluable. I really enjoyed my wedding makes me want to get married every year. Thank you for fantastic conduct of the ceremony.
I really loved everything!
George and Julia Urumov
Anne took the time to get to know us well over the course of several meetings. She was kind and supportive throughout and extremely generous with her time. We felt Anne really understood what we were aiming for, and was full of excellent ideas that inspired us to write vows that really meant something to us. She designed a wonderful ceremony that exceeded our hopes and wishes, and which our guests also found very moving. It was clear that our marriage was more than a professional assignment for Anne; she genuinely cared about our future happiness.
Jess and Huw Watkins
It was very important to us that we had the right person to conduct our wedding ceremony, and we spent a lot of time looking for someone that we felt comfortable with. We decided that we wanted a non-religious ceremony; although we are spiritual, we do not follow a specific religious denomination and it seemed the only options available were religious or legal services and we wanted something more personal.
We wanted a ceremony that would capture the reasons why we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and how we felt about each other. On our first meeting with Anne it was obvious that she was the right person for us, she totally understood what we wanted to achieve and designed a wonderful symbolic ceremony and helped us with our vows. It was evident that she genuinely cared about our special day and was a great support.
Anne is a lovely lady, who has a serene calming aura that immediately makes you feel relaxed in her company. With Anne you get more than someone to conduct a ceremony, you also get a friend. We had an unforgettable ceremony that was tailor made for us… I don’t think we could have found anyone else who captured it in quite the same way as Anne did. It was a wonderful day.
Claire and Jeff Budd
Anne Naylor received excellent reviews by all of our wedding guests. She is very graceful and charming, and her accent is beautiful. She worked with us before the wedding diligently. She was very flexible and helpful in the process of composing vows and the readings during the ceremony.
Amal and Andy Jezic