Veronika Sophia Robinson of Heart-led Ceremonies is a celebrant based in Cumbria with a background in communication and writing.

About Veronika

Hi, I’m Veronika. My career background has always involved communication and writing, and these skills and gifts are what I bring to each ceremony.

From officiating my first outdoor wedding in New Zealand 25 years ago, to my most recent ones here in the north of England, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the most fabulous couples and families. My outdoor ceremonies have included places such as a marae in New Zealand, stone circles in England, beaches, mountains, meadows, gardens, vineyards and orchards. I’ve always been a nature lover, and do a happy dance when I am booked for an outdoor ceremony.

I specialise in eco-burials and have officiated at a variety of natural burial sites in Cumbria.

Regardless of the ceremony type, I have my own sound system so that your guests can hear me. Every person I create a ceremony for sees the complete script beforehand so they can be assured their stories have not only been heard correctly but have been written beautifully and with creative flair.

My passion for all things ceremony related extends to being the editor of The Celebrant magazine, and founder/tutor at Heart-led Ceremonies Celebrant training. I bring 25 years of experience, professionalism and understanding so you can be confident that your ceremony will be in safe and reliable hands.

Whatever the rite of passage, the ceremony is YOURS. My ceremonies range from traditional to alternative to contemporary, and are based on the beliefs and wishes of the people I work for. They may include religious, spiritual or humanist elements if desired.

My role is to create, write and officiate beautiful, unique ceremonies specifically for each couple/family that I work with. I will spend, on average, about 20 hours per couple so that the ceremony is seamless and reflects what is meaningful. I’m a specialist in ritual and bring symbolic elements to the ceremonies I create. For funerals, my time investment per family is somewhere between 10 and 15 hours on average.

I offer all types of bonding ceremonies: weddings, vow renewals, civil partnerships, handfastings; as well as eco-burials, memorials, interment of ashes and cremation services. I am experienced in all rites of passage, including menarche, sagesse, blessingway, new home blessing, parting of the ways, and so on.


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  • Caroline Syddall

    Veronika officiated at my husband’s woodland burial ceremony in December 2018. Actually ‘officiated’ doesnt even come close. Veronika spent a lot of time with me getting to know my husband and gently guiding me through the options for the ceremony. The service she created was simply beautiful; she really captured the essence of who my husband was. I remember glancing across at one of my husband’s closest friends at the end of the ceremony and she just beamed at me and mouthed ‘perfect’. And it was.
    Veronika is a lovely, genuine and caring person. I would have no hesitation recommending her to anyone looking for a celebrant.

    12th February 2020

    • Veronika

      oh Caroline. Thank you so much for your kind and generous review. I will never forget his beautiful ceremony in the gorgeous (freezing!) ancient woodland, and the stories you shared with me about his life. I hope you’re well. xxx

      12th February 2020

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