A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

Johnny Coleman: Humanist Wedding Celebrant



I live near Cardiff in the Vale of Glamorgan and provide bespoke, hand-crafted, humanist/non-religious ceremonies for weddings, partnerships and renewals of vows in and around South Wales and South-West England. I am also delighted to travel further afield, even abroad, so do ask.

The delight of a humanist wedding ceremony is its flexibility: hold it virtually anywhere; choose your own vows, wording, readings and music; include family and friends (pets too, if you wish!) – engage your creativity and be as innovative as you like!

I will work with you to design and choreograph a distinctive ceremony that reflects who you are and what you care about most: a joyful event that reflects your personal values and individuality and mirrors meaning in your lives.

When developing a ceremony, I like to really get to know the couple I’m working with so I can incorporate their unique story into the script, making the event very much about them. My writing style is pretty straightforward with a dash of humour here and there to reflect the happy nature of the day. My delivery is relaxed, warm and inclusive whilst never neglecting the sincerity and importance of the occasion.

Whether you are considering a wedding, a partnership ceremony or a renewal of vows, if you feel that I am the celebrant for you do get in touch to arrange an initial consultation.

In the meantime, I have answered a number of often-asked queries in my ‘FAQs’ page.


Tel: 07792 357212


Also see the Ceremonies page,  Humanists UK:


“You crafted something so very special for us – many, many thanks from us both. You made us both cry (but in a good way)! We will never forget it.”

“We would like to thank you for all your work on the script and the ceremony as a whole, as we both feel it was a really lovely ceremony that helped bring a focal point to the day. We have heard a lot of nice comments from friends and family about it as well, who said the ceremony was a really personal and meaningful occasion.”

“Johnny, thank you so much for our perfect wedding – it was absolutely how we wanted it, personal, beautiful, relaxed and fun! People keep telling us how much they loved it. And thank you for all your help, ideas and support – you really did a great job!”

“To Johnny. Thank you so much for a wonderful wedding ceremony! We hope you successfully avoided all the sheep poo on the day!”   (Explanatory note from celebrant: we were sharing a field with a bunch of wooly animals).

“Johnny. thank you so much for being there on our day. You really did an amazing job and we are so grateful for you being there. You made it really personal. Thank you.”

A little more about me:

I love to write and spend much of my time creating fantasy fiction for young adults under the pseudonym ‘Jack Murphy’. I have no recollection why I decided not to use my real name for authoring but, there you have it, I’m rather stuck with it now.

My working life for many years has been in roles that champion and support matters of importance to me, including disabilities; HIV/AIDS and sexual health; end of life care; LGBT rights and equality and diversity. Now, when I am not being a celebrant or writing, I spend my time public speaking and providing support for, and training to, people caring for family and friends who have a life-limiting illness or a disability.

Having lived at Tetbury in the Cotswolds for many years my home is now at Dinas Powys in the Vale of Glamorgan.

For more information about my writing:

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