• Laura Bell

Written in the Stars: The Journey of Fox & Star

What's in a name? Naming something or someone is a huge responsibility. It's one that takes thought, sometimes research and character. A name gives us an identity and helps shape us into the person we become. A name also gives us a sense of belonging within our family and community. It could be a family name, a memory or just organic - that's how Fox & Star Ceremonies came to be.


When my son Magnus was first born a few years ago, I really wanted to mark the occasion of his birth as it took a long time to have him. As we're not particularly religious, it didn't seem right to have a Christening. We had family coming down from 'up north to meet him so a naming ceremony would have been perfect.

However, I really struggled with where to start. As an exhausted new mum, I didn't have the brain capacity to look into the idea so we never ended up having one. This is the motivation it took for me to pursue my celebrancy training, three years on and to turn that dream into a reality for so many others.

When creating a moodboard for name ideas, I thought about life experiences. Foxes have become somewhat of a spirit animal to me, often occurring at key life moments. The night we moved into our flat on the seafront, one visited us nightly. On my wedding night at Penn Castle, Portland - one tried to get into the orangery! Even during the homebirth of Magnus, the midwife said one was sat outside our house as she arrived.

I fell down a Pinterest rabbit hole looking into foxes and I stumbled upon the constellation Vulpecular. Latin for "little fox" and commonly known as just "fox". This brought together the name - it was literally written in stars. Along with my brand ethos, to "expertly guide" I couldn't get the idea out of my head.

After passing my course with The Academy Of Modern Celebrancy and upon organising a styled shoot, I came across a book in Magnus' memory box which I purchased for him when I was 3 months pregnant. It was the first thing I purchased after my 12 week scan and it was called "The Fox & The Star" by Coralie Bickford-Smith. It made me smile and was a little reminder to keep going.

For as long as this book is in print, every family who decides on a Fox & Star Ceremony will receive their own special copy as a gift from me.

The constellation Vulpecular appears across my branding acting as a timeline from initial consultation to ceremony delivery. It's incredibly subtle but now that you know, you'll see it twinkling in the background here and even in the night's sky.

You'll also notice a teepee which is my main logo. Included in the silver and gold ceremony packages is hire of a beautiful white canvas teepee and wooden toy box to entertain little ones during the course of their celebration. If they need to nap, play, have their nappy changed or need a feed, there's a safe space to do so. Ceremonies may only be between 20 - 30 minutes however, being a mum I know how much this will help!

My favourite Roald Dahl quote of all time summarises Fox & Star Ceremonies perfectly:

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. "

If you'd like to know more about my personal journey, Fox & Star Ceremonies or planning a naming ceremony, please say hello and drop me a line.

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