It’s funny how life takes many twists and turns – but you usually end up right where you should be. Whether you believe that to be fate, chance or completely of your own making, it is important to embrace new challenges and do something that makes you happy.
Helping others to celebrate their lives or relationships
On a personal level, I love consuming large quantities of cheese, gin and angel cake (those three pretty layers get me every time!). I am a mama of one awesome little boy who is teaching me to look at life in new ways.
Travelling, music and festivals have all influenced my life in so many ways. Oh, and I’m a massive fan of The Big Bang Theory!
I have been extraordinarily lucky to have enjoyed a full and varied life so far. Working as a journalist for ten years afforded me the honour and privilege of interviewing hundreds of people, many who had experienced tragedy and those who were elated following heroic achievements.
Realising my strengths, and indeed passion, lay in building relationships, listening and helping others, I swapped journalism for a career in teaching and pastoral care in Further and Higher Education.
What led me to become a celebrant?
I came to this exciting decision after choosing to have a celebrant conduct the ceremony for my own wedding to my now-husband Ian. Working with her, we constructed the most beautiful, funny and memorable service we could have wished for.
The wonderful comments we received from our friends and family, won over by the personal nature of our ceremony, resonated with me and I couldn’t stop thinking about helping others to celebrate their lives or relationships.
My ceremonies are personal and inclusive: they can be intimate, reflective, hilarious, moving and special occasions, which are based on your story and your ideas about love and commitment. It can be completely non-religious, have elements of faith or rituals such as a handfasting or tree planting.
Being a celebrant is a hugely important part of my life – I get to work creatively with you to craft a day that is truly about you and for you. I can adapt to your needs and wishes whilst making suggestions if required.
"Our day was perfect."
Helen took the time to visit us in our home and meet with Isla to make sure she was completely relaxed before her 'big day', taking the time to listen to our anecdotes, memories and pass a tissue when I cried (and I did that a few times!). The result was a perfect..... I was going to say 'script' but it was so much more than that. It was a story about the journey of our lives together as a family and how both our daughters have made that so wonderfully complete. It was a celebration of our wonderful, constantly hungry, whirlwind of a fabulous daughter!
Lindsay, Naming Ceremony, Sheffield
"You made it."
Thank you so much for making our day so special. You made us feel relaxed and more at ease, you are such a lovely person and we couldn’t of found anyone who could of done it better than you.
Lisa, Wedding, Alfreton Hall, Derbyshire,
"everything we'd hoped and more."
We just wanted to say an enormous THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts. Our ceremony was everything we'd hoped and more. It means a lot that you came all the way down from Yorkshire! Everyone said how fabulous you were. The whole day was perfect and that was kicked off with your wonderful words.
With love, Amy & Mitch
Amy & Mitch, Wedding, The Paintworks, Bristol
Tell me about your perfect ceremony
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