My Celebrant Journey

celebrant logo grey.png

I have always had an absolute love of learning about people. This led me to study Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics at University and then go on to teach these subjects for 21 years! Although I do not have a personal faith, I have always been interested in understanding the ways in which peoples ideas and beliefs influence the way they live. As a result, I have a deep respect for ceremony and the ways in which ceremonies can not only celebrate milestones but also bring comfort or support in difficult times. It also means that I have an inclusive outlook on life; love is love, no matter what form it takes!

IMG_0481.JPG
ICPC logo.jpg

My Training

Although there is no formal requirement for a celebrant to undertake accredited training, it was really important to me, when setting out on my celebrant journey, that I access training to be able to carry out the role to the absolute best of my ability so that my families and couples feel that they are in safe hands.

I have had a long and rewarding career as a teacher, including being a Deputy Head. However, I reached a point where I wanted to have something, outside of school life, that would offer some new personal and professional opportunities. So, as I often do with my pupils, I sat down to identify all of my key strengths and what I love to do. I chatted about this over a bottle of wine with a good friend of mine (those chats are the best, aren't they?!) She had trained to be a celebrant and, knowing me like she did, she said it would suit all of the skills and experiences I had built up over my teaching career. So, the seed was sown! And now, after training, research, reading and watching, I am so delighted to be able to call myself a celebrant!

I was extremely fortunate to be able to train with The International College of Professional Celebrants. A full to the brim residential training week with the most marvellous, experienced trainers leading my training, saw me learn all things celebrant! I was guided through creative writing, public speaking, how to support grieving families, how to conduct unity rituals....the list goes on! Being an active member of the ICPC allows me unprecedented access to some of the best resources and connections in the industry – we’re always learning and sharing ways we can bring our absolute best to you in the form of stunning ceremonies to honour your most special of celebrations. I am also undertaking the NOCN Level 3 Certificate in Civil Celebrancy and subscribe to various community platforms in order to make sure I am up to date with new developments

My Style

If I had to summarise my style as a celebrant in a few words, I would say that I am warm, creative, inclusive, able to put people at ease, a great listener, committed, a reassuring presence and someone who always wants to do their best by other people.

I am easily adaptable which means that I can create ceremonies that are traditional, if that is what is desired, or ceremonies that are more informal and completely unique! Whether I conduct your ceremony in heels or wellies, I will go above and beyond to ensure that it is authentic and meaningful and holds you and your wishes at it's heart.

My family would describe me as a perfectionist! Whilst they say it with a tinge of frustration (!) I am really happy that this is part of my celebrant style as it means that every aspect of your ceremony - from start to finish- will be planned with the greatest of detail and care. Only my best is good enough when it comes to being trusted to tell your stories of life and love! Choosing me as your celebrant really does mean that you ceremony is in the most capable of hands.

IMG_0493.JPG
cbfb815b-767b-43fc-9939-3a4b3d899f0f.jpg

My Loves!

My Family - My husband and I have been  happily married for 20 years. We have two gorgeous children, Caitlin and Matthew. They are my greatest achievement! We also have two cats who rule the roost!

My home - it is my sanctuary and where I am most happy

Reading - a lot! Anything from classic novels to cheesy romance!

Music - I have quite eclectic taste. Much to my children's shame I adore Celine Dion!

Scotland - its dramatic landscape and big skies speak to my soul. My husband and I have a pact to retire there some day

Autumn - my favourite season. The colours, the cosy nights with candles and our log burner on, walking in the fallen leaves. Gorgeous!

Wax melts - I make my own and sell them online (www.ascentof.co.uk) and at craft fairs across Lincolnshire.