Independent Celebrant


A proud (older) mum to a cheeky adopted son, who is still in Primary School, I make the best of life! I love travelling, keeping up with current events, community intiatives, good dramas, music, boating on the Thames and reading. I attained a BA(Hons) in Literature at Queen Mary, University of London, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at The Institute of Education, and an MA (with Distinction) in English at Oxford Brookes.

I was an English teacher/lecturer and personal tutor to adults and children for over 26 years in London, Venezuela, Beijing, Hong Kong and in my hometown, Swindon.  I much enjoyed the pastoral, caring aspects of my job, so I do now find helping people very rewarding in my role as an Independent Celebrant. These teaching years have also given me a wealth of experience of writing and presenting effectively. 

Like many of my clients, my life has had its own challenges --  including divorce, bereavement and successfully dealing with health issues. Thus, I am able to empathise and work well with clients facing all manner of challenges. I possess an Enhanced CRB and  am very used to working with people from all walks of life. Having lived and taught in Wiltshire, East London, Asia and South America, I'm familiar with many creeds and cultures. I even participated in one of the first gay marriages in Canada, with an English theme and an impersonator of HRH The Queen!

I wrote the service for my own wedding in 1990 and have since helped with many services. This led to me completing my training to deliver a spectrum of services with the well-respected Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. During this training, I attended different courses in Sarum College, Salisbury for all types of Celebrancy. I keep abreast of new developments with constant advice and updates from my fellowship and other professional forums, both online and in person. 



Wiltshire Celebrant * Oxfordshire Celebrant * Gloucestershire Celebrant *Master of Services

Ana Kelly​​​​​

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