A proud mum to a teenage son, I make the best of life! I love travelling, good dramas, music, boating, a daily beach walk and reading. I'm loopy about my crazy cocker spaniel, who keeps me fit. I eat a vegan diet and seek to live and work as ecologically as possible. I have a big, beardy boyfriend whom I plan to marry on the beach (when he eventually retires to Cornwall to be nearer me and his Kernow family!) Oh, and I am never happier than when I'm listening to the waves...
For over 26 years in London, Venezuela, Beijing, Hong Kong and in Wiltshire, I was an English (and sometimes Drama) teacher/lecturer and personal tutor to adults and children. These years equipped me with masses of experience of writing and presenting. My love of Drama means I really enjoy offbeat ceremony arrangements and staging. I especially loved the pastoral, caring aspects of teaching, and helping people is likewise so rewarding as a Celebrant.
In addition to being a qualified Celebrant, I hold a BA (Hons) and a Teaching Degree, plus an MA (Distinction) in English Literature. I'm also a qualified aromatherapist.
In 2016, the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants' wonderful Terri Shanks trained me in Sarum College, Salisbury. Terri's was one of the first Celebrant schools in the UK. Keeping up with new developments and trends with constant advice, training and updates is important to me, and I often mentor new Celebrants. I've won South West and UK Best Celebrant Awards from the best Wedding Industry-respected bodies (TWIA and Guides For Brides respectively) - these awards were based upon brilliant client reviews, for which I'm eternally thankful.
I embrace people from all creeds, orientations and cultures. I'm spiritual as opposed to religious but happy to work with all faiths and none. I am so lucky to have friends from all over the world and my own family is a mix of races, beliefs and orientations - Irish, Spanish, Welsh, Jamaican, Barbadian included! In a nutshell, I love people and their 'stories' - and LOVE to find out and tell clients' stories in my ceremonies.
After my family moved from Ireland, I was raised 'upcountry' in Wiltshire with my brother and sister by my amazing Irish, singing mum, who sadly is no longer with us. I eventually moved to live near Cornish family and friends and feel TOTALLY at home in friendly, chilled Falmouth. Every day I feel blessed to live here.
I've also been a nightclub DJ (a Rave and Techno girl in my day, indeed) and a singer in a band. I love festivals, music, dancing and laughing. Having had a fair few challenges in my life, I empathise and work supportively with clients in all situations. I love laid-back ceremonies in tipis and on beaches, but I also get a massive buzz working in stately homes and other amazing venues where I get to 'dress to impress'! Quite honestly, if my clients are NON-BORING and up for a unique ceremony, I'm thrilled to work pretty much anywhere with them!
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