My Independent Family Celebrant services provide beautifully tailored and unique Wedding Ceremonies, Vow Renewals, Naming Ceremonies and sensitive Funeral Ceremonies across Essex and East Anglia. Your ceremony is equally important to me as it is to you, so I take the time to find out who you are and pay special attention to what is truly important to you, as well as how you want the ceremony to look and feel.
Having a celebrant led wedding gives you the freedom to celebrate your love and commitment in any way you choose.
Wedding ceremonies have been held in gardens, on boats, in castles, at home, on beaches, up mountains, in fields and on the banks of beautiful rivers. There is no need for a licensed venue so there are more opportunities to find somewhere special and meaningful to you.
Naming Ceremonies are a fantastic way to celebrate a new birth into a family, the adoption of a child or the joining of two families together after their parents become married.
Traditional Religious Ceremonies may not reflect your beliefs, values or spirituality and you long for a truly bespoke ceremony involving friends and family that represents love, support and commitment to your child.
The life of a loved one is unique and I believe that the commemoration of their death should be too.
A funeral is a time to express grief in a last goodbye that honours a life led, an opportunity to recognise the true character, values and beliefs of the person who has died and a time for support, comfort and reflection as friends and family start to come to terms with their loss.
Say goodbye to someone in a style that truly reflected them or usher in the future with a new spouse or welcome a child into the family in a ceremony full of joy and inspiration, there are no limits to what your ceremony can be.
With abundant choices and a multitude of elements to choose from in your ceremony it can be everything you imagined, with no restriction on location, licenses or legal requirements that are prevalent in civil ceremonies.
Whether you have a religious belief or prefer to incorporate other traditions, I have something for everyone and respect your personal spirituality and beliefs.
If you would like more information about the services on offer, or to book a no-obligation appointment please
“We were fortunate enough to have Shelley agree to perform our Vow Renewal ceremony at Boreham House, after ten years of marriage and we could not have asked for anyone better.
Shelley’s attention to detail and taking the time to get to know us, enabled her to not only understand our story to date, but to be able to portray it to our guests and conduct the perfect ceremony for us.
We are truly thankful to Shelley and could not recommend her enough, a wonderful person and perfect celebrant for any ceremony you could plan for.
A big thank you also goes to her husband at DingDongDesign who provided all of our stationery which was perfect, we can not recommend Paul and Shelley enough.”
- Mr & Mrs Kourrelias-Holt
“Thank you for our wonderful wedding ceremony and for being so well organized throughout.“
- Mr. & Mrs. Anderson
“We wanted to say thank you for conducting our wedding ceremony for us. The ceremony was lovely. You’ve done a fantastic job and made our wedding day very special.“
- Mr. & Mrs. Gladwin
“It was a pleasure to work with you for M and P’s wedding and I would absolutely recommend you in the future to any couples that come through our doors, it would be amazing to have you back”
- Shannen at Greenwood's Hotel
“Shelley did my sister's wedding in April. She was amazing and 100% worth it. Everyone loved her and it was such a lovely day. If you want a celebrant, Shelley is the one to have.”
“Thank you so much for the beautiful way you led the celebration of life today. The service was everything C would have wanted, it was comforting to share such wonderful memories of my sister with our family and friends. You are obviously very well suited to your role.”
“I just wanted to say thank you for conducting such a lovely service for Mum on Friday. You helped develop, structure and deliver a service that caught the essence of who she was and allowed us to say goodbye in a meaningful way. At a difficult time when we needed guidance and compassion, you were there to provide both.”
“I wanted to say a big thank you for dad’s service on Friday. It was a great send off and everyone has said how nice it was.”
"Thank you very much Shelley, all the family agreed that it was exactly the simple service that was requested. It was good to meet you albeit under sad circumstances."
"A proud man, an entertainer, who knew a little about a lot and loved to share his stories with his family - that sounds like a great way to be remembered."
"We wanted to say thank you for Mum's service. You are a truly warm person and lots of my family said how beautiful the service was."