Well you’ve made it this far, but perhaps now you’re wondering:
“Who is ‘Samantha Kelsie’ anyway?”
OK… maybe you’re not wondering this at all.
But I do love to have a good chat, so grab yourself a cuppa (G&T welcome too) and allow me to introduce myself!
Life is a wondrous thing – isn’t it?
Yeah, it is. In fact it’s really pretty cool actually. But what’s even cooler, is that every person in life is completely unique and every journey we take should be treated as an adventure.
My own little adventure began somewhere in the mid-1980s (I won’t be too specific – I’m still adjusting the the latest milestone!) but since my own ‘day dot’ I’ve been busy wandering the world exploring different lifestyles, cultures, ideologies & beliefs, and the alternative rituals and ceremonies used to celebrate the life we share with others.
Yep, I’m a girl who loves to travel… But in travelling the world, I love to learn about the different ways we choose to commemorate the milestones we all reach in this great adventure we call life.
The whole planet fascinates me, but it’s the people who live on it that blow my mind altogether!
As humans, we really are so very different in our nature from one person to the next, and that’s what makes us so special. But regardless of who we are or where we come from, what unites us all is our universal belief that ‘life is beautiful and love should be celebrated.’
As a celebrant and event planner I adore working with people to help them not only realise, but to express it in their own way too. I encourage others to embrace the opportunity we have to be so diversely different, and to be true to our selves in the way that we do it!
I set up as a Wedding Planner initially with the aim to help couples plan a wedding that embodied not just their love, but their personality and lifestyle too. But as a Celebrant I try to take this one step further by asking you to not only plan your wedding but to OWN IT as well.
So, who is Samantha Kelsie?
Well, since you ask…
I’m a fun-loving, little lady with a heart of gold and a personality that’s brimming with wit and affection. I adore most things in life (tea, cats, gin, selfies…) and hate very little ( except maybe snakes, spiders, and poor quality lipstick).
I am ‘in love’ with Love – in all of its variations – and am on a mini-mission to encourage others to embrace that love too. Surely, that’s not too difficult, is it?!
Now for the serious bit…
I’m a professional and experienced Celebrant and Wedding & Event Planner with a background in charity fundraising and corporate events. I’ve also dabbled around on stage over the years as a performer and producer, and have found myself falling effortlessly into the role of Host and MC at various events. Believe me, any excuse for me to wear glitter and something fancy on my head and I AM THERE – the opportunity rarely escapes me!
I have degree in Film and TV Studies, meaning I can stick fancy letters at the end of my name in an email if I wish to… (but I don’t). I’m also a trained Life Coach and run a separate business coaching others.
I am a registered member of The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants and a fully trained and certified Marriage, Family and Funeral Celebrant in conjunction with the UK College of Celebrancy (that’s me in the picture, at the front on the left!)
In 2011 I was asked to become a Committee Board Member for the Best Practice Association for Wedding Planning and Event Management after my wedding planning business won me a few awards. As a recognised expert in the UK Wedding Industry, I regularly contribute articles and advice to numerous online and print publications such as Love My Dress, Wedding Planner and Your County Wedding Mag… and many more.
Not one to talk too much…
I’m also the regular ‘go-to girl’ for both wedding and funeral features on BBC Three Counties Radio, and have been interviewed by ITV News and various newspapers for features on weddings. I found my 5 minutes of fame back in 2013 when I took on the role of ‘professional mentor’ to a famous Welsh comedian on the BBC programme Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, as Rhod got to grips with planning a wedding.
So, that’s enough about me…. tell me something about you?
Phone: (+44) 7783 141 202
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