Well you’ve made it this far, but perhaps now you’re wondering:
“who is ‘Samantha Kelsie’ anyway?”
Hmm… maybe you’re not wondering this at all.
But I do love to have a good chat, so grab yourself a coffee and allow me to introduce myself!
(Mine’s a tea by the way – strong with milk, no sugar… or a G&T if you’re really asking!)
Life is a wondrous thing – isn’t it?
Yeah, it is. In fact it’s really pretty cool actually. But what’s even cooler to me, 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 that are used to celebrate the life we share with others. I love learning about the different ways we all choose to commemorate the different milestones we reach in this great adventure we call life.
The fact is – the whole planet fascinates me. But the people who live on it are what 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 above anything is our consistent belief that love is beautiful and life should be shared with others.
As a celebrant and a wedding & event planner I adore working with people to help them to not only realise this fact, but to also find a way to express it in their own way too; and to encourage others to embrace the privilege we have to be so diversely different.
But more importantly – to be true to our selves in the way that we do it! We are all unique… (just like everyone else!)
I set up as a Wedding Planner initially with the aim to help couples plan a wedding that reflected them; their love; their personality; their lifestyle and choices. But as a Celebrant, I try to take this one step further by asking you to not just plan your own wedding but to OWN IT too.
So who is Samantha Kelsie?
Well, since you ask…
I’m a fun-loving and generous 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 (although snakes, spiders, and poor quality lipstick makes for the exception).
I am in love with the concept of Love, in all of its varieties – and am on a mini-mission to encourage others to embrace their belief in their own self, and their faith in each other … surely, that’s not too difficult, is it?!
I’m a professional and highly experienced celebrant and wedding planner with a background in charity fundraising and marketing events. I’ve also ‘dabbled’ on stage over the years as a cabaret performer and producer, and have fallen effortlessly into the role of event host and modern style MC (or ‘compere’) exciting and engaging with people and their guests at all kinds of events, time and time again. Believe me, any excuse to wear glitter and something fancy on my head and I AM THERE – the opportunity rarely escapes me!
I hold a university 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 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… amongst others.
Not one to ever talk too much…
I am 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 giving 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’s programme Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, as Rhod got to grips with planning a wedding.
Most recently, I have become a proud Supplier Ambassador for online wedding website WeddingPlanner.co.uk and am a regular contributor of ‘Real Weddings’ to the new and exciting Celebrant Directory blog.
So, that’s enough about me…. tell me something about you?
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