The ‘on duty’ me…
I’m not going to lie, I love weddings. Possibly, a bit too much. Possibly as much as I love Beyoncé (and that is A LOT.) When I’m not at weddings, I am writing about them, or writing for them and basically, always doing something related to weddings.
But what I love most about weddings and ceremonies now, more than anything, is being around couples whose ceremonies and weddings are totally shaped by them, are about them, full of them and bursting with their personalities. That’s what I love and that’s what I love helping couples to have on their wedding day.
So here’s a little bit about me;
- I began my professional career as a BBC Broadcast Journalist, so I have always been used to using my voice and speaking in front of people.
- Whilst living in Mexico, and working for a wedding company, I did my first ceremony ‘by accident,’ but I absolutely loved every second of it. Remind me to tell you about that one!
- As I am not a religious person and religion plays no part in my life, I decided that being a non-religious Celebrant with humanist values was the best option for me, as I truly believe and know that couples can have unique, meaningful, personal and inspirational wedding ceremonies, without religious input.
In all the time and preparation I spend with the couples my ultimate aim is to create a ceremony that reflects the couple and their personalities and ideals. And so the best compliment from friends and family that I can get when I’ve married a couple is to hear that the ceremony was ‘so them.’
My communication with couples can be so in depth that usually, by the time the big day has arrived, I feel I am marrying two friends rather than two clients and more often than not I am the one in tears! It’s ridiculous.
Don’t be jealous, but I officially have the best job in the world, and I feel very very very lucky that couples choose me to be a part of their special day. And because of this I make sure to work my butt off to do my best to create their perfect ceremony here in Spain. The end.
As well as creating and conducting beautiful wedding and vow renewal ceremonies, I also write a very successful and now, award-winning wedding blog called Engaged & Ready.com. It’s the place where I get to blog about the amazing weddings that I have done, the amazing weddings that other fab celebrants do, share useful tips about ceremonies and have a full run down of every and anything related to personalising wedding ceremonies. So do feel to check it out. I’m also the resident ‘Ask the Expert’ for Confeti Magazine too.
I’m also the Founder of the Celebrants’ Collective, an online career development platform for celebrants in Europe, which also runs annual retreat conventions for celebrants, too. And this year (2017) I am one of four judges for the first ever ‘Best UK Wedding Celebrant,’ category at The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA). Yup, I’m one busy lady!
You can read more about the different types of services I offer, here. As of 2017, I have expanded, as in I have a fabulous team of celebrants working with me, (although I could be talking about my waistline too). Do read more about my awesome team of wonder women who can help make your ceremony be as amazing as it should be.
The ‘off duty’ me…
♥dedicated mum ♥ loving wife (most of the time) ♥ dog lover ♥ world’s worst singer ♥ fabulous dancer (you should see my moves) ♥ Beyoncé wannabe ♥ vegetarian ♥ lazy yoga fanatic ♥ ukulele widow ♥ humanist ♥ part time feminist (full-time is too exhausting) ♥ wine Freak (note the capital ‘F’) ♥ countryside living ♥ jumpsuit aficionado (I have about
20 30!)♥ game of thrones ♥ maya angelou ♥ incessant talker ♥ loves Cherry Menlove ♥ vegetable grower ♥ mugs of tea ♥ cosy nights in (LIKE ALL THE TIME!) ♥
A little about ceremonies in Spain…
Spain is a wonderfully diverse country. Not only has it got superb weather all year round but great venues from beaches to mountain tops, to centuries old country manors and converted mills set in lush olive groves, just to give a few examples.
Not to mention the warm and friendly locals in the form of wedding planners, wedding photographers, wedding decorators, caterers, cake makers, florists, hair and make-up specialists, DJs, string trios and quartets, classical guitarists, not forgetting your wonderful wedding celebrant, all on hand to make your wedding dreams come true!
So whether you are already having a wedding ceremony in Spain, thinking about getting married in Spain, have already booked me or are thinking of booking me, I hope my website and blog gives you a fantastic insight into the well established wedding industry here in Spain and the amazing options available for those interested in their dream Spanish wedding!
Ps. Just so you know, all images used on this website are of real weddings of couples whose ceremonies in Spain I have conducted and are credited to the lovely photographers who have allowed me to use them.
Why not drop me a line at info@malagaminister and see how I might be able to help you.
The main header image on this page is courtesy of the awesome Agata Jensen Photography.