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Luxury Outdoor Weddings, Vineyard Weddings, Barn Weddings, Vow Renewals, Naming Ceremonies, Celebrations of Life, Funerals and Memorials in Beautiful Locations, Natural Burials
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Hi, I'm Justine
I’m thrilled to be a winner of the TCIA 2021 Funeral Awards as well as Hitched 2022 winner and The Wedding Industry Awards regional finalist. I am a full time Celebrant – I specialise in luxury weddings, baby namings, funerals and all celebrations of life in Kent, London, Sussex and further afield. I was born and brought up in London. I have lived in France and spent 2 years travelling through Africa but I now live in Kent with my husband and two children.
I have been in Customer Service and Operations Management throughout my career and really believe that excellent service, efficient systems, creativity and attention to detail when combined, are the key to a great partnership with my couples and families. I share my library of favourite readings and poems, vow suggestions and I will hold your hand through the whole process – on the day everyone will think we have been friends for years!
What's my ceremony style?
I create bespoke, photogenic, top quality ceremonies for discerning clients: my ceremonies are chic, memorable, visual and get lots of smiles and compliments too – take a look at my reviews! I’m not zany, I’m not pagan and I won’t be dressed in fancy dress costumes for your ceremony but what I will be is creative, contemporary and approachable. I will get to understand you and create a bespoke ceremony just for you – it won’t be frilly and kitch – that is not my style – it will however be modern, heart-warming, happy and beautiful. If you are worried about being centre of attention and out of your comfort zone – I will make it comfortable for you and I won’t push you to do things you don’t want to do – we can find other ways to do things. I will always have your back. I can bring my PR system too, so we will be heard!
Why choose Justine?
The ceremony should be the focus of your big day – this is when we bring the tears, laughter, smiles and the love (I’m not sickly sweet with my ceremonies but love is at the centre of it all no matter what the celebration!). The ceremony in fact sets the tone for the rest of your day – whether that is a wedding, a funeral or any other ceremony – it doesn’t have to be the stuffy, boring bit, that everyone has heard before which takes place at the beginning of your celebrations. Make it memorable for all the right reasons!
I’m very approachable & organised and keen to craft a beautiful, high quality, bespoke ceremony which incorporates everything that is important to you. I love being a Celebrant – guiding you and leading your special life events, whether that is marriage or celebrating life at your loved-one’s funeral.
Let’s create smiles, tears and amazing memories on your special day.
What do I offer?
My favourite venues for my couples’ ceremonies are luxury manor houses and gardens, barns, vineyards, oast houses and beautiful exclusive hotels in South East England and destination locations.
If you want a beautiful, personal ceremony that you and all your guests will love but you don’t want a saccharine sweet wedding – you have found the right Celebrant.
If you are a professional couple who prefer simple and efficient forms of communication – you are in luck – you will have your own private online portal to keep all your ceremony planning in one place, online questionnaires and e-signature contracts – you have found the right Celebrant.
My corporate background means that I have slick systems in place to make your life really easy in the planning stage and on the day I can supply my own microphone and speaker system. Wedding Planners tell me that I am a dream to work with – very organised, reliable and very welcoming.
I will craft a bespoke uplifting wedding script for you which incorporates everything that is important to you as a couple.
I personalise every ceremony to make the words and rituals really special (if you don’t know what rituals are – I can talk you through ideas such as handfasting) I always ensure that the ceremony is stunning both to the ear and the eye but all the while relaxed and amusing in places.
Why choose Justine for your wedding?
I’m a celebrant that loves to create modern, beautiful, photo-friendly, remarkable services of high quality and real distinction and I will be the friendly face waiting for you at the end of the aisle – to keep you calm at the ceremony. I love celebrating life’s milestones – I listen, I will offer ideas you may not have previously considered and guidance. I craft the service until it is absolutely spot on and I know that you love it, then I will articulate it with smiles and warmth to make it memorable and special for everyone – especially you.
If you want an amazing ceremony, created by an award-winning Celebrant – drop me a line and find out my availability!
See my website: https://www.justinecelebrant.co.uk/wedding-celebrant-in-kent.html
A baby naming ceremony is a great alternative to a traditional christening. The ceremony itself can be fun, light-hearted and can be in a stunning venue or in a gorgeous garden – I will write it just for you and it will reflect your family’s life and beliefs. Filled with joy and love, a naming ceremony is the perfect way to celebrate your child and formally (or not so formally) introduce this amazing little personality to your family and friends. I have created really beautiful naming ceremonies in some stunning venues such as The Dorchester and Soho House in London as well as garden venues in and around Kent and East Sussex. How old should your little one be for this ceremony to take place? My recommendation would be to combine this ceremony with a First Birthday celebration – we get great interaction with the little ones at this stage of their development and so many great memories are made.
Some parents like to have some symbolic elements such as lighting candles or planting a tree or a thumb-tree print – or what about sealing a box of port with hand-written messages inside from everyone at the ceremony – that can be opened on your baby’s 21st birthday?!
We can recite some carefully chosen poetry during the ceremony and tell your Godparents or Guideparents why you have chosen them for such a special role in your baby’s life.
Your ceremony will be really personal and written with you in mind, once we have spoken about your perfect ceremony.
It won’t be too long – we don’t want a grouchy baby but it will be full of love, emotion and all the important people in their lives.
Why choose Justine for your naming ceremony?
Contact me to find out more about arranging a personal, happy, relaxed and very bespoke service.
See my website: https://www.justinecelebrant.co.uk/naming-ceremonies-in-kent.html
Renewal of Vows
The renewal of vows ceremony can be the perfect way to say ‘I love you’ again and recognising your ongoing commitment to each other – either in an intimate setting, surrounded by close family or with your wider group of friends and family.
Maybe you didn’t have the dream wedding the first time and now you can afford to make it the ceremony and setting of your dreams – this time with a Vow Renewal in a beautiful location. Your ceremony can take place in the privacy of your stunning garden, at your favourite hotel, underneath an old oak tree at a wedding venue, a favourite holiday destination or next to an idyllic lake – as long as the land owner agrees or the venue can be booked – we can find the perfect venue for both of you!
Alternatively you have reached a milestone anniversary or maybe you have gone through a life changing experience and this is your opportunity to confirm your love and thank both your partner and your nearest and dearest for the support and love that you have received over the years.
Whatever your story, I can create a relaxed ceremony just for you.
Why choose Justine for your renewal of vows?
Let me write your story – because there is always a story!
Let your imagination go wild – there are no limits to what you include in your day – whether you want to re-dedicate your rings, acknowledge the joy of your children and grandchildren, say your vows to each other in front of your friends and family after an elopement, give each other new rings or simply affirm the strength of your vows – remember it’s your ceremony – make it the day of your dreams!
See my website: https://www.justinecelebrant.co.uk/vow-renewal-in-kent.html
I work with families who want to create a memorable ceremony in a lovely setting for their loved one. You do not have to have a funeral in a crematorium where time and creativity may be limited. I can make some amazing recommendations to you: natural burial sites, theatres, barns, gardens and hotels and I can recommend good funeral directors based on experience too.
We can create an unhurried, totally bespoke ceremony in a beautiful setting – it will be a wonderful day – yes there will be tears but there will also be smiles, laughter and love and then you can continue to celebrate their life at the same stunning venue – with no relocating or interruptions.
If your loved one appreciated the finer things in life – don’t compromise on their funeral – it is, after all, The Celebration of Their Life!
We will talk, I will listen and by the time we are at the ceremony, I will be able to share stories about the person whose life we are celebrating – as if I knew them too.
Some lives are very long; others are much shorter; but all lives are important, have significance and leave a legacy (plus there is always a funny little anecdote or memory to recall) and I want to mark that life with you in a special way and in a beautiful relaxed setting.
There is always choice when planning a funeral or a memorial – with me as your Celebrant, I can open your eyes to the possibilities.
Why choose Justine for your funeral?
I want to create the most fitting, memorable ceremony and guide you through this difficult time with compassion and empathy.
My reviews will give you some idea on how I work with my families and how they have trusted me with their most important ceremonies – let me guide you through this difficult time too.
See my website: https://www.justinecelebrant.co.uk/funeral-celebrant-in-kent.html
Reviews for Modern Ceremonies with Justine in Kent, London, Sussex and Destination Locations
Total Reviews: 49
Average Rating: 5
Professional with a personal, bespoke approach
From my first phone call with Justine I was confident that she was the right person to use. Her manner is calm, empathetic and kind. She takes great care to listen and had a number of good ideas to make the service bespoke, dignified and personal. Her performance at the service was faultless and she provided great comfort to me and my family on a difficult day in difficult circumstances.
Justine delivered a ceremony that was so personable, special and relaxed
Justine was amazing – we worked with her for our childrens joint naming ceremony. We weren’t quite sure what we wanted and left it all a little last minute to organise. We knew we wanted it to be as special as a christening but without the religious element. I stumbled across Justine’s profile a week before the ceremony and how lucky that I did. She delivered everything we could have wished for and more…. And all in a week! It was like she knew us and the family for so much longer… she delivered a ceremony that was so personable, special and relaxed. It’s a day that I will treasure forever, thank you Justine xxxx
The Naming Ceremony we wanted!
Thanks so much for everything Justine, everyone said how fabulous the ceremony was. It was exactly what we wanted xxx