The Elegant Celebrant

Helen Lesak

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Countries Covered

I travel Nationally

Specialisms

Weddings in Yorkshire's finest & most beautiful Manor Houses, Country Homes & renovated Barns, and in grand and boutique hotels.

Affiliations

Fellowship of Professional Celebrants

Languages

English

Hi, I'm Helen

One Elegant Celebrant, endless possibilities! The biggest day of your life is just around the corner and I know that you want to make a lifetime of memories surrounded by the people you love. Celebrate in style, with dignity, with joy and laughter, with reverence and decorum, with me!

Hello! I’m Helen, “The Elegant Celebrant at your service !”

I have a zest for living and a thirst for life.

I am a sunny and sophisticated celebrant officiating at ceremonies for modern couples who have a passion for the majesty and beauty of Yorkshire and its Dales and am lucky enough to live in the beautiful town of Ilkley.

What's my ceremony style?

All of my services reflect the wishes of my couples or families. be they formal or relaxed, simple or symbolic, but are always joyful and dignified, with the highest respect for the event being celebrated.

I have a particular heart for those getting married for the second time – this speaks to me and my experience and I am bursting with ideas about how to involve new in-laws, step- children and how to blend two families into one new team !

Prices From

Weddings £550 in 2022 - all other ceremonies £399

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Why choose Helen?

Like a breath of fresh air, The Elegant Celebrant provides you with an inimitable service, creating the perfect atmosphere, exceeding expectations, every time.

I have a passion for LISTENING and HEARING all about YOU!

I love words, poetry, prose, music and memory-making! I have a cheerful personality which is infectious and engaging for both the couple/family with whom I work and their chosen gathering.

I love my vocation as a professionally-trained Independent Wedding and Family Celebrant, What a privilege and joy!

I am married to Andy, mum to Beth and Joe and step -mum to Josh and Steffan.

As a trained music teacher, I have had invaluable experience co-ordinating performances and presentations for an audience which naturally translates into writing and presenting ceremonies for gatherings of family and friends, be they small and intimate or large and lavish!

What do I offer?

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Weddings

Hello to you, my ideal couple, who always choose a circular walk or ramble centred around a cosy, homely country pub joined by family & friends and/or your precious dog(s)! You, my lovelies, prioritise a Sunday roast each week to be savoured and served up with wine, beer and great humour, often rounded off with some table games. Family is central to your lives. You love spending time with them and sharing their company with your dear friends. Your friends are your extended family. You are community-minded, kind and generous with your time and skills. You believe in “giving back” and supporting those around you. You aspire to achieve that “nirvana” of work/life balance between your professional work and your home life and are keen on sport, eating and keeping a healthy body and mind. You love your music too – perhaps you play in a band, sing in a choir or love gigging? We’re a match!x

One Elegant Celebrant, endless possibilities! The biggest day of your life is just around the corner and I know that you want to make a lifetime of memories surrounded by the people you love.>Celebrate in style, with dignity, with joy and laughter, with reverence and decorum, with me!

My name is Helen and I am The Elegant Celebrant at your service !

I am a celebrant with a zest for living and a thirst for life.

I have officiated at a huge variety of Weddings, Naming and Renewal of Vows Ceremonies in a myriad of locations; outdoor in the grounds of a beautiful hotel, indoor in the ballroom of the family’s renovated Manor House, in a huge tepee at a festival, in the stunning garden of the couple’s countryside home, in a candlelit room of boutique hotel. Each and every one has been etched into my memory for its uniqueness – a one-off experience which will never be replicated nor forgotten.

Prices From

£550 for ceremonies in 2022. £575 in wedding ceremonies 2023

Why choose Helen for your wedding?

I think that my reviews speak for themselves! Have a peep on here!

I am a sunny and sophisticated celebrant officiating at ceremonies for modern couples who have a passion for words, poetry, prose, music and memory-making within the beauty of Yorkshire and its Dales.

I love my work as a professionally-trained Independent Wedding and Family Celebrant, sharing the most personal and individual stories of love, life and celebration. What a privilege and joy!

As a trained music teacher, I have had invaluable experience co-ordinating performances and presentations for an audience which naturally translates into writing and presenting ceremonies for gatherings of family and friends, be they small and intimate or large and lavish!

Ready when you are! x

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Naming Ceremonies

One Elegant Celebrant, endless possibilities!

The biggest day of your life is just around the corner and I know that you want to make a lifetime of memories surrounded by the people you love.

Celebrate in style, with dignity, with joy and laughter, with reverence and decorum, with me!

My name is Helen and I am The Elegant Celebrant at your service !

I am a celebrant with a zest for living and a thirst for life.

I have officiated at a huge variety of Weddings, Naming and Renewal of Vows Ceremonies in a myriad of locations; outdoor in the grounds of a beautiful hotel, indoor in the ballroom of the family’s renovated Manor House, in a huge tepee at a festival, in the stunning garden of the couple’s countryside home, in a candlelit room of boutique hotel.

Each and every one has been etched into my memory for its uniqueness – a one-off experience which will never be replicated nor forgotten.

From larger weddings to intimate gatherings and even weddings just for two, from Baby Naming and Renewal of Vows to any combination of the “rites of passage,” I can transform the words on a page into an extraordinary shared memory to last a lifetime.

So who am I?!

From my childhood I have always had a strong and heartfelt commitment to the church, being a member of the church choir, youth club (wearing some shocking 1970’s outfits!), children’s church teacher and keyboard player and singer for worship at the Sunday services.

I loved the sense of belonging, the giving and receiving of unconditional love, the feeling of being integral to a community, of being part of a large family across the generations, being in a “team” who cared, shared, rejoiced, listened, laughed, cried, supported and looked out for each other.

My joy was complete when the opportunity to train as a celebrant became available and I am now an experienced Wedding and Family Celebrant offering beautiful ceremonies to celebrate your Wedding, Civil Partnership, Baby Naming /Welcoming Service, Renewal of Vows, significant Birthdays and even a combination of the above – double the joy!

I also officiate at funerals, memorial services or celebrations of life – the title of the ceremony for your loved one is entirely your choice, as are the stories, anecdotes and history to be woven into the service.

There are so many beautiful and meaningful words and ways in which your loved one can be remembered.

I t is my honour and privilege to liaise with key family and friends to gather their special stories, make suggestions for the perfect choices of music and readings in order to create a comforting ceremony in which there is space to reflect, smile, remember and give thanks for a precious life well lived.

And finally, “here are a few of my favourite things” (as the song goes) :

 Favourite word – “cherish” meaning to love and care for somebody, or value something highly, to retain a memory or wish as a source of pleasure.

 Favourite colour – turquoise blue- the sky and the sea, essential elements for all life freely given.

 Favourite phrase – “There’s something wrong if the kettle’s not on!” Yes, the door is always open and the kettle is always on and you are always welcome! And if the “youngsters” are not around, there may even be a fat rascal or fondant fancy from Betty’s exquisite tea rooms in Ilkley!

 Favourite place – home and our static caravan in the breath-taking Yorkshire Dales on our doorstep where I love to walk, chat, find head space, and be dazzled by the surrounding beauty before popping into the local inns and hostelries for a tipple or two!

 Favourite song – “ Don’t stop me now!” by Queen, simply because “I’m having a good time and I’m having a ball and if you want to have a good time, then give me a call…………….”

Why choose Helen for your naming ceremony?

Like a breath of fresh air, The Elegant Celebrant provides you with an inimitable service, creating the perfect atmosphere, exceeding expectations, every time.

I am a sunny and sophisticated celebrant officiating at ceremonies for modern couples who have a passion for the majesty and beauty of Yorkshire and its Dales.

I have a passion for words, poetry, prose, music and memory-making!

I have a cheerful personality which is infectious and engaging for both the couple/family with whom I work and their chosen gathering.

I love my work as a professionally-trained Independent Wedding and Family Celebrant, sharing the most personal and individual stories of love, life and celebration.

What a privilege and joy!

As a trained music teacher, I have had invaluable experience co-ordinating performances and presentations for an audience which naturally translates into writing and presenting ceremonies for gatherings of family and friends, be they small and intimate or large and lavish!

My love for singing and music means that I can lead your congregation with confidence and enthusiasm which, I find, really enhances the mood and atmosphere of my ceremonies into truly joy-filled occasions as everyone feels comfortable and in safe hands.

I am always delighted to have an informal chat with you and very much hope to be at your service! x

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Renewal of Vows

One Elegant Celebrant, endless possibilities!

The biggest day of your life is just around the corner and I know that you want to make a lifetime of memories surrounded by the people you love.

Celebrate in style, with dignity, with joy and laughter, with reverence and decorum, with me!

My name is Helen and I am The Elegant Celebrant at your service !

I am a celebrant with a zest for living and a thirst for life.

I have officiated at a huge variety of Weddings, Naming and Renewal of Vows Ceremonies in a myriad of locations; outdoor in the grounds of a beautiful hotel, indoor in the ballroom of the family’s renovated Manor House, in a huge tepee at a festival, in the stunning garden of the couple’s countryside home, in a candlelit room of boutique hotel.

Each and every one has been etched into my memory for its uniqueness – a one-off experience which will never be replicated nor forgotten.

From larger weddings to intimate gatherings and even weddings just for two, from Baby Naming and Renewal of Vows to any combination of the “rites of passage,” I can transform the words on a page into an extraordinary shared memory to last a lifetime.

So who am I?!

From my childhood I have always had a strong and heartfelt commitment to the church, being a member of the church choir, youth club (wearing some shocking 1970’s outfits!), children’s church teacher and keyboard player and singer for worship at the Sunday services.

I loved the sense of belonging, the giving and receiving of unconditional love, the feeling of being integral to a community, of being part of a large family across the generations, being in a “team” who cared, shared, rejoiced, listened, laughed, cried, supported and looked out for each other.

My joy was complete when the opportunity to train as a celebrant became available and I am now an experienced Wedding and Family Celebrant offering beautiful ceremonies to celebrate your Wedding, Civil Partnership, Baby Naming /Welcoming Service, Renewal of Vows, significant Birthdays and even a combination of the above – double the joy!

I also officiate at funerals, memorial services or celebrations of life – the title of the ceremony for your loved one is entirely your choice, as are the stories, anecdotes and history to be woven into the service.

There are so many beautiful and meaningful words and ways in which your loved one can be remembered.

I t is my honour and privilege to liaise with key family and friends to gather their special stories, make suggestions for the perfect choices of music and readings in order to create a comforting ceremony in which there is space to reflect, smile, remember and give thanks for a precious life well lived.

And finally, “here are a few of my favourite things” (as the song goes) :

 Favourite word – “cherish” meaning to love and care for somebody, or value something highly, to retain a memory or wish as a source of pleasure.

 Favourite colour – turquoise blue- the sky and the sea, essential elements for all life freely given.

 Favourite phrase – “There’s something wrong if the kettle’s not on!” Yes, the door is always open and the kettle is always on and you are always welcome! And if the “youngsters” are not around, there may even be a fat rascal or fondant fancy from Betty’s exquisite tea rooms in Ilkley!

 Favourite place – home and our static caravan in the breath-taking Yorkshire Dales on our doorstep where I love to walk, chat, find head space, and be dazzled by the surrounding beauty before popping into the local inns and hostelries for a tipple or two!

 Favourite song – “ Don’t stop me now!” by Queen, simply because “I’m having a good time and I’m having a ball and if you want to have a good time, then give me a call…………….”

Why choose Helen for your renewal of vows?

Like a breath of fresh air, The Elegant Celebrant provides you with an inimitable service, creating the perfect atmosphere, exceeding expectations, every time.

I am a sunny and sophisticated celebrant officiating at ceremonies for modern couples who have a passion for the majesty and beauty of Yorkshire and its Dales.

I have a passion for words, poetry, prose, music and memory-making!

I have a cheerful personality which is infectious and engaging for both the couple/family with whom I work and their chosen gathering.

I love my work as a professionally-trained Independent Wedding and Family Celebrant, sharing the most personal and individual stories of love, life and celebration.

What a privilege and joy!

As a trained music teacher, I have had invaluable experience co-ordinating performances and presentations for an audience which naturally translates into writing and presenting ceremonies for gatherings of family and friends, be they small and intimate or large and lavish!

My love for singing and music means that I can lead your congregation with confidence and enthusiasm which, I find, really enhances the mood and atmosphere of my ceremonies into truly joy-filled occasions as everyone feels comfortable and in safe hands.

I am always delighted to have an informal chat with you and very much hope to be at your service! x

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Funerals

One Elegant Celebrant, endless possibilities!

The biggest day of your life is just around the corner and I know that you want to make a lifetime of memories surrounded by the people you love.

Celebrate in style, with dignity, with joy and laughter, with reverence and decorum, with me!

My name is Helen and I am The Elegant Celebrant at your service !

I am a celebrant with a zest for living and a thirst for life.

I have officiated at a huge variety of Weddings, Naming and Renewal of Vows Ceremonies in a myriad of locations; outdoor in the grounds of a beautiful hotel, indoor in the ballroom of the family’s renovated Manor House, in a huge tepee at a festival, in the stunning garden of the couple’s countryside home, in a candlelit room of boutique hotel.

Each and every one has been etched into my memory for its uniqueness – a one-off experience which will never be replicated nor forgotten.

From larger weddings to intimate gatherings and even weddings just for two, from Baby Naming and Renewal of Vows to any combination of the “rites of passage,” I can transform the words on a page into an extraordinary shared memory to last a lifetime.

So who am I?!

From my childhood I have always had a strong and heartfelt commitment to the church, being a member of the church choir, youth club (wearing some shocking 1970’s outfits!), children’s church teacher and keyboard player and singer for worship at the Sunday services.

I loved the sense of belonging, the giving and receiving of unconditional love, the feeling of being integral to a community, of being part of a large family across the generations, being in a “team” who cared, shared, rejoiced, listened, laughed, cried, supported and looked out for each other.

My joy was complete when the opportunity to train as a celebrant became available and I am now an experienced Wedding and Family Celebrant offering beautiful ceremonies to celebrate your Wedding, Civil Partnership, Baby Naming /Welcoming Service, Renewal of Vows, significant Birthdays and even a combination of the above – double the joy!

I also officiate at funerals, memorial services or celebrations of life – the title of the ceremony for your loved one is entirely your choice, as are the stories, anecdotes and history to be woven into the service.

There are so many beautiful and meaningful words and ways in which your loved one can be remembered.

I t is my honour and privilege to liaise with key family and friends to gather their special stories, make suggestions for the perfect choices of music and readings in order to create a comforting ceremony in which there is space to reflect, smile, remember and give thanks for a precious life well lived.

And finally, “here are a few of my favourite things” (as the song goes) :

 Favourite word – “cherish” meaning to love and care for somebody, or value something highly, to retain a memory or wish as a source of pleasure.

 Favourite colour – turquoise blue- the sky and the sea, essential elements for all life freely given.

 Favourite phrase – “There’s something wrong if the kettle’s not on!” Yes, the door is always open and the kettle is always on and you are always welcome! And if the “youngsters” are not around, there may even be a fat rascal or fondant fancy from Betty’s exquisite tea rooms in Ilkley!

 Favourite place – home and our static caravan in the breath-taking Yorkshire Dales on our doorstep where I love to walk, chat, find head space, and be dazzled by the surrounding beauty before popping into the local inns and hostelries for a tipple or two!

 Favourite song – “ Don’t stop me now!” by Queen, simply because “I’m having a good time and I’m having a ball and if you want to have a good time, then give me a call…………….”

Why choose Helen for your funeral?

Like a breath of fresh air, The Elegant Celebrant provides you with an inimitable service, creating the perfect atmosphere, exceeding expectations, every time.

I am a sunny and sophisticated celebrant officiating at ceremonies for modern couples who have a passion for the majesty and beauty of Yorkshire and its Dales.

I have a passion for words, poetry, prose, music and memory-making!

I have a cheerful personality which is infectious and engaging for both the couple/family with whom I work and their chosen gathering.

I love my work as a professionally-trained Independent Wedding and Family Celebrant, sharing the most personal and individual stories of love, life and celebration.

What a privilege and joy!

As a trained music teacher, I have had invaluable experience co-ordinating performances and presentations for an audience which naturally translates into writing and presenting ceremonies for gatherings of family and friends, be they small and intimate or large and lavish!

My love for singing and music means that I can lead your congregation with confidence and enthusiasm which, I find, really enhances the mood and atmosphere of my ceremonies into truly joy-filled occasions as everyone feels comfortable and in safe hands.

I am always delighted to have an informal chat with you and very much hope to be at your service! x

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Reviews for The Elegant Celebrant

Total Reviews: 32

Average Rating: 5

reviews (32)

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Underneath the romantic willow tree …

5 Stars
Michael & Lucie

Wedding | 09/24/2022 | Barolin Farm Weddings, North Yorkshire

Where to begin when I have so many positives to say.
My husband and I always loved the aesthetics of a church wedding but felt hypocritical as we are not church goers.
We had been to a few celebrant-led weddings and loved how personal the ceremony was to the couple being wed – however, Helen absolutely exceeded all our expectations in the magic she so kindly delivered!

You can tell the hours of work and thought that Helen spends on your ceremony, including the time spent with you as a couple – finding out interesting tales, stories and what is important to you both, to so cleverly add into your ceremony.

Helen was incredible at sending drafts of her amazing work so we all knew it was perfect and exactly what we wanted.

My Grandma is a true traditionalist and really struggled with the idea of a ceremony not being in a church …she has now said it is one of the most beautiful ceremonies she has seen!!

Guests were talking all day about how much they loved the ceremony and most importantly, my husband and I loved every second!!
Helen’s energy and enthusiasm is infectious to everyone around her and she is exceptional at her job!
The biggest thank you possible, Helen
You are such a wonderful person and we adore you and cannot thank you enough!

Michael and Lucie xx

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Married in the heart of our own community.

5 Stars
Ben & Becky

Wedding | 09/10/2022 | Silsden Town Hall, Yorkshire

A massive THANKYOU for creating such a wonderful ceremony for our special day.
It honestly was perfect
All of our guests loved you too!
And we had compliments such as, “Who was that lady?!” And “That was the most beautiful ceremony I’ve ever seen” so really we can’t give you much higher praise than that.
We are just so glad that we found you!
Thank you for making a ceremony that we will cherish and always remember.
Ben and Becky xxx

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Majestic celebration of love after the pandemic

5 Stars
John & Chrissy

Wedding | 08/29/2022 | Wortley Hall, Sheffield

Thank you, Helen, for being such an important part of our day!
We loved every moment and everyone said what a brilliant ceremony it was.
We couldn’t have asked for more and it has been an absolute PLEASURE working with you.

John and Chrissy xx

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