Andy & Nikki in the Garden 

Congratulations to beautiful couple Andy and Nikki who were married this weekend! We were lucky enough to keep the wet weather at bay on Saturday afternoon, long enough to enjoy a glorious outdoor wedding ceremony underneath a huge oak tree, stood out on the pretty corner patio of the garden, at the bride’s family home in Farnham Common.
The wedding was a quaint affair, sweet and informal, with guests making themselves well and truly at home in Nikki’s father’s house, and friends chipping in and lending hands to the kitchen and cupcake stands, all contributing to a family-like vibe which resonated throughout the celebration.


A harpist played the bride in to the ceremony, and the rings were delivered with the help of Molly the Jack Russel, who behaved just beautifully on cue from the groom!


Andy and Nikki’s ceremony was an absolute joy to write , and a pleasure to perform. The script held a heavy responsibility not just in supporting the couple’s commitment to eachother, but to their earth-loving lifestyle, and dedication to the environment too. 


Spirituality was in abundance, with a quote by Ghandi, and a beautiful Ohso blessing delivered by a friend, and the vows were scripted with Buddhist teachings, and spoken in unison by the bride and groom.
What was even more unique, were the wedding rings Nikki and Andy had chosen to wear to symbolise their marriage. Not like traditional wedding rings, these rings were made of wood, sourced from an area of the world dear to their hearts, and a central band of crushed shells and sand which represent their personal values, and our human significance, within the greater story of our planet.


Their ceremony was truly beautiful, and the bond between this couple, and their dedication to what they believe in is simply admirable. It was an honour to help them celebrate their day…
Samantha

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Mahsa and Mamad at Syon Park

Last weekend I had the absolute honour of officiating the marriage of Mahsa and Mamad at South West London’s Samantha Kelsie Wedding Celebrant at Syon Park Londongorgeous venue Syon House and Park.

Mahsa and Mamad originate from Iran, and already officiated their marriage in a traditional Iranian ceremony with their families back at the end of last year. However, the pair have lived and worked in central London for over 10 years now, and so this weekend, following a quick registrar ceremony in the morning, this beautiful couple underwent a third ceremony in the glorious Great Hall of the house, with myself as their celebrant.

Although many of the guests had travelled from Iran, Austria, Canada, the US (and some even made their way out of central London on a Saturday!!), Mahsa and Mamad wanted this ceremony to be ‘typically British’ in tradition, so together we planned and wrote a simple script which incorporated a declaration of intent, traditional C of E wedding vows, and an exchanging of wedding rings. Of course, we still included the personal touches too… that’s what makes it a celebrant ceremony after all!

Mahsa looked just beautiful in her dress, and her bridesmiads all wore lilac. They were each escorted down the aisle in the historic manor hall by an usher, to greet the nervous groom. Three ceremonies in, you’d think he’d have been ised to this by now, but certainly third time’s a charm and this was the final, and most meaningful, moment to say ‘I do!’

Syon Park Wedding Celebrant Samantha Kelsie

It was a joy to be part of this lovely couple’s wedding day, and to enjoy spending a few hours in such a beautiful setting too. I can not thank the team at Syon House for being so very welcoming and accomodating on the day, and am so grateful for the gorgeous feedback received from them afterwards too:

“Dear Samantha,

We really enjoyed working with you at Syon Park last weekend. [Our event coordinators] found your sensitive and thoughtful approach very helpful – and your ceremony was lovely.

Head of Functions and Events – Syon Park”

For more information about having Samantha as your wedding celebrant, visit www.ohsoperfect.co.uk, or enquire now on enquiries@ohsoperfect.co.uk

Oh so, I do! Wedding Celebrant

Oh So Perfect’s Samantha is proud to be recognised as a fully certified, professional marriage and family celebrant, and so as well as offering wedding and event planning services, Oh So Perfect are now also able to offer bespoke, personalised ceremonies for couples wishing to celebrate their marriage with an alternative wedding ceremony.

IMG_4053Traditional wedding ceremonies such as a church ceremony, or marriage by a registrar, are often quite limited in their conduct, as they are restricted by legalities and formalities in order for the marriage to be recognised under UK Law.

A wedding ceremony conducted by a celebrant, however, allows you as a couple to make your ceremony as personal as you wish, and can be conducted anywhere, anyway, anyhow!

Celebrants allow you the freedom to hold your wedding ceremony at any location you wish, whether indoors or outdoors, in a licensed wedding venue, or somewhere different altogether. From the beach, to a stately home, in a castle, or up a tree house… you could even celebrate in the comfort of your own garden – there are no limitations!

With a celebrant you also have the freedom to tailor your ceremony to suit your relationship, by writing your own vows, including personal poems and readings, or celebrating with the music that bonds you as a couple. You could even include a symbolic ceremony such as a hand fasting, unity candles, or a sand ceremony… the options are endless!

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Samantha will work closely with you to identify your love story and the things that make you unique as a couple, helping you to design and write the ceremony as you see fit, so that you can celebrate your marriage in your own personal way. On the day of the wedding, Samantha will act as your officiant to conduct the ceremony in front of your loved ones, and send you forward into life as a married couple.

Celebrant services include:

  • Meeting with you approximately 2-3 months before the wedding, to discuss your ceremony in full and help you to plan the proceedings.
  • Assistance with writing vows, choosing poems or readings, and piecing together the general order of service.
  • Unlimited contact and guidance throughout the ceremony writing process.
  • Professionally written and personalised ceremony script.
  • Option to include a symbolic ceremony in your service, such as hand fasting, unity candles, sand ceremony, or anything personal and symbolic to you.
  • Rehearsal with you and your wedding party before the ceremony.*
  • Your bespoke wedding ceremony officiated by your Oh So Perfect celebrant.
  • Keepsake copy of your full ceremony script and a printed ‘Ceremony Certificate’ presented to you after the ceremony.

All of the above is included at £495*
*Additional travel expenses may be added.

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Please note: A celebrant ceremony is not a legally binding ceremony, and so for your marriage to be recognised by law you must also complete the legal formalities at a registry office before or after the ceremony.

For more information about ‘What is a celebrant?’ and to learn more about the ceremonies offered by Samantha, please visit our sister website: www.ukcelebrant.co.uk

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