I am a professional English celebrant (officiante) living and working in the Gers region of SW France. It's a beautiful, unspoilt and mostly undiscovered land, steeped in history, peppered with stunning chateaux nestled amongst medieval villages that seem to belong to a different century.
Before moving to France nearly 20 years ago, I worked as a PA for various companies in advertising and marketing, IT recruitment and for boutique restaurants.
After moving to France, whilst learning French, I looked after various holiday homes, taught English privately and worked for a beautiful chateau, at the same time bringing up my children. I was a chateau housekeeper for 15 years, looking after the guests and helping to organise and run weddings and events. It has been a busy few years!
I am a young grandmother who loves to embrace the adventures that life has to offer - I have kept motorbikes and horses, skydived, taught English in the French University and sung in a rock band – but the most important thing for me is to bring other people happiness and to see their joy.
I have already had the privilege of being involved in over 200 weddings - so you can say I know rather a lot about your special day!
For some years my role had been as bridal party co-ordinator, helping to make sure each ceremony was exactly what the bride and groom had discussed over many months with the hard working wedding planner and their team. I was there the day before to rehearse the bridal procession, then on the day of the wedding for every part of the bride and groom preparation, including pinning button holes, orchestrating the bridal procession and the confetti moment afterwards.
When I trained to become a professional celebrant, I found that with my knowledge and experience, I can bring so much more to your special day.
I am also a French speaker so would be able to deliver bilingual ceremonies.
My passion is to listen to your story and create a beautiful, bespoke ceremony for you, interwoven with your hopes and dreams, honesty and humour, that fully reflect your love and journey together.
The big day came and the one person from that day that really has stuck in my memory is Helen.. She basically acts as your PA for the day and keeps popping in to check on you, bringing champagne, running through timings and just generally making sure you're ok. She really is wonderful, I felt so lucky to have her. -Sarah & Cyrill -
Here are a few testamonials from 2022
Emily & Mike
"We can't get over what a fabulous job you did. It was absolutely perfect, exactly what we were hoping for but not only that, you made us feel so comfortable on the day.
You have such a kind manner, it shines through and everyone couldn't stop talking about how lovely you were. You were so in control during rehearsal and the morning of the wedding day, we just knew things would go smoothly.
Thanks so much for stepping in so last minute, ..You're going to make many couples so happy, you're the perfect person for the job."
Katherine & Jordan - Chateau de lartigolle
"Helen is an absolutely fantastic celebrant, softly spoken with warm and friendly personality. I highly recommend her !!"
Sue & Allan
My Father-in-Law died recently here in France, a long way from his old friends and most of his family. Helen came to visit us before the service to talk sensitively about my father-in-law, his life, personality and beliefs. This meant that the funeral, which was attended by just a small number of people, was not a dry, impersonal affair but a real reflection of our departed family member.
Thank you Helen "