Tom and Louise’s stunning walled garden celebrant wedding in the Peak District

Fancy getting married and having your celebrant wedding ceremony at home? Tom and Louise picked me as their wedding celebrant. Here’s the story of how we worked together to create the wedding ceremony of dreams, in their own words.

Walled Garden Celebrant wedding ceremony

“Before I get into any detail if you are looking for someone to write your ceremony (although Eleanor is much more than that!) then don’t look any further. You have found an incredible person to work with, just book her – you won’t regret it.

We are not religious, but wanted something deep and meaningful for us both. When me and my new wife were looking for a celebrant, we didn’t really know what we wanted, or had that much of an idea what a celebrant does. We looked on Instagram and online met a couple of people at wedding fairs. I was fairly sure that we were going to book one of them for our ceremony. I am so glad we didn’t..

Eleanor gave us some more detail on the service she could offer and what it would include. There was absolutely no pressure to go ahead with her, but it was very clear from the start that Eleanor was going to be the right person for us. She was very open, easy to talk to about things that are obviously very personal with an amazing understanding for the nuances of individual relationships.

She made the whole experience of getting to know us fun and full of meaning and heart.”

How I create a personal wedding ceremony

“As part of getting to know us we filled out a 11-page questionnaire all about us and our lives together. I’ll be honest I thought, “wow this is a lot, do I really need to fill this out?”  But once you really start to think about the questions, it draws out all the old memories feelings and emotions you have for one another.

It includes a few activities you wouldn’t expect, I cannot stress enough how important it is for BOTH of you to give this your absolute all, it’s more than just a bunch of random questions but a memory bank that you can look back on in years to come. It forms the backbone of your ceremony. The more you put in the more you will get out.

Eleanor used her amazing talent to write the most emotive beautiful ceremony we could have wished for; from the bottom of my heart, it really couldn’t have been any better. It fit us and our relationship perfectly and just as importantly Eleanor fitted us too!”

How I work with you on your wedding day

“Your wedding day is such a memorable and personal day that it is absolutely essential that you really like the suppliers, vendors and people you are working with. This was extremely important for us when creating our wedding.

Eleanor helped us with so much more than just our ceremony, she offered us invaluable advice on all aspects of our wedding day, helped calm our nerves and concerns and even visited my wife the morning of our wedding day to make sure everything was in order!

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Once she arrived at our venue, she helped me and my Groomsman get organised and even helped out pinning our boutonnieres on. We had no idea what we were doing, I was a bit anxious but Eleanor arrived and it immediately felt relaxed and under control.

The first time we had met Eleanor in person was on our wedding day and it felt like I was meeting with an old friend. It was effortless and easy and totally stress free. Something your actual wedding day should definitely be.

She presented our ceremony to a crowd of people she didn’t know and yet it was seamless and natural, there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere, including mine! She supported us both to recite our vows when the emotions got a bit much, and did it with grace and without judgement.

Wedding suppliers that do care about your big day are important

To say planning a wedding is a bit of a mine field is a massive understatement and to get it right takes a lot of hard work and navigation of countless suppliers. There are a lot of people that are just looking to make a quick, and usually hefty pay day out of weddings. Eleanor is not one of them. She actually cares about you and what is one of the most special days of your life. You only do it once (hopefully!) And choosing the right person to help you say what you really want to say to the person you are committing the rest of your life too in our opinion is the most important part.

If you want a truly special ceremony, full of heart and soul, Eleanor has to be your celebrant, trust the process and commit to her requests you will have the most special ceremony to treasure forever.”

Well, I cried when I read this testimonial, I’m so lucky to work with people like Tom and Louise, and wish them a wonderful life together, travelling the world one minute, cuddling gorgeous Rusty on the sofa on a Friday night the next. Also, pleased to recommend Amelia Jane Photos, the incredible talent responsible for these gorgeous pictures.

Eleanor Willock Somerset Wedding Celebrant
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