Hi, I'm Sophie
I'm an over-emotional late forty-something Wedding and Funeral Celebrant aka ‘Smiler’, no prizes for guessing!
I’ve been in the game (not on the game!) for over eight years now. Before becoming a Celebrant, I worked as a Wedding Ceremonies Registrar for my local authority which became a tad frustrating as registrar-led ceremonies can be so very restricted.
Then one morning, just like the late great Freddie Mercury, I woke up singing ‘I’ve got to break free’ and so I did!
As a fully qualified Celebrant (unlike some shhhhh!) I hold a NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Celebrancy, adhering to the highest standards of practice.
I’d say my default ceremony style is traditional with a twist or informally formal.
I’m equally comfortable addressing a room of 180 guests as I am a chapel of just close family.
The scripts I write and deliver have been kindly described as ‘intuitive’, ’thoughtful’, ‘heartfelt’ and ‘spot on’.
Oh and as you know, I do love to raise a smile, I just can’t help it.
I just love those moments……
The one where the bride and groom burst into full-faced unashamed grins, in a moment of pure shared wedding joy!
Or when a ‘rabbit in the headlights’ groom searches my eyes for re-assurance and then finally settles in that magic moment of smiling peace as his partner arrives down the aisle to stand alongside him.
Or when a family that so dreads the stark reality of a funeral ceremony, is taken aback by a sense of pride, smiling at what they have achieved for their loved-one.
I really love those moments…… I really love my job.
Other details about me you can probably gloss over
I’m mum to a tween and a teen
I live in the New Forest (not actually in a forest!)
Been married and then not!
My old job was writing stories for the LEGO Company
I have a diploma in Person Centered Counselling
Four years ago, I planned my own mum’s funeral
I used to say ‘I don’t like champagne’ till I gave myself a slap!