Bonjour! My name is Lara; and I am a Family and Funeral Celebrant based in France. I live in rural Normandy with my alpacas, kittens and chickens. Not to forget my wonderful Husband Paul who I married right here in France.
I come from an enormous and close family. You can be sure that I have been to more than my fair share of weddings and funerals (not to mention christenings and other events)
Frankly, they just seemed to be the same. Something you had to get through to ‘qualify’ for the party afterwards. Two remarkable celebrants convinced me that this did not have to be the case and that is why I am a family and funeral celebrant today.
A celebrant should allow you to have a ceremony that means something to you. A ceremony that is right for your family. A wedding that reflects who you are as a couple. A funeral that truly celebrates the life and the character of the person you loved.
I only want to perform ceremonies that are as individual and special as ‘the dress’, the flowers, the venue and you. You deserve nothing less.
I have had an amazing career working for over 25 years in community and politics. I had the challenge of leading charities through difficult times and the honour of working in the UK Parliament. Now however, I realise that as well as being rewarding these experiences were also a giant training course, helping to make me a better celebrant.
I know the importance of attention to detail. Working in Parliament meant working to the highest standard all of the time. I believe that if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing to the best of your abilities. I only strive for excellence and never accept mediocre.
I have helped organise hundreds of events including a garden party for a Prime Minister, an international celebration of the life of a radio hero and a christmas party for over 100 children and their families. Whatever the event, whoever it is for, having excellent organisational skills makes it special.
Some of most rewarding moments have been supporting families, especially with the wonderful charity Home-Start. Really listening to what people need and want, helping them, through hard times means I not only listen, but hear you.
A big part of my career has been about being creative. Trying new things and not being afraid to be different. I love bringing that creativity to celebrancy and making every celebration different and special, and sometimes quirky.