I am Jamie Walker, Independent Celebrant and bringer togetherer of people! I love campfires and camping, woods, flowers, festivals, making things, writing (including coining new words-because why not!) baking and mothering my children (I actually love children so much that I decided to have four!) Oh and I have quite the collection of vintage wool jumpers! My style is pretty laid back. I live in a village south of Cambridge and will happily travel up to an hours drive for your ceremony, further afield will incur a small charge.
One of my favourite places ever has got be Grantchester meadows in Cambridge and my kitchen table, a bit naff but cake, tea, friends, what’s not to love about that.
One of the best things that anyone has ever said about me is that “When you open your door sunshine comes out” I love that.
After leaving the teaching profession (apparently my “approach to teaching is inspirational” thank you Ofsted!) to raise my family I realised that I felt right at home bringing people together. Whether it was a birthday party for 70 or an intimate supper for 7, being with and bringing together friends and family is an absolute passion of mine.
But my inspiration to train as an Independent Celebrant with The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants really came about after I spent a beautiful year holding space for Mothers and their Daughters in a circle group and writing Mother blessing ceremonies, it was then that I realised that I absolutely loved creating a more formal container for ritual, symbolism and ceremony. Writing a naming ceremony for one of my children was also a highlight of my Celebrant career despite the heavens opening and all the guests cramming into the marquee! The intimacy the storm created was actually quite beautiful.
So, how does it all come together? Well the best thing about hiring the services of an Independent Celebrant is that we get to know each other really well through meetings and chats via email or telephone so that your day can be crafted exactly to your requirements, whatever the ceremony. It can be held anywhere, in your back garden, on a beach, in a field, forest or woodland hotel or stately home. It can be traditional or modern, more serious or light hearted and include any number of symbolic rituals. Most importantly your ceremony will reflect who you are and what you value most. I will be on hand to guide you and to create a ceremony that is as unique as you are. Joy, love and laughter are rightfully included. Ultimately I want to get to know what makes you tick and to create something a little bit magical.
It is an absolute pleasure to be considered to be part of your special day and I will endeavor to assist you in any way possible. I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions at all, I am super friendly and love nothing more than a good natter.
Warmest wishes, Jamie