Wedding & Funeral Ceremony Expert. Writer. Storyteller. Life-Cycle Celebrant ®
Hi, I’m Nelly. With a background in hospitality, I have trained to become a Life-Cycle Celebrant® back in 2014, and have since worked full-time as the very first (and to date the only) professional wedding officiant in Tahiti, writing and performing personal ceremonies for couples from around the world.
While I loved managing resorts, there came a time in my life when I simply wanted to accomplish something different. A job that would allow me to actually enjoy my island home Moorea in French Polynesia (you know, to actually see the light of the day and not just work, eat, work, eat, sleep, repeat), but also to travel to beautiful France and spend more time with my family back there.
I found my calling by training extensively with the Celebrant Foundation & Institute in the U.S. and becoming a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® with a diploma in Weddings and Other ceremonies for couples.
What does this entail? Studying ceremony creation and performance, and perfecting the art of ceremonial public speaking. From then on, I have been creating unique wedding ceremonies that evoke laughter, and happy tears through meaningful and heartfelt storytelling for close to 200 couples from around the world.
I am a believer in lifelong learning, and growth. As an established wedding ceremony writer, could I do more to help people?
Both creative and practical, detail oriented, and highly invested in creating what you want, you can count on me to be unbiased in every situation.
On To Becoming A Full-Time Ceremony Writer Delivering Writing Work Worldwide
I took a bold step forward and I further developed my practice and knowledge as a Celebrant, by graduating as a Funeral Life-Cycle Celebrant® a few years later.
It is a fact that there is a bigger need for ceremony experts and writers now than ever before. There are so many families who did not have the ability to have a funeral during the pandemic, now seeking ways to meaningfully mark the anniversary of the loss of their loved ones. Is there a time limit to hold a memorial? In short, absolutely not. One year, two years, five, or twenty years… it does not matter. What matters is that you honour the deceased and his/her legacy, whenever that is. This will help you tremendously in your grieving process. Also a fact.
Furthermore, people are often at a loss when it comes to talk about someone who recently died. Coming up with the right words and delivering a speech at a funeral is no easy task. I know how stressful and overwhelming planning a funeral can be!
That’s why you need me.
How do I create personal, heartfelt and uplifting funeral and memorial ceremonies for my clients around the world?
Firstly, no question is too small and you can bet on my responsiveness.
Secondly, I have developed an easy and efficient onboarding process online so we can start working quick, because more often than not, time is of essence.
Celebration of Life • Celebration of Love My Commitment To You As Your Ceremony Writer
Once you have made the decision to have the ceremony you want without the overwhelm you don’t, and to entrust me with the writing of your ceremony, my focus will be 100% on your love story if you’re getting married, or your loved one life stories if you’re grieving the loss of a close relative – to ensure a memorable celebration.
Whatever your circumstances, I’m here to help you to mark those important life’s passages in a way that will touch both the ear, and the heart.
A good deal of laughter and some tears are my indicators of a successful ceremony, whether at a wedding, or at a funeral/memorial – yes, it’s all about celebrating a life!
When I’m not working on writing and delivering ceremony scripts worldwide, you will most likely find me either hiking neighbouring forests and mountains, or hanging around the garden with my Hubby, my beloved “Moorea-sheperd” dog and my cat.
I could easily live on French cheese and bread with red wine. Having spent two decades in dreamy Tahiti, I also love sushi’s and tuna sashimi.
I dream about traveling the world and have already visited over 20 countries… lots of destinations where I envision myself trekking or scuba diving remain on my to-do list.
Now that you know me better, what kind of ceremony wording are you looking at finding?