About Me

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Breda Jazz Festival | image Paul Ranft

Hi, I’m Clover Jean. I’m a Dutch based native English wedding celebrant living in the heart of the Jordaan, Amsterdam – Holland.

As a bilingual marriage officiant [fluent Dutch], my passion is non-religious weddings, civil partnership celebrations, naming ceremonies and entertaining.

With 30 years of experience my comical storytelling gift, presentation skills and singing talent has brought me to this point in my life. I’ve had the good fortune to be a part of many personal celebration ceremonies.

What’s more, my entertainment business gives you “carte blanche” to modernise and transform a traditional wedding with an exciting new twist!

Not to mention, that an alternative approach to celebrations creates an informal, meaningful and memorable occasion. It has a distinctive look and feel. Equally important, is music. So, add some “Classic” R&B, Motown soul and black gospel tunes and you’ve planned the perfect, picturesque, party. But, I hear you thinking where is she from, well do you have a second?

Chapter 1 | There’s more about me

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Mummy Josephine Jean | 14th March 1943 – 26th September 2015

In the beginning there was a lucky little girl called Clover, yes Clover Jean is my real name!

Albeit that I’m an exotic mix of traditions, my Jamaican mother and St Lucian father, empowered me with the spirit of life.

I’m a young at heart but mature British-Caribbean national.

As an expat born in Shepherds Bush, London in the late sixties, I’m based in the Jordaan district. Surrounded by the canal belt, this beautiful historic city has become my home.

Do you want to know more?

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Papa Julian Jean | 14 october 1933 – 13th March 2003

The first transformation happened in 1989 when I fell in love with the Netherlands. Living and working in Holland’s buzzing capital is a dream come true.

And after enrolling on a Dutch language course, I took a vow to get to know the people, the quirky, weird and wonderful customs.

Did you know….I passed the state Exam Dutch as a Second Language (NT2). And as a United Kingdom (UK) national I’m a fully-fledged resident of Holland. So, move over Brexit, I’m officially Dutchiefied and have a residence document!

Chapter 2 | What my irreligion client’s say about me!

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Seaton | Clover | Thomas

Here’s something you need to know…I’m an ordained minister – Universal Life Church.

And my irreligion clients find me word of mouth, via google search, or see the poster hanging on my office window.

They describe me as,  a lighthearted celebrant | officiant with a difference [charismatic and perhaps a little crazy, in a good way].”

But, 5 years ago both my parents passed away. Then came a health scare, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

Although in denial of the illness, this drove home the fact that life is short, challenging and unpredictable. I vowed to embark on a new journey as a certified celebrant for all kinds of uplifting personal ceremonies.

Interested in your wedding celebration

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Me back in my younger days

I’m interested in you and passionate about writing | peforming heartwarming and meaningful speeches. Moreover, I get my inspiration from the National Wedding Show, TLC (Say Yes To The Dress) and BBC Radio 4. And there’s more…about me …..

I love romantic period dramas. I’m a sucker for diversity, embrace different cultures and great relationships. Basically, I’m committed to one celebration a day!

So, if you are “getting civilled” , “married”, and want to celebrate your union, I can marry you.

As a native English celebrant | officiant I’m dedicated to create memorable moments for you. Or I preside over a non-religious, international wedding celebration or boat wedding here in Holland, UK or any other part of the world. And what’s really exciting about me is that my services are tailor-made to suit you, your cultural background, ethical belief or [non] religious faith.

By creating a ‘Wow’ factor, you’ll spice up your [bilingual | international] celebration of love with me as your personal celebrant. In a word, an alternative ceremony. Send an e-mail or call for a no obligation, no pressure chat. Hear from you soon!

Email info(at)cloverjean.com

Or call me: +31 (0) 6 148 17242

Irreligion wedding celebrant | marriage officiant – Historically, the growth of irreligion in the UK has followed a European-wide pattern of secularisation. Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irreligion