Hi, how are you feeling at the moment? Well, I hope you and your family are OK, under the circumstances. In fact, I’m glad you’ve got the time to visit me. It’s good to see you here!
Who am I?
In the beginning there was a lucky little girl called Clover Jean, yes it’s my real name! I’m a Dutch based native English wedding celebrant. And I’m dedicated to creating new family traditions and celebrations.
Where am I from?
As an expat, British-Caribbean national born in Shepherds Bush, London in the late sixties, I moved to Amsterdam in 1986. So, leaving my family and friends behind, it’s important when we do catch up to celebrate in style!
How old am I?
Well, you shouldn’t ask a lady her age but I’ve reached half a century. In reality I’m a mature young at heart person with a lust for life [perhaps a little crazy, in a good way].
What is my cultural heritage?
I’m an exotic mix of traditions, my Jamaican mother [baptist] and St Lucian father [atheistic], empowered me with the spirit of freethinking. Read on…
About me Clover Jean “what you need to know”
Where do I live?
Living in Amsterdam near to Anne Frank’s House and encircled by the canal belt, this lively city has become my second home. And as a United Kingdom (UK) national I’m a fully-fledged resident of Holland.
Do I speak Dutch?
Yes – I fell in love with the Netherlands after enrolling on a Dutch language course. So, in the early nineties I took a vow to get to know the people, the quirky, weird and wonderful customs. In fact, I passed the state Exam Dutch as a Second Language (NT2).
What is my passion?
As a bilingual wedding celebrant [fluent Dutch]. My passion is performing heartfelt, fun, engaging and memorable marriage celebrations. And I love to conduct civil partnership and naming ceremonies too. In truth, my guilty pleasure is entertaining and facilitating you.
What is my work background?
I have a background in the leisure, hospitality and travel sector. And this has led to a career as an entertainer, comedienne, singer and wedding ceremony speaker – celebrant.
How many years of celebrant experience do I have?
Established in 2008 as an all-round entertainer. In 2013 gained my celebrant wings and have 7 years experience: performing weddings, vow renewals and naming ceremonies. And I focus on three ceremonies a month. But, I hear you thinking am I the right person for your blessing service? Well, judge for yourself!
About me Clover Jean “what client’s say!”
Who is my ideal bridal couple?
Well, most of my beautiful bridal couples are from English speaking countries overseas – America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and beyond. However, Dutch speaking wedding couples, international brides and grooms plus interracial couples trust me implicitly to conduct a blessing service [without legalities].
What is my style of celebrancy?
What my couples’ rave about is that I’m an authoritative when it comes to public speaking. My powerful charismatic voice commands wedding guests attention. Bringing warmth, excitement and a sense of humor the well-written speech is delivered with eloquence and ease. In a word, there will be no yawning or sleeping at your ceremony. On the whole, everyone will seat upright and truly enjoy it!
Why did I become a celebrant?
Well, my light bulb moment happened when both my parents passed away. And in 2002 my life was threatened: I was diagnosed with a progressive form of rheumatoid arthritis. Alarm bells were ringing in my head!
40 years of marriage
So, I embarked on a new journey to live my dream as a marriage celebrant. Officiating all kinds of personalised ceremonies to celebrate a special milestone is a pleasure.
With 40 years of marriage, my parents taught me a lot about how married life and life in general is one great journey of ups and downs. It is forever evolving, challenging and demands unconditional respect and love.
Where do I get my wedding inspiration?
So, getting back to my question, I get my wedding inspiration from you, the National Wedding Show, TLC (Say Yes To The Dress) and listening to real-life couple’s stories on BBC Radio 4.
And I love romantic period dramas such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Gone with the Wind.
On top of that, I love a laugh: French and Saunders, Monty Python, Gene Wilder & Richard Pryor [stir crazy], they leave me in stitches.
But, I love to embrace diversity, different cultures and other personal beliefs [religious or non-religious].
Another thing I admire those who know about the secrets of enduring love. Basically, I’m a sucker for meaningful relationships!
Party celebrations & naming ceremonies
So are you planning a party? Or are you engaged and ready to get married? Perhaps, you want to get civilled or move in together? We can commemorate the occasion!
Whether you desire a celebration in Amsterdam, Holland or any other part of the world [after the relaxed COVID-19 restrictions], I’m here for you.
And what’s really exciting about me is that my services are tailor-made to suit your authentic style.
In a word, call me to discuss your party music, wedding ceremony or baby naming ceremony needs. And yes, you can renew your marriage vows too! Send an e-mail to plan a no pressure chat. Hear from you soon!
Irreligion wedding celebrant | marriage officiant – creating new traditions for you. Historically, the growth of irreligion in the UK has followed a European-wide pattern of secularisation. Source: en.wikipedia.org