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 celebrant [fluent Dutch], my passion is planning and creating weddings, civil partnership celebrations, naming ceremonies and entertaining.
My background as an entertainer, comedienne and singer has led to a career as a singing wedding ceremony speaker.
I’ve performed more than three hundred weddings, vow renewals, naming ceremonies and music shows over a period of 30 years. Now I focus on three ceremonies a month. Why? So that each couple has my full attention in designing a beautiful celebration ceremony.
Would I call myself an alternative wedding authority? Yes! And my novel approach to celebrations gives you the freedom to create an informal, meaningful and memorable moment surrounded by loved ones.
Equally important, is your signature songs. So, add some “Classic” R&B, Motown soul and black gospel music and you’ve planned the picture-perfect party that is authentically you. But, I hear you thinking am I the right marriage celebrant for you? Read on and 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, I am happy to assist Dutch speaking couples, international brides and grooms, destination weddings and interracial couples.
What is my style of celebrancy?
I’m an authoritative when it comes to public speaking and have a powerful voice that commands your wedding guests attention. In fact, I’m a lighthearted marriage celebrant with a difference [charismatic, and perhaps a little crazy, in a good way].
Bringing warmth, excitement and a sense of humor the well-written ceremony speech is delivered with eloquence and ease.
Why did I become a celebrant?
Well, both my parents have passed away. And in 2002 I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. My life turned upside down!
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. But, now you ask where do I get my wedding inspiration?
About me Clover Jean | my story
In the beginning there was a lucky little girl called Clover, yes Clover Jean is my real name!
And I’m an exotic mix of traditions, my Jamaican mother [baptist] and St Lucian father [atheistic], empowered me with the spirit of freethinking.
With 40 years of marriage, my parents taught me a lot about how married life is one big journey of ups and downs. It is forever evolving, challenging and demands unconditional respect and love.
As an expat, British-Caribbean national born in Shepherds Bush, London in the late sixties, I moved to Amsterdam in 1986. Living near to Anne Frank’s House and encircled by the canal belt, this stunning historic city has become my home.
A novel approach to weddings and party celebrations
In reality I’m a mature young at heart person who fell in love with the Netherlands after enrolling on a Dutch language course. In the early nineties I took a vow to get to know the people, the quirky, weird and wonderful customs.
Amazingly 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 2020, I’m officially Dutchiefied and have a residence permit!
Exciting naming ceremony celebrations & more
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 there’s more about me…
I love romantic period dramas, embrace diversity, different cultures and your 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!
So are you engaged and ready to get married? Are you getting civilled or are just moving in together? We can commemorate the occasion!
Whether you desire a wedding celebration or canal boat marriage ceremony in Amsterdam or any other part of Holland, 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 – Historically, the growth of irreligion in the UK has followed a European-wide pattern of secularisation. Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irreligion