Rutland wedding celebrant Louise Patricia is nominated for Celebrant Industry Awards 2021
A teacher-turned-wedding celebrant has been nominated for an industry award.
Louise Patricia decided on a change of career path after years teaching English and having become an assistant headteacher.
After moving to Morcott she put her skills in public speaking to new uses outside the classroom and assemblies, instead helping couples to celebrate their wedding days.
“I became a celebrant three years ago,” said Louise, who, as well as conducting celebrations in Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, still provides occasional school supply cover through Oakham-based Textbook Teachers.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for the Best Client Services in the weddings category of The Celebrant Industry Awards 2021.
“Recently there have been lots of bookings for wedding celebrations because people had to postpone during the pandemic.”
Louise, who has been married for 32 years, says wedding celebrations have changed over the years, and now allow for different ideas and styles which couples can choose.
“The role of a celebrant is to tell the story of the couple, how they met and what they wish for in the future, as well as to introduce readings or speeches or songs from friends or family,” she said.
“It really is a lovely job and a lot of fun.”
Voting for nominees takes place next week, before the top five from each category go before a panel of judges.
Winners will be notified at the end of the month.