Meet Associate Planner Member – Helen Noble, Celebrant of Surrey
Tell us about your journey into weddings?
I was a London Theatre Manager at a top international production house running the Theatre building and facilitating all the shows and accompanying events such Opening nights, as press nights and Gala’s. 15 year in the industry and a Marriage and motherhood later, I wanted something different. Having been bright up in the Church I knew I wanted to create that same sort of feeling for people – a sense of Ceremony, a sense of faith in something, and combine it with me Theatre management. Being a Celebrant marries these two skills together perfectly for me and my couples!
Describe your favourite wedding location (beach / city / country)
I actually love somewhere that is rich in history and stories.
That could be a barn that the farmer has devoted his time to converting because he knew it would be a gorgeous back drop for couples, or it could be a grand building such as Hampton Court Palace with gorgeous portraits watching over us and a real sense of pride from everything and everyone.
My other favourite place is a home Garden. That sense of love and family sharing and coming together and opening their home and hearts is just beautiful.
A location which as love story with a great back story to it .
Ultimate wedding theme you’d love to be a part of
For me, the theme is always Marriage and their story. From their story comes their theme. It might be that they met in a pub, and actually they are all about socialising, and sharing – so I love threading that theme through the day – a carvery with a designated carver at each table, or a pick and mix sweet station t share- that the Celebrant minister side of me. The events side loves the Idea of a Gin or drink based theme – I do an excellent G & T blessing ceremony 🙂
What 3 words would clients use to describe you?
Devoted, funny, professional
How do you unwind?
God I LOVE a hot deep silent bath with the light off and just one soft candle. Silence.
I love heights! I find being at the top of a building really wonderful. Having been a Theatre manager, I have been on the roof of some amazing London venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Richmond Theatre, and the Oxo Tower and Twickenham Stadium.
Best piece of business advice given?
Believe in yourself, and learn to take the compliments. Impostor syndrome is a killer so to listen to the people you Admire and never loose my authenticity.
Tell us something random about you
I’ve had many a back stage chat with some incredible actors. I was Kit Harrington’s (Jon Snow) first Boss. I gave him his shift off to go for an audition… and off he went!
Other random things – I can Bell-ring so have rung the bells for many a wedding !
My first job was a florist assistant, and I use to deliver to Freddie Mercury’s house.