Hi! I’m George...

...the face behind Hestia & Iris.

I live in beautiful East Devon near the sea with my husband of a decade, James, and our gorgeous girls Dahlia and Polly.

I am a creative, modern and joyful celebrant that creates memorable and meaningful ceremonies that will have you and your guests feeling all the feels! We will laugh and we will cry as we tell your story together.

As well as being a creative and independent celebrant, I am also an abstract artist and I absolutely love bright colour! I paint as much as possible and also teach expressive art lessons to children from 18 months to 14 years old.

I love to be near the sea, I run, attempt to paddle board and relax listening to audio books (scaring myself silly with Stephen King is my guilty pleasure!). I also love my garden and spend as much time as I can out there making it my small but perfectly formed sanctuary.

2020 was a year of great change for almost all of us in one way or another and I am no different. One thing that became clearer to me throughout this experience is the huge impact our relationships with each other have on our wellbeing, how gathering and ceremony are part of what make us human.

Becoming a Celebrant

I started seeing small “calls” to celebrancy; accounts on social media or the word popping up here and there and it felt to me a beautiful thing to be able to do, to facilitate these gatherings, to be part of the most special or impactful times in people’s lives.

I am proud to be trained by and affiliated with the prestigious Institute of Professional Celebrants who train all their celebrants with the utmost passion and professionalism.

My celebrancy passion is supporting families celebrate together, helping you to involve your children, making sure every person in the room feels included and ensuring your family, whatever it may look like, is as much a part of your ceremony as they are your lives.

As well as art, my work has always included supporting and listening to people in some way. I have supported families in crisis, elderly people with dementia, women that have survived trauma, always needing a present and empathetic ear and a strong sense of creativity.
In many ways my path has always been leading towards becoming a celebrant and I am so grateful that was made clear to me. I am so looking forward to meeting you and working alongside you to tell your story.