Helen Lesak

The Elegant Celebrant

Reviews (10)

 Lesak
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This Celebrant specialises in Weddings This Celebrant specialises in Funerals This Celebrant specialises in Naming Ceremonies This Celebrant specialises in Renewals of Vows
Areas Covered

West Yorkshire

North Yorkshire

South Yorkshire

I travel Nationally

Specialisms

Second marriages and Symbolic ceremonies - (Sand, Unity Candle, Symbolic flowers etc)

Affiliations

Fellowship of Professional Celebrants

Spoken Languages

English

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Helen Lesak

The Elegant Celebrant

Reviews (10) - 5/5

EXPERIENCE

One Elegant Celebrant, endless possibilities!

The biggest day of your life is just around the corner and I know that you want to make a lifetime of memories surrounded by the people you love.
Celebrate in style, with dignity, with joy and laughter, with reverence and decorum, with ME!

From larger weddings to intimate gatherings and even weddings just for two, from Baby Naming and Renewal of Vows to any combination of the “rites of passage”, I can transform the words on a page into an extraordinary shared memory to last a lifetime.

So who am I?!

My name is Helen and I am The Elegant Celebrant at your service !

I am a celebrant with a zest for living and a thirst for life.

From my childhood I have always had a strong and heartfelt commitment to the church, being member of the church choir, youth club (wearing some shocking 1970’s outfits!), children’s church teacher and keyboard player and singer for worship at the Sunday services.

I loved the sense of belonging, the giving and receiving of unconditional love, the feeling of being integral to a community, of being part of a large family across the generations, being in a “team” who cared, shared, rejoiced, listened, laughed, cried, supported and looked out for each other.

My joy was complete when the opportunity to train as a celebrant became available and I am now an experienced Wedding and Family Celebrant offering beautiful ceremonies to celebrate your Wedding, Civil Partnership, Baby Naming /Welcoming Service, Renewal of Vows, "significant " Birthdays and even a combination of the above - double the joy!

I also officiate at funerals, memorial services or celebrations of life - the title of the ceremony for your loved one is entirely your choice, as are the stories, anecdotes and history to be woven into the service.
There are so many beautiful and meaningful words and ways in which you loved one can be remembered.
I would love to liaise with key family and friends to gather their special stories, make suggestions for the perfect choices of music and readings in order to create a comforting ceremony in which there is space to reflect, smile, remember and give thanks for a precious life lived.

And finally, “here are a few of my favourite things” (as the song goes) :

 Favourite word – “cherish” meaning to love and care for somebody, or value something highly, to retain a memory or wish as a source of pleasure.

 Favourite colour – turquoise blue- the sky and the sea, essential elements for all life freely given.

 Favourite phrase – “There’s something wrong if the kettle’s not on!” Yes, the door is always open and the kettle is always on and you are always welcome! And if the “youngsters” are not around, there may even be a fat rascal or fondant fancy from Betty’s exquisite tea rooms in Ilkley!

 Favourite place – home and our static caravan in the breath-taking Yorkshire Dales on our doorstep where I love to walk, chat, find head space, and be dazzled by the surrounding beauty before popping into the local inns and hostelries for a tipple or two!

 Favourite song – “ Don’t stop me now!” by Queen, simply because “I’m having a good time and I’m having a ball and if you want to have a good time, then give me a call................”


CEREMONY STYLE

I am a sunny, sophisticated and elegant celebrant officiating at ceremonies for modern couples who have a passion for the majesty and beauty of Yorkshire and its Dales.

All of my services reflect the wishes of my couples or families. be they formal or relaxed, simple or symbolic, but are always joyful and dignified, with the highest respect for the event being celebrated.

I have a particular heart for those getting married for the second time - this speaks to me and my experience and I am bursting with ideas about how to involve new in-laws, step- children and how to blend two families into one new "team" !
Official Member

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Reviews

Outdoor wedding

J and R

Wedding at

Cookridge Hall | June 2019

We were really excited to be working with you and we were so glad that understood our vibe.
Thank you so much for yesterday, Helen! Everyone com... Read review.

Review from funeral

P D

Funeral at

Lawnswood Crematorium and Cemetery | October 2019

Review from a friend of the family:

Helen was perfect to preside over a good friend’s father’s non-religious funeral this week.
She liaised w... Read review.

Wedding

V and S

Wedding at

Primrose Hill Club | October 2019

I just wanted to say thank you so much for our beautiful ceremony. Everyone has said how much they loved it and how it was the best wedding they ... Read review.

Delighted!

J and A

Renewal at

family garden | August 2019

Thank you, Helen, for a wonderful service for our 40th renewal of vows. We all had a wonderful and special day.” (John ) Read review.

Lovely review

J and U

Wedding at

Thorpe Park Hotel, Leeds | August 2019

Father :
Helen - thank you so much for your lovely, moving ceremony.
All of our guests were blown away by it. Fabulous!
Mother:
Thank you so ... Read review.

Jean- fest

Jane and Dean

Wedding at

Heywood in Greater Manchester | July 2019

“Thank you for coming to meet us last night – sorry of we kept you longer than normal. (never a problem – I loved meeting you!)
We think you ar... Read review.

Wedding

Amy and Ollie

Wedding at

Ballroom at their home | May 0019

We had Helen as our celebrant for our wedding a couple of weeks ago. She made it absolutely perfect.
When we met last year, Helen asked us all ... Read review.

Wedding

H and K Bogir

Wedding at

The stunning garden of the family home going back 3 generations | July 2018

Bride and Groom:
“We just wanted to say what an amazing job you did with our wedding ceremony. It could not have been better and we had a lot o... Read review.

Babay Naming Ceremony

J and S Davies

Naming Ceremony at

The garden of their family home | July 2018

Baby’s Father:
“Helen recently conducted a naming ceremony for our baby daughter. As non-religious parents, we wanted all the sense of ceremony... Read review.

Wedding Review

Ali and Ian

Wedding at

Manor House in Lindley | January 2019

We wanted to say thank you very much for conducting our wedding at the Manor House. From the moment we got engaged we knew we wanted a small pers... Read review.

Outdoor wedding

J and R

Cookridge Hall | June 2019

We were really excited to be working with you and we were so glad that understood our vibe.
Thank you so much for yesterday, Helen! Everyone commented on how great you were and it was so nice not to worry about being in the state I was in!


What Helen says...

This poor bride was so poorly on the morning of her wedding day.
However, I managed to send her photo's of her venue and how beautiful it was looking and reassured her that we were all there for her and her hubby and cheering them on.
She did wonderfully well and looked stunning- nobody would ever have known!

Review from funeral

P D

Lawnswood Crematorium and Cemetery | October 2019

Review from a friend of the family:

Helen was perfect to preside over a good friend’s father’s non-religious funeral this week.
She liaised with the family in advance to help write a beautiful eulogy along with structuring the event from start to finish.
Helen’s delivery was calm, sensitive and suitably humorous when required.
I would highly recommend Helen as the Elegant Celebrant for any occasion.

Louise (daughter -in-law) said:

We just wanted to send a huge thankyou for looking after everything so wonderfully on Thursday.
We could not have asked for anything better for P.
The words you wrote were perfect and really did sum up his life as well as reminding us all of his sense of humour.
P. was keen that the day should be a celebration, and it truly was.
Thank you from all of us. x


What Helen says...

It was a privilege and a pleasure to hear all of your wonderful memories about this wonderful gentleman and to celebrate his love of life and family. Your anecdotes and contributions were invaluable. x

Wedding

V and S

Primrose Hill Club | October 2019

I just wanted to say thank you so much for our beautiful ceremony. Everyone has said how much they loved it and how it was the best wedding they have ever been to.
It was perfect for us.
Thank you for making it our gift of love.
Much love,
The new Mrs and Mrs H x


What Helen says...

Totally joyful and joy-filled! I loved this couple - their vows moved me to tears. I am so happy that they found each other again later in life.

Delighted!

J and A

family garden | August 2019

Thank you, Helen, for a wonderful service for our 40th renewal of vows. We all had a wonderful and special day.” (John )


What Helen says...

This was such a beautiful , intimate and meaningful ceremony - an honour to have met this couple, written and conducted this celebration marking a 40 year love story which has influenced and inspired their entire family and many friends.

Lovely review

J and U

Thorpe Park Hotel, Leeds | August 2019

Father :
Helen - thank you so much for your lovely, moving ceremony.
All of our guests were blown away by it. Fabulous!
Mother:
Thank you so much for making Joe and Uyen’s day so special and perfect. It meant so much to me that you were able to conduct the ceremony.
Everyone has said how special and beautiful the ceremony was.
You delivered it with such skill, involving everyone in what was a joyous occasion.
Without exception, our guests loved the ceremony- so personal, beautiful and extremely elegant!


What Helen says...

You know how extra special this ceremony was for me - what a remarkable love story for a remarkable couple.x

Jean- fest

Jane and Dean

Heywood in Greater Manchester | July 2019

“Thank you for coming to meet us last night – sorry of we kept you longer than normal. (never a problem – I loved meeting you!)
We think you are wonderful and so professional – we are so pleased to have found you.
We can’t wait for the day now!”
After receiving their first draft:
Thank you so much for the first draft of our ceremony. We have read it and we cried and laughed – it is wonderful!
Jane:
Thank you so much on behalf of us both – we loved every minute of it and you were amazing!

Guest feedback:
Fabulous ceremony for my best friend’s wedding – informative, humorous and moving all rolled into one. One of the best ceremonies I have ever attended.
Thanks again


What Helen says...

Honestly Jane and Dean - yours was a wedding like no other which will live long and happily in my memory.
Thank YOU x

Wedding

Amy and Ollie

Ballroom at their home | May 0019

We had Helen as our celebrant for our wedding a couple of weeks ago. She made it absolutely perfect.
When we met last year, Helen asked us all about how we met and learnt our story. She then used this to make the ceremony really personal, which was perfect for our intimate wedding.
All our guests commented on how lovely she was. She also brought her husband on the day who took photos all day and actually captured some of our most precious moments.
We both can’t recommend Helen enough!
Thank you once again!



Wedding

H and K Bogir

The stunning garden of the family home going back 3 generations | July 2018

Bride and Groom:
“We just wanted to say what an amazing job you did with our wedding ceremony. It could not have been better and we had a lot of compliments on your calm manner, the content and the whole experience”.

The Bride’s Grandfather:
“I appreciated the dignity, reverence and totally unique ceremony which perfectly represented the happy couple”.


What Helen says...

It was such a happy, happy celebration and I loved every minute of being with you and your lovely family and friends. x

Babay Naming Ceremony

J and S Davies

The garden of their family home | July 2018

Baby’s Father:
“Helen recently conducted a naming ceremony for our baby daughter. As non-religious parents, we wanted all the sense of ceremony and importance of a more traditional christening, but obviously without the religious messages. Helen delivered the most wonderful service in our garden on a sunny Saturday afternoon in late July. It was exactly what we were hoping it would be! Helen had met with us and spoken to us several times before the occasion in order to put together an order of service and ‘vibe’ we were happy with. The result was an incredibly personal, thoughtful, happy and beautiful service. We can’t thank Helen enough for all her hard work in planning the event to welcome our little girl into the world. It was such a special event, and all our friends and family commented on what a wonderful ceremony it was. In the few weeks we have known Helen in the time leading up to the service, her warmth and general loveliness made the whole process of planning very easy and enjoyable. The service itself felt like it was being delivered by one of our own family: that’s how skilled Helen is as a celebrant. We can’t speak highly enough of Helen, and we will be recommending her services to our friends and family for many years to come.
Thank you, Helen, for providing us with a beautiful service that we will cherish forever (at least until we book you for the next one”.

Baby’s Grandma:
“I want to tell you about a wonderful day yesterday- my son is still emotional about it, as am I. The naming ceremony was conducted by the most AMAZING celebrant who completely made the day. What a lady. It was so emotional for us all. My sister cried all the way through and I had something in my eye making it water…not sure what it was!!! She even bought the sunshine......as I’ve heard she always does.


What Helen says...

I will never forget this most uplifting celebration with your beautiful family. x

Wedding Review

Ali and Ian

Manor House in Lindley | January 2019



We wanted to say thank you very much for conducting our wedding at the Manor House. From the moment we got engaged we knew we wanted a small personal wedding with our families. When we approached you to discuss this you listened to everything that was important to us and incorporated all these personal elements into a bespoke service. We were given the opportunity to review the service at each stage of writing and the ceremony folder was excellent in helping guide us through as well as offering us a selection of poem’s if we wanted to use them.

For us a celebrant was the perfect choice as we were able to have the time of our choice for the wedding with so much more flexibility.

Everything about our day was special and you played a large part.

We cannot speak more highly of your professionalism and would recommend the Elegant Celebrant to everyone.

Best wishes

Ali and Ian


What Helen says...

It was an honour and a pleasure and thank you for Ian's added words:

Thank you so so much – you were totally WONDEFUL. We will never forget today. Your ceremony was the most beautiful thing ever. I had tears in my eyes. Thank you so much.

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Why Choose Helen

I have passion for words, poetry, prose, music and memory-making!
I have a sunny and cheerful personality which is infectious and engaging for both the couple/family with whom I work and their chosen gathering.

I love my work as a professionally-trained Independent Wedding and Family Celebrant, sharing the most personal and individual stories of love, life and celebration.

What a privilege and joy!

As a trained music teacher, I have had invaluable experience co-ordinating performances and presentations for an audience which naturally translates into writing and presenting ceremonies for gatherings of family and friends, be they small and intimate or large and lavish!

My love for singing and music means that I can lead your congregation with confidence and enthusiasm which, I find, really enhances the mood and atmosphere of my ceremonies into truly joy-filled occasions as everyone feels comfortable, at ease and in "safe hands" .

I am always delighted to have an informal chat with you and very much hope to be "at your service"! x

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