Hello, my name is Wendi Surtees-Smith and I’m an Independent Civil Celebrant. I’m based in Liverpool and I also cover Merseyside, Cheshire and Devon. I conduct non-religious and creative services that reflect the beliefs, personality and lifestyle of you and your loved ones.
Stunning, memorable and unique.
Gone are the days of one-size fits all. I believe that weddings should be about personal choice, inspired by the couple, their story and their life together.
No two relationships are the same and every couple’s journey of love is unique and special. Your wedding is a celebration of your journey so far as well as your continuing adventure in life together.
A popular growing choice amongst couples planning their wedding today is to opt for an independent celebrant to officiate the ceremony.
With so much choice out there to personalise every aspect of your special day, have you thought about how you’d like to personalise your ceremony?
My individually tailored ceremonies are created and delivered with genuine warmth and feeling. They are designed closely with the couple to reflect their individual needs and personalities.
Registrar led services are often less than personal and heavily restricted in way of content and personalisation. A wedding led by a Celebrant offers you the chance to have your ceremony exactly how you’d like it. Make it entirely personal, about you, to your timing and at your choice of location.
Born in Liverpool, a stone’s throw from the magnificent River Mersey, the river is massively important to me, it has a big place in my heart. I have very fond memories of picnics with my lovely mum and my sisters sharing a flask of tea and butties wrapped in tinfoil, running around playing games, or just cuddling up to mum and sitting watching the river. And now as a mum and a nan myself, I’m still drawn to its power and majesty…. And I’ve had many a picnic with our kids and grandkids …and It’s almost part of my DNA now, and most days I’ll take a walk with my husband to stand and look at that huge body of water, and the big sky; and on days when the weather and time permits, I’ll drive over to the Wirral to get in the sea and have a swim… I can’t resist a quick dip followed by a warming flask of tea. It doesn’t matter where I am in the world, if there is a body of water, I’ll be wanting to get in there..
I have lived and worked in my hometown for most of my life, I’m a true Liver bird! I love our vibrant city.
A bit about my background…
Before becoming a celebrant, I taught in both mainstream and Special Educational Needs schools for over 20 years. This suited my naturally compassionate and warm personality, and I loved the fact that there was never a dull moment. I loved being able to work closely with families and make a small difference in People’s lives.