· JEAN BARRETT QUINN ·
“MENTALLY HOLDING YOUR HAND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY”
· HUMANIST WEDDING CELEBRANT ·
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HI THERE! I’M JEAN, YOU CAN CALL ME JBQ!
Originally from ROI, I threw caution to the wind in 2005 and moved to Belfast after Uni with an ex-boyfriend…. (awkward). I fell in love with the city instantly and decided to stay.
10 years ago I walked into a dark, empty bar on Bank Holiday Sunday. It was early afternoon, I was hungover after my birthday celebrations the night before and had to be coerced into joining some pals for a few beverinos. As it was a fabulously fresh and luminous May Day, I noticed all of the other patrons were outside in the beer garden. All except one. As my eyes adjusted from the sunny glare to the shady interior, I made out a solitary figure at the bar. We locked eyes. Folks, this is the story of me and Mr. BQ. Dramatic I know but sure if I can’t hype my own love story, who can???
We live in the countryside in County Down, in our 70’s renovation with our two tiny humans Sebastian and Elodie. Celebranting, keeping the tiny humans alive and creating our forever home keeps me busy.
© Photo by Pop Photography
FUN FACTS ABOUT JEAN
TO MY AMAZING LOVE GUIDED COUPLES
I will always be humbled by your trust in me to write your love stories. The joy, the loss, the pain, the heart break, the tears running down your face and sides hurting from laughing and the incredible choices that you have made to lead you to celebrating with your chosen person on your wedding day. Please always know that I hold your inner most thoughts and feelings close to my heart like an exquisite treasure.
As a trained, accredited and experienced celebrant with Humanists UK, I am also a mentor for new celebrants. This means I offer support, guidance and observation opportunities to new celebrants as they complete their celebrant training. It allows them to feel welcomed and connected to this growing network and it allows our couples feel assured that all @humanists_uk celebrants have had thorough and practical training.
A PERSON'S VALUES CAN TELL YOU A LOT ABOUT THEM. MY GOLDEN RULE IS JUST
“DON'T BE A D*$K”
WHY I LOVE MY JOB
I have genuine friendships with my couples and their families.
There is joy to be found in every story and I have the honour of being included in their inner circle. Working with a tribe of awesome wedding suppliers inspires and challenges me daily!
I get to laugh A LOT! I get to witness love in its truest form. During the ceremony I am close enough to hear the quick intake of breath, to see the little reassuring hand squeeze, the wicked wink, the steady reassurance of commitment.
Celebranting (yes, it’s a word) enables a work life balance which incorporates writing love stories, raising my tiny humans with my husband and renovating our 70’s home. My style is a big part of my personality so getting ready for a ceremony is akin to getting dressed up for a friend’s wedding. It’s a BIG DEAL!
I AM WORKING IN A SPACE WHICH IS CHANGING THE EXPECTATION OF WHAT A WEDDING CAN BE
MEET MY SUPPLIER DREAM TEAM!
Introducing a circle of talented professionals who weave magic into weddings, just like I do! These recommended suppliers share my commitment to inclusivity and have joined me in creating unforgettable celebrations. Having collaborated closely with each of them, I wholeheartedly recommend these like-minded experts who excel in their craft. Dive into a world where genuine inclusivity meets exceptional service, ensuring your wedding day is a seamless blend of dreams and reality.
JBQ NAMING CELEBRANT
Choosing to have a Naming Ceremony is such a gorgeous way of celebrating our little humans. However your family came to be, a Naming Ceremony can meaningfully mark the ways they have changed our lives involving family and friends in an inclusive way.
Picture a celebration that uniquely tells the story of your family’s love and milestones. With a passion for infusing warmth into life’s beautiful moments, I specialise in curating personalised naming ceremonies that go beyond the ordinary. Whether you are welcoming a new addition, blending your families or celebrating a transition in your life; I'm here to make your naming ceremony a truly special and memorable occasion. Let’s create a moment that reflects the heart and soul of your family’s journey!