I am Julia Hill

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My life in three paragraphs

I was born in England, in Birmingham, but lived in Africa from an early age, in Zambia and South Africa. It was an enriching and beautiful experience, but I returned to England to be closer to my family in 2011.

I qualified in catering management in my early twenties, and found great joy in cooking, the greatest reward being when I ran my own catering company for 13 years and saw how people enjoyed their eating experiences. It also taught me a lot about event management and detailed planning.

I have many interests, and always enjoy a new challenge, but when not planning, writing and delivering ceremonies, you might catch me with a spoon in hand (I still love to cook!) or a good book—normally indulging in a good murder mystery—or happily crafting away.

Me as celebrant

Being a celebrant, surprisingly, has quite a bit in common with being a chef … I am given ingredients (the people and elements that are personal to you) and then it is up to me to mix all these together, creating a ceremony that is just right for you. No two ceremonies are ever the same, and nor should they be.

I love the fact that my experiences living in South Africa opened my eyes to so many different cultures and beliefs (or none.) This has given me a great basis to start from here in the UK, another beautiful and diverse nation. I respect others’ ideologies as my own, so my approach is always inclusive, flexible and supportive.

I embrace thinking outside the box (heck, I threw it out years ago!)—we are all so very different, we have aspirations and dreams, we have particular requirements especially when planning special life events, whether it be in the union of a happy couple, welcoming and naming a child or celebrating life’s milestones along the way.

I look forward to working with you to create your special ceremony—from the heart, personal and filled with all the little things that have special meaning to you.


The renewal of vows was simple, personal and moving, made all the more so because Julia had taken the time, without our knowledge, to contact our sons in Canada so their message to us could be included in her address.- Caroline and Peter Coxon