Celebrant, Micro-wedding Venue, Artist, Accommodation Hostess, Blogger, Loony…
“Real – Enthusiastic – Joyful – Poetic” .. B Brockman 2019
So this is me: Bernice Benton: Celebrant, Artist, B&B owner, Micro-wedding venue provider, Official Loony…
I own a small rural B&B, Cerdyn Villa in Llanwrtyd, Mid Wales; As a celebrant, its the perfect location from which to offer elopements and micro-wedding packages; taking advantage of our accommodation, glamping garden boudoir and wonderfully unique purpose built tepee tent.
I am a stained-glass artist and teacher and art and creativity can be woven into any celebration held here.
I am also Lady Lily the Pink of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.
Sometimes these hats are worn separately, but somehow, they all work in synergy to create one unique and alternative package.
“Berni is the voice of Bogsnorkelling, my happy companion gardener, a mind full of artistic and looney ideas, and a friend who can be a warrior when needed but always kind and compassionate” – Jenny W Sept ’20
I believe that every person is extraordinary, that every chapter change in the novel of our lives is worth a celebration Everybody is unique; and, as The Alternative Celebrant, I aim to help people celebrate, commemorate and remember in their own unique and ordinarily extraordinary way, by helping to create and then deliver services that truly reflect them, encouraging them to be true to themselves and those they are celebrating, forget about what is ‘expected’ and do it exactly how they want. I specialise in intimate, honest, heartfelt events: funerals, remembrances, elopements, vow renewals, joining ceremonies and other unique personal reasons to punctuate your story.
“Berni has a charismatic warmth, which makes people feel safe, important, worthwhile, interesting. Berni is welcoming, she oozes love, reassurance, compassion” .. J Oddie 2019
I don’t like to follow too many rules. I also think that many things are cause for celebration. I’m an atheist (born to Jewish parents – also atheists). As an Independent Celebrant, I can design services and celebrations for any occasion; be it weddings and funerals to divorce parties; coming out ceremonies, pet funerals, vow renews, naming ceremonies; commitment celebrations; memorials…anything. I’m always working hard to ensure others celebrate their own extraordinariness in a way that best reflects their personalities.
Based on the outskirts of the eccentric little town of Llanwrtyd Wells, gateway to the Cambrian Mountains and overlooking the Epynt Range, Cerdyn Villa B&B is a family run guesthouse and micro-wedding venue.
“Visited with a young family and we loved our stay here! Bernie is so welcoming and friendly, the kids loved feeding the chickens and the breakfast was plentiful and tasty! It’s really close to the train station in a beautiful location.” – Matthew – July 19 via booking.com
Way back in 2005 we upped sticks and moved our lives to the beautiful town (village) of Llanwrtyd Wells in Mid Wales.
No planning, just a spontaneous move born out of desperation. We run a B&B from it (Cerdyn Villa, LD5 4RS, come and visit us 🙂 ). We could not be happier. I am an accommodation ‘hostess’ and I’m pretty good at it, I knew I would be. I always wanted to have a guesthouse. Hubby, was never so sure, but he is an excellent host, he loves to chat with the guests as much as I do.
We’re in Wales because Hubby and I quit our middle management office jobs after a two-day holiday to a place chosen by sticking a pin in a map. We visited Llanwrtyd Wells, Mid Wales and returned home to sell our house, hand in our notices and pull our 7yr old son out of school. We moved ourselves here lock stock and car transporter within 3 months of the initial visit. Without a care in the world, much of a plan or a backward glance.
These days I am a stained glass artist and teacher with a home based studio from which I create beautiful commissioned art and gift items to my own designs. I also teach at Myddfai Community Hall, where I am one of the Directors
“I have the privilege of unique piece of glasswork made by Berni in my reflexology treatment room. So many clients comment on its beauty. This was a vision Berni had from a photo and one she developed with love.” – Katie P
So here’s a little bit about Berni, the artist…
I always felt I had “an artist in me” so started community art and stained glass classes and now that’s what I do. I have a studio at home from where I paint and create stained glass designs. I also use it for private workshops and artistic retreats
“We’ve 3 pieces of art from Berni and they all are bloody amazing.” – Kells – Nov ’18
I love people who ‘don’t fit into a box’ , eccentrics, rebels, free-thinkers. Anyone who’s a bit ‘alternative’….
…Which is probably why I joined the Monster Raving Loony Party as my alter ego, Lady Lily the Pink, soon after moving here and discovering my home is in the town where Screaming Lord Sutch played his last ever gig and also the place where the party has its Brecknockshire H/Q. I’ve even stood for parliament….
What can I say about Berni, the Loony?
I would say I’m a bit of an antagonist; I like to stand up and be counted when I feel people are wronged and I like to ‘advocate’ for those who feel they don’t have a voice. As such I often find myself in ‘hot water’ or in the local press for making a noise about local issues when, perhaps, the public servants would prefer everyone to keep quiet! Anyway, I’m sure my blogs will cover some of these antics…
I do, of course, happen to live in the most eccentric town in the UK; also the smallest. A happy coincidence (some would say ‘fated’). Llanwrtyd Wells invented Bog Snorkelling; Man v Horse Marathon; Mountain Bike Chariot Racing; to name but a few. It also created the World Alternative Games… gathering eccentric pastimes from around the world together bi-annually to the benefit of the community, the amusement of the world and the interest of the press. I take my hat of to the great characters and the wonderful personalities you will no doubt read about here
…some people would say I’m eccentric… you can judge for yourselves… .
My blog finds the extraordinary within the ordinary. It is a celebration of all things everyday that make each of us unique and ordinarily extraordinary human beings. …..
…some people would say I’m eccentric… I think of myself as ordinarily extraordinary, just like you xx