Cambodian/Devon Renewal of Vows



Alin and Mark met in Phnom Penh in Cambodia in 2007 and when Mark first saw her, all he could think about was her beautiful smile.  Three children have brought joy and happiness to them both and they look forward to sharing many more happy family times in the future.

 

They decorated their ceremony table in the traditional Cambodian way with fruit, flowers and candles. Amanda and Monica threw rose petals to lead their mum down the aisle and their son, David, was an excellent Ring Bearer.

After lighting three candles they asked their guests to bring forward red roses to place in a vase to represent love, respect and romance – affirmations for their relationship.

The ceremony also included Hand Fasting – Alin made a beautiful cord in blue, red and white – the colours of the Union Jack but also the Cambodian flag!  She wove in birthstones for their children.

Mark’s mother, Jane, wrote a heartfelt thank you the next day.

Wow! Just wanted to say another big thank you.  The ceremony blew everyone away especially the touches that you brought to it, bringing the Cambodian and British cultures together in such a lovely way.  There were quite a few surreptitious tears too.  Everyone also loved the thoughts about Alin’s family and those no longer with us.  All in all, it was a marvellous day, meaningful, emotional, poignant, ecstatic and fun.  Everything and more than Mark and Alin had hoped for.

If you ever need a reference, count me in.  I thought you were totally wonderful.  
With much love from all of us

PS  Amanda is available for petal collections now!

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Dry homemade potpourri.

It’s easy to create homemade potpourri with flowers from the funeral service, and there are plenty of different ways to display the fragrant petals. After drying the flowers in the sun or on a windowsill, the petals can be stored in pretty jars or flower vases that belonged to their loved one.

 

Glazebrook House Wedding



When I first met Sue and Graham they told me they wanted a ceremony that reflected their personalities and was full of joy and laughter. As you can see, between us we achieved this and much more.

After lighting a candle in memory of their loved ones, we passed two ribbons around the circle of guests –

Gold for the masculine energy and represents creativity, financial richness and Magical power and Silver for the female energy and symbolises emotional stability, dreams and protection from negative energies.

Their rings were threaded onto the ribbons and blessed by family and friends

Their close friend Tony tied the knot before Sue and Graham made their vows to each other.

“May the blessing of each of us be felt by you.

Go now to walk the ways of the world together,

and may your days be good and long upon the earth”.

Thank you so much for conducting our wedding ceremony, it was perfect in every way, thanks to your patience, kindness and guidance.

You took the time to get to know us and understand exactly what we wanted, making the ceremony so beautiful and personal to us.

The day was filled with so much love and laughter. Our guests enjoyed being involved in the “circle of ring blessing” and loved that we shared our own vows, both funny and emotional with them following the handfasting.

Many said that they had never been to a wedding quite like ours, using words like unique, beautiful and wonderful.

Thank you again for a perfect day.

Love and Blessings

Sue & Graham

   

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Create a shadow box.

Using dried, pressed flowers, photographs and other mementos, families can create small memorial pieces to place in their home in honour of their loved one. These take little effort and supplies, Hobbycraft can supply the boxes, and the act of building something special and combing through photos and tokens can help families navigate their grief in the days or weeks that follow the service.

Hand Fasting by the sea



Chloe and Mark wanted to celebrate their growing family – they have 4 beautiful children between them – with a Hand Fasting ceremony overlooking the sea at The Barn, South Milton, Devon.  Their son was the Ring Bearer and did an excellent job accompanied by his rabbit!

Chloe made the Hand Fasting cords using three ribbons

Pink for Romance, caring, nurturing, Green for Peace, home, children and  Blue for Loyalty and honour, sincerity and devotion.

Chloe and Mark see these as the qualities and elements that that they invited into their relationship and affirmations for their marriage.

They asked their friends to witness their vows by signing the Certificate.

Sarah was a fantastic help from the first time we contacted her. She offered great guidance and advice and helped us create a ceremony that suited us. Sarah conducted a beautiful ceremony that we will never forget. Many of our guests commented on how lovely and engaging the ceremony was. We are thoroughly thrilled. Thank you!

Chloe and Mark

Woodland Wedding



Phil owns a wood near Linkinhorne, Cornwall and asked me to perform a wedding ceremony there to celebrate 18 years of being together with his beloved Shari.

At this point on their journey together they wanted to take this time, in this beautiful place with family and friends, to acknowledge and celebrate the journey so far and also to look ahead.

Their guests collected flowers and leaves from the woodland and I asked them all to come forward and place them in the wooden platter (made by Phil) as a symbol of their unity.

The Circle of Blessing Ceremony had two ribbons, one was green for growth, healing, home and peace. The other ribbon was brown for stability, protection of the household and to strengthen their relationship.  Their family rings were passed around the circle for their family and friends to bless.

Phil and Shari exchanged rings and I performed a Hand Fasting ceremony to seal their love.

“Shari and Phil, look to all your tomorrows with sustained hope and a strong commitment to your marriage.  May those of you who have witnessed this ceremony continue to support them, honour and respect their relationship and wish them joy in their future.”

We drank a toast to the happy couple out of wooden goblets lovingly made by Phil from trees in his wood.

Thanks again for helping to make our day very individual and special.

We were very happy – even in the rain!

Shari and Phil

For more information about Ceremonies in this wonderful Woodland contact:

[email protected]

 

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