Ceremonies and Children



When you decide to celebrate your love in a Wedding Ceremony or Renewal of Vows, include your children as they are such a big part of you both.  They can be Ring Bearers, place flowers in a vase, light a candle, join in a Sand Ceremony and Hand Fasting ceremony and, of course hand out the chocolates for the Chocolate Ritual!  They will remember your day for the rest of their lives.

Wedding Ceremonies



Choosing a celebrant to deliver your wedding ceremony gives you a whole range of options that a registrar just can’t.  So….you can have your ceremony anywhere, not just licensed venues.  I have performed ceremonies in couples’ favourite places; beaches, woods, their own gardens, hotels, on boats, cliff tops.  I often recommend Middle Coombe Farm, Tiverton; The Barn, South Milton; Putsborough Beach in North Devon and Bovey Castle, Dartmoor.

Your ceremony can include: walking down an aisle, giving and blessing of rings, exchanging of vows, lighting of candles, poetry, even religious or spiritual words. Symbolic Rituals to unite you could include Rose Ceremony, Sand Ceremony, Hand Fasting and Jumping the Broom, often coupes choose all of these!  I have even written Cocktail Rituals and Chocolate Ceremonies to make the wedding as personal and unique as you are.  Part of the fun is choosing which ones suit you the best! 

 

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Castle Wedding



Joyce and Jiapeng chose the beautiful Bovey Castle Hotel in Devon for their wedding ceremony.  Their families came all the way from China and, on one of the hottest days of the year, they witnessed the love between the couple and their gorgeous daughter Emma.

To unite their families I performed a Candle Ceremony.  I invited both mothers to come forward to light two candles representing the love and support of their families.  I then invited Jiapeng and Joyce to take the candles and light the centre candle.  As the one light cannot be divided so they would be united from this day forth and go forward into a shining lifetime together.

Joyce and her mother made the Hand Fasting cord together and all the guests placed pink roses, a symbol of grace, joy, admiration and happiness, in the vase along with all of their hopes, best wishes and love for them both.  

From this day forward,

You shall not walk alone.

My heart will be your shelter,

And my arms will be your home.

Jiapeng and Joyce sent me their photographs with a lovely note:

Jiapeng and I would like to thank you very much Sarah. You have been very helpful since our first phone call and meeting. You used your experience to help plan the whole wedding ceremony. It was a perfect day and everyone enjoyed it so much!

Candle Ceremony at Bovey Castle



I received this beautiful letter all the way from America today!  Mike and Maryam wrote:

Thank you so much for making our special day so unique, intimate and tailored to us as a couple.  Everyone raved about what a beautiful ceremony it was!

Mike and Maryam chose a Candle Lighting as part of their Wedding Ceremony at Bovey Castle, Devon.  Their mothers lit the outer two candles representing their son and daughter then I asked Mike and Maryam to light the middle candle together:

This candle represents the coming together of two lives and, even though you remain individuals with your own unique strengths and weaknesses, you accept the other as their highest priority. It is a relationship that strengthens the individual through love, honour and respect.  As this one light cannot be divided so you will be united from this day forth and go forward into a shining lifetime together.

 

A truly wonderful ceremony that united, not only Mike and Maryam but their families as well!

Poppy Mai – Naming Ceremony



Family and friends met together to support this wonderful family as they celebrated at Exminster Golf Centre for Poppy Mai’s Naming Day.  We began by Lauren and Adrian lighting a candle for their daughter which they will keep and light on her birthday every year.

As her Parents, Grandparents and 6 Godparents came forward to make their promises to Poppy, they placed a pink rose into the vase on the table along with all of their hopes, best wishes and love for her.

After their promises they took a packet of poppy seeds to plant so that year after year the poppies will remind them all of their love for Poppy.

I asked all the guests:

Do you welcome Poppy into your lives and promise to support and encourage her in all she does? and they replied Yes we do

Poppy’ brothers Jayden and Kai read this beautiful poem to her

Poem: Our Smiling Little Sister

You are the little girl who smiles at me

The little girl who longs to see

Where all my toys are hidden away

You need them now it’s time to play.

The little girl who always smiles

The little girl who crawls for miles

You’re into things you shouldn’t be

Oh why can’t you sit quietly?

The little girl who chatters away

The little girl who has lots to say

I give you my promise that I’ll always care

As your big brothers and sister we’ll always be there

Joshua Molnar

A beautiful day for such a beautiful little girl.  To Poppy-  health, happiness and long life.

 

 

Bovey Castle Wedding



The wedding of Christina and Chris took place on Saturday at the beautiful Bovey Castle.  Guests arrived from as far away as Bermuda, Sweden, Netherlands, Canada, Scotland and USA.   The bride’s close friend  sang “How Long Will I love you” (Ellie Goulding) with the backing of a string quartet before the couple exchanged rings and said their own moving Vows to each other.
Photographer – Vicki Boulter – Devon Portfolio
I received a lovely email today:
I wanted to take the opportunity to say the warmest thank you to you for the lovely ceremony you wrote and conducted for us on Saturday. We had such a wonderful time and it was really emotional in all the right ways. 
I can’t begin to thank you for how special you made our day and we had so many lovely words from our guests about how beautiful the ceremony was. 
You will forever have a special place in our heart and I have attached a photo I think is beautiful of the three of us.
Love and regards
Chris and Stina

 

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