Lily of the Valley Ceremony



Flowers are important to Chris and Louise and they chose Lily of the Valley for their ceremony.  Apart from being one of Lou’s favourite flowers, Lily of the Valley is the May birth flower and it is said to mean “Return of Happiness”  It is also said that to hand Lily of the Valley to your loved one shows that your relationship is finally complete.  A beautiful ceremony for a very special couple – and their gorgeous dogs, Izzy and Dexter – at Endsleigh House Hotel near Tavistock, Devon.

Callington Gospel Choir are an excellent choir and sung Lovely Day for their Entrance Music and closed the ceremony with Happy Day.  Best Wishes and much love to the happy couple.

Lou and Chris wrote:

Thank you for making our day so special. It was a wonderful romantic ceremony and we were so happy with the words. All our guests commented on how lovely it was. I would highly recommend Sarah for your special days.


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!

Ellie and Joe’s Wedding



Ellie and Joe wrote:  I just wanted to say thank you for everything you did you make our ceremony so perfect

It was a glorious day as we celebrated Ellie and Joe’s wedding in Ellie’s parents garden.  We watched the bride and her father following her Bridesmaids and Flower Girl as they walked from the house to the field to meet her handsome groom.

What is a Marriage?  

What is a marriage? 

It’s loving and cherishing, hopefully relishing

Its hosting and toasting and Sunday roasting

Its having and holding, the odd little scolding

It’s guessing, confessing and nightly undressing

It’s trying, relying, a little white lying

It’s snoring, adoring, occasionally boring

It’s knowing and showing and mutually growing

It’s compliment giving and always forgiving

It’s sharing and caring and dressing gown wearing

It’s walking, its talking and bottle uncorking

It’s tender supporting and raucous cavorting

It’s secret confiding and shoulder providing

It’s readily praising and often amazing

It’s loving, respecting and calmly accepting

It’s cleaning, its mopping, its waltzing and bopping

Its needing, conceding and possibly breeding

It’s playing and paying, its coping and staying

It’s comfort when weeping, a warm body sleeping

It’s lives interweaving and always believing

That’s what makes a marriage.

 

Their hand fasting cord was made of three strands with their beautiful dog Luna’s fur woven into the white ribbon;

White– Wholeness, completion and inspiration

Green – Growth, prosperity and balance

Blue – Understanding, patience and loyalty

They walked back down the aisle as their guests cheered and threw lavender and rose petals!

 

Milky Way Wedding 6 – Cheers and Cake



Jo and Monique planned their gorgeous Wedding Celebration at The Milky Way near Clovelly, North Devon.

After their Ceremony, Jo and Monique walked down the aisle together as everyone stood and cheered!  Their guests made an arch for them to walk through as Savage Garden was sung by Yazzy.

Their glorious cake was made by their friend Graham – lemon drizzle and carrot cake, chosen by Jo and Monique after a lengthy tasting session.  I had created and performed Graham and Sue’s Wedding Ceremony 18 months before and it was so wonderful to see them again!

Jo and Monique’s wedding was full of laughter, tears and so much love and I felt privileged to be asked to create such an amazing ceremony and to be a part of their celebrations.  They continued to celebrate into the evening as we all had a turn on the Dodgems as part of  The Milky Way Adventure Park.

Congratulations Jo and Monique!!

May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live

Milky Way Wedding 3 – Hand Fasting



Jo and Monique planned their gorgeous Wedding Celebration at The Milky Way near Clovelly, North Devon.

They exchanged rings then I performed their Hand Fasting Ceremony.  Hand fasting is a wedding ritual in which the couples’ hands are tied together as a symbol of their lives being joined together.

They had made their cords from 5 different strands including a red ribbon which was decorated with dog paws representing their beloved dogs Kai and Fin. 

They also included a yellow throw line (Let’s hope they will never have to paddle a river and need rescuing 20 metres apart as their new 20 metre throw line is now a few feet shorter!)

Surfer Nalu beads were attached from every beach they have surfed together and they had also woven into the cords a silver compass bead and the SAS badge which represents Surfers Against Sewage their clean beach charity.

After I had tied the knot, Jo and Monique read their Vows to each other amidst much laughter and tears.

Milky Way Wedding 2 – Sand Ceremony



Jo and Monique planned their gorgeous Wedding Celebration at The Milky Way near Clovelly, North Devon.

Once everyone was welcomed, including family who had come all the way from New Zealand and Switzerland, I told the story of how Jo and Monique met – it involved a nudist beach, a plastic bag and a dog!!  As Jo and Monique are surfers and love beaches they chose a Sand Ceremony layering sand from Man Sands and Saunton in Devon.  They then blended their sand together:

“You have now blended your families into a new family, as you start your journey in marriage, loving and strong, as inseparable as these grains of sand”.

 

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