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!

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]

 

Adventures of a Celebrant – Finale



I felt privileged to perform the Renewal of Vows ceremony in Venice for Naomi and Graham.

I have created and performed ceremonies in so many different locations over the years; in woodland, beaches, cliff tops, hotels, gardens, parks, and even in your home.

I offer Weddings, Hand Fasting, Same Sex Weddings, Renewal of Vows

Rites of Passage such as Birthdays, Engagements, Coming of Age and other Special Anniversaries.

Alternative Christenings/Naming ceremonies for babies and children including joining families together, Stepfamilies and Adoption

Funerals focussing on celebrating and/or reflecting the life of your loved one

Celebration of Life ceremonies as a time to honour and appreciate the living who may be near the end of their lives

All my ceremonies are bespoke and together we will create meaningful memories, which will bind you closer and give joy to all the special people on your special day.

Contact me for more information

Adventures of a Celebrant in Venice – Part 8



Daisies are the flowers that symbolise a Fifth Anniversary, a small flower with a large meaning, depicting innocence, loyal love, purity, love that conquers all, beauty and simplicity.

I guided our couple to exchange the daisies.  In so doing, their gift to each other is the gift of love.

Tara Statton Photography

As a close and loving family, Graham and Naomi chose their son, Devon, to be their witness and to sign the certificate of this ceremony, which he did with great seriousness and gravity.

After saying the Closing Words, I ended with a beautiful poem just perfect for their marriage:

Once in a lifetime

Once in a lifetime you find someone

Who touches not only your heat, but also your soul.

Once in a lifetime you discover someone who stands beside you, not over you.

You find someone who loves you for who you are, and not for who you could be.

Once in a lifetime, you find someone…

As you have found each other

Anon

Graham then kissed his beautiful wife!

After the cheers and applause, our audience drifted away and we continued to celebrate with hugs all round.

Contact me for your perfect ceremony

Read Part 9 (coming August 10th)

Halden Belvedere Wedding



 

Bryan and I wanted to thank you so so much for performing our wedding ceremony. It was the most incredible , amazing day

The ceremony was everything we could hoped for and was truly beautiful, that was absolutely down to your planning, development and sensitive guidance for the proceedings. 

Helen and Bryan celebrated their wedding with their family and friends at Halden Belvedere near Exeter. Bryan had written a poem to his beloved Helen and I was privileged to read it on the day. The Flower Ceremony bound their families together and, after the Hand Fasting, Bryan and Helen read their Vows to each other with tears and laughter.

A bespoke ceremony written with love for a very special couple.

 

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