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!

Remember your Life



Remember your life.  Memories can fade no matter how hard you try to hold on to them so record your memories down while they’re vivid.

Write them down, video them or make an audio recording to share with the family. It makes the Eulogy at your funeral much easier for your family! Make sure you tell your loved ones what YOU want to happen when you die – they are not mind readers.

Decide how you would like to be remembered:

Build a library

Buy a village, goat or a well

Plant a tree, bulbs that come up every year or a bed of Forget-me-nots

Name a star

Adopt an animal

Fund a scholarship

Start a charity

Record a song

Talk to me and I will help you write your Funeral Wishes to celebrate your life, your way.  Remember death is the destination we all share.

North Devon Beach Wedding



We celebrated the wedding of Katie and Chris on Saturday in a unique and beautiful ceremony on Putsborough Sands in North Devon.  Their guests had created the aisle by building sandcastles to guide Katie, her father, her bridesmaids and her two gorgeous dogs to the Arch.

They chose a Sand Ceremony  with sand from Spain and Devon blending their families into a new family and, as Katie and Chris combined their sand it symbolised the start of their journey in marriage with a promise that they will be loving and strong and as inseparable as the grains of sand.

Lola, their dog, brought up the rings and stayed by their side as they said their Vows to each other.  Their celebrations carried on long into the night – the complete photographs can be seen on:  www.projectvalentine.co.uk

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.


The Celebrant Accord



I have been a Celebrant since 2012 and I am so pleased to be able to adopt The Funeral Celebrant Accord so that all my families know that I always offer the best service.

The Funeral Celebrant Accord

The Funeral Celebrant Accord defines the attributes and skills required of an excellent funeral celebrant and is intended to set the standards by which all celebrants offering funeral services should be measured.

The role of a funeral celebrant is to serve the bereaved and their community by creating and leading a personal, accurate and respectful funeral ceremony.

Their work should clearly reflect the life, values and beliefs of the person who has died, acknowledge and give time to their community of family and friends, and create an environment in which the grieving process can be held and supported.

An excellent funeral celebrant:

1. Is professional

2. Cares for their clients

3. Is calm and shows natural leadership

4. Writes personalised ceremonies

5. Cares about their self-development

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!

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