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.

Meadow Wedding



Aimee and Tom look forward to a long and happy life together as they grow together as a couple in a loving equal partnership and always being there for one another no matter what life brings, supporting each other through difficult times, rejoicing together in happy times.  They celebrated their wedding with a Flower Ceremony and a Hand Fasting.

Aimee and Tom sent me these gorgeous photos and told me:

We wanted to say a big thank you for the incredible ceremony, so many people comments on how lovely it was.

RENEWAL OF VOWS 2016



Every year I feel privileged to write and conduct the Renewal of vows for Naomi and Graham founders of http://www.weddingwishingwell.org.uk/default.html

Naomi and Graham chose Watergate Bay in Cornwall for their 4th Wedding Anniversary.  It was another hot day as they had their rings blessed, read their vows to each other and I performed a Hand Fasting ceremony.

May this knot of love remain forever tied, and may these hands be blessed. 

May they always be held by one another.

May they have the strength to hold on tightly during the storms of life. 

May they remain tender and gentle as they nurture each other. 

May these hands build a relationship of love, caring, and devotion. 

May you both see each other’s hands as healer, protector, shelter and guide.

As this lovely couple paddled in the sea, I helped their son Devon make a pebble picture on the sand.

Silver Wedding Cocktail



Theresa and Douglas celebrated 25 years together with a colourful ceremony at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth.  They bounced into the room on Spacehoppers to everyone’s delight!  The couple chose a flower ceremony to show their love for each other and unity with their family then made their own creation – a Cocktail which they named Pugwash Punch…. Theresa even added a special ingredient, an eyeball!  So they can both keep an eye on each other through life!  After a beautiful hand fasting ceremony, using red, silver and gold ribbons, they read their vows to each other.  There was not a dry eye in the room as Douglas said:

I promise to love her until I lay under the moon and stars for ever and a day.

The ceremony ended with Jumping the Broom and loud cheers from all their family and friends.

The video is now ready to view on my Facebook page.

Amazing Wedding Photos – 5



Dita and Oliver’s wedding ceremony was in their garden in front of their many guests.  Oliver write a poem to his beloved Dita, such a personal and unique way to make his vows.

To be loved is to know happiness and contentment. To give love is to know the joy of sharing oneself. It is through the miracle of love that we discover the fullness of life.

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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