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!

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 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.

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