Ceremonies and Children



When you decide to celebrate your love in a Wedding Ceremony or Renewal of Vows, include your children as they are such a big part of you both.  They can be Ring Bearers, place flowers in a vase, light a candle, join in a Sand Ceremony and Hand Fasting ceremony and, of course hand out the chocolates for the Chocolate Ritual!  They will remember your day for the rest of their lives.

Wedding Ceremonies



Choosing a celebrant to deliver your wedding ceremony gives you a whole range of options that a registrar just can’t.  So….you can have your ceremony anywhere, not just licensed venues.  I have performed ceremonies in couples’ favourite places; beaches, woods, their own gardens, hotels, on boats, cliff tops.  I often recommend Middle Coombe Farm, Tiverton; The Barn, South Milton; Putsborough Beach in North Devon and Bovey Castle, Dartmoor.

Your ceremony can include: walking down an aisle, giving and blessing of rings, exchanging of vows, lighting of candles, poetry, even religious or spiritual words. Symbolic Rituals to unite you could include Rose Ceremony, Sand Ceremony, Hand Fasting and Jumping the Broom, often couples choose all of these!  I have even written Cocktail Rituals and Chocolate Ceremonies to make the wedding as personal and unique as you are.  Part of the fun is choosing which ones suit you the best! 

 

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Naming Ceremony for twins



I recently created and performed a Naming ceremony for gorgeous twins – one boy and one girl.

As they had held hands since they were born, I also performed a Hand Fasting ceremony using cords

Orange for good luck and good fortune, yellow for learning and knowledge and green for balance and peace.  All of these elements that their parents would like to bring to their children’s lives.

I received a beautiful thank you letter:

I just wanted to write to say thank you so much. The ceremony was so perfect and exactly what I had imagined. There were some lovely comments from the guests about the feel of the day, and the lovely words that made the naming really special. People even approved of the length!! 

Seriously though, you really made it feel very individual and spiritual, without feeling contrived or forced. I now have fantastic memories! Thank you so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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