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.


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!

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!

 

Cliff top Wedding Ceremony



A glorious day for Aimee and Tom’s wedding as I performed a Flower Ceremony as part of their personal Wedding Ceremony.

They chose pink peonies for a happy marriage, white roses for new beginnings, purity and charm and blue hydrangeas for gratitude.  These were the elements that they would like to bring to their marriage.  Family and friends placed their flowers in the vase along with all of their hopes, best wishes and love for them both.

They wrote a beautiful email afterwards with their photographs and these words:

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

Celebrating a Life Well Lived



I always  go to the family’s home so that we can share a cup of tea, they can explain the photo on the mantlepiece and have an ordinary conversation about planning this extraordinary occasion.  It is always lovely to receive feedback from a ceremony and confirm I have done a good job!  We listened to his favourite composer, George Gershwin, playing I Got Rhythm as he definitely had lots of rhythm!

Just wanted to thank you so much for creating such a beautiful service for my Uncle.

I really appreciate your approach to funeral services namely “celebrating” someone’s life as opposed to commiserating their loss, this results in a lighter feeling service which is much more positively focused.

I thought you were wonderful!!

Kebar and Andrew’s Wedding




Kebar and Andrew said their Vows in front of all their family and friends at East Soar Farm in the gorgeous barn.    After exchanging rings, they played We’re going to be friends by The White Stripes as their friends Fin and Brian handed round the chocolates ready for the Chocolate Ritual.  Kebar sent me these beautiful photos taken by The Vintage Wedding Photographer  and wrote:

Our wedding day was absolutely amazing and we are so happy that Sarah was part of our special day. We love East Soar Outdoor Experience and without Sarah’s help our wedding day would not have been possible! We are so grateful to have met you and that you helped us to get married, by leading our blessing, in the place that we felt most connected to. Thank you Sarah.”

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