Naomi and Graham 9th Anniversary



I have been privileged to be a part of Naomi and Graham’s journey together as they first asked me to lead their renewal of vows ceremony seven years ago.  Since then, we have celebrated on the beach at Watergate in Cornwall and here in their garden but, sadly, their plans to celebrate their 8th anniversary in 2020 was cancelled due to Covid 19.

But the year that Naomi and Graham chose to have their ceremony in Venice stands out in my mind.  I was fortunate to be part of their team, travelling together to Italy.  The Water Taxi journey into Venice from the mainland was memorable for us all, there is nothing more glamorous than gliding along the Grand Canal in an open-top water taxi, slowly taking in the beautiful views.  Their ceremony in St Marks Square was intimate and moving and, even though we were surrounded by history and the beautiful, iconic architecture, it was obvious that Naomi and Graham were in their own personal bubble and had eyes only for each other.

I was honoured to be asked again to write and perform the Renewal of Vows ceremony for Naomi and Graham’s 9th wedding anniversary reaffirming that their marriage has grown and means more to them than ever before and they will grow even closer in the future.

 

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As they exchanged their rings and made their Vows to each other, I said these words:

Hold hands a moment longer and cherish this very special moment in your lives. You are holding the hands of your lover, comforter and best friend. They are the hands that will reach for yours in times of joy and sadness. Although it is your hands that touch, it is your hearts that will hold you together for all time.

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After the ceremony we celebrated with a hog roast and gorgeous sundaes served from an ice cream van.  The perfect celebration for Naomi, Graham and their son Devon.

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Family Blessing



On a beautiful day in August I was excited to perform a Naming and Blessing ceremony for the Gould family near Exeter.  It was even more special as the ceremony had been postponed many times due to Covid 19.

Michelle and Richard had asked me to write a ceremony to name their three children and also to celebrate and bless their family in front of their guests.

Each child lit a candle as a symbol of their unity with each other.  The candles will be re-lit on their birthday each year as a reminder of the celebration.

As their guests made their promises to the children, they came forward to place their roses into a vase symbolising their love and support for this wonderful family.

Michelle and Richard had chosen four Fairy Godparents to also care and support the children.

Will you promise to be an ear to listen, a voice to advise and a pair of arms that will always have a hug waiting when it’s needed and sometimes when it’s not?

They also witnessed Michelle and Richard signing the Certificate.

 

It was fitting that music from the Disney film, Moana, was chosen – You’re Welcome!

After the ceremony we all made our way outside to blow bubbles and raise our glasses to Team Gould!

Katherine and David’s Wedding



Katherine and David celebrated their love with a beautiful Wedding ceremony at The Lavender House in Ashburton in front of their family and friends.   Katherine’s son accompanied her down the aisle and they chose roses for the Flower Ceremony, pink and white which symbolise new beginnings, happiness and completion.

Their hand fasting cord was made of three strands;

Red for passion, courage, and determination, Black for positivity and protection and White for wholeness and inspiration

Katherine and David invited these qualities and elements into their relationship and affirmations for their marriage.

This amazing couple had been through a lot to be together and chose this poem, read by Amanda.

Love Isn’t Perfect 

It isn’t a fairytale or a storybook

and it doesn’t always come easy.

Love is overcoming obstacles,

facing challenges,

fighting to be together,

holding on and never letting go.

It is a short word,

easy to spell,

difficult to define,

and impossible to live without.

Love is work,

but most of all,

love is realising that every hour,

every minute,

every second of it was worth it

because you did it together

Anon

Happy Ever After to you both!

 

Matt and Pip’s Wedding



With it’s rich history, effortless charm and elegance, Bovey Castle in Devon was the perfect venue for Matt and Pip’s Wedding Ceremony.  After welcoming everyone to the Cathedral Room, both mothers, Linda and Sabine, came forward  to light their son’s candles, representing the love and support of their families.

I then invited Matt and Pip to take their candles and light the centre candle to represent the coming together of two lives to become a relationship that strengthens the individual through love, honour and respect. 

After exchanging their rings, I described their Hand Fasting cord and why it was so important to them both.  The hand fasting cord was made of three strands;

White for wholeness, completion and inspiration, Blue for calmness, understanding and patience and Orange for good fortune, success and prosperity

Pip and Matt saw these as the qualities and elements that they invited into their relationship and affirmations for their marriage.

As I wrapped the ribbon around their hands, Matt’s sister Emma-Louise, tied the cords together and said a Binding Prayer:

Upon this day, your hands I bind,

A symbol of your hearts entwined.

To witness this, I ask of thee,

Your union forever blessed be.

After Matt and Pip had said their own heartfelt Vows to each other we listened to music played by the Harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry

I closed the ceremony with the Blessing:

May the blessing of each of us be felt by you.

Go now to walk the ways of the world together, and may your days be good and long upon the earth.

Pip and Matt sent me these wonderful words: 

We will be forever grateful for the positive energy you brought to our day and in such a talented way! Thank you so much!
The beautiful photographs were taken by the Bristol Photographer Paul Roland Williams who captured their love and happiness.

Renewal of Vows – Venice



I was privileged to be asked to perform a Renewal of Vows Ceremony in Venice for Naomi and Graham.  Naomi Thomas is the founder of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, an organisation launched in 2012 with a single purpose- organising and funding weddings for terminally ill people across the UK.  https://www.weddingwishingwell.org.uk/About-Us.html

 

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