Adventures of a Celebrant in Venice – Part 9



As well as being filled with people and great architecture, Piazza San Marco is also full of pigeons. Feeding these birds is banned but they flocked to our couple with hope and it made a great photoshoot for Tara

 

Through Naomi and Grahams work with their charity, Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, a friend asked them to search for a padlock she and her husband had attached to one of the bridges.  It is such a romantic gesture and represents the couple’s committed love.  After identifying the Rialto Bridge from the photos, we eventually found the padlock and Naomi and Graham attached one of their own.  It was a very moving moment as their friends were remembered with love.

As evening fell, I performed the Toast in a cosy restaurant which was a fitting end to a wonderful day.  I was delighted to capture their unique love and marriage in these personalised words.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

So let’s raise our glasses in a toast to the strong and courageous Graham and Naomi.”

The next morning we ended our Venice celebrations with a romantic Water Taxi ride back to the airport and home again whilst reflecting on the special events we were privileged to be a part of.

I am so glad I got to know Naomi, Graham, Devon, Tara and Tracy and I look forward to writing and performing ceremonies, drinking Bellinis, eating pasta, sailing in gondolas, sharing breakfast and having many laughs with them in the future.

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Read Part 10 (coming August 17th)

 

Adventures of a Celebrant in Venice – Part 8



Daisies are the flowers that symbolise a Fifth Anniversary, a small flower with a large meaning, depicting innocence, loyal love, purity, love that conquers all, beauty and simplicity.

I guided our couple to exchange the daisies.  In so doing, their gift to each other is the gift of love.

Tara Statton Photography

As a close and loving family, Graham and Naomi chose their son, Devon, to be their witness and to sign the certificate of this ceremony, which he did with great seriousness and gravity.

After saying the Closing Words, I ended with a beautiful poem just perfect for their marriage:

Once in a lifetime

Once in a lifetime you find someone

Who touches not only your heat, but also your soul.

Once in a lifetime you discover someone who stands beside you, not over you.

You find someone who loves you for who you are, and not for who you could be.

Once in a lifetime, you find someone…

As you have found each other

Anon

Graham then kissed his beautiful wife!

After the cheers and applause, our audience drifted away and we continued to celebrate with hugs all round.

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Read Part 9 (coming August 10th)

Halden Belvedere Wedding



 

Bryan and I wanted to thank you so so much for performing our wedding ceremony. It was the most incredible , amazing day

The ceremony was everything we could hoped for and was truly beautiful, that was absolutely down to your planning, development and sensitive guidance for the proceedings. 

Helen and Bryan celebrated their wedding with their family and friends at Halden Belvedere near Exeter. Bryan had written a poem to his beloved Helen and I was privileged to read it on the day. The Flower Ceremony bound their families together and, after the Hand Fasting, Bryan and Helen read their Vows to each other with tears and laughter.

A bespoke ceremony written with love for a very special couple.

 

Adventures of a Celebrant in Venice – Part 7



We all had tears in our eyes as Graham read his chosen poem to Naomi, his wife of five years.

 

I Knew I Had Been Touched By Love

I knew I had been touched by love the first time I 

Saw you, and I felt your warmth and I heard your 

Laughter.

I knew that I had been touched by love when I was

Hurting from something that happened, and you came

Along and made that hurt go away.

I knew that I had been touched by love when I 

Stopped making plans with my friends and started

Dreaming dreams with you……………………….

Tara Statton Photography

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Read Part 8 (coming August 3rd)

Sand Ceremony Wedding



Sara brought sand from Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia where she spent a lot of her time before moving to England.

Jon brought sand from Teignmouth, Devon and is where Jonathan and Sara’s new life in England began.

As the two containers of sand poured into the vase, the separate colours of sand blend into a new colour. Sara and Jon have now blended their families into a new family, as they start their journey in marriage, loving and strong as husband and wife, as inseparable as these grains of sand.

This is just a quick email to say a massive THANK YOU for celebrating our wedding renewal last Saturday. It was a truly beautiful ceremony and one that we will remember with as much fondness as our Australia one. Our guests continue to comment on how lovely it was and how much they enjoyed being a part of it.

Sara & Jonathan Dunn 14th January 2017

Sara and Jonathan exchanged rings

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