Hand Fasting Ceremony

On one of the hottest and sunniest days of this year, we celebrated the wedding of Oliver and Dita at his parent’s farm.  They had chosen a Hand Fasting ceremony and the ribbon was made by Dita from her Mum’s collection of fabrics and symbolised so much to them both.  Oliver wrote a wonderful poem for his vows to his lovely bride and Dita moved us to tears with her vows:

 I cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together, making mistakes and achieving great things in the process. You are my partner in crime, my confidante and the only one for me. 

As I wrapped their hands together with the ribbon, in front of their friends and family:

May these hands build a relationship of love, caring, and devotion.  May they remain tender and gentle as they nurture each other. 

Thank you, Dita and Oliver for these beautiful photographs of their glorious day.






Beach Renewal of Vows

On a warm sunny afternoon at Pentewan Sands, St Austell, Mark and Lisa celebrated their 10th Wedding Anniversary together.  Surrounded by family and friends, three little girls in white dresses entranced and all the boys digging in the sand, they made their vows to each other, exchanged rings and signed the certificate.I had asked Mark and Lisa the secret to their successful marriage and they told me that they had no idea!  However they asked their guests to send me their opinions and I shared those with everyone there on the beach.  Much laughter and tears later we raised our Mason jars full of bubbly to the happy couple.
caf9e040639af6f2e3de5504f3485eda“We want to thank you for producing such a wonderful ceremony,  everyone was completely relaxed and enjoyed every minute of it.  You were professional but so warm and friendly which everyone commented on.  I’m sure if there is ever another ceremony being planned then you would be the first person any of us would think of to conduct it.”

Torre Abbey Wedding

I received this email from Colin and Bonita after I performed their wedding ceremony at Torre Abbey in Torquay.  Even though it rained all day the couple glowed with love and happiness throughout the ceremony and the rest of the day.  It was a privilege to be a part of their day.

They included a Rose Ceremony binding their families together:

A single rose has always meant only one thing.  To give a rose is to say “I love you”  Please take these roses and exchange them.  In so doing, your first gift to each other will be the gift of love.images

My wife Bonita Matthews and I were introduced to Sarah by a mutual friend. Following our first meeting to discuss our wedding ceremony, we knew that Sarah would be perfect to deliver exactly what we wanted. Sarah took time to get to know us so that she could provide us with a very personal and bespoke service. Our ceremony was wonderful, beyond all our expectations. We have been inundated with comments from our guests commending Sarah on what a relaxing, enjoyable and memorable experience the ceremony was. Thank you Sarah……beautiful and perfect in every way.              





Somewhere over the Rainbow

c448728989cb84358d8bb1cacd4813e2Eva Cassidy’s beautiful voice rang out at a recent funeral for a well loved local man.  His family chose Fields of Gold, Autumn Leaves and Somewhere over the Rainbow.  The chapel was packed and my final words were,

“When I asked his family three words that best described him they replied;


The family wrote these words to me:

Sarah was absolutely perfect in every possible way.  The service she gave was exactly what we had wanted, she read our eulogies perfectly and compassionately and treated us with empathy and sincere warmth.  We have passed Sarah’s contact details to several people who said it was one of the loveliest funeral services they had ever attended.  A sad day for us has now become a happier memory.

Wildflower Seeds and Bookmarks

wild_flowers_wild_plants_natureI have been giving out my bookmarks with paper hearts of wildflower seeds for over a year now.

I ask family and friends at the funeral to take one to plant so that year after year the flowers will blossom in memory of their loved one.

The Funeral Director, Martin Coombe from Coombe and Sons, Dignity, told me today that he planted his heart last year and flowers bloomed and have reseeded this year.

They also attract bees and butterflies – he is very impressed!

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