Hay Tor – Tie the Knot

Wedding near Hay Tor with a Hand Fasting Ceremony.

Louise and Steve literally “Tied the Knot” in a beautiful ceremony overlooking Hay Tor, Dartmoor recently. The sun came out just before and we moved the ceremony outside. Thank you to Roy George for the gorgeous photos.IMG_8826

South African Wedding

Alexa and Cobus flew over from South Africa in June to have their wedding celebration at Deer Park Hotel near Honiton, leaving their remote farm in the hands of Cobus’s father.  Alexa walked into the room on her father’s arm to Vivaldi’s “Spring” played by a wonderful violinist accompanied by a piano.  They exchanged rings and made vows in front of their family and friends.  After signing a certificate they led the way onto the terrace for canapes and champagne.

Many weeks later they signed their papers in South Africa.  A long life full of happiness to Mr and Mrs Nolte.


The vows I take will be forever;IMG_0163

I’ll love you all my life,

There’s no part way, no holding back

Once we are man and wife.

The choice is made, and now I swim

In a far different sea,

The shores of which are bright green hills

Raised up for you and me.

DSCF3633Our love is like a mountainside

Awash in lovely flowers:

It is our home, our solid rock,

Where all bright things are ours.

And though of need we often must

Spend our days apart,

Our love will always be with us,

Held within our hearts


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.              





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