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Helen and Brian Halden Belvedere Wedding

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.

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. 



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 


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……………………….

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Read Part 8 (coming August 3rd)


Sara and Jon 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


Adventures of a Celebrant in Venice – Part 6

By this time Naomi and Graham were in their own personal bubble and the world was just their own.  I loved my special role of being their ring bearer and watched as Naomi and Graham exchanged their rings and made their vows to each other

The rings you gave each other years ago are a symbol of the promises which you made.  As an endless circle of precious metal, as you each now re-affirm the giving of a ring, may it symbolise that your love for each other will be precious and never ending.

As you celebrate five years of marriage, I ask you Graham, if you renew your promise to love Naomi, to cherish and respect her, comfort and encourage her, and be faithful to her till the end of your days? 

Graham: I do

I ask you Naomi, if you renew your promise to love Graham, to cherish and respect him, comfort and encourage him, and be faithful to him till the end of your days? 

Naomi: I do

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Read Part 7 (coming July 27th)


Adventures of a Celebrant in Venice – Part 5

I felt so moved as I handed Naomi her chosen poem printed on handmade flower paper and, with sighs from the onlookers, she read to Graham:


Today…I look into your eyes

The one with whom I can share everything

My deepest hopes and heart filled dreams

Inner fears and sheltered insecurities

My most warming joys and overwhelming triumphs

All future journeys that I have left to encounter

This, and more, I know I can share with you…………………



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Read Part 6 (coming July 20th)


Adventures of a Celebrant in Venice – Part 4

Eventually we arrived in the Piazza and, surrounded by surprised and delighted passersby, the ceremony began, drawing inspiration from this wonderful location.

A fifth wedding anniversary is associated traditionally with wood.  Venice was built on wooden structures which has supported this beautiful city for centuries. Wood certainly lasts and can be shaped into many forms, just like your marriage.”

“Be glad your love was planted together; went through the storms together; created a life together and like any strong piece of wood keep riding the waves and never sink.  You have reached half a decade in love with your partner and you have proven you are just like the traditional wood material, able to stand the test of time and grow stronger with age.”

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Read Part 5 (coming July 13th)

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