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: