Joyce and Jiapeng chose the beautiful Bovey Castle Hotel in Devon for their wedding ceremony. Their families came all the way from China and, on one of the hottest days of the year, they witnessed the love between the couple and their gorgeous daughter Emma.
To unite their families I performed a Candle Ceremony. I invited both mothers to come forward to light two candles representing the love and support of their families. I then invited Jiapeng and Joyce to take the candles and light the centre candle. As the one light cannot be divided so they would be united from this day forth and go forward into a shining lifetime together.
Joyce and her mother had made the Hand Fasting cord together and all their guests placed pink roses, a symbol of grace, joy, admiration and happiness, in the vase along with all of their hopes, best wishes and love for them both.
From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter,
And my arms will be your home.
Jiapeng and Joyce sent me their photographs with a lovely note: