Kristine and Liam’s Wedding Ceremony at Aynhoe Park

Kristine and Liam celebrated their marriage at Aynhoe Park House near Banbury,
on Monday 31st July 2017.

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Although having lived together in London for the last year and a half, Canadian Liam and  Norwegian Kristine had spent much of their relationship working, living and studying abroad in Canada, Norway, the UK and Australia, and so guests had travelled from all around the world to witness a ceremony which incorporated a medley of traditions and symbolic nods towards their two cultures.

It was such a joy for them both to be able to unite their friends and family from around the globe at last, in one glistening orangery in the Oxfordshire countryside, where together we could share Liam and Kristine’s story, and learn about the significance of the places they now hold in their hearts.

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… and what a cool place to do just that!

Aynhoe Park House was certainly on my bucket list of venues to work with, so I was delighted when Kristine first told me news of their chosen location for where our ceremony would be held!

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The interior boasts a glorious mix of old and new, with quirky and contemporary  touches throughout. Its eclectic collection of pimped-up Victorian taxidermy, Modern Art and bizarre decorative features are certainly not to everyone’s taste, but there is no denying that wherever you turnin Aynhoe House, you’ll take in something spectacular for the eye to glare at…

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“It’s not often I get to start a ceremony welcoming ‘Ladies and gentlemen’ whilst making eye contact with a levitating giraffe….”

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If romance is your thing, then Kristine and Liam’s wedding would simply melt your heart. Not only did they have a wonderful love story to share, but they also included a traditional Norwegian song which everyone was invited to join in with singing – or to hum along at least! 

The song was called ‘Mitt Hjerte Er Ditt’ which translates ever so sweetly into the words: My Heart is Yours…

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Later in the ceremony, we also included the hymn Morning Has Broken and bridesmaid, Nadine, gave a reading of Corinthians 13 vs 1-13, in honour of Liam and Kristine’s Christian upbringings.

Love is patient and kind…
… Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

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Kristine and Liam chose to enter into their union by sharing a joint wedding vow, which they had written together and asked me to share with everyone on the day. Both the bride and groom had felt nervous about speaking out loud, so this was a gentle compromise, meaning they could keep their words to a minimum whilst still demonstrating their love and commitment to each other in the true spoken words of their hearts and their souls.

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After the vow was read out, together they said shared a simple declaration, and then we moved onto the traditional exchange of wedding rings.

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Could this ceremony be any more cute, you ask? Well, yes. Yes it could…. because we concluded the wedding ring exchange with one of my favourite readings:

An adaptation of The Blessing of the Hands

“These are the hands of your best friend, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever….”

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Finally, when all was said and done (and the romance could not get any sweeter!) it was time to reach my favourite part in any wedding; the announcement of the newly married couple.

I absolutely adore this moment in every ceremony, but Kristine and Liam’s announcement was a real treat and something to behold! I asked their guests to be upstanding, put down any handbags and orders of service onto the chairs behind them, to free their hands up ready to give the greatest round of applause that they possibly could for our happy couple…

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Oh my, didn’t they do well!

Kristine and Liam were announced to the room with great grandeur, but the cheer that followed nearly knocked me off my feet, and the applause that erupted even shocked our gorgeous photographer – so much so she commented on it in her own blog! 

“I was blown away again by their celebrant Samantha Kelsie who performed the best wedding ceremony EVER. It was so refreshing seeing a ceremony just about the couple & making it so personal…. also it was probably the biggest cheer I have ever heard for the first kiss, but I think that’s obviously down to the guests! LOVED IT.”

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Kristine and Liam really were such a joy to work with. Their confidence in being able to bring together two cultures and a whole world of wedding guests, and still create something so unique, personal and perfectly intimate in such a grand and spectacular setting, is a credit to them both.

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I was so honoured to have been asked to be their celebrant, and utterly delighted to have received such a wonderful messages (plural!) of thanks from them both in the days and weeks since their wedding.

It’s a pleasure to know that they are still as overjoyed with their wedding ceremony now, as I was as privileged to be a part of it…

Congratulations Kristine and Liam 

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With thanks to photographer Jessica Raphael for not only sharing these beautiful images,  but for also sharing her equally glorious write up of Kristine and Liam’s wedding on her website too:
www.jessicaraphaelphotography.com/

Venue: The Orangery at Anyhoe Park – aynhoepark.co.uk/

 

Rebecca and Jon’s Glamping Wedding at Camp Katur

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Rebecca and Jon celebrated their blessing of marriage on Monday 17th July 2017 at Camp Katur.

Camp Katur is a glamping venue set ‘off grid’ on a few acres of farm land near to Bedale in North Yorkshire. It provides the most charming setting for a fairy tale wedding in the woodland clearing, and guests are welcome to ‘glamp’ out in the meadow with a choice of stay in Safari Tents, Tipis, Bell Tents, Hobbit Pods, Geodomes and Unidomes… the options, it seems, are endless!

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Now if there’s anything I love more than working with a super-awesome-cool couple already, it’s working with a super-awesome-cool couple who know exactly how to OWN their wedding too, and who are actively set out to create and craft a perfectly personal ceremony.

Rebecca and Jon did not disappoint. Just look at the array of personal items and portraits from home that they brought with them to decorated the space amongst the tree stumps!

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Rebecca and Jon decided to include a ‘first look’ before their ceremony. This is a phenomenon  already very popular with couples in America, and it’s recently become a growing trend in British weddings too. It’s the perfect way to start the proceedings when a bride and groom choose to enter the ceremony together. This is the moment where the groom sees the bride for the first time, away from the eyes of their guests, and allowing them a moment to celebrate their union before the start of their service.

I think this example of Reecca and Jon’s first look may be one of my favourite photo sequences of all the time. The anticipation and excitement captured here as Rebecca runs towards her groom makes my heart skip a beat!

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After the first look was complete, Rebecca and Jon made their way to the ceremony. Guests waited anxiously for the arrival of the couple… as did I! Where were they?!

It turned out, Rebecca and Jon couldn’t hear their music and didn’t know it was time to enter… I guess these are the risks of holding an outdoor wedding surrounded by woodlands! But not to worry, they soon realised it was time, and made their way towards the smiling crowd! They certainly made a very glamorous late entrance.

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At last, they arrived!! And how utterly gorgeous did they both look, too? Jon paid tribute to his Celtic heritage and family clan in green tartan. They complimented each other perfectly, and Rebecca’s dress was simply exquisite; a pale shade of gold and emblazoned with bright flowers.

This fierce queen wore her crown with total style for the whole of the wedding. She owned it!

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We began the service by sharing the story of how Rebecca and Jon had met in Derby, and the sickening sweet tale of when Jon asked Rebecca to be his wife. It was here at Camp Katur on this very same spot, at the side of a camp fire, that he had made his proposal and Rebecca said yes.

Admittedly, it was rather spontaneous, and they fashioned a makeshift ring out of tin foil for the occasion. But they more than made up for it now, by returning to the same spot to say the words ‘I do’ with friends and family here to share the moment.

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Rebecca and Jon asked their friends to be involved in their day as well. One friend gave a reading of a poem she had written for the couple especially. The ceremony was given extra detail with a song – At Last by Etta James – sung by a very talented and willing friend.

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Then came the formal part! As much as Rebecca and Jon’s wedding day had broken many existing wedding traditions, they still asked to exchange their wedding rings and read their own vows. This made it just as much their day as any other. It was a very sincere and sweet moment, as they had both had their rings designed and made especially to compliment their style.

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We included a symbolic ceremony too – a sand blending. Reecca and Jon chose orange and blue as their individual colours. Bright and bold, just like their wedding.

The sands were poured and blended together in an hour glass. Rebecca and Jon made a promise to turn this glass once every year on the anniversary of their wedding day. It would serve as a reminder of the vows that they had made, and the colourful bond that their union has created.

Even though the pattern of the sands will change as time continues to turn them, they will remain always beautiful and increasingly difficult to part.

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At the end of the ceremony, everyone became involved in the celebration as the flower girl began handing out confetti by the fistful to the waiting guests. Rebecca and Jon had decided to go for a live end of ceremony confetti shot (rather than an arranged confetti throw after the service) so I got everyone onto their feet and group together to form an aisle for our couple to walk down.

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A final announcement was made for every one to cheer our new married couple and away they went… but not until after one heck of a smooch! Always the best bit, don’t you think?

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Rebecca and Jon’s day was simply beautiful, and I was very honoured to be invited to join them for afternoon tea following the ceremony. They even proposed a toast to me in the speeches – I was very touched by extra little thank you! It was certainly a very memorable moment for me as their celebrant.

As the guests headed over to the barn for tea and toasting following the ceremony, I stayed back with the couple and their photographer to take some pictures. We suddenly realised they had no transport to get them back quick across the field… luckily though, I had been allowed to park up by the ceremony. So, to finish the day this celebrant turned chauffeur transported the happy couple back to their wedding… and we even managed a cheeky in car selfie too.

Well, why ever not? Congratulations Rebecca and Jon xx

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Photography credit to: Gary Phillip of One Love Photography
(except for the selfie… that one is my own!)
Venue: Camp Katur
Celebrant: Samantha Kelsie | UK Celebrant 

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Laura and Nicky’s Destination Wedding in Croatia

Laura and Nicky celebrated their blessing of marriage on the beautiful Croatian island of Brac on Wednesday 14th June 2017

… and, oh my, what a treat it was, too!

I absolutely adore an intimate wedding, but a small and intimate gathering in a tranquil little Croatian village… well what could be more perfect?

Laura and Nicky made a conscious decision to hold a very small gathering indeed – just 16 guests in total, including the bride and groom! They invited their absolute nearest and dearest relations, plus a tiny few friends, to join them for a week away in the sunshine… with a little wedding thrown in for good measure.

All of the guests had travelled from the same little town in Scotland where Laura and Nicky grew up, with the exception of Laura and Nicky themselves – they now live in London.

This was one of the reasons why they had decided to take their family away for the week. Family is hugely important to them both, and by getting married abroad they had found an opportunity to spend some extended holiday time with everyone together.

They hired a large luxury villa in Pucisca called The White House, where they could accommodate the whole wedding party for the duration of their visit, and we held the ceremony on the terrace in the early morning sunshine, alongside the pool.

It felt almost quite the risk only being able to rely on pictures before their visit to plan the day, but the villa turned out to be just perfect! It was cosy, yet specious; welcoming, yet free from bother.

The bride and groom, and their guests had the whole place to themselves for the week with self-catering accommodation, so they were able to really feel at home when preparing for the ceremony.

They stocked the fridge full of fresh fruits and Prosecco, and the girls set to work making paper pompoms between sunbathing sessions, whilst the lads were given the task of stringing them up around the pool before heading to the town to pick up fresh cherries and pizza!

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We held the ceremony in front of an incredible backdrop of mountains that came together to frame Pucisca’s Harbour, with mainland Croatia sat silently in the background underneath a pure blue sky…

…it was just divine!

Laura and Nicky’s service was incredibly sweet and sentimental. We had spent a few hours together back in London over brunch one Sunday, discussing their relationship and the story of how they got together.

The service included anecdotes and details of their story, and had us all giggling over Laura and Nicky’s humorous approach to love. It was incredible personal, and I’d really come to know my couple so well by the time we reached the wedding day!

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A an adapted reading of ‘The Lovely Dinosaur’ was given by Laura’s bridesmaid and best friend, Stephanie…. it has us all in both tears and stitches with it’s references to Laura’s love of hiphop music!

Laura and Nicky had decided to write their own wedding vows, but the thought of reading them out loud made the bride feel incredibly nervous.

We met together the day before the wedding to have a little rehearsal, and Laura shared with me her fears of speaking the words that meant so much to her on the day.  Together, we sat on the balcony and practised her reading. It was tough, and tearful, and I’d promised to step in if she needed me to, but I knew she could do it…

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…and on the day…. deep breath, big gulp of air… take your time…. she made it!

It was one of the most beautiful moments of the ceremony, knowing how difficult Laura had found it to express herself, and knowing that she had done it all by herself in the moment just made it all the more magical.

Next up came the exchanging of wedding rings. Since it was such a small gathering, we decided to make this moment even more personal by including a ring warming ceremony.

The rings were placed in their pretty Tiffany pouch and passed from guest to guest as we listened to Perry Como singing Catch a Falling Star on the speaker by the pool. This song held a lot of significance to Nicky’s mother – it was an emotional moment for the whole family, and one which was cherished by them all.

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After the ceremony, we grabbed the confetti and bottles of bubbly and headed up to the roof top terrace, where we showered the bride and groom with petals and cheers of joy and congratulations underneath the glorious Mediterranean sun!

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Once all the champagne had been finished, everyone took to the steps and we began a descent down into the Brac village of Pucisca…

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Walking through the village with Laura and Nicky was such an incredible experience – local people clapped and cheered and yelled out their blessings as we passed by them in restaurants and sidewalks.

The sun shone bright and the water in the harbour twinkled at our toes. It could not have been more idyllic!

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Finally, the bride and groom and their wedding party boarded the boat that was waiting for them in the harbour, ready to take them off to the next part of their day – a private dinner party in a Dalmatian vineyard on the southern side of Brac Island.

I waved off my couple and blew kisses from the quay side, then headed back to the village to have some lunch of my own and a glass of Dalmatian Wine, before a quick explore of the town…

…well, when in Croatia!

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I’d like to wish a huge congratulations to gorgeous couple Laura and Nicky for planning such a perfect destination wedding in Croatia. The whole celebration was simply sensational, and it was a joy to have been a part of it.

Huge thanks to photographer Dalibora Bijelic (daliborabijelic.com) for being such a wonderful person to work with, and for assisting Laura and Nicky so much with help and advice whilst planning their wedding in Croatia. All photos in this post are courtesy of Dalibora Bijelic.

Thank you also to Karlo of Capture Pi (capture-pi.com) videography for this stunning video of the day as well…. (Please note the beautiful Scottish tones are that of bridesmaid Stephanie, reading The Lovely Dinosaur on Laura and Nicky’s special day).

For more information about how to get married abroad, or to plan your destination wedding blessing with Samantha, visit our page Destination Weddings or contact Samantha direct to discuss your plans and ideas:

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Gemma and Tom’s White Feather Wedding with Unity Candles

Gemma and Tom celebrated their wedding on Friday 7th October, 2016, at The Plough, Bolnhurst, in Bedfordshire.
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It was beautifully crisp autumnal day, with the faint smell of bonfire in the air drifting across the surrounding fields of the Bedfordshire countryside, only to be accented by the warming fire pit, which guests huddled near to before they entered the ceremony.
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The teepee provided the perfect shelter to an intimate gathering of close family and friends, who took their seats on wooden benches covered in warming sheepskins and thick blankets, underneath a glittering disco ball which was decked with blousy green foliage and flowers.

Large L – O – V – E letters lit up the back wall behind us, the perfect mix of modern and rustic. It was certainly cosy, to say the least!
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I had met with Gemma and Tom only a few weeks earlier, and we had talked for a couple of hours about their plans for their day, and the meaning that the day held for them.

White Feathers took pride of place as a delicate feature to the ceremony. They were sprinkled by the flower girl as she walked down the aisle before the bride entered to a the piece of music known as the ‘The Feather Theme’ from Forrest Gump, which was played on the piano by Gemma’s aunt.

Feathers are very symbolic in Gemma and Tom’s relationship – they symbolise fate, destiny, and the briefest hint of the angels we knew who were amongst us that day. It was incredibly touching.
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The story of their love’s history and development, and the involvement of family members and friends who gave readings, moved us all to tears. Even I struggled to keep it all together – it was a truly heartwarming ceremony for us all!

Gemma and Tom’s vows were read out loud, line by line by them both together. They had decided that Tom would begin a sentence, only for Gemma to finish it. This was an honest representation of the strength that they give to one another by uniting as one; as they always do in life, especially when confronting challenge, or else welcoming success.
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Following the exchange of their wedding rings, Gemma and Tom also included a unity candle ceremony in their service, to symbolise the coming together of two separate energies, to marry and form one.

We used a gorgeous Jo Malone candle as the central pillar. It was scented in Peony and Blush Suede – a scent which was sprinkled around their wedding to further aid their memory of this day. I wore the perfume as well – by coincidence, it is one of my favourites!

In the ceremony itself, I surprised Gemma and Tom by informing them and their guests that in many cultures, peonies also represent romance and prosperity, and are believed to be an omen of good marriage and a happy future. How apt that they had chosen this for their wedding!
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“Samantha, carefully guided us when it came to planning our ceremony. She gave us lots of choice and advice and to our surprise even helped us write our personalised vows.

 

Samantha spent a lovely afternoon with us discussing our relationship, goals in life, family, friends and everything in between. We were utterly blown away when she came back to us a few days later with the completed ceremony.

 

Our personal vows had all of our guests crying and our wedding planner (Katrina Otter Weddings) had to hand out a second round of tissues as a result!”

It was a gorgeous ceremony; sweet and symbolic, but emotional and unassuming all at the same time. I felt so honoured to have been a part of it, knowing just how special it had been for them all.
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The wedding was perfectly planned and styled by Katrina Otter, and with wonderful photography by Hannah Duffy and videographer Sam Henton there to capture every moment. We are all very proud that Gemma and Tom’s wedding also featured on Rock My Wedding in August 2017. Follow the link to see more photos and read the full story from their day!

Gemma & Tom – Highlights from Samuel Henton on Vimeo.

Bron & Martin’s Wedding at Wrest Park

I’m so thrilled to have received this wonderful testimonial and letter of thanks from Bron and Martin this week, following their recent wedding ceremony at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire.

We had a lot of fun planning a ceremony which encapsulated their story from the last five years together, which included tales of children, travel, house renovations, and family meetings from all around the world – although not all neccesarily ‘in the right order!’ 

Bron and Martin undertook their legal ceremony in a simple statutory service at their local register office a few days before the ceremony, meaning that they were then free to celebrate their commitment on their wedding day in a which, although quite traditional in format, also allowed them the freedom to truly express their own story and sentiments to everyone who had travelled from so far to share in their day.

“Thank you so much for conducting our wedding ceremony last weekend – it was perfect and hit all the right notes for us.

 

We had a beautiful day and feel that the ceremony really set the right tone and conveyed messages that were most important to us, and it was good to get a few laughs in too!

 

Now we have done it we feel completely vindicated in taking the two step approach i.e. getting paperwork/legal element completed and following it with our meaningful ceremony.

 

We would happily recommend this approach and you personally to anyone considering it.”

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For more information about how you can celebrate your commitment to your partner with the freedom of choice offered to you by a celebrant on your wedding day… just follow this link to the relevant pages! 

Thank you to all the staff at English Heritage property Wrest Park in Silsoe, Bedfordshire, for their help in providing the perfect venue for the most pleasant of days!

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Chris and Katie’s Steampunk Wedding at Wilobe Farm

Chris and Katie said their “I dos” in a Steampunk Wedding ceremony and handfasting which took place on Saturday 1st July 2017, at Wilobe Farm Barn in Pidley, Cambridgeshire.

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Guests were invited to fully embrace the steampunk wedding theme and enter a world of escapism for one very special day. They did so with so much enthusiam and gusto, you’d have thought it was a way of life for all of them already! Chris and Katie were so tremendously overwhlemed with their efforts and for the love and support it displayed in their choice of personality and style.

Even I got a little bit dressed up for the occasion! Not that I ever need much persuading….

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Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Katie looked radiant in a cream and violet Victoriana wedding dress, with petite top hat and veil. So gorgeous!

Chris had his suit shipped in to the UK especially. He looked absolutely dashing, don’t you think?

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

We shared some stories of how Chris and Katie met, and of how Chris had supported Katie as she made her way through veterinary college. This couple have learnt so much about ‘perserverance’ and ‘determination’ in their time together, so it was an honour to be able to help them recognise this is their ceremony.

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

It’s always such an honour for me to be able to help a couple to express themselves on their wedding day. Not just in their love for one another, but in their personality and characteristics too. I felt so proud of Chris and Katie for the way that they had embraced their style and theme for the day, not only in themselves but also in their request for the guests to join in and embrace it too, and in the attention to detail that echoed the theme all around the wedding room.

It’s not every day you get to attend a steampunk wedding with so much thought for everyone who doesn’t usually follow steampunk!

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

We included some readings in their ceremony, which were spoken by friends.

Elisa read The Blessing of the Hands and Ben read one of my favourite quotes by Robert Fulghum:

 “We are all a little weird. And life is a little weird.

And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love.”

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Katie and Chris had opted for a more traditional approach to saying their wedding vows, by choosing to repeat their own written words line by line after me. Then, it was on to the rings, which were brought forward by Best Man, Ben.

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

After the “I dos” – the vows – and the exchange of wedding rings, it was time for something more stylish and symbolic to be included in the service.

Katie and Chris had asked for a multi-ribbon handfasting to take place, as this was a chance for the couple to invite forward some of the people that they felt played key roles in their relationship to be involved in their day. The line up include parents, grandparents and close friends too.

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

The guests all held individual ribbons, each representing their individual roles in Chris and Katie’s world as one. These were then wrapped one by one over Chris and Katie’s holding hands, before I joined them together eternally with a knot, creating a keepsake loop that would last forever.

It was a very special moment for everybody involved and gained a huge round of applause on completion!

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

After the handfasting, Katie and Chris signed a certificate of their promises in marriage; something else which they could treasure in their home long after their wedding day.

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

The formalities now finished, there was only one thing left to do. It was time for me to crack on with my favourite bit of every wedding ceremony…  I always feel so very lucky to be the first person to formally introduce the new couple as husband and wife!

Ladies and gentlemen, clap your hands, stamp your feet, and make lots and lots of noise for…. Mr and Mrs Berry!

…and then of course it’s up to them to seal the deal with a kiss!

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

It really was such a delightful ceremony, and an extraordinary day too! I’m so proud to have been a part of it. Thank you so much Katie and Chris for being such joy of joys to work with together. We had a lot of fun, that’s for sure… This is one ceremony I will never forget! x

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

A big thank you to professional photographer Adrian Neal (The Studio Without Walls) for this wonderful collection of images, and for allowing me to share them on UKCelebrant.co.uk. You can also see Adrian’s own collection of favourite images from the day on his blog by following this link. I suggest you do because they really are so special!

Thanks also to Steampunk Steve (Steampunk DJ) for his role in providing the music for the ceremony and with such dandy style too, and also to the excellent staff at Cambridge Dining Co for their work in providing the fabulous food and venue at Wilobe Farm Barn.

It was a pleasure to work with you all!

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

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Laura and Nicky’s Wedding Film by Capture Pi

Nicky and Laura celebrated their destination wedding in Croatia on the gorgeous island of Brac, on Wednesday 14th June 2017.

Fourteen of their closest family members and friends joined together with them and me in a truly breathtaking ceremony which took place infront of a backdrop that could make your jaw drop! There were tears and laughter, and high emotions right the way through.

The party then journied on foot through the streets of Pučišća to make their way towards the boat that was waiting to take them onwards to enjoy the rest of their day.

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The day before the wedding, Laura and Nicky visited the highest point in the Croatian Islands to watch the sunset over the sea. Their videographer, Karlo Cargonja from Capture Pi has captured this moment just perfectly, and the story of their ceremony and onwards journey, which I’m so delighted to be bringing to you in this short wedding clip below.

Thank you so much to Capture Pi for sharing this moment, and to Laura and Nicky for involving me as their celebrant on this most brilliant of days. The voiceover adaption of ‘The Lovely Dinosaur’ is being read by their fabulous bridesmaid, Stephanie. Stay posted to my blog for the full story and photos of Laura and Nicky’s Wedding in Croatia to follow soon…

laura & nicky // wedding shorts from CapturePi on Vimeo.

Lara and Ben’s Testimonial

I would like to express a huge, heartfelt thank you to Lara and Ben for their kind words following their Gatsby-themed, outdoor wedding blessing at Hunstsham Court in Devon.

It really was such a joy to be a part of, and I couldn’t be more grateful of their sentiments below. To read the full story their wedding ceremony, just follow this link! 

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“We are so glad we found Samantha to be our celebrant – the day just would not have been the same without her!

 

She did such an incredible job writing our ceremony and helping us write our vows, and also making us feel calm and relaxed on the day.

 

Samantha kept everything on track, so we didn’t have to worry, and delivered the ceremony so beautifully.

 

She managed to put in to words so many things we hadn’t even thought of, and we were so grateful for her enthusiasm and patience when it came to our unusual crystal ring blessing!

 

The whole ceremony was relaxed, heartfelt, funny and memorable, and better than we could have hoped.

 

So many of our guests commented on how unique they thought it was and how much they loved it.

 

We absolutely can’t wait for the video to relive it all over again.

It is really is tough to put into words just how brilliant you are Samantha!

 

Thank you so, so much for being such a big a part of our day and for making it so special – and for staying to celebrate with us!”

Lara and Ben testimonial wedding celebrant samantha kelsie huntsham court weddingThank you to all staff at Huntsham Court in Devon for their hospitality, and to Bears Collective photography for the images.

Lara and Ben Gatsby inspired garden wedding with symbolic crystal healing. Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant. Huntsham Court. Bears Collective Photography.

Lara and Ben’s Great Gatsby Wedding at Huntsham Court

Lara and Ben celebrated their blessing of marriage at Huntsham Court, near Tiverton in Devon, on Saturday 29th April 2017.

Lara and Ben outdoor garden symbolic crystal wedding ceremony at Huntsham Court. Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant. Bears Collective Photography.

The wedding was carefully styled with nostaligic art deco flare and majestic 1920s touches, to recreate the feel of a Great Gatsby-esque house party in the Devonshire countryside.

With it’s delicious oak pannelling, bookshelves stuffed with old books, and a grand entrance hall, exquisitely able to play host to a champagne tower – Huntsham Court certainly provided the perfect backdrop to echo this era of glamour and grandiose and the party elite.

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Lara and Ben had opted for an outdoor wedding blessing, braving a slight chill in the air to celebrate outdoors in the pagoda area of the sweeping grounds that Huntsham Court has to offer.

In the nearby fields, cows gently murmured their soundtrack of approval, and wedding bells rang out from the village church as guests took their seats and snapped selfies.

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Lara and Ben had decided to enter the ceremony together, and so they had a moment alone indoors to greet one another, and to compliment eachother’s outfits and smiles, thus giving reassurance to each another before they began – how sweet!

Lara and Ben Gatsby inspired garden wedding with symbolic crystal healing. Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant. Huntsham Court. Bears Collective Photography.

The ‘first look’ of the bride and groom was captured so beautifully by their photographer Karolina of Bears Collective. It was a really a very heart-warming moment to see Ben smile so broadly as his bride-to-be Lara descended the grand staircase, giggling her way down every step!

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The final few bars of Somewhere Over the Rainbow were played, followed by Dance Me to the End of Love as the clock struck 1pm and we approached the moment to begin.

Guests were asked to be upstanding, as Lara and Ben entered the garden to the soft sounds of Coming Home by Leon Bridges.

Lara and Ben Gatsby inspired garden wedding with symbolic crystal healing. Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant. Huntsham Court. Bears Collective Photography. Lara and Ben Gatsby inspired garden wedding with symbolic crystal healing. Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant. Huntsham Court. Bears Collective Photography.Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant Wedding Ceremony outdoor wedding blessing Huntsham Court Bears Collective

We began the ceremony with some all important thank yous, as guests had travelled from as far as Cyprus, Dubai, South Africa, Canada, America and even Australia to be here at Huntsham Court. A few guests had even made it out of London, journeying into the depths of the Devonshire countryside on a Saturday afternoon in Spring time – quite the achievement!

Lara and Ben Gatsby inspired garden wedding with symbolic crystal healing. Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant. Huntsham Court. Bears Collective Photography.Lara and Ben Gatsby inspired garden wedding with symbolic crystal healing. Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant. Huntsham Court. Bears Collective Photography.Lara and Ben Gatsby inspired garden wedding with symbolic crystal healing. Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant. Huntsham Court. Bears Collective Photography.Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant Wedding Ceremony outdoor wedding blessing Huntsham Court Bears Collective

We shared some stories of how Lara and Ben had first met and come to be together, including a tale about Tinder, and the moment when they “fell in love at first shawarma!”

Guests laughed over Lara’s own admittance that her ‘swooning’ in Ben’s presence really came down to clumsiness, and Ben gave away the secret that buying their first home together had made him feel far more grown up than he cared to admit!

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We included three readings in the ceremony. Ben’s brother, Daniel, began with – Shine – a prose of scientific pondering over love, inspired by the works of Carl Sagan.

“…It is wonderful to think that the reason for our existence could be love: a mechanism used by the universe to reunite the stars, so that we can once again shine together…”

Lara and Ben Gatsby inspired garden wedding with symbolic crystal healing. Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant. Huntsham Court. Bears Collective Photography.

This was followed by What Goes With What … an extract taken from Appetite by Nigel Slater, read by Lara’s work friend Cordelia. Finally, Simon Armitage’s contemporary poem Let Me Put It This Way, was read by Lara’s God sister, Heidi, who had travelled in from South Africa.

“Let me put it this way:
if you came to lay your sleeping head against my arm or sleeve,

and if my arm went dead,
or if I had to take my leave at midnight,

I should rather cleave it from the joint or seam than make a scene
or bring you round.

There, how does that sound?”

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Then came the all important part: the declaration of promises in marriage. Ben and Lara were asked the questions to which their response was simply… “I do.”

Luckily, they got the answers right!

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Lara and Ben had written their own vows, personally penned from the heart to embody their truest thoughts and sentiments for one another.

It was a beautiful moment. Tears were shed, interspersed with giggles and laughter. I love it when a couple can deliver such a mixture of emotions with just a few short sentences!

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In addition to exchanging their wedding rings, Lara and Ben had also opted to include a crystal healing ceremony as part of their celebration.

Lara’s sister, Taryn, had earlier prepared the ceremony area with crystals to help bring good energy and protection to the marriage service. She was then asked to come forward and assist in cleansing Lara and Ben’s auras with sandalwood incense, before offering them the wedding rings which she had placed on a pyramid of carnelian, in the centre of a crystal grid, prior to the ceremony.

Taryn believed that by placing Lara and Ben’s wedding rings together in the centre of this sacred formation, this would harness and focus the energy of the crystals into the physical material of the wedding bands themselves.

Through transference, this energy and the qualities of the crystals would live on in the body, mind and spirit of both Lara and Ben as they wore their wedding bands, forever after.

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Lara and Ben took turns to make one final declaration to forever honour the commitment that they were making, as they placed the wedding rings onto one another’s third finger.

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Finally, with all the formalities said and done, it was time to introduce them to their guests as husband and wife. Ben didn’t miss the opportunity to steal the moment with the most grand of kisses!

Cheers and applause erupted around the garden as Lara and Ben made the most of the final moment of the ceremony. The couple were then showered with confetti canons as they walked together down the aisle once more, this time to the sound of Dean Martin’s Volare.

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There was only one thing left to do after that – crack open the bottles and pour out the champagne! Which they did, in true Gatsby style, of course!

Lara and Ben Gatsby inspired garden wedding with symbolic crystal healing. Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant. Huntsham Court. Bears Collective Photography.Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant Wedding Ceremony outdoor wedding blessing Huntsham Court Bears Collective

I’d like to say a huge thank you to the staff at Huntsham Court for their welcome and support on the day, and to Bears Collective and Mrs Mash Up for all being such a pleasure to work with.

“Well played, old sports!”

More importantly though, a big, big thank you to my gorgeous couple, Lara and Ben, who were not only so wonderful to work with, but who also invited me to join them as their guest for the remainder of the day… and I was positively charmed to do just that! x

Lara and Ben Gatsby inspired garden wedding with symbolic crystal healing. Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant. Huntsham Court. Bears Collective Photography.

 

All images by Bears Collective and kindly donated to this blog post by Lara and Ben. 

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Kate and Mark’s Boho Wedding Blessing

Now I know I shouldn’t be biased… but I think Kate and Mark’s Boho Wedding was possibly one of my most favourite weddings of 2016.

I know… I shouldn’t say it…. but it’s true.

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Kate and Mark truly charmed the socks off me last September. They really were just the most gorgeous pair of people to get to know…

The ceremony took place in Silverstone, Northamptonshire, on a glorious Saturday afternoon at the end of summer. Kate arrived with Father of the Bride, Andy, on the back of a truck and wearing the most fabulous 70s-inspired lace wedding dress, with a big blousy bouquet and the most glorious flower crown to match. She looked a bohomemian bridal dream!

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A lot of happy tears were wiped from under people’s eyes as Kate and her bridesmaids entered to A Whiter Shade of Pale… it was impossible not to be moved in that moment, espcially as the two hugest smiles erupted from the bride and groom when they met at the end!

Once everyone was settled, we got going talking a little about Kate and Mark’s relationship to date, and giggled over the story behind their first meeting. Then, we shared with everyone the true telling of their mutual love for a good life, with good music… and great food.

After introductions were made, everyone was asked to stand once again. It was time to sing the hymn…

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Except it wasn’t any ordinary hymn… It was a McFly song instead! And it was appropriately accompanied by the strumming sounds of an acoustic guitar being played perfectly by one of Mark’s good friends. Everybody got stuck in singing-a-long to the lyrics!

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“It’s all about you,
It’s all about you, baby…
It’s all about you,
It’s all about you…
Yesterday you asked me something I thought you knew
So I told you with a smile its all about you
Then you whispered in my ear and you told me too
Said you made my life worthwhile its all about you
And I would answer all your wishes
If you asked me to
But if you deny me one of your kisses
Don’t know what I’d do
So hold me close and say three words like you used to do
Dancing on the kitchen tiles
It’s all about you…”

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After our hymn, we moved on to the more formal part of the proceedings. Kate and Mark had chosen to include a traditional, though personally written, set of matching wedding vows, which they repeated line by line after me. This was followed by a further declaration of their promises to one another in marriage, and they exchanged their wedding rings before holding hands for a short blessing.

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After the ceremony, everybody clapped and cheered and we all headed outside to brave what had come to be quite a breezy day to throw armfuls and armfuls of confetti and petals over the happy couple. It really was very beautiful, despite the breeze, and there was lots of laughter too…

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I was so honoured to play such a special part in this gorgeous couple’s day. I’ll never forget Kate’s big smile – it carried on beaming throughout every second of the service, even despite the tears and emotion – and it continued to beam bright long after the ceremony as well!

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Thank you Kate and Mark for being so blooming boho-beautiful! It really was ‘all about you’ right the way to the end! x

(Images by Tom Halliday Photography)