Simon and Justin’s Intimate Wedding at Home 

Could their be anywhere in the world more personal to hold your wedding ceremony, than to hold your wedding ceremony in the comfort of your own home? I doubt it.

I’ve held many a beautiful wedding ceremony at home for my couples and it really is just such a lovely way to spend the day in a way which feels so very intimate, relaxed, and special to the people who are with you.

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Simon and Justin’s wedding at their home in the Aylesbury Vale was exactly that – intimate, relaxed and special. It was moving, emotional, sincere, and simply divine.

Only their very nearest and dearest attended. It was a day which was designed exclusively for them, and the couple were so very literally ‘at home’ saying their sincerest sentiments of love and commitment to each other in a way which was so endearing.

Together, we shared the story of their relationship – a story which spans over 20 years together – and expressed their reasons for tying the knot in such a simple way now…

a celebrant wedding ceremony at home

We lit unity candles, using the help of both grooms and their mothers, and the guests took part in a ring warming ceremony, where Simon and Justin’s own wedding bands were passed from person to person, allowing each guest a moment to share their sentiments for the happy couple out loud.

After the service, we all toasted the happy couple with champagne before I left the party to enjoy a beautiful home cooked meal in the comfort of their oh so stylish barn lounge interior.

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It was truly an honour to join them, just 8 of us together in total, plus two eager dogs in bow ties watching through the glass door!

Congratulations Simon and Justin! x

 

Natalie and Gethyn’s Wedding Film

I’m so delighted to share with you all this wonderful little video from Natalie and Gethyn’s wedding ceremony back in August 2016, featuring snippets from our gorgeous little wedding ceremony and Natalie and Gethyn’s own personal vows. Just beautiful!

The wedding day was captured by top wedding videographer Ben Walton Films. Thank you Ben for sharing with us!

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Gloria and Peter’s Wedding at Hedsor House

Gloria and Peter were married on 13th August 2016 in a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony blessing at Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire.

I’m absolutely delighted to share with you their full wedding ceremony story, courtesy of professional photographer Liam Collard (LiamCollard.com) who captured each moment as it happened…

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Everything is ready to begin under the pretty floral arch over looking the Chiltern Valley in the distance.

I stand with Peter and his guests, excitedly waiting for the bride to arrive. We’re given the thumbs up that she’s ready, so now I ask everyone to be upstanding as the harpist plays the entrance music….

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Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant wedding ceremony Hedsor house Buckinghamshire symbolic Liam Collard photography
Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant wedding ceremony Hedsor house Buckinghamshire symbolic Liam Collard photography
Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant wedding ceremony Hedsor house Buckinghamshire symbolic Liam Collard photography
Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant wedding ceremony Hedsor house Buckinghamshire symbolic Liam Collard photography

The bride has arrived on her father’s arm ready to be given away. Peter and Gloria wished to incorporate this Western tradition into their ceremony in honour of her father.

This is a lovely moment, when I formally ask her father “who gives this woman to be married to this man…?”

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The service begins, and after a warm welcome to everyone (some guests have flown in from Singpore, Hong Kong, The USA and Beijing!) we start by sharing Gloria and Peter’s love story. 

The tale of how they met is a very sweet one and full of giggles! We share this story with their guests, and also tell everyone about Peter’s romantic marriage proposal.

 

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Gloria and Peter’s relationship has spanned oceans in the past, with thousands of miles separating them for periods lasting several months. 

We decided to incorporate the symbolic ceremony of the ‘Fisherman’s Knot’ into their service, to symbolise that their love only ever grows stronger, even in the face of a challenge…

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It didn’t go quite right first time… or even the second time… but with a little bit of patience the knot was finally tied, third time lucky! 

It provided a lot of laughs getting there though! 

 

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Gloria and Peter had written their own wedding vows, which brought out a few tears when spoken out loud to one another…

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We also included a Wedding Band Blessing or ‘Ring Warming’ ceremony.

The wedding rings were passed around the whole congregation whilst the harpist played some music, and every guests was invited to impart their personal blessings or good wishes onto the wedding bands before they reached the couple’s hands.

How lovely to be able to involve your wedding guests in your ceremony with this beautiful gesture! 

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Samantha Kelsie UK Celebrant wedding ceremony Hedsor house Buckinghamshire symbolic Liam Collard photography …and that was that! When all the ‘I dos’ were said and done, the guests erupted into a round of cheering and applause. Peter and Gloria sealed their marriage with a kiss and headed back down the aisle to begin celebrating with champagne!

Thank you to Liam Collard for sharing these photos. Also a big well done to wedding planner Rebecca Buckingham of Heart Shaped Weddings for her planning and coordination of a gorgeous day.

Congratulations Gloria and Peter! x

To discuss the plans for your own celebrant wedding ceremony, email Samantha today! enquiries@ukcelebrant.co.uk

 

Sara and Simon’s Wedding at Luton Hoo

Sara and Simon celebrated their blessing of marriage at Luton Hoo Walled Gardens on Saturday 16th July.Samantha Kelsie celebrant wedding ceremony luton hoo walled gardens

Sara and Simon’s wedding was a beautiful combination of three cultures. Simon’s family are from the Carribean, and Sara’s are from Pakistan, so in the morning they celebrated with a tradional Muslim Nikkah ceremony, before asking me to help them celebrate with a more traditional British ceremony in the afternoon.

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We made sure to include lots of personal references to their cultuire, families, and the coming together of all their traditions in their ceremony script. It was such an honour to help them do this – how lovely to have something so personal spoken about on your wedding day…

I helped Sara and Simon to write a very sweet set of wedding vows, which involved the groom reading the first half of each line, only to be finished off by the bride who completed each sentence.

It was truly moving, and almost brought everyone to tears! So gorgeous!

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The venue was just divine as well, and we were lucky enough to have the sun shining down on us as the flowers blossomed in the walled garden behind us. The ceremony structure was adorened with trailing hydrangeas (which matched the flowers on my dress – pure coincidence!) and we had a snazzy sparkly table set up behind us ready for the couple to sign their personal certificate of their wedding vows…. a cute little keepsake of the day.

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Sara looked truly stunning both in her traditional Muslim costume and later on in her pure white wedding dress. She’s a very lucky lady too, as Simon is quite possibly one of the most romantic gentlemen I have ever had the pleasure of meeting!

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It was a real honour to be a part of their day… wishing you both so much love and happiness x

Andy and Nikki’s Garden Wedding at Home

Congratulations to beautiful couple Andy and Nikki who were married this weekend! We were lucky enough to keep the wet weather at bay on Saturday afternoon, long enough to enjoy a glorious outdoor wedding ceremony underneath a huge oak tree, stood out on the pretty corner patio of the garden, at the bride’s family home in Farnham Common.

samantha kelsie  out door wedding ceremony celebrant beaconsfieldThe wedding was a quaint affair, sweet and informal, with guests making themselves well and truly at home in Nikki’s father’s house, and friends chipping in and lending hands to the kitchen and cupcake stands, all contributing to a family-like vibe which resonated throughout the celebration.


A harpist played the bride in to the ceremony, and the rings were delivered with the help of Molly the Jack Russel, who behaved just beautifully on cue from the groom!

samantha kelsie  out door wedding ceremony celebrant beaconsfieldAndy and Nikki’s ceremony was an absolute joy to write , and a pleasure to perform. The script held a heavy responsibility not just in supporting the couple’s commitment to eachother, but to their earth-loving lifestyle, and dedication to the environment too. 

“Hiya Samantha, 

Just a quick email before I forget to say a huge thank you for Saturday- everyone commented how great you were 🙂 It all went perfectly and your confidence really helped me get through the ceremony and saying our vows!

Nikki xx” 

Spirituality was in abundance, with a quote by Ghandi, and a beautiful Ohso blessing delivered by a friend, and the vows were scripted with Buddhist teachings, and spoken in unison by the bride and groom.

What was even more unique, were the wedding rings Nikki and Andy had chosen to wear to symbolise their marriage. Not like traditional wedding rings, these rings were made of wood, sourced from an area of the world dear to their hearts, and a central band of crushed shells and sand which represent their personal values, and our human significance, within the greater story of our planet.

samantha kelsie  out door wedding ceremony celebrant beaconsfieldTheir ceremony was truly beautiful, and the bond between this couple, and their dedication to what they believe in is simply admirable. It was an honour to help them celebrate their day…

Samantha