Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

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.

Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

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….

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 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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Sian and Dean’s Alternative Ska Punk Festival Wedding

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of officiating a very alternative wedding indeed – a festival wedding with a Steampunk / Ska vibe in deepest Suffolk!

The wedding had been set up just like a festival, with music, portaloos, cans of cider and BBQ on to go… all carefully arranged around a large tent, which was packed with straw bales and gypsophila to add to the country vibe. The ceremony was decorated with voodoo folk touches in the form of mexican dancing skeletons and decorated masks, slotted in amongst the bunting.

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The bridesmaids carried boquets of baby’s breath which had been cleverly dyed to match the colours of their dresses (purple, green and black) whilst the bride herself coloured a rainbow spray of roses. Not one too wear white, the bride entered in a teal green dress and bustle ready to meet her tartan-clad punk rock husband. Their two daughters wore rainbow tutus  which were super cute! There whole room was filled with glorious colour.

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I couldn’t resist a quick selfie with the sound man – his DJ box was filled to the brim with old CDs and records ranging from ska to punk to reggae to blues – and all that fell inbetween. We listened to an 80s gothic sound track together whilst waiting for guests to arrive, and as I set up for the ceremony we had a little shanty singsong too. I may have bopped about a bit before the proceedings all kicked off… it was too hard to resist!

Samantha Kelsie alternative wedding celebrant steampunk festival weddingSamantha Kelsie alternative wedding celebrant steampunk festival weddingSamantha Kelsie alternative wedding celebrant steampunk festival weddingThe bride and her father entered to an original 1897 sound recording of ‘Daisy Daisy Give Me Your Answer Do’ and guests sang along to the chorus with little lyric cards that were waiting on their chairs following the instruction ‘To be opened on arrival of the bride!’

It could not have been more apt a song for this couple, and at the end of the ceremony they exited the tent on an actual bicycle made for two, riding to the beat of The Cure’s ‘Love Cats’ whilst everybody clapped and cheered at their wobbly ride out across the field!

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The ceremony was very emotional, and both the bride and the groom found themselves tearful as together we all celebrated the trials and tribulations that their love had endured. But they stood loud and proud and I couldn’t have loved them more for it. It was a very meaningful day to them both.

There was no exchanging of wedding bands – the couple had opted for tattoos instead – but we did cary out a hand fasting which incorporated not just their union as a couple, but the coming together of their family and two girls as well. Where love was concerned, my couple were traditional at heart and the ceremony was filled with honour and sentiment.

Samantha Kelsie alternative wedding celebrant steampunk festival wedding

What I loved about this wedding more than anything else, is that the whole day had been so perfectly planned to match my couple, their style and the lifestyle that they live. The day was about them, and they didn’t try to do anything that they didn’t feel was right or appropriate to their way of life. They proudly celebrated their union in a way which said – this is us!  And why not? That’s what love is all about in the end…. being yourself, and being accepted for being you too.

I had so much fun, and their guests did too. I didn’t want to leave! Everyone was either chilling out with drink or dancing around a strawbale by the end. There was love, laughter and happy tears in abundance. My couple made sure that everyone had a good time, and everyone really did – them more than anyone!

You beautiful pair – you were such a pleasure to get to know, and a joy to work with. I’m so honoured that I could help to give you a day which meant so much to you both… x

Samantha Kelsie alternative wedding celebrant steampunk festival wedding