Steampunk Wedding ceremony celebrant handfasting Wilobe Farm Cambridgeshire

Chris and Katie | Steampunk Wedding

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

Lara and Ben | Great Gatsby Wedding

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.

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.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.

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!

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.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.

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.

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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?”

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.

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.

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

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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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….

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
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