Beautiful & Bespoke Ceremonies
Well, the last wedding of the season took place this Saturday at the swish Blunsdon House Hotel. Bride Lucianne stole the show with her awesome and funky ivory and black lace dress. Photos to come later!
The Bride and Groom's gorgeous young twin sons wanted the cake cut in the ceremony - so it was! Cake cutting in the ceremony is a growing trend this year -- and it stops the cake cutting getting missed, as I have seen at weddings which I have been to as a guest. At one last year, I went into Celebrant mode, trying to call people over to the cake cutting, but so many people were gutted to have missed it...
So, why not cut the cake as part of the ceremony? And - in the case of the Anglo-Chinese wedding I was so lucky to be officiate recently at The Frogmill near Cheltenham - it was coupled with a Chinese Tea Ceremony. There's a beautiful joining of cultures for you! Serving each other cake is a symbolic gesture to show the commitment to care for and sustain each other. In the case of the tea ceremony, the couple presented tea to each new in-law, as a way of being welcomed into the the new family.
September 2019 Update
Only one more wedding to go this season and then some well-deserved winter rest! I have worked in some truly beautiful, warm and welcoming venues this summer. Even when the rain didn't stay away, the weddings inside tipis and marquees were intimate and beautiful... and did you know rain on your wedding day is supposed to be lucky?!
New venues for me this year included Hadsham Farm near Banbury - what a beautiful lakeside location, Babington House, near Frome - whose chapel was exquisite, The Kings Head in Cirencester, which was gorgeous and so stylish, and the amazing Frogmill near Cheltenham. My final service this year is booked for October in Wiltshire's lovely Blunsdon House Hotel - where I celebrated my own 21st all those years ago!
With more booking enquiries coming in, and couples keen to manage their time and budgets better, I now allow some discounts for couples who prefer to plan via video links. After all, this is more eco friendly and uses less petrol. Of course, I always do recommend a venue meet for a rehearsal but where couples cannot logistically manage this, I ensure there is a detailed plan which can be shared to all involved.
Next year has some more new venues to look forward to... do watch this space!
July 2019 Update
It was lovely to attend the Dedication Service for the new North Wiltshire Crematorium - really a gorgeous service! Thanks to Joe, Dana and Leigh for the invitation!
I made a handfasting lei for a couple getting married next month in Marston Meysey --- I will chat to them about how they'd like it decorated. The red symbolises love and passion, the blue their 'blue sky' dreams, and the green their grounded connectedness. It was actually quite therapeutic doing this.
It was a joy to conduct Stacey and Hassan's tipi wedding (with the hessian handfasting cord I made) in Lockeridge. The service went so well and the sun shone brightly throughout! I treated myself to a lovely late lunch in Marlborough on the way home - in Rick Stein's!
This month I was also featured in Loved by Whitewed's blog about the benefits of a celebrant-led wedding. Click here to read the blog, which was in conjunction with the gorgeous Oxleaze Farm.
Some lovely weddings being planned - and a baby-naming! One service is a garden wedding in Littlemore, Oxford. The couple rent a cottage beside a field and an orchard, so it's fabulous that they get the opportunity to utilise these fantastic spaces. Watch my wedding page for more photos.
Emma, David, me and our beloved Mum, Josie.
ABOUT ME & WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW
A proud (older) mum to a cheeky son, I make the best of life! I love travelling, keeping up with current events, community initiatives, good dramas, music, boating and reading.
I was an English teacher/lecturer and personal tutor to adults and children for over 26 years in London, Venezuela, Beijing, Hong Kong and in my hometown, Swindon. I much enjoyed the pastoral, caring aspects of my job, so I do now find helping people very rewarding in my role as a Celebrant. These teaching years have also given me a wealth of experience of writing and presenting effectively.
In addition to other qualifications, I hold an MA (with Distinction) in English from Oxford Brookes. I'm pretty good with words and literature...!
Having lived and taught in Wiltshire, East London, Asia and South America, I'm familiar with many creeds and cultures. I even participated in one of the first gay marriages in Canada, with an English theme and an impersonator of HRH The Queen - it was totally brilliant! Working with people from all walks of life and beliefs is something I fully embrace.
My life has had its own challenges -- including divorce, bereavement and successfully dealing with health issues. Thus, I am able to empathise and work well with clients facing all manner of challenges - and I love to see the fun and joy in every situation, to live life to the full! I possess indemnity insurance and an Enhanced CRB.
I wrote the service words for my own wedding in 1990 and have since helped with many services. This led to me completing my training to deliver a spectrum of services with the well-respected Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. During this training, I attended different courses in Sarum College, Salisbury for all types of Celebrancy. I keep abreast of new developments with constant advice and updates from my fellowship and other professionals, both online and in workshops.
Wiltshire Celebrant * Oxfordshire Celebrant * Gloucestershire Celebrant *Somerset Celebrant *Berkshire Celebrant *Master of Services