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Wedding and Family Celebrant
Woke up to a copy of An Essex Wedding on the doormat this morning, thank you Hannah at the magazine for running the feature. Celebrant led weddings = your day,your way !
So...what does a Celebrant do exactly?
It’s not all about just
turning up on a wedding day, standing at the front and speaking, there is so
much more to it and this is what this short blog is all about.
I met with Anna and Kenny
on a not so warm day at her mum’s house just outside of Colchester in May 2016.
They were living in London but had a vision, to celebrate their love in front
of family and friends at a fantastic laid back ceremony in the grounds of the
bride’s family home. Neither were religious so a church ceremony was not on the
agenda, but they also knew they wanted something much more personal than a
routine registry office ceremony.
We discussed all sorts
over tea and biscuits at the kitchen table, and what became instantly clear was
this was to be a ceremony and a wedding day full of love and laughter and a
whole lot of FUN!
A silent disco was booked
to follow a Scottish Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-Lee) for the
after dinner celebrations and they had already started to stockpile the wine
and beers for the party.
By the end of that first meeting, I KNEW we
were meant to work together, and I was delighted that they felt the same too.
We parted ways that day agreeing that their ceremony would include a
Handfasting and Quaich (Scottish Loving Cup) ceremony to celebrate their shared
Celtic ancestry. They had fun selecting just the right drop of Scotch with
which to fill the Quaich over the intervening months.
A fabulous Scottish Handfasting poem was chosen
to be read by the Groom’s dad in his wonderful lilting accent as they tied the
knot and their personal vows to each other were to be crafted before the big
I was given permission to gently take the
proverbial out of the fact that all 3 of us were huge rugby fans, and between
us represented 3 of the 4 home nations…As an ardent England fan (the dominant
side in recent years) they just knew I was going to mention this fact, once or
twice and were totally at ease with my sense of humour and knew I would be
bringing the added fun to their celebration.
Booking fee paid and questionnaire provided, we
agreed to meet regularly, whenever they returned to Essex, so we could discuss
the evolving ceremony and keep tabs on the changing seasons in the garden.
The icing on the cake was being able to recommend
my husband as their Wedding photographer, and being able to work with him, and
share an amazing day.
Anna and Kenny were just
so easy to work with; they readily shared their love story with me and allowed
me to put my twist on the telling of it. Together we created something that we
knew would bring giggles and tears in equal measure as their family and friends
went on the journey with us.
They had met at a party,
friends had held to welcome Kenny back from a tour of Afghanistan and bonded
over Apple Crumble vodka shots.
They fell in love quite
quickly and knew they had each found their own soul mate, someone they could
dance around the kitchen with, argue with, laugh with and love with. It all
came so easily to them both. Kenny had even thoughtfully made Anna an
engagement ring in his man cave over the course of a few nights before
presenting it to her on St David’s day in a kitchen festooned with inflatable
leeks, daffodils and a red toy dragon!
Ceremony written, we
worked out on interim visits and at the practice the day before, just how long
the ceremony would take, how long the processional music needed to be, where we
would stand and where their guests would be seated. I was able to reassure a
stressed out bride that all would be well, and gave them both my usual pre
ceremony pep talk, including the need for a decent nights sleep and plenty of
hydration on the big day.
It dawned, bright and
beautiful, the hottest day of the summer (we thought at the time…so far…it was
after all only June …But it in fact turned out to be the hottest day of the
summer full stop!)
We had a hoot! Yes it was
a very warm day, and at one point the groom was making full use of my fan to
cool himself down, but the guests were treated to more giggles than you could
shake a stick at and my husband and I were able to enjoy one of the best
weddings of the year, working in partnership and helping a fabulous couple
celebrate their big day. We even got roped into the dancing and didn’t actually
manage to get away until nearly 11 o’clock that night ourselves…long after even
his clocking off time! It was a quintessentially English balmy summers night as
we packed up to leave, with the biggest grins on our faces.
The feedback has been
amazing from Anna and Kenny and their guests, I even booked another couple for
their wedding celebration who came running up to me straight after the ceremony
and told me to drop everything I WAS required to attend their big day, they had
never laughed so much at a wedding ceremony and didn’t know they could have
something so personal written just for them.
So as you can see, it’s
about putting your heart and soul into each client, it is about discussing
individual requirements, being open and accommodating. It’s about meetings, for
me, as many as each client requires. I don’t set limits, never have, never
will. You’ll always get me at the end of a phone or by texts/ email.
It’s about the writing,
the practicing and ultimately the final delivery of your carefully crafted
script. AND it’s about the love, the love that brought them to this point and
that love which will sustain them from that day forward.
This is why you chose a
celebrant, and why it’s important to choose the right one for you.
Something a little bit different from me!
I went to a Networking meeting this morning, something that I love doing, meeting business women and sharing stories,especially the success stories. I always leave feeling energised and raring to go…So I was lying awake in the early hours today, as you do, mulling over what I was going to say for my elevator pitch, a 60 second slot, telling all the other business women (and some men) what I am all about. This popped into my head and I thought I’d share it with you all too!
Let’s start with an idea, shall we say, your wedding, your way?Let’s nurture that thought, you know , your ball, your court.It’s starting to get exciting now, as we build in your readings and your vows,The music, the story of where you met & how.The laughter, the tears, shared hopes and all those dreams,Turned into a reality, as everyone around you beams. Let’s build it to a crescendo of pure unadulterated love,All made possible when you find the right Celebrant that fits you like a glove!Lady love is my monicker; weddings and celebrations my game,Creating a dream ceremony with you and for you, my passion and aim.
Come see me later, let’s have a quick chat & give Mandie and all the other ladies here a reason to buy a new hat!
It REALLY is about working together as we create your ceremony, with all the fun, love and laughter built in…..Come and seem me, lets give the ladies who love you an opportunity to buy THAT hat!
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