My 5 year Retrospective: Wedding One: My gorgeous niece Sarah. Algarve Coast, May 2014

When I began Celebrancy in 2014, I’m not sure that Instagram was even a ‘thing’, google reviews were not something on my radar and I didn’t ever think to ask for reviews to be posted on social media platforms like Facebook or anywhere else for that matter. I was one of only a few people working as a Celebrant in the Midlands and I didn’t need to publish reviews of my work. I did it because I loved it and didn’t need to ‘make a living’ at it. I thought of it as a vocation really. I didn’t think of it in terms of publishing what really feel like rather sacred and private occasions. I’m also rubbish at asking…. As a result I have very few reviews published anywhere online and haven’t, to my great shame,  taken great pains to record all the wonderful, kind words full of gratitude which come my way with every ceremony. Now in the age of Insta, Youtube, Facebook, Google etcetera and with more and more great Celebrants enjoying this wonderful profession, there is a need for public reviews about my work. I have started to want to share with people all the fantastic ceremonies I have devised with my couples. If you look at my social profile, I might appear to have done very few weddings and I have little published online with which to celebrate those occasions.

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Simon and Nikki’s Bonkers wedding 31st May 2019 at Mallory Court

Nikki and Simon’s bonkers wedding

Simon and Nikki were my most recent wedding couple, pictured here on their wedding rehearsal day, prior to the Big Day at Mallory Court. Wedding photos to follow, involving broomsticks. hand fasting, heckling, antics and a great deal of Prosecco and Peroni! Simon Nikki were all about ‘new beginnings’ and becoming a new family. They are also A LOT of fun. They made me laugh continuously and knew exactly what they wanted. I can’t wait to show you some proper wedding photos and testimonials. This wedding was not for the faint hearted! They were really happy with their ceremony and so were all the guests and consequently…so was I. There was a lot of laughter as the Best Man did an improvised turn with the broomstick dancing along the aisle. Tears as the couple made their promises to their respective children and as toasts were made to absent friends and family. There were constant comedy turns and unexpected ad lib contributions from the bride and groom…and an exhausted celebrant and photographer, neither of whom could keep up with their buoyant mood and crazy energy. Simon and Nikki are very in love, passionate and full of hope for the future. When Simon’s brother Nathan told him “I’ve met the woman of your dreams”, he could never have known the consequences of introducing them. A new post with all the photos and more details to follow.

This year I plan to write up a retrospective of my weddings. It is my five year anniversary of weddings and I will be getting in touch with many of my couples and fishing out their pics so that I can share all my lovely ceremonies and show you all the varied possibilities available to you.

Until next time….check out my facebook, Insta, Pinterest and even Twitter if you feel inclined.

Rebecca and Shivan Summer 2018

Wedding, Rebecca & Shivan – Albufeira Portugal – Photo by Luis Efigenio

http://luis.elfigenio.weddings

Luis Elfigenio, a talented Destination Wedding Photographer created these stunning photos of yet another very special wedding I did last year.

These hugs! this is what my work is all about. Connection, relationship, sharing the joy making sure the couple are happy with the ceremony we have created together.

When you get a call asking if you would be interested in being flown out to the Algarve Coast to stay in Portugal and marry two beautiful young people with an international guest list in a glorious resort…..what are you gonna do?!

Its taken so, so long to publish this, because life got in the way…but it is fresh in my memory as a really special time. This wedding was idyllic and perfect, I felt as though we were actually in a film. Everything, everywhere you looked was stunning…including, as you can see, the bride and her handsome groom. The warm breeze, the subtle colours, the stunning Algarve coastline all created such a uniquely special and unforgettable experience.

Rebecca and Shivan are busy, busy people, at this time they were living the London life, with busy careers. They still took the time to come and meet me in Birmingham, because they were sure i was right for them, and they were a couple who knew exactly what they wanted and needed in their Celebrant. They turned up by train, brought me a box of chocolates and a coffee and shared with me all the special moments of their meeting, ‘courting’ and relationship. They were generous with their time, and their trust. I heard such fabulous stories about his proposal and the sheer romance of their encounter. It would be hard to describe how I feel when people decide that I am the right person for them and that they want to work with me. It is so important to get the right ‘match’. When you are looking for a Celebrant you will have that same ‘gut instinct’ when you find the right one as you feel when you find the right person to share your life with. You just know.

Rebecca was familiar with Celebrancy, because she is Australian and in her home country Celebrants are the usual thing. They decided they wanted to fly out the right person for them rather than compromise and have someone who was more conveniently located. Who was I to argue?!

I shall never forget the long sunsets and the sand between my toes, the laughter and love of two families from very different backgrounds. Think British of Iraqi Kurdish heritage raised in Wales and Australian Catholic resident in London for a short time…and you get the picture. There was unity and joy and shared love. This is when i feel that the work Celebrants do is significant for societies on a very deep level. It is always brought home to me how peaceable and well intentioned most human beings are. When you are given the great privilege of being present at such an occasion its hard to feel anything but genuine humility and gratitude

Wedding, Rebecca & Shivan – Albufeira Portugal – Photo by Luis Efigenio

Wedding, Rebecca & Shivan – Albufeira Portugal – Photo by Luis Efigenio

Wedding, Rebecca & Shivan – Albufeira Portugal – Photo by Luis Efigenio

Wedding, Rebecca & Shivan – Albufeira Portugal – Photo by Luis Efigenio

Wedding, Rebecca & Shivan – Albufeira Portugal – Photo by Luis Efigenio

Wedding, Rebecca & Shivan – Albufeira Portugal – Photo by Luis Efigenio

Wedding, Rebecca & Shivan – Albufeira Portugal – Photo by Luis Efigenio

My first Fusion Wedding

Just 3 of my 2017 weddings!

It really is impossible to describe the satisfaction I derive from my ‘job’. It is pure joy from start to finish. A big thank you to all my lovely customers who allow me to be a part of their most intimate days. Here are just a few of my favourite photos of some of my weddings, there are plenty to follow as I enter the New year planning many more special ceremonies for special people.

Gorgeous Erik and Holly getting married at magnificent Sandon Hall https://sandonhall.co.uk. Thanks to Laura Jade Zuber for these beautiful shots https://ljzuberphotography.pixieset.com

Sam and Jenny’s beautiful woodland wedding in The Wyre Forest. Thanks to Carolyn Carter http://www.carolyncarter.co.uk/portrait-gallery/ for her beautiful images

Hand fasting, Erik and Holly’s Mum’s tying the knot in The Orangery at Sandon Hall Thanks to Laura Jade Zuber for this image.

Hannah and Rachel’s special wedding weekend in the Derbyshire hills at Knockdown Cottages.Thank to fabulous Camera Hannah for this image…http://www.camerahannah.co.uk

 

Hannah and Rachel

https://www.facebook.com/camerahannah/videos/1702593239753276/?hc_ref=ARSDaqjbDv0az2PQ0UsSqU-6c73oSOSPzwY7cpDg_3fqRpJyMbyRxVqFR_Gi1caQuHo&pnref=story

 

Thanks so much to Camera Hannah for her marvellous video! I loved this wedding. I think the video speaks for itself.

Hannah & Rachel

Turn on the HD and make sure you have volume turned up! It's video time – woohoo! Hannah and Rachel got married and it was one of my favourites ever… I could keep banging on about what a spectacular day it was but why not take a look for yourself? <3Photography and filmmaking by Camera Hannahhttp://camerahannah.co.uk

Posted by Camera Hannah on Monday, 30 October 2017

Happy Welcome

This welcome banner was perfect for Becky and Korny’s wedding, at Furtho Manor Farm in Milton Keynes, it was vibrant in colour, and involved the children, who loved doing it.  With the Happy tune in the background it set the tone for a very vibrant and inventive wedding. I love them. (and the banner!)

A new take on "Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today...."
A new take on “Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today….”

Banners and placards are a great way to set the tone of your ceremony and to give people a sense of the wedding being a bit different and informal. Often they take people pleasantly by surprise. Becky’s nephews and nieces ran in to the song “Happy” after the arrival of the Bride, Bridesmaids and Groom. The banner in gorgeous colours had been made to match the brightly coloured wedding colours. I don’t know who made this one, but its a lovely idea to use for involving various members of family in the lead up to the big day. Sometimes there is a member of your gathering who doesn’t like the limelight but enjoys being creative, or children who like to get involved. It was really touching to see them running in beaming to welcome the guests in a less traditional manner.

It is always nice to use visuals where it doesn’t have to be words, and words where only words will do. With a “Welcome banner” or a placard you have all sorts of options, and you can write whatever you like, and anyone can make them. “Daddy, here comes Mummy”, is one I have coming up next year,; “Here comes the Bride” on a placard is really cute carried in by a pageboy. I love this idea, and particularly like the long banner carried by several children. Using them is a way of saying something simple visually.