Rebecca and Shivan Summer 2018
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