Yesterday was just lovely. I headed down to the South Lakes to perform Thomas & Maryellen’s Wedding Ceremony. The weather was just beautiful so I packed up the troops (husband, children kinda troops) and dropped them across the road from the venue, at Sizergh Castle for a wander and some fresh air – when I say it’s over the road, its literally over the road – and since we have a National Trust membership that we have hardly used, it seemed like the perfect opportunity! I left them scoffing Cheese Scones and headed to The Villa Levens…

Thomas and Maryellen wanted to keep their ceremony fairly traditional, but with a little twist. We included all the traditional elements you’d expect to see in a wedding ceremony – the I Do’s, Exchange of Rings, Vows. We then added in the most beautiful words – Thomas’ sister read ‘A Lovely Love Story’ as Maryellen is the biggest dinosaur fan ever…she even walked in to the Jurassic Park theme tune! We also did a Handfasting – something they hadn’t really thought about prior to their wedding, but once we talked through the idea of it and indeed, the idea of adding in some symbolism, they loved it.

As a celebrant, I’m a big fan of the soppy stuff and also a massive fan of the silly stuff, so I always ask my couples what they love most about each other, but also, what their partners biggest quirk is! The answers I get are always brilliant – brilliantly soppy, brilliantly funny and sometimes just brilliantly weird! Thomas and Maryellen were no exception – but that’s for the ears of their family and friends only!

I left them in the sunshine, surrounded by friends, family and confetti and sat for 10 minutes in my car to reflect upon their beautiful, elegant ceremony. Loved it!

So, that was the first of my 2019 Wedding Ceremonies – next up, Hidden River Cabins in March…can’t wait!

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