I recently had the privilege to be the celebrant at a beautiful wedding in Chalford, near Stroud, Gloucestershire.
The couple have been together for several years and have two beautiful children aged 3 and 4. Having decided to seal their union by getting married, although they planned to complete the legal necessities at the Registry Office, they wanted a ceremony that was personal to them and could involve their children and their dog, Perry. The bride’s uncle has a lovely farmhouse with beautifully kept gardens and the couple were keen to make their vows in a natural setting, surrounded by family and friends. The reception was held in an adjacent barn, lovingly decorated by family and friends as well as the bride and groom themselves, where we could have held the ceremony in the event of bad weather.
As it was, it was a lovely sunny day. The ceremony area was beautifully arranged, including an arch made by the groom (and not seen by the bride until the day). The colour theme was black and champagne, with secondary colours of lilac and navy blue. The ceremony, which was created in collaboration with the couple, had a mixture of traditional and more modern elements, and included the religious reading “Footsteps”, flawlessly read by one of the bride’s brothers. The bride, who looked stunning and radiated happiness, followed in the bridal party of eight bridesmaids, and the couple’s children as flower girl and ring bearer. Oh and of course the family dog, Perry!
The bride was escorted by her father, and entered to Wagner’s “Bridal March”, and he later formally presented her as part of the ceremony. As they faced each other, before around sixty family and friends, the couple exchanged vows and rings. After the customary kiss, the couple marked their union with a sand ceremony, with the final layer including sand poured by their children.
We closed the ceremony with the bride and groom jumping the broomstick, with all the guests following behind.
It truly was a joyous occasion and a delight to have been part of.
After the event the bride and groom said; “Our service was emotional and everything we wanted it to be and more. Your words were perfect for us and very moving so we would both like to express our thanks for making a special day even more so . Our day would not have been the same without you”.
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