I recently conducted a wedding ceremony for a lovely couple just before Covid 19 resulted in the need for social distancing and other health protection measures. Little could they have known when planning their wedding it really would be in the nick of time!
The event was held at the lovely Kingscote Barn in Gloucestershire with around 50 guests gathering to witness the two of them declare their love for one another and exchange sacred vows.
As her groom waited at the top of the aisle with his best man, the bride entered with her bridal party, accompanied by her mum. After welcoming everyone, we heard a little of what each loves about the other. Keely’s mum read a couple of readings, one from “The Complete Poems”, by Anne Sexton and one from “The Bridge Across Forever”, written by Richard Bach. We reminded ourselves of the importance and value of marriage as a relationship, followed by another reading, this time from “Gift From The Sea”, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
The couple exchanged vows they had written themselves, including the bride who impressively had memorised hers! After exchanging rings they were handfasted. We then celebrated the joining of their two families with a sand ceremony. With their respective mothers they poured layers of sand, each layer and blending representing different aspects of the foundations on which their love is built.
Finally, after the obligatory kiss, the bride and groom jumped the broomstick, followed at their request by their family and friends.
It was a truly joyous occasion and I wish them both every happiness for the future.