Rachel and Dan’s Handfasting

Rachel and Dan’s Handfasting

Bride and Groom with CelebrantDespite high winds and rain before and after , the weather was beautiful for the day of Rachel and Dan’s Handfasting ceremony.

Bride arriving with father

The ceremony was held in the lovely courtyard of Crasken Farm, Helston in Cornwall. The couple were both born and grew up in Cornwall and were keen to return to their Cornish roots for their special day. They also wanted to be surrounded by the beauty and wonder of nature as they made their heartfelt vows.



The bride entered with her father, to a live guitar solo called “My Love”, written by the groom and played by a friend. The couple were keen their family and friends should feel part of the ceremony, and to acknowledge all the love and support given to them on their journey so far.



Rachel and Dan had written their own vows and it was a particularly moving moment as they each read them out to each other. Although Rachel had said she was happy for her engagement ring to symbolise their marriage as well, she was delighted when Dan surprised her with a wedding ring on the day.

Handfasting chord draped over wrists of bride and groom


The handfasting chord comprised 3 chords; gold to symbolise Cornwall, red for their love and passion and ivory as a reminder of the importance of peace and tranquility. After a reading from “The Amber Spyglass”, by Philip Pullman, which had special meaning for the bride, the couple were handfasted.Bride sips from the Quaich




With wrists still bound they then sipped Cornish mead in turns from the loving cup.




After a reading by a friend of Clive Blake’s “I’ve Found Someone Who..” the couple kissed. The ceremony ended with the couple jumping the broomstick, to more live music with a Celtic flavour.Bride and Groom Jumping the Broomstick

Such a joyful occasion that I am sure all present will remember for a long time.

For information about partnership ceremonies  see Weddings and Handfastings

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