Gloucestershire has many beautiful wedding venues and is often the destination of choice for couples, even if they do not live in the area.
I recently led a lovely ceremony for two serving police officers, who, although not Gloucestershire residents, chose Stonehouse Court Hotel for their special day. We were blessed with the weather, and although a little windy, it was a fine day, enabling us to have our ceremony outside in the Cotswold stone gazebo.
Somewhat unusually, the couple had chosen to write most of their ceremony themselves, combining traditional elements with words and readings that had particular meaning for them. The entrance to the aisle was marked by two lovely pieces of silver birch the groom had prepared himself, and the aisle was decorated with white flower petals. The bridal party included the couple’s young daughter.
One of the traditional elements the couple included in their ceremony was the ‘signing of the register’. Even though the couple had completed the legal elements of their marriage elsewhere, they wanted to formally mark the occasion in writing and for photographs. They and their two witnesses signed a certificate, which the couple were then able to keep.
I wish them every happiness for their future together.