My Darling Buds of May – Becky & Ranald

The wedding of Becky & Ran. Images by Daniel Weeks Photography. Celebrant wedding. Devon wedding. Outdoor wedding.On 26th May this year I was lucky enough to conduct the ceremony for Ranald and Becky at her parent’s farm in Wilmington, East Devon.  Everything about this wedding was unique, personal and truly bespoke.

Family is hugely important to both Becky and Ranald and their wedding certainly celebrated, not only their marriage, but also the love and the closeness or their two families.

Becky’s parents had been working tirelessly to get their beautiful home prepared for this glorious celebration.  The ceremony was held high on a hill above the farm beneath a beautiful wedding arbor that Becky’s father had made with seating on straw bales.  It was a hot steamy day and the storm clouds were gathering but fortunately came to nothing.  Many of the guests, despite the sweltering conditions, puffed up the steep hill whilst others took advantage of the vehicles laid on to ferry those less energetic.  The view from the top was breathtaking.

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This wedding typified everything that a celebrant ceremony is all about.  Becky wanted to be married from her wonderful home.  They wanted it to be personal, relaxed and intimate.  It was all that and more.  It was unpretentious.  It was charming.  It was rustic.

They are a lovely couple who take joy from their family, their children,  nature and each other’s company.   They really were the Darling Buds of May just as HE Bates described.  I loved it.

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Naming ceremony, Devon celebrant, Starcross Yacht club

A Double Celebration For Ula

On 14th April this year, I headed to Starcross Yacht Club and presented a Naming Ceremony for Tim and Shiona’s beautiful daughter Ula.  This was a double celebration as it was also Ula’s first birthday the following day.

Both Shiona and Tim have a massive affinity with the sea and many happy days have been spent by them at the yacht club. It was therefore a perfect venue for Ula’s Naming Ceremony and goodness what a setting it was.

Naming ceremony, Devon celebrant, Starcross Yacht clubI think the shipping forecast would have used words along the lines of a south-westerly 3 or 4 rising – good for sailing but rather brisk conditions for a naming ceremony right on the edge of the estuary (I’ll know not to wear a wraparound dress another time on a blustery day in such an exposed location– thank heavens for the safety pins in the yacht club’s first aid box!).

Naming ceremony, Devon celebrant, Starcross Yacht clubIt was a real family affair with all hands-on deck (spot the sailing pun) with a bit of a retro feel (I very happily joining in the fun – I haven’t stuck cheese and pineapple on a cocktail stick for a long time) to get everything ready for the feast that was to follow the ceremony.

Naming ceremony, Devon celebrant, Starcross Yacht clubUla, which in Celtic means ‘jewel of sea’, surrounded by her parents, guide parents, family and friends was as good as gold.  The ceremony included two wonderful readings ‘Before you came’ by Beverley Butcher, read by her uncle and ‘You are my I love you’ by Maryann Cusimano Love, read by her Great Aunt.  We celebrated her actual naming, Ula Petrea Julia, by a rapturous three cheers followed by some energetic bubble blowing.

All in all, the happiest of days and my one and only Naming of the year.  I hope I am asked to do another soon.