A Rock ‘n’ Roll Wedding With Hand Fasting & Jumping The Broom
I’ve always loved a bit of rock n’ roll and Rachael and Jeremy were definitely my rock and roll couple of 2018.
They had been searching all over the West Country for a venue that got their vibe and when they found Streamcombe Farm on Exmoor in Somerset they knew they had struck gold. They just loved the intimacy and aura of it. Furthermore, Jeremy knows Exmoor well as he grew up nearby and has many fond memories of messing about at Tarr Steps as a teenager. Indeed, they camp regularly on Exmoor with their boys, Bonham and Jesse.
Rachael, an incredibly talented costume designer, had gone to town with the decoration of the ceremonial area. It really reflected her beliefs and interest in Red Indian culture and looked truly amazing. Even more impressive bearing in mind that it had poured with rain the night before, so much of the work had had to have been done that morning.
In true rock n’ roll style Rachael’s processional music was ‘Rock and Roll’ by The Velvet Underground It was so cool, and Rachael looked absolutely stunning as can be seen from the photographs that are featured in this blog. A truly Boho bride.
We were including a hand fasting and jumping the broom ceremony within the main ceremony. Rachael made the hand fasting braids and decorated the broom herself. I was thrilled with both these ceremonies. This hand fasting stands out as my most intense and intimate part of any ceremony last summer. At one point everyone was so entranced in the moment that nothing could be heard other than the babbling stream and the faint rustle of the leaves in the trees. Indeed, Rachael told me that Jamie Denny (who caught the wonderful images) said that the guests were so captivated that they sat completely still which made his job easier. Be that as it may there is no escaping that his images truly capture the mood of the day.
In contrast the jumping of the broom was joyous, and all the guests joined in with a hearty 1, 2 3 JUMP as Rachael, Jeremy and their boys leapt over the broom. There are some who think this ceremony is a bit wacky. It’s not. It’s fun. Celebratory and symbolic of new beginnings.
To mark the end of the ceremony and the start of the party ‘Shine it all around’ by Robert Plant was played.
For couples who book with me during this month, I’m giving away a free hand fasting ceremony as part of the package. If you are interested in either a hand fasting or jumping the broom ceremony, please feel free to contact me for more information.