Keeping Up Appearances

When I tell people what I do for a living. Nine times out of ten they are intrigued. The conversation follows a very similar pattern. We go through what a celebrant is. And then almost without fail I’m asked, ‘what do you wear’? My staple answer is a nice dress and to make sure I never upstage the bride or groom’s mother!

Fanfare Favourites – August

So as summer draws to a close and autumn is beckoning as a part of our new regular Fanfare Favourites blog I thought I’d focus on some sunny elements.

The Rockbeare Wedding of Helena & Sam

My first wedding of the year was at Rockbeare Manor for Sam and Helena. What a couple they are! They met at university, became best friends and are now blissfully happy as husband and wife. Their love for one another is so clearly captured in these beautiful images taken by Tom Frost Photography.

Independent Wedding Celebrant, Fanfare Ceremonies, Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset

Lyrics to Inspire your Wedding Vows

As a wedding celebrant I am always being asked whether I know any good readings.  As a massive music lover my first source of inspiration is always lyrics of songs.  I love music but sometimes the lyrics of a song with a little artistic license can be adapted quite brilliantly into readings or vows.

Independent Wedding Celebrant, Fanfare Ceremonies, Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset

Fanfare Favourites – July

Hello and welcome to my brand new monthly feature – Fanfare Favourites. I spend an inordinate amount of time trawling the internet for inspiration and ideas and I absolutely love to see how the bridal industry is evolving and how clever suppliers and creative couples are uniting to come up with some truly incredible weddings.

Independent Wedding Celebrant, Fanfare Ceremonies, Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset

Festival Wedding Inspiration

Following on from my festival wedding post last week, and with so many more music/food/arts festivals coming up this year (see here for a comprehensive list), I thought I would jump on the inspiration band wagon and share some of my faves from my Pinterest boards. I’ve created a new festival one so you can pop over and see it in full if you fancy.

The rock n roll wedding of Rachael and Jeremy, with hand fasting and jumping the broom. Images by Jamie Denny. Venue Streamcombe Farm

The Rise of Festival Weddings

I recently shared a post on Facebook about a couple who met at Glastonbury who then had their wedding ceremony there this year. What a brilliant idea and of course a celebrant-led ceremony could be held at any festival that you particularly love because no license is required.

Jess and Jess. Outdoor wedding at Streamcombe Farm. Celebrant wedding photographed by Vaughan-Stephens Photography

The Legal Bit – Before, During or After?

Consider this: Do you have a ceremony when you register a baby’s birth? No. Do you have a ceremony when you register a death? No. Funerals, christenings or naming ceremonies are NOT legal ceremonies. The same applies to wedding ceremonies.

Kate & Rich’s Autumn Wedding at Baron’s Hill Barn

Rich’s proposal to Kate definitely has been one of the best I have encountered so far. With their shared love of the great outdoors, wildlife and nature – Dartmoor was an obvious location.

Charlotte & Chris’ Wedding at the Bride’s Family Home

At the end of July last year, I was lucky enough to conduct a wedding ceremony for Charlotte and Chris in Sidbury in East Devon, an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Her parents’ farm looks straight down the Sid Valley to the sea and that was the chosen venue for their wedding.