Your wedding should reflect you. Ben and Hannah are relaxed and informal and they wanted their ceremony to reflect this. They also wanted it to be happy, personal and celebratory. And it wasn’t just the ceremony that was personalised every aspect of the day was. Amazingly the bride had undertaken all the preparation and making of almost every aspect of the decorations.
Meet Ben and Hannah
In my experience all emails and conversations prior to actually meeting a client are with the bride but in this case I dealt solely with Ben. It became clear that they were living very busy lives and were living more or less like ships in the night whilst trying to juggle their tight work schedules and organise a wedding. No mean feat. It also transpired that Hannah had her hands very full with all her wedding decoration preparation.
Fortunately though we managed to meet up twice before the ceremony so that I could hear all about their vision for their day and it was lovely to finally meet Hannah.
Their venue was Bickham Barn a lovely lime plastered barn on an organic farm in a Devon valley just outside Exeter. It allows you to create your perfect day with absolute flexibility. This was ideal for Ben and Hannah as it would allow them to personalise it completely. It provided them with the blank canvas they wanted so they could make their vision of a tropical themed wedding a reality.
Hannah worked tirelessly to achieve her vision and what a thoroughly awesome job she did. It looked amazing with brightly coloured decorations festooned everywhere.. She had turned it into a real Club Tropicana.
As with all couples who choose a celebrant led ceremony their wish was for the ceremony to be personal and to reflect them as a couple and their relaxed and informal vibe. Working closely with them I wrote a ceremony describing their story including what they love to do together and how Ben proposed which involved a fair amount of intricate planning. Like so many proposals it didn’t all go according to plan much to the amusement of all the guests.
Sharing a love of David Bowie they chose ‘Absolute Beginners’ as their reading. A first for me. We adapted some of the lyrics and it read brilliantly.
We included an intimate handfasting into the ceremony. Surprise surprise Hannah wanted to make the cords herself and she chose very brightly coloured ribbons continuing the tropical theme and representing the colourful life that the couple intended living and sharing together.
In the hand fasting ceremony I bound their hands together in the colourful ribbons and then ended the ceremony literally ‘tying the knot’. They now have the ribbons as a lasting reminder of the promises they made during the ceremony.
And to finish
At the end of the ceremony all the guests filed out of the ceremonial area and formed an aisle. Ben and Hannah walked down the aisle and were showered by the most magical brightly covered confetti. This heralded the arrival of the fabulously vibrant Samba band Streetheat. from Exeter. They set the tone for what I know would have been a fantastic party.
All these lovely images were supplied by Laura at Cullen Photography