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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.

All Talk No Action – Script Only Services

Are you thinking of getting married in a faraway exotic location but don’t want to use the venue’s prescriptive script?    Or perhaps you have a friend or family member you would love to present your wedding ceremony here at home but don’t want to give them the added pressure of writing the script?  In either of these situations you may be interested to hear that I offer a script only service.

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

Creating Vows from Inspirational Music

Over the years I have collected quite a selection of inspirational music. Some well-known ones but also some slightly more obscure pieces. Being a music fan, I particularly like lyrics to songs and find incorporating them into your wedding ceremony, either as part of your vows or as a reading or musical interlude, the perfect way to say something beautiful if you are struggling to find the words yourself.

The wedding of Helen and Troy. As photographed by Nova Wedding Photography. At Rockbeare Manor

The Father of the Bride Moment

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.

Music at Weddings is the Food of Love

Here at Fanfare Ceremonies we are passionate about music and dancing and are always looking for entertaining ways to include both into our ceremonies, wedding, baby naming or vow renewal.  This video cannot help but put a smile on your face.  It’s a wonderful example of how to make your wedding inclusive, happy and just darn good fun.

It epitomises the ethos of Fanfare Ceremonies.

Watch this space for some more ideas and help spread some love and happiness around Devon.