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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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Helen and Troy, Celebrant wedding at Rockbeare Manor, with images by Nova Wedding Photography

The Rockbeare Manor wedding of Helen & Troy

I had a wonderful surprise back in late March this year.  I received a phone call from Helen, the Event Manager at the wonderful venue that is Rockbeare Manor, to ask me if I would meet her to discuss the possibility of my writing and presenting the wedding ceremony for her and her partner Troy (one of the chefs at Rockbeare).

There was no time to lose as the wedding was just a month away and so I arranged a visit immediately and met Helen and Troy …….. no I’m not joking!  They had met through their work at Priston Mill near Bath (a sister venue of Rockbeare) and I loved hearing their story from the early days up until when Troy proposed which I would then replicate as a part of their ceremony script.  A busy 10 days followed with Jan and Richard’s postponed wedding on 7th and a Naming Ceremony on 14th (blog to follow).

Their wedding was such a happy day and their ceremony an emotional one but also filled with humour.  Me being me of course couldn’t resist squeezing in a reference to Helen and Troy which they must have heard a thousand times but allowed it!  Troy a Maori had some special friends and relatives who had made the huge effort of flying all the way from New Zealand.  One of the highlights for me was the fabulous music they had chosen to leave the ceremony, Poi E the iconic celebratory song and unofficial NZ national anthem.  It’s a brilliant party starter.

Helen and Troy, Celebrant wedding at Rockbeare Manor, with images by Nova Wedding Photography Thank you for Nova Photography for these images.  Pity about my bad hair day!  I suppose everyone has one!  I’m already looking forward to the two weddings I have booked at Rockbeare in March 2019.

Jan & Richard. Powderham Castle. Nick Walker Photography

Jan & Richard – It Was So Worth The Wait

Jan & Richard. Powderham Castle. Nick Walker PhotographyFor those who follow me on Instagram  or Facebook you will have seen that I have been busy presenting ceremonies all over the place this year.

Today though I’m concentrating on my first wedding at Powderham Castle for Jan and Richard.   Their big day had to be postponed because of the snow, meaning so few of their guests were able to get to Devon.  This was such a difficult decision for them and hard to believe now with this current heatwave.    Fortunately every single supplier was able to change the date.   All of us desperate to accommodate if we possibly could.

And WOW what a venue Powderham is and what a day it was!   It was a pleasure working alongside Sarah the Weddings Manager there and indeed Nick of Nick Walker Photography who came all the way from Cornwall to take these absolutely stunning photographs of this awesome couple.  How did he manage it without any of us really being aware he was there?

Jan, Richard and I worked on the ceremony together.  It reflected their characters and relationship, but also the importance of their friends and family.  And not forgetting their humour.  And there was a lot of that.   Beautiful music was provided by the uber talented Rosewood String Quartet which included a specially arranged version of The Reckoner by Radiohead; a favourite of the couples.  Jan had her best friends as bridesmaids and her mother gave her away.

Beautiful bride.  Blissfully happy couple.  Awesome venue.  Enjoy!

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Barons Hill Barn wedding

Amy & Dave Marry at Barons Hill Barn

Amy and Dave were married at The Barn at Barons Hill Barn in South Devon. Guests sat on straw bales with the sound of the stream trickling by in the background. Amy entered to Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran and was met by a very emotional groom, Dave, who was resplendent in his Royal Artillery uniform.

This was a happy, relaxed wedding ceremony on a beautiful, sunny day. Images by Zoe Griffin Photography.

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