Everything’s Coming Up Weddings
I’ve made it no secret that I love an outdoor wedding, but an outdoor wedding at home in the family garden is about the very best. Especially if that garden is the pride and joy of one of the couples’ parents. A wedding really does provide a reason for them to go that extra mile, indulge their passion and use all the fruits of their labour to decorate a marquee, create a beautiful home-grown bouquet and of course a backdrop for a ceremony.
There are so many reasons for me why they are quite the most special place for a ceremony. Yes, I am a traditionalist and a hopeless romantic and a garden wedding is just so quintessentially English. But for the bride or groom they are at home. It might be a place that they grew up and spent their childhood playing in. And even if the garden is new to them, they will still have happy memories of fun times spent with their family.
Our heavenly English gardens have inspired wedding arrangements for years and it’s a trend that will never die. The flowers we have available, arranged loosely create a natural, romantic look. Using all that natural beauty as a backdrop to your wedding styling is a no brainer. The trademark roses and peonies are an obvious ‘go to’ but the smaller textural blossoms of veronica, sweet peas, fresh herbs and nigella with its appropriately whimsical more familiar name ‘love in the mist’ create a delicate contrast.
I shall be featuring Jed and Lauren’s wedding on the blog later this year. They were married in Lauren’s family garden in August. The terrace was where the ceremony was held shrouded in purple wisteria forming a completely natural arch. Above is a sneak peek courtesy of the very talented Joshua Lawrence.
You can have your wedding ceremony in your family garden by asking a celebrant to present it for you. If that’s something you might be interested in, please do get in touch I would absolutely love to help.
This is going to sound very cliché I know but I felt that I really was on a journey with Katie and Jooles. And a very wonderful one it was too. All weddings are special but there was something about Katie and Jooles. Right from the get-go when I met them on a Facetime call, I just knew that this was going to be a very special occasion. We all got along famously but what I particularly loved was how important to them the actual ceremonial part of their day was.
Over the past few years I have met and worked alongside many wedding photographers. Extraordinarily in all the weddings I have done I’m yet to bump into the same photographer twice. I take my hat off to them. It is a deeply competitive business. Not only are there many of them but they also work incredibly hard.
When I met with Abbie and Luke to discuss the detail of their script it became very apparent that they both had an incredible bond with their mothers. Rarely are there occasions when one can publicly express one’s love and thanks to a parent, but a celebrant ceremony provides just that opportunity.
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.
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.
I think it’s fair to say that your wedding day is high up on the momentous life events list. It therefore completely baffles me that most couples, who choose a civil ceremony, are happy for this huge occasion to be officiated by a total stranger.
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.