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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.

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.

The Deer Park Wedding of Kirstie and Dan

I have three outstanding memories of the day when the lovely Dan and Kirstie were married at Deer Park Country House.Firstly, the weather.  It really was the filthiest day weather-wise.  Dear Dan couldn’t really hide his disappointment.  After all it had been the most incredible summer and 22nd September was one of the few Saturdays when it had decided to really chuck it down.

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

Stranger Things – Who Will Conduct Your Ceremony?

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.

Wedding of Kirsty and Tom. As photographed by Lucy James. Barons Hill Farm.

Secret Vows For A Truly Heartfelt Wedding at Baron Hill Farm

On a dreary January day there is nothing better to lift the spirits than casting my mind back to a wonderful warm (boiling in fact) summer day last July.  I was back at Barons Hill Farm to conduct a ceremony, this time for the delightful Kirsty and Tom.

A Celebration at Canonteign Falls

Hello friends and a very Happy New Year to you all!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and if you were amongst those who got engaged over the festive period, many congratulations to you!!!

Joanne and Colin were married at Canonteign Falls in September. Their backdrop was the falls itself and they stood and exchanged vows under a pagoda overlooking Lily Lake.

Colin’s brother Graeme was his Best Man and Joanne was given away by Jonny, the son she never had. They adopted one another as mother and son before the ceremony. Joanne was also keen to make a special mention to her mother during the ceremony, whom had been a constant in her life and role model.

The wedding was light-hearted but sprinkled with great sincerity and perfectly reflected Colin’s sense of humour and the couples’ long-time friendship. I particularly love the accents of burgundy throughout the wedding party and proof that chivalry is not dead – Colin gave his jacket to Joanne during the ceremony to shelter her from the breeze coming across the lake.

Images are courtesy of Tess Photography.  If you like the sound of getting married at your favourite nature spot, head over to our availability page and save the date.

2018 – A Look Back

December has always been a month of madness as we all tie ourselves to the Christmas bandwagon and hold on tight. But it’s also a month of reflection and what a year it has been for the Fanfare family.

It kicked off back in April with the postponed wedding (due to the snow in March) of Jan and Richard at Powderham Castle and my last ceremony was for Emily and Andy at the Deer Park Country House in November – A venue which has now closed its doors to hotel guests and now concentrates entirely on weddings and events.  I was lucky enough to be asked to conduct two ceremonies there this year.  Both were wonderfully happy and memorable.  Bizarrely for Kirstie and Dan in September the weather threw the book at them.  Heavy rain and gales.  Whereas at the beginning of November for Emily and Andy the sun shone down on them.  I’m always saying that couples should consider winter weddings, although I’m saying that as we are entering yet another week of wet and windy weather.

This is my third year of being a celebrant and I’ve been to some new venues such as the quirky and charming Streamcombe Farm and returned to some old friends like The Barn at Barons Hill Farm.  But my favourites are without doubt those that are at home.  Both Becky and Ran’s and Charlotte and Chris’ weddings were the stand outs for me.  Purely for that reason.  Both their homes are in the most magical of settings and although again the blummin’ weather threw a spanner in the works for Charlotte and Chris it didn’t take away from the fact that Charlotte had her wedding and exchanged vows and rings with the person she loved, in the place she loved… at home.  For me there is nothing better.

The year culminated with a last-minute decision to enter the Wedding Industry Awards and unexpectedly being made a regional finalist.  I lost out to the very talented Cornish Celebrants – a charming duo of lady Celebrants based, yes you’ve guessed it, in Cornwall.  It certainly was an experience and I cannot thank all the couples who voted for me enough especially as I really had not given them much warning!  It wasn’t to be this year but who knows I might try again next year!

One more thing I’m delighted to report, is that Bex and Gavin and Amy and Dave, whose ceremonies I conducted last year at Huntsham Court and The Barn at Barons Hill respectively, are expecting their first babies.  I feel like a prospective Granny!

And so I would like to finish by wishing all members of the ‘Fanfare’ family, both old and new (and coming soon!) a brilliantly Happy New Year.   I’m excited about all the ceremonies I already have booked for next year and look forward to meeting new couples looking to have a celebrant wedding soon.