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Bjorn & Aisling’s Boho DIY Wedding

I first met Bjorn and Aisling as good friends of my daughter and her partner Johnny, I’ve watched as they became a family, with their little boy Tadhg, then getting engaged.  I was thrilled they chose me as their celebrant to create and deliver a wedding ceremony like no one else’s!

They both work in the film industry, and are a hardworking, driven, extrovert and fun-loving couple – so I knew we were going to have fun creating their ceremony!   We had a few video calls so I could listen to their ideas and plans (and get to know Tadhg their son) before creating their ceremony.

Helping and reassuring them through their marriage legalities. The couple were planning a DIY Boho Style Wedding in a friend of the family’s rustic barn. My daughter also volunteered my services & my garden – to create the bridal bouquet, using hydrangeas and gypsophilia which I really loved doing.

THE REHEARSAL.

This took place the day before wedding rehearsal at 5:30pm, I was staying overnight at a local Inn. Knowing everyone was exhausted with setting everything up for the wedding (I really do applaud them on doing everything themselves – it is such hard work).

Having got everyone involved in the ceremony’s attention, we chatted through and agreed the running order for the ceremony, making a few tweaks to the ceremony itself.

I left everyone feeling reassured that ALL would be well on the day (always expect the unexpected!)

THEIR WEDDING.

Aisling and Bjorn wanted a fun, relaxed, happy celebration with all their families and friends.

I created a unique wedding celebration ceremony with traditional elements, all of which guaranteed to keep their guests attention and ensure it would be memorable.  The day was gorgeous, a beautiful warm day, everyone looked amazing, the venue looked fabulous, all their hard work had really paid off.

We had a slight delay, which was no problem at all, as a few guests got stuck in traffic.

After welcoming everyone, instead of the outdated tradition of the bride being given away, we asked both sets of parents for their blessing and to continue to support them as a couple. A tense moment but I am pleased to say both sets of parents agreed unanimously!

The rest of the ceremony was awesome, guests “Ooooing” and “Ahhhhing” as they listened,  at the end the cheers for the happy couple was incredible.

A moment I will never ever forget –  along with meeting Ricky Gervais lookalike Tim Oliver(scroll to the bottom for a picture), is when I shared the marriage advice and secrets to a good marriage which guests had written during the ceremony – it was such fun! 

Happy Ever After & lots of love to you Mr & Mrs Franklin!

AISLING’S REVIEW OF LOUISE & THE CEREMONY COMPANY

“We had heard how great Louise was before asking her to be our celebrant at our wedding.

Bjorn and I feel so blessed that even our expectations were dwarfed by what she actually brought to our wedding. Respect, passion, creativity, humour, and bundles of support which we needed running up to our big day. 

She was so cool, calm and collected through our video chats, at our rehearsal and then on the day itself, the build-up to our ceremony and the ceremony itself.  

I almost want a little pocket-sized version to carry around with me always!! 

She welcomed our guests with a smile, had everyone crying, laughing and cheering and literally helped make our wedding as beautiful and as memorable as it could’ve been. We can’t thank her enough. 

A & B x”

Photography by the talented Alex MacPraed

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with love,

The Ceremony Company

 

Olivia & Josh’s Wedding

 

I met them Liv and Josh at Cedar Farm coffee shop and discussed all things wedding, all their plans for their BIG day! They are a perfect match!

I must admit when my girlfriend Janet told me that her daughter Liv was getting married, I was over the moon.  I’ve had the pleasure of watching Liv grow from a tiny little girl into the beautiful woman that she is today.  

Liv and Josh had said that they really had no idea for their ceremony, but they knew they wanted something more personal and fun, which is an excellent start!

Then COVID hit and all their plans altered.  

After a heart-breaking time, they managed to find a UK Venue and what a venue it is! Middleton Lodge near Richmond WOW!  It really is a stunning place to celebrate a wedding.

It wasn’t until the week before that restrictions lifted, allowing most of their family and friends to be with them both!  Hooray!

THE WEDDING DAY.

After some of the worst weather ever, I think that Liv’s guardian angel was looking out for her, as the clouds dispersed and it was glorious, the sun was shining, the venue looked truly amazing, with all the flowers blooming in the garden.  

The two urns filled with Gypsophila flowers perfectly framed where the bride and groom stood! 

Josh was so calm, he never stopped smiling. I quickly popped to see Liv, and was blown away at how absolutely beautiful she looked.  Her mum Janet,  Dad Stevie and Man of Honour David were helping to keep her calm and relaxed.

All the guests were seated in the brilliant sunshine, the singers began, after a signal to say that the bride was ready, I asked everyone to stand and all heads turned as Janet and Man of Honour David walked in followed by Liv and her proud dad Stevie.  I know that I always say I get goosebumps at this part, but this day was really special.

I looked at Josh whose jaw had dropped as his beautiful bride, Liv walked towards him, she had the biggest smile on her face.  This truly was one of the best ever moments! 

We started the personal wedding ceremony as we meant to go on, lighthearted, relaxed and with fun.

I welcomed everyone and then delivered a short love story of how the couple met and came to be, it was fantastic.

Liv and Josh shared heart felt and personal promises which they had written themselves, they chose to exchange and wear their wedding rings for the very first time, when the Best Man and Man of Honour were asked to step forward with the wedding rings, David our Man of Honour dropped the ring he was holding!   There was nothing but silence as the ring rolled along the floor,  poor David was mortified – but everyone saw the funny side, especially Josh and Liv! The sun was so hot, palms were very sweaty!  

As I brought the ceremony to a close, proudly announcing Liv and Josh as “husband and wife”, there was an unbelievable sound of claps, cheers and whooooops as they kissed.   

All guests gathered to carry out the confetti shot before they were invited onto the lawn to enjoy a glass of bubbles as the room was prepared for the meal.

Normally at this point I would wish the happy couple all the very best for their future and leave them to their celebrations.  But not this time! I was invited to the meal and the dancing!!  With the weather and beautiful setting and fabulous food and music – I had the best time!

Liv and Josh have shared all their fabulous photos, definitely some of the best I’ve seen and these are just a handful that I have chosen!

Thank you so much!

with love,

The Ceremony Company

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Your fantastic ceremony in the sunshine!

Have you ever dreamed of having your wedding on a beach? The sea breeze blowing your hair and the soft sand at your feet? Well you are in luck…

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Meet Carla! With many years experience in the wedding industry, having worked for Lancashire Registration Services for over 20 years she is the perfect celebrant for your wedding abroad. She lives in Sao Bras De Alportel, living the good life, swapping Lancashire for the warmer climate with her husband Micheal. Carla has a wealth of knowledge and like myself she loves weddings! She cannot wait to create your fantastic ceremony in the sunshine! Carla is one of my greatest friends and has championed my business venture from registrar to an award winning independent celebrant, I’m so truly thrilled to now have her as a recommended celebrant in Portugal!

So if you have any ideas, no matter how big or how small, about your dream wedding abroad then please do get in touch today! I cannot wait to hear about all your amazing ideas and find out how I can help you with your wedding day.
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with love,
Louise, The Ceremony Company
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Kirsty & Joshua’s Outdoor Enchanted Wedding Blessing

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Kirsty, Joshua and I met in my local public house in Croston, to talk about there perfect day! I was instantly on board with all their ideas as they both wanted an outdoor, personal wedding blessing at one of their favourite place’s in Rivington (and one of mine too!) the enchanting Spring Cottage. If you haven’t been to this venue or area in Lancashire – go and have a look! It’s breathtaking!
Kirsty wanted the ceremony to include a remembrance for her father, knowing that her day was going to be a very difficult one without him.  Kirsty and Joshua both agreed at this meeting they wanted to book me as their celebrant for their day, and I set to work straight away!
I created a first draft ceremony which included everything we discussed and all the little details they wanted.  We exchanged emails over the following months and finally agreed on a truly perfect ceremony. 
REHEARSAL
We arranged to meet at the venue, it was great meeting most of the wedding party and getting really excited, calming any nerves and running through the logistics, as the ceremony was going to be held outside. It was at the rehearsal that Joshua decided that he, his best-man LJ and four ushers would also like to make an entrance before the bride! 
THE WEDDING DAY
It was a perfect summers day, to have an outdoor ceremony,  Spring Cottage looked magical. The sun broke through the trees and there was all but a slight breeze as I listened to the excitement of the guests arriving. Joshua was relaxed and he, his best man and ushers looked very handsome.  Once the guests were seated, they really enjoyed making their entrance just before the bride arrived.
So after the initial excitement of the groom making his entrance, everyone went perfectly quiet to hear Shania Twain’s voice filling the air with “From This Moment”, slowly the five bridesmaids (perfectly timed) walked down the aisle, then a hush came and Kirsty and Sonia her mum made their way to the front of the aisle.  Sonia punched the air, there were tears and then happy laughter.  I cannot tell you how Kirsty looked, is there just one word to describe how absolutely stunning and joyously happy someone is?
As Kirsty made her way down the steps along the grass covered aisle to stand beside her husband. Joshua never stopped smiling and I am sure his eyes misted with emotion! 
Kirsty chose to be given away by her mum Sonia who beamed with happiness and pride.  We took a moment to remember Kirsty’s dad, as Kirsty and Joshua held hands supporting each other. Throughout the ceremony, Joshua and Kirsty only had eyes for each other.
They chose to share a “Story of Us” both reminding and telling their guests the key moments during their 8 and a half years which led to them both standing together, declaring their love for each other.  
We shared a light-hearted moment, when I talked about Kirsty’s love of organising and of Joshua to never forget to keep Kirsty happy!   Our couple chose to exchange one traditional style vow followed by a personal promise which included sharing humorous promises for each other. LJ (the best-man) brought the wedding rings forward, shortly after which I announced our couple as husband and wife. Mr & Mrs Barnard kissed to lots of whoops and applause!
Friends Beth and Callum performed acoustically as they sang “A Thousand Years” (a Christina Perri track) – while the happy couple signed their commemorative certificate with their chosen witnesses their two mums.
Joshua and Kirsty walked back down the aisle towards their waiting drinks to Jack Johnson “Better Together”.   
It really was a perfect day at Spring Cottage – one I will never forget.
Kirsty and Joshua recently sent a tremendous thank you email saying how perfect their day had been! I have to say, they were a perfect couple to work with and you can see from the photos what a fantastic day they both had!
Thank you so much for taking time to read this post about the story of Kirsty and Joshua’s day. Please do get in touch today to find out how I can help you with your wedding day. Once again, please help spread the word, why not email this to a friend who is recently engaged and planning their Wedding or share it on Facebook. Thank you!
with love,
The Ceremony Company
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Romain & Yohann’s English Elopement

The gorgeous Romain & Yohann got in touch from their home in France and we arranged a Skype meeting on Valentines Day. They shared with me how they met and came to be, we bonded over being keen animal lovers – they have three dogs and three cats! They booked an outstanding venue – the stunning Armathwaite Hall Hotel in the Lake District – a very special place to them, as it is where the proposal took place!  How romantic! There was only going to be myself, the couple and a photographer, Gavin Powers, for the ceremony so it was going to be really intimate. We exchanged emails over the next couple of months and created a personal ceremony that celebrated them as a couple, their love and commitment to each other, as they intended to hold their legal marriage in France the following month.

The Rehearsal

We arranged to meet the day before their special day to have a run through and ensure everyone’s expectations would be met. It was also on this day that I was introduced to the wonderful and talented photographer Gavin who would be capturing there special day.

The Blessing and Handfasting Ceremony

The weather was true British weather… Rain! But Romain and Yohann did not let this spoil their day one bit.Dressed in gorgeous matching traditional kilts – with bowties made out of wood, I had never seen anything like them before! Such a handsome couple.

Due to the rain, we held the first part of their ceremony under a pretty pagoda in the gardens of Armathwaite Hall Hotel. It is here that I took Romain and Yohann back over their story, how they met, what they love about each other and what they are looking forward to, they also chose to exchange traditional vows and personal promises. 

Then we took the brave move to hold the next part of their ceremony in a field at the far end of the gardens, under a beautiful old Oak tree, it was a stunning location and more importantly it is exactly what my couple wanted!  

So through the long grass we rambled, me in my heels, the couple in their woollen jackets and kilts and the photographer, the rain could not stop us! The location was perfect and it meant so much to them both – we laughed as we all wondered what a spectacle we were to all the other guests! This only added to the romance and fun of the day!  

Once under the huge oak tree (avoiding the nettles) we began the Handfasting.  Romain and Yohann (although not “Rainbow” kind of guys) wanted to acknowledge and honour Gilbert Baker, choosing rainbow coloured ribbons the symbol for LGBT (which you can see in the photo) we gave thanks to the courageous work and endeavours of people like Gilbert – equality for everyone in all aspects of life and marriage.  

I thought this was not only emotional but an inspirational touch. As it was only the four of us, I had the pleasure of tying the rainbow ribbons together – it really was an honour. Once I had removed the ribbons, never to be untied, our couple exchanged their wedding bands after which I blessed their hands and as a surprise to them both I read a beautiful reading about Love. Before closing the ceremony I asked them both to look around, at the special place they had chosen, asking them to hold in their hearts the true meaning of coming back to where Yohann had proposed, then I blessed their intimate union and congratulated them both as they kissed. Myself and Gavin gave them the biggest round of applause that two people could muster! We all had a lovely glass of bubbles and cup of tea (to warm up) before they changed outfits and left for their photographs.

I have to say these two true gentlemen and their very personal ceremony really is lodged in my heart as being not only beautiful but very meaningful and I’m honoured to have been a part of such a memorable day.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. Feeling inspired? Get in touch today to talk about how I can help you create your perfect happy ever after.  Also, don’t forget to please help and spread the word, email this to a friend who is thinking of an Elopement or Wedding Blessing Ceremony or share it on social media. Thank you!

with love,

 

The Ceremony Company

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Alice & Tom’s Beautiful Family Home Wedding

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 (Stunning photography by the talented Andy Gaines)

 

Alice and Tom first got in touch after a quick google search. It was a matter of moments before we arranged a meeting at Barton Grange Garden Centre (one of my personal favourite places) and got to know each other over a lovely cup of tea! We discussed all the things they had already planned for their day and all the ideas for their ceremony. I was so happy they booked the very next day!

After emails back and forth we began creating their perfect personal ceremony, we agreed a final draft a month before and arranged a date for a rehearsal.

Alice’s home is so important to her, it has many wonderful childhood memories and she couldn’t think of anywhere else she would rather celebrate their marriage. At their stunning home with her loving family and all their friends.

At the rehearsal the day before, we walked through where the ceremony would take place, where Alice and Tom would stand, where they would walk to afterwards and where the guests should be guided to.  

THE WEDDING DAY.

The sun was shining, the house looked truly amazing, with all the flowers blooming in the garden. The orangery glass roof was covered in flowers which gave it that “wow”  factor.  The arch of flowers perfectly framed where they stood and was absolutely outstanding! Tom was in good form on the day and I along with his groomsmen managed to keep him calm. I popped into see Alice who, you can quite clearly see, looked absolutely beautiful. She was so calm and relaxed with her bridesmaids and mum helping her into her dress.

When all the guests were seated, the pianist Richard Hyman began, I asked everyone to stand and all heads turned as the 6 bridesmaids then Alice and her proud dad Stuart walked in.  I always get goosebumps at this part, Tom had to gather himself as he was completely blown away when Alice walked towards him.  It is one of the best moments ever! Both Tom’s father and Alice’s mother shared their chosen readings including one of my favourites from The Bible, Corinthians. After our couple shared their personal promises which they had wrote themselves, they exchanged and wore their wedding rings for the very first time.

Before closing the ceremony I asked Alice and Tom to take a moment, look all around, at the home and how gorgeous it looked, at all their family and friends, then I asked them to turn and look at each other and register how they both felt, before announcing them as husband and wife. Claps, cheers and whooooops as our beautiful couple kissed before walking outside into the glorious sunshine followed by all their guests.

After a lovely glass of champagne and speaking to a few guests, I wished the happy couple the best for the future and left them to their celebrations. Alice and Tom have kept in touch ever since and voted in The Wedding Industry Awards. In the future who knows… maybe I will be lucky enough to be invited back to celebrate a new addition to the family!

If you enjoyed this post and would like to discuss how we can help you create your perfect day don’t hesitate to get in touch. Also, please help us by spreading the word, email it to a friend or share it on Facebook. Thank you!

with love,

The Ceremony Company