After the horrendous weeks of weather we endured over the Winter it’s lovely to see that Spring is in the air and there are some signs of it having already arrived here in Kent. There are swathes of snowdrops blooming in churchyards and I’ve noticed patches of daffodils getting ready to pop open and flower.
Here the sun is out today and the temperature is rising just a little. Spring is a beautiful time of year and I thought I’d share some images of Spring weddings here on the blog to cheer everyone up! All images courtesy of Pinterest. While you’re about it, why not come and follow me over on my Pinterest page.
I love to conduct outdoor weddings for my clients, and am becoming well known for these. Most of the couples who contact me wish to hold a truly outdoor wedding, often in a place where there is no civil licence.
A particular favourite is The House Meadow at Worsenden Farm near Biddenden, Kent. It is set on a working stud farm but is a complete blank canvas for brides to dress the way they want. Lots of couples like the relaxed vibe at the farm, and hire yurts, tents and marquees to give a festival type feel, often taking over the venue for the whole weekend.
Check out The House Meadow website for further details House Meadow
Ceremony area in the rustic Gazebo
on the Pond at the House Meadow
Christina and Ben hired me to conduct their outdoor wedding ceremony at Hadlow Manor Hotel, a Grade II listed Georgian manor house, near Tonbridge. We held the ceremony on the lawn in the beautiful hotel grounds.
I conducted a romantic wedding for Nick and Katie at Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down in East Sussex in the summer of 2013. Wilderness Wood is 62 acres of award winning sustainable woodland and the ceremony was held “streamside” a 10 minute hike to the car park! A unique back to nature experience!
The Chestnut Pole Pavilion
at Wilderness Wood
decorated for a wedding reception
A lot of couples wish to hold a ceremony in their own home. I was asked to write and conduct a Renewal of Vows Ceremony to celebrate a Ruby Wedding Anniversary for Viv & Keith in their beautiful garden in West Malling this year.
To make your wedding day and ceremony truly personal I can write and deliver a unique ceremony tailored entirely to the two of you, without the restrictions placed upon a traditional religious, civil or Humanist event. If you’d like to do it your own way, rather than conform to a fixed standard format or a “one size fits all” approach, then it’s entirely possible!
I believe we are really only limited by our own imagination – why not give your guests a wedding to remember, and some amazing memories that you’ll both treasure for years?
We can include many different elements in your ceremony, from performing a traditional hand-fasting, to the lighting of a unity candle to signify two families joining, or perhaps a sand ceremony (especially if we’re at the beach!).
There really are so many ways to celebrate your nuptials, why follow the herd when you can add your very own personal stamp to the proceedings? You will spend time researching and planning your colour scheme, wedding theme, your decorations, invitations and name places, why not spend a little time on your vows and personal promises too?
Contact me now to have a chat about your ideas – and let’s start getting them turned into reality!
Have you ever wanted to exchange wedding vows on a beach? Or how about holding a child’s naming ceremony or a wedding blessing in your garden at home? If you think it just isn’t possible then think again – you could have the day you have been wanting – just the way you want it.
The law in England and Wales states that if you have been resident for at least 7 days here you may marry within a licenced premises (this could be a church, chapel, Register Office or any number of approved venues who hold a civil ceremony licence).
So how about that little bit of beach or your back garden or any other place that has taken your fancy … does it have a licence …? Worry not!
You may hold your Wedding Ceremony anywhere you like! All that must happen first, is that you both visit and register your marriage at your local Register Office – most people like to make an appointment to do this very casually (wearing jeans and t shirt !) on the morning of the wedding … Just the 2 of you, with 2 witnesses.
All you legally need to do at this time is state your legal and declaratory words to each other and you will be pronounced husband and wife and receive your marriage certificate. Hurrah!
You don’t even have to exchange rings – you will be doing this at your Wedding Ceremony a little later on! Now off you go and get ready for the Ceremony of your dreams …