Gorgeous Greek beach wedding ceremony on Halki

A Greek beach wedding ceremony in Halki, Greece. The photo shows the guests seated and the couple in the bckground with the Celebrant and a view of the sea.

There is a Greek dance hailing from the island of Kalymnos which depicts a man, crippled with decompression sickness, as many sponge divers were.  The dance starts off slowly with the lead dancer, the crippled sponge diver, barely able to stand even with the use of a stick.  The music starts slowly, but as it builds up so the passion and pride rise.  At this point he flings aside his stick and joyously dances, the music seemingly lifting him out of his crippled posture. What does this have to do with a romantic Greek beach wedding ceremony?

The memory of seeing this dance was stirred when Barry (the groom), just weeks after having surgery on his back, decisively and determinedly threw aside his crutches in order to read his wedding vows to Niesha. It was like the rising passion for this momentous occasion was all it needed to stand unaided and make his promises for a shared life of joy.  Great moment.

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‘About me’ extra

The photo above was my very first wedding ceremony as a celebrant.  At least it was supposed to be. As it turned out, an emergency situation meant that it actually became the second ceremony I performed.

I was prepared, super prepared. I was confident that I had written a beautiful, personal ceremony which not only included some beautiful details from the couples love story, but we had also included our version of the wedding crowns, a nod to the bride’s Greek heritage.  So I was feeling pretty relaxed. And so I should, I had weeks, months, in fact, to prepare and email back and forth with the couple to get things just so.

And then I received a phone call from another distraught couple. They believed they had booked a Catholic wedding ceremony at their hotel in two days time.  They had family and friends coming from all over Europe. But there was no Catholic wedding happening at the hotel and an unscrupulous staff member had misled the couple, not even preparing their paperwork for a civil wedding registration. They were devastated and mortified at the prospect that their wedding party would feel they had a wasted journey. Would I be able to perform a symbolic ceremony for them at such late notice? Um, in two days time, you say? Ok!

And so that was actually my first ever wedding ceremony.  Unexpected and written with the intense focus that only such a deadline can evoke, and with a determination that their ceremony would be even more amazing to compensate for their terrible distress. And it was! We laughed, we cried, we basked in the warm glow of the sinking Mediterranean sun and the love of a couple with a story of restored bicycles and lost buttons.

This was the ceremony that convinced me that I had found more than a new job.  It showed me that I could make a difference in one of the most important days in any couples lives.  And that I could even do it at very short notice if I needed to!

If you are curious to find out more about me, head over to the official ‘about me’ page here. Or just ask anything you want to know by email, on the facebook page or my Instagram.

I look forward to meeting you, but please don’t leave it until 48 hours before your wedding to ask for a ceremony!  Unless you really, really have to of course…

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How to choose a reading for your wedding ceremony

Heads up – there is no such thing as an original reading at a wedding. You can dredge the internet all you like, but don’t get sucked into the ’12 wedding readings never read before’ headline. Ask any wedding celebrant or officiant, we have heard them all and many of them several times!

But that’s fine, because we are in wedding ceremony land all the time. You and your guests aren’t, so it just may be possible that they haven’t heard that obtuse reading you found on your ‘wedding readings no-ones done before’ google search.

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Wedding vow renewal in Rhodes

A vow renewal is always going to be special. A couple who, for whatever reason, want to reconfirm to the world or just their family that they are still in love and still intending to walk side by side in life. This year I was really touched by a request for a vow renewal ceremony on a couples 40th wedding anniversary.  40 years! The ceremony was organized by the couples daughter and although the couple filled in my questionnaire with their history, it was their daughter who checked the script and signed it off. The couple would be hearing the ceremony for the first time on the day.  Not nerve wracking at all!

The day before, I met up with the daughter and her partner to show them the ceremony venue. They had never been to Rhodes before and chose the venue from photos. I knew they wouldn’t be disappointed, but even still! Though the family have holidayed in some very beautiful and exotic destinations, the view of the blues of Greece never disappoint! This little spot set up a mountainside overlooking the sea is as impressive as any.

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