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Dan & Lauren – Wedding Celebration

Busy weekend for the Ceremony Company- Associate Heather saw the very lovely Dan & Lauren celebrate their marriage with a personal ceremony at The Outbarn, Clitheroe. They incorporated a reading which the couple read together called “I’ll be there”. All their loving friends & family joined them to enjoy, a beautiful day for a beautiful couple 💕
Wishing you a long & happy adventure as a married couple.

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Jenny & John – Wedding Celebration

Saturday saw Associate Cate horsing around in one of the most idyllic settings in West Lancashire known as Willow Moss Farm. It was a dreamy Equestrian Wedding for a horse mad couple. Jenny arrived on her beautiful horse Jacko to be greeted by her Groom John. The guests sat on straw bales to watch this fairytale wedding and personal celebration ceremony take place.
May we wish many Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Owen as they gallop off on their adventure through marriage

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Mike & Emma – Wedding Celebration

Saturday’s Ceremony by our awesome associate Heather saw her lead Mike & Emma’s wedding celebration ceremony in the beautiful Lyth Valley Inn, set in the middle of the valley, this venue is truly magical!
The couple lit a candle to remember loved ones who couldn’t be with them to celebrate.
The groom’s sister read a poem as a surprise for the couple…
The Ceremony was held in the marquee and the bride walked in to Your Song which was sung by an acoustic singer.. they left the marquee to Better Together by Jack Johnson.. (favourite tune) Congratulations & Happy Adventure to Mr & Mrs Hool love The Ceremony Company

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Michael & Hanna – Wedding Celebration

Friday”s Wedding was a wonderful celebration of Michael & Hanna’s Marriage and big family with the brides two sons giving her away and her beautiful daughter as bridesmaid along with grooms beautiful daughter as bridesmaid. Family and Love being at the heart of the Ceremony. I’ve never seen so many happy tears 💕 the venue and staff were fantastic. The acoustic guitarist Steve & singer Kirsty were awesome – I got my own personal serenade as they practiced.
Wishing Mr & Mrs Mooney & your big happy family – health & happiness always.

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Q & A with Emily

What do you love about your work

There is no monotonous 9-5 or chance to get bored because I have the opportunity to work with the most amazing people! I really love the variety of the weddings that I’m involved with, and how each ceremony reflects the couples perfectly.  It is so special to be able to make someone’s dream day become a reality.  Not many people have this opportunity, and I am very lucky to be one of them.

What is your favourite wedding

I don’t really have a favourite as they are all so unique, but the most memorable was on top of the mountain, Montsec in Spain.  We had a rather anxious groom the night before when the cloud was predicted to be lower than the peak where we were heading for the ceremony!  However, on the morning, the sun was shining brightly, and the skies were clear.  The ceremony was gorgeous, with the bride and groom framed by a breathtaking vista of the countryside and clear blue lakes below.

What is your most loved wedding reading?

I love this extract from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. And even loved in spite of ourselves.

What music do you love for the couples exit

I am a bit of a fan of live music, especially the harp, which is why we had a harpist during our ceremony.  We left to Better Together by Jack Johnson as I think it is an uplifting and happy piece that everyone knows (and I knew that I wouldn’t cry!).

However, with my work hat on, my favourite exit has to be when all the guests were invited to join in a singalong of Delilah by Tom Jones.  I had to make sure the microphone was turned off so I could join in at full pelt as well!

What is the best thing about what you do?

Meeting so many wonderful people and being privileged to play such an important part in their special day.  I am smiling whilst answering as I’m thinking back over the many couples and families that I have met over the past few years.  I feel energised by their love and commitment to each other.  Watching the grooms crumble when they’re not expecting it, and seeing a sea of happy faces throughout the ceremony.  It’s an amazing experience; so much more than just a job.

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Q & A with Dianne

Dianne what do you love about your work?

Having spent years at the beginning of the exciting journey to marriage by helping brides choose their perfect dresses.  I realised I wanted to be  more involved in that journey, which is why I decided to become a wedding celebrant and I now have the greatest pleasure of helping a couple plan and execute a ceremony which is the start to a perfect day  which the couple will remember and treasure for the rest of their lives.

I really love meeting couples who are already married but who have decided they would like to strenthen their commitment to each other by renewing their vows.  It is heartening to listen to their individual stories of marriage, with all of life’s ups and downs and to help them create a ceremony that will tell all their family and friends their love story and to let everyone know just how much they love each other and reinforce their commitment to spending the rest of their lives together.

What is your Favourite wedding:

I don’t think I can select any one ceremony as they are all very special in their own way, although perhaps the most unusual ceremony seems to be the most memorable as one where I didn’t meet the couple until the day before the wedding as they lived abroad and we had been communicating via Skype,  so it was a complete surprise to find that the bride was very heavily pregnant with twins!  I carried out most of the ceremony hoping I wouldn’t have to ask if there was a doctor in the house!

What is your most loved wedding Reading:

I always suggest the couple have a reading but they aren’t necessary.  If they opt to include a reading then I think the best readings are the ones written by their family or friends as these are often so much more personal and some can be very amusing!

What Music do you love for a couples exit?

I think that every couple has that one piece of music that is “their song” so I always  encourage them to choose a song or piece of music which has a special meaning for them – but if not; then I really love “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” by the wonderful Stevie Wonder.  This song always gets everyone singing along as the couple walk down the aisle together.

What is the best thing about what you do?

What could be better than meeting a couple at the start of a magical journey and helping them create a ceremony which is personal to just the two of them and then having the privilege of sharing their day with them and all their family and friends and presenting them to everyone as a married couple!

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Q & A with Heather

Heather what do you love about your work?

I love the fact that no 2 ceremonies are ever the same! Each ceremony is tailored around the couple, and is so unique and personal to them and really reflects who they are as a couple! I love seeing their faces as they greet each other for the first time at the start of the ceremony – it’s a really special moment and I get the best seat in the house for that part!

What is your favourite wedding?

My own wedding, conducted by Louise was pretty epic 🙂

But for me it has to be a ceremony I conducted last summer in a private chapel within the gardens of the couple’s house.  They had spent years lovingly restoring he chapel from a ruin to it’s former glory, and has always hoped they could get married there.  It was such a beautiful moment to see the Bride walk down the aisle and say I do in front of all their family friends knowing how much they had put into making that moment a real dream come true!

What is your most loved wedding reading?

I really love the reading Maybe, as I feel it has such a beautiful sentiment – I had this at my own wedding: Maybe… 

Maybe we are supposed to meet the wrong people before we meet the right one so when they finally arrive we are truly grateful for the gift we have been given. 

Maybe its true that we don’t know what we have lost until we lose it but it is also true that we don’t know what we’re missing until it arrives. 

Maybe the happiest of people don’t have the best of everything, but make the best of everything that comes their way. 

Maybe the best kind of love is the kind where you sit on the sofa together, not saying a word, and walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you ever had. 

Maybe once in a lifetime you find someone who not only touches your heart but also your soul, someone who loves you for who you are and not what you could be. 

Maybe the art of true love is not about finding the perfect person, but about seeing an imperfect person perfectly.

There’s also a great one called The Lovely Dinosaur by Edward Monkton which I’ve heard couple’s ask friends to read and they often change the words to reflect the couple’s interests, one that always gets a smile and an ahhhhhh at the end!

What music do you love for the couples exit?

I love it when couple’s chose something a bit different for their big exit – something upbeat that gets everyone up and dancing and ready to party!

What is the best thing about what you do?

The best thing is the freedom being am independent celebrant gives our couples.  The fact they are not tied to any set rules means that we can do some really creative, imaginative and beautiful ceremonies, literally anywhere anytime, anyplace! To be a small part of their special day is a real privilege and I feel very lucky to do the work I do!

Q & A with Cate

Cate what do you love about your work?

Everything!  What is there possibly not to like? From meeting fantastic, often nervous & expectant couples to creating a day that is about their love for each other to finally seeing them together for a day that they will treasure in their hearts & minds forever! 

What is your favourite wedding?

This is difficult as all my couples are amazing and each of the ceremonies so unique. But if I have to choose one, it would be one for the amazing setting, which  was a couple who had their Ceremony in woodlands at ‘Scarisbrick Hall’. It was like a scene I can only describe as from Robin Hood! This couple were so in love and the whole day was just so magical. 

I also loved a vow renewal at Anfield stadium. Again a totally unique experience and the whole family had an amazingly strong bond. The couple loved each other so much – it was so obvious for everyone to see and I am sure it matched the love they had  for each other all those years ago when they first tied the knot. 

What is your the one wedding reading you like to hear?

I love the readings which have been composed by the couples family and friends. They are just amazing to listen to,  always from the heart. 

What music do you love for the couples exit?

Anything that really indicates the start of celebrations! I love seeing couples almost dance their way out of a room blissfully happy to start their next chapter! 

What is the best thing about what you do?  

I feel privileged to be the person who helps the couple create everlasting memories, seeing tears of joy and being part of something so special is really a wonderful experience.  I love what I do. 

Top 5 Valentines Day 2017 Ideas

Firstly, where did Valentines Day come from?  Just that word fill’s some people with horror (shall we call these – the less romantic?)

Well there are lots of differing facts one links it with the 14th Century when it got its name for “romantic love” from Geoffrey Chaucer’s poetry. 

There is also a connection to a Roman festival which celebrated fertility! 

Lastly there is an account of a “Saint Valentine of Rome”, who performed weddings for those whom marriage was forbidden.  His fate was execution and he wrote a farewell letter to the daughter of his jailer ending it with the words “Your Valentine”. 

Fast forward to 18th century England it had evolved to lovers expressing their love for each other with flowers, sweets or sending a card.  In Europe keys were given to lovers “as a very romantic symbol to unlock the givers heart”.  Sadly, in the 19th century beautiful handwritten valentines have given way to commercial mass produced greeting cards.

So this leads me nicely to my Top 5 Valentines Ideas – I don’t think Valentines Day should be about how much you spend, but if my husband writes me a letter and maybe buys me a single rose (hint) I’ll be a very happy girl!

  1. Write your very own letter (handwritten) declaring your love. Sorry this does take a little thought and work, but isn’t your true love worth it!  If you need any help, then do use good old Google.
  2. Make a handmade card for your valentines, be creative and write a poem…. Or you could buy a lock and key and give your valentine the key placed in the card to symbolise that only they can unlock your heart!
  3. Handpicked flowers – there aren’t that many wild flowers in February, I know!  Just Snowdrops or Iris I’m afraid! However, if you can afford Roses do buy these – they are the epitome of Valentines Day!
  4. Take a romantic walk, hand in hand in your favourite place. Note; so if you are working (as Valentines falls on a Tuesday) it might be dark, may I suggest either buy or take a torch with you.  If it is raining (British Weather!) then a lovely umbrella big enough for two– remember to wrap up warm!  Alternatively, if your favourite place happens to be abroad and you can afford it, then why not jet your valentine away!
  5. A romantic homemade meal for two at home (use Google for meal suggestions or cook their favourite), a few candles, nice bottle of bubbles, and then either share a lovely bubble bath or snuggle together watching a favourite film. 

If you are a very lucky valentine maybe your loved one will do all of the above – what an amazing Valentines Day that will be!

Louise & Team x

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A True Wedding Celebration

Having an Independent Celebrant for your wedding is not having a “false wedding” nor is it a “second best” option!

On the continent and in many countries worldwide; using a celebrant is the normal process for brides and grooms to follow.  Couples carry out the legalities or paperwork at either the Town Hall or with a Registrar. 

They employ their own Celebrant to have a wonderful relaxed and personalised wedding, someone who they have met and chosen themselves; someone who will lead a ceremony which will include all the words, readings and music that they have always wanted to hear on their wedding day.  Many celebrities use this arrangement for their own weddings.

Just as you would register a birth then have a naming ceremony; or when you register a death and then have a funeral ceremony using a Celebrant; you can also register a marriage and then have a true wedding celebration or blessing.  

It’s a simple as that!

If you are a couple who wants their day to be “The Best Day Ever” and you want to meet your celebrant and for them to get to know you and you want to have a rehearsal and above all else you want your wedding day to be remembered with many wonderful memories by both yourselves and your guests. 

Book a no obligation meeting and be prepared to be impressed by what we offer, please contact louise.burns@theceremonycompany – Civil Independent Celebrant.  Winner of Highly Commended Award 2016 and 2017 –   and The Leading Independent Celebrant for Lancashire also covering Cumbria, Liverpool, Blackpool, Wigan, Lake District, Manchester, Cheshire, Yorkshire and North Wales

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