I performed a wedding ceremony at Trents and 5minutes down the road I arrived at Madeleine's parents house and garden in Lincoln. A beautiful garden with a marque up and portalous at the ready. Parking in the area next to the house.
The day before the wedding it had taken me a while but I located the property I was to perform the wedding at. I was a little stressed as I was thinking I was going to be late and it is never good if the celebrant is late. I laughed to myself, as I was the only one present for a considerable period of time. Eventually the groom introduced himself to me and under questioning I found out he was having an exam in the morning. He couldn't do much about the scheduling of the exam and he said he wasn't to worried.
When everyone arrived we worked out the plan and I left everyone to start working through the list of things still to be done. Always so much to do when you have a wedding ceremony at home. Yes, even if it is the parents home and not the couples. Having said that is is very special to have a wedding in your parents garden. I did that myself fourteen years ago and so many things have happened in that time.
This is not my wedding day so back on track. The day of the wedding and the couple at Trents were happily married and I drove off to Lincoln for the second wedding of the day. The weather was threatening to dampen the day so it was good we could get everyone seated and I could ask for cellphones and cameras to be switched off for the ceremony.
I noticed a couple that were familiar to me and it turns out I am having the pleasure of being their Celebrant in January. One of my great challenges remembering names of couples unless I have the papers/ceremony in front of me.
A horse and cart transported the girls to the garden from just down the road. Two trips were required to get everyone where they needed to be. With Brendon playing music in walks Harriet and Brittany followed by flower girl and page boy (Sammy and Finn) and Jax the dog who had the rings on him. Finally a lovely bride wearing a flower crown with her Father David. Wait until you see a photo of the bride (just gorgeous)!!
At the pagola, I was waiting with the groom Jason and his groomsmen. Should just say again that Madeleines parents have a beautiful garden! Perfect for weddings.
I think Jason's sister Tiffany summed the wedding up with her reading:
“A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soul mate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life.”
From the book- The Bridge across forever by Richard Bach
The ceremony was lovely and when I departed everyone was mingling with drinks in the garden and photos were underway.
Wishing Jason and Madeleine, Mr and Mrs Frost a long and happy life together as husband and wife.
Postscript: The beautiful bride tells me her husband did very well! "Got 82% so he was very pleased! "