From the heart: Amanda and Shaun

Amanda and Shaun – Silver Tasse, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Having travelled the world together, Amanda and Shaun returned to their home county of Donegal to celebrate their marriage with family and friends.

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The wedding rings were warmed with love by everyone present and then placed in Amanda and Shaun’s hands. Each strand of the gold cold representing the facets of their life together, secured the rings within, and the ‘Hand Blessing’was read.

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The best wedding vows are those spoken straight from the heart.  Amanda and Shaun openly shared stories of their adventures and how it united them in a most unique way.

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Every tiny detail represented Amanda and Shaun and their wonderful life together!

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Thank you for delivering the most perfect ceremony on our wedding day! Without you it truly would not have been so special.  You are so very good at what you do and I would recommend you highly. Thank you so much and we will never forget the most perfect ceremony you delivered.

Amanda and Shaun

If you are planning your wedding ceremony and would like to have an informal chat, please feel free to ring +353 87 7813594.

I look forward to speaking with you!

Just Us Two: Elisha and Mark

Elisha and Mark – Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara, Co.Mayo

Pic065 Media Image 2.jpgWhile on a tour of Irish Castles, Elisha and Mark took time out to celebrate their marriage on the grounds of Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara, Co. Galway.

With a hand crafted bouquet and button-hole made from the pages of a Cinderella book, Elisha found the perfect spot for their ceremony. A small archway hidden away from view, where the rushing of the nearby river was the only sound to break the silence.

Elisha and Mark choose the ancient ritual of hand fasting to ‘tie the knot’ and to make personal commitments to each other.   Their ceremony closed with a reminder of the responsibility that comes when we hold the dreams of another in our hands, done through the words of W.B. Yeats – The Cloths of Heaven.

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Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding. I truly appreciate all the hard work you put into our ceremony. It was a beautiful ceremony and day.

Elisha and Mark

If you are planning your wedding ceremony and would like to have an informal chat, please feel free to ring +353 87 7813594.

I look forward to speaking with you!

The Hand Blessing

The Hand Blessing is not a blessing!!

It is a beautiful piece of prose that I use to slow down a ceremony and allow the couple a few precious moments to connect to each other, in an otherwise whirlwind day!

Preparing for a wedding can be super busy as there are so many elements to think about, and this can be overwhelming.  When a couple arrive at a ceremony, they are a combination of nervous and excited, and sometimes find it difficult settling in to the ceremony and then suddenly its all over!

As a wedding celebrant, I am responsible for slowing things down.  This gives the couple a chance to make memories in that moment.

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The Hand Blessing is a non religious piece of prose that works well with the ring vows, a hand fasting ceremony, or on it’s own.

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These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

 

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Wedding Show 21 February 2016

Come and meet me at the National Equality Wedding Show, being held in the Pillar Room at the Rotunda Hospital on Saturday 21st February from 2 to 7pm. I don’t have the stand number yet, but I will be there! Don’t forget, this wedding show is for everyone!

To be honest, I feel very lucky to share in the wedding celebration of any couple. But in recent months, since the change in Irish legislation, I am very excited to work with more same sex couples and to help them create a ceremony that will bring their love and joy out of darkness and into the beautiful light of their wedding day.

I look forward to meeting you!

Simone <3
P.S. Free admission!

 

 

Quotes For Keeps {29.10.2015}

Love has a different meaning for everyone.  It fulfils a different need, a different desire, and a different want.  For Walter Rinder love is knowing someone else cares that we are not alone in life.

Love is not just looking at each other and saying ‘You’re wonderful’. There are times when we are anything but wonderful.  Love is looking out in the same direction, it is linking our strength to pull a common load, it is pushing together towards the far horizons, hand in hand. Love is knowing that when our strength falters, we can borrow the strength of someone who cares.  Love is a strange awareness that our sorrows will be shared and made lighter by sharing; that joy will be enriched and multiplied by the joy of another.  Love is knowing someone else cares that we are not alone in life.

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Quotes For Keeps

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Sometimes its one line from a verse that captures how we feel about our partner, child or loved one. Some times one line is enough…

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

I have for the first time found what I can truly love – I have found you. You are my sympathy – my better self – my good angel; I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wraps my existence about you – and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.

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Wedding quotes Emily Bronte

Planning a Naming Ceremony

Planning a naming ceremony is a very special time, and preparations often begin before the baby is born or in the case of adoption, brought home.  Planning should be fun and stress free.  Here are some ideas to help you plan your special ceremony.

Keep a ceremony diary: If you come across a reading or poem that you would like at your child’s ceremony, jot it down or make a copy of the link.  When friends or family have naming ceremonies or other religious rituals like a christenings, make a note of little touches that you felt were special or meaningful.

Choose a venue: The wonderful thing about a naming ceremony is you can celebrant in any location!  If you choose to have the naming ceremony soon after the baby is born, it can be in the comfort of your own home.  This also allows you to limit the guest list, if you so choose.  Most hotels have smaller event rooms that can provide the intimate space needed for a naming ceremony.  Incorporating a ceremony with a sumer picnic is a great option if lots of children are attending.  Equally, holding a christmas naming ceremony when family and friends may be home from abroad is another great option.

Choose the life mentors/god parents: It’s a big honour to be chosen as the life mentor /god parent of a child, and never underestimate how special someone will feel when you ask them to take on this special role. It’s a good idea to make a note in your ceremony diary of why you have chosen them.  This is not only helpful for the celebrant to include in your ceremony, but also for the life mentor/god parent themselves.  It lets them know why you feel they are the right person to be there for your child.  Usually there are two life mentors/godparent’s.  If a child is being christened and having a naming ceremony, two people might stand for the child at both ceremonies, or there might be two godparents and two life mentors.

Ceremony Elements: A ceremony element is a another way to seal the bonds between family and friend attending the naming of your child.  There are so many different types to choose from.  A unity ceremony can include just the parents and child or all the guests!  Have a look at the ceremony menu page for some ideas.   Or spend some time on developing your own unique unity ceremony.  When you meet with your celebrant, bring your ceremony diary with you.  It will be a great help to ensure your ceremony is filled with personal choices and elements that have special meaning to you.

When you do start planning your child’s naming ceremony, please get in touch, as I would love to work with you to create your very special day.