Charlotte walked down the aisle with her mum and her grandfather on either side of her. Her grandfather is a very important part of her life, he has always shared a special bond with Charlotte; she wanted to honour both him and her mum.
Also, to honour both families and the importance of family to them, they asked the two mums to light the two outer candles for the unity ceremony – symbolising the joining of their lives, where they have come from and how they have come to be here. After Charlotte and James shared their vows, they lit the centre candle representing their marriage.
As they exchanged rings there was that impromptu comedic moment where Shannon, the groomsman, looked around as if he had lost the rings!
They wanted to be inclusive of the guests that were there so there were a few ways this was incorporated; all the guests, with me, pronounced them to be husband and wife – followed by rapturous applause, and the kiss.
While we were signing, the guests wrote well wishes for the couple which went into a wine box – along with their favourite bottle of wine, plus James and Charlotte's notes to each. The box was tied shut until their one year wedding anniversary.
As we toasted them as Mr and Mrs Mc Neill the crowd support was encouraged with a crowd cheer.
Often, we hear real wedding stories about the style and colours and fabric of people’s days but not the detail of the story that was told on the day. Personal elements added to your ceremony make for a memorable celebration and pictures, indeed, really do say a thousand words.
As your celebrant, my job is to ensure your story comes to life in the words used within your ceremony. Your photographers job is to see that your story comes to life visually, creating memories to treasure forever.
Congratulations Mr and Mrs McNeill
“Thank you Rochelle for making our wedding day special.”
- James & Charlotte
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