One celebrant describes a beautiful real wedding where home (or the ceremony) is where the heart is!
Down to earth, with a fabulous sense of humour and a shared love of music, Helen & Nick were a dream to work with.
The couple live in London, I’m based in Sheffield, and the wedding venue was in Northamptonshire, so it was initially a mix of chats on the phone, a video call and email exchanges. This was followed up nearer to the wedding date with a meet up in London arranged to coincide with me attending a gig.
Be in no doubt that, in general, us celebrants will go above and beyond to support you, meet with you beforehand if possible and make you feel relaxed in the lead up to your big day.
The duo chose to have their ceremony and reception in Helen’s parents’ garden in a Northamptonshire village and it was obvious why.
This garden was split into different areas which allowed the ceremony to take place in a separate location to the reception.
The ceremony area was beautiful and relatively simple. A stunning arch, decorated with Dahlias, provided a focal point and guests were sat on straw bales. The reception area took shape with two marquees, lawn games and lots of fun touches, such as fake sheep.
There was even a nod to the importance of the garden with cupcakes decorated to look like flowers and succulents.
Opting to use a family home or garden gives an added feeling of closeness and an extra personal touch. Although this was held in a large garden, whatever people say, size doesn’t matter!
With a shared passion for music it was always going to feature heavily in the ceremony itself.
Having set the scene in the first part, detailing the story of Helen and Nick’s relationship, I asked a friend to join us to read The Owl and the Pussycat.
Later, I would invite all the guests to join us in a rendition of Love Me Do by The Beatles. As a surprise, the wedding party in the front row all stood and gallantly attempted to join in on kazoos.
The ceremony was everything that I love about celebrant led weddings – personal, fun, emotional with lots of laughs and some involvement from the guests -a great mix of humour and heartfelt emotion.
One of the beauties of this wedding was the attention to detail. Everywhere you looked around the garden there were little touches that demonstrated Helen and Nick’s personalities.
From baby photos of the couple hanging in a tree, to a seating area lit by dozens of fairy lights and lampshades it created a magical atmosphere as the sun went down.
Helen and Nick chose to use the services of The Wedding Planners, an amazing team who made sure the whole day ran smoothly.
Photographer Claire Penn
Flowers by Field Gate Flowers
Helen’s outfit by Catherine Dearne
Traditional or spiritual, wildly alternative or totally badass (Helen's words!), Helen will help you to plan and create a memorable ceremony for all the right reasons, which is unique and appropriate to you and your lifestyle.Read Helen's profile here
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