A fairy tale elopement in the rain of Barcelona

A fairy tale elopement in the rain

Destination weddings in Spain are always sunny, right? Well whilst this may be the norm in southern Spain, the country is huge and the weather varies enormously. So an October elopement in Barcelona on the northeast coast of Catalonia was always going to need an awesome Plan B – and this fairy tale elopement in the rain delivered in spades! An international wedding team The bride and groom had roots in Germany and Cuba but flew in from the United States where they lived. The couple chose a French elopement specialist to plan their wedding, who in turn put together a top Italian elopement photography team to follow Katrin and Anthony, our bride and groom, throughout the day. I was…

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Inspired by a hearing impaired wedding

A Real Celebrant Wedding with a twist – working with hearing impaired couples Experiencing a hearing impaired wedding, one Celebrant was inspired to write this Real Ceremony experience as a help to others I am always very excited when I received an enquiry by email for a Celebrant wedding. This one particularly interested me in that the bride, Emily, said they were looking for a Celebrant whom her partner, Dan, would be able to understand. Apparently the groom was partially deaf, he did wear hearing aids but did not want anyone doing sign language as he could read lips. I kept asking myself, how difficult could this be? Was it just a matter of slowing down my speech or would…

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Real Celebrant Wedding – Emily and Sam

Couple: Emily and Sam Date: June 2018 Venue: Whaddon Village Hall Celebrant: Emily Rawlinson The meeting I originally met Emily at a wedding fair and we instantly gelled.  We met again with her fiancé Sam in Ware.  Emily and Sam brought along photos and we drew up plans for the day.  We chatted until the shop was practically closing around us; discussing lots of great ideas, and I learnt all about Emily and Sam’s love story.  We agreed many things including that their handfasting would be an ‘unbreakable vow’ and their lovely dog, Chester, would be ring bearer. The proposal It is still usually the groom who proposes.  I love hearing these stories and Sam’s did not disappoint!  He proposed…

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Real Wedding Ceremony: Raj & Joe

Couple: Raj & Joe Venue: Ashover Parish Hall in Derbyshire Celebrant: Helen Jubb The couple What struck me about Raj and Joe after chatting with them was the journey of discovery they had been on. This is a couple who had to find their own path, balance their differing cultures and religious beliefs whilst navigating the untrod path of love and sharing a home.  On the day Raj and Joe did their legal paperwork earlier the same day with family members so when they arrived at Ashover Parish Hall in Derbyshire there was a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Joe had been wearing a traditional Western suit for the registry office but before the celebrant led ceremony began he changed into…

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Real Ceremony: Lara and Ben

Real Wedding Couple: Lara and Ben Date: Saturday 29th April 2017 Celebrant: Samantha Kelsie, UK Celebrant Venue: Huntsham Court, Tiverton Lara and Ben met on social dating app Tinder in 2013. Lara was initially drawn to Ben’s casual air of nonchalance, when she turned up to their first date and spotted him propped up with one leg balanced against a wall. He looked like something out of an old movie! Ben, however, was simply stood waiting and wondering whether he was about to meet a blonde or brunette – Lara’s online gallery of different hair styles had suggested it could be either! The Proposal Ben asked Lara to be his wife over breakfast. It took her a few moments to realise…

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Real Ceremony: Alice and Amy

Real Wedding Couple: Amy and Alice Date: 5th September 2015 Venue: Fernhill Farm Celebrant: Jennifer Constant Photographer: Unknown The Proposal Amy and Alice’s first date was enjoyed exploring Bristol’s famous Harbourside Festival. They very quickly fell head over heels for each other, and at a Christmas party they both attended a short time later, it became apparent to all that they had fallen in love. Alice was dressed up as Jack the skeleton for the party, Amy as Mike Makowski and they spent the whole night hysterically laughing.  The Meeting Amy and Alice were a fantastic couple to work with. They are both full of energy, love and have a huge zest for life. They were full of ideas and…

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Real Celebrant Wedding – Valeria and Joeri

Couple: Valeria and Joeri Venue: Museum – Het grachtenhuis, Amsterdam Date: 5th November 2017 Valeria and Joeri are a charming international couple. She is Italian, and he is Dutch. They live in Amsterdam. This down to earth and passionate pair love life and are inseparable. Their small intimate wedding day echoed the importance of a close-knit family, their special bond and ceremonial love songs. They wanted to keep it personable and exciting. The focus was the joining of two unique families and creating a special welcoming ambiance for everyone. The Proposal Valeria and Joeri went out for drinks to their favorite bar café Luxembourg and left for some fresh air. It was a crystal clear starry night. The moon was shining brightly. By the waterside at the Spui,…

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