Not too way back in September I was tagged in a post by a friend. The post was on the Gift of a Wedding Facebook page, and they were looking for a celebrant to conduct a wedding 15th October in Poole. As soon as I saw the post, I emailed the Gift of a Wedding team to tell them I was free and would love to help them out.
Gift of a Wedding are an incredible charity that do the most incredible work. In short, they make dreams come true. Gift of a Wedding arrange weddings for terminally ill people who have limited time left. A number of celebrants had also offered their services so I was super honoured to receive an email a day or so later saying that Ian and Louise would love to have me at their wedding!
Louise and I were in contact immediately and she and Ian filled in my couples questionnaire and got it back to me super quickly. It was fab, and super detailed…but I particularly loved their music choices! I was able to get started on their script straight away.
The script was approved first draft, and only required the addition of a sand ceremony which we did the week before the wedding after a lovely catch up on Zoom.
Roll onto the wedding day itself, I arrived just over an hour before the ceremony start time and found suppliers flurrying around – including my newfound new-to-the-wedding-industry fabulous wedding planner/coordinator Charlotte of Charlotte Suzanne Weddings! The venue was the gorgeous Italian Villa at Compton Acres which has the most stunning Japanese garden – and at this time of year it matched the colour theme of the wedding perfectly!
The ceremony space looked beautiful with a stunning moon-arch, matching chair sashes and ‘LOVE’ lit up letters. Ian arrived with his entourage which included his dad and best man Stuart, and he looked great in his suit. Ian and I had a quick chat, and then I chatted to Stuart about the wedding rings. Before long guests were arriving and it was nearing ceremony time!
Louise arrived and she walked down the aisle to For You by Rita Ora and Liam Payne and she looked beyond stunning! She wore a gorgeous black and red dress and had the most incredible veil I have ever set eyes on. It gave real Morticia Adams vibes.
We had a lovely ceremony in front of Ian and Louise’s nearest and dearest – a nice small audience for my first ever ceremony! We did a sand ceremony with purple and red sand and signed a certificate before getting everyone on their feet to cheer and clap the brand-new Mr and Mrs Kings.
A few family and friends wanted to photograph the sand jar and I was approached by a few guests who thanked me and one gentleman who refused to believe it was my first ceremony!
I left the wonderful Ian and Louise enjoying their drinks reception with their guests in the beautiful Japanese gardens, and from what I’ve seen and heard the rest of the day was just as amazing as the beginning.
It was an absolute honour and privilege to be trusted by both Ian and Louise and Gift of a Wedding to conduct this very special ceremony. Very many congratulations to Mr and Mrs Kings! I can’t wait to see the professional pictures.
The dream team:
- Blushing Brides Hair Stying and Make-Up – bridal hair and make-up
- A Touch of Class – decor
- Dreaming of a Vintage Wedding – moon-arch + decor
- Frolly’s homemade fudge – fudge
- Pippa Jackson Cakes – the cake
- Magical Moments Ceremonies – Celebrant
- Jays Photography – photographer
- South Coast Weddings – wedding planning
- Ivy Alice Stationery – stationery
- My Scented Home – bouquets
- Cakes with Style – cupcakes
- Swizzles Matlow – Love Heart favours
- DJ Ricky Gold – DJ
- Mon Bel Amor Cake Craft – cookies
- Darren and Sarah Roberts – car
- 5 Minute Photobooths – photobooth
- South Snap Media – videographer
- Charlotte Suzanne Weddings – wedding day coordination