Unlike most of my esteemed clients, Kelly and Darren came to our first meeting knowing exactly what they wanted: a Celtic wedding ceremony. Not like the ones you see on alternative faith websites, but a real and true historical Celtic ceremony, set into a modern and casual framework.
They had some of the elements from a booklet they had found, had a sense of what they wanted the finished wedding ceremony to feel like: inclusive, warm, and engaging the special people they were inviting to share the day with them.
So we worked together to bring all their ideas to fruition. They were both involved with the planning, and it showed in the final wedding ceremony; set on a rocky ledge beside the ocean in Parksville on a perfect summer day, complete with a bagpiper, and a town crier…all amazing touches.
And a perfect setting for a couple who love the sea. Both avid sailors, their handfasting using rope that symbolized the formation of their new family, with 5 strands representing them and their 3 offspring, with a bit of red colour added for good luck. Their families were involved, which included Darren’s father from Ireland, whose hands are wrapping the rope in the photo.
At the end, everyone tossed a wishing stone into the ocean. Then the celebrating began. Now, those historic Celts sure knew how to party, and from the amount of intention that Darren and Kelly put into their wedding ceremony, I am sure it was unforgettable!
Thanks to Karen Pantuso from Pantuso Photography for these images. Karen was absolutely amazing..this was a wedding ceremony with many elements, and lots of guest interaction. She didn’t miss a thing. So many incredibly beautiful photos from an incredibly remarkable day. You can see more of them on her blog.