Handfasting Celebrants November 2018

Cassandra and I have been so busy of late with events and also work. Today we were asked to conduct a Handfasting at Boscawen-un stone circle. The couple decided to take this step on their 20th wedding anniversary. We became acquainted when they attended the All Hallows Dark Gathering in Boscastle and discovered that some aspects of our lives had synchronicity.

The weather was dry and cloudy with a slight chill of the forthcoming winter weather. Today was All Souls Day and the presence of the ancestors could be felt within the stillness of the air.

 

As Cassandra spoke of the ancestors and spirit loved ones witnessing the Handfasting rite, a murmuration of starlings flew over the circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A special thank you to our lovely neighbours Jackie and Lottie for assisting us and capturing some wonderful images of Kim and Tony’s special day. We then joined the couple for a celebratory drink and a meal in our local St Buryan Inn.

Feedback:

“We simply cannot thank Laetitia and Cassandra enough for The Handfasting Ceremony they performed for us. We can honestly say that it was the most romantic, magical and memorable moment in our lives. Anyone who is considering “Tying The Knot”, look no further than Laetitia and Cassandra. From advice to reassurance, nothing is too much trouble. Thank you so much for everything that you have done for us. Wonderful, warm knowledgeable  Wise Women xxx” Kim and Tony

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A Spring Handfasting at Logan Rock

Yesterday Cassandra and I had the pleasure of Handfasting a lovely couple at Logan Rock.

Walking over three fields and stiles carrying heavy bags of ritual tools was indeed an energetic workout for the day!

The forecast had warned of rain, the winds were high, but Cassandra and I have taken on the role of Celebrants in all types of weather so it does not deter us if the couple are happy to proceed.

We found an area with a flat surface for the small table used as an altar and placed large stones upon the altar cloth in order to anchor it while placing accoutrements upon it.

It was the first time we had Handfasted a couple while they were holding their small son as he did not wish to be separated from his mother, but was well-behaved during the ceremony.

There were heavy rain showers during the morning, but as soon as we began the introduction …as if by magic…. the sun appeared from behind the clouds and we had a dry ceremony!

The high winds gave Cassandra a challenging start with her bullroarer, but when she activated it, the strong sound resonated around the space.

The couple’s infant son took was curious about the procedure and while I anointed the couple Cassandra kept him amused by playing ‘peek a boo’.

The forecast of rain seemed to deter visitors that day and we had the space to ourselves.  We also had plenty of room at the site for jumping of the broomstick.

We were pleased that all went well for such a warm and loving couple on their special day.

Thank you to Charley our neighbour for taking these photographs while she and her mother exercised their dogs. They enjoyed the ceremony and thought the vows beautiful and emotional.

It was not until were in the Logan Rock Inn that the rain showers returned. A satisfying and successful day and we wish them happiness for the future.

Here is the feedback we received:

Our handfasting was a truly magical experience made all the better by Cassandra and Laetitia.
They made the lead up to the ceremony stress free and went above and beyond our expectations making the day perfect. It was a pleasure getting to know them and for anyone looking to have a Handfasting ceremony we would highly recommend them.
Thank you both again for all your hard work you gave us the perfect day we wouldn’t change a thing.” J&A

During the evening we met our dear friends Mike Chappell, Mark Lewiss and Craig Weatherill at the Queens Arms Botallack for a meal.

 

It is always a pleasure to see these fabulous ‘pillars of the community’, we had a splendid evening.

A Winter Handfasting 2018

We first met Karyl when she travelled from the U.S. with a group of friends to venture out on a Walk with Wisewomen two years ago.

This time she returned with her partner and requested we Handfast them both. January has had frequent stormy weather, gale force winds and heavy hail showers due to the icy temperatures.

Karyl requested that we conduct the ceremony in Cassandra’s wise woman cottage. This is only the 2nd occasion this has occurred as many years ago a couple from Denmark unexpectedly called on Cassandra requesting a ceremony. She asked them to return in an hour so that she could have time for preparation.

This time the ceremony was booked in advance. John Isaac our wonderful friend and photographer captured beautiful images of the occasion. The cottage is small so it was fortunate that the couple had only the presence of two good friends to support them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wise Woman Walk and Handfasting June 2017

After an energetic 3 days at our local Mazey festival we were booked for a ‘Wise Woman Walk’ by a couple who also requested to be Handfasted at the Men an Tol.

We took them to Madron Well and Baptistry first where they enjoyed a hedgerow walk.

We arrived at Madron Well and while discussing the clouties, two men arrived and asked Cassandra questions about the history of the site.

Madron Baptistry is wonderful at this time of year with all the lush greenery of summer.

 

We were pleased to find no cattle present at the Men an Tol as it would have caused a problem regarding the Handfasting ceremony. The weather was perfect for our adorable couple.

Setting a sacred space at Men an Tol is a wonderful experience.

 

The couple loved the heartfelt words of the ceremony and their vows were full of emotion.

I connected their hands with a Handfasting cord while explaining the procedure.

It was then time to partake of the special honeymoon brew we had made.

It was indeed a privilege to Handfast this adorable couple and spend time with the land’s wondrous grounding energy after an energetic but fabulous weekend.

 

Celebrants for a Handfasting May 2017

It was a wet and misty day at the Merry Maidens for this Handfasting ceremony. Cornish weather is unpredictable and in this type of work you carry on regardless. It is not always glamorous with perfectly posed photographs but extremely satisfying. The following photographs are by John Isaac.

This was the feedback we received:

“Can’t thank you enough for your amazing witchery, excellent crowd control, and the winning one liner of the day by Laetitia “tell them you’re a bit tied up at the moment” when the groom’s phone went off in his pocket during a crucial handfast situation. Cassandra said it would be memorable and it was, and you both played a very major part in making it so! To quote Lou Reed – just a perfect day! Thanks again. Will keep in touch.”

We enjoyed a wonderful day with a fabulous group of people…. and there is nothing better than praise from an experienced and wonderful wise woman on how impressed she is with my work.

Handfasting Celebrant Memories

Cassandra and I have been celebrants for many Hand-fastings since 2009.

We do our utmost to provide couples with the ceremony they desire and work closely with them leading up to the event.

We conducted a Handfasting ceremony for a young couple at St Loy woods. It was important to the bride that the bluebells were in bloom as it marked a special time of the year for them.

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Bluebells at St Loy Woods

 

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Ceremonies can vary in size and location, some couple invited many guests and others prefer a more intimate occasion with only themselves or they invite a few close friends.  The ceremonies held in public locations understandably attract ‘on-lookers’ whether it be the creatures of the wild or the ancient spirits of  land and sea, also in human form with passers by. The ceremonial training I have had within the Alexandrian tradition is useful when setting up the sacred space to perform these rites.

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Merry Maidens stone circle

The image above is from one of our first Handfasting ceremonies at the Merry Maidens stone circle.  Only the couple and their family members were present as it was requested at short notice, but it still resulted in a wonderful event for them. Chinese tourists passed the site during the ceremony on an open top bus and captured images of the occasion.

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Crean Mill.

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Cassandra and I performed this Handfasting ceremony ( image above) in the grounds of a Mill house which was our place of residence in 2010. It was a wonderful warm October day amongst the trees beside a small stream and the ceremony was magical.

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King Arthur’s Castle Tintagel

 

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This ceremony (see image above) had a medieval theme and the venue chosen by the couple was King Arthur’s castle in Tintagel. There were a few rain showers but it did not dampen the celebrations at this ancient site. We were invited to a hog roast buffet in the King Arthur’s Arms, so we joined them in their celebrations and had a wonderful time.

 

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Prussia Cove Image – Mandy Raywood

 

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Image – Mandy Raywood

This ceremony (see images above) was held at Prussia Cove the location where the couple first met.  We had warm sunshine that day and working magically close to the sea was an extra special experience.  A friendship developed with the couple after the ceremony, we visit them often and they now have two adorable children.

 

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Boscawen-un stone circle is a popular site for Handfasting ceremonies. We will always remember this particular one as our ‘Obby ‘Oss Penkevyll made an appearance and performed with her Teazers from Boekka.

 

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Madron Baptistry

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Godolphin House Dining Room. Image – Alam

Madron Baptistry was the venue for this Handfasting (see images above). A couple had traveled from France accompanied by their family. They stayed at Godolphin House where we later joined them for a sumptuous medieval wedding feast with copious amounts of champagne held in the fabulous dining room.

 

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Sancreed Holy Well

 

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A couple from overseas had their ceremony at Sancreed Holy Well. They requested we purchase and decorate their broomstick in order to infuse it with fertile energy. Six weeks after the event they informed us that they had conceived and now have a beautiful daughter!

 

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The Sennen Coastguard Look-Out Image – Lee Searle

 

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Image – Lee Searle

This ceremony ( see images above) was performed at the Sennen Coastguard look-out on a cold, wild and windy day! We attempted to place the altar accoutrements upon the table but they would not remain upright. The bride’s veil attached to her hat was vertical most of the time and the guests were huddled behind the building to shelter from the force of the wind.  We were determined to continue and the wedding party took it all in good humour. We were all appreciative of the warm open fire in the First and Last public house after the ceremony.

 

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Carn Glaze Caverns

 

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This Hand-fasting ceremony was held in the beautiful Carn Glaze Caverns. It was for a couple who had invited a small family group.  The acoustics in the Caverns were wonderful when Cassandra used her bull roarer and hearing the echoes of the marriage vows beside a fabulous blue lake.

We conducted another Hand-fasting at this venue for a jolly couple. Their laughter is infectious to all who know them. They also requested a performance by our ‘Obby ‘Oss Penkevyll and Boekka during their feast in the caves, along with a fire display team. (See video footage below)

 

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We were delighted to receive a visit from them recently and were pleased to hear that they are both well and happy together.

These are just a few of the Handfastings we have been Celebrants for. Each and every occasion is special and unique in its own way.

If you wish to make enquiries about a Handfasting ceremony visit my contact page.