Cassandra and I have been celebrants for many Hand-fastings since 2009. I enjoy these and feel privileged to witness couples expressing their devotion to one another.
We do our utmost to provide couples with the ceremony they desire and we work closely with them before the event.
This year we performed a Handfasting ceremony for a young couple at St Loy woods. It was important to the bride that bluebells were in bloom which marked a special time of the year for them.
Bluebells at St Loy Woods
Ceremonies can vary in size and location, some have many guests and others are more intimate with only the couple or a few close friends. These occasions will attract ‘on-lookers’ whether it be the creatures of the wild or ancient spirits of land and sea. The ceremonial training I have had within the Alexandrian tradition comes to the fore when setting up the sacred space to perform these rites.
Merry Maidens stone circle
The image above was captured at one of out first Handfasting ceremonies together at the Merry Maidens stone circle. Only the couple’s family members were present as it was short notice, but still proved to be a wonderful event for them. Chinese tourists passed the site on an open top bus and many photographers captured the occasion.
Cassandra and I performed this Handfasting ceremony (in the image above) at the grounds of a Mill house which was our place of residence in 2010. It was a wonderful warm October day and amongst the trees beside the small stream the ceremony was tranquil and spiritual.
King Arthur’s Castle Tintagel
We enjoyed this Handfasting (see image above) as it had a medieval them and the venue was King Arthur’s castle in Tintagel. Despite a few rain showers it did not dampen the celebrations at this ancient site. We were also invited to a hog roast buffet in the King Arthur’s Arms and joined them in their celebrations.
Prussia Cove Image – Mandy Raywood
Image- Mandy Raywood
Image – Mandy Raywood
This ceremony (see images above) was held at Prussia Cove where the couple first met. The weather was wonderful and working close to the sea was a profound experience. The couple are now good friends of ours, we visit them often and they now have two adorable children.
Boscawen-un stone circle is a popular site for Handfasting ceremonies. We will always remember this one as our ‘Obby ‘Oss Penkevyll also made an appearance and performed with her Teazers from Boekka.
Godolphin House Dining Room. Image – Alam
Madron Baptistry was the venue for this Handfasting (see images above). A couple had travelled 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 in the fabulous period dining room.
Sancreed Holy Well
A couple from overseas had their ceremony held at Sancreed Holy Well. They requested we purchase and decorate their broomstick to infuse it with fertile energy. Six weeks after the event they informed us they had conceived and now have a beautiful daughter!
The Sennen Coastguard Look-Out Image – Lee Searle
Image – Lee Searle
The ceremony ( see images above) was performed at the Sennen Coastguard look-out on a cold, wild and windy day! We were unable to place any items upon the table as they would not remain upright. The bride’s veil attached to her hat was vertical most of the time and their guests were huddled behind the building to shelter from the force of the wind. We thought it amusing but were determined to continue. We were appreciative of the warm open fire in the First and Last public house after the ceremony.
Carn Glaze Caverns
We conducted a Hand-fasting in the beautiful Carn Glaze Caverns. One occasion was for a couple with a small family group. The acoustics in the Caverns are wonderful when using a bull roarer and also hearing the echoes as the vows are made beside a fabulous blue lake.
The other Hand-fasting we conducted there was for a jolly couple whose laughter is infectious to all around them. They also requested a performance by our ‘Obby ‘Oss Penkevyll and Boekka during the feast in the caves, along with a fire display team. (See video footage below)
We were delighted to receive a visit from them recently and they are both well and happy together.
These are a few of the Handfastings we have conducted. Each of them are special and unique in their own way.
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