Handfasting!

Last weekend I was given the singular honour of standing priestess for the handfasting of my beautiful friends, working with the rather gorgeous Ray as priest. This was a blessing of their runaway legal marriage in Gretna Green a few weeks ago and was a time of celebration for the whole family and friends in the garden of their stunning new home. What a lovely day we had – it was simple and beautiful and filled with joy. 

Here’s Ray and I standing to welcome them into the circle – this was so spontaneous that we only prepped it an hour beforehand, so my hastily scribbled running order is clutched in my mitts! A man and a woman usually stand as celebrants, to honour the Goddess and the God in the union of bride and groom. I have worked ritual for many years but this is the first time I have done this in a handfasting – I loved doing it, helping to create something unique and personal to mark a very special time, and would love to do this again! 

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Here’s the moment when the couple’s hands were fast using the ribbon from the car at Gretna!

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And here are the happy couple, in their beautiful apple orchard, where the ceremony took place

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