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Consultancy examples: vows + rings, readings and ‘Story so far’

Vows + rings

Yvette and Heidi

Yvette and Heidi plan to walk into their civil wedding ceremony together, hand in hand, likely with the biggest smiles on their faces.

They’ve actually really enjoyed their wedding planning. They may not have the biggest budget but they’ve gone the extra mile in making their day as personal as possible. Knowing this was their aim all along, their best friends Penny and Anthony clubbed together when they got engaged to buy them a gift voucher for their vows and exchange of rings.

Liaising with their Registrars to confirm possibilities, we work together to create the most tender statement vows they’ll keep as a surprise from one another until the day. They’re designed to entirely complement one another though, just as Yvette and Heidi do.

On the day, there isn’t a dry eye after their entrance, but there’s a very special kind of silence when they read their unique vows.

Annabelle and Quinn

Annabelle and Quinn are lucky enough to be marrying in a church that has a great significance to them: where Annabelle’s parents married 40 years ago and Quinn’s niece and nephew were christened.

Their Vicar, Peter, embraces both the new and the old and so is keen to learn more about the idea of bespoke vows being shared as well as the statutory wording they’re obliged to have.

The couple really enjoy sharing the tasks I set them, getting so much out of the discussions they have. Having decided on a format and shared content with one another, we then work together to shape the words and add some individual flourishes.

Not only do the vows say all that is important to Quinn and Annabelle to personally be able to promise one another as loved ones bear witness, but they also offer Peter valuable insight into the couple he’s marrying.

Readings

Jamie and Douglas

Jamie, 2, and Douglas, 4, are the most loving of brothers – well, they are when they’re not arguing over their toys – and the life and soul of the party whenever there is any family gathering. They’ll be just such a get together in just a couple of months actually, since both boys are due to be christened together at their local church, St Botolph’s. Jamie, in particular, is very excited about the font.

Their parents would like to add their own personal touch to the ceremony, with the Vicar’s blessing of course, and so we plan a surprise reading for the boys, created with contributions with all the people who matter most to them and play a part in their lives.

The astonished looks on the boys’ faces on the day when they realise their uncle’s reading is actually about them are priceless. It really makes the ceremony their own.

Noriko and Zeb

Noriko, 29, and Zeb, 31, are planning August nuptials with festival theme  – they just hope the weather holds. Regardless, they’ll have a fabulous time. They and their friends have been partying in all the British summer can throw at them for years now.

So many lost tents, nights singing themselves hoarse and knee deep mud have forged friendships of a lifetime between the gang. I’m delighted to work with them all in creating two bespoke readings for the wedding ceremony itself.

The readings will complement each other but cover different periods and offer different perspectives. Have they enjoyed themselves? Undoubtedly. They’ve also grown up together. That’s what we want to capture.

Zeb and Noriko signed off on the final versions so they know what’s coming, at least in theory, but nothing prepares them for the joy of the readings ‘live’. It’s all anyone can talk about at the bar afterwards.

‘Story so far’

Bernadette and Martin

After 30 years together, Bernadette, 70, and Martin, 65, have decided to marry. Their family and friends may tease them about rushing in so soon, but really they’re all delighted. It’s going to be quite the big day.

Above all, these two want their church ceremony to really resonate with personal meaning as well a religious significance that’s important to them both. They’ve done so much loving, laughing and learning together, they want to celebrate that with all the people who have been a part of it. They want me to bring their ‘Story so far’ to life.

It’s a privilege to work with these two. Giddy as teenagers, they relish the opportunity to indulge themselves, travelling back in time through all the memories they’ve amassed together.

On the day, even Reverend Owens can’t help but join in the congregation’s enjoyment as they celebrate this remarkable love story as one.

Kieran and Adi

Kieran and Adi are approaching dad-hood with a mix of delight, adrenalin and trepidation. With 3 weeks until their twin girls are due, they’ve been in a state of readiness a while now. There’s no nursery better stocked.

Once they’ve had chance to settle in, they’ve also got a small celebration planned with family and friends to celebrate the girls’ arrival.

While they’d like to keep things simple, it’s important they honour their experience and thank all those who have supported them, so we’ve been working together on a ‘Story so far’ to share with guests on the day. Embracing the beginnings of their family and the emotional highs and lows along the way, we’ll also update it once they’ve all had chance to get properly acquainted.

Adi and Kieran think it’ll make the day, but they’re looking forward to sharing it with their daughters when they’re older even more.

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