Alcott Weddings are very fortunate to have the most incredible Wedding Celebrant on our suppliers list! I met Justine Wykerd just as I started Alcott Weddings 3 years ago and she has bought so much added happiness to our couples big day. We have had nothing but amazing comments about her. Please have a look at Justine’s blog below about some of the ceremony’s at Alcott this year. Not only is she perfect for your wedding day, she also offers a personal touch for naming ceremony’s, renewal of vows and celebrations of life to!
That’s a wrap for the ceremony season at Alcott Weddings – and we’ve had a ball! From tipis to marquees, capris marquees to yurts from glamping to camping, from photos with smiling horses to a dog wearing a GoPro – we’ve seen such a fabulous selection of couples really taking the bull by the horns and creating the day that suited their style and personalities (please note: I saw no bulls running amok and no animals were harmed during any ceremony!)
We’ve had fairytale, rustic and rock. We’ve had candle ceremonies, rose ceremonies and handfastings. We’ve had readings that made us cry and vows that made us laugh. We even had a Viking Horn and a gladiator mask! We’ve had fun…
From June to October the weather was largely on our side- and for those few ceremonies (only 2!) that did experience rain – remember that rain on your wedding day is good luck – every raindrop is a blessing, and where I grew up in South Africa, it’s also a sign of fertility – so be careful!!
Seating ranged from hay bales to benches to comfortable seating – all to ensure that the ceremony was enjoyed by all. And according to the feedback from my lovely couples – each ceremony was enjoyed by all.
Of course – no matter how bright the sunshine – incorporating an outdoor Unity Candle ceremony can be a challenge –by large – the lantern did its job well. The last weekend in September was VERY blustery with incredibly high winds, so Laura and Wayne’s bridesmaids and groomsmen spontaneously jumped up from their front row seats and created the perfect wind barrier.
I guess that as their recommend supplier I’m obliged to say something nice – but I do genuinely love ceremonies at Alcott Weddings. It’s a blank canvas for you to create your perfect day in a wonderful outdoor setting looking out over rolling fields and a lake – with accommodation for the wedding party on site. And Lucy is the perfect host overseeing that everything goes smoothly – often accompanied by her assistant Bella.
I continue to be amazed at the months of hard work that couples go to. Laura & Wayne made over 1200 origami Japanese paper cranes. A Japanese crane is a symbol of a long and harmonious marriage, and, after folding 1000 origami cranes you can make a special wish. It also represents good luck and peace, which is something that every couple needs in a marriage! Each guest was invited to take a paper crane as a ceremony favour.
Kirsty & Jonathan met in autumn, had their ceremony in autumn, and decorated the tipi in the most spectacular autumn colours – creating a warm and inviting area with hessian and leaves.
Debbie & Alex – our pair our metalheads – went all out on a heavy metal theme which was just FABULOUS. They had a handfasting and champagne toast as part of the ceremony; while Geoff and Laura had colouring books to keep little ones entertained.
Claire & Joshua’s dog captured their big day on a GoPro while her horse – with her mane dressed for a wedding waited for the family photos…while Chelsea was safely delivered by the stylish Dita (Vintage campervan and photobooth.) Way to go Chelsea & Jim for having dodgems as the entertainment – that was a first!
It’s been a delightful season at Alcott, working alongside some other wonderful suppliers. I can’t wait for 2017! Dates do go quickly – so please do make to secure your ceremony date by getting in touch soon.
Tipi: Elite Tents
Catering: Fine Food Matters
Campervan & Photobooth: Vintage Inspired
Lucy & Bella at Alcott Weddings
Geoff & Laura
Claire & Joshua
Chelsea & Jim
Debbie & Alex
Laura & Wayne
Kirsty & Jonathan