Friday, 18 August 2017

Texas Couple - British Location

I am honoured to say that I have conducted weddings for international guests which have included brides/grooms from Turkey, South Korea and most recently Texas.

I am passionate at designing and performing a wedding ceremony that is everything the couple want it to be. The distance has not been a problem as we have completed all wedding planning by Skype and email. I love to suggest ideas that can be built into the ceremony to give a unique wedding that also reflects their cultures and beliefs.

Last month I had the pleasure of welcoming 35 guests from Texas, USA for a location setting wedding at Butley Priory, Suffolk. It was quite surreal to be the only person from England at the wedding apart from venue staff!

This is a testimonial from Joyce O'Donnell who was mother-of-the-bride.

As mother of the bride, I cannot thank you enough for a perfect wedding ceremony.  As I told you when we met, my Claire, the bride, said that she felt totally confident that you had everything completely under control and that she and her groom, Jonathan, felt that you knew exactly what they wanted.   As we are all from Texas, your guidance as to what makes a British wedding special made Claire's wedding so beautifully unique - beautifully British with a Texas flair.  

All of our guests remarked at how moving and deeply personal the ceremony was to them.  All of them know Claire and Jonathan in different ways that you were able to bring to life so well.  It made everyone feel very included in this most happy time.

When I look at the photos from the ceremony,I see pure joy in my daughter's and new son-in-law's faces.  Thank you again for making the start of this day so unforgettable.
Joyce O'Donnell

Monday, 13 March 2017

Spring is here!

Spring is here!

As I strode out in the morning air with Monty (my border collie), I could feel the warmer breeze of Spring on my face.  Thank goodness, we are getting less cold windy weather now!

As I walked along the path next to the green I spotted a clump of crocuses.  A splendid burst of purple, white and yellow.  Just the sight of the spring flowers made my spirits lift and it got me wondering what traditions happen around the world to mark the arrival of Spring.

In a celebration of the triumph of good over bad, the colourful Holi tradition takes place in late February or early March. The festival originated as Hindu tradition, but is now a cultural experience that has radiated to other parts of the world. This year in Ipswich the festival is on Sunday 2nd April 2017.

Last year I went to the Holi Festival in Ipswich. What a fun assault on your senses; delicious smells were coming from the tents serving traditional Indian foods as loud music was played for the dancers. As coloured powder was thrown around, I ended up looking like a paint shade chart.

To usher in the Spring season, people participate in bonfires and parties the night before Holi. The next day, the masses gather on the streets for a giant colour fight, throwing dyed powder onto each other. The carefree revelry offers a chance to connect with other human beings and let go of any past hardships.

Hundreds of miles away in Bosnia, thousands congregate for the "Festival of Scrambled Eggs" every March as Spring begins. The focus is on the egg, a symbol of new life, as the new season starts. Mass amounts of scrambled eggs are cooked in huge pots and then handed out fo

The tradition dates back a few hundred years and attracts visitors from around the country.

I don’t know about you but I fancy an egg for my breakfast now!