Some great weddings…

All wedding ceremonies should be great, and I try to achieve something personal, unique and memorable for each couple.

Recently I performed a ceremony at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA, and that was really cool. Can’t wait to see the photos from that. They made great use of the space, having a pianist entertain the guests as they waited, and decorating the stage beautifully.

A great place for a wedding ceremony!

A great place for a wedding ceremony!

At my own site, Harmony Gardens, I had a bride from England and a groom from Pennsylvania. They shared a love of history, loved the Indiana Jones series, and the bride found spirituality in Pagan symbols and interesting ancient rituals. So we performed a ‘handfasting’, which is a Celtic, pre-Christian ritual with an interesting history to it. This is the original of the term ‘tying the knot.’

Tying the Knot - literally.

Tying the Knot - literally.

They also placed their hands on my altar rock when they responded to the ‘Asking.’ That’s the part of the ceremony, sometimes called the ‘Element of Intent’, when the officiant asks “Do you take this man, Do you take this woman, etc…” or other variations on that. I have many interesting variations on that! By placing their hands on that rock they connected to the earth and nature.

A little toast after the ceremony.

A little toast after the ceremony.

After I pronounced them, and they recessed from the main garden area (to the recording of the Indiana Jones them) they had a champagne toast right in our garden, in the grass circle next to the main ceremony circle. It was lovely and fun, too!

As always, thanks to Garth Woods, our Harmony Gardens photographer!

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