Han & Jon – July 2017 Alcott Weddings
I am so in love with Hannah & Jon’s ceremony & wedding day because there is so much to love about it! With a jazz band, a ring blessing, a rose ceremony, a whole lot of love, laughter, happy tears and a sprinkling of romance – it was everything they wanted.
They chose the idyllic setting of Alcott Weddings and opted for a relaxed festival style atmosphere by having their ceremony in a Yurt, and their evening reception in a tipi.
A jazz band entertained guests on a hazy, lazy summer’s afternoon, with cocktails and a vintage camper van gin bar close at hand, until the sun set over the fields and the partying began….
The Ceremony- going around in circles
Han & Jon are all about music, travel and their close circle of friends and family – so that is what formed the basis of their personal ceremony.
There was a common theme of a ‘circle’ throughout their ceremony:
- The Yurt in which they had their ceremony is a circular shape
- Their circle of friends sat in a circular formation (yay!)
- As the bridesmaids reached the ceremony area at the heart of the Yurt, they placed their bridesmaid posies on the floor to create a circle for Han and Jon to stand in.
- Han & Jon were in the middle of the yurt and the centre of their guests
- Their circular rings have no beginning and no end and are symbolic of their eternal love….
A Mother’s Love – The Rose Ceremony
Han & Jon wanted to pay tribute to their mothers for the support that they had offered the couple throughout their lives. There were tears a-plenty when the two moms were presented with a single white rose each, as a symbol of new beginnings.
The 3 L’s: Latitude & Longitude & Love and The Ring Blessing
I’m an old romantic at heart, and what really got me going is that Han & Jon’s wedding rings have the degrees of longitude and latitude engraved on the inside of the exactspot where Jon proposed…the edge of a deserted jetty whilst on holiday on the island of Isla Mujeres off the coast of Mexico. How dreamy is that?!
Han and Jon had been on a journey, so too did their rings go on a journey during the ceremony. They were passed from guest to guest asking for everyone’s good wishes, until they made their way back to the Best Man in time for Han & Jon to say their personal vows and exchange their rings, but not before all guests joyously vowed to support the happy couple throughout their married life together in a group promise.
Han & Jon got creative with their vows. Instead of keeping them a secret from each other, they jointly wrote a shared set of vows, consisting of 4 short ‘verses’. They took turns in reading parts of each verse that were personal to the other, and they ended each verse by saying the last line together.
There were happy tears.
The Planning & The Process
Hannah & Jon worked so hard on their big day; Han is a planner and had a hefty colour coded lever arch wedding file with sketches galore (!) When we met up to discuss their ceremony – she knew what she wanted out of her big day, but as a couple, they were open to ideas and suggestions as to how to make their Ceremony personal and reflect their personalities.
We sketched, we laughed, we ate, and we made friends.
Mr & Mrs G – I truly wish you every success and that all of your dreams come true. You deserve every good thing that comes your way xx
What can we say… Justine, you really have been completely amazing.
We met Justine at a last-minute wedding fayre and we couldn’t have been more lucky to have met her. On a windy day, in the middle of a field, we went up to speak to Justine, not fully knowing how important she would become to us. After speaking with Justine for a matter of minutes, we knew that there was no one else we wanted to marry us other than her. We emailed her on our way home making sure to book her in for our wedding day.
Throughout the following months, we were sent some emails with some fun and friendly questions as a way for Justine to be able to get to know us more. We met up with her for lunch and it felt like we had already known her a lifetime. 2-hours, some cheese sandwiches and many laughs later- we had come up with the most amazing service we could have dreamed of. Our friends and family had all been written into the ceremony and our lives together were captured perfectly. Following our lunch-date, Justine typed up our ceremony. Opening this together was a good idea as we couldn’t get through the first 2 lines without one of us crying.
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ceremony- there was not a dry eye in sight and so many of our friends and family have said it was the most incredible, personal and emotional service they have been to. What Justine has done for us will stay in our hearts forever and we feel that at that wedding fayre, not only did we meet our Celebrant but we met a friend.
From the bottom of our hearts and from our friends and families too- thank you for giving us the most special gift anyone could give us on our wedding day.