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  Hello November! This will be a busy month! Although the number of weddings is fewer now, I have a fair amount on the To Do List:

 - A trip to Berlin 
 - My summer holiday (in November!!)
 - UB40 concert
 - Compering a Charity Ladies' Lunch at Fawsley Hall 27 Nov
 - A wedding at the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick Arts Centre
 - A Vow Renewal on the London Eye 
 - Reading a lovely poem at the SANDS annual memorial service in Oxford. 

 I will also be catching up on blog articles, and writing cards to all the Cherish couples who will be having their first Christmas as Mr and Mrs! Cherish-Ceremonies updated their cover photo.  Cherish-Ceremonies shared Bea's Bridal Boutique's photo.  I adore the detail in this dress - the back is stunning....    And a wonderful Bridal Shop, too!  Their sales are simply amazing.
  Happy Halloween to anyone tying the knot today...  

Pic found on Twitter - couldn't resist sharing it! Cherish-Ceremonies shared a photo.  Lovely memories of lunch with Louise; one of the region's top #Wedding Planners who came with the perfect gifts :)    About time I got the diary out and met up with Louise again ... as usual, we will have lots to chat about!  #loveweddingtalk   #WarwickshireWeddingPlanner Cherish-Ceremonies shared Cristina Colli Styling & Photography's photo.  I just had to share this beautiful apricot rose from Cristina, who shares a lovely styled photograph every day.
  #ThursdayThoughts     If you have loved ones who will be missing from your wedding day because they have passed away, how will you mark that?   Your wedding day should be one of joy, and yet you may need to mention your parent, your grandparent, your sibling who cannot physically be with you...

Using a celebrant to write your ceremony means you can discuss that.    I can suggest different ways to incorporate absent loved ones without detracting from the joy of the day. Cherish-Ceremonies added 5 photos.  A lovely joyful Vow Renewal ceremony today - the theme was Fire and Ice.

We used the Unity Candle, which had red and gold 'fire' ribbons and Swarowski ice crystals, and it looked stunning.  Jan and Mark lit the individual candles with their grown up children, showing their 4 individual flames, and then they lit the centre family candle from their separate flames.

We also used the tradition of food and drink and the Loving Cup.   Every culture has this traditional ritual in some form, and we used bread and mead - which in days of yore had to be drunk for a month by newlyweds after their wedding (to aid fertility!)...  This tradition is where we get the word 'honeymoon'. 

There were 3 beautiful readings by guests,  and Jan and Mark used words from a song sung by the choir at their Icelandic wedding ceremony as the basis of their vow renewal. Cherish-Ceremonies updated their cover photo.
Cherish-Ceremonies added 8 photos.  A feast of all things Pink, to celebrate everyone who has beaten breast cancer, to support all who are currently fighting it, and to honour those who didn't make it.    #wearitpink    I have made my donation to Breakthrough Breast Cancer <3   'May the Joy of this Day be with us until Time is no more'  

I love this for a wedding or vow renewal.    For me, it says it all.   The joy doesn't happen by itself though.   We have to make space for it!
   
How to do that?   All sorts of ways...   Date nights; thoughtful gifts, making a special 'thing' of anniversaries - of the day you met, the day of your proposal, the day your children were born (yes, it is a special day for you, too!), or even just saying 'I love you' every day.... 

What is YOUR way of keeping romance alive?     

If you think a Vow Renewal would be a good start - perhaps to mark an anniversary, or maybe a milestone such as avoiding separation or divorce after an affair,  or to celebrate recovery from illness, or maybe to celebrate the birth of your child... whatever it is - call Cherish Ceremonies, and I will help you create the perfect ceremony to mark the occasion <3     judy (at) cherish-ceremonies.co.uk Cherish-Ceremonies shared Frank Wood Photography's photo.  Oh look - an intimate moment from Bo and Jonny's wedding at beautiful Compton Verney last month.    I so enjoyed being the Celebrant for this lovely couple - it was such a relaxed and joyful occasion.   Frank's photography is amazing - I love his eye for the little details....
  Everything is printed, checked, double-checked and packed for a Vow Renewal Ceremony tomorrow.    Family Unity Candle Set has arrived from the supplier and looks fantastic;   the mead for the Loving Cup symbolism tastes amazing...    This lovely couple had a stunning wedding in beautiful Iceland 10 years ago, and we have borrowed from Icelandic traditions as they celebrate, via Fire and Ice, what has been;  rejoice in what is, and anticipate what is yet to be....   I had a lovely first ceremony planning meeting with a very special couple yesterday.   Emma and Ross were chosen to have their wedding supplied for them under the auspices of Lula Mai Events - The Big Day.   They are constantly so mindful and caring of other people, and  I am very privileged indeed to be their Celebrant.  

We will be working together to create a beautiful ceremony to celebrate their love for one another.     Here is a beautiful photograph of them both, taken by Darren Bedding Photography   The Wedding Worker Selfie...   The photographer, the Florist (and bride!) and the Celebrant!   And the only one of us working that Saturday was the photographer!
  Lovely lunch, lovely ladies, lovely venue - brilliant charity ....

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