celebrant

Celebrant - "Celebrant or Officiant, the leader of a liturgy or ceremony who is empowered to perform it." - Wikipedia

"It was Mark's line about authority which struck me. Steve and Louise's marriage wasn't being ordained by the authority of church or state, but by the authority of their family and friends, as individual human beings. That's the only real authority there is." - Christopher Stone

Traditional Family Wedding
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"The wedding was officiated by Mark Golding, a bearded figure wearing a top hat spendidly arrayed with a variety of colourful feathers.

I was sitting outside the general throng, watching what was going on, when a couple of onlookers asked me what kind of a wedding it was. 'Is he a druid?' they asked, referring to Mark. I said I didn't think so as druids normally wear white. 'I think it is some kind of pagan ceremony,' I told them, 'though the guy getting married is an old rock and roller.'

Later I asked Steve, who told me that Mark is, in fact, a Buddhist. 'He's dressed down for the occasion' he said.

But the style of the officiator wasn't the only unusual aspect of this wedding. Both the bride and groom were given away by their grown-up children. After that the happy couple exchanged vows they had written themselves.

Then Mark said an interesting thing. 'This is a union of souls' he said, 'and each of us has the power and authority to gift their journey with our own special blessing.'

He read out a series of 10 vows and asked us to blow kisses onto the rings in order, 'to empower their commitment with your love.'

It was that line about authority which struck me. Steve and Louise's marriage wasn't being ordained by the authority of church or state, but by the authority of their family and friends, as individual human beings. That's the only real authority there is.

When they had exchanged rings Mark said, 'I now pronounce you wife and husband, you may now kiss the groom.'" - Christopher Stone

Handfasting Ceremony

 

"Thank you so much for conducting our handfasting, it was amazing. We have had so many comments from the guests about the ceremony, all of them very positive. "Beautiful and intimate" was one, "moving" was another, the ten vows in particular made people feel included in the ceremony. My favourite was "that's the least annoying marriage I've ever been to!" - James, Brighton.

"It was perfect. It was truly magical. Short sentences because I am lost for words. On the subject of rings...everyone said what a magical/inclusive touch that was. Blessed be." - Celine, Brighton
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Rock and Roll Wedding

Baptism Ceremony

At St Helen's Spring, Hastings. A sacred spring with bright, clean, singing waters, a magical place hidden in the ancient woodlands.

"Thank you so much for sending the poem and the ten blessings - it's lovely that we can digest the words properly! I think you inspired people with your poem, your blessings and your art, given some of the comments we had afterwards. Thanks for coming so far to be with us, it was a truly blessed day." - Asha & Damien

Mead Chiller

Awaiting sunset upon the Summer Solstice Eve of 2013, the time to light our Solstice fire. A night of witnessing Gaia in her sensual elemental beauty, the dreaming of this midsummer's night, to beckon the intuition of the wise, be drawn into beauty... and bathe at dawn.

Twin Souls

A wedding mandala, that journeys from deep within the galactic centre, through distant star systems, to sow a seed of eternal love.

Water Healing Ceremony

Profound symbology and creative elemental synchronicity to initiate healing, through the supreme medicines of love, wisdom and compassion.

Ode - The Sweet Apples of Avalon

"Thank you wonderful Mark for conducting our amazing wedding ceremony. It was absolutely perfect. We are forever in your debt xxx" - Louise & Steve

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