This is the moment where your ceremony begins. The moment you walk down the aisle – whether it is on sand, over grass, indoors or via boat, it is a moment which deeply memorable.  There is a heightened sense of excitement  among  the guests when the music begins. All present are awaiting your arrival with anticipation and animation. The groom at this time, macho though he might be, will find his tummy churning knowing his bride is nearing. The music you select is hugely important. If it is a vocal it should be something which sings the words reflective of what is in your heart. If it is instrumental, it can be traditional, such as Pachelbel’s Canon in D., or more modern  such as The Planetarium Suite – Chris Lennertz, from the movie “Adam”.  There are dozens from which you can choose. Just ensure the music is  something that touches your heart and it will hold the hearts of all present. As you walk down the aisle, perhaps on the arm of your dad or a treasured other, I wish you joy and love.Don’t  hesitate to contact me for any advice you need.Happy JulyMaureenaJUNE  2013Hello my dear friends,I love the fact that I am launching my site during June. Fewer brides choose the colder weather for their weddings so I have more   time to refresh my thoughts for my exciting role as a celebrant. Those of you who do   have winter weddings however could not wish for a more exciting season that this one, with everyone talking Gatsby.

Whilst it is a tragic love story, it is a visual delight to watch on the big screen. A recent wedding saw the bride and groom weaving some of the words of Scott Fitzgerald  into their ceremony.  Gen and David looked as they would have been perfect guests of Gatsby. Gen wore   a vintage gown and headpiece, and David’s wide silk tie looked dapper. They both looked elegant and truly gorgeous.We know the readings we have at a wedding are special in giving a tone to the occasion. They reflect who you are to a degree.  They speak of who each of you is as a person  in a relationship and touch on your hopes and dreams for your marriage.Gen and David chose words from “The Great Gatsby”. The first was: “I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.” F. Scott Fitzgerald “He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great GatsbyYou might not have a Gatsby wedding but whatever you choose will be right for you and will be beautifulIDEA At recent wedding:Special music was played for the arrival of the rings, which the Best-man and Bride’s-maid carried, walking slowly down the isle. They then  positioned  themselves beside the Groom and Bride respectively. The Best-man held out a silver box from which the Groom took the ring and placed on the finger of his love.  The same was done by the Bridesmaid, holding a silver box out for the Bride  who removed the ring and placed on the finger of her man.I wish you  warmth and happy hours.