Guest blog post by Jane Arnold – Independent Celebrant
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jane twice and I’ve followed her progress as she has presided over the weddings and celebrations of many couples. In fourteen years of doing this job I have not met anyone as personally invested in the happiness of the couples she works for than Jane. Her attention to detail and the obvious joy she gets from exceeding her client’s expectations every single time will make her one of the best investments, other than in each other, that you and your partner could make. Greg
Working With a Photographer – Jane Arnold
As a celebrant, I will always ask the name of the couple’s photographer and I like to have the chance to talk to them before the wedding day. After all, we are all part of the same team helping people have the best possible wedding day ever!
Every one of my ceremonies is unique, I help my couples chose poems and music and they often write their own vows or have additional ceremonies as part of their wedding. Many of my ceremonies are outside, in unusual settings, which can be an extra challenge for a photographer-I know that half way up a windmill was a particularly tricky one. One of the joys of being a celebrant is helping people have the wedding of their dreams. If they wish to have a simple ceremony on an empty beach, on top of a hill fort or in their own back garden, then I am there to help make it happen.
If there is going to be a wine ceremony, handfasting, ring- warming or jumping the broom, I want to discuss these with the photographer and explain any details that they may not be aware of.
Shots of these unusual ceremonies can be some of the most lively and memorable of the day.
One of my personal favourites is the photograph that Greg took of me holding up the handfasting cord to show everyone present that the Bride and Groom had ‘Tied the knot’. It is an unusual angle and has such energy and it reminds me of how happy I felt for my lovely couple.
When working with Greg, we may discuss which shots he is planning to take, so that I can stand back at a vital moment. If there is going to be an action shot, as with jumping the broom, I can tell him when in the ceremony it is happening, so he can get into position.
My couples have given a lot of time and thought to the preparation of their ceremonies and we often involve members of their family. I love the photograph that Greg took of a ring-warming ceremony; it captures the warmth of the moment. As the rings are handed round the family, each member holds them and sends prayers and good wishes to the Bride and Groom. When they exchange their rings, the bride and groom can feel the warmth of all the loving wishes in their wedding rings. It is a world away from the formal, 15 minute services of past wedding ceremonies.
I was once asked whether I would be willing to take a Wedding Ceremony in a hot air balloon- if that should ever happen, I hope it is Greg who accompanies me- I think he would capture those never-to–be-repeated amazing moments that make up a perfect wedding day.
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