Handfasting Elopement

Chrissy and Shaz were married in the Boranup Forest in an elopement style ceremony which incorporated a special Handfasting ritual with beautiful rainbow ribbons.

When I sat down with Chrissy and Shaz over a cuppa to discuss their ceremony, there were some key things they wanted for their day.  It was to be small, intimate ceremony, and they really wanted to incorporate a Handfasting because the symbolism, and pagan origins of this ritual were important to them.

A traditional Handfasting was originally a betrothal ceremony marked by the tying of cords or ribbons around the couples joined hands to represent their union. It is a ritual commonly used in Celtic and Pagan ceremonies, and now also incorporated in both civil and religious ceremonies in various forms.   Having only watched a full Handfasting ceremony once before, I was excited for the challenge of incorporating this ritual in Chrissy and Shaz’s elopement in the Boranup Forest in a way that would be meaningful and unique to them.

There are many ways a handfasting can be performed. Some incorporate a single rope that is wrapped and tied around the couples joined hands, and others that incorporate ribbons, or a combination of both, ending with the pulling apart of the hands so the ribbon forms an infinity knot.  My approach with weddings is to always seek to reflect the couples wishes in all aspects of the ceremony, especially with something as personal as an elopement.  So after discussing a few options we settled on incorporating seven coloured ribbons, six of the rainbow colours, and a final gold ribbon to symbolise the sacred union and blessing.    Each colour represented an aspect of life and relationship, and after placing it over their joined hands, a promise was made between them.

After all seven ribbons were placed, they were then wrapped and tied around the joined hands, and I read the poem ‘Blessing of the Hands’.  Chrissy and Shaz then went on to exchange their vows, and the final moment of pulling their hands away and tying the infinity knot was made.

To complete the ceremony they then exchanged rings – a visible symbol of the promises made.  The infinity knot remains tied, and is now a beautiful keepsake for them to remember this day by.

It was such an honour to prepare and officiate this ceremony for Chrissy and Shaz, and to be with them in this special moment.  The ceremony was captured beautifully by Dian Sarah Photography.


Summer Elopement

If you’re thinking of running away to beautiful Margaret River for an elopement I offer Short and Sweet Ceremonies which are perfect for such intimate occasions.

Celebrancy is my main vocation which means I’m available for small mid-week ceremonies and elopements, as well as big or small weekend weddings and celebrations.

Exchanging Rings – photo by Zuzu

Remember though, when it comes to weddings my philosophy is simple, no matter what size or shape your ceremony will take, I put the same amount of time, professionalism and care into my ceremonies, and the wonderful couples I’m working for.  Check out What I Offer for information on my ceremony inclusions.

If you want to run away with the one you love for a summer elopement there are still dates available for January, and a few precious weekend wedding dates left in February. Just remember you need to give a minimum one month notice of intent to marry.
Why not contact me for information and pricing?

Email wendygrace74@gmail.com or phone 0403 531 137


Spring Sunshine

Much of the winter in the South West had been wet and cold so I was glad that my couple had planned for a small indoor ceremony for their early September wedding.  It seemed that the winter weather wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry. However, to everyone’s delight it was a glorious spring day.  The sun was shining on the deep greens of winter in the vineyards, farmland and forest of the Margaret River region.  When I arrived at the private residence in Yallingup for Sunny and Jacob’s ceremony it was quickly decided to take in the glorious weather and hold the ceremony on the sun dappled alfresco area of this stunning home.

The ceremony was sweet and simple, with vows made and rings exchanged amongst close friends on a spring afternoon.  It was a joy and an honour to be a part of such an intimate occasion and I felt warmly welcomed by everyone present.

Adding my print to their keepsake canvas painting

After the ceremony I was invited to join in with some photos and enjoy the beginnings of the celebrations.  I was delighted when the couple asked me to add my fingerprint to their canvas keepsake (as shown).

It was an honour to officiate this ceremony and be included in the warmth of the day.  Wishing Sunny and Jacob much love and light in their future together.


Short & Sweet

I pride myself on giving my clients the full service when booking me to be their Civil Marriage Celebrant. I offer a flat fee which covers pretty much everything from beginning to end.  I have meetings with couples where we discuss likes, dislikes, dreams and random thoughts, and I turn that into their personalised ceremony.  There’s the choice of rituals, readings, poems & inclusions. There’s emails to and fro with the draft ceremony to make sure everyone is happy, and a wedding rehearsal so all who are involved knows what to do on the big day.  Ultimately, the end goal is to be legally wed, which I also ensure happens along the way!

passionate-wedding-quote-a-wedding-is-a-party-not-a-performance-if-at-the-end-of-the-day-you-are-marriedSome couples however just want the ‘short and sweet’ version.  It may be an elopement, it may be a second marriage, or you simply may want just ‘the legals’ without any of the ‘extras’.  As a celebrant I am here to offer you what you want, ensuring at the end of the day that you are legally wed.  So what would ‘just the legals’ entail? (Note that this is skimming over the details – I’m happy to explain it all in full when discussing options with you)

A signed, completed NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage) in my hands AT LEAST one month prior to your wedding day.

Evidence of Date and Place of birth, and Identity documents must be sighted by the Celebrant.

A declaration of no legal impediment to be completed and signed with the Celebrant prior to the wedding.

A ceremony that must include the following:

  • The marriage celebrant should identify themselves and the names of the couple to be married.
  • The marriage celebrant should state the Monitum to the bride and groom, and at least two witnesses over 18.
  • The bride and groom must say the following legal vows: I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, [_ _], take thee, [_ _], to be my lawful wedded wife/husband. (Or words to that effect).
  • Signing of the required forms with two witnesses over 18.

And then you’re married!

Everyone has their own idea of the perfect wedding.  My role as an Authorised Marriage Celebrant is to offer you the choice, and to ensure at the end of the day, that you are legally married…and HAPPY!

The first chat with me is obligation free.  I’m happy to meet with you somewhere nice, we talk about your hopes and dreams, and you decide if I’m the right fit for you.  Then we can take it from there 🙂