We were looking for somewhere local (West Cornwall) to hold our handfasting. We needed somewhere with a beautiful outside space, but also with an inside back up plan in case the weather wasn’t kind to us.
We’d visited The Living Well Centre previously on open days and knew what a beautiful space it was and how it’s ethics fitted with ours, so we decided to approach them to see about hiring a space there to hold our handfasting.
To our delight as we looked round the website we discovered that not only did they hire space out but that Rachel, who lives there, is a celebrant too.
From the first phone call, Rachel put us at ease and from our first meeting a few days later we knew we’d found the right space and the right celebrant.
Rachel took us through ideas for the ceremony, always making sure that it was what we wanted. She gave us to do lists and thought of all the little details that we wouldn’t have thought of.
The day itself was more than we ever could have hoped for, Rachel made sure that we took time at the beautiful well to get ourselves in the right place to make the commitments that we were about to make.
The holy well is such a peaceful place and we felt so blessed that Rachel used the water from there to bless our rings, broomstick and chalice which were part of the ceremony. The garden around the well is beautiful too, we couldn’t have found a more lovely space in which to have our handfasting.
The ceremony itself was amazing and we felt that the commitments we made were much more meaningful than any traditional marriage ceremony. When Rachel asked for a couple of minutes silent contemplation from everyone all you could hear was the wind rustling the leaves and birdsong, it would be impossible for anyone not to be present in that idyllic setting.
After the ceremony everyone was cold and so we adjourned to the Longhouse for mead and cake, only to find that Rachel had got there before us and lit the log fire so everyone could warm up. (This wonderful woman thinks of everything!!)
All our guests said what a wonderful experience it was and how much they enjoyed it. Paul’s brother said on Facebook “If I wasn’t already married, I’d do it in the middle of nowhere between Penzance and Lands End with morris dancers, a sacred well and all those I love.”
And that’s exactly what we’re glad we did!