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A Humanist wedding in the woods

September 6, 2022

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Harriet and Bernie were completely unflappable and they managed their own Humanist wedding from start to finish with panache!

The ceremony was in a dell on their farm, with hand made benches, Walnut the wedding dog, exquisite flowers from Harriet and Emily’s floristry business King Witham whose flowers follow the seasons.

It was all hands to the pumps the day before when I arrived for the run-through (just to iron out any little glitches and to get the entrances, music, readings, vows and exits right). There was a massive whiteboard checklist that included ‘stroke the puppy’ (there is a new pup in the house). There were origami boats on the plates in the marquee, and handmade paper with pressed flowers for the table plan. Everything in order!

On the day it was hot but windy, which rather floored the flowers on pedestals, but me and Lou made a quick exec decision and took them off the pedestals and all was well. The sun glinted through the trees. Bernie attached Walnut’s bow tie and told me about the ring box which he made for Harriet’s 21st birthday a few years ago. A lovely touch.

All was well. Granny Olive negotiated the bridge over the ditch in her wheelchair, the littlest bridesmaids helped with the hand-tying and the guests cheered, laughed and shed a little tear. It was tender and true. it was beautiful. As Harriet said afterwards “Thank you so much Dawn, we had just the most perfect day and can’t thank you enough for such a magical ceremony. it felt so personal and your words so beautiful – so many of our guests told us that they shed several tears”.

And that, my dears, is my measure of success. Tears!


I am Dawn the humanist celebrant, and all I want is for you to have the ceremony you dream of, whatever that looks like. Enjoy my blog full of happy stories and ideas for your ceremony. 

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