Barbara Gubbins, Celebrant at Jesmond Dene House, reflects on the glorious Royal Wedding
As a Celebrant, who performs weddings and naming blessings, it was interesting to see how the Royal service was conducted. One of the highlights for me was watching the Archbishop of Canterbury – who I have had the pleasure to meet when he was Bishop of Durham – perform a short hand fasting ritual with his stole at the end of the vows. This involved wrapping the stole round Harry and Meghan’s hands. A sign of togetherness and solidarity which is always a wonderful foundation for any marriage or relationship.
I’m sure we all sighed at how stunning the bride was, the amazing flowers, fabulous setting and unique service which managed to bring together tradition and modern. We oohed and aahed at the guests and shed a secret tear at how proud Diana would have been of her gorgeous Harry. What a lovely day for everyone involved – a very joyful and happy day that we always try to recreate at Jesmond Dene House.
At Jesmond Dene House, I am able to incorporate a number of rituals, such as hand fasting into your ceremony and make this bespoke and unique to your special day. I am happy to meet all bridal couples at the hotel and discuss how my services can add sparkle to your day. This can be arranged with the wedding co-ordination team at the hotel where we can discuss how to make your day as dreamy as the Royal day.