We asked River to be our celebrant as we didn't feel a traditional wedding ceremony was right for us. We wanted to integrate our own ideas about marriage and connect this with nature and community. We had no idea where to begin! We first met with River on a autumnal afternoon where we sat discussing our lives, relationship and thoughts on the day itself. it was informal and guided by River's expert facilitation. During this time River was able to draw out the key ideas which were of most importance to us and creatively bring this together with her knowledge and understanding of community celebrations, ancient forms of union and hand fasting. The final result was a day which was entirely unique, authentic to who we are as a couple and grounded in the things that mattered most to us. The ceremony itself was fluid and faultless. It had warmth and humour as well deep feeling, all of which I think are testimony to the way River is able to facilitate and hold space. To put it simply, it was perfect. It was perfect because of River and the time and dedication she put into creating a ceremony inline with what we had imagined. We will be forever grateful.
Kirsty and Harry
River made our day in June 2014. We had crazy plans to surprise our guests at our 50th birthday celebration with an unexpected wedding ceremony. With 3 weeks notice and a certain amount of nerves as to whether we could pull it off, River spent time with us both to ensure that our ceremony was just how we imagined it would be. Her attention to us as a couple, as individuals and to our children who all played their part in the ceremony felt incredibly special. To this day it remains a magical memory in our family and is still much talked about by friends as the "Best Wedding Ever!" Our special thanks go to River for eternity.
Corinne & Simon
River helped Jan and I to put together our own homespun back garden wedding in Bristol over 16 years ago. Still vividly memorable not just because it was my wedding day but also because River helped make it a day of love and laughter. A wonderful day that we still talk about with friends who were there.
Linc & Jan
You have been such an incredible support from beginning to end. Your guidance and ability to let things gently unfold was wonderful. The ceremony itself was truly magical, real and present. Everybody commented on how special it was. Thank you for everything.
- Simon & Holly xxx
River absolutely made our wedding. We knew we didn't want anything religious, rigid or dull! The wedding was outdoors, chilled, fun and all about us. River was amazing. Our ceremony was fabulous.
We had met River and chatted before the big day, so felt totally at ease. The ceremony was funny, personal, tender, tearful, happy and beautiful.
Everyone at our day was so moved by the ceremony. I can not recommended River highly enough. Her skill to bring everything together, make everyone feel included and make the day shine is rare.
Thank you River for being such a star at our special day.
All our love,
Amy and Steve
When we decided to have a handfasting for our wedding ceremony, contacting River was one of the best decisions I have ever made. From our first meeting right through to the ceremony she was excellent. She guided and supported us to help make our own vows and the ceremony she prepared couldn't have been any more perfect. It was personalised, meaningful, thought provoking and fun.
None of our guests had ever been to a handfasting before, some of them didn't even know what a handfasting was , but throughout the whole ceremony, everyone was entranced, and the number of comments on what an amazing ceremony it was was unbelievable. Quite a few of the unattached guests told us it was exactly what they would like if they ever tied the knot !!
Thank you River for giving us a perfect day,
Kay and Andy xx
River was our celebrant and worked with us throughout the lead-up to our big day. She was a brilliant guide, listening carefully and helping us to shape our ideas as well as throwing in her own inspiration and experience when we got stuck. On the day itself she was a picture of authoritative and organised calm. Her manner is reassuring and joyful, just as it should be for a wedding! We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her (and have done several times since!)
Tanya & Matt