Kelly's Wedding (Handfasting)
7 July 2012
|The first stage in the ceremony is for the "priest"
and "priestess" to call upon the elements to seal a circle and make it a sacred and protected space
for the ceremony.
The congregation stand around the edge of the circle.
|The couple make their vows
Kelly looked wonderful and Ally was wearing chain mail and antlers
Ally's mum is the lady on the left in purple.
|The hands are tied together to
make the bride and groom a couple, recognised by the community
|Here they are, fastened together
The best man (Topoff) is in the circle behind the happy couple wearing a tailcoat and boarskin helmet.
|Gifts of cake and mead are consumed by the couple and
It's not easy when your hands are tied together - it symbolises looking after one another.
|The couple "jump the broomstick" - which is the
gateway between the sacred circle and the community.
|They are now recognised by the community as a couple.
|This was all a bit too exciting for Ali and Joe
|We did a couple of dances.
Kelly declined to join in for fear of tripping over her dress.
|Witchmens Thistle seemed like an appropriate dance for the occasion.
|Witchmens Thistle comes to an end
|We set up an East Acton.
So many people wanted to join in that we had to move onto the grass
The pigs enjoyed watching it from their pen
|The East Acton in progress
Both of Kelly's brothers (in white shirts) and her dad (Mike) are in the dance.
|And coming to an enthusiastic end
|Ally and Kelly dancing their first dance indoors