Monday, 13 July 2015

Loving being a celebrant in France | Engaging and captivating ceremonies

'An engaging and captivating ceremony...'

'What have I been up to?' asks Facebook - and my blog page is staring at me emptily and accusingly...

Well, my wanders through France continue and there has been no time to stop and write - north into the 
Deux Sevres region for a stunning wedding in a chateau close to the bride's home, with a stop on the way home for a cold wine and something fishy on the harbour at La Rochelle - could there be anything nearer perfect...?

Eastward into the wild Correzes for a wonderful elopement ceremony in a romantic hideaway - the gatehouse to another beautiful chateau - and south, through fields of sunflowers, where I stopped to picnic en route, into the Gers, a region fast becoming one of my favourites in France and another chateau owned by the descendants of one of the first families to start making Armagnac back in the 12th Century...

So - busy, yes - but amazing - stunningly beautiful countryside, wonderfully romantic backdrops to ceremonies and then people say lovely things like this:

From the first moment we met Moira (over Skype!), we knew she was the perfect person to conduct our ceremony at Chateau de Lartigolle. We had completed a couple's questionnaire before the call and she had really taken the time to get to know us intimately - she knew us better than we knew ourselves!

Moira is positive, down to earth and relaxed; qualities that we were looking for in someone to conduct our ceremony. She listened to what we wanted and adapted; she was receptive to our ideas and thoughts and accommodated them seamlessly. Her calm and professional approach was integral to the planning of our bespoke ceremony and nothing was too much trouble. I am a perfectionist and Moira understood that - she was timely in responding to emails and was available to talk whenever we needed her to. We met again (this time in person) at the Chateau in January and this meeting only further confirmed how suited Moira was to us as a couple. We were so excited to have her as part of our special weekend. 

The ceremony itself was so intimate; there was not a dry tear on the terrace and this was truly down to Moira. She is engaging and captivating; her previous career as an English teacher definitely prevails! We loved every minute and the compliments, a month on, about the ceremony are still flowing. 

We cannot recommend Moira enough; she is truly fabulous. I just wish we could do it all over again! 

Hanna and Daniel, Lartigolle, May 2015

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