Wednesday, 24 February 2016


 How to propose...A Celebrant in France with some more ideas.

Nearly there...the 29th is looming ever nearer for those who have decided to make a Leap Year proposal to their beloved...( who should have proposed on Valentine's Day!!)

So here is a round up of some more of my favourite proposals...

I loved the groom who told me that he had planned the proposal so carefully - it was to be on a small Greek island, silvery sand, the sound of gentle waves lapping the shore - champagne, ready to be popped, in the picnic basket - and then the stunning sunset and the proposal.

It was all going to plan - a lovely warm, cloudless evening and just them on the beach. Just them on the beach? At sunset...? Unusual he wondered...It was then he realised that they were on the wrong side of the island to see the sun setting...

But he went ahead, it was still perfect and yes, she said yes...





See original imageOne of my brides told me that her groom surprised her with his proposal: she had arrived home from a winter's evening run - she was exhausted, hot, sweaty, covered in mud and unattractively 'rosy'. As she opened the door she saw a trail of candles leading upstairs ...she thought there had been a power cut - but then she saw the trail of rose petals too ...they led to the bedroom where her beloved was on one knee, champagne poured and ready...(she and I sensed a girlfriend's hand in the romance of that one...)

Of course she said yes....




See original imageAnd finally, for this Leap Year, I liked the proposal on the bridge in Amsterdam. It was Christmas Eve and very busy on the bridge when the groom hurled himself to one knee proffering the ring - and, of course, himself...cyclists stopped, car horns hooted and as the bride said yes and he stood, a firework went off ...

The bride was thrilled at his planning - he winked at me as she told it...the firework was pure serendipity. 

It's nearly Spring - have a good year whether you propose or not...




Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Memorable proposals - the sharks were not planned...

We expect a relationship to hit a rough patch occasionally - but a shark infested sea as part of the proposal...?

I promised some inspirational tips from my favourite proposals before Valentine's Day - or February 29th if you have thoughts of a Leap Year proposal. Already the 9th - so here is the second...

Sunset over the sea at Cap Feret

So, this lovely couple, he a marine biologist and she a keen surfer were on their way to Australia, where he had been offered a job and they had planned to spend six weeks in Indonesia en route – and he had decided that would be when he would propose… but the time had never been quite right…

After they had been in Australia for a year, he made a plan! He would take her to an amazing place for Christmas and that would be where he would propose and so it was that a trip to Fiji was organised. 

That Christmas Day dawned and they had an awesome morning surfing and then diving.

It was certainly memorable they told me – the boat, which had taken them out, broke down and they ended up having to paddle a long, and with sharks known to be in the area, scary two kilometres back to shore.

Romantic? Not really...

However, later that evening, groom-to-be, not to be put off this time, made an excuse to leave the table while they were having dinner and quickly laid out flowers and candles in a semi-circle near their little hut.   


After dinner, he told her he wanted to show her something – she remembered that after that day she was not really up to ‘seeing a marine species of something or other’ but went somewhat dutifully along – and, to her shock and delight saw the candles, the flowers – and then him down on one knee! 

She says her reaction to the shock was, to his horror, laughter – followed by a ‘yes’…

The experience did not put them off the ocean - and they got married in France, at the beautiful Villa la Tosca, down on the beach, near Cap Feret.


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Wednesday, 27 January 2016


How to propose...Celebrant in France shares her favourite wedding proposals...




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Nearly February - and I've been thinking more and more of those potential brides out there, who are hoping for a Valentine's Day proposal.

If it doesn't happen, then, as I pointed out in my last blog, Carpe Diem, you should perhaps take matters into your own hands - it's a leap year!

To inspire both partners I thought that throughout February I'd share some of my favourite proposals of 2015 and 2016 so far...

Now all of these, so far, are proposals from the lovely men I have married - you may know from an earlier blog,...a toast to all my lovely bridegrooms how much I admire my grooms but I think all of these can be adapted...

This is the first - inspiration for all chocolate lovers - but doesn't have to be chocolate - or Easter - for this to work.


It was Easter last year, and Easter has always been a
special time for this couple because it was one of the
holidays that they could regularly spend time together during a long distance relationship.

It had become tradition that Gorgeous Groom would set up an Easter egg hunt on Sunday morning, and, even well into her twenties, on Easter Sunday Beautiful Bride would be happily scouting round the house, or wherever they happened to be, for chocolate eggs.

Last year, because they’d been living in Paris, they decided to go to Belgium – the chocolate capital of the world! - for Easter weekend. They rented a studio in Brussels.

That Sunday morning BB was thrilled to discover that at age twenty-eight, the tradition was still going strong… and so she hunted around the flat exploring every nook and cranny to find her chocolate hoard.

Except this year there was a difference – she didn’t just find chocolate eggs, but also chocolate letters...

After collecting everything in a bowl, she emptied it all on the table in the studio. GG then made her close her eyes and turn around… when he said she could turn back, he’d rearranged all the chocolate letters to spell “will you marry me” and was down on one knee with a beautiful ring!


I can't imagine them having an Easter egg hunt to top that one..
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I love the chocolatey idea of that one, but particularly
love the thought and imagination that went into it. Well done that GG.

Next one is amusing, but still romantic...and you'll have to wait until next blog...



Friday, 15 January 2016

A Celebrant in France says Carpe Diem | It's a leap year!





A Celebrant in France suggests that we should Carpe Diem

 - or seize the day - seize our lives - seize our loves...

Can there be anything more likely to make us consider life, love - and the whole damn thing - than sitting in a hospital waiting room waiting for surgery and looking about surreptitiously at our fellow victims? 

Having done just that, this week, I think not...

We take so much for granted - that we will be healthy, that if anything goes wrong, we can be fixed and doctors should be able to fix us, that we deserve to live to a ripe old age - we feel entitled to it...

But in a week when I did that sitting and surreptitious looking, and when the sitting gave me time to consider how the lives of family members and friends have been blighted and cut short by health problems - and in a week when David Bowie and Alan Rickman were only two people who died relatively young - and when the world is looking an increasingly dangerous place - I end that week saying Carpe Diem! Seize the day! If you have life - live it!

So, that relatively gloomy start leads me to a much happier thought! 

This year is a leap year. That means that if you are a woman, you can do the proposing...you haven't got to wait for himself to get things together - you can just up and do it! ( Although, personally, I don't know why women don't anyway...but that's another blog...) 


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According to an old Irish legend, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – every four years. She felt Irish men might be a little shy... When St Patrick agreed the folk tale tells us that Brigid then dropped to a knee and proposed to him that instant, but he refused, kissing her on the cheek and offering a silk gown to soften the blow.
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 The Irish tradition therefore dictates that any man refusing a woman's leap-day proposal must give her a silk gown.

So, if you feel you've been hanging around long enough, think about doing the proposing on February 29th this year - what have you got to lose - you might at least get a new dress out of it...or, indeed, twelve pairs of gloves!
                                   
J by Jasper Conran - Black leather faux fur cuff gloves        


Jacques Vert - Long Satin Evening GlovesRJR.John Rocha - Black leather applique flower glovesIn some places, Leap Day has been known as 'Bachelors’ Day.' In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman's proposal on February 29 has to buy her twelve pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. 

...a somewhat frivolous blog, I know, but with a serious centre - think about what is important to you this year and go and grab it...and enjoy it!

Here's to a happy and healthy 2016!