Today’s love story is that of Wendy and Michael. They have just celebrated 40 years of marriage with a vow renewal ceremony performed by our celebrant Mary O’Mahoney. They had a handfasting ceremony surrounded by their family at Clontarf Castle.
A handfasting ceremony is a traditional Celtic marriage ritual that binds two people together forever. For their handfasting ceremony, Michael and Wendy had their family come up one by one and place the ribbons over their hands. Each family member made a touching proclamation as they did so.
Family is extremely important to Michael and Wendy so they wanted them to be a big part of their vow renewal ceremony. After their handfasting, they had a family wishing stones ceremony. Prior to the start of the ceremony, each of them selected a stone that represents one of the many blessings that bonds them together as a family. These stones will serve as a lasting reminder of their presence at this special celebration of love. They will be taken to the family farm as a keepsake to serve as a symbol of the bond they all share as a beautiful family.
Michael and Wendy finished their vow renewal ceremony with a traditional Irish blessing;
May your mornings bring joy
and your evenings bring peace
May your troubles grow few as your blessings
May the saddest day of your future
Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
May your hands be forever clasped in friendship
And your hearts joined forever in love.
Your lives are very special,
God has touched you in many ways.
May his blessings rest upon you
And fill all your coming days.
May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Everybody at Marry Me Ireland wishes Michael, Wendy, and family the happiest life together. We hope your Clontarf Castle vow renewal ceremony was everything you dreamed of and more.
Here at Marry Me Ireland we have a wide variety of exceptional celebrants who can deliver the vow renewal ceremony of your dreams – traditional, unique or otherwise. So get in touch today and we can start planning your special day!