E&A Wedding at Highcliffe Castle, Dorset

Fairy Tale Wedding For Australian Couple With Celebrant Ceremony In 1830 Castle

Venue & Wedding Coordination - Highcliffe Castle, Dorset

Celebrant - Amanda-Louise Knight

After Emily and Alun (yes that is how he spells his name!) spent time in Australia, they knew that was the country they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, so after emigrating and then the arrival of their beautiful little girl, they wanted to have a quintessential wedding here in Dorset England surrounded by their UK family and friends.

After falling in love with Highcliffe Castle, built in 1830s providing such a romantic setting for a wedding service and drinks reception, with its stunning grandeur inside with stained glass windows, grand piano, raw brickwork and formal gardens that lead down to the stunning beach - its such a timeless classical venue and yet it provides a blank canvas for couples to add in their personal touches; it was then time to find their perfect celebrant.

Highcliffe Castle was our wedding destination

That was me(!) Amanda-Louise Knight, we chatted via zoom and they liked my traditional ceremony structure with modern touches (as I do not have any restrictions). They wanted a formal wedding service, yet I was able to write a service that was personal to them, include their love story, poems, content about marriage, had personal words when they exchanged rings and incorporated words about their daughter too. See how it all panned out and watch the video at the end....


As we waited for the bride to arrive, the groomsmen had a chance for a photo, and I reminded them where they were going to stand, and what to do with their hands.....

Romantic Words in a Romantic Setting

Before they signed my ceremony certificate, they read promises and vows to one another, here's a very brief idea what they said....

I promise to tell you I love you every day, as if it was my last" was one of the vows Alun said to his bride Emily as he gazed into her eyes....
and Emily responded with her vows with "Thank you for making me laugh every single day, I promise to keep laughing at your jokes even when they are dad jokes"

Wedding Readings

The bride's sisters read...

The Art of Marriage poem written by William A.Peterson

'The little things are the big things. Itis never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.                                

It is never going to sleep angry.  It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years.                                       

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world.  It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.  It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.            

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other.                                      

It is cultivating flexibility, patience,understanding and a sense of humour. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.                                        

It is finding room for the things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual,and the obligation is reciprocal.  It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.'

And Alun's friend read a poem.....

Always Love Each Other

 'If you can always be as close

And happy as today

Yet be secure enough to grow

And change along the way

If you can keep for you alone

Your love as man and wife,

Yet find the time to share your joy

With others in your life

If you can be as one

And walk through marriage hand in hand,

Yet still support the goals and dreams

That each of you have planned

If you can dare to always go

Your separate ways together

Then all the wonder of today

Will stay with you forever'

After they finished on the tradition of a kiss, the couple went out onto the gardens where all their guests were ready with bubbles to celebrate

Bubbles replace confetti to celebrate after our wedding ceremony in the formal gardens of the castle
with Celebrant Amanda-Louise Knight watching on smiling watching the happy couple celebrate with their family and friends and all those bubbles in the air!

then onto glass of bubbly before the wedding breakfast got in full flow.....

Love Notes

Bride Emily, Groom Alun With Celebrant Amanda-Louise Knight at Highcliffe Castle, Dorset

Words from Bride Emily:

"We had the most amazing wedding ceremony thank you Amanda-Louise, everyone had commented on how personal and romantic it was"

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Written by
Amanda-Louise Knight

Amanda-Louise is the creative director of her UK award winning business, Amanda-Louise Knight Weddings Proposals & Events. She provides advice to modern couples who want unforgettable weddings that set the tone about their celebrations and love.

Amanda-Louise is a current celebrant, and has been involved in the events industry for over 30 years. Her love for logistics, she is wedding and marriage proposal planner in the South West of England. A dog lover herself, she is owner of Somerset Wedding Day Dog Chaperone Service ensuring furry babies are included or cared for by her team.

She is mentor to other celebrants and venue consultant to her corporate business clients dedicating her time to helping them grow their own businesses.

And it all starts with making a date with Amanda-Louise!

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