We have a longstanding and urgent appointment on the windswept Salisbury plains this cool Beltaine day at a Neolithic structure of stones named Stonehenge.
|The stone henge silently awaits us as Mother Nature barely contains her May shower.||Our guests approach this enigmatic circle of stones.|
|Trilithon photo opportunity!||This is Robin's brother Malcolm with his girlfriend Judy.|
|A mysterious cloaked figure invades the ancient perimeter.||He gathers the crowd and announces his intentions to wed if his heart's desire should appear this day.|
|And appear she does, in Celtic finery! (It's the same wedding gown she wore in Marlborough, now disguised by a velvet bodice and cape.)||A Celtic Priestess (who goes by the name Wise Owl) steps forward to orchestrate this holy ceremony.|
|The couple declare themselves to her.||Wise Owl appeals to each of the four quarters for blessings and entreats the spirits who have joined them there, especially acknowledging Ancestors.|
|Robin places the ring on VJ's finger.||Vicky Jo responds in kind.|
|Vicky Jo's sister Nancy formally welcomes Robin into her family.||Robin's sister Sally formally welcomes Vicky Jo into her family.|
|Remember that Chalice Well water? The priestess pours some into a silver chalice and blesses it now.||Robin and Vicky Jo drink, and help each other to drink as a symbol of their new status as helpmates.|
|Wise Owl invites the couple to share this water with the others who are gathered there.||Heather accepts graciously.|
|Vicky Jo's mother partakes.||As the couple winds their way around the entire circle to share, even little Emily is included.|
|Wise Owl binds the couple's hands together with cord to symbolize the ancient ritual of handfasting.||Vicky Jo and Robin exchange their private vows.|
|The celebrant seals their bond with the Lord's Prayer (spoken in Gaelic).||Vicky Jo's father offers up a holy benediction.|
|Wise Owl sings a capella in Gaelic. (Chills run down our spines to hear the blessed music waft amongst these ancient stones.)||The time comes to unweave the magick circle and end the ceremony.|
|We thank the souls who joined with us today... and the rite is over!||VJ's mother is first to congratulate the new bride.|
|Robin tries to convince his new father-in-law to pay all the wedding expenses, but doesn't get very far.||Now it's time for photos with the married
couple -- Wise Owl first!
Want to see a short video of the ceremony?
|A family picture of some sort...||With their honored English guests, Steve & Ann Myers.|
|The newlywed couple poses with the ancient bluestones.||The time to depart this magickal henge arrives all too soon.|