January 14, 2020 / By Sam Savage
The Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne is the perfect place for a handfasting ceremony. It is a unique venue where fans of Rivendell, Hobbiton, Vikings and Rohan can bring their dreams to life!
As the only accredited Sacred Celebrant in Dorset, Ellie of Wildflower Ceremonies, can perform wedding ceremonies which are created for each couple.
The image to the right (above) shows Ellie Brooks, of Wildflower Ceremonies, completing a handfasting ceremony in The Earthouse.
The image below that shows The Ancient Technology Centre’s Earthouse. It is supported by 21 oak trees and is a sight to behold from the inside. It is deceptively large, seating 250 people.
For this photoshoot, it was styled with soft white material, many many candles, ivy, deer skulls and antlers and big tree logs by South Coast Weddings.
The incredible cake was designed and made by Cake by Sadie Smith who is based in Corfe Mullen, so very local to The Ancient Technology Centre.
Weddings here can be as spiritual as you like, with handfasting ceremonies applying to all faiths and none.
The flowers were provided by Tilly’s Flowers, located in West Howe.
Suppliers were specifically chosen based on the fact that they are all very close to The Ancient Technology Centre and therefore easily able to cater to any weddings taking place there.
The beauty of this venue is that it is a blank canvas and so can be decorated in whatever style, theme or colours of your choosing but it suits these themes beautifully; Boho, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Romantic, Rustic, Shabby Chic, Viking, Vintage, Whimsical, Woodland.
WHAT IS HANDFASTING?
Handfasting is essentially a commitment ceremony. A symbolic unity ritual. Couples stand face to face as their hands are tied together – hence the term “tying the knot”. This ancient rite of handfasting is offered by Wildflower Ceremonies in Dorset and beyond to those of all faiths and none, and can be as spiritual as you would like to make it.
Even if you are of no spiritual inclination at all, this meaningful ceremony, steeped in joyful tradition, is a stunning way to pledge your love, witnessed by your friends and family. Handfastings reach so far back in time and have been so widely spread we have no date for when they actually began.
More and more couples are featuring a handfasting ceremony within their wedding to symbolise their commitment to one another and the binding of their lives. Wildflower Ceremonies are the celebrant-in-residence at The Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne, who offer weddings.
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