We are called UNIQUE Ceremonies for a reason!29 July 2019
Unique Ceremonies, winner of the ZIWA 2019 Award4 October 2019
A beautiful wedding ceremony in Brittany
My name is Magali and I am the founder of Unique Ceremonies which started its activity in 2010 in the Poitou Charentes region. Unique Ceremonies has since expanded and I spend part of my time, not only with celebration of wedding ceremonies in Nouvelle Aquitaine, but also with the training of new celebrants in other regions. I also accompany them to offer them my advice and ensure of the quality of their service.
In September, I went to Brittany to meet Séverine who recently joined the team of Unique Ceremonies celebrants. Séverine covers the beautiful region of Brittany and one of its ceremonies this season was scheduled for the 21st. I arrived in Brittany the day before to share my experience with Severine and offer her my advice. When Séverine rehearsed her script, I was impressed by her calm and captivating voice; I was seduced by her natural ability to control and vary her intonations according to the words she said in order to create at the right moment joy, contemplation, emotion and laughter. Her body language, her way of delivering her text whilst regularly raising her head to engage with her invisible guests comforted me in the feeling that Séverine was an excellent celebrant who had her place within the Unique Ceremonies team.
At the end of the rehearsal, Severine kindly offered me to stay at hers for the night but I preferred to slip away and leave her in her bubble of concentration and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of her pretty house nestled in the heart of Morbihan and prepare for the magical moment she was expected to create for the bride and groom the next day.
So, I spent the night in a charming cottage in Plumelec, very tastefully decorated by Marie Morvant who welcomed me with open arms as if I was part of the family.
The next day, we took the road to the beautiful wedding venue chosen by the bridal couple: Le Domaine de la Ferme Quentel, a splendid venue rightfully awarded for several consecutive years by mariages.net https://www.mariages.net/
Séverine & I took advantage of the 2 hour drive that separated us from Gouesnou, a small town of Finistere at the gates of Brest where Quentel Farm is located to get to know us better, discuss the profession of officiating and stall together the last logistical details of the ceremony. Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed by Anne Quentel, manager of the Domaine de la Ferme Quentel http://www.quentel.net/ It is clear that for Anne, her job is not only to offer a place to rent but to offer her customers a magical experience.
Then I let Séverine get familiar with the area where the ceremony was to take place, talk to the DJ and to the photographer https://www.antoineborzeix.fr/and talk to the family members chosen to give a reading. Then came the moment when stress takes over and this kind of stress, believe me, never goes away, even after having celebrated dozens of ceremonies because it is there to remind us how important our role is for the bride and groom. I could feel Séverine’s stress level just before the ceremony but I felt that is he guests settled on the site of the sun-drenched ceremony (Yes, yes, I said the sun in Brittany I guided the bridal procession and then married to the rhythm of the selected music and then I went set back so as not to add to Séverine’s pressure.
Séverine celebrated the ceremony with remarkable professionalism combining emotional words and fun stories, respectfully asking loved ones to give their reading and finally inviting the Bride & Groom to exchange their vows and wedding rings. Once the ceremony was over, we had the pleasure to mingle with the guests over a glass of champagne and then decided to leave and let the bride and groom enjoy their evening with family and friends.
On the way home, I could sense that Séverine was both relieved and animated with a sense of accomplishment. Boosted by this burst of happiness and positive energy, Séverine told me that she took great pleasure in celebrating this ceremony. That is exactly what being a wedding celebrant is about: Being a part of the bridal couple’s life for a few weeks or months, discovering their personality, designing a script that reflects who they are, celebrating the ceremony and leaving them to enjoy their magical day, feeling that we have made a difference in their lives and taking with us precious memories to cherish for years to come.
Looking forwarding to telling you more about our wedding ceremonies in Brittany!