Handfasting The Knights Templer Wedding | Jo and Aaron
Once in a while I will attend a wedding unlike any other, and I have to say that Jo and Aaron’s ceremony at The Knights Templar Pub in London was every bit as unique as I expected it to be.
The Knights Templar Pub was the perfect location for this couple who met over 15 years ago and wanted to include some really personal elements into their wedding day. The handfasting ceremony was inspired by Aaron’s surname, ‘Shakespeare’, as it was thought that William Shakespeare’s marriage to Anne Hathaway was a handfasting in 1582, and a symbolic ceremony such as this would have been quite common in a tavern like The Knights Templar, so this fitted in perfectly with the venue.
The theme of the day was ‘Enchanted Forest’ (think Lord of the Rings, myths and fantasy), and the couple also chose to open and close the festivities with an honouring of the elements where four special young assistants walked around all of the wedding guests bringing representations of Air, Fire, Water and Earth into the space. It was an expression of interaction and involvement, while the couple’s vows were full of love and respect with a little dash of fun to round them out.
You can guess from these two now, that the first dance was maybe going to be something a little different. While it all started out with a little dance number, well-rehearsed and choreographed, it finished with a showstopper, with Aaron running and jumping into Jo’s arms. Those guys never stop surprising me and that’s why I think they are not only awesome but an inspiration!
From singing during the speeches to engaging in the good luck tradition of ‘jumping the broom’, this definitely was a wedding like no other; just two beautiful people doing it their way…exactly how it should be!