Handfastening ceremony - the bride passes her hand through the eye of a love stone to be fastened to the wrist of the groom signifying eternal bonds and fidelity - Celtic spirituality - ancient rituals - nature - humanist - pagan traditions - "blessings"
"The sun it went down, so round and red, upon the bay, upon the bay." (Thugamar Fein an Samhraidh Linn: We Have Brought The Summer In). Waltzing on the terrace over looking the Atlantic at Royal Court Hotel, Portrush - photo by Lauren Rutherford
Jumping the straw rope: The bride & groom jump over a straw rope signifying leaving behind their old lives and starting a new life together - often other family members will also jump the straw rope and the ritual ends with tying the members of the bride's family & members of the groom's family together signifying a new life for both families now bonded as one - Celtic spirituality - nature - Pagan/humanist traditions - alternative - "blessings"