HANDFASTING CEREMONY: J&K

Jessica and Kelsey are one of the sweetest couples I've had the pleasure to work with. Since our first meeting, I could feel the love and appreciation they have for each other and as a planner, that is always a nice thing to see.

One day, I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw a photo Kelly Brown posted of the two of them (Jessica and Kelsey) at what looked like a wedding ceremony (this was a few months ago and their wedding is not until August this year) so I freaked out a little bit because I thought they decided to elope and I was REALLY looking forward to doing their wedding.

Anyways, long story short, I emailed Jessica to ask her if they had gotten married secretly lol but she said that it wasn't a wedding but rather a "handfasting ceremony" (which I had never heard of before) and when she explained to me what it was I thought it was the sweetest thing ever: 

"A handfasting is an old custom, dating back to the time of the ancient Celts. A handfasting was originally more like an engagement period, where two people would declare a binding union between themselves for a year and a day. The original handfasting was a trial marriage. It gave the couple the chance to see if they could handle being married each other. After a year goes by (a handfasting was once believed to last a year and a day), the couple could either split as if they had never been married or could decide to enter permanently into marriage."

Their wedding is going to be a beautiful intimate affair full of magic, beauty and most important; love. We cannot wait for it! Check these stunning images captured by one of my favourite photographers - Kelly Brown, of their handfasting ceremony in Tofino. We hope you love them as much as we do. 

-A