Purbeck Festival wedding proposal!
There must be something about Purbeck Valley Folk Festival…
I’ve just been invited to a handfasting ceremony that will take place during the festival. And I’ve already photographed two proposals and one wedding there in past years…
What’s a handfasting?
“Handfasting” is, according to Wikipedia, a term for betrothal, and stems from older words such as the Old Norse handfesta meaning “to strike a bargain by joining hands”.
Today the term has entered mainstream English following it’s common use to describe Neopagan wedding ceremonies.
I photographed a handfasting in The Temple of Apollo at Stourhead many years ago… I must hunt out the files and share them. Having Paganish tendencies myself, I felt very at home in that ceremony.
Back to this same-sex wedding proposal
Anyway, that’s by the by for now.
Back at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival a year or two ago, I got a message from the organiser about a marriage proposal planned for later that day, during a set by the brilliant Coco and The Butterfields, so I set off to find out more :-). The Cocos weren’t too sure what was happening but fortunately managed to track down the email from Nicky about her plans, and we called her. Despite the desperately poor signal in this beautiful rural location, she got the call, we all met and hatched a plan, the fruits of which you can see in the photographs.
The original plan was for the proposal to take place during the set when one of their favourite songs was played, but as we chatted we felt that maybe everything would get a bit lost in the crowd. So we hatched the idea of them going backstage to meet their favourite band, who then play their other favourite song (and one of mine too) with Nicky then singing her own final verse to her love as she went down on one knee. It was such a beautiful thing to be part of, and I felt privileged to be there.
So what was the other wedding proposal then?
Ah, that was Pete and Kath. Pete fronts up Thirstyman, regulars at Purbeck and elsewhere in Bournemouth and Dorset. You can see their pictures right here.