Stonehenge Wedding

A handfastening wedding ceremony inside Stonehenge, in Craig’s words:
My windscreen wipers are set to their maximum as I make my way through a torrential downpour along the M3 towards Stonehenge.  Knowing where the weather’s coming in from, I’m keeping an eye to the west for any break in the clouds.  My couple have traveled all the way from New York for a hand fastening ceremony within Stonehenge.  As far as I’m aware, the Druids made no provisions in order to accommodate the weather.   I arrive an hour early and thankfully the skies are brightening up and blue skies are coming in as predicted.  It’s turning out to be a beautiful afternoon.

I’m not a particularly religious person, but weddings are a definite spiritual occasion.  A spiritual ceremony is an essential part of any wedding.  No matter what your beliefs or traditions may be, the one factor all weddings share is a blessing based upon your faith.  Faith is the ability to believe in something greater than yourself and that we all have an ultimate purpose, either collectively or as individuals.  Stonehenge is a spiritual mecca for Pagans across the world.  Having traveled from New York, Robert and Anna have placed a lot of belief in their faith and a lot of faith in their belief. 

I feel greatly honoured to be allowed to capture such a spiritual moment on such a historic site.  Access to the Stones is only allowed by special request, and even then strict guidelines need to be adhered to.  Without simply walking to the middle, Robert and Anna, along with their guests, have to circle the stones several times with their priest and priestess to appreciate the moment and significance of the occasion.  Once inside blessings are made to the elements and the four cardinal points, with emphasis on the sun which rises in the east and sets in the west.  The occasion was a true blessing in every sense of the word.  The golden light cast by the setting of the sun added a lovely warm tone to the proceeding.  A hand fastening is conducted which symbolises the bond that the couple have committed to each other.  the ceremony is brought to a close with the couple jumping over a broom together, finally symbolising their leap of faith together.  The occasion was a true blessing in every sense of the word. 

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

wedding handfastening ceremony at Stonehenge

13 Responses to “Stonehenge Wedding”

  1. Julia Boggio says:

    What an amazing place to shoot! Well done. Jx

  2. Tasman Horwell says:

    Loved the “jump the broom” shot…., Nice to see the couple going the whole hog so to speak…

    Looks like great weather and great photo’s… well done Craig…

  3. Dasha says:

    Something very different! Stonehenge is really beautiful, especially in that gorgeous light. Beautiful photos, Craig!

  4. Shirley says:

    Fresh air, sunshine, unique, what a wedding! Beautifully captured.

  5. Cat says:

    Wow! I would love to shoot a handfasting ceremony, fab! x

  6. Alan says:

    Would you and they mind if I pop a link to this on my website? (I am independent of English Heritage)
    Kind regards, Alan

  7. Simon says:

    Congratulations, and blessed be.

  8. Johan says:

    Hi there, great shooting giving the light available, wow Stonehenge, what a location.

  9. Jeannie says:

    These photos are amazing! The ceremony looked so magical and romantic. Great shots! And congrats to the happy couple! :)

  10. craig says:

    Thank you all very much. I was very pleased to have been able to capture such a special ceremony. Very privileged indeed.

  11. Robert says:

    Thank you once again, Craig. Anna and I love the photos with all our heart, and everyone we show them to melts at the perfection of which you’d captured our moment. We traveled a long way, and you’ve helped us have memories to keep for a long time.

    Cheers from NYC!

  12. Rhiannon says:

    Hi – some gorgeous photos of an amazing ceremony. Every handfasting we do is special, but to be able to celebrate such an amazing event in such an historical and spiritual venue was a privilege and an honour. Rhiannon and Martin xx

  13. Jane says:

    WOW! Just found your wonderful pictures while searching for someone to do a blessing for my daughter there next year, stunning, and what a fabulous day for it.
    Do you happen to kow who did this ceremon?
    Jane

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