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The Ideal Justice Of The Peace for Your Traditional Scottish Ceremony in Trampas, New Mexico

Events honoring Celtic roots and customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on facets of Celtic tradition can offer long lasting memories. Aspects of these weddings can consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a distinct ceremony commemorating the creation of a timeless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and continues to be a fantastic way to include friends and family in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intention by reciting a few words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to place the pledges of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their promises are recited, after that in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage. From that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally accepted into the groom's family via this event. Usually the oldest woman member of the groom's family offers a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of fireplace as well as home. This event is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's family members that they too now have a brand-new partnership as well as a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can give detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your dreams ...


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