The wedding of Claire Louise Richards and John Wynne Jones on December 20 2014 got Christmas off to a good start.
Wedding of John and Claire at St Cynfarch’s Church
St Cynfarch’s Church in Hope was a wonderful setting for such an occasion. Decorated with Christmas themed arrangements. A traditional crib nativity scene in front of the altar.
The Church is one of a few that still has sheep grazing in the Churchyard. It is proud of its tradition.
A stained glass window depicts the ancient connection with the sheep.
Choir Sings for Arrival of Guests
As the wedding guests arrive the choir assembled in front of the Altar. We started with the rousing ‘Y Ddau Wladgarwr’ or ‘The Two Patriots’.
A varied selection of songsfollowed. Including the lovely Welsh carol ‘Wyt Ti’n Cofio’r Nos Nadolig‘. The guests particularly appreciated ‘You Raise Me Up’, ‘Silver Trumpet’ and the evergreen ‘Myfanwy’.
In keeping with wedding tradition Claire arrived late. John did not seem fazed by that.
The choir joined with the congregation to sing the carol ‘Good King Wenceslas.’ Raising the roof in the process!
Wedding of John and Claire
The wedding of John and Claire moved to the marriage service. The relaxed atmosphere seemed to take over as an emotional John struggled to repeat his vows.
Claire also struggled to repeat her vows for laughing. But it all seemed so right and natural.
I think it was with some relief that John kissed his bride to loud cheers and a round of applause.
Again, the church roof rafters shook with the singing of ‘Calon Lân‘ and then the carol ‘Joy To The World’.
Signing of the Wedding Register
The choir ended the signing of the Register with the Spiritual, ‘Amen’. This was again appreciated by the guests.
The Rector then introduced Mr & Mrs Jones to the assembled throng for their walk down the aisle. Followed by Arwyn and Dafydd!!!!!
John and Claire then had the opportunity to thank all their guests outside the Church.
Best Wishes for Future Happiness
The choir wishes the new Mr & Mrs Jones a long and happy married life together. Thank you for the privilege of the invitation for the choir to be part of your special day.
We also wish you both, and your families, a very merry Christmas. We hope……