Wedding Day Ritual
When I woke it was pouring with rain, by pouring I mean a thick sheet of grey hid the view of Ravello, the town on the opposite side of the valley from Scala in Italy, where we were staying. There were landslides. It was the morning of my wedding. Italians say rain is good luck on your wedding day, the owner of our hotel, his sister, his cousin, his mother and the cleaner all said this to me throughout the morning. Well, we were in for a shit load of luck if they were measuring it by the amount of downfall. *Deep breaths Nikki*.
Luckily, before I could completely freak out, my girl brigade arrived, or as Meggan Watterson says my ‘ladyloves’. The only solution apart from crying and cancelling the whole ‘outdoor’ wedding, was to fully embrace the rain, so that, is what, we did. My 6 ladyloves and I stripped off and ran out onto the balcony naked in the downpour, did a little Hakka dance and then ran back inside in fits of laughter and slight hysteria, soaking wet.
"The simple and profound morning ritual and ceremony with my friends changed the whole experience of my wedding"
After drying off we sat in a circle and my friend Jenny led us for a seated yoga session, we stretched and breathed deeply together. Being in this space, held in a circle with these beautiful soul sisters of mine, slowly unknotted my stomach that was curdled with nerves, excitement and fear and brought me to a deep place of presence.
My friend Lauren then read to us Corinthians 13, some beautiful poems and guided us through the most divine heart opening meditation. I felt open, serene and complete reverence. I cried, so deeply moved by this whole experience. What an honour to be celebrated and held in such a special way by the women you love. The moment we finished, rays of sun began to pierce through the windows of my apartment and warm our faces. The sun heard our prayers, tears and naked dance on the balcony and broke through the clouds, and there was no more rain for the rest of the day.
"Allowing me to drink in every second with awareness, awe and love, instead of being swept away with the surreal, crazy wave that so many brides speak of."
This simple and profound morning ritual and ceremony with my friends, a rite of passage, along with our ceremony were the most special and precious moments of my day, and my life so far. The presence and humbleness I felt from the morning stayed with me throughout the whole day, allowing me to drink in every second with awareness, awe and love, instead of being swept away with the surreal, crazy wave that so many brides speak of.
This experience is one of the many seeds that sparked the creation of Sisters of Alchemy. We believe in the power of sisterhood, ritual and ceremony and want to create and hold space for you to experience the same, throughout your life, not just on your wedding day, but any day you choose to gather those you love together to create moments that will stay with you a lifetime.
Image credits: www.cinziebruschini.com