Today is a very special day – the wedding day of Marlen and Frank.
Two years ago they were already married in a civil ceremony, but they wanted to seal their love according to the old tradition as well. So they decided the time of the summer solstice was best suited for their pagan wedding. To celebrate this festive day together, we gather today in Helmsdorf near Stolpen in Saxony.
Numerous friends and family members gladly accept our bride and groom’s invitation and respectfully appear in medieval garb. Joyfully and excitedly they come to the ceremony.
The ceremony site is surrounded by time-honoured trees and dominated by the large Irminsul. One is immediately reminded of an ancient sacred grove.
Marlen and Frank pass through the archway built for them. Now the solemn ceremony begins. Legends and myths are recounted, and the old gods are asked to bestow their blessing on the marriage covenant.
During the ceremony, the bride’s father not only presents his daughter to the groom. Frank also receives the family sword from him as a symbol that he may always protect his newly emerging family.
Accompanied by romantic harp sounds, Marlen and Frank promise each other their mutual love and everlasting fidelity. Time seems to stand still as the new couple is joined together for eternity over the pommel of the family sword according to pagan custom. The unanimous consent of all present is then loudly proclaimed to the lovers. Marlen and Frank are exulted over three cheers of “So be it!”
The day is of course celebrated in style. Our herb women chat with the guests on the medieval festival grounds. The useful magic remedies from the home garden meet with lively interest. Everyone would like to have elixirs for beauty and love at home. For entertainment, the jugglers present mingle with the guests with musical sounds and create a cheerful atmosphere. The medieval dances of eheleite.com bring a lot of fun, so that the dance floor is hardly enough for everyone.
As night falls, the torches are lit together. All those present form a torch walk, which the bridal couple walks through, visibly moved.
Just as Marlen and Frank belong together from now on, so do darkness and firelight belong inseparably together. Our final flame ceremony creates a magical atmosphere that no one can escape. The bride and groom light the fire and we murmur stories from long bygone times.
Around midnight, this eventful day ends for eheleite.com, but the happy wedding party still celebrates exuberantly until the early hours of the morning.
Dear Marlen, dear Frank, your sensitive cooperation, but also the good mood and enthusiasm of you and your guests made this day a unique experience. We wish you good luck and all the best for your future together – may the old gods always be by your side!