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Spring at Castle Pines

We love seeing the beauty of mother nature come to life. Even the birds and squirrels are enjoying her presence.

The dogwood blooms are stunning against the dark green of the cedar
Knockout Roses
Butterfly Bushes
Squirrels enjoying a snack
Red Bird
Uncurling of the Ferns
The bumble bees are at work on the Azaleas
View of the drawbridge and two sides of the East tower
We’ve had the joy of watching wild baby bunnies grow
The Blue birds have already built a nest in the house
The dogwoods are plentiful and gorgeous when in bloom
The white bells on this plant next to the East tower is striking with the purple ajuga spikes
The backside of the North tower
Japanese Weeping Maple
Love the combination of the purple spikes of Salvia and the pink & lilac phlox
Yellow and purple are so pretty together

The combination of mother nature and the architectural beauty of the castle can create stunning photos for your dream wedding!



Handfasting Ritual

Ever wonder where the expression “tying the knot” came from?

A handfasting ceremony is an ancient marriage ritual made popular in Ireland and Scotland.  The bride and groom stand facing each other holding hands and they are bound by a ceremonial cord or ribbon.  This is where the familiar expression, “tying the knot” came from.  Today, a handfasting ceremony is a beautiful and unique way to represent your union and honor your heritage.  The ritual takes place during the ceremony, before the rings are exchanged.

1.  Pick ribbons and ropes of varying textures and materials that match the colors of your wedding that are about 36″-48″ in length.

2.  During the ceremony, have the officiant introduce the concept of handfasting so your guests can appreciate its history and significance.

3.  Stand facing each other and cross your arms in front of one another.  Now, hold partner’s hands so that together your arms create a figure-eight, the symbol for infinity.

4.  You can either recite vows as given in the example below,

                                          Binding of Hands

(Bride) and (Groom), I bid you look into each other eyes.  Will you honor and respect one another, and seek to never break that honor? (We will) the first cord is draped over the couples’ hands. And so the binding is made.

Will you support and assist each other in times of pain and sorrow?
(We will) second cord is draped over the couples’ hands. And so the binding is made

Will you be present in the difficult and challenging times so that you may grow strong in this union? (We will) third cord is draped over the couples’ hands. And so the binding is made

Will you share each others laughter and joy, and look for the brightness and fun in life, and the positive in each other? (We will) fourth cord is draped over couples’ hands. And so the binding is made

Is it your intention to bring peace and harmony into your every day ways of communicating? (We will) fifth cord is draped over the couples’ hands. And so the binding is made

And when you falter, will you have the courage and commitment to remember these promises and take a step back towards one another with an open heart? (We will) sixth cord is draped over the couples’ hands. And so the binding is made

or you can have your officiant speak while taking the ribbon and tying it around your wrists and through your hands to bind the vows the two of you together. The example below might be used or your own vows that you would like.

(Bride) and (Groom), as your hands are bound together now, so your lives and spirits are joined in a union of love and trust.  Above you are the stars and below you is the earth.  Like the stars your love should be a constant source of light, and like the earth, a firm foundation from which to grow.

After the ceremony, be sure to keep the ribbons!  Use them in creative ways such as wrapping them around your photo album, guest book, or display in a shadow box for the two of you to enjoy and remember your special day.

Handfasting Ribbon Colors And The Meaning of Each Color

  • Red: passion, strength, lust, fertility
  • Orange: encouragement, attraction, kindness, plenty
  • Yellow: charm, confidence, joy, balance
  • Green: finances, fertility, charity, prosperity, health
  • Blue: tranquility, patience, devotion, sincerity
  • Purple: Power, piety, sanctity, sentimentality
  • Black: strength, wisdom, vision, success
  • White: purity, concentration, meditation, peace
  • Gray: neutrality, canceling, balance
  • Pink: unity, honor, truth, romance, happiness
  • Brown: earth, grounding, talent, telepathy, home
  • Silver: treasure, values, creativity, inspiration
  • Gold: energy, wealth, intelligence, longevity

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  1. A Beautiful Fall Wedding At The Castle

    One of the best moments is when two people decide to make the commitment and spend the rest of their lives together. This past fall one of the sweetest couples did just that. Amanda and Brad’s intimate ceremony was all about family and love. Thank you so much Amanda and Brad for sharing your day with us. You are a very special couple.

    Photographs are by Amy Washburn Photography whose social media you will find here: