Ian and Laura choose Norse vows, a hand-tying and a sword exchange for their wedding ceremony

First enquiry to ceremony in nine weeks! We didn’t hang around!

Ian and Laura are fascinated by Viking/Norse legends and so we built their ceremony around that theme.

You cannot possess me for I belong to myself.

But while we both wish it, I give you that which is mine to give.

You cannot command me for I am a free person.

I pledge to you that it will be your eyes into which I smile every morning.

I pledge to you my living and my dying, each equally in your care.

I shall be a shield for your back, and you for mine.

I shall not slander you, nor you me.

I shall honour you above all others, and when we quarrel

We shall do so in private and tell no strangers of our grievances.

This is my wedding vow to you.

This is the marriage of equals.

The hand-tying materials represented friendship, lovely, loyalty, respect and love and were made by friends. One came all the way from China.

They exchanged swords; their silver rings were made by them; they drank dark Lindisfarne Mead.

Theirs was an intensely moving and personal ceremony – swiftly planned, carefully written and delivered in the true spirit of the culture that binds them.