November 12, 2010
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Mary 2
With Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria in the Mediterranean, Queen Mary 2 is enjoying her final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing of the year, and it’s there we head for today’s Blog.
Romance has featured well over the last few weeks with proposals and honeymoons on Queen Elizabeth. But for those guests who may have been married for a few years, there’s an opportunity to renew their wedding vows on board Cunard ships in a special service. As many of you know Lisa Page was keeping facebook fans up to date with regular posts during Queen Mary 2’s last Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing, and today she returns with another Guest Blog about a special celebration she was invited to attend.
During Queen Mary 2’s Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing last week, Joesph and Menna Bingham chose to mark a very special occasion by renewing their wedding vows at sea. Mr and Mrs Bingham are from Plymouth in South West England, although they were originally married 30 years ago at the other end of the country in Hartlepool which is in County Durham.
They decided to renew their vows on board Cunard’s Flagship in a very special service conducted by Commodore Bernard Warner, and I was honoured to be invited to attend the ceremony.
The service usually takes place in the Board Room on Queen Mary 2 and The Admiral’s Lounge on both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. The couple can choose who they would like to invite to the short service, whether they are friends and family travelling with them or new friends made during the voyage. Two ship’s Officers also attend the service as witnesses in the room, specially decorated for the occasion
This service was attended by four of Mr & Mrs Bingham’s table friends from the Britannia Restaurant, and the two witnesses were Social Hostess Marianne and Renewal of Vows Coordinator Stephanie. One of the ship’s professional photographers was also there to capture the special moments. Just before the ceremony begins each guest is given an Order of Service to follow:
The service can either be a religious ceremony, a civil ceremony or a civil partnership. Joseph and Menna chose a religious ceremony, which featured prayers before and after the vows, and here they are saying their vows:
After the couple said their vows, they exchanged the brand new rings, which they had bought for the occasion. They then shared a kiss to bring the ceremony to an end and headed to the Commodore Club to cut the cake and enjoy a champagne toast with their friends. Here, they posed for photos with the ship’s photographer, and as part of the package, they receive their chosen photo mounted in a silver plated photo frame. Here they are after the ceremony with Commodore Bernard Warner:
The ceremony was very poignant and felt like an especially romantic setting for such an important event. Thank you both, for letting us be a part of your special day. If you would like to find out more about renewing your wedding vows at sea and celebrating other special occasions you can click on this link:
Thank you again Lisa for giving our readers another insight to the guest events that take place on a voyage. That’s it for the moment but I’ll be back on Monday with another Blog from Queen Elizabeth as she continues her third voyage and a maiden call to Malta tomorrow. On Monday she arrives in Venice and then Dubrovnik the following day. I’ll also have more news from Lisa’s Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2 as well as news from Queen Victoria. Cheers for now, Alastair