Penny and Brian
This past Saturday, November 29th, Penny Mixhau and Brian McNee became handfasted at their home in Prescott, Wi. Brian and Penny met almost 5 years ago when she was working at Bandana Chiropractic. Good friend (and wedding photographer) Kjersti Kronstedt worked behind the scenes to set them up. Not exactly on the same spiritual path, they do share much, including common values and philosophies, a love of spiritual growth, art, history, travel, and offbeat movies.
Brian and Penny host several events during the year at their home, including MayFest at Beltane, and an annual Turkey Free Thanksgiving, where they welcome Pagan friendly individuals from a wide variety of Pagan and other paths. This same mixture of long time Pagan friends, family relatives, and folk of open hearts gathered for this ceremony.
A few Guests
Yeshe Rabbit Matthews
The handfasting officiants were Yeshe Rabbit Matthews and Joe Schumacher. Nels Linde provided the music and props for the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance processional and Kjersti Mortenson Kronstedt of Mortenson Photography was the photographer.
A lamb for the following feast was a gift from Lou, Bob, and Otter. Alan Snow was the fire master. His helpers were Jude Kroutil and Jaimie Zaugg.
Penny and Brian added:
“We are blessed with amazing friends. We had close to 30 helpers – kitchen witches, pyrotechnics, parking, concierge and facilities. The most beautiful rings I’ve ever seen were designed and crafted by Judy Olson and Nels Linde. We don’t have a final head count yet – my mom (who recently passed) usually did that. The unofficial number is somewhere in the neighborhood of 80.”
It was a really fine ceremony to experience and a joy to celebrate the happiness present in this union. The ritual was elegant and brief, yet allowing all present a chance to speak blessings to the couple. A bountiful feast and fireworks display culminated the days events.
2 thoughts on “Holiday Handfasting”
This was one of the highlights of my year! I was so honored to be able to attend this handfasting. So beautiful! It once again reminded me that we are truly growing and nurturing the cultures of beauty, balance, and delight right where we live. It was a veritable celebration of our kith & kin, human and otherwise. Thank you Penny and Brian, for the joy and wonder that you have brought into our lives. May all good things fill your lives together full to overflowing.
Sounds like a wonderful group of people got together to make this that wonderful event. Amazing what people can create together. Good luck to the happy couple that inspired this attention. Obviously a lot of people thought hat they were very special.
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