Viking Wedding May 22, 2010
A Viking Wedding on May 22, 2010 united he and she, given Christian names of Jonathan and April ~~ who we know in the SCA as Magnus and Jorhildr of the Shire of Blackwood, Kingdom of Gleann Abhann
Marriage is like the beautiful winding road that led to Jimmie Davis State Park Group Camp on Caney Lake near Chatham, Louisiana where the wedding took place. Something interesting was revealed around each corner, something different seen beyond each rise of the road. Relatives and friends shared that view as they traveled those wildflower edged roads to share the joy as these two became one.
Not long before the hour of five and under sunny clear skies a resounding prelude sounded and participants processed down the slope toward the dock at the lake’s edge. Fighter’s shields stood sentinel to either side. Groomsman Mattheus atte Forge escorted Julian Floyd. Best Men Chris Robinson and William Howland escorted Rebekah MacGillivray, Matron of Honor and Sarah MacGregor, Maid of Honor. The Officiant was Justin McCready.
Magnus certainly appeared single minded, a determined Groom and entered without any pause. Lacking his familiar spectacles he awaited his Bride. On the arm of her Grandfather, Jorhildr was lovely with her long hair pulled away from her face in close and tight braids and curls falling down her back. Today’s white bridal gown is a modern tradition. The Viking Bride would wear her best brightly colored gown. Jorhildr chose crimson accented with black for both she and her groom. These Kingdom colors were also displayed by the attendants. Red Viking aprons over black under dress, with three handcrafted chains, red, silver and black strung between their turtle broaches. Bouquets fashioned by James en les Breres, the Beekeeper, with the help of Amelia featured white and red Alstroemeria, fresh green Bells of Ireland, Red Hypericum Berries, dusty green Eucalyptus, tiny cream star flowers, greenery and fern bound with plaited red and black silk rattail finished with petite black feathers. The men wore black tunics over white with black pants and red leg wraps. The dock on which the ceremony took place was no stranger to the arrival of a Viking ship or a bride. As is tradition in Viking weddings, this day the bride and groom would exchange blades. To begin such a family tradition, Magnus presented a finely crafted dagger to become that ancestral blade. Signifying family traditions it will be held in trust by Jorhildr for a son and the continuation of the bloodline. A new sword was presented by the bride. It symbolized the transfer of power, guardianship and protection from her father to her new husband. With rings exchanged, vows and I do’s repeated and then a gentle kiss, the newlyweds were introduced to the assembly.
The wedding feast that followed
was created by Sara de la Petra with the help of many hands
including Nonnie, Brigit and Sarah. Served to well-appointed tables
with alternating red and black tablecloths, clear glass
candleholders held white tapers. A menu of the five removes
reflecting the grand feast of Crown List rested on each glass plate.
Floral arrangements in Julep cups and a large spray at head table
mirrored the ladies bouquets. Tiny tin buckets held manly-sized
Viking tooth picks. Mason jar mugs personalized with images of a
Viking ship, Gleann Abhann Ram, the date and couple’s names were
offered for beverages and a souvenir. Hand fans identifying
participants and notes on the ceremony were also gifted to those in
attendance. Despite the knowledge that one must pace their
consumption, with such a large array of excellent food, it was not
an easy task. Fine cheeses, roasted chicken, tender, excellently
seasoned pork, fantastic beef and scrumptious cakes were the
highlight of each course. Traditional toasts were made. The
General of the Gleann Abhann Army acted as our Hall Steward. Big
John announced each remove and saw that serving ran smoothly. Harp
and his lady acted as tenders of the bar. Servers also included
James, as well as Ocho and Bards Alina and Melisande who sang for
us. Those in attendance paid close attention to every word.
cake was a multi-flavor, multi-tiered and multi-leafed cake. In
addition to the confectionary leaves it featured a Viking ship on
the sea, the green land and a tree holding two happy birds that made
you smile. The groom’s chocolate cake had the appearance of the
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