Highland Humanist Weddings

Ewan & Rachel’s Humanist Wedding, Inverness

June 2, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: Scottish Humanist Wedding

Ewan and Rachel were married in the garden of the Loch Ness Country House Hotel, chosen partly because you feel as though you’re in the middle of verdant countryside although you’re so close to Inverness. And it’s a beautiful venue. We’d met there the previous day to discuss the ‘choreography’, and I’d enjoyed a bit […]

Ewan and Rachel were married in the garden of the Loch Ness Country House Hotel, chosen partly because you feel as though you’re in the middle of verdant countryside although you’re so close to Inverness. And it’s a beautiful venue. We’d met there the previous day to discuss the ‘choreography’, and I’d enjoyed a bit of banter with everyone involved in the ceremony – this always makes us all feel more at home with each other on the day.

It was ‘a scorcher’, as the tabloids used to say, so, as we waited for the entrance of the Bride, I was hoping everyone was smothered in sunblock (rather than clothed in thermal underwear, as at last  Saturday’s wedding).  However, I stopped worrying about myself when I looked at Ewan and his Best Man, resplendent in their dress uniform, fur and all, waiting uncomplainingly.

Rachel, her mum and Bridesmaids, were getting ready in an upstairs room and could see us from the window. We signalled back and forth, without much understanding, but it didn’t matter, and soon Rachel’s brothers were escorting her mum to her seat, and the ceremony began. Superb piping, and across the grass came a radiant Bride, who said, as she arrived at her husband-to-be’s side, “Sorry if I’m a bit late, darling!’ with a heart-winning smile.

Other moments to treasure – speaking for myself – were: Ewan’s son bringing in the rings; their Gaelic Vows, with Rachel’s brother Ross in charge; Bridesmaid Debbie’s reading of a Gaelic Blessing; hand-fasting with strips of cloth in the family tartans; Ewan’s wee brother Calum playing the bagpipes while we signed the marriage schedule; Bride and Groom drinking to each other from a family quaich, (together with the three Best Men and the three Bridesmaids) with the most delicious-smelling uisge beathe (water of life) – it made me regret for a moment that I was working rather than sharing a dram!

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Ewan Harper said on June 14, 2012, 17:18:

Was a wonderfull day and could not have asked for a better day. It was a pleasure having you there doing are wedding as well and everyone loved it , they all said it was the best wedding they had been to. Thanking you very much for the service.

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