Highland Humanist Weddings

Catriona & Graeme’s humanist wedding on board the Cromarty Queen & at The Stables Cromarty

September 6, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Highland Humanist Wedding,Scottish Humanist Wedding

I love a well-kept secret! With a few exceptions, Catriona and Graeme’s guests had no idea that they were already husband and wife when they had their wedding ceremony! This began at 3pm at The Stables in Cromarty, but earlier that same day Graeme and Catriona had got married on board the Cromarty Queen, half way across […]

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Married on board!

I love a well-kept secret! With a few exceptions, Catriona and Graeme’s guests had no idea that they were already husband and wife when they had their wedding ceremony! This began at 3pm at The Stables in Cromarty, but earlier that same day Graeme and Catriona had got married on board the Cromarty Queen, half way across the Cromarty Firth!

It was so romantic – Catriona, her parents, sister, brother and I waited on the quay in Nigg, and Graeme, with his parents, uncle, and his sister and her partner – and, most importantly, the marriage schedule – came from Cromarty to escort us back over the water and, during the joyful 10-minute trip, the bride and groom stated their legal vows, I pronounced them husband and wife, and we and their witnesses signed the marriage schedule. There were congratulations from Andy, the boatman, as we disembarked, and then we walked into the centre of town, where, after making sure the legal document was in safe hands, I left the wedding party and continued up the hill to the Stables.

Guests gathered in sunshine in the courtyard and didn’t have too long to wait before Graeme and Catriona arrived together and their wedding ceremony began. We warmed the rings, had three affirmations (from Catriona’s parents, Graeme’s parents, and then everyone), listened to three splendid readings, and then the moment arrived for Cattriona and Graeme’s exchange of vows and rings: this didn’t include the legal wording, and I then explained that this couple were already married… and after Graeme’s dad had said some words about the importance of family and friendship, the new husband and wife drank to one another from the Quaich (with a scoosh of water from the Water of Leith and a scoosh from a burn on Fyrish Hill) and we ended the ceremony with a toast.

What a brilliant day! And that evening, when I disembarked at Nigg on my return trip, I got a big hug from ferryman Andy!

Congrats from the ferryman!

Congratulations from the ferryman!

Celebrations at The Stables!

Celebrations at The Stables!

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