Highland Humanist Weddings

Jill & Lewis’s humanist wedding at the Clubhouse Hotel, Nairn

September 20, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Highland Humanist Wedding,Scottish Humanist Wedding

Apart from Lewis and Jill, the two most important people at their wedding were Lewis’s son and daughter, and I loved saying this special thank you on their behalf at the end of the ceremony: a wedding is a celebration of family and friendship, and you’re here because you’re important to Lewis and Jill, but […]

Congratulations & confetti!

Congratulations & confetti!

Apart from Lewis and Jill, the two most important people at their wedding were Lewis’s son and daughter, and I loved saying this special thank you on their behalf at the end of the ceremony: a wedding is a celebration of family and friendship, and you’re here because you’re important to Lewis and Jill, but amongst you are two young people who are especially important to them: L & S. As her first act as Lewis’s wife, Jill wanted to acknowledge her commitment to L & S, and to assure them of her continued love for them, and of the interest she shares with their dad in their future wellbeing and happiness. It means a lot to both Jill and Lewis that L & S have played a key part in their wedding ceremony today – and they will be important in their future together as a family, starting with the happy celebrations today. So, on their behalf – thank you very much, L & S!

Earlier, L and S had participated in a Sand Ceremony: Lewis and Jill have chosen to have a sand ceremony in their wedding. There are three colours of sand – one for Jill, one for Lewis, and a third for L & S. They’re going to take turns to pour their sands from the smaller glass containers into this larger one, and in doing so they’ll create a beautiful pattern that’s unique, not only to them, but also to this special day of Lewis and Jill’s marriage. Every grain of sand is tiny, seemingly insignificant in the vast expanse of the world, but many grains combine together and contribute to the whole. This reminds us that every quality possessed by Lewis and Jill combines with every other to make them the unique individuals that they are, and then all their individual qualities combine together – making them a unique couple and, with L and S, a unique family. So – for a unique occasion, a unique pattern! Lewis and Jill, keep this safe and treasure it, because it’s a symbol of your joining together in marriage, and a reminder of the witness given by your friends and families today, and of the love shared by you all.

Jill and Lewis also handfasted – or tied the knot. This is an ancient tradition practised in a variety of cultures around the world, and in Scotland the derivation of the word handfasting lies in the Old Norse, meaning striking a bargain or making a vow. For centuries, before church and state decided marriage must be sanctified, if a couple stated their mutual commitment while handfasted, this was accepted as marriage by their community – it was only in 1939 that the formal legitimacy of handfasting ceased to be recognised in Scottish law! Nowadays it’s still a powerful symbol of the binding of two hearts and minds, and of the linking of a couple’s families through their marriage.

Soon, Lewis and Jill had exchanged vows and rings, and guests were applauding the new husband and wife – who made their exit to Stevie Wonder’s Signed Sealed Delivered – and  everyone went out into the sunshine for drinks and photos.

What a happy day!

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