Highland Humanist Weddings

Laura & Glen’s humanist wedding at Crimonmogate, Fraserburgh

September 27, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Scottish Humanist Wedding

Friends and family had gathered from near and far to be with Glen and Laura on their wedding day, though most, like them, were born and brought up in nearby Fraserburgh – the Broch. Glen and Laura first knew each other when they were young and even dated for a short time before going their separate […]

Friends and family had gathered from near and far to be with Glen and Laura on their wedding day, though most, like them, were born and brought up in nearby Fraserburgh – the Broch.

Glen and Laura first knew each other when they were young and even dated for a short time before going their separate ways in the world. They might have thought about one another occasionally – as we all think about people we’ve known – but during this time they had absolutely no inkling how important they’d be to one another in the future! However, one day, after about fifteen years, Laura was rummaging through her jewellery box and came across a St Christopher necklace Glen had given her, and in retrospect this seems like a sign – because a week later she received a friend request from him on Facebook. And the rest, as they say, is history, because they ‘knew’ as soon as they saw each other again.

Crimonmogate is a private house, a castle, and isn’t usually open to the public, but every year they host a few weddings there and it’s a stunning venue. The drive sweeps up to the impressive house front, with its wide stone steps and stone pillars, and large doors that open directly onto the ceremony room. When I arrived, guests were gathering outside in the sunshine, and photographer Mary was taking shots of Glen, his Best Man and Ushers against the spectacular background of mature trees, clipped shrubs, green grass and distant vistas.

There was an uninvited guest: a wasp, which buzzed noisily from one row to the next as we waited for the Bridal Party to arrive. I I was sure it would sting someone, because so many people tried to swat it, and then – oh no! – it was buzzing around Laura’s hair and face as the ceremony started… but then – phew! – it decided to leave and all was well.

Glen and Laura lit candles: one each at the beginning of the ceremony, symbolising the fact that they’re separate people from separate families, and a third – symbolising their union – after they’d become husband and wife. They used tapers to take the flames from their individual candles and lit the third one together.

Sandy, Laura’s dad, gave his affirmation to Laura’s choice to marry Glen, and then I asked everyone to shout out an enthusiastic YES to show they were happy to see this lovely couple getting married! Laura and Glen were hand fasted before stating their vows and giving one another rings,. I loved the wording they’d chosen, As this ring surrounds this finger, so my love surrounds you. It is an embrace that will surround you and caress you forever and always.’

Laura and Glen are very family minded, and their friends are precious to them too. Every guest mattered – but there were three people who mattered more than all of the rest of them put together: their wee son, the most sunny-natured, laidback toddler you can imagine, and the two beautiful young bridesmaids, Glen’s daughters. It means a lot to Glen and Laura that B and S have had a key role in their wedding ceremony, and they wanted me to express their thanks on their behalf, as well as assuring them of their continuing love and support through the years ahead – there will always be space for them in their lives and hearts, alongside their wee boy.

Soon, guests were applauding the new Mr & Mrs as the Bridal Party made its exit, and we all followed them out into the sunshine for congratulations, drinks, canapés and photos.

A beautiful day!

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