Highland Humanist Weddings

Angela & Finlay’s Humanist Wedding at the Lochardil Hotel

October 3, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Highland Humanist Wedding,Scottish Humanist Wedding

What a joyous occasion this was, and everyone knew it would be right from the moment they stood and the music began for the entrance of the Bride: Bruno Mars singing ‘I wanna marry you’, played loud. One Bridesmaid entered, then there was a pause before the other Bridesmaid entered – and then there was a really […]

Very happy Mr & Mrs!

Very happy Mr & Mrs!

What a joyous occasion this was, and everyone knew it would be right from the moment they stood and the music began for the entrance of the Bride: Bruno Mars singing ‘I wanna marry you’, played loud. One Bridesmaid entered, then there was a pause before the other Bridesmaid entered – and then there was a really long pause, and we all looked at each other, and three young children ran out to look for the Bride and drag her in. But she didn’t need much dragging, and the four of them danced up the aisle, laughing.

When they sent me their secret ‘Three things I love’ before the wedding, I saw that Finlay had written, “She lights up the room when she enters it and she’s always full of laughter,” and on their wedding day Angela illustrated that perfectly, from first to last.

The wedding rings were in a little bag, which the guests passed around, warming them literally with their hands and metaphorically with good wishes and blessings for Finlay and Angela’s future life as husband and wife. It’s lovely for the Bride and Groom to know that their friends’  and families’ affection and blessings are carried with the rings when they exchange them as they state their vows.

Angela and Finlay have an interesting and unusual history, which I related at the beginning of the ceremony: How did Finlay and Angela reach this point in their lives, standing before you today on the threshold of a new and exciting phase in their relationship? Well, it’s taken a wee while: their very first meeting took place here at the Lochardil Hotel 27 years ago, and the occasion was the wedding of Finlay’s sister Andrea to Willie. Straightaway, Finlay and Angela caught one another’s eyes and hearts. Angela was fifteen, and smitten: her sisters laughed at her for having photos of Finlay posted by her bed. So it’s thanks to Andrea and Willie that Angela and Finlay stand before you today, and later on we’ll hear from Claire and Lyndsay, the young women who will be our readers today and are the children of that marriage! Well, life took Finlay and Angela in different directions for nearly 23 years, but they never quite forgot – and four years ago they finally got their act together… and that’s why we’re all here!

 Other special moments were Candle-lighting, the Affirmation (‘Do you, family and friends, give your affirmation to the choice of Finlay and Angela to be joined in marriage and wish them well for their future together?’ ‘Yes, we do!’ ), their ‘Three things I love’ (to which Angela had added a fourth, ‘I’m still way better than you at Pop Master’ – which I’ve been meaning to relay to Ken Bruce, who would love it), Bruce Springstein’s ‘If I should Fall Behind’ (the lyrics could have been written for Angela and Finlay), their Handfasting (with Harris Tweed woven specially by Finlay’s sister on the family croft), Claire and Lynsay’s reading ‘A Celtic Blessing’ (in both Gaelic and English), and their drinking to one another from a Quaich (symbolising the sharing of the cup of life). And their promises to one another, which was of course the central focus of the ceremony.

What a happy day – and I wish Finlay and Angela much future happiness!

 

 

 

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