Highland Humanist Weddings

Emma & Kenneth’s Humanist Wedding in Belladrum Temple

November 8, 2014 | Author: admin | Filed under: Highland Humanist Wedding,Scottish Humanist Wedding

Emma and Kenneth chose Belladrum Temple for their wedding, and it was looking lgood – even though it was November and the surrounding trees were almost bare. I love the atmosphere created by the many candles (there’s no electricity), and this atmosphere was made even warmer by the beautiful sound of the clarsach (played by Jennifer Port) and […]

Emma and Kenneth chose Belladrum Temple for their wedding, and it was looking lgood – even though it was November and the surrounding trees were almost bare. I love the atmosphere created by the many candles (there’s no electricity), and this atmosphere was made even warmer by the beautiful sound of the clarsach (played by Jennifer Port) and the spirit of excitement amongst the gathering of guests. We didn’t have too long to wait for the Bridal Party – two young Bridesmaids, a wee Flower Girl, then the Bride herself.

Their ‘History’: Kenneth and Emma first met at Glenview Nursery in Livingston, and they started Dedridge Primary School together in Mrs McGeachie’s class with Rowie MacIntyre. They played together as children – Kenneth and his cars, Emma and her Lego, and they remember school trips together to Spey Valley and York. They got on so well they started going out at Kenneth’s 12th birthday party, when they were in P7, until Kenneth’s family moved to Fife unexpectedly and they lost touch. They didn’t see each other for 24 years… One day , Rowie and Emma were talking about old school times and they decided to look for Kenneth Turner on Facebook – they sent a message to his brother James and Kenneth responded… two years later, Kenneth and Emma had their first official date, and after a year and a day Emma proposed…

For the ‘Elements Well-wishing’, four guests had brought gifts symbolising Earth, , Air, Fire and Water, and Emma and Kenneth answered questions related to the qualities associated with each element. 1) Earth (practicality, reliability, and the pleasures of the senses): ‘Will your love survive the times of stillness and restriction, as well as the times of growth and abundance?’ ‘It will.’ ‘May your marriage be strong and trusting, and in harmony with the nature’s seasons.’ 2) Air (reason, communication, freedom and spontaneity): ‘Will your love stay strong when the winds of change blow, and frailties and pretences are exposed?’ ‘It will.’ ‘May your marriage be graced by forgiveness, thoughtfulness and mutual understanding.’ 3) Fire (energy, instinct and intuition): ‘Will your love withstand the ravages of fire, renewed and strengthened by energy and courage?’ ‘It will.’ ‘May your marriage be filled with passion and enthusiasm, spirit and vision.’ 4) Water (emotion, and the nurturing and soothing of the human heart): ‘Will your love survive the currents and tides of life, withstanding fear and uncertainty?’ ‘It will.’ ‘May your marriage be filled with empathy, love and compassion.’

I loved their ‘Three Things I Love’, their friend Stevie’s personal words, spoken from her heart, and the touching moment of the Handfasting, when Kenneth and Emma tied the knot with a specially made tie made from handkerchiefs that had once belonged to their grandmothers (somehow this made their physical and emotional bond even more powerful, as they spoke the words of the hand fasting). Not forgetting the candle-lighting – their mums, representing their families, lit the individual candles on their behalf, and later Kenneth and Emma, now husband and wife, lit the third candle together with the flames from their individual candles – this is a lovely way of acknowledging the importance of family and the creation of new family ties through marriage.

Soon, we were ending the ceremony with Emma and Kenneth drinking to one another from a Quacih, and then all the guests standing to toast to the happy couple – followed by photos.

Best wishes for future happiness, Kenneth and Emma!

 

 

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