Saturday, 26 July 2008

The Humanist Wedding of Tracy & Martin at Glencorse Old Kirk

One of the reasons I enjoy conducting Humanist Wedding Ceremonies so much is that it gives the couple getting married the opportunity to us their imagination and make the ceremony unique. Today, I was at the beautiful Old Kirk of Glencorse, for the marriage of Tracy and Martyn.

They wrote a poem together and spoke it to one another, couplet by couplet, before they made their vows. As you can imagine, it was very moving, both for them and all of their family and friends.

They also lit a "Unity Candle", to symbolise the joining of their lives together.

Glencorse, as the web site will tell you, "nestles in the foothills of the Pentlands" and I feel faintly annoyed that I knew nothing about it until today. Apparently, it was a favourite place of Robert Louis Stevenson who wrote “If my spirit returns to earth it will be found wandering through Glencorse Woods or sitting on the old bridge at Glencorse Kirk, the finest spot on earth”. He wasn't wrong, although the midges would have chased him off the bridge after five minutes today.

The sun came out eventually, as everyone gathered on the lawn for champagne and delicious canapes.

I was delighted to get these photos from Tracy and Martyn, taken by her uncle, that reminded me why it was such a lovely ceremony, along with a note to say that "everyone has commented on how personal and very touching it was."

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Humanist Weddings in Scotland rise by 64%

As the media officer for the HSS, I was delighted to see the response to the new statistics released by the Registrar General for Scotland last week about the rise in the number of Humanist Weddings. Although not as huge a leap as 2006, when they went up five-fold, it shows that although marriage itself may be in decline as an institution, when people do choose to wed, they increasingly want to do so in a Humanist ceremony where they can say for themselves why they're doing it, what they feel about one another and what their hopes are for the future.

One of the best stories was in The Press & Journal, where Morag Lindsay wrote about a ceremony performed by Turriff based celebrant Marion Richardson. Karolyn, the bride said, “It was all very calm, and a much more intimate occasion,” said Mrs Wheatley. “Our vows felt like something we believed in, rather than words we were repeating because that’s the way it’s always done. And all our guests stood around us, not lined up in pews at our back, so it felt like we were all taking part together."

There were lots of stories, many of which can be found on the HSS media scan, so it's all very encouraging. I wonder how many we'll do in 2009?

Monday, 14 July 2008

Maria & John's Humanist wedding at Forter Castle GlenIsla

After touring the world for more than two years, Maria & John came from Stockholm to the beautifully restored Forter Castle to celebrate their wedding with their immediate families.

Just as well it was an intimate wedding - the tiny chapel is without doubt, the smallest wedding venue I've ever been in!

As the summer mists swirled around us, everyone came out to the courtyard for the photographs and a glass of champagne.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Caroline & Bruce's Humanist Wedding in their garden

I always enjoy a story where love triumphs over adversity, and Caroline & Bruce's story is a cracker!

Childhood sweethearts at a highland boarding school, they were apart for 26 years before they met - and fell in love all over again.

They had an intimate ceremony for close family only in a marquee in their back garden, five years to the day after they were reunited.

And they were kind enough to send me these photographs along with this message "We had a lovely day and you conducted the ceremony perfectly! Everyone thought you were great and enjoyed the whole event."

Jill and Chris's Humanist Wedding at Mansfield Traquair

Just look at Mansfield Traquair . Could it be more calm and tranquil? Little did Jill and Chris know what was to come. If they h...