Saturday, 29 November 2008

Claire & Peter's Humanist Wedding at Prestonfield House

Some of the most touching ceremonies I do are those with only a handful of guests, like this evening wedding at Prestonfield House for Peter and Claire.

We wrote the ceremony together as always, but they both prepared secret readings for one other, which they gave before they exchanged their vows. It takes a lot of courage to speak at your own wedding and they did it beautifully.

Claire wrote, We would also like to take this opportunity of thanking you for conducting such a relaxed and wonderful ceremony. Everybody there commented on how special it felt. We have now come back down to earth and feel like doing it all again it was so good.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Love and Proposition 8: Keith Obermann's moving plea

"If you voted for this proposition, I have some questions for you," begins Keith Obermann on MSNBC and he goes on to say all that needs to be said about the right of gay people to marry in the USA: much of it applies here in the UK too. I recently interviewed former Bishop Richard Holloway for the next issue of 'Humanitie' magazine and he put it so simply and well - unjust laws have to be broken if we are to have justice in the world. At present, HSS celebrants can only conduct 'blessings' for people of the same sex. The society campaigned for fifteen years for the right to conduct legal, secular, humanist weddings for heterosexual couples; it's high time we put the same effort into achieving parity for all.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Deborah & Brian's Humanist Wedding at Edinburgh Castle

Every so often a large attachment hits my inbox - if I'm lucky, it's from a couple I married months before sending me some shots from their wedding. Back in freezing cold, wet January, Deborah and Brian chose to come here all the way from Cheshire and Connecticut to marry in the historic setting of Edinburgh Castle. I made the mistake of waiting on the esplanade to greet them and now I know why those army kilts are so heavy.

Sadly, Deborah's parents weren't able to be there due to illness, but Brian who understands words like 'webcast' and 'bit rate' rigged up an internet camera so they could be with us in a virtual sense.

They look great, don't they? And they're coming back to Edinburgh for their anniversary - VisitScotland should give them an award!

It's time to celebrate, people!

I'm delighted to announce that from now on, I will be a celebrant with Celebrate People , a new Humanist organisation led by two of Scot...