Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Carol and George's Humanist Wedding in The John Muir Grove at The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

I love what I do, and never more than when I get emails like this one from the lovely Carol and George...

I don’t think we can put into words how thankful we are that a) we decided on a Humanist wedding and b) chose you as our celebrant.  From the first time we met with you we were very sure that we had made the right decision: the Humanist values and ethos spoke to us from the moment you started talking to us.  

We have to admit to being slightly daunted at the thought of the homework but once we both got started it was one of the most therapeutic and worthwhile things we have ever done and George tells everyone he can that he thinks every couple should do this whether they are getting married, already married or in a committed relationship, it’s definitely something we plan to re-visit annually!

It was from our homework notes that we sculpted our ceremony (with some helpful guidance and tips from you) and that was where the magic really happened, being able to write our own ceremony and stand up in front of our family and friends was an emotional, beautiful and meaningful experience and every single one of our guests said it was the best wedding they have ever been to and are still talking about it nearly 6 weeks later. 

We never imagined our day would be quite as perfect as it was.  The weather couldn’t have been better and our musician friends made it the relaxed fun filled day we had envisioned, even with a couple of funny moments - Mum forgetting to give anyone my words after being told it was the most important thing she had to do when she arrived - and me not knowing my left from my right! Your helpful, “his other left hand Carol” did the trick, not to mention the fact that you had a copy of the whole ceremony to hand – disaster averted!!

 We had an amazing day and loved every second of it and are now very much enjoying married life.   I have heard people say in the past that they think they won’t feel any different or it’s really just a piece of paper but we can, without question, say that we do feel different, it’s a wonderful feeling and I think writing our own ceremony definitely had a huge impact on not only us but also our guests so thank you very much from both George and I for making our day the very special occasion that it was.

So from now, if anyone asks me "What makes a humanist wedding so special?"  on I will just refer them to you, George and Carol - it was a lovely day, and I can't thank you enough for your kind words.

My thanks too, to ace lensman Rod Irvine, who managed to steal those magic shots of George and Carol wiping their eyes, and to the delightful Jed Milroy and Mike Kearney who put their two fabulous bands together to serenade Carol and George all the way back to the reception. 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Isla's Naming Day on Witchcraig Hill

Isla's very much an outdoor girl, which is why Sue and Simon decided to hold her Naming Ceremony on Witchcraig Hill, near Torphichen in West Lothian, which is where I met all of their friends and went for a little walk.

Over the past year Isla's climbed Schiehallion 

and gone to Orkney for a fortnight in a camper van.

She's been to a Burns Supper, 

stayed in a Youth Hostel, 

swum in the sea, 

skyped her Auntie in Australia, 

fed bread to peacocks, 

stared-down a cow, 

and regularly chased the cats around the house.

She’s even been mountain biking, 
and Sue and Simon are convinced she's itching to start rock climbing. 

It was a very natural, laid back kind of day.

My favourite bit was when Simon's dad David read Isla a poem by the late great Orcadian poet, George McKay Brown, called "New Child".

I wish I could have stayed longer: the view from Witchcraig down over the Forth was spectacular even on an overcast day.

Simon and Sue sent me all these photos and this lovely note

We wanted to say thanks very much for your lovely leading of Isla's naming cermony last weekend. 

We enjoyed the day, and it was great to drag everyone to the top of a hill and see what we like doing with ourselves. Even the folk who aren't that outdoors-orientated thought it was a lovely place to have the naming, and it suited us just perfectly. 

Thanks again... and for arranging for the day to stay dry! Simon, Sue and Isla. 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Alex and Sandra's Humanist Wedding at The Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh

I don't know why the gorgeous Sandra apologised for the delay in sending me these photos from her wedding - it was less than a fortnight ago, and we were very lucky because the John Muir Grove at the Botanics was bathed in that amazing golden light that you only get on an autumn afternoon.

Sandra & Alex first met at the Cop Shop back in '97.  Romance blossomed, the relationship grew and as Alex describes it, "the holidays got more expensive". They created a very funny ceremony, that also had its moving moments. I hope they'll send me some more photos when the official ones turn up, but in the meantime these are lovely, and I am sure you'll agree that the new Mr and Mrs Tulloch look extremely happy together!

Sandra sent me this note along with the pics. "I have noticed previously on your website many of the couples you have married say that their guests comment on how they enjoyed the ceremony and really like the fact that it is so personal and that's exactly what our guests said.  Not many had been to a humanist ceremony before and all were very impressed. 
The ceremony had just the right amount of humour and seriousness for the occasion and although we wrote it, you helped us achieve that. 

The guests were also very complimentary about your sense of humour putting everyone at ease and your professionalism. If it wasn't for the fact that nearly all of our guests were already married I think you would have found yourself very busy over the next year or so!"

Tell them to do a Renewal of Vows ceremony, Sandra - have a look at this post to see what that's all about, and thanks again for your kind words and these great photos!


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...