When I first meet a couple, I always hope they realise what a unique privilege it is to be free to say why they love each other in their own words. Dominique and Rebecca completely got that, so of course their ceremony was as personal and moving as it possibly could be.
Dominique and Rebecca live in The Netherlands. They fell in love with each other and Edinburgh almost at the same time, and it was back to Edinburgh that they came when, after eight years together and as parents to the then just born Julia (who is now two), they decided to celebrate with some time to themselves – in Amsterdam. Or at least that was what Rebecca had been led to believe.
Instead, Dominique had created an elaborate set of clues that led to a marriage proposal in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle, and when the time came to choose somewhere to get married, The Balmoral was perfect, as of course it is to the Castle that all of its function suites look.
The ceremony involved many members of their families: Dominique's twin brother, Pascal, Rebecca’s big brother, Paul, Do’s uncle Peter and Rebecca's big sister, Claire, and they all wrote and spoke their own contributions.
It was a misty day, as so many of our summer days have been recently, and it was captured very well in these very atmospheric photos, taken by Sarah McFedries and Rian van Dijk.
Rebecca wrote to me just the other day, saying,
Just over a month gone by since our magical day.
And I wanted to take this moment to say thank you.
Thank you for making our day extra special,
thank you for guiding us whilst we got to write our own our ceremony,
and thank you for the homework.
The whole process was amazing.
All our guests have told us what a unique ceremony it was and how impressed they were by you.
I could not have wished for a lovelier ceremony.
Both Dominique and I were amazed how emotional it was.
Not just for ourselves, but also for our witnesses as well as our guests.
It is such a privilege to be able to stand before your loved ones and share your love and your story.
So thank you once more.
Lots of love,
Dominique and Rebecca
It was a privilege for me to help you do that, Rebecca and Dominique, so thank you once more. Een grote dank aan u, en ik wens u veel geluk!