Friday, 23 September 2016

Jacqui & Rick's Humanist Wedding at The Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh

I get to tell some great stories, but very few can match this one!
Once upon as time, way back in 1979, a frisky eighteen year-old Rick was introduced to a cute 15 year-old schoolgirl called Jacqui by her then boyfriend- we’ll call him Boyfriend #1 for now - who was a golf buddy of Rick’s. 

Much to Rick’s despair he couldn’t make a move on Jacqui because of the “Friends Code of Conduct!” Jacqui then moved onto Boyfriend
#2 who unfortunately was another of Rick's golf buddies... Are you seeing a pattern here?
The packed house was enthralled: you could have heard the proverbial pin drop.
Fast forward to 2012. Rick flies home to Scotland to attend the 50th Birthday party of Boyfriend #2.  Boyfriend #1 was there too.  Jacqui wasn't, but thanks to the wonder of Facebook, a new romance blossomed and a few weeks later she found herself flying 4,000 miles to spend three weeks with a man she hadn’t seen for over 30 years. Romantic? You bet!
Let's just say that Jacqui is a brave girl. And Rick is a big hearted man. Guess who his groom's men were? That's right.  Boyfriend #2 and Boyfriend #1. It was an extremely emotional ceremony. It was also an extremely funny one, overflowing with joy and laughter.

After the vows, we were blown away by the fabulous voice of Edinburgh's Got Talent Finalist Ciara Harvie, who looks and sounds like a young Maria Callas - you don't often get grand opera at a wedding, but this one deserved it and she really was outstanding.
It was the perfect music for such a dramatic and heartfelt ceremony.
From their Caribbean honeymoon, Jacqui and Rick sent me this note:
Rick and I would like to express our huge thanks to you for conducting such a wonderful ceremony for us. It really was something special and everyone could feel the emotion in the room.

We thoroughly enjoyed it despite all the tears and our guests all said its the best wedding ceremony they had ever been to!
We couldn't have done it without you and thank you for all your guidance in helping us put the ceremony together. We can't wait to see the video so we can relive the moment again!

With our best regards, Jacqui and Rick

It was a pleasure! And when you get the video, please let me see it too! My thanks also go to my old friend Mark Bryce for these stunning shots.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Nicola and Martin's Humanist Wedding wedding at the Marriott Country Club Dalmahoy

  Oh oh. Here comes trouble...

When someone as cute as Erin is the first to come down the white carpet, you know it's going to be a good day.

I had a great time when 'The Tesco Boy' and 'The Hot Girl That Comes Into Tesco' finally made it legal.

Nicola and Martin have a lot of shared interests, including football, which means that Martin is one lucky guy!

Their ceremony was as laid back and funny as they are, and you can see from these great shots by Ross Barber how happy they both were on the day.

Nicola's sister and Maid of Honour Lynsey gave us a reading, Nicola's wee niece Erin thoroughly stole the show and then Martin and Nicola both spelled out how they felt about each other, in suitably unromantic style. The guests loved it, and so did I!

Before Martin and Nicola spoke their own vows, I asked the guests to make a promise to them.

This is something of a new idea, and for want of a better name, I'm calling it The Guest Vow.

It's a great idea because a) it makes the guests feel involved and b) it gently reminds them why they're there. They're not here just for the party: you invited them because they're all going to be an important part of your future, and you know that at some time, you will need their support.

I'm going to write more about The Guest Vow in a separate post, but drop me a line if you want to know more.

Here's what Nicola and Martin said when they sent me these pictures.

The ceremony was fantastic, we were both delighted with it. 

 You made us feel so relaxed and comfortable with the process. 

 We have had so many people compliment the ceremony, commenting how your style was great.

A few even said it was the best wedding ceremony they have been at! So thank you once again for doing such a great job on our big day.

This is the shot I said they'd never use - but I'm glad they did.

Keep laughing, you two, and making each other laugh every day!

Thanks again to Ross Barber Photography: you can see more photos from the day on his blog here

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