Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Ross and Rachael's Humanist wedding at The Balmoral Hotel


Music is a big part of Rachael and Ross's life. They first met in August 2011 when they boarded a bus with mutual friends to go to the music festival Creamfields, where they danced like idiots to Calvin Harris, (once Rachael had woken up!)


So perhaps it wasn't that much of a surprise that Rachael and her bridesmaids, Zara & Lauren, entered to the sounds of deadmau5 - Strobe





Ross had three best men, Ross, Jon and Paul: his dad Michael was also an important part of the ceremony, which took place in the Balmoral's newly redecorated Holyrood suite.









I really liked Zara's reading: Love is a Science, in which she attributed their love not to fate, but to dopamine, heightened oxytocin release, and increased neurotransmitter activity. If you haven't come across it before, that's not surprising because she wrote it herself!

I also loved that Ross invited his father Michael to say a few words before we came to the climax of the ceremony: 



the vows and exchange of rings.



Ross and Rachael recently sent me these kind words, along with this excellent collection of shots by Jonathan Fowler, whose work frequently graces this blog.


Looking back on things, we are both struck by how perfect the day was. We know this is a fairly common summary of a wedding, however literally everything ran smoothly and according to plan and we both felt pretty relaxed all the way through the day. (Certainly more relaxed as the day progressed and the drinks flowed!)



The ceremony definitely helped set the tone for the rest of the day. 



We loved how personal it was to us, and this really allowed our guests to feel more a part of it, which helped us to enjoy things so much more. 


We would highly recommend a humanist ceremony to anybody. It was the perfect start to the perfect day, and we can vividly remember the whole thing which will provide us with fantastic memories for years to come. 


Thanks again for all your help before and during the ceremony, you were absolutely fantastic.

It was my pleasure, Rachael and Ross: you created a wonderful ceremony and it was just a joy to be part of it. Thanks again not only for these kind words, but for sponsoring me as part of the Sleep in the Park event on December 9th. I'll be thinking of you as I try to stop my teeth chattering!

And thanks again to Jonathan Fowler for these great photos: I loved this shot of my friend and colleague, 'Toastmaster Bob,' who always makes a wedding day full of warmth and fun!


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