Gavin and Sarah are VERY fit!
They've done the New York half-marathon and followed the Tour de France. They run, they swim, and they climb hills, so it made sense that Gavin proposed to Sarah by the side of the banks of the Union Canal where they first walked, ran, cycled, and fell in love.
They first got in touch with me in January of last year, and I was delighted when they asked me to conduct their wedding at Carberry Tower in October.
The 16th century Carberry Tower has been many things in its long existence, but it's now a 4 star hotel set in 35 acres of parkland, with its very own chapel, and that was where Gavin and Sarah chose to get married.
We had readings from Sarah's brother Ross and Gavin's sister Carol before we got to the climax of the ceremony and were joined by a surprise guest - Bella, a young, female barn owl, who brought in the rings!
I was very touched that Sarah and Gavin were among the first people to sponsor me when I spent a night in sub-zero temperatures to help end homelessness in Scotland, and along with these photos, they sent a lovely card.
We really enjoyed having the freedom to write the ceremony ourselves and tell the guests a bit more about our story and show why we are matched.
The guests were all impressed with the ceremony and thought it was unique.
We really appreciated your help in the run up with all the pointers, like when to get our certificates in motion and also your tips when we were not able to arrange a rehearsal. On the day your guidance was invaluable: the ceremony was good fun and it went very quickly!
Your support helped us to relax on the day and take the worry out of things, so we could just focus on enjoying it!
That was my plan, Sarah and Gavin, and I am so glad it worked! Thanks again for choosing me as your celebrant, and thanks to your photographer, Martin Mclelland, for these lovely photographs.