One of the things that surprises me most about the ceremonies I have the privilege of conducting is that they are all genuinely unique. Every couple’s journey is different and they way in which they tell their story is too. Jane and David’s approach was intimate, open and honest and they chose a lovely spot, … Continue Reading
Humanist weddings are non-religious but they’re not anti-religious and I believe it’s important that everyone feels welcome. It’s a subject that comes up fairly often when I meet people for the first time and although many couples have no interest in religion themselves, I always ask them about their friends and relatives so if they … Continue Reading
This year, 2020, my fee for a wedding is £500.00 and the first twenty miles of travel is free. If you’d like to have a rehearsal, you should add a further £100.00. They’re not essential but they can be a good idea, and you can read more about them here.
I love this shot of the vault at Linlithgow Palace; a now roofless masterpiece of mediaeval architecture, (deliberately set on fire by Butcher Cumberland en route to Culloden) it was a very atmospheric setting for Robert & Sarah’s wedding. Robert & Sarah’s story was very romantic. When they were only in their teens, they both … Continue Reading
I don’t know when this began to happen, but this year I’ve found myself surrounded by more and more blokes. Like the grey squirrel and cosmetic surgery, the tradition of ‘The Groom’s Men’ has arrived here from the States and it’s definitely catching on. There’s certainly an argument for having a few guys to keep … Continue Reading
Orocco Pier is a boutique hotel in South Queensferry that sits under the Forth Rail Bridge, and even on an overcast day, it provided a dramatic backdrop for Andy & Pam’s very chic ceremony. They were a delightful couple whose expressive, funny and loving words had their guests in tears almost from the start. Somewhere … Continue Reading
It must be at least ten years old now, but The Point is still one of Edinburgh’s coolest hotels. It was designed by the late and much lamented Andy Doolan who topped it off with this minimalist glass penthouse that gives onto Edinburgh Castle. I like this rather eerie silhouette of me, … Continue Reading
Alison recently sent me this clip of her wedding to Bob last summer: I love it, not just because I’m largely out of shot, but mostly because it really does capture something of the relaxed and intimate atmosphere of the day. Thanks Alison!
It’s been a busy – if rather wet – summer, but now that the swallows are leaving our shores (at a rate of 3,500 an hour, according to the bird observatory at Portland Bill) I’ve had time to look back over the wedding ceremonies I’ve conducted this year and I’m not entirely surprised to find … Continue Reading
I’m not a great fan of the phrase ‘a picture says a thousand words’, but sometimes it’s absolutely appropriate. Long Lens Maestro Tony Marsh is one of the best wedding photographers around and you can see why. Ash & Rachel met while clearing mines in Nagorno Karabakh, a little known part of the former … Continue Reading