The venue changed about three times before they finally ended up at St Columba’s By The Castle, which is a church hall, but the powers that be were very relaxed about having a Humanist in their midst. When I arrived, there was a kind of pub quiz going on, and about a hundred people of all ages, with lots of kids, sitting around tables, chatting and playing and generally having a really good time trying to guess the answers to questions about Alex and Becka.
Eventually, we took our place over where the band were going to play later, and I kicked off the ceremony, with the words, “Mawwige, Mawwige is what brings us together today,” and went on to explain that was for all the “Princess Bride” fans out there, a film of which Becka and Alex are big fans.
There was a lot to love about the ceremony, which lasted for the better part of an hour; so much joy and laughter, for a start, but there was also a profound sense that Becka and Alex really were marrying in the presence of the people they loved, and that’s what a Humanist wedding is all about.
To cap it all, they decided to have a hand fasting, and that was great fun. We started out with the intention of having six cords tied by family and friends, but we got a bit carried away, and invited everyone who had anything they could tie to come up and join in.. I think there must have been over twenty in the end and the very last one was a beanbag frog.
I really like the way they chose to do their photography too: all uploaded to Google Plus where their friends can see it any time. Rather than choose lots of individual photos, I’ve just grabbed a few screen shots of some of them as they are laid out, and I think they give an excellent sense of how the day went. As well as the pics, Alex sent me this lovely note.
First of all, Becka and I would like to thank you once again for making our wedding day so special, not only did we enjoy it hugely but you steered us to a very appropriate ceremony and added your own charm to proceedings on the day. It was a real pleasure to have you as our celebrant.
Any time, Alex and Becka – It was a pleasure!