Amy & Graham’s wedding at the Parliament Hall in St Andrews

I remember when Graham and Amy first got in touch. They were working on a project in rural India at the time, and they got in touch because they’d seen I was the Humanist contact at The University of Edinburgh where they’d both studied, and first met playing Frisbee on the meadows on a cold, rainy Wednesday afternoon eleven years before. After we’d spoken on Skype, they wrote their very honest and personal homework on a beach in Sri Lanka before we finally met almost a year later to talk about how they wanted their ceremony to go.

St Andrews is Amy’s home town, and The Parliament Hall is a beautiful 17th century building that houses the university’s debating society – a very appropriate choice, as Amy and Graham frequently enjoy a full and frank exchange of views!

The ceremony had a vintage theme, as you can see from these photos by Nikki Leadbetter that were featured in the Scottish Wedding Directory, and it was a very moving affair. As they said in their interview, this was their top tip

Going over our vows repeatedly in the build up to the wedding meant that despite all the overwhelming emotion we never had to worry about messing it up. The day went very quickly but because we managed to be quite relaxed we didn’t feel we missed anything and managed to enjoy it in exactly the way we wanted”. 

In the lovely card they sent me six months after the big day, Amy and Graham said, “the ceremony was one of the few things we never really had any worries about, and that was due almost entirely to your calm and professional advice. You helped us to have exactly the type of ceremony we had always wanted, and for that we are forever grateful.

“Almost all of our friends told us that it was one of the few ceremonies they’d actually bothered to listen to, and we even managed to trigger some tears amongst even the most cynical. You were great on the day, and you played a huge part in making our special day special, so please accept our sincere thanks.

Thank you, Graham and Amy – and thanks too to Nikki Leadbetter for these atmospheric shots!

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