Shona and Simon’s Humanist Wedding at the National Museum of Scotland

No limousine could be more appropriate for a French/Scottish wedding than a Citroën Traction Avant! First produced in 1934, they’re still très chic today.

My couples meet in all sorts of interesting ways, but Shona and Simon’s was truly a first: they were brought together by their daughters, Amy and Sophie.

Best friends at school, they schemed to set their unsuspecting parents up on a date. Eventually they gave in, just so the nagging would stop. Their first date was meant to be just along at the Elephant House, famous to Harry Potter fans the world over but it was so busy that they decided the museum would be better. But Simon and Shona weren’t alone. Oh no: they had chaperones…

Sophie and Amy took a night off for their second date, but they were there on Shona and Simon’s first holiday in Portugal where they celebrated Bastille Day and watched the feux d’artifices. 

They were there in Paris where Simon showed Shona some of the city’s less-touristed sites, and of course they were there at Shona’s 50th birthday too. 

Their wedding was a truly multi-lingual affair and they produced an Order of Ceremony with the readings and poems in French and English so everyone could understand.

Jackie read the poem ‘Maybe’

Regis read an excerpt from Le Petit Prince 

and Shona and Simon talked about what marriage means to them. They are very different people. Simon is a morning person: Shona, not so much. That’s why Simon always brings her coffee and toast every morning to ease her into the day.

Simon’s best man Mick read ‘Qu’y a-t-il’ by Boris Vian

and then Shona and Simon spoke their vows and exchanged rings, given to them by who else but their trusty chaperones.

After they signed the marriage schedule, Amy wrapped up the contributions with a reading of the Edward Monkton favourite, A Lovely Love Story.

It was a very moving and heartfelt ceremony.

Along with these photos from Bill, Barbara and some of their friends, Shona and Simon sent me these kind words.

Firstly a massive thank you for being our celebrant on the day. We really appreciated how much time you spent on getting to know us beforehand, and we could not have wished for better person to conduct our ceremony – it felt like being married by a friend.

Many of our guests have said that they enjoyed the day because it was different from other ceremonies they had been to before, as it was much more personal.  It definitely reflected “us” anyway – the homework paid off in the end because it made all the difference!  

Thank you so much again, Shona and Simon.

“Il n’y pas de quoi, madame et monsieur: le plaisir était pour moi!” 

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