Lola & Sean’s Humanist Wedding at Norton House Hotel



“I don’t really know what to say except hello with jazz hands”

that’s how Sean introduced himself to Lola on Zoosk. After walking past each other several times while nervously waiting to meet for their first date, dinner at Chiquito’s was followed by a walk in the rain under a pink umbrella around a long-abandoned psychiatric hospital and the discovery of a mutual love of The Dave Matthews Band, and their song, ‘Crush’.




Zipline and Human Catapult adventures were just the taster for their first holiday together in Iceland, a trip they hope to make again one day with their sweet baby son, James.



Sean and Lola’s ceremony was every bit as quirky and original as they are. Lola’s mum Susan read Manticore the Great’s poem, ‘What’s Micky without Minnie?’


Then Lola and Sean spoke the individual vows they’d written, while I held the cards at their shoulders in case they needed a wee prompt: they didn’t!



Liam and Cara joined them to sign the marriage schedule, and before they all headed off to enjoy a glass or two of champagne, I got the guests to speak one of my favourite Scots blessings.

May the best you’ve ever seen

Be the worst you’ll ever see.

May the mouse never leave your pantry
With a tear-drop in his eye.
May you always keep healthy and hearty
Until you’re old enough to die.
May you always be just as happy
As we wish you now to be.



I loved their ceremony so I was really pleased to get these great photos taken by Matt Dale of Fern Photography, and these kind words from Sean and Lola.

“We are all good here, even though James keeps us busy a lot of the time. We are still into Dave Matthews Band and we play that certain song, which I still think is a sign. 

We received a lot of compliments about our ceremony: it made even the strongest of men shed a few tears.  This was mainly down to you and the homework you set us. A lot of people enjoyed the atmosphere you created. 


We still can’t believe that we only got married just over a month ago. Before we got married, we felt like we were already married. So the wedding solidified our love for each other and our little family. 


Not much has changed since the wedding. Just our left hands are heavier and Sean has finally grown a beard, which he suits.” 



One of the things that made the day extra-special was that Lola’s Auntie Hilary and her quartet were providing the soundtrack for the day. This is my InstaSnap of them rehearsing.


The other was Sean’s matching hair and suit – he’s unlikely to be rivalled for best-co-ordinated Best Man any time soon!

So thanks again, Sean and Lola, for allowing me to be a part of your big day. Keep playing that song, and I hope that one day, all three of you get to go back to Iceland x

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