I was delighted to receive these shots from a wedding I conducted at Edinburgh’s answer to The Sistine Chapel, the beautiful Mansfield Traquair in September 2007. It’s a stunning building that used to be a great music and alternative arts venue called ‘Cafe Graffiti’ where Stephie and Jo spent many happy evenings. … Continue Reading
More and more couples are doing it backwards – having a family first and then getting married and in some ways I find these ceremonies the most moving of all! This photo of Neil and Colette’s family formed the backdrop to their wedding, and all the kids played their part. Michael was the best man, … Continue Reading
The George Hotel used to be the favourite late night watering hole for the TV Festival when I used to go there but its now had a major make-over and it’s looking fantastic. I really like this Portuguese Man ‘o’ War chandelier. Here’s James and his best man, Andy, looking very composed and elegant. I … Continue Reading
Most couples wait til after their ceremony to get their photographs done, but not Jen and Bryan! I came across them out on the lawn in front of Dundas Castle looking windswept and interesting, as Billy Connolly used to say.
The Assembly Rooms on Edinburgh’s George Street are world famous as the Fringe’s leading comedy venue and Nicola & Fraser’s ceremony had its funny moments too. Just as the ceremony was due to begin, we got a call to say her car had broken down. Then we had another call saying the replacement car … Continue Reading
Jill and Calum chose one of Edinburgh’s least known but loveliest castles as the venue for their intimate family wedding at the end of April. Built in the 14th century, Craigmillar Castle was the favoured Royal retreat of Mary Queen of Scots and the happy childhood playground for both Calum some years back and his … Continue Reading
Vicky and Robbie’s ceremony really was a ‘fairytale wedding’. Both blind from birth, they won a competition in The Sunday Post because they refused to let their disability get in the way of their dreams.
Steven and Karen’s ceremony at Houston House was a hoot: full of laughter, beautiful songs and some great poetry, courtesy of Steven’s dad, Stuart, whose contributions ranged from William Carlos Williams ‘This is Just to Say” to the Gaelic haikus of Kevin MacNeill.
I just had a call from a fellow Edinburgh based celebrant, Duncan Robertson that raised an interesting question: what do you do when you’re asked to perform a wedding for a couple where both parties speak different first languages, and neither of them are English? As Humanist weddings in Scotland become ever more popular, more and … Continue Reading
One of the nicest things about being a humanist celebrant is that every so often someone invites you to a dream location to conduct their wedding. It’s just happened to me – a summer wedding in a picturesque village in the French Alps. I’d love to do it, and the date is open in my … Continue Reading