Claire and Alan 12 May 2012
For their wedding, Claire and Alan had chosen the setting of the splendid and newly restored Castle Fraser near Inverurie. It was a beautiful day and as I arrived, I encountered a number of guests who had arrived before me. For one heart stopping moment I thought I must have made an error about the time of the wedding and I was late, but no! I was right on schedule and the guests were just taking the opportunity to admire the beautiful building and gardens beforehand.
One thing that National Trust for Scotland properties are highly praised for is their tea rooms – but what comes in for even higher praise is the scones they serve in those tea rooms! So, as it was a lunchtime wedding, I managed to fit in a cup of tea and a scone before the wedding started. Good planning, eh? (Just had to be very careful about the jam!)
During the wedding we told the story of how the couple met, of an almost disastrous first date but mostly of how their love for each other has grown since then. They had opted to include hand-fasting in the ceremony, during which they said their personal vows to each other. Alan's sister then read the passage "These are the hands" before the legal vows and exchange of rings. After the signing of the Marriage Schedule, Claire's brother read the poem “Our Great Adventure" by Steven Reiser.
After we closed the ceremony, it was off to have photos taken by Paul Mackie who skilfully used the four old Rolls Royce's' that had brought the wedding party to the location, as a backdrop. He had to stand on the roof of his Ute vehicle to manage this feat. He appears one of these photographers who go that bit extra to get "that picture". (www.paulmackiephotography.co.uk) (These are my phone photos as I forgot my own camera)
It was during this activity that I not only ran into the son of very good friends of mine, but also met two more of Claire and Alan’s friends, who just happen to work with my daughter and son-in-law in Grangemouth. It's a small world.
My abiding memory of the day will be the smile on both the bride and groom especially knowing how nervous he was before we started.
Again many guests sought me out to congratulate me on a lovely, personal wedding ceremony which was just "them". Well they do the hard part, I just put it together hopefully in a manner which they and everyone will enjoy.