Laura and Colin - 09.06.12
This wedding began in slightly differently from most in that I originally only met with Laura as Colin was unavailable. Due to her own work schedule it was difficult to actually find a time for the meeting, but that is a problem that seems to be happening more frequently these days.
Initially their plan was to marry at the Mosset in Forres but due to the time needed to turn around the entertainment suite into a reception room after the wedding, this was not going to be possible and they switched the ceremony venue to a marquee in the garden of her uncle's home in Nairn.
I set off for the wedding armed with the directions for getting there, as well as having programmed the satnav (not so easy in the new car). I found the turn off and then started looking for the venue. I headed out of Nairn through Kingsteps (that was fine, included on the instructions) for what seemed like an age, then, just as I was looking for place to turn around, feeling sure I had missed the venue, I saw a marquee in the distance. We were by now a good three miles out of Nairn. As I closed in on the marquee, signs began to appear, Laura and Colin's wedding - success I was there!
I had just done getting everything set up when Colin arrived. One marriage schedule check later and we were good to go. The marquee was a bit chilly but as the guests began arriving, it soon heated up so my going from having blue fingers to a leaking forehead was accomplished quite quickly. Unfortunately, the weather did not play ball and it was a damp afternoon as Laura arrived.
The ceremony involved several readings and Laura's uncle read "Marriage Fulfils the Dreams and Love Two People Share" by Glenda Wilm. I then tied the two of them up as they exchanged their personal vows. The wedding concluded with a suitable ending and I sent them off down the aisle with instructions to take their time, as so many rush this part. By now, it was raining and they headed off to her uncle's home for the photographs as they could not be taken outside.
The timescale being tight, the guests all headed for the bus or their cars to make the journey to the reception at the Mosset. This meant I had little opportunity to mingle with them and obtain some feedback on the ceremony. Those that did take a moment to talk to me commented very highly on the personal nature of the ceremony and how much they had enjoyed it.