This wedding took place at the Britannia Hotel in Aberdeen with a couple whose main passion in life outside of their family is Pool and both are quite proficient at it. The wedding ceremony itself was quite a traditional affair, as Janey did not want to have a fuss and people looking at her. Kind of difficult to do on your wedding day I'm afraid.
It was during a family holiday in Florida that Alan hatched a plan to propose. Janey is a very big fan of Disney and Alan intended to do the deed while in front of the Disney’s famous Cinderella Castle. Unfortunately, there were large crowds around the Castle and, as he knew she would not want anyone looking, he did not go ahead. However, at the airport, on the way home, he came across a cardboard Cinderella Castle and quickly took the opportunity to propose. While she was happy, indeed delighted to accept she kept constantly looking around her, hoping no one would see what was happening.
Both bride and groom were nervous beforehand but, as they stood facing each other, they gained the strength of the other, just like I said in my intro - am I psychic! After the ring warming, their small son did the honours by polishing the rings before we placed them on their fingers.
There was only one potential small hitch in the proceedings. As we moved to the table and chair to sign the Marriage Schedule, Janey discovered a slight problem; her dress, which had one of these plastic rings to hold the base out, made it difficult to fit it under the table. However, with a little squeezing, she was able to sit down.
After the ceremony they were piped down the aisle and out of the building to a welcome breath of air outside in the sun. Notice to the Britannia - air conditioning, which works, on very hot days would be much appreciated.
While mingling with the guests over an orange juice (maybe one day I'll earn enough to employ a driver) I learned that, for many, it had been their first experience of a Humanist Ceremony and they were very delighted with it, remarking upon how personal and apt it was for Janey and Alan. That's what I strive for!