Love - What a wedding is all about

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Sian and David 6 May 2017

One of these days I shall work out how to HandFast!  This was Sian and David's wedding in what I have to confess a location I had never known about.  It was in the garden above the Festival Theatre in Pitlochry.  I had seen the signs but never ventured there.  It is well worth a visit.  We are standing on the veranda.

The location for their wedding was picked as Pitlochry has played a major role in their lives, they first met there and spent a lot of time exploring the area so it made sense for them to celebrate their love and commitment in a place which meant so much to them.

The photos are courtesy of Ken Grice (

Friday, 17 February 2017

Availability in 2017

Due to my health problems in 2016, I was not looking to take on bookings in 2017 in case I was unable to complete them.  Fortunately, due to the skills of the surgeons and the follow-up physiotherapy and gym sessions, I am now healthier than I have been (in hindsight) for at least two-three years.

This means that I have quite a number of dates available from the beginning of July 2017 onwards should you be looking for someone to conduct your Humanist wedding.


Sadly, one part of my work is conducting funerals.  This recent funeral was particularly sad in that it was in May 2016, I married the deceased.  He had just had a major operation for cancer and whilst we were all hopeful, unfortunately, he succumbed to his illness in January.

He loved his John Deere tractor and had this coffin made for him with it.  His final journey from the village hall to the cemetery was by his beloved tractor and trailer. Whilst a sad occasion, his funeral was not a sad event.  He was an outgoing person and the stories told by friends and myself brought out much laughter.  It was a happy ending to an all too short life.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

I must apologise to those of you who have looked at this blog and found no updates.  Due to the health of my wife and latterly myself, this blog was not touched.  I did continue with my ceremonies but more time was spent looking after her and recovering from surgery.

However, I now have no such excuse and in the coming weeks shall add to this blog to bring you up to date.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Julia and Gregg  17 December 2012

This was a very special wedding for two main reasons.  Firstly it also involved a family ceremony for their two children, the youngest of which had almost thrown a very large spanner in the works by severely injuring a finger just a few weeks before the wedding was due to take place with most of Julia's family about to travel from new Zealand.  Secondly, there was to be equal tribute paid to the heritage of both the bride and groom.
They chose Boath House Hotel at Nairn for their venue which is a small intimate hotel which they adore and was suitable for the numbers able to attend.  Julia's family are friends with the New Zealand Maori author Witi Ihimaera who, as a surprise, adapted an extract from his book "the Rope of Man"  which fitted Julia's family story to a "T".  It was read by her mother.  As French martinis had played a large part in their first and subsequent meetings it will be no surprise to learn that they included a Quaich ceremony  as well.

The family ceremony part was enjoyed by both sets of grandparents and the guests as Julia and Gregg made commitments for their childrens lives in the future which they will have to strive hard to achieve but knowing them, I'm sure they will.

The only downside was that I forgot my camera.  However they and their family enjoyed the ceremony which is all I can ask for.

Hello George,

We just wanted to thank you very much for carrying out our wedding and naming for Annabelle and Monty.
What a perfect day and we really appreciate all the work you put into making it a special ceremony. You delivered exactly as we wanted and everyone was full of praise for such a perfect ceremony.

Thanks also for our keepsake of the wedding. Great to have it all there for the future. We are so happy to have got married and to have chosen both Humanism and you to do this.  Many thanks and best wishes for Christmas and the new year.

Gregg, Julia, Annabelle and Montgomery.

Jennifer and Alex  -  8 December 2012

This was held at beautiful Aswanley outside of Huntly which is a lovely location.  However the weather for a December wedding might not be capable of showing the venue in its best light.  On the morning of the wedding after some very heavy snowfall, over a 100 tons of snow had to be cleared from the driveway to allow guests and more importantly our bride and groom (okay me as well as without me there is no legal bit)

Amongst the symbolic gestures they chose for the day, drinking from the Quaich, the two handled Scot's loving cup which is said to originate from when a Scot's King gave it to his Scandinavian Queen which was most appropriate as Jennifer was born in Norway.  They also had a number of friends read poems during the ceremony.

"Dear George, We would like to thank you for conducting our wedding ceremony.  We loved the service and many people also commented on how personal and wonderful it was.  You were so helpful and kind in the run up to the wedding.  We both really appreciate the effort you put in to make it so memorable."

Gloria and Duncan - 10 November 2012

This was a wedding which gave hope to all who have suffered earlier in life when all the fates appeared to have been against you, robbing you of those you love.  It was after such a life which left them both strong willed independent people who after realising that this relationship was capable of being something special strove to work out how to be one while still individuals.  To say that they have achieved this is something special.  The fact that so many members of their families and friends made the effort to be there was testament to the affection they are held in.

The ceremony was quite traditional in conception however the fun which they find in life was very well to the fore and did include a fair selection of twists which caused a many a laugh not least, this poem which really defines marriage!!

‘Marriage Is’
Marriage is all about giving and taking
And forgiving and forsaking
Kissing and loving and pushing and shoving
Caring and sharing and screaming and swearing.

About being together whatever the weather
About being driven to the end of your tether
About sweetness and kindness
And wisdom - and blindness.

It's about being strong when you're feeling quite weak
It's about saying nothing when you're dying to speak
It's about being wrong, when you know you are right
It's about giving in, before there's a fight.

And for you two today it's about to begin
And for all that the two of you had to put in
Some days filled with joy, and some days with sadness
Too late you'll discover that marriage is madness!