This wedding came about due to a request for a Celebrant which was posted on our Celebrant Forum as there were no local Celebrants available to assist this couple (or rather Eilidh’s mum who had made the request hoping to find someone). After offering my services, I received a very nice email in which you could sense their relief they had potentially found someone. After a phone call we arranged to meet when I was in their area conducting another wedding. Even after meeting me, they still wanted to go ahead.
The venue was the Ghillie Dhu which is just off the tram works/Princes Street, Edinburgh. My first stroke of luck was as I approached, a young lady was leaving in her car so I was able to find a parking space right outside – no mean feat.
On entering the venue, it was large, very nice, almost Bavarian beer festival in style but the wedding was to take place in the auditorium which was up a couple of flights of stairs. My only concern was the limited light as it is lit by chandeliers. To say it is an amazing sight is to understate it, it is spectacular. As everyone entered you could see their breath taken away which was repeated as the bride entered.
During the ceremony, Martin lit a candle in honour of his late father and Eilidh and he read some poetry, one very romantic and the other funny. It is quite common for me to ask the guests to repeat after me, a Celtic blessing for the bride and groom but they wished to turn this round and I gave the assembled guests a “Celtic Rune of Hospitality” instead.
Mingling with the guests after the ceremony, some wished to discover more about the various ceremonies and it is interesting that some of the males thought they would consider renewing their vows but their partners shot them down. Ouch!!