The weather is always important at a wedding – it dictates so much of the planning and logistics. I have a total of six weather apps on my iPhone….
Yet none of them predicted the weather at Sarah and Kilian’s St Andrews wedding. Sunshine for the bride’s arrival, raining immediately after the ceremony, sunshine again on the beach then threatening black clouds rushing towards us!
We all managed to avoid getting wet though – I have found that it very rarely rains for the whole day if you’re on the east coast of Scotland!
Sarah’s parents were also married in the magnificent St Salvator’s chapel, and her father mentioned that the last time he’d been in the Lower College Hall was to sit his finals…. And here he was giving a speech at his daughter’s wedding!
As you can imagine, I listen to lots of speeches. Whether it’s the Best Man, the Father of the Bride, or the Minister conducting the ceremony, I’ve usually heard most of what’s being said, in one form or another, before.
But Emma and William’s Scottish Borders wedding ceremony in Jedburgh’s Old Parish Church was different. It wasn’t just the lack of a central aisle, which meant I couldn’t photograph the couple as I wished to, it was what the Minister said in his address.
My own parents’ 60th wedding anniversary is looming on the horizon, and the ministers words on the meaning of love, in the long term, took on a special meaning. I’m not going to tell you what he said, as I’m going to use it myself in April next year! And I want it to remain a surprise….
After those lovely words we all made out way up to the Carfraemill Lodge Hotel, 30 minutes away. At a visit before the ceremony I’d discovered a single track road, that just 400 meters from the venue, had the most wonderful tunnel of trees. I’m a sucker for either a beach or trees, so I was happy! As were Emma and William when I showed it to them, and their subsequent pictures.
Take one magnificent National Trust for Scotland building (Mar Lodge) and bathe it in sunshine by the river Dee, then add a skydiving bride and groom, their equally fun friends and family, and finally add in some inflateable guitars, and you’re bound to have a wonderful wedding. Oh, and there was also a surprise performance by the Ballater Pipe Band, and a ballroom decorated with over 2,400 stags heads….