A wedding day is always a very special occasion and Scotland offers a vast range of romantic locations to give it the perfect setting. As a legal celebrant of marriages, trained by the Interfaith Foundation, I am able to offer a holistic approach to your wedding ceremony, particularly in my home area of Fife, in Perthshire and across the Central Belt of Scotland, although I am happy to travel further if required.
The atmosphere of a particular location, be it one of Scotland’s many castles, at the side of a loch, or in a local park where the War Memorial holds poignant memories, contributes to your special day and helps to make it more memorable. The choice of music and form of ceremony, be they traditional vows, poems or other words written especially for this occasion, are another consideration, but, above all, it is the sacred ritual of two people joining together that transcends everything else to make your wedding unique.
I have many wonderful memories of weddings in Fife and across the Central Belt, including one on the banks of Loch Lomond. An occasion that still brings a lump to my throat is when a Japanese couple, who spoke no English, wanted a Celtic wedding. Unusually, I had not met the couple prior to the ceremony and all the preparation had been carried out through e-mails with an interpreter. However, at the moment of their joining hands in Dalhousie Castle, with just the witnesses, a piper and I present, all barriers of language and distance disappeared and the joy of the occasion burst out.
My aim, both with alternative wedding ceremonies and other rituals to mark key transitions in life, including baby blessings and funerals, is to have a holistic approach, where your feelings, beliefs and significant memories can be brought together. It isn’t important whether or not you believe in God, or have a particular faith – I will respect your wishes and try to bring the sense of the sacred into your choice of ceremony in the location of your choice, at the time of day you want.
I see my role as offering some spiritual direction for you at these important stages of life and I have been touched by the number of people in my home town of Kirkcaldy who have spoken to me about their wishes for a meaningful ceremony of farewell when they pass on. I am also looking forward to making a forthcoming Scottish wedding particularly joyous when it takes place on an open-topped tour bus, which will stop in Holyrood Park for the marriage ceremony itself!