What could be more delightful than your wedding day.. the day that you will remember for the rest of your lives. For me, making your wedding ceremony one that fully expresses your love and commitment, in your own individual way, however traditional or alternative, is my greatest pleasure.
Your marriage ceremony is a rite of passage, truly the heart and soul of your wedding day, and can be a magical time, a ritual space within which your highest aspirations for your future are offered to each other with love... and of course it can be great fun too!
An Interfaith Wedding in the South of Scotland
Here in the South of Scotland, there are so many wonderful wedding venues, whether you visualise a historical castle wedding, with all the trimmings, or maybe a Celtic Hand Fasting in a woodland setting, or a gorgeous ruin. The Scottish Borders, where I live has a deep and ancient historical tradition, and some breathtaking scenery, and I have had the pleasure of marrying couples in abbeys, country house hotels, even by a meandering burn deep in a forest.
An Interfaith Ceremony has the beauty of allowing you to introduce your own personal dimension, with no restrictions as to the form. Your spiritual views, be they conventional or alternative can be brought to your ceremony, in any form of words that suits you. As an Interfaith Minister I hold the belief "Many ways, One truth" and am very open to your own personal sense of what moves you.
A City Location in Edinburgh or Glasgow
I married Ross and Nicola in the Planetarium, in Glasgow's Science Centre. As a couple from two opposite ends of the world, they had the Northern and Southern stars circling above them during their wedding, which was conducted in a pool of moonlight... amazing!
Cory and Laura were married in historic Dalhousie Castle in Edinburgh. The ceremony I created for them reflected the need for words which encompassed Laura's family's Christian beliefs with the couple's own desire for a simple,more personal rite. THis is how Laura expressed her appreciation: "I do not know if words can adequately express how perfect Morag's participation in our wedding was. We wanted an interfaith ceremony to allow us to add spirituality to our ceremony without the specific guidelines of any one religion. During the ceremony, she kept us calm and smiling. And shouldn't every bride and groom be smiling during their wedding!"
I love to introduce symbolism into the wedding ceremonies I help couples create. Lighting flames for each other can be a moving part of a wedding ceremony, that your parents or children can join in with too. Toasting each other from a silver quaich, whether it is filled with a nice highland malt, or just icy spring water is not only a joyful celebration of how you feel about each other, but is a moment of fun your guests will enjoy. Little ones will love joining you for a family sand ceremony, where you symbolise your union by creating a momento in layered sand.
Many folks love to have some pagan wedding symbolism drawn in, and Penny and Steve ended their ceremony which was conducted in Traquair forest in the Scottish Borders, by passing through a leafy arch built by their friends, and jumping over a broomstick... to the great delight of all present.
Southern Scottish Venues... the Choice is Yours
Nina and Olly, a couple from the Scottish Borders who had been together for some time, and built their own home, felt that the time had come to bless their union with a wedding ceremony, which I conducted in their own garden. We created an intimate and personal wedding rite, during which Nina was brought to the little altar in her sunlit flowery garden, by her three strapping kilted sons.
Ziggy and Rebekah came to Southern Scotland from the USA to be married by candle light in ancient historic Balgonie Castle. The wedding they helped me create was wonderfully informal, with both of them speaking their own vows spontaneously to eachother, and incorporated a hand-fasting, where their hands were bound with a cord which they had made together. There was not a dry eye in the house!
Legal Wedding Ceremonies
Whether you are planning to be married in the Scottish Borders, Edinburgh, Glasgow, or anywhere else in the South of Scotland, I will be happy to conduct your wedding ceremony. As a fully registered member of the Interfaith Ministers' Association I am enabled to conduct legal wedding in any location of your choice... so the sky's the limit!
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