It was a beautiful sunny summers day as I headed north to Inverurie, to the amazing Logie Country House. Margaret and Alan had, quite righty, decided that the ceremony should be outside but it was a bit breezy to say the least which was bit of a challenge to the people doing readings and my throat took a bit of a hammering even though I’ve been trained to project (didn’t warm up enough!).
Their story was so romantic because they met during Freshers’ Week at University when Margaret was booked to sing in a concert on the University radio which Alan ran. The two of them struck me as being quite shy so, after that, they both claim that the other stalked them until they agreed to go out. Their relationship was established around a shared love of Gary Tank Commander and live music and you really don’t need to know much more than that. As Alan told me ““We’ve basically spent the following 9 years going to see bands and watching movies together”
The music for the ceremony was of course all live with their musician friends battling the wind to give us some Joni Mitchell and and Carole King – what more can you ask for? Their readings were also really interesting and for the very first time we had a triplicate of readings when, to end the ceremony, each of Margaret’s bridesmaids shared a reading they had chosen. From them I share “When You Go” by Edwin Morgan. It’s a poem that stirs up all sorts of emotions, starts dark and ends like a ray of light shining through the clouds:
When you go,
if you go,
And I should want to die,
there’s nothing I’d be saved by
more than the time
you fell asleep in my arms
in a trust so gentle
I let the darkening room
drink up the evening, till
rest, or the new rain
lightly roused you awake.
I asked if you heard the rain in your dream
and half dreaming still you only said, I love you.