I will be honest, the Roxburghe Hotel in Edinburgh is not the easiest place to get to especially on a Friday. The parking is expensive or miles away and the tram, well, where do you get off? I decided on the tram, left early, got off at Shandwick Place and had something to eat en route to the hotel. I arrived at the hotel and decided to go and see if Sean and Michael were OK. OK?, I have never seen two more laid back people about to get married. Their Groomsmaids (Groomsmaids? now there’s a new word for me) were more nervous than they were.
Their ceremony was perfect. When I say perfect I mean by that that is was “just them” and reflected the two of them and their relationship. To design a ceremony that is perfect I need the willing help of the couple and I ask them to do some homework for me when we first meet about four months before the big day. I have realised that the care and attention that the couple put into their homework has quite an impact on the quality of their ceremony. Well, it might be that or it might be the quantity of wine consumed when they discuss their homework. The wine, by the way, is a compulsory part of the homework! Anyhow, to illustrate, here is an extract from Sean and Michael’s promises and pledges to one another (I would get a hanky):
“Sean has a great sense of humour, he can make light and laughter in any situation. He is caring and compassionate and always brings a different perspective to mine. I don’t admit this much but he’s often right and he cares deeply for his friends and family. I want to marry him because he is my soul mate and I can’t see the rest of my life without him. There is a lot more to come and I can’t wait for it.”
“I don’t know what Life has in store for Michael and I but I hope it’s filled with music, The Dixie Chicks and Celine, travelling, a kid or a dog and lots of love and laughter.”
I mean, don’t you just feel that you know them already?
They sent me a note with their photos. “Our guests loved the ceremony and many have remarked since that it’s one of the most memorable they have attended. Thanks for making everyone feel welcome before our arrival and for the light hearted and laid back manner of the ceremony which left guests and us feeling at ease.” It was a pleasure guys and thank you for including me in your big day.