Dodging the Showers with Tim and Shannon at Mavis Hall Park


Tim and Shannon live in Houston, Texas and most of my work with them for their ceremony has been done by email, with the occasional Skype call to chat things through. To avoid any worries or stress they had already got married in Texas but this was always to be their big day, their real wedding day.

The weather at the weekend was problematic with showers on the drive down that were more akin to someone throwing several very large buckets of water at the windscreen of the car. But there were breaks in between the showers, not very long breaks but the sun did shine down during them and it was quite hot, as in a Turkish Bath is quite hot.

Mavis Hall Park is near the small and insignificant village of Humbie (bet I get some comments about that!) just off the A68 towards Soutra. It wasn’t easy to find, it’s not near a golf course or a pub (see my post about Ravensheugh) but I found it. Shannon was insistent that she wanted her wedding outdoors and when I saw the setting I could understand why. There was a ten minute walk through a beautiful, tree lined and romantic mud bath before we all arrived at this beautiful lochside. Truly beautiful. With luck Shannon and Tim will send me some of their photos and I will share them.

The clouds cleared as we waited for Shannon to arrive, seated on the benches by the loch and amazingly we managed to get through the ceremony in the dry, slightly steaming, warmth of what could almost have been a Scottish summer day. It was a beautiful ceremony with a really lovely group of their close friends and family, many of whom had never been to Scotland. The three beautiful bridesmaids all read as did their friend Matt who read Leonardo da Vinci’s Notes on The Construction of Arches. A new one to me and I just think it is wonderful:

“WHAT IS AN ARCH?
The arch is nothing else than a force originated by two weaknesses, 

for the arch in buildings is composed of two segments of a circle, each of which being very weak in itself tends to fall; but as each opposes this tendency in the other, the two weaknesses combine to form one strength.


OF THE KIND OF PRESSURE IN ARCHES.

As the arch is a composite force it remains in equilibrium because

the thrust is equal from both sides; and if one of the segments

weighs more than the other the stability is lost, because the

greater pressure will outweigh the lesser.

ON THE STRENGTH OF THE ARCH.

The way to give stability to the arch is to fill the spandrils with

good masonry up to the level of its summit.”

There were highland games to be played and a marquee with a bar and canopes being ferried down from the steading where the reception was to be held. and then it rained, boy did it rain.