What a day, what a crowd! So, it was to the north, to Aberdeenshire, to the fabulous Logie Country House Hotel. It has been many years since I have conducted a wedding here and it was way outside my “usual range” before I moved to Highland Perthshire. But even from there it is a fair distance and therefore a great excuse for a weekend away.
When I arrived the family were all there, congregating in the kitchen from what I could work out. Logie is one of these venues where you hire the whole place and basically have a huge house party with a wedding in the middle. The ceremony itself is held in what would have been the stables, a very large space so they must have had loads of horses at some point. As I walked into the room for the ceremony I realised that is was going to be a big wedding, well over a hundred people from my estimate and already the kids were running about, in and out of the chairs. Everyone was up for a good time and, to be honest, the ceremony was a bit of a riot. A nice riot.
We began with a new reading to me from Sex and The City read by Natalie:
“His hello was the end of her endings
Her laugh was their first step down the aisle
His hand would be hers to hold forever
His forever was as simple as her smile
He said she was what was missing
She said instantly she knew
She was a question to be answered
And his answer was ‘I do’.”
Their story was one of those “it was always meant to be” stories from Ben declaring his undying love for Hayley at the Christmas party when he hadn’t even asked her out (needless to say drink had been taken) to his wonderful, completely unexpected proposal in Monterey in California when Hayley’s reply was to laugh hysterically for thirty seconds – not exactly the response he was looking for. That proposal took place precisely two years before this, their big day. And talking about unexpected, we all met their “massive baby” Sonny, the star of the show really.
They wrote and shared their promises to each other and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. We shared a Quaich and filled it with gin and tonic of course, stood to applaud their exit and the party began.
The two of them were good enough to drop me a note afterwards:
“The ceremony is the most important part of your day so trying to make it feel special and truly your own can be daunting. Brian was amazing from start to finish! Creating a ceremony that was unique and personal to us felt easy with his guidance and expertise. He really is a seasoned professional! I loved how Brian made an effort to involve our guests in the ceremony and so many commented on how memorable it was. If you are looking for a humanist that will give you a relaxed, fun, joyful and laughter filled ceremony that still feels unbelievably special then Brian is your man.
Thanks again Brian, you really did make our day.”