Last summer I was delighted to conduct a marriage for for a couple who had travelled from Sweden to marry at the top of Aonach Mor. Scotland is a very special place for them, especially since the marriage proposal a year earlier was at the top of Ben Nevis. So, it was a natural choice for them to come back to Scotland to marry. They wanted a Humanist marriage and with their love for the Highlands, there really was no competition anywhere else in the world.
The whole family travelled over, so a party of 30 guests set off up the mountain. I was a bit apprehensive, as although it was summer, the Gondola was in danger of being closed due to high winds. Fortunately, the winds eased a little and we set off up the mountain. At the top it was windy and overcast, but every-one was in great spirits. We settled into the ‘eye’ which is really the starters box for the mountain biking race, but it also doubles up as a perfect enclosure for a small group.
I started the ceremony with a terrible accent! I had crafted an introduction in my best Swedish, but they were all delighted and even understood me. The wind howled and it threatened rain. I have to give my greatest respect to the bride who stripped off her fleece and waterproof and stood there with her bare shoulders in a beautiful hand-made silk wedding dress. The groom was beaming, the love between them was tangible. Just at the moment they were taking their vows, the piper started to play softly, the sky cleared and the sun came out. It was truly spectacular. Every-one was overcome with emotion, I had to hold back some tears too – the sunshine, the panoramic view, the piper and a couple who were as happy as they will ever be, it would have been difficult not to have been moved.
It was a perfect day and a stunning location for a very moving ceremony. It is such a privileged to marry couples. The staff at Nevis Range were attentive and kind hosts, it is a day that no-one there will ever forget.
In Scotland, you have the freedom to choose the location, venue, timing and the content of your Humanist marriage ceremony. From castles to beaches, from Scottish islands to candle-lit city hotels or even the intimacy of your own home.
If you’re thinking about a Humanist Marriage Ceremony in Scotland, get in touch today. We’d be delighted to help you with any planning or questions you may have.