Love in the Mist! – A Ben Nevis Wedding
Wedding ceremonies can take place in the most unique settings and my job as a Humanist Marriage Officer with the Fuze Foundation takes me to some spectacular locations here in the Scottish Highlands.
The Ben Nevis Range is one of those unusual and dramatic venues that can host a wide range of events including bespoke wedding ceremonies with the most awe inspiring landscape as a backdrop for a couple’s special day.
It was my pleasure recently to conduct the marriage ceremony for Robb and Amy Walker at this location, who with friends and family braved the Scottish mists and Highland rain to tie the knot one blustery August afternoon. Amy and Robb had decided on their mountain venue after falling in love with Scotland and visiting the Nevis Range to secure their wedding date earlier on in the year, so when they asked me to be their Highland wedding celebrant I was delighted.
Heather, the wedding co-ordinator was on hand throughout the day to make sure everything ran smoothly. She greeted the wedding guests as she ushered us all onto a somewhat swinging gondola!
The wedding party ascended into the mists of the mountainside for the 15 minute journey up to the top gondola station where the ceremony was to take place. With the forecast for heavy rain and winds gusting to 40mph, the intrepid bridegroom, best man and guests arrived safely at the top. The original plan was to get married outdoors on a spot the couple had already chosen a little way from the Snowgoose Centre. However, with the unpredictable nature of the weather, it was decided to move into the function room and use the balcony terrace for photographs as the weather allowed.
The function room comfortably accommodated the 25 guests and doubled as a reception room for champagne and canapés after the ceremony. With the groom and best man waiting nervously at the top, the bride and bridesmaids began their journey up the mountain. On their arrival, they were piped in by Alistair Weir, much to the delight of guests and Ben Nevis visitors.
The Ben Nevis wedding is one that will be very much remembered by us all.
Robb and Amy had worked closely with me to create a ceremony that was very personal and intimate, involving family and friends in gestures and readings.From the bespoke bouquet of individual flowers chosen by all the guests, to the vows that Amy and Robb wrote themselves, each part of the ceremony was unique and truly reflected the personalities of the bride and groom.
With breaks in the clouds, Gavin MacQueen, from Alba Wedding Photography, cleverly worked his magic to make full use of the atmospheric conditions. The mountain mists enveloped Robb and Amy as they sealed their union with a kiss.
I’d like to share their beautiful vows with you and hope that you can imagine what a special and truly memorable ‘love in the mist’ wedding I was so privileged to be a part of.
If you are willing to take me as your husband/wife I will share my love and laughter with you.
If you are willing to be at my side for ever then we will share our journey to the stars.
If you are willing to lay beside me at night we will bring light to each other’s dark dreams.
If you are willing to chase the wind with me we can climb any mountain that sits before us.
If I promise, with our family and friends as witnesses, to cherish your heart as my own,
Will you be my wife/husband?
Comments from Amy and Robb
Thank you, we had a brilliant day. It was a beautiful ceremony which was largely due to you and all the hard work you put into writing the script. All our guests commented on how intimate and personal the ceremony was, many said it was the best they’d been to and they really felt as if they were a part of it too. We loved every minute of it.
Thank you again, Robb and Amy