Written by George Smith, Celebrant at Fuze Ceremonies
When I first met with Natalie and Chris I just knew that officiating bespoke and personal humanist wedding ceremony was going to be very special. Being an Ayrshire Celebrant means I get to see the best of the best venues around, and Enterkine House in Annbank certainly falls into that category.
Enterkine is a privately owned Country House Estate who pride on themselves on attention to detail and forming relationships with every couple who choose their venue so 100% match those same values held by myself and all at Fuze Ceremonies. Their humanist wedding ceremony took place in the bespoke oak framed glass barn within the venue which provided a truly majestic backdrop of tranquil beauty both during and after their ceremony.
Chris and Natalie’s wedding is also featured on the Tie the Knot Scotland website.
Click HERE to see the full feature.
How They Met & First Date
“Natalie and Chris met in 2009 in the well-known Victoria’s, or Vicky’s nightclub on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street. Natalie said that Chris followed her around in the club until he got some Dutch courage to eventually speak to her. Chris, however, claims it was Natalie who followed him around!
Their first date was to TGI Fridays. Natalie was a wee student at the time, training to be a nurse, so that was a proper treat for her. Chris knew how much she loved TGI’s, especially the huge cocktails, so he treated her to one nearly every weekend thereafter.
On one of their early dates, Chris remembers left his jacket at Natalie’s, which was probably just a smart move, so that he had to go back for it.
Going Out & The Proposal
After that they became boyfriend and girlfriend and spent all their weekends together enjoying dinner and drinks. They also visited some beautiful countries together while saving up for their first home. BUT it was to take Chris 10 years to propose to Natalie! But Natalie did tell me it was well worth the wait. It was during a trip to Las Vegas that Chris popped the question on a trip to the Grand Canyon, and all in front of their families, providing one of their best memories ever.
Natalie and Chris chose to include the ancient Celtic ritual of Handfasting as part of their ceremony. This is the custom of binding your hands together with tartans or ribbon which is now practised in many cultures throughout the world. It is also the origin of two very well known wedding phrases, “Giving one’s hand in marriage” and “Tying the knot”.
Blessing of The Hands
These are the hands of your best friend, holding yours on your wedding day,
As you promise to love each other, today, tomorrow and forever.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future.
These are the hands that will love and cherish you through the years and will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will give you strength and support when you need it.
And lastly, these are the hands, that throughout your life together, will still be reaching for yours.
Still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
And as your hands are joined together now, so may your hearts always be…..
Time Capsule Symbolic Gesture
As part of their vows and promises to each other, Natalie and Chris include a Time Capsule symbolic gesture into their ceremony where a bottle of their favourite champagne, along with a copy of their 3 Promises, were locked inside a time capsule to be opened on their first anniversary. THey vowed drink the champagne and read their promise to each on that date one year from their wedding.
The who’s who of Natalie and Chris’s Wedding:
Wedding Date: 2nd July 2022
Add our smiles to yours
No two couples are the same so no two ceremonies should be the same. At Fuze we work alongside our couples to make their humanist wedding ceremony script is unique, personal and bespoke. It’s your day your way with us, so let us add our smiles to yours. To check George and all of our amazing celebrant’s live availability for your special date click here!
Celebrant at Fuze Ceremonies