For those of you who have been asking, we are now married.
It was a fraught seven months after our handfasting at last August’s festival of history at Lanark, and unfortunately we were not able to arrange things before both my parents died.
However we tied the knot at a humanist service on May 5 - in a tipi, in the grounds of a listed Victorian mansion and just a mile or so from Dunnottar Castle.
This time around Rosalind was event manager (“Its my gig, I don’t want anything to go wrong at the last minute”) and everything went according to plan – apart from the hail which turned the ground white almost as soon as we sat down for a meal! But there was a roaring log fire inside which kept us warm.http://www.johnfife.co.uk/2012/05/bleth ... -knot.html
Scotland is one of only a handful of countries in the world where humanist weddings are legal, (without registrars etc) and that also gave us the scope to write our own service.
That came with another handfasting; remembrance candles; ring warming; music from our friends at Gaita; a song specially written for us and sung by a French musician friend; etc. Rosalind’s dress was made by Jane Ramsey (Jane’s Wardrobe) – which I suspect was just a ruse for pre wedding trips to France!!
And if I can ever figure out how to reduce the ‘raw’ wedding photos to a size suitable for here we’ll share some!