• Welcome...my name's Neil...I'm a Humanist Celebrant

    and I provide professional services for...

    Weddings & Civil Partnerships

    Vow Renewals, Commitment Ceremonies

    Welcoming & Naming Ceremonies

    Humanist Funerals & Memorials

    anywhere - everywhere - all over Scotland

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  • Who am I?

    I'm a sports-mad, globetrotting chap with a love of the wild, natural history,

    big bikes and all the good things in life...

    an optimist, an all-round-believer in no such thing as an ordinary life. I like to have a laugh. 😅😆😁
    I've had a full and varied work career; 30 years in the Police, Solicitor's Agent, Sports Project Coordinator,Tennis Coach, Bus Driver, Tournament Referee, Transport Manager at London 2012 Olympics, (what an experience that was!) 6 years working in Iraq as a Forensic Programme Consultant, Barman, Course Instructor, Truck Driver...

    dog lover, wind-up Dad and irritating Granda too!...visited over 50 countries...lived in London, Edinburgh, Iraq & the Highlands of Scotland...the list goes on and on !

    Experience all you can in life!
    I am now a fully trained husband and dad to a girlie Welsh spaniel puppy (Tanni)! -

    - & Humanist Celebrant available throughout Scotland.
    My Humanist beliefs are coupled with my vast experience of working with people in various roles for over forty years and have added, not only to my caring nature, but strengthened my strong interest in helping people. I've experienced tragedy and triumph and always look for the positives.

    Please contact me to discuss how I can make your day, your ceremony, extra special.

    Designed by you, for you. Your day, your say, your way. 💘

    Neil Lynch

    Humanist Celebrant

    Tanni

    my occasional ceremony escort

    isn't she simply gorgeous?

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    memorable days

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    if it's white, she'll get underneath it!..tablecloth...wedding dress...

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    unforgetable occasions

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  • What do I do?

    I design and deliver loving, sincere & personal ceremonies for you; your say, your way, for your day

    Why have a Humanist ceremony ?

    any time, any place, anywhere in Scotland !

    My non-religious ceremonies are a really happy occassion. Every ceremony is designed to your choices, to encompass your beliefs and requirements. Imagine a ceremony that marks a major life event in a way that is personal, sincere, and honest…

    Perhaps welcoming a much-loved baby to the world with a bespoke naming ceremony.

    Or celebrating a couple’s marriage in a way that is sincere, warm, loving and genuine, that’s about the two of them and their relationship, and is full laughter and perhaps a few tears too.

    Or a funeral that focuses on the person who had died and the life they led – not on the idea of an afterlife – but recalling the happy times, the loving times - and provides a dignified and sincere way of saying goodbye.https://www.humanism.scot/humanist-ceremonies/why-choose-us/

     

     

    Weddings & Civil Partnerships

    be different, be adventurous, be original !

    Your ceremony is designed especially for you, to reflect your

    individuality , your hopes and dreams.

    A humanist wedding ceremony gives you the opportunity to marry where you want, when you want and how you want. You can set the tone that’s right for you and choose your own words and music. From castles to beaches, from Scottish islands to candle-lit city hotels or even the intimacy of your own home, I can give you and your guests a wonderful Humanist wedding or civil partnership in Scotland. Scotland is one of only eight countries in the world where Humanist wedding ceremonies are legal, the others being Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, Ireland and some parts of the US.https://www.humanism.scot/humanist-ceremonies/weddings_civil_partnerships/wedding-ceremony-ideas/

    photo; Copyright © 2018 Lauren McGlynn

     

    Vow Renewals & Commitment Ceremonies

    make it special, make it memorable, make it all about YOU !

    Your Vow Renewal Ceremony will be designed with you, for you, expressing your life, your love and your hopes for the future.

    You choose every aspect, every element, so that your ceremony reflects your individuality and uniqueness as a couple.

    Your Ceremony can be an intimate occasion with a small number of family and friends or part of a large celebration. It can be as formal or informal as you would like.

    You can hold your Ceremony where you wish. It can be an indoor or outdoor location of your choice: at a hotel or a village hall, in your home or garden, or at a special beauty spot. It is up to you!

    Welcoming & Naming Ceremonies

    let's all get together...:-)

    Naming ceremonies are increasingly popular as people recognise they can celebrate the arrival of a child not only with a party or celebration, but also with tradition, promises and sincerity. The arrival of a new child into a family is a very special time and you might want to celebrate with a baby naming. I would be delighted and honoured to assist you with some ideas which you may want to consider and aim to end up with a unique naming ceremony for your child or children that reflects you and you beliefs as well as incorporating an event which will be sincere, dignified and a lot of fun.
    I will provide you with lots of ideas and examples to help you decide what you would like to include in the ceremony as each ceremony is unique, tailored to your requirements.https://www.humanism.scot/humanist-ceremonies/naming/naming-ceremony-ideas/

    Humanist Funerals & Memorials

    recall the happy times, the loving times, the life to celebrate...

    The death of someone we know and love is often shocking and painful, even if it is expected.

    Humanist funerals and memorial services offer a personal and fitting way to say goodbye to those who have lived without religion.

    Humanist funerals bring people together to express sadness at the loss but also to celebrate the life lived. They focus sincerely and affectionately on the person who has died, paying tribute to the connections they made and left behind and the way they lived their life.

    Whilst a funeral director is the professional most likely to deal with the practical arrangements of a funeral, what type of ceremony you choose is entirely up to you. And since funerals themselves have no legal status, humanist funerals – like all others – can be held in a variety of places, although in practice most are held in crematoria, cemeteries or woodland burial sites.https://www.humanism.scot/humanist-ceremonies/funerals/funeral-poems-readings-music/

    Oops!...the perils of wearing a lightweight kilt in breezy Scotland!

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    a tongue in cheek article ; 22 Reasons You Definitely Shouldn't Get Married In Scotland

  • Client pics & ceremonies

    happy days, days filled with love 💘😍

    Katie and Jack finally says their "I DO's" - hooray!

    01 December 2018 - GG's Yard, Gatehouse of Fleet

    Katie & Jack got married...after 14 years together! FOURTEEN YEARS! Yippee!❤️ at the stunning venue that is GG's Yard, Gatehouse of Fleet. Their love brought much brightness to a winter day.

     

    Fairy Glen...a mysterious almost magical place for Jamie & Kent to tie the knot

    27 November 2018 - Isle of Skye

    a breezy and decidely chilly location today for the wedding ceremony of Jaime & Kent from Walnut Creek, California. The weather did not deter them though as the hugged each other in the wind, looked adoringly at each other and exchanged knowing glances throughout the ceremony. The Eskimo has fifty-two names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love. ❤️

    Neil, we were so glad for you to be part of our special day and honoured to be wed in your beautiful country. We will cherish our memories of you and your country for years to come...until we return!!!

    Jaime & Kent

     

    Holly & Lee, love, laughter and a couples of Doodles.

    Thainstone House - 20 November 2018

    and to Inverurie, to the Thainstome House Hotel, for the wedding of local couple from Elgin, Holly & Lee. They tied the handfasting knot using family tartans and sprinkled water from Findhorn (where Lee proposed) and the river Lossie in Elgin over the knot. Lots of love and laughter during the ceremony from their guests. They even brought their two doodles with them, appropriately dressed in floral collars. Nice. 😊🐕
    Live long and love lots Mr & Mrs Stephen! Congratulations.

    Thank you very much Neil, you were excellent. You made it a lot easier for me also, kept me calm and very accommodating. All the best and I will see you again some day, cheers.

    Lee Stephen

    Rafaela & Angus...Brazil & Scotland...two great footballing nations get together...;-)

    17 November 2018 - Pittodrie House, Pitcaple

    bem vindo a Escócia to Rafaela & Angus, to Pittodrie House Hotel at Pitcaple, where we gathered to witness and celebrate the marriage of Rafa and Gus following their wedding in Brazil. Much love, 😍 much joy, much happiness for this lovely couple. They just fit together, like pieces of a jigsaw. And they had an unconventional quaich toast to each other - with yoghurt! 😯 They do things differently in Brazil! viver muito e amar muito (live long & love lots).🇧🇷🏴

    Neil, We thought choosing a Humanist wouild be a difficult, time consuming task but as soon as we saw your photos and read your website - we were taken. You always had a smile on your face and kind words to offer. We wanted nothing more. Our ceremony was something straight out of our dreams, so full of love! You tailored every little bit around us and made us feel exactly the way we wanted to; free from pressure and comfortable. The moment was about nothing but what we felt for each other. Words will never be enough to thank you for everything, so please be assured that the ceremony which you conducted will live forever in our memories, always accompanied by a smile. We couldn’t have chosen a better celebrant! What a beautiful ceremony it was. Thank you and obrigada a million times for everything. Rafaela & Angus

     

    Crystal & Kris....their love spans an ocean!

    07 November 2018 - Loch Ness Country House Hotel, Inverness

    These two lovebirds were 1000's of miles apart geographically but their love brought them together - Crystal flew in from California and joined her beau Kris from Wick...and they married in an intimate and personal elopement wedding at Loch Ness Country House hotel. Both dog lovers, Tanni was there by special invitation...and rewarded with a new toy, Foxxy. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Davidson..live long & love lots.

    Thank you so much, Neil! You and Tanni made our ceremony so special and perfect, and Kris and I couldn’t be happier!

    Emma & Struan do it differently...do it their way...do it right!

    3 November 2018 - Gordon Castle, Fochabers

    My first visit to Gordon Castle, Fochabers for the wedding of the crazy and unconventional Emma & Struan. 😜. They chose the beautiful walled garden for the ceremony, with a lovely backdrop of maturing flowerbeds 💐🌸🏵️and a 100m long aisle for the bridal proccession! 😮. They laughed and joked throughout the ceremony, had a right old carry-on, ensuring everyone was relaxed and had fun fun fun. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Robertson. That was a good one! And a great choice as a wedding venue.
    Gordon Castle Estate, Walled Garden and the Gordon Castle Scotland brand are the results of eight years hard work by Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox since they took over the running of the Estate in 2008. Completed as one of Scotland’s largest houses in the 1770s by the Duke of Gordon, Gordon Castle is the spiritual home of the House of Gordon, one of Scotland’s oldest families. The estate nestles in the Spey valley, in the heart of whisky country, with a stretch of the Spey River running through the estate, which boasts some of the best salmon fishing in the world. The castle was used during the Great War as an auxiliary hospital for soldiers returning from the front and was then sold back to the Crown in 1938 following two successive deaths leaving the family with unmanageable death duties to pay. It fell into disrepair before being ‘rescued’ by war hero and much loved soldier Lieutenant General Sir George Gordon Lennox (grandson of the 7th Duke of Richmond and Gordon) after World War Two. He was forced to knock down much of the original house due to dry and wet rot, but he and his wife began the loving restoration, which Angus Gordon Lennox (Grandson of Sir George) and his wife Zara, continue today. Upon arrival they decided that an estate of such historical importance and significance had to be brought into the 21st century and was in dying need of renovation. The traditional activities of farming, accommodation and fishing are not enough to sustain it in the long term. A major diversification programme was needed. It was decided that the once traditional sporting Estate was to be transformed into a multi-faceted attraction for the community and visitors alike. Today, the Estate offers exclusive use accommodation in the Castle, self-catering holiday cottages, world-class salmon fishing, Walled Garden visitor attraction, natural children’s play area and a café serving delicious fresh food from the garden and local suppliers. The Walled Garden is an ongoing £1.2 million restoration and renovation project to breathe life back into this historic Scottish treasure. At over eight acres, the Garden is one of the largest in the country and once restored will be the largest fully productive walled garden in Scotland. Leading UK garden designer Arne Maynard has drawn up the design for its contemporary restoration. In its heyday, in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, it provided an abundance of fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and herbs for the Castle and Estate, and employment for many local people. It was laid mainly to raspberries in the 1950s and run as a commercial soft fruit farm during the latter half of the last century. In its best years over fifty tons of fruit were harvested. Eventually it became uneconomic and has since been kept on a low maintenance programme to preserve its integrity and the 249 espaliered fruit trees that line the walls. When Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox started the renovation back in 2013 the site was an overgrown field. Since then, the 15th century plot has been painstakingly restored. It's simply gorgeous now.

     

    Glen Tanar Estate Ballroom, Aboyne

    27 October 2018 - Hannah & James

    a grand estate for the wedding of Hannah and James,..nice to be back at this wonderful venue, a winter fairytale at The Ballroom at Glen Tanar (with the lovely and so helpful wedding coordinator Shona). It may have been snowing outside by the time we finished the ceremony but that did nothing to detract from the warm, fuzzy and loving feeling present in the room, much of it down to the readings from Sarah & Kim, and then the intimate, personal and meaningful vows, written by the couple and delivered beautifuly to each other. All in all a grand day.
    Glen Tanar Estate came into the Coats family in 1905, when George Coats, great grandson of the founder of the fine thread manufacturer, J&P Coats, bought the land from the Manchester MP and merchant banker, Sir William Cunliffe Brooks. The current owners, Michael and Claire Bruce, have lived in the Glen since 1986 and raised their three children there. They are the fourth generation of the Coats family to own and care for the Estate. Since its very beginnings, Glen Tanar has been inviting people to enjoy the great outdoors amidst 25,000 acres of beautiful Highland scenery. It's a special place that includes a National Nature Reserve and part of the spectacular Cairngorms National Park.The estate works in close partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Cairngorms National Park. Michael and Claire place great emphasis on conservation and responsible land management on this internationally important site. Theirs is a culture of gradually investing, of constantly improving, of adapting sensitively to changing times. In this way, they aim to balance the needs of a growing business with those of a rural community and unique natural environment.

     

    Coul House, Contin

    20 October 2018 - Emma & Alan

    My first visit to Coul House, Contin today, Saturday, for the wedding of Emma & Alan from Invergordon. Emma wore a stunning dress, Alan as cool as cucumber. They exchanged knowing glances and smiles throughout the ceremony which illustrated their deep love for each other. Love stories like theirs have no endings. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Renwick. 💘 A Gothic and Classical masterpiece, the house as it currently stands was built in 1821 for Sir George Steuart (unusual spelling of Stuart) Mackenzie, 7th Baronet (1780–1848). It was designed by Edinburgh brothers Richard and Robert Dickson (usually simply referred to as R & R Dickson), acting as architects in Scotland in the early and mid-19th century. Whilst most of their work is typified by remote country houses they are best known for their magnificent spire on the Tron Kirk in the heart of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile. The brothers designed in a variety of styles from Gothic to Classical. Their buildings are both sound and attractive and most are now listed buildings including Coul House which is a category A listed building, primarily due to its ornate plasterwork on the ground floor ceilings and the horizontal plane windows; many of which were changed in the Victorian times but some can still be seen in the lounge bar and most of the ground floor windows at the entrance side of the building. The place has a colourful past...in 1831 Sir George`s fourth son Robert Ramsay, at the tender age of 19, caused quite the scandal when he was exposed for having an affair with Captain James Murrays’ 29 year old wife. He had to flee the country quickly; taking the first ship he could to Sydney Australia to join his brother James. Somewhat later Robert became the Premier of Queensland, Australia. Sir Robert Evelyn Mackenzie, 12th Baronet of Coul, was the one who, due to hard times, had to sell off the land and ultimately the house, which sold in 1949 for three thousand pounds. The house was initially split in to two halves with interior partitions and separate landlords renting out the converted bedrooms as flats. It stayed that way till the 1960s when each half was converted again and opened as two guest houses, before coming together as one in 1968. In 1978 the house sold again and opened up as a licensed hotel. Text © Coul House.There's a couple of magnificent trees in the grounds...a Giant Sequoia Redwood and and Scots Pine, both well over 120 feet tall.

    Laichmoray Hotel, Elgin

    19 October 2018 - Robyn & Chris

    Laichmoray Hotel yesterday for the wedding of Robyn & Chris. Their wee boy Alfie was a star, stole the show, in a venue beautifully decorated by Robyn. Simple, bohemian style in an intimate, close family attended ceremony. Congratulations Mr & Mrs McMahon

    Glencoe

    13 October 2018 - Karlie & James

    it may be chucking it down but there's history here, past, present and in the making, there's love here and nothing is going to dampen the joy of Karlie & James from Glenrothes as they say their "I DO's" among the stunning yet intimate backdrop of Glencoe. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Cumming..it was a wet one but a great one! Lovely working in the rain with Margaret Soraya Photography again.🙂 Signal Rock is located within the woodlands of An Torr, a National Trust site of beauty. There are many stories linked to Signal Rock but it is most famous for its connection to the Glencoe Massacre. This rock is said to be the place where the signal was given for the attack on the MacDonalds of Glencoe. The story claims this is where a fire was started at 5am to give the signal to the soldiers to begin the vicious attack on the village, but local experts claim this is not correct and the rock was used for other purposes. The rocks original title is “Tom a Ghrianain” meaning the knoll of the sun, and it is said that Druids used this rock because it’s a great location to view the rising of the sun and the sun setting and used for worshiping the sun. It is also claimed that this was a meeting place of the MacDonalds to reach in case of an emergency, or the site where a beacon would be lit by the clan to warn of any dangers and this could be another link to the Glencoe Massacre. Whatever the correct reason Signal Rock is still a historical location and deserves a visit.

    Brig o Doon House

    12 October 2018 - Lynsey & Ian

    Lovely place for a wedding...👰🏼🎩❤️...the wedding of a lovely couple, Lynsey & Ian.. He was a bit nervous, she giggled throughout the ceremony...plenty laughs together, but the deep love they have for each other was evident. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Stewart. Enjoy the honeymoon in Mauritius! Set along the banks of the River Doon and across from the Burns Memorial Gardens, this tranquil hotel in an ivy-covered house is a 6-minute walk from the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Situated within an area of outstanding natural beauty, Brig o’ Doon House Hotel offers a sumptuous and relaxing retreat in the midst of historical Ayrshire, the very birthplace of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns. The bridge is located near Alloway and crosses the River Doon. It is a single Arched Bridge, with a steeply humped span of 72 feet (22 m) and a rise of 26 ft (7.9 m). It has been repaired many times, most recently in 1978, and many parts of the stonework do not match. The Brig o' Doon, sometimes called the Auld Brig or Old Bridge of Doon, is a late medieval bridge in Ayrshire, Scotland, and a Category A structure. The B7024 public road is carried over the River Doon New Bridge of Doon, a single-arch stone bridge built downstream of the old one in 1816 to cope with increasing traffic.The old bridge was sold to the builders of the new bridge as a quarry for material, but money was raised to purchase the old bridge back, and the trustees of the new bridge decided to quarry somewhere else.The bridge is thought to have been built in the early fifteenth century. According to John R. Hume, the bridge was built by James Kennedy, who died in 1465, but the first recorded mention was in 1512. The bridge was described as "ruinous" in 1593. The bridge features on the 2007 series of £5 notes issued by the Bank of Scotland, alongside the statue to Robert Burns, that is located in Dumfries.

    "Thank you so much for Friday, the ceremony was perfect from start to finish and lots of people asked me where I found you! It was fabulous and couldn’t thank you enough! " Lynsey Stewart

    Nevis Range, Fort William

    7 October 2018 - Heather & Anton

    And today, let's go to the Nevis Range Mountain Experience at Torlundy, Fort William for a wedding which was intended to be at the top where we would experience stunning views from 650m on the UK’s only Mountain Gondola. But sadly, the wind is too strong to run the gondolas so Plan B comes into play...and Cupid has to move elsewhere...as Heather and Anton declare their love and commitment to each other in the surrounding woodland at the gondola base station and Pinemarten Cafe Bar at the bottom. They live on a house boat you know.... Today they delivered their vows, jumped the broom, had a quaich toast and presentation of the family tartan to the groom from the father of the bride and his new father-in-law, in the company of good friends and family. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Haynes!💘
    And thank you to Nevis Range Mountain Experience staff who pulled out all the stops to ensure the couple got what they wanted - despite the weather. The Nevis Range Mountain Gondola – the only of its kind in Britain, is built on the north face of Aonach Mor, the 8th highest mountain in Britain, on the outskirts of Fort William originally as a way to transport skiers to the slopes. However, the Mountain Gondola is also an amazing visitor attraction in its own right, allowing visitors to enjoy the scenic ride, whilst absorbing the stunning views and clear mountain air, feeling fully refreshed on their journey back to firm ground. The Mountain Gondola is also widely used as a short cut by Climbers to the many challenging Winter routes and Hill Walkers to access Summer routes, plus Mountain Bikers who ride the exciting & challenging downhill tracks, also by paragliders and hangliders on their journey to the clouds. The Gondola journey allows you to take in breathtaking panoramic views of the Scottish Highlands whatever the season, including the Great Glen, Ben Nevis and surrounding areas. On a clear day this spectacular view can extend as far as the Inner Hebrides. There are 2 relatively easy walks accessible from the top Gondola station to either, Sgurr Finnisg-aig (approx 45min return walk) or Meall Beag (1hr return walk), enabling all our visitors young and old alike to enjoy and appreciate the magnificence and ruggedness of the Scottish Highlands. Gondolas transport visitors from 100m to 650m up the mountain and takes approximately 12 – 15 minutes each way.

    GG's Yard, Gatehouse of Fleet

    6 October 2018 Kath & Jason tie the knot

    back down south, to Dumfriesshire and GG's Yard again at Laggan Gatehouse of Fleet. Love this place, great place for a wedding, Vicki, her mum Jackie and the staff so helpful and welcoming. And today it was Kath and Jason who tied the knot there and are now the new Mr & Mrs Jootun. Congratulations!

    "From the first Skype conversation with Neil we knew we had chosen a great celebrant for our wedding. Neil is funny, warm and made us feel really relaxed about the whole process of writing our own ceremony which could have been daunting. Neil created a beautiful ceremony for us that was so personal. All our guests commented on how lovely it was and how great it was that Neil had clearly taken the time to get to know us as a couple. The whole ceremony captured exactly what was important and we enjoyed every second, every word meant something to us. Thank you so much Neil."

    The Principal, Edinburgh

    5 October 2018 Claire & James

    so today, I'm back in my home town, Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh, at the Principal Hotel on George Street (formerly the George Hotel) for the wedding of local couple Claire & James. 💘But before we begin...do you have the Schedule James?...🤔erm, no, Claire has it. Ok. Do you have the schedule Claire...erm, 🤔no, James has it. No he has not!...Oops, they say, it's back home! 40 minute taxi ride each way for the groom! Just so many things to remember, so many things. But we got it together, got the show on the road. They were both a wee bit emotional during the ceremony but both loved it! And were happy as ever afterwards. 🤗Problems?...no, no problem, we're flexible, we're adaptable. But...DON"T FORGET THE MARRIAGE SCHEDULE! 😳 Congratulations Mr & Mrs Mackenzie. 👩‍❤️‍👨
    The Principal Edinburgh George Street is a historic hotel, known for over 100 years as The George Hotel, located at 19–21 George Street in Edinburgh. The five townhouses on George Street that make up the hotel's historic core, Nos. 15-25, were constructed around 1780 as part of Edinburgh's New Town, to designs by John Young. They are now a category A listed building. In 1840, No. 19 George Street was remodeled by architect David Bryce, as the headquarters of the Caledonian Insurance Company. It is today the hotel's main entrance. For the past 200 years the property has been a prestigious address. In Georgian times the poet Robert Burns paid many visits to No. 25, as did the author Sir Walter Scott. In more modern times celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Omar Sharif, Jack Lemmon and Kylie Minogue have visited. And today, Tanni and I were made to feel very welcome by the staff - big shout out to Derek Christie Photography, great to work with, I'm looking forward to his official photographs.

    "Thank you so much to Neil Lynch for being part of our big day. You are one in a million, the service was stunning and the script you put together was beautiful we couldn’t have asked for more. Loved having Tanni there also such a lovely dog we are chuffed to bits she was part of our special day also. I literally can’t wait to watch it back when we get our wedding videos in. Highly recommended Neil to anyone getting married...I’ve already had people asking me for your details because of how amazing you were. We had a slight hiccup at the start when we left our marriage schedule at home so groom had to make a mad dash home for it- however Neil and Tanni kept everyone calm so many compliments about them! Thank you again🙌🏼❤️ lots of love Claire and Jamie xxx"

    The Quiraing, Skye

    4 October 2018 Kath & Brad

    Kathryn McConnachie and Bradley from Johannesburg, South Africa swapped an African summer for a Scottish autumn/winter to marry at the Quiraing with family and friends. And the weather fairy was kind...the hailstones didn’t arrive until after they finished reading their beautiful, self composed, loving and at times humorous vows to each other. We had a few laughs, the diva Tanni was in her element. Thanks to Danny Birrell Photography and Alan MacKenzie, Skye piper. And congratulations to Mr & Mrs Stephenson.

    If you're considering booking Neil as your celebrant - DO IT! We planned our elopement style wedding all the way from South Africa, and from my very first contact with Neil, he was incredibly friendly and helpful. He guided us through the process of getting married in Scotland and helped us immensely by putting us in touch with various suppliers. When we met him on the day, it felt like we already knew him. He was so calm and accommodating. His warmth and sense of humour were infused throughout the beautiful ceremony and set the tone for an incredible day. He helped us create something that was a genuine reflection of ourselves and our relationship. Our guests absolutely loved the whole experience. Neil, we can't thank you (and Tanni!) enough. You formed an integral part of what will be a most treasured memory for us and our families forever. Kath & Brad xx

    Duisdale House, Skye

    2 October 2018 Kate & Jarrod

    Lovely place for a wedding. The rain’s off, sun’s shining, gardens looking great - so that’s where todays lovers 💕 have decided to say their “I DO’s with close family and friends in attendance. Tanni is also a required attendee.🐶 Kate and Jarrod are from Bourkelands, a southern suburb of Wagga Wagga in southern New South Wales, Australia and have come all the way to Skye to tie the knot at the Duisdale House Hotel.
    It was a delight to work again with Rosie from Love Skye Photography today.
    Overlooking the Sound of Sleat — not far from the elegant curve of the bridge connecting the Isle of Skye to the mainland — Duisdale House Hotel sits on a hill in an isolated spot with lovely views. This Victorian former hunting lodge has 18 stylish rooms, many of which face the sea. During warm months yachts tie up at the hotel’s five moorings and there’s an unpretentious Chart Room bar, popular with both “yachties” and guests. Duisdale House Hotel started life in 1865 as a Victorian hunting lodge before being converted into a hotel in the 1900s.

    Hi Neil, Thanks so much for everything yesterday, it was just lovely! Will definitely keep you posted with photos etc! All the very best, will be in touch soon (and love to Tanni)

     

    Mansfield House, Elgin

    28 September 2018 - Eilidh & Ross

    For the wedding of local couple Eilidh & Ross .💗Their beautiful wee girl Bella almost stole the show but helped relax them both - she was a star! ⭐️ And the look on Eilidh’s face with the big quaich tease! Marvellous. 😆Congratulations Mr & Mrs Smith! Great to work with Nikki Morgan from Fledgling Photography again.

    "We can not recommend Neil enough as a celebrant. He made both of us feel so relaxed and our ceremony was beautiful, funny and made to feel so personal. He is extremely professional and a genuinely lovely witty person. Thank you very much from Mr and Mrs Smith. X"

    Innes House, Elgin

    22 September 2018 - Victoria & Aaron

    And yet more 💕 love at Innes House, for the wedding of Forres lovers Victoria & Aaron and where two hearts intertwine to become one. Stunning dress worn by Vicky who was a little nervous, both she and Aaron a wee bit emotional. To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Mclellan !💘

    "On behalf of my husband & I, we honestly can not recommend Neil enough, he was amazing from start to finish! It was an answer pleasure having Neil as our celebrant. We both turned up to the ceremony a nervous wreck & as soon as the ceremony started, he put us both at ease. Neil was an absolute dream to work with. The amount of praise I have had from everyone about the ceremony is unreal, that’s all down to you Neil! Thank you so much for everything, you really a star ⭐️"

    Pittodrie House, Inverurie

    22 September 2018 - Joanna & Mark

    Love is in the air😍 ...for the wedding of Joanna & Mark, lovely young couple from Cove in Aberdeen. They composed very original, touching and amusing vows, they lit a candle in memory of those no longer with us (which later in the ceremony I got too close to!🔥..."what a laugh...celebrant almost set himself on fire" they'll be saying for years to come!) and finished off with the sand ceremony. It's those little things that make a humanist wedding memorable. 🤣 Congratulations Mr & Mrs Craig !
    Pittodrie House is thought to be mainly early to mid 17th century in date, however it is built around an earlier core – possibly dating back to 1490 – evident in the vaulted cellars of the detached north wing. The house stands in its own 2,400 acre estate some six miles from Inverurie and less than 20 miles from the centre of Aberdeen. The estate extends to the summit of Bennachie, the iconic hill which dominates this part of Aberdeenshire. The location of the site of a Pictish fort on Mither Tap, the shoulder of Bennachie overlooking the rear of Pittodrie House, and the presence of the magnificent Maiden Stone, a Pictish symbol stone, beside the road half a mile north east of the hotel, show that the area had high status residents from an early date. In the early 1300s King Robert the Bruce granted the lands here to the Erskine family, and they built a castle know as Maiden Castle nearby. Pittodrie House was built by the Erskines as an L-plan tower house in about 1480 after Maiden Castle had been destroyed by fire, and over the following four centuries a series of updates and changes were made to the structure, with utterly charming results. Shipping magnate George Smith brought the house in 1896, and his grandson Theo Smith opened it as a hotel in 1977. The fine front door, surmounted by an Erskine family crest, leads you into the hotel's reception.

    The Quiraing in Skye...

    18 September 2018 - Katie & Jake

    All the way from Oz with family and friends, to declare their love 💕 in the magical, mystical place that is the Quiraing. Midges, rain, wind...nothing could dampen the love between Katie & Jake. Congratulations!! Mr & Mrs Wood

    Elgol in Skye...family love

    17 September 2018 - Krista & Stephen - and baby Lucy too!

    a little thatched cottage on the south west corner of Skye near Kilbride today, that's where I am...for the elopement wedding of Krista & Stephen, all the way from Alberta in Canada with beautiful baby Lucy. It may have been lashing rain and strong winds outside but the warmth of their love kept us all cosy today. It was going to be at Loch Coruisk...good decision to change the venue. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Kendell. 😍

    "Neil was professional yet easy going and friendly. We felt like we’ve known him forever which made our day even more personal. It was a wonderful afternoon. Thank you Neil!"

    Achnagairn Castle

    16 September 2018 - Ella & David create a little bit of magic

     

     

    Royal Deeside today....

    15 September 2018 - Claire and Neil

    from the wild and rugged glens of Glencoe yesterday to the tranquil riverside of the River Dee at Banchory Lodge today, with fabulous views of the river and countryside. The perfect place for a wedding and a retreat nestled in the heart of Royal Deeside. I'm here for the wedding of Claire & Neil from Westhill in Aberdeen. Quite a contrast but just as much love and fun. Plenty of laughs, Neil and Claire’s niece, Lily-Jane did the handfasting for me. Tanni made herself at home at the request of the couple too. "What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

     

    Glen Etive....again...it must be the majesty of the place

    14 September 2018 Cheyenne & Andy do it the Scottish way!

    back to Glen Etive again today, to the beautiful estate of Dalness House, for the commitment ceremony of Cheyenne & Andy from Missouri, US. Much love while they and their guests did the Scottish cuddle, toasted with the quaich and finished off jumping over the broom. Some place this...beautiful house, stunning scenery, peace and tranquility in abundance.
    Dalness House, built in 1884 and recently refurbished to the highest standard, provides modern living whilst retaining much of the traditional Scottish Highland Estate character. The imposing Victorian Lodge is a house for all occasions and all seasons, where guests can choose to relax in comfort, or enjoy a variety of outdoor pursuits.
    Sitting in an enviable river-side position in the midst of the spectacular scenery of Glen Etive and Glencoe; Dalness Estate extends to 13,000 acres, boasts five Munros and offers a wide range of outdoor activities. A great place for a wedding. And once owned by the Fleming family - Ian Fleming's family that is, writer of the James Bond movies.

     

    Glen Etive....their favourite place

    13 September 2018 Iane & Richard get hitched

    Wild, windswept & rugged countryside this morning, for the wedding of Iane (from Germany) & Richard (from Wales) at Glen Etive, a glen in the Highlands of Scotland. Their marriage is simply a symbol of their love and devotion for one another - and for never wanting to let the other go again. "I can’t give her all the best things in life" he said..."but I can give her my life, my love and my heart until the day I die - and spoil her each chance I get." Aaww. 😍 Congratulations Mr & Mrs Sweeting!
    The River Etive rises on the peaks surrounding Rannoch Moor, with several tributary streams coming together at the Kings House Hotel, at the head of Glen Coe. From the Kings House, the Etive flows for about 18 km, reaching the sea loch, Loch Etive. It's also where a scene in the James Bond movie Skyfall was filmed.
    Did you know: There are grade-four rapids with a range of waterfalls and pools, and it goes without saying that it's a magnet for hillwalkers and climbers too.

     

    Bogbain Farm, Inverness

    9 September 2018 - keep it simple

    for the wedding of Iona and Liam...a young couple so much in love, so devoted to each other and so looking forward to spending the rest of their life together. They asked Tanni 🐶to bring the rings forward, which she did perfectly...then checked out Liam in a rather personal way! "I'm a married man!" exclaimed Liam...😂Lots of laughs, loads of love, they're like two pieces of a jigsaw, they fit together perfectly. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Kay. A lovely couple. 😍

    "Myself and my new hubby cannot recommend Neil enough, he was amazing from start to finish in planning our wedding vows. Neil is a wonderful man and so smart and in tune with others. We really felt he managed to draw out of us what was needed for our ceremony and he is a joy to work with. I wish Neil the best of luck in his job as a celebrant, he truly is amazing at what he does and feel honoured to have had him (and the adorable Tanni!) as part of our wedding. X"

     

    Glenmore Forest, Aviemore

    11 September 2018 - beautiful woodland setting

    for todays wedding of Kat & Huw from Loughborough, in the wonderfully natural woodland setting of Glenmore Forest, with just the sounds of the birds and the breeze to hear. They are as weird and goofy as each other and share the exact same sense of humour. But they are SO much in love. Kat's understated dress illustrated her natural beauty, Huw, ruggedly handsome, relaxed and casual, they read their own composed and handwritten vows to each other...it was simply magical. True love stories never have endings. 😍

    Picture © Dylan Kitchener

     

    Cupid calls at Glentrium Castle

    1 September 2018 - Corrina & Ian declare their love

    Glentruim Castle today, for the wedding of Corrina and Ian,
    now Mr & Mrs Henderson...Congratulations!!!
    Built as a family home in the early 1840’s by Major Euan Macpherson, Glentruim Castle near Newtonmore in Invernesshire retain their traditional character whilst offering comfortable and elegant surroundings surrounded by the Cairngorm National Park.
    At the centre of the Glentruim estate is a stone marking the point in the Highlands furthest from the sea in every direction, the very heart of Scotland. Nearby is a cairn erected in memory of Ewan of Cluny, hero of the 1745 Jacobite Uprising. In this region, MacPherson ancestors fought as members of the great tribal confederation of Clan Chattan and took part in the battle of champions held on the North Inch of Perth in 1396. A kinsman was the publisher of the discredited, but nonetheless magical works of the Gaelic poet Ossian. The Highlands of Scotland, the legends and heroism of its past, were in his blood. While residing in Glentruim, he and his wife entertained not only the many Macpherson clansmen during their annual clan gatherings, but also shooting parties from around the world. Glentruim became a renowned place for hospitality and for excellent stories of past history. And prior to the circumstances which in 1997 forced him to part company with the estate, Euan Macpherson of Glentruim, psychologist, gifted the acre of land with the stone, and for the cairn to be built, in perpetuity to Clan Macpherson. It was a typical gesture from a man who valued tradition and honour. It meant that the clan, of which he was a chieftain, was able to hold on to something very special.

     

    Love flies at Innes House, Elgin for Kayleigh & Chris.

    25 August 2018

    second wedding of the day...Saturday...to Innes House, Elgin for the wedding of Kayleigh & Chris. Outoors in the garden, rain threatening but stayed away and the sun came out. Pre-match nerves from both of them but they relaxed once we started. Their self composed vows were simply beautiful. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Noble

     

    two weddings in one day - first to Lossiemouth

    25 August 2018 - Kristy & Josh tie the knot

    first wedding of the day...Saturday at Lossiemouth for the wedding of locals Kristy & Josh. They've known each other since they were kids aged just 6 & 8 years old. But it was many years later when they started dating, they fell in love and now they're married! Smiles, giggles and loving glances throughout the ceremony. Young love eh? Congratulations Mr & Mrs MacLeod

     

    The Barn at Barra Castle for the wedding of Amy & Jonny

    18 August 2018 - Old Meldrum

    Aberdeenshire today for the wedding of Amy & Jonny...to Barra Castle, an unusual L-plan tower house dating from the early 16th century, about two miles south of Oldmeldrum, above the Lochter Burn. It occupies the site of the Battle of Inverurie (1308), in which Robert Bruce defeated John Comyn, Earl of Buchan.
    Husband and wife team David and Sarah Stephen (aka Sarah Mack, tv broadcaster & presenter) are behind the magic that happens at Barra Castle. It’s not all that unusual to have a bit of a gap between getting the keys to a new property and actually settling in, especially when there are a lot of outstanding repairs to be made. But it took fully seven years before Sarah and David could even think about moving into their new home in Aberdeenshire.Together they renovated their much-loved family home, the 16th century tower house Barra Castle, and now they are on a mission to share this unique setting with visitors and guests. And a perfect place for a wedding. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Hay!

    "Hello Neil, Amy's mum here. Just want to say how fantastic the wedding ceremony was. Thank you so much! The day was wonderful from start to finish and the venue/location stunning. More importantly Amy and Jonny just radiated happiness. Many thanks. PS I remember you organising tennis tournaments at Elgin. Ros Wright."

    "Neil, I have known Amy since she was a baby and this was the perfect wedding. Kate Heathcote."
    "Neil married our daughter on Saturday. We had her assurance that Neil was good. He was excellent. He made the ceremony so beautiful, relaxed, sincere and all about Amy and Jonny. It moved me to joyful tears - his words with the backdrop of mellow Aberdeenshire countryside were perfect. I would recommend Neil wholeheartedly. He's fun!"

    a 16th century castle in Banffshire...perfect place for a wedding

    10 August 2018 - Castle of Park

    And today I'm pleased to find myself at Castle of Park, Cornhill, Banffshire, a place I checked out as a wedding venue for my own daughter about 15 years ago. And today I was delighted to find I was conducting the Castle's first wedding booking since the new laird, Becky Campbell Wilson, took over and made the castle available for bookings again, after a hiatus of over 10 years. But today it's Sarah & Lee's wedding, a couple of locals so full of laughter and fun that they had a great time with their friends and family during the ceremony. A few wee surprises, loads of laughs, a little nervousness from Sarah too...but all in all, a smashing afternoon in the sunshine.
    Congratulations Mr & Mrs Campbell!👩‍❤️‍👨💘
    In the centre of Banffshire, known for its Whisky Distilleries, Fishing, Castles and some of the most outstanding coastline in the world, you will find Castle of Park located in 40 acres of it’s private grounds and gardens. The owners have an eclectic collection of art and antiques and the house is still the main family home of the Campbell Wilson Clan. The interior of the 16th Century Castle is adorned with an eclectic collection of art and antiques. The previous Laird was an Art Dealer and his collection is very much part of what makes the Castle so special. The house is still the main family home of the Campbell Wilsons, who move to a service wing when there are guests and are very happy to personally discuss the history of the Castle. There are plenty of reception rooms for guests to escape to, including the impressive Great Hall, with it’s distinctive Painted Ceiling, the Drawing Room, the Billiards Room, the Chapel and the Vaulted Dining Room. And the newly constructed and adjacent pavillion is a wonderfuil place for a reception.

    The Estate has its own fold of Highland Cows and a small muster of Peacocks. Established in 1536, The Park Estate was originally part of the Royal Forest of Banff and was granted by King Alexander II to a Norman knight, Sir Walram de Normanville in 1242. The current Castle is a large rambling, harled mansion which may have foundations from the 13th Century, but was built or rebuilt into a Z-plan tower house in 1536. In the 1700’s a number of extensions were added to Park changing it from a fortified house into a large Georgian country mansion and in 1829 the final addition of a Gothic Tower was added. And the Castle is a great place for a wedding!

     

    Eloped all the way from Australia to Skye...

    08 August 2018 - Flodigarry Hotel, Skye

    For the wedding of Melissa and Allen, who have eloped from Australia, just the two of them. Allen had proposed at Edinburgh Castle in the most romantic way ever. Fortunately the rain stayed away long enough today, the midges too!...the sun shone and their love 💗 blossomed, illustrated by their deeply personal and self composed vows. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Mentiplay. 💕
    The Flodigarry has been a hotel since 1928 and the famous sea view is almost endless towards the majestic Torridon mountains and is equally impressive towards the iconic Quiraing. Flodigarry is a scattered settlement on the north east side of the Trotternish peninsula on the island of Skye. The small island of Eilean Flodigarry lies less than 1 kilometre off the coast with Sgier na Éireann just beyond to the north east. In 1750 the Jacobite Flora MacDonald and her fiancé Allan MacDonald were married and lived in a cottage in Floddigarry. In 2008 the singer KT Tunstall was married at the Flodigarry Hotel which abuts the cottage.

    "Neil was both professional and also personable , made myself and my now wife very relaxed during our ceremony but this was due to his commitment of keeping in touch for months prior to our secret elopement to the isle of Skye , the time he took and the little touches and advice he offered was second to none, Neil was simply amazing and made our special day the best day ever, thank you Neil from both myself and Melissa"

     

    West Lothian today...outside ceremony in the sunshine

    05 August 2018 - Houston House

    And to West Lothian today for Stacey & Jai’s wedding 👰 🎩💖 A big family wedding, lots of fun & laughter, plenty of revelry too. This place will be jumping tonight - for Stacey and Jai are real party people! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Whyte!
    Built in the 1600s and host to Mary Queen of Scots, Houstoun House is steeped in Scottish history.
    The earliest mention of the lands of Houstoun is in a charter of 1342, when David II granted them to William Douglas. The lands were later owned by the Houstoun family until 1569, when they were bought by Sir John Shairp, an advocate to Mary Queen of Scots. The house remained in the Shairp family until 1945, when it was sold to the architect Ian Gordon Lindsay, who had rented it from 1940 to 1945. His architectural practice was initially run from the basement.Lindsay died in 1966, and in 1969 and 1970 Houston House was refurbished and converted into a hotel by the architects Wheeler & Sproson.

     

    my good friends are now married!

    04 August 2019 - Eight Acres Hotel, Elgin

    A short trip for today’s wedding of Jessica & Kevin. And what a wedding it was!... with so many loving family & friends. Jessica and Kevin really illustrated their love for one another in a deeply personal and meaningful ceremony, a few laughs - and some tears too - and particularly intimate vows which they composed themselves and said to each other (oops! ...sorry Jess 😉). It was a joy to see their happiness combined with their love for each other and to contribute in a small way to their big day. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Stuart Btw - what a dress !...stunning!

    Neil, Thank you again for an amazing ceremony, and for hosting the day - you were brilliant. Every single person there said what a beautiful service it was and we couldn’t agree more. Jessica & Kevin

    With the kind permission of the couple I have reproduced their self-composed vows here, to illustrate how original and personal they can be;

    "Today, I Kevin promise you, Jessica, that I will laugh with you (my favourite comedian) cherish your smile and kindness.

    Comfort your occasional vulnerability and support your determination and passion that runs within you each day. I promise I will try to support our family with you, in a house filled with laughter, patience, understanding, compassion and love. Let us be partners, bes"t friends, and lovers, today and all of the days that follow.

    I vow not just to grow old together, but to grow together. I can't wait to live our journey. I will love you faithfully through the difficult and the easy. After all

    I belong with you,

    you belong with me,

    you're my sweetheart

    I Kevin accept you Jessica in marriage to be my legally wedded wife."

     

    "Today, I Jessica, promise you Kevin that I will love you faithfully and honestly through all of the good times and the bad, forever and always.

    You love me on the days when I forget to love myself and you support me in everything I choose to do. I promise to always listen to your advice, occasionally take it and never take you for granted. I will always be here for you when you need me, I will encourage and of course challenge you.

    I will do my best to be patient and forgiving and I’ll say sorry more, even though I’m always right. I’ll never stop trying to make you happy and I look forward to a life filled with friendship, love and laughter, with you as my handsome husband.

    I Jessica accept you Kevin in marriage to be my legally wedded husband."

     

    woodland weddings are so special

    03 August 2019 - The Dell of Abernethy

    A bit more local today for the woodland wedding of Bailey and Matthew who have eloped from Florida USA. What could be more wonderful than a woodland wedding?...the sights, sounds and scents of the great outdoors, The Dell of Abernethy, nestled within the Cairngorms wilderness of Speyside with just wildlife for company, for the rustic wedding of your dreams. We had a short walk to a little knoll within the woodland, lots of ground nesting birds nearby, dappled sunlight filtering through the Scots pine trees...the aroma was wonderful...all very romantic...it was another world from some of the more touristy parts of Speyside! Proprietor Polly does an amazing job of welcoming her guests to this peaceful and tranquil place and provides a unique setting that is so very, very special. Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Karpay on your marriage - and for choosing such a unique place for your wedding. Woodland weddings are magical.

     

    history meets romance in a Scottish Castle

    01 august 2019 - Urquhart Castle

    and up north and west today, to Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, for the commitment ceremony to celebrate the forthcoming marriage of medieval aficionados Brittany & Jacob from Texas, USA. I was particularly honoured to have been invited to conduct the ceremony here today as it could potentially be the last ceremony permitted by Historic Scotland in view of the thousands of tourists who can be on site daily. As a piper escorted us in, we gathered in the Grant Tower, just the couple and their few guests, where they were enthralled by the history and magic of the place...and my ceremony too of course! But no sign of Nessie today.
    Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart saw great conflict during its 500 years as a medieval fortress. Control of the castle passed back and forth between the Scots and English during the Wars of Independence. The power struggles continued, as the Lords of the Isles regularly raided both castle and glen up until the 1500s. The last of the government troops garrisoned here during the Jacobite Risings blew up the castle when they left. Urquhart’s iconic ruins remain, offering glimpses into medieval times and the lives of its noble residents.

     

    a stunning beach on the North coast...

    29 July 2018 - Melvich Beach, Sutherland

    on the road again today, northwards this time, to Melvich beach in Sutherland, the farthest north I've travelled on the mainland to conduct a wedding. (You can't get much further north!) And today, it's Anna & Joe from Norfolk. Anna has holidayed here since she was 12 years old and she loves the place. So too does Joe so they agreed it was the perfect place to have their wedding, on the beach with close friends and family. It was a breezy afternoon for sure! They've cycled together, camped together, swum together, climbed together, real out-doorsy people...and now they can do it all as newly married! Those outdoor weddings are so special...on the beach, in the woods, by a loch or in the hills...they're all magic!
    The little communities of Melvich and Portskerra are located at the end of Strath Halladale, where the River Halladale flows into the sea at Melvich Bay. Melvich itself lies on the main road that runs the entire length of the north Sutherland coast, while Portskerra can be found down a side road towards the sea. Sutherland, Mackay land. Melvich Beach, an unspoilt stretch of golden sands, lies at the head of the bay. It can be reached from the village by a signposted track which leads to a parking area just above the dunes. On the eastern side of the bay is Bighouse Lodge. Built in the 1760s, this large house was owned by the Mackays, who also owned the lands of Strath Halladale. As well as the lodge, there are also other buildings including the barracks, a walled garden, a garden pavillion and an ice house. It is believed that the barracks were used to house troops during the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. The Bighouse and its lands in Strath Halladale were sold to the Marquis of Stafford and the Countess of Sutherland in 1829, becoming part of the Sutherland Estates.
    Portskerra has always been a fishing community, and close to its pier you will find the Drowning Memorial. This monument commemorates the many fishermen from the village who over the years have been lost at sea. The memorial stone includes a verse by the celebrated poet Hugh Macintosh, who was born in Portskerra in 1901.

     

    the place where Royalty have been frequent visitors....

    28 July 2018 - Innes House, Elgin

    For the wedding of Anna & Fraser...second wedding of the day. Fraser asked her out on their first date with a chocolate love heart from Thornton’s. She couldn’t resist! (I’m not sure if it was Fraser or the chocolate heart she couldn’t resist!) All in all a wonderfully loving and family day in the spectacular setting of Innes House...the rain eased, Anna was stunning in her Vera Wang dress, Fraser was cool as a cucumber. The extensive walled garden and the house are magnificent settings and provide a romantic background for any wedding. And Mark Tennant, of the occupying family, even piped the couple back up the aisle after the ceremony. Big thanks to Jane, their wedding coordinator - she's just great to work with. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Strachan!
    Innes House was built by Sir Robert Innes between 1640 - 1651 and was the home of the Innes family until 1767 when Sir James Innes went bankrupt and sold the estate to the 2nd Earl of Fife - who spent a great deal of money on the house and estate and planted many of the superb trees which are in the parkland today. At the beginning of the last century the house was bought by Francis and Annie Tennant who considerably enlarged and modernised the house. Francis was the second son of the first Lord Glenconner whose grandfather invented bleaching powder. Lord Glenconner was one of the great Scottish industrialists of the 19th century who amongst other achievements had his last child when he was 85 - she became Baroness Elliott of Harwood and when she died in 1997 aged 98, her father had been born the year before the Battle of Waterloo! The House was completely refurbished by Mark & Hermione Tennant in 1997, who also created the ‘Garden Room’, or as they say: “Some houses have a Marquee in their garden, but Innes has a Garden in their Marquee!” The present owners of the house are Edward & Zoë Tennant - Edward represents the 5th generation of the Tennant Family to own Innes, making him the great-great-grandson of Francis Tennant.

    Photograph ©Tony Marsh.

     

    at last! Kat & Chris tie the knot!

    27 July 2018 - Durn House, Portsoy

    for my first wedding of the day, Katherine & Chris are getting married! 17 years together..17 years!...that must be a record! But Chris had a plan...a trip to Paris, an amazing ring from Tiffany’s on the Arc de Triomphe, he chose the best place to propose; on a cruise, outside the Eiffel Tower at midnight with the lights twinkling. Perfect! She said yes and the rest is history. Katherine looked beautiful in her wedding dress, Chris a wee bit nervous...the wee flower girls just adoreable. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Kite.
    Durn House is an 18th century Scottish Mansion in Portsoy.The Grade B listed Georgian Mansion is 250 years old, and has many stunning, unique and quirky original features. The region is famed for its stunning beaches, wildlife, coastal trail as well as being on the famous Whisky and Castle trails. The Banffshire Coast – a place of undisturbed natural beauty where dolphins, gannets, porpoises, puffins, and the occasional whale, make their home.

     

    Cara & Iain marry on a grand country estate

    21 July 2018 - Glen Tanar estate, Aboyne

    The sun was blazing, glorious surroundings in the estate lower garden and family and friends gathered to celebrate the marriage of this lovely couple from Cheshire. There were lots of smashing kids, I did the wee quaich/big quaich joke, marvellous confetti parade and a ceremony full of love, laughter & tears. Marvellous. Congratulations, live long and love lots Mr & Mrs MIller!
    Stretching across 25,000 acres of Caledonian pine forests, heather-clad hills and fertile farmland, the estate was formed in 1865 when a merchant banker and MP from Manchester, Sir William Cunliffe Brooks, bought the land from the Marquis of Huntly. Brooks made many changes to the glen: he built houses and bridges, the Tower of Ess, the Victorian Ballroom and the landscaped gardens, all of which still stand proud to this day. In 1905, Glen Tanar was bought by George Coats, who later became Lord Glentanar. The present owners, Michael and Claire Bruce, are the fourth generation of the family to own and look after the estate. Today they manage a thriving and award-winning working estate, which comprises forestry, farming and conservation, as well as holiday cottages, outdoor pursuits and a nationally recognised Victorian Ballroom wedding venue.
    The magnificent Victorian Ballroom at Glen Tanar is simply amazing. Built by Glen Tanar's original founder in 1869, and originally the music room of Glen Tanar House, the unique Ballroom provides a spectacular space. From its vaulted ceiling adorned with over 700 antlers, to its original oak floors, the Ballroom is airy, atmospheric and spacious.

    Neil, can I just say a heartfelt thank you. Everyone commented on how beautiful the ceremony was. So many shared that you struck the right balance between humour and sensitivity. Even our 87 year old great uncle said that it's something he's never experienced before, literally. So different but beautiful.

    The ceremony was warm, jovial, sensitive, poignant. Neil had gotten to know us, he had a feel for us and this showed in the ceremony. We knew the outline of the ceremony as we had agreed it before hand but it truly came to life on the day. Neil owned it. The jokes were apt and the verses sincere. The Celtic traditions which we had chosen timed well. Neil knew how to conduct a wedding and it went smoothly. All commented on how wonderful the ceremony was, including many who were only experienced in more traditional weddings.

    So, thank you Neil for helping our day be as splendid and magical as it was. I will always remember your key role. We do hope our paths cross again.Thanks again, Mr & Mrs Miller

     

    Jennifer & Gordon tie the knot

    20 July 2018 - Aultbea

    a smashing wee wedding today in the community hall at Aulbea, Wester Ross for Jennifer & Gordon. The bride's sister Fiona did a fantastic job of decorating the hall - the place was festooned with wild flowers and beautiful it was too- and then walked Jennifer down the aisle to her beau Gordon, waiting nervously. It all went well though, their kids Aiden and Connie enjoyed participating in the sand unity vase ceremony. Almost the entire community turned out for the wedding...this place will be rocking tonight!

    "Thank you so much Neil, for an amazing ceremony. We loved it. So many people have commented on how lovely it was; the words and your delivery. It was everything we hoped for and more. Thank you so so much. Jennifer Coatsworth"

     

     

    Courtney & Doug from DC...

    16 July 2018 - Eilean Donan Castle

    The wonderful wedding of Courtney & Doug from Washington DC. Eilean Donan is a magical, mystical place for a wedding for sure, so much history here. And romantic too. Some people say Eilean Donan is the most beautiful castle in Scotland and it is recognised as one of the most iconic images of Scotland all over the world.

    Photograph © Sean Bell

    "Dear Neil, I cannot thank you enough for celebrating with us on our wedding day and for doing such an incredible job placing us in the moment and making it extra special. We have watched the video of the Tie the Knot ceremony over and over again. I have attached a few pictures and we hope you like them. Remember you always have a place in the US! Sincerely, Douglas and Courtney Troyer"

     

    A McGowan marries a MacNeill at Eilean Donan Castle

    03 July 2018 - Eilean Donan Castle

    All the way from Ontario in Canada with just close family & friends...to this mystical, mysterious and almost magical place, Carissa & Rory found the perfect place to declare their love.

    Neil, Thank you so, so much for putting together the perfect ceremony. We truly could not be happier with how it went - and your sense of humour really pulled the whole thing together. We travelled from Canada to be married at Eilean Donan Castle on July 3rd of this year. We could not have asked for a better person to marry us. Thank you Neil for putting together a ceremony that was so personalized and true to us. We so appreciate all of your guidance and humour during the entire process, straight through the ceremony. Thank you!! Carissa & Rory.

     

    stylish venue, stylish couple

    23 June 2018 at Kinnettles Castle, Forfar

    Kinnettles Castle, a truly breathtaking baronial house steeped in character and charm. And I'm here for the wedding today of Scots bride Nicola to her Irishman beau Robbie. We have sun, love is in the air, a beautiful bride wearing a stunning wedding dress, a cool and relaxed groom, flower girl Lily sang a song - and their wee dog Lola is bringing the rings.
    F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S !!💘🌞🐕
    Congratulations Mr & Mrs Rea.

     

    fast boat to a secluded coral beach...and a lovely wedding for Lynne & Stevie

    10 June 2018 - Coral Beach, Dunvegan

    Well, today's wedding transport for the couple, guests and me was different...exhilarating even, as we sped across Loch Erghalan on an inflatable rib to the Coral Beach at Dunvegan. The breeze in our hair, the spray thrown up...And there, with just close family, Lynne and Stevie were married. The vows they exchanged were different from the each other, very personal and unique.
    These outdoor weddings in special places are just wonderful. So too was the love evident with this smashing couple. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Binnie! And the midges stayed away! Hooray!
    "Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction."
    Although some of the very best beaches in the world are located in the Outer Hebrides and on the mainland of north-west Scotland, great expanses of white sand are not to be found on Skye. But there are beaches of various kinds around the island, and some of them are very fine in their own way. One such place is Coral Beach, Dunvegan; even though it’s called Coral Beach, it’s not really coral. It is crushed bleached skeletons of Red Coralline seaweed (also known as Maërl).
    Out on the reef by the Island of Lampay Coralline grows very slowly at 1mm per year. There are also many different and colourful shells on the beach.

    "We cannot thank you enough for the kind and beautiful words you shared today with us. We have had the most perfect day and so glad that you agreed to marry us, you were fantastic as was Tanni. Thank you again x Lynne"

     

    a secret garden in Perthshire...and a DOUBLE celebration!

    The Byre at Inchyra - 9 June 2018

    The sun is shining, I’m in the beautiful walled garden, all is quiet except the birds singing...all will change shortly with the wedding of Sara and Matthew. What a fantastic place to have your wedding ceremony! All weddings 👰🏼 🎩 are special but this one was even more so..,for Sara and Matthew invited Sara’s mum an dad Carol and Ian to share in their magical day by inviting them to renew their vows after 30 years of married bliss! So we had two ceremonies much to the surprise and delight of all the guests. Lots of laughs, a few happy tears and a bucketful of 💕 love 💕. What a day! Congratulations to BOTH couples.
    The Byre At Inchyra is a converted cowshed on the Inchyra Estate, Glencarse, Perth. And whilst that may not sound particularly glamorous, it has become a very popular place to get married. This estate and country house dates back to 1795 with the original cattle byre built in 1877. Lord and Lady Inchyra performed a complete transformation of the building in 2014.

    "What a day! What a day! What a day!
    Neil matthew and I want to thank you so much- your cheeky charm and professionalism won us over, you made us feel completely at ease and you made our ceremony so personal and just so wonderful, we were so blessed to share our day with my mum and dad who renewed their vows after 31 years of marriage which meant the world to both matthew and I but also to my mum and dad especially after my dads MND diagnosis a few years ago, which has been incredibly hard for the whole family so there was tears, but happy tears!! What a special moment I’ll never forget, Neil you made our wedding day something we shall never forget, so we thank you for that,
    Sara & Matthew, x

    Thank you so much to the wonderful Neil for doing such a fantastic job at our wedding on saturday, you made the day super special and really captured matthew and I's relationship perfectly, it was light hearted, very personal and just amazing!!! So thank you so very much...Sara

    Thank you so much Neil for a wonderful ceremony for my beautiful daughter and Matthew, a wedding to remember.
    Ian and are are also truly honoured to have had the opportunity to share our renewal vows with the happy couple. Happy day with many wonderful memories. Thank you 😊 Carol.x

    a beautiful day, a beautiful venue and a beautiful wedding for Sally & Colin

    2 June 2018 at Tullibole Castle

    They want to be able to look back in 50 years and say “I wouldn’t have changed a thing”. Lots of love and laughter during their ceremony - and they finished it all off as they sang with their guests, that beautiful song - Stand by Me by Ben E King. And walked back up the aisle to All You Need Is Love by The Beatles. Magic!

    two lovers in the wild setting of Glencoe - where a Bond movie was filmed!

    1 June 2018 - Glen Etive

    the things I do...I should have learned my lesson the last time they said "would you do our wedding at the riverside...it's just a short walk from the car park." Two hour hike in on rough paths and two hour stagger back on blistered feet after the ceremony at the foothills of the Cairngorms. I'll not do that again I said.
    Then Caro & Nils from Switzerland asked if I'd do their wedding in Glencoe today...at the riverside up Glen Itive...so we get there, nice easy drive. But the ceremony will be over the OTHER side of the river! So it's socks and shoes off (should've brought my wellies from the car), rolled up the trews and staggered and stumbled across the river...jagged stones and slippery boulders...ouch ouch ouch... but I got there eventually. And to be honest...it was worth it! For here we were in one of the iconic settings for the Bond movie Skyfall.
    So, Caroline wore a beautifully embroidered wedding dress from India, they exchanged rings specially commissioned in their home town in Switzerland and made of local metal, incorporating their initials and set with significant, local gem-stones.
    And they had not had sight of the ceremony script...they wanted it all to be a surprise! And they loved it! Now they are Mr & Mrs. The greatest thing you'll ever learn - Is to love and be loved in return.
    All in all, a lovely day in the sun in a spectacular setting with two lovers...what more could you ask for? Tanni was in her element paddling in the pools.
    It's no accident that Bond's family estate is located in Glen Coe. Ian Fleming, James Bond's creator, was reportedly so impressed by Sean Connery's portrayal of his most famous character in Dr No (1962) that he gave Bond some Scottish heritage.

     

    love, family, sun, sea & beautiful scenery, the Irish....what more could you ask for?

    31 May 2019 Neist Point, Isle of Skye

    A couple of Irish peeps from London got hitched today, Neist Point on Skye providing a lovely backdrop. The haar had lifted by the time I got there and the sun was shining. Anne-Marie and Pat were on form, plenty laughs, (including at my expense when I slipped up during the vows.) (Oh, and Pat was troubled with a fly in his eye )All in all a lovely family day. Congratulations Mr & Mrs McLafferty! 💖 ☘️ ☀️ Fa’ilte
    Two souls with but a single thought,Two hearts that beat as one.

    "Dealing with Neil was a pleasure from the initial contact to the end of our wedding ceremony. He was helpful and informative. He conducted the ceremony with warmth and professionalism and an amazing personal touch. We couldn't have had anyone else do such a stellar job. Neil, thank you for an amazing wedding - everyone was blown away. It was perfect. Anne-Marie & Pat"

     

    Let's get married on the beach...but what a beach!

    28 May 2019 - Scarista, Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrideas

    I'm here at Scarista on Harris for the wedding on the beach of Danielle & Ashley from Edinburgh with just 4 guests and two dogs (theirs and mine). A simple ceremony with only their siblings and respective partners. They wrote their own vows which along with a couple of readings were handwritten into a lovely journal to keep for posterity. A lovely keepsake.
    The Isles of Lewis and Harris are incredible islands on the edge. They have beautiful, unspoilt beaches, rugged hills and mountains, a fascinating array of fauna and flora, a rich history, exciting recreation and wonderful culture, not forgetting art, music and crafts including the world famous Harris Tweed. And today I'm at Scarista the lovely golden sandy hebridean beach on the west coast of Harris in The Outer Hebrides. The place looks out towards the uninhabited island of Taransay (used in the famous TV series " The Castaways). The views looking out from Scarista beach are stunning - a pretty sparkling sea, the Harris hills, golden sands stretching for three miles. Along the way in to the beach in the summer is the beautiful machair carpet of wildflowers.
    This place is simply magical. "To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.”

    "Thank you so much for being our celebrant Neil - we loved our ceremony, it was absolutely perfect. We're so happy! Hope you and Tanni enjoyed your couple of days in Lewis and Harris, it's so beautiful here! Danielle."

     

    outdoors by the river...let's tie the knot there!

    Sunday 27 May 2018 - Maryculter House Hotel, Aberdeen

    ...another gorgeous day, another fabulous venue and another couple so much in love 💖 and SO right for each other. Congratulations Ashleigh and Rorie, and thank you - it was a pleasure and an honour to be part of your special day.
    Maryculter House Hotel is one of the most famous and historic hotels in Aberdeen located on the banks of the River Dee and overlooking the Golf Course of Peterculter. With a classic reputation for hospitality, from the building’s founding in 1227 by the Knights Templar, this location has been offering hospitality to travellers from far and wide for many years. “I fell in love the way you fall asleep, slowly and then all at once.”

    photo credit to @calumriddell

    warm sun, lochside, woodland...bliss

    Saturday 26 May at Loch Lomond Waterfront, Balmaha

    There is nothing more magical than holding your marriage ceremony on the banks of Loch Lomond amidst the grounds of an exclusive private beach. Tie the knot within feet of the water and the soft hues of Ben Lomond in the background. Whether you use a star shade marquee or opt for a full open air ceremony, you’ll start your married life in front of an unforgettable backdrop.

    ...Sarah and Dominic are now Mr & Mrs Fitzgerald. Congratulations! “Love is like a friendship caught on fire.”

    Neil, Thanks so much for conducting our ceremony on the banks of Loch Lomond. It was everything we could hope for and all just so perfect. We can’t thank you enough. Sarah & Dom xx

    See the link for a lovely wedding video from Candlelight Pictures

    https://vimeo.com/285611970

     

    Jade & Matt elope to Skye...

    24 May 2018 - Loch Coruisk

    No words...just young love 💖 for Jade & Matt. Sun, sea, spectacular scenery. What more could you ask for? "Marriages are like fingerprints; each one is different and each one is beautiful."
    Loch Coruisk, at the very heart of the Cuillin, is the most magnificent of all Scottish freshwater lochs. Whilst you are very likely to get wet feet from the boggy terrain, this is a small price to pay for the superlative mountain scenery along the way. If walking only one side of the loch, the south side has easier going and the best views.

     

    Romantic old Edinburgh - where better?...with faeries too for the wedding celebration of Laura & Luca

    07 May 2019 - at the Ghillie Dhu

    Lauren & Luca chose to celebrate their love and marriage in one of Scotland’s most iconic places, Edinburgh. Edinburgh? Oh, but yes! Edinburgh presents a surprising, romantic magic all its own. Writer Sir Walter Scott referred to Edinburgh as “The Empress of the North” and fellow Scotsman, Robert Louis Stevenson, wrote, “Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be.”
    Lauren and Luca saw Edinburgh as the perfect place and the perfect way to carry out their unique, personal and intimate wedding celebration ceremony. And of course, it’s where they met and fell in love - and where they have come back to, to continue their journey. "Love knows no reasons,love knows no lies. Love defies all reasons, love has no eyes. But love is not blind, love sees but doesn't mind."
    Ghillie Dhu - originally St Thomas Episcopal Church, has been beautifully restored to showcase its traditional features. There's a breath-taking Auditorium located on the first floor of this listed building with high vaulted ceilings, flooded with colour and large candlelit chandeliers and is where Laure & Luca's celebration took place.
    Inscribed on the wall of the auditorium is the following passage;
    “Celtic folklore tells of the Ghillie Dhu, the legendary pixie guardian of the forest. They are wild, mostly active at night and disguise themselves from preying eyes with clothes that are woven from leaves and moss. The Scottish forests were once heavily populated by these faeries but they are now very rare. Legend has it that the spirit of the Ghillie Dhu is all around…look up, they are watching over you now.”

     

    a wee stroll for me today for the local wedding of Becki & James

    28 April 2018 - Elgin

    the bride arrived in style...and maintained her composure throughout. The sun came out for Becki Cameron & James Wink and their little girl Olivia stole the show. A couple of lovely readings, the little known traditional Scottish gesture of "jaeger bombs" and one happy couple. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Wink. 💘
    "To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart, And to sing it to them when they have forgotten. "

    "Thank you very much, Neil. You did an amazing job yesterday! It was a lovely ceremony. Becki."

    Carly & Robbie tie the knot

    27 April 2018 at Piperdam

    another day...the sun is shining, the birds singing and there's love in the air...💘it must be really handy when your venue is right across the road from Mum & Dad's house...so Carly strolled across in the sun while her beau Robbie waited nervously. 20 minutes later and they were the new Mr & Mrs Millar. Congratulations! And the rain stayed off just long enough to get the official photos done. ""Today I marry my best friend: The One I Laugh With, Live For, Dream With, LOVE."

    "Thank you so much Neil for making Carly and Robbie's day so special your service was so lovely Carly, Robbie, Zach and all us had a fantastic day thanks again Lorri (Carly's mum) x"

     

    A rural venue of excellence for Rowan & Craig's wedding

    26 April 2018 at GG's Yard, Gatehouse of Fleet,

    A simply stunning venue, perched on the hills overlooking Scotland's southern coast, opened in late 2017. Breathtaking views, set within a 250-year old converted steading, the perfect place for the wedding of Rowan & Craig, following the proposal at their favourite place, the Isle of Arran. Ring warming, 💍lots of readings including a Pam Ayres ditty, some nerves, a few tears at the lovey-dovey bits, 😄smiles, laughter 😂and lots of love. ❤️Congratulations Mr & Mrs Higgins!💞My heart to you is given: Oh, do give yours to me; We'll lock them up together, And throw away the key. Fabulous wedding video - see link.

    Gatehouse of Fleet is a village situated near the mouth of the Water of Fleet, ten miles west of Kirkcudbright. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gatehouse of Fleet was a thriving industrial centre with cotton mills, shipbuilding, a brewery and its own port. It was known locally as the 'Glasgow of the South'.Traces of this industrial past can still be found in its buildings and street names and in the Mill on the Fleet, a former textile mill which is now an award-winning visitors' centre tracing the economic and social history of Gatehouse. F

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVrai5KrFQE

    Kirsty & Richard...it all started witn a crazy foam party!

    21 April 2018 at North Berwick

    Castleton Farm, North Berwick - a wonderful venue complete with spectacular views to Tantallon Castle, the Bass Rock and North Berwick Law, 3 of the most iconic images of East Lothian, you really cannot get any closer. And I’m here today for the wedding of Kirsty & Richard.
    They were just friends for a couple of years - then one night there was a crazy foam party at the University. They got to know each other a lot better, there was suddenly a mutual attraction and they found they had a lot of common interests, particularly sport. From there-on they became a lot closer. The friendship developed into a relationship, then a romance. To use a phrase from one of their favourite TV programmes, Game of Thrones, it was at this stage that Richard realised that Kirsty was the only woman he would bend the knee for. Aaawww.
    Congratulations Mr & Mrs Milne. Live long and love lots!

    "Hi Neil, We wanted to drop you a personal note to express our thanks and gratitude for making our wedding ceremony so special on Saturday.
    The service was perfect and we have had lots of positive feedback from our guests who both praised your delivery of the personalised service, and loved the little touches of hand fasting and rose presentation you suggested.We had the most perfect day and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to other couples getting married in the future.
    Thank you for all your help. Best wishes, Mr & Mrs Milne x

    Neil conducted our marriage ceremony on 21st April and we couldn’t be more delighted. We wanted a warm, relaxed ceremony that incorporated our family and friends and Neil completely met our brief. Neil was friendly and professional from the first time we met him and made the planning process very enjoyable! We would highly recommend Neil to anyone looking for a Humanist celebration."

    History, a castle, romance, daffodils and two young lovers = magic!

    14 April 2018 at Brodie Castle for Caroline & James

    A sense of history, a sense of occasion...Brodie Castle today...we're here to celebrate the love between and the marriage of Caroline and James, a couple of locals from Nairn. “We want to share in the journey of life together” they said...and their next step in the journey was to declare their love and commitment in the presence of family and friends today and seal their marriage with a kiss. James, cool as ice, Caroline a little nervous, smiling and laughing throughout. A wonderful day for a lovely couple in a beautiful setting. “ Love is meant to be an adventure. "Congratulations Mr & Mrs Forbes! Live long & love lots.

    Thanks so much Neil - we had the perfect day and so many comments about how much everyone enjoyed the ceremony! Caroline Whitehouse & James Monty Forbes

    This rose-coloured, turreted castle stands on land confirmed to the Brodies by Robert the Bruce. Today we stepped back in time to the castle’s glory days, when the Brodie family were one of Scotland’s most prominent families. It's widely accepted that the Brodies have been associated with the land the castle is built on since around 1160, when it is believed that King Malcolm IV gave the land to the family.
    I read the letter sent by Robert the Bruce about the chief of Clan Brodie’s argument with monks who lived nearby and admired the art collection. The castle houses a magnificent collection of furniture, ceramics and artwork, including works by 17th-century Dutch masters and 20th-century Scottish Colourists. It also boasts an impressive library containing over 6,000 volumes and the grounds are carpeted with over 100 varieties of daffodil.
    Acres of gentle Moray countryside surround Brodie Castle, ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years, although their family seat has been here since the 12th century.

    Somewhere different, somewhere unique, somewhere...very special.

    12 April 2018 Bob Scott's Bothy, Ballater

    The wedding I conducted today at Bob Scott's Bothy, after trekking in to the foothills of the Cairngorms and at the side of the Lui Water, was probably the most dramatic and picturesque ceremony setting I have had the pleasure of experiencing.
    A 5-mile hike in the sun with almost cloudless skies, Tanni boucing through the heather and the bride & groom's parents assembled, forming a circle of love for Emma & Mark. They both love the outdoors, mountains and running around the Cairngorms – they’re cold, wet mountain people and like a bit of an adventure. And frankly, they’re both a bit bonkers.
    Congratulations Dr & Mr Jackson! 💘
    "Life is a long journey, just hold my hand and be there with me always"
    (Bob Scott was the head keeper on Mar Lodge Estate during the 1960s and early ‘70s and lived at nearby Luibeg Cottage from 1947 to 1973. The cottage is still there. That’s where the original Bob Scott’s Bothy was and where Bob’s legend – among the hill-walking fraternity at least – was born.)

     

    a simple ceremony in the village hall for Alex & Jack

    7 April 2018 - Victory Hall, Aboyne

    A wonderfully simple wedding at the beautifully decorated local village hall. Canadian bride Alex, the youngest of 5 sisters and the last to be married. (her 4 sisters were bridesmaids) giggled throughout the ceremony with a few tears too as she married the love of her life Jack, whom she woo'd with home-baked banana loaves! 😍Congratulations Mr & Mrs Richards, live long and love lots. 💘"Thank you for performing such a personal and memorable ceremony Neil. It was lovely to meet you. xx Alex" (Matt Ethan Photography)
    The Aboyne & Glen Tanar Memorial Hall, known as the Victory Hall, is set in the heart of the village of Aboyne in Royal Deeside. It is a substantial granite building of character, both inside & out, built about one hundred years ago and now C Listed.

     

    A grand countryside venue with Royal connections for the wedding of Becky & Phil

    31 March 2018 at Carberry Tower near Edinburgh

    Tanni & I on the road again...for the wedding of Becky & Phil at Carberry Tower, this romantic place with Royal connections. A couple so well-matched, so right for each other and SO in love.. a little nervousness, a few laughs and tears too...and so much love. 💖 Congratulations Mr & Mrs Ellis! "When the one whose hand you're holding Is the one who holds your heart"

    "Just wanted to Thank you for officiating Rebecca and Phil’s Wedding. You pitched everything perfectly and made the whole service so beautiful, personnel and special. Everyone commented on how wonderful it was , and how brilliantly you made everything flow. They all loved the explanations of the traditions and how interesting you made everything. Sorry about the Bride making the Groom wait 20 mins, but you helped to keep him calm and everyone relaxed. Once again, Thank you for everything Neil, You ( and your dog!) were amazing, Julie, Mother of the Bride, x x "

    "Thank you for making the service so special. I was very dubious when Rebecca said what sort of service they were having but it could not have been better. You put everyone at ease and made it so personal to them it was amazing. X Ethel Barker"

    One of the great Castle Mansion House of Scotland, Carberry Tower is situated just outside Edinburgh in beautiful East Lothian countryside.
    Standing regally in 35 acres of stunning, private Estate parkland and widely recognised as Edinburgh's 'Castle in the country,' Carberry Tower is a place of intimate grandeur and to arrive here, is to weave your own story into a history that goes back to 1480 when the first foundation stone was laid.
    Since then, it's been a gathering place for Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses and over the centuries, the great and the good have all come to warm themselves by the fires and feast from the banqueting tables. a long and proud Royal connection with Her Majesty the Queen, who often visited Carberry Tower with her sister Princess Margaret. The Queen Mother’s sister, Lady Margaret Elphinstone, used to live here and consequently King George VI, the Queen’s father, often visited with his wife, the late Queen Mother. During that period, the two young Princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret, enjoyed playing in the extensive grounds with their cousin Margaret, often accompanied by family and loved ones who joined in the fun and games.

     

    a romantic loch-side wedding with a mountain backdrop for Hannah & John

    17 February 2018 - Loch Maree , Wester Ross

    Mid-February Scotland is not renowned for warm weather...and it was freezing! Despite that, you could feel the warmth of the love between this couple who had been in a relationship for 15 years before deciding to tie the knot on the shores of Loch Maree in Wester Ross, in the northwest highlands of Scotland - and with just close family in attendance. Hannah wore a beautiful lacy wedding dress and braved the biting wind, John got the giggles during the ceremony - and everybody loved the simple, meaningful ceremony. 💘

    The waters of the loch were also thought to have curative effects, with being submerged in the water thought to be a cure for lunacy. All of the loch's islands are conservation areas. The largest is the only island in Britain to contain a loch that itself contains an island. Like Loch Ness, Loch Maree has its own monster in the form of the muc-sheilch. The loch is often referred to as the most beautiful loch in the Highlands. The loch is bounded to the east by Slioch, a mountain over 3000 feet high, and which dominates its surroundings. The area hosts golden eagles.

    "Good evening Neil,That’s us back safely in Glasgow after a truly wonderful weekend. We just wanted to thank you so much for delivering such a beautiful ceremony for us. We are genuinely so happy we found you and that you were able to be part of our special day!

    Our parents thoroughly enjoyed it too and we were all so sad you couldn’t stay for longer but understand you had a long way to drive home and warm up. We hope to have a party to celebrate with everyone later in the year and depending on the date, and your availability of course, we would love it if you could join us.Once again, thank you so so much!
    Hannah & John"

    Wild, wet, windy & wonderful Isle Of Skye Elopement

    for Jordan & Travis from Austin, Texas - 17 November 2017

    They say everything is bigger in Texas...well, this lovely couple from Austin were blown away (almost literally) by the dramatic big sky, the stunningly huge backdrop of the Quiraing and the full blast of a Scottish November afternoon. But it was all a marvellous accompaniment to the love they have for each other, the words they shared and the experience of standing there in this other-wordly place...just the two of them, lost in their thoughts and dreams. 💘💘💘It was certainly a day for the brave with an arctic blast to contend with...but a day to remember for sure. And Tanni made a welcome come-back too. Photo courtesy of

    https://www.dannybirrellphotography.co.uk/latest-work/2017/11/23/jordan-travis-isle-of-skye-elopement

    Rock & pop lyrics in the ceremony for Mikaela & Richard

    20 October 20917 at Norwood Hall

    Norwood Hall, Aberdeen...built in 1881 on the site of the 15th Century Pitfodels Castle, offering guests the best in breathtaking Scottish scenery and fine facilities. The atmospheric, wood panelled ceremony room was positively illuminated when bride Mikaela entered, such was her beauty and her stunning dress...gasps from the guests, she and groom Richard very relaxed, lots of laughs. They selected the lyrics from a number of their favourite pop songs to illustrate their love; John Legend - All of Me, I Wanna be Yours, Arctic Monkeys, How Would You Feel, Ed Sheeran, You & Me - The Wannadies; a lovely original inclusion. Friends, lovers, soulmates and now married!
    "The greatest thing you'll ever learn Is to love and be loved in return."😍

    "Hi Neil, Richard and I would just like to thank you so much for your help over the past months and the ceremony yesterday. We had the most amazing day and the ceremony was just perfect. Our friends and family commented on how personal the ceremony was and you delivered it with the perfect amount of humour and seriousness so thank you so much.

    Yesterday was the perfect start to our next chapter. Kind Regards,
    Mr & Mrs Coutts"
    Photo by Calum Riddell Photography

    a place of style & elegance...and so too the wedding

    07 October 2017 - Signet Library, Edinburgh

    Elle & Grant get married!

    WOW!...what a venue! Elle from Canada and Grant from Edinburgh. chose this spectacular place to tie the knot. Elle didn’t want to get married too soon, she thought she was too young…so she waited until she was 25, then told Grant she was “Ready now!” So Grant developed a plan, bought a beautiful ring and they travelled to Marrakech, a magical place where Grant made his surprise proposal. 💘 And now they are the new Mr & Mrs Murdoch. 👩‍❤️‍👨 Lots of laughs, a surprise guest in the form of a cardboard cut-out of Grant's dog Albert 🐕- and just a lovely day. 😍
    The Signet Library, in the centre of Edinburgh’s Old Town, is synonymous with prestige and Georgian elegance. Steeped in history, the building was completed in 1822 in time for the celebrated visit to Edinburgh of King George IV, who described the upper library as “the finest drawing room in Europe”.
    The library, on two floors, with the lower library and a stunning grand staircase leading to the upoper library, this is home to the prestigious Society of Writers to her Majesty’s Signet (also known as the WS Society), an association of Scottish lawyers and one of the oldest professional bodies in the world. The Society’s origins lie in the 15th century as the ‘writers’ of documents sealed with ‘the Signet’, the private seal of the Scottish kings – members are known as ‘Writers to the Signet’ or ‘WS’. Packed with legal books, documents and papers, some centuries old, it's a veritable treasure trove for the legal & history buff.
    And a stunning place for a wedding too! Ironically, the upper gallery is where old divorce papers are stored!

    After many, many years,Donna & Kenny tied the knot

    06 October 2017 - Carnbooth House, Glasgow

    Carnbooth House Hotel was the venue for the wedding of Donna & Kenny, a simple, relaxed and loving ceremony with lots of romantic bits and just a few close family and friends. They'd known each other for over 20 years but didn't really connect. Just friends really...just. They drifted along, finally got to know each other...then drifted apart again. For nearly 3 years. But they supported each other through their good times and the bad. And encouraged each other to follow their dreams. And that connection sparked something more than friendship. Love. For they realised the missed each other, wanted each other. She thought she'd never marry, he thought he'd never find the right one. Until now. And so they married today. They're just right for each other and it was a pleasure to befriend and work with this couple. "There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. "
    Staff at the Carnbooth House Hotel were so helpful and friendly, thank you.A beautifully restored grade B listed House with many original features set within eight acres of lovingly kept grounds only minutes from Glasgow City Centre.

    "Neil, thank you so much for an amazing day, everyone loved you and commented on what a grand job you delivered. Thank you. I thought the wedding day would be the happiest day of my life and then I woke up today even happier - and perhaps a tad hungover! 😂Thank you again Neil, we will see you again." Donna

    Let's run the Loch Ness Marathon first they said...

    25 September 2017 at Glenmoriston Town House, Inverness

    To celebrate the love ❤️ of Sarah Louise Grigor & Chris Cull. They're both as mad as a box of frogs, 🐸 they spread their wings and fly together. They share a passion for ultra distance running, they, and daughter Bethany, all completed the Loch Ness Marathon before the ceremony today (Sarah's 100th marathon!, Bethany's first marathon and Chris's first Loch Ness marathon). They are deeply in love, so right for each other. Their friends and family gathered to celebrate their love, their commitment and their future together - it was a joy to be part of their special day. So many wonderfully personal and decorative touches at the venue - an amazing cake! - and so much happiness for this lovely couple. Nothing can compare to the joy of being loved by the one who owns your heart, and loves you exactly the way you love them.

    "Neil - I would have had nobody else but you to unite us. You helped make it so perfect - and fun! So many people commented on it being the most touching and personal ceremony they have ever seen. We cannot thank you enough for being such a perfect part of it 💜"

    fate prevails, love wins for the wedding of Christine & Andrew

    23 September 2017 at Lonmay

    They met, they romanced, they split up, they got together again, they split again...but fate prevailed and they found they couldn't live without each other...so they got back together, have been together ever since and today Christine and Andrew married. It was destiny. She was cool as cucumber, he was a wee bit nervous but they both did well. Their kids joined in the sand ceremony, Christine made a lovely handfasting tie herself. All in all just a lovely day for a lovely couple. Yes, destiny is a marvellous and mysterious thing.

    a stunning setting at Uath Lochans, Kingussie

    for the wedding of Leonie & Kev...19 September 2017

    The wedding of Leonie & Kev was held in a forest near Kincraig at one of the most spectacular settings I have ever conducted a wedding. They composed and read their own heartfelt ❤️vows to each other, just their mums in attendance, clear blue sky and sunshine ☀️ as we gazed over the lochan from several hundred feet up in the forest. Simply spectacular! 🌈❤️💍 Formed during the ice age 20,000 years ago, a mass of ice 1km high carved out the lochan and then melted, leaving what we see now. Shimmering pools, grand views and dragonflies in summer.

    a wedding spectacular at St Andrews

    Rachel & Anthony - 9 September 2017

    in St Andrews for the wedding of Rachel & Anthony...they first met at school, Anthony caught Rachel's eye which inspired him to ask for a teenage date...that led to love and marriage with lots of exciting adventures and travel in between. They composed and recited their own vows to each other, lots of active participation by guests with dads Martin & Charles filling the quaich, mums Dorothy & Caroline giving lovely readings, Bridesmaid Susie singing a beautiful rendition of My Love's Like A Red Red Rose...the couple spent a lot of time and effort in planning their wedding day and their very loving and personal ceremony. And it worked...simply a marvellous day.
    "Today I marry my best friend: The One I Laugh With, Live For, Dream With, LOVE."

    "Neil, thank you so much for making our ceremony so special. You really did a marvellous job and you will not believe the number of people who have said that it was the best ceremony they have been to. They have said that it was incredibly personal and loved the unusual ceremonial acts. Thank you very much. Rachel."
    Rachel and Anthony gave me permission to reproduce their self composed vows below, to illustrate how personal they can be;

     

    Rachel's vows to Anthony:
    "You are my home and my cosiness, you challenge me to think in different ways, you have exposed me to new experiences and you have encouraged me in every adventure that I have sought out whether that has been with you or alone. You have an incredibly kindness to others and a loyalty to your family and friends that I hugely admire. You keep me on my toes with your academic and career success which I find so attractive about you.
    I truly believe that you are part of me, we have shaped each other over these past 11 years and we have grown up together. We have experienced a huge amount together as well as a substantial amount at a distance from each other. I think it's a testament to our love and respect for one and other that we have given each other and ourselves the space to grow and to think as individuals but there has never been any doubt that we are one unit, a product of each other and deeply rooted together. You really are the most wonderful person I know. I love you so much my pal and I can't wait for the rest of our lives together."
    Anthony's vows to Rachel;

    "My pal, you look beautiful and today you’re making me the happiest I could ever be. We have done absolutely amazingly to be here, and we deserve all of this. You are everything to me. Having you by my side for the last 11 years and the knowledge that you will be there for everything we have coming up in our lives together makes me feel near invincible. You are a champion of people and it is that quality I have always admired and found the most amazing. You are the kindest person I have ever met. You will always find the best in people and make sure they know that about themselves. You’re smile lights up the room, as people know it comes from a person that is always happy. The effect you have on people is more than I think you will ever know. You do things for others rather than yourself without thinking and often don’t wait to see the affect it has on those people. I hope I can show you how much all those things, especially the little things you do without realising, mean to me.

    The fact that you have chosen me to spend the rest of your life, that I will have someone as caring, kind and beautiful by my side everyday makes me the luckiest person in the world. I love you my pal and I cannot wait for all that lies ahead."

    Magical, mystical, historical Eilean Donan Castle, a spectacular wedding venue

    for the wedding of Rachel & Lincoln 08 September 2017

    and today we're at Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh for the wedding of Rachel & Lincoln from Ohio, US 👰🤵😍🇺🇸🤗
    They met online, fell in love and decided on this spectacular venue for their wedding as it connected Rachel to her roots, the McPherson clan. A relaxed and loving ceremony with just close family and friends.
    "And after today you shall say to the world..."this is my husband"..."this is my wife."😍
    Eilean Donan is a small tidal island where three sea lochs meet, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh, in the western Highlands of Scotland. A picturesque castle that frequently appears in photographs, film and television dominates the island, which lies about 1 kilometre from the village of Dornie. Since the castle's restoration in the early 20th century, a footbridge has connected the island to the mainland. Eilean Donan, which means simply "island of Donnán", is named after Donnán of Eigg, a Celtic saint martyred in 617. Donnán is said to have established a church on the island, though no trace of this remains.
    The castle was founded in the thirteenth century, and became a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie and their allies the Clan Macrae. In the early eighteenth century, the Mackenzies' involvement in the Jacobite rebellions led in 1719 to the castle's destruction by government ships.

    "Dear Neil, we both wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you've done for us. You've patiently walked us through a process that is foreign to us (both literally and figuratively!), you've taken the time to get to know us and make the beautiful ceremony you've written us personal - and you were always that kind, reassuring voice when we needed it. We are deeply grateful for all that you've done to kickstart our new married lives together on the right foot. With love, Rachel & Lincoln"

    Dinosaur prints on the beach at Staffin Bay, Isle of Skye

    the perfect place for Terry-Jo & Dan to marry

    06 September 2017

    ok, yesterday's wedding was embargoed - until now, as the cat's out of the bag! Terry-Jo and Dan got married at Staffin beach opposite Staffin island, in a small, intimate ceremony with only close family. We just managed a window of sunshine and no rain, had a ring warming, composed their own beautiful vows, did handfasting and champagne toast from the quaich. They met a Stirling Uni and decided to have their special day on this beach, a place so special to them both and where they found dinosaur footprints! "And I'd choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I'd find you and I'd choose you."
    Here a local resident found a slab bearing a dinosaur track, probably made by a small ornithopod. Experts subsequently found more dinosaur prints of up to 50 cm, the largest found in Scotland, made by a creature similar to Megalosaurus. At about 160 million years old they are the youngest dinosaur remains to be found in Scotland. Staffin is located about 17 miles north of Portree and is overlooked by the Trotternish Ridge with the famous rock formations of The Storr and the Quirang. In 2011 it was reported that Staffin Island may be the last in Scotland where the old tradition of having cattle swim between grazings is still carried out. Crofter Iain MacDonald, who used to swim with the animals, now uses a boat to encourage them to swim from Staffin Island to Skye in early spring and back again in October.

    http://www.loveskyephotography.co.uk/isle-of-skye-photographer-stories-blog/wild-and-windswept-elopement-at-staffin-and-quiraing-isle-of-skye/

    Amy & Andy...young love

    25 August 2017 at The Vu

    And today's wedding...at The VU with Amy Watt & Andy Watt. The weather was miserable, the venue stunning, the loving couple and their guests were all relaxed and happy. It was a delight to work closely with Amy from Elgin and Andy her RAF beau. They were both a little shy but did really well with their vows, whispered little endearments to each other, smiled throughout. Friends gave a couple of readings, two of the wee kids who were guests gave a marvellous rendition of the poem ~"If you go to a wedding" resulting in rapturous applause. Their wee boy, Josh, carried the rings and did the handfasting....and he did great! It was nice to see Amy's dad Alan again, our work paths crossed many years ago and Alan was delighted to walk his beautiful daughter (stunning dress again!) up the aisle. "Today a bride, tomorrow a wife, but always Daddy's little girl."
    Uniquely extending onto Ballencrieff Reservoir, and with West facing floor to ceiling windows offering panoramic views over Central Scotland, the venue offers something truly unforgettable.

    "Thank you Neil! You were absolutely fantastic " Amy

    Love & coincidence #2

    5 August 2017 - Thainstone House for the wedding of Inga & Leo

    Wedding #2 at Inverurie with Inga Stewart & Leo.
    Another hearfelt and sincere ceremony at Thainstone House.
    And coincidence #2...Inga had proposed to Leo, same again as her mum did to her dad! She lit a candle in memory of her mum, we had a love song sung in Gaelic and a beautiful reading of the lyrics of Jimi Hendrix ‘Little Wing’...and then Gatsby their dog arrived with the rings! And did it very well too!
    And another stunning dress by the bride. Their happiness was tangible. - when you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out.

    Love & coincidence #1

    5 August 2017 - a garden wedding for Annette & Tony...

    well today was a day of double celebration. Two lovely weddings 💘with double coincidences!
    Wedding #1 at Keith with Annette Broadley & Tony. Beautifully simple ceremony in their garden, lovely intimate, family orientated inclusions. The sun shone and guests sat on hay bales. It doesn't have to be a grand venue for a great wedding.
    Coincidence #1 - Annette had proposed to Tony - same as her mum did to her dad! So Annette entered first, waited at the altar for Tony...he kept her waiting for quite a few minutes... 🤗
    Annette's dress and bouquet were gorgeous. Kilts were nice too! Tony was her Boss at one time...but she didn't like him at first. She left the job, Tony went on a pilgrimage of 1000k. They both ended up back at their jobs..but it was different this time. They fell in love. 💞And now they are married!👏Relatives gave readings and we ended with a quaich ceremony. You could feel the love between this pair.
    Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

    this wedding meant SO much to the brige & groom - and me too!

    01 August 2017 at Fairy Glen

    they're all special, all unique...but this wedding 💘 at Fairy Glen on Skye was exceptional. For so many reasons. I really wanted to do it, they really wanted me to officiate. A deeply personal occassion. We kept some secrets. Clare and Drew with son Freddie and close family stood just off the roadside with a fast gathering of tourist spectators, intrigued with what was going on. Her dress was gorgeous, he was nervous to start with, she shed a few tears as she read a deeply moving and emotional poem to him; symbolic gestures were the four elements; air, fire, earth and water from a little teapot sprinkled over the incorporated handfasting ties made by Clare, candles were lit, wild flower seeds thrown to the wind, fine Scottish air filled our lungs in the sunshine. They've been through some tough times but today was the day that love overcame everything. By the time we finished and I declared them married, there must have been a hundred tourist spectators who had quietly formed a semi-circle and burst into applause. And I got a kiss from the bride too! 🤗 Two souls with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one. 😍
    Thanks to Norma & Roz at Euphoria Photography for great work again, it's a pleasure to spend an afternoon with you.
    A bizarre and delightful miniature landscape of grassy, cone-shaped hills, the Fairy Glen is a fascinating and otherworldly place to visit on a sunny summer's day.
    The Fairy Glen has no real legends or stories involving fairies that can be traced. The simple fact is that the location is so unusual it has been given the nickname Fairy Glen and is one of the most photographed landscapes in the world.

    "Neil really cared about our wedding ceremony. He was so thoughtful and put so much time and effort into it to ensure it was absolutely perfect. Then he delivered it beautifully and made us feel so relaxed so we could truly enjoy our day. I can't recommend him enough. So special. Now back at home reminiscing over everything- I have warmth, love and a deep feeling of contentment jingling right to the end of my fingertips and toes."❤️💙❤️

    The Bride, the dress, the flower girl Charlotte...they ALL had that WOW factor!

    29 July 2017 at Seamill Hydro...

    The wedding 😍of Laura and David today...it's gonna be a good one!
    What a great venue... must be 10 years since I was last here, BIG changes and a wondferful wedding venue. The couple were so laid back and relaxed, no sign of nerves, WOW! what a dress !, quite a few unscripted laughs throughout, especially with little Charlotte who said "Aaww" at every romantic moment - a wee star she was - all in all it was a wonderful day with a lovely couple. Thank you for having me join you in marriage. "My heart to you is given: Oh, do give yours to me; We'll lock them up together, And throw away the key." To view their lovely wedding video, click on the link; https://vimeo.com/233548330

    Cupid calls at Innes House

    25 August 2018 - Kayleigh and Chris say their "I DO's"

    second wedding of the day...Saturday...to Innes House, Elgin for the wedding of Kayleigh & Chris. Outoors in the garden, rain threatening but stayed away and the sun came out. Pre-match nerves from both of them but they relaxed once we started. Their self composed vows were simply beautiful. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Noble

     

    Fiona and Martin marry on the farm

    22 July 2017...an Ayrshire country wedding for Fiona & Martin

    Barwheys Farm, Maybole for the wedding of Fiona & Martin...thankfully the rain stayed away until just 2 minutes after the end of the ceremony. But it wouldn't have dampened the spirits, no, not at all. Bridal entry music was the longest EVER!..😁 (technical hitch...someone shoot the piper please) but the couple didn't let it faze them, Fiona giggled until the music eventually stopped, Martin managed to dry his eyes (must have been hay fever?) and then they just smiled, laughed and looked adoringly at each other throughout. They did the sand ceremony and quaich symbolic gestures, had a couple of lovely readings, little Cleo the cockapoo dog delivered the rings...big guest list enjoyed it all.
    "Today I marry my best friend: The One I Laugh With, Live For, Dream With, LOVE."
    Barwheys is a dairy farm at Maybole in Ayrshire set in an idyllic country location and is perfect for intimate weddings and special events. A marquee can be erected on the flat lawn – just a few metres from state of the art kitchens where the wedding meal can be prepared. Barwheys is let on an exclusive use basis so you will have the whole property to yourselves in complete privacy. I believe this was their first wedding and I'd highly recommend this place.

    Good afternoon and welcome, välkommen och, god aftermiddag...

    15 July 2017 - Cullen Bay - for the wedding of Sabina & Pete...

    it was warm, even humid, at Cullen Bay today for the wedding of Sabina from Sweden and Pete from Garmouth. There were a few lips a-quivering, the odd tear and some perspiration too. But much love. Flower girl is a beautiful wee charmer, bridesmaids were gorgeous in their contrasting dress styles, bride was stunning👰🤵, groom was nervous but held it together - just 😊, and his mum Kay delivered a lovely reading (I'll use that again Kay) to cap it all off. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Mitchell. "Better than I was, More than I am, And all of this happened, By taking your hand."
    "Thank you so much Neil. Everyone commented on what a great job you did. We are not just saying this but we will be forever grateful to you and thanks for making our big day so special and we hope to keep in touch. All the best from the newlyweds and take care" Pete & Sabina

    a Scots Baronial mansion for the wedding of these lovers-since their teenage schooldays

    8 July 2017 - Laura & Craig at Carlowrie Castle 2017

    The sun shone, the wedding principals and guests were all smiling, super collection of kilts, the brides dress? - simply stunning. Laura and Craig paid great attention to every detail of their wedding, composed beautiful commitments and vows themselves. Even the pesky fly which kept alighting on Laura's face seemed to enjoy the occassion! And it was just simply, a lovely day full of love. They fell in love while still teenagers at school you know. 💞
    "In the garden of thy heart, plant nought but the rose of love"

    Historic Carlowrie Castle on Edinburgh’s doorstep is the unexpected home to an international collection of ‘Urban’ and ‘Pop’ art. The 19th-century mansion house set amidst a 32-acre estate just eight miles west of Edinburgh. The Castle’s owner, property developer and former resident Andrew Marshall, has sympathetically restored the house and its grounds to create a remarkably lavish retreat that blends rich heritage with modern elegance and luxurious comfort. The contemporary interiors, scale and proportion of the rooms provide a dramatic showcase for part of Andrew’s evolving private art collection.

    Bought by his father in 1982, the castle was Andrew’s childhood family home. In its entire history, Carlowrie Castle has only ever been residence to two families; Thomas Hutchison who commissioned its build, a successful wine merchant and one-time Lord Provost of Edinburgh who bought the estate from the Sinclair family in 1850, and the Marshall family. Designed and constructed in 1852 by eminent Victorian architect David Rhind, Carlowrie Castle is a striking example of a Scots Baronial mansion with grand stone façade, pitched dormers and high parapets.

    See link to a wonderful video by Adam Troup at Inspire Video; https://vimeo.com/228393451

    the wedding of Lynsey & Scott at Nigg

    17 June 2017 - History is made in a historical setting

    Nigg Old Parish Church was my interesting destination today - Nigg (from the Scottish Gaelic: An Neag meaning "the notch", referring to a feature of the hills above the parish church) is a village and parish in Easter Ross. It lies on the north shore of the entrance to the Cromarty Firth and I was there to conduct the wedding of Lynsey & Scott, a lovely couple who now live in Edinburgh. Simple ceremony with lots of family & friends participation, mums lit candles, some beautiful poetry read by a bridesmaid and more from a friend of the couple. Quaich ceremony with a quaich presented by an uncle, packed venue, lots of kids, loads of laughs and bundles of love.
    There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment. 😍

    The present parish church is an 18th-century building on an early Christian site dating back to at least the 8th century. The Nigg Stone, one of the most elaborate stone monuments of early medieval western Europe, is preserved in a room at the west end of the church. This late 8th century Pictish cross-slab formerly stood in the churchyard, but was moved indoors for preservation in recent years. The nearby manse is one of the oldest to survive in Scotland, dating back to the first half of the 17th century. It is now privately owned and no longer used as the parish minister's residence.
    Nigg Old has its odd and curious features. In the churchyard is the Cholera Stone, dating from the cholera epidemic of 1832. One of the elders, on coming out of the church, saw a cloud of vapour hovering above the ground. He believed it to be a cloud of cholera, threw a blanket or cloth over it and placed this large stone on top to keep it from escaping. And inside the church, according to one tradition, the beadle (church officer) allowed an illicit still to be kept in the space under the pulpit. I resisted the temptation to deliver the ceremony from the two-tier pulpit.

    "Neil, we both wanted to thank you for conducting such a lovely ceremony, the response that we had from our guests was very touching and many said that it was one of the nicest/hilarious ceremonies that they had been to."

    a beautiful summer's day...a super venue...a couple in love since they were teenagers get married...and they involve their lovely kids too!

     

    27 May 2017 - Debbie & Michael get married in Elgin

    and today's wedding 💍at the Mansfield Hotel, Elgin with Debbie & Michael. Beautifully romantic words of love 💘 in their self composed ceremony, a sands of life symbolic gesture with the kids and a glorious day in the sun to top it all off. Love is just a word until someone special gives it a meaning.

    "First off what a great guy Neil is...

    From the moment we met Neil for our first meeting we knew he was the right person to do our wedding ceremony. He made myself, now husband and our 2 children feel so at ease. He interacted with the children to let them know what a big part of the day they were going to play and be included which is very important to us.

    He took in all off what we were saying and scripted out something so beautiful but with some humour in there for good measure.

    Everyone commented on how great Neil was and to be honest he made the ceremony even more special, it was like having a friend there not just a somebody.

    Some of the touches that Neil added were amazing he gave us so many ideas/options in which we are so greatful.

    We would highly recommend Neil and again thank you so much for making our day extra special. Debbie"

    Kim & Bernie...bitten by more than the Love-bug

    23 May 2017 - Fairie Glen, Uig, Isle of Skye

    Tuesday's Skye elopement wedding...we were assailed by midges between soakings by the rain, after climbing through the rocky & muddy paths of the Fairy Glen at Uig on Skye; a bizarre and delightful miniature landscape of grassy, cone-shaped hills, the Fairy Glen (sometimes spelt Faerie Glen) is a mystical, fascinating and otherworldly place to elope to...but that's what Kim & Bernie did today and I was delighted to be part of their special day...congratulations to Mr & Mrs Blocher!😍💑🌧🇺🇲🇩🇪️...Kim's smile is as beautiful as her dress and Bernie was the coolest groom to date...and soon they'll be 3 ! 👶
    "
    Thank you so much, Neil! It was unforgettable, and the ceremony was absolutely beautiful." Kim Kidwell
    Note to self; reconsider wearing kilt in midge country!
    Picture by Dylan Kitchener.

    the wedding of Lyndsey & Sandy

    13 May 2017 Bogbain Farm, Inverness...the bride had been counting down the months, weeks, day, hours, even the minutes...and NOW was the time. And then...

    Lyndsey and Sandy. Beautiful and excited bride, (forgot the Marriage Schedule!...a minor blip, we're flexible)...nervous but normally laid back groom = lovely couple. The new Mr & Mrs Leitch. I wore my late father's kilt for the occassion.
    "Neil u were amazing! The Ceremony was everything I expected it to be and more! Was so relaxed and funny and just felt perfect! Thankyou so much again for been part of our special day! Lyndsey Leitch"

    a giggling wedding throughout...😂😍

    29 April 2017 - a fun-filled wedding with laughs throughout for Laura & Ross at Lossiemouth

    it was a laugh-a-minute kinda day...bride Laura looked absolutely stunning, groom Ross was so relaxed, a lovely romantic ceremony with just a small group of family & friends...then the night time guests arrived in droves. I doubled as Master of Cermonies, everyone had a blast and the lovely couple loved every minute of it.

    "Just wanted to say thank you for all you did in making our day so much fun Neil...it was wonderful, everbody loved the ceremony. Laura"

    Wedding of Louise & Mark

    22 April 2017 - at Aswanley House, Huntly

    a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple in a beautiful setting - a great pair to work with, kept their ceremony loving and simple, intimate venue, family & friends loved it.

    "Thank you so much for last Saturday- independently, we both had so many compliments on the ceremony, people really loved that it was relaxed but both personal to me and Mark. I was so delighted with the whole day- it just passed far too quick." Louise

    Click on the link for the beautiful wedding video by Orchard Wedding Films, Peterhead; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5JhuvG1ync

    Cas & Mike's wedding

    16 April 2017 - Gruinard Bay beach, Wester Ross

    THIS is what's so great about doing Humanist weddings; a marvellous day out to Gruinard Beach, the rain stopped, the gale force wind abated and the sun came out...for the lovely Cas & Mike's wedding on the beach with stunning views and a wonderful backdrop. And Tanni's first wedding too! She was a good girl...had her special wedding collar on. Lovely couple, wonderful families & friends, gorgeous dress worn by the bride, rare single malt for the quaich toast...what more could you ask for?

    "We have to say, of all the fun and festivities over the last couple of weeks, our time on the beach is the best. That might sound obvious, but so many people have said their ceremony was over so fast, or they didn't remember it. But we remember the whole thing, perfectly. It was marvellous Neil, thank you." Mike

    wedding of Erin & Daniel (with slideshow)

    13 April 2018 - Cortes House, Fraserburgh

     

    I recently married this lovely couple who composed their own vows in their entirety; they read them to each other, holding hands and looking lovingly into each other's eyes...we had Shakespearian quotations, poetry from a Bridesmaid, 3 things the couple love about the other, symbolic gestures and this... (almost brought a lump to my throat)...(reproduced with their kind permission)

    "Daniel - you are the person I want to build my life with.
    You are a kind, loyal, passionate person who I love laughing with.
    Your friendship and unwavering support is something I know I can rely on through good times and bad.
    I promise today and always to share your dreams and help you achieve your goals, working with you and never against you.
    I will care for you as you care for me, sharing equally in the responsibilities we both bring to our marriage.
    I understand that marriage will not always be easy but promise to celebrate the highs and am committed to working with you through the lows.
    I cannot wait to continue life’s adventure with you by my side.
    It is with a joyous heart that I take you as my husband and pledge my whole heart to you in front of our friends and families.
    I Erin accept you Daniel, in marriage to be my lawfully wedded husband."

    "Erin - You are my best friend and the person who makes me the best that I can be.
    I will always believe in you and be your biggest supporter in all things, to help you achieve everything you want to in life.
    I promise to laugh with you, have fun with you, play games with you, dance with you and share all of the good things that we have ahead of us.
    And, when you are tired, I even promise to rub your legs when you need.
    I will love you whenever we are together, and when we are apart.
    I cannot wait for us to start the next chapter of our lives together, building a home and a family together, wherever in the world our journey takes us next.
    You are all I could ever want and I love you with all my heart - and I promise to always be by your side as we face life’s challenges together.
    I Daniel, accept you Erin, in marriage to be my lawfully wedded wife."

    Now isn't that just beautiful! 😍

    Thank you to David Grant Simpson for the pictures. Click on the link to view the beautiful wedding slideshow.

    https://david-grant-simpson-photography.smartslides.com/erin-daniel

    http://www.davidgrantsimpson.com/

     

     

     

    Kristi & Robbie's wedding

    18 March 2017 - Drumossie Hotel, Inverness

    A lovely couple (they are just SO in love 😍)who put so much work into designing their own ceremony, with guests from Canada, Australia, the US and Cyprus. I believe there was even a few from deepest darkest Evanton! And Kristi was escorted up the aisle by her Mum Michelle to the strains of Ed Sheerin's Tenerife Sea. And a nice moment of reflection too.https://vimeo.com/209472118

    "Hi Neil, we can't thank you enough for such an amazing ceremony and a perfect day! It's a blur to me now it went so quick and I would do it all over again so would Kristi (I mean the wife)
    All the guests were telling us how great the ceremony was and we will all be recommending you! Will need to pop in and see you and this new puppy sometime!! Robbie "

    "Thank you so much Neil for marrying us, the ceremony was just what we wanted! Couldn't post this picture on your humanist page; just sums up our ceremony - lots of laughs! Everyone commented on how good it was. Thanks again, so much! Kristi"

    Howdy! & how ye' doin?😁

    14 February - Valentines Day - 2017 at Achagairn, Inverness

    Ashley and Kieran, Valentines Day wedding at Achnagairn. Super day, 🌞lovely weather, fabulous couple and a lovely ceremony with some unique and innovative symbolic gestures, lots of Scots & Americans, single malts, tartan = a perfect day for a lovely couple.

    "You performed a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony...thank-you for adding so much to this very special day! Nancy, (Mother of the bride) Oh and the scotch tasting was fabulous!" https://www.harperscottphoto.com/blog/2017/3/20/achnagairn-castle-wedding-photography

    Wedding of Dawn & David

    29 October 2016 - Tulloch Castle, Dingwall

    Atmospheric, spooky but a warm loving day at Tulloch Castle for the wedding of Dawn & David. The castlle is located in the town of Dingwall ad probably dates to the mid 16th century. Over the years, it has served as a family home for members of the Bain family and Clan Davidson, and Vickers family, as a hospital after the evacuation of Dunkirk and as a hostel for the local education authority.

    There have been several claims that Tulloch Castle is haunted. Visitors and hotel staff have reported witnessing apparitions in the form of a young girl and a middle aged lady. So it was perhaps appropriate that Dawn & David married on Halloween!

    "Neil recently conducted the wedding of my sister and the service was perfect. It was very personal and gave a great account of the happy couple. The whole service felt relaxed and was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance. Highly recommend Neil to anyone looking for a Humanist Celebrant to deliver any kind of service." Claire Smith

    Funeral for simply a nice bloke...

    2017...

    "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the lovely service you gave my dad yesterday, you spoke so eloquently about him, I think if you had met my dad the two of you would have got on, listening to all his stories and local historical knowledge. Love fee xx"

    it's always a honour to deliver a funeral tribute

    a lovely casket reflecting the lady she was; fun and cheerful.

    "A tall, elegant and quite beautiful woman, she had this quiet dignity about her…but was more often than not in wellies and smelling of the byre! As her son often said, she was never far from her farming roots."

    Funerals...

    It may sound odd but I actually enjoy working with families to deliver a meaningful ceremony to give tribute to their loved one, especially when it helps to ease the pain, just a little.

    2018;

    Dear Neil,
    Thank you so much indeed for all the help you gave us with my cousin Margaret’s recent funeral. We appreciated your help very much indeed.
    The preparation you put into it all, from doing the compilation of the Queen and Runrig tracks, through the bird song for the period of reflection, to the ceremony of remembrance and celebration of her life was greatly appreciated by her family and friends there.
    For some people there it was their first experience of a humanist service and through your preparation and consideration it was a positive experience for them and dispelled their apprehensions. .
    Once again thank you for all that you did. It was a great comfort to us at a difficult time.
    Kind regards,
    Katrina and family
     

    2017;

    Dear Neil

    "I would like to thank you on behalf of my family and I for the lovley service you gave my dad John. It made a tough time more easier that we could laugh and joke and every one we spoke to afterwards said it was briliant and very fitting - so thank you very much. Pamela & family."

     

    Dear Neil, On behalf of the entire family I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated all your work on behalf of mum. Your kindness, diligence and attention to detail made our loss a little easier and the Service of Remembrance very special. Having attended a Humanist Family wedding we knew the personal nature of the Service was what we wanted from the start but without exception all comments and remarks from those attending have been positive and declaring what a lovely Service it was. Whilst I appreciate it is what you do and the skill comes with your experience I am just wanting you to know how very special it was for us. Thank you, Evelyn and family"

    2016;

    “I can’t thank you adequately for yesterday Neil. The ceremony was absolutely perfect – celebrated the happy times, the good times of my wife’s life and was commented on by everyone. And thank you especially for your warmth and understanding.”

     

    “Dear Neil, Just a short note to say that we very much appreciated the service for Mum this afternoon. We felt it hit exactly the right note. A lot of people came up to me at the reception to say that they thought it was a brilliant service and just right for her. So thank you very much indeed for that.”

     

    "Hi Neil,

    I just wanted to send on the family’s thanks for putting together and running such a lovely service on Friday for Grandma’s funeral. You really did make what is a very sad time that little bit better.Thanks again,

    Sonia (and family)"

     

     

     

    From one of the funerals I had today...


    M... who could shop for Scotland – loved visiting charity shops with her friend, all over Moray and as far as Inverness too. And while clothes shopping some years ago with one of her grandchildren, she said hello to someone as they passed in the shop; when asked who she was talking to, she said she couldn’t remember the lady’s name but she looked familiar. M... was speaking to herself in a mirror!

    No black at this funeral...

    17 October 2016 April 2016 -

    Mohan may have gone but the memories of this man are everlasting.

    A cultured, dignified, highly educated and ambitious man.

    An honourable man, a romantic.

    A loving husband, father, brother and son.

    A dedicated professional man who worked tirelessly to bring relief and a better life to others, respected amongst his peers.

    A man who reached the very top of his profession.

    And a flamboyant dresser...I wish I had known him.

    So I dressed accordingly, bow tie, colourful waistcoat, chinos...in his memory and in tribute to Mohan.

    "Your tribute was perfect - thank you Neil"

    Listen, there is this silence now...this stillness...

    03 July 2017 - two funerals. two special men.

    a couple of funerals yesterday, both equally important and both deceased equally significant. Peter, aged 99, married 51 years, lovely man, insisted on buying a watch at aged 95 years but it had to have a 5-year guarantee...'cos he was going to live to 100 ! He just missed his centenary by 9 months. An optimistic, forward thinking man. A great neighbour and wonderful surrogate Grandpa.
    And then Giles, really clever chap, wrote poetry, loved the outdoors, wandered the flow country of Caithness in his 70's, liked a dram, quite a character. Played "Roisin the Beau" by the Clancy Brothers at his funeral...listen to the words.
    Days like these make me realise how lucky I am to be part of the celebrations of their lives.
    I can not recommend this lovely man enough!!! Although we have been to other Humanist services, I'd never met Neil. This was our first funeral we had to organise for our dear Peter. At the grand old age off 99 we had a lot of life to cover but Neil summed it up nicely. Everyone has commented on how wonderful the service was. It was just perfect!!! Although Neil did not know Peter in person you'd never have known that. You have been a huge support to myself, Gary and the kids in our darkest days. Thank you ever so much
    . Neil, you did a fantastic job of Peter's funeral. He would have loved to meet you. x Amanda

    Baby Rayne - a chilled out, laid back, smiley and giggly little girl.

    Aged 9 months

    24 February 2018 at Forres

    Baby Rayne’s naming ceremony today. A very special ceremony. This gorgeous wee girl has not had an easy time of it recently but she was all smiles today as usual. Friends & family did readings, candles were lit and there was a lovely unity vase sand ceremony with pastel colours. All of the selected readings were simply beautiful...and we look to the future, give Rayne our best wishes, hopes and dreams for her...with a short extract from mum Karen's reading; " Now you're here to brighten up each day, And fill our life with happiness in so many ways. Every night I will stand your door, And tell you, Rayne, that I love you more. "Thank you for giving me the honour Karen Dawson

    Omg what a brilliant day Rayne's Naming ceremony was perfect, thank you so much Neil, everyone really enjoyed the ceremony. Glad she finally got her day. You were fab. Xxx Karen

    It was a perfect day and a beautiful ceremony Thank you Neil. Munchkin would not give in to sleep stayed up partying all day. She’s a wee 🌟 xxxxx Granny Beatrice Jamieson

    Little Alfie, not so little! - and with a BIG personality

    08 August 2016 - Alfie...aged 2 months

    Alfie is an alert and smiley little boy. He is a happy, contented baby and feeds really well and although he’s only 8 weeks old (by date of ceremony) his character is developing already. His smile and contentment make any lack of sleep worthwhile! His arrival has brought his parents closer as a couple and well, they simply love him to bits. "Neil, thanks so much for performing Alfie's naming ceremony, we all had a fantastic time. Thanks a million, Robyn & Chris."

    Edinburgh for the naming ceremony of a lovely wee boy

    01 April 2017 - Arran William Ashbrook aged 5

    “What is a boy”

    A boy is an explorer from his early days,

    Who finds fun and adventure in the most surprising ways.

    He’s a builder of Lego blocks,

    A climber of trees,

    A teller of jokes and stories,

    With a grin that’s sure to please

     

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    Attenborough

    Sir David Frederick Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS FLS FZS FSA is an English broadcaster, world leading & inspirational naturalist - and a Humanist.

    Faber

    Sandra Faber, an astronomer at the University of California-Santa Cruz who finds meaning not in religious doctrine or deities but in the beauty of the natural laws of science. In an interview Faber asserted her preference for the materialistic explanation rather than theistic faith in a creator, adding, “I take comfort in the fact that it is a beautiful universe, and we belong here and that we fit. This is our home.”

    Darwin

    Charles Robert Darwin, FRS FRGS FLS FZS was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. And a Humanist.

    Einstein

    Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. And a Humanist.

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