Who am I?
I'm a sports-mad, globetrotting chap with a love of the wild, natural history
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. 💘
I travel and am available Scotland wide
our new addition to the family
isn't she simply gorgeous?
laughter & love
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/
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/
Client pics & reviews
happy days, days filled with love 💘😍
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.”
sun, sea, sand = simple. + Love...magic wedding
05 May 2018 - Lower Largo, Fife
Sun is shining...for today’s wedding of Melissa and Danny . Warm sunshine and warm family love for the ceremony on the beach at the bottom of the groom's parents garden. Simple. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Campbell. 😍
An ancient fishing village, Lower Largo is famous as the 1676 birthplace of Alexander Selkirk, who provided inspiration for Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. A signpost at the harbour points to Juan Fernández Islands, some 7,500 miles distant, where Selkirk lived for more than four years as a castaway.
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
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
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.
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 boat trip, seals basking in the sun, red deer gate-crashing the ceremony, birds singing. A magical day for the wedding of Sara & Roy
11 April 2018 - Loch Coruisk, Skye
What a lovely day for a wedding; warm sunshine, blue skies, calm seas for a wee boat trip from Elgol over to Loch Coruisk. Seals basking in the sun, red deer gate-crashing the ceremony, birds singing. It was quite a magical day in a mystical place for Sara and Roy from Washington State who were married in the company of their parents and sisters. Days like these are simply wonderful. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Thitipraserth. "Love is life, and life is beautiful" 💖
Loch Coruisk (in Scottish Gaelic, Coire Uisg, the "Cauldron of Waters") is an inland fresh-water loch, lying at the foot of the Black Cuillin in the Isle of Skye, in the Scottish Highlands and is reputed to be the home of a water horse! The northern end of the loch is ringed by the Black Cuillin, often wreathed in cloud. From the southern end the Scavaig River, only a few hundred yards long, discharges into a sea loch, Loch Scavaig. Loch Coruisk is nearly two miles long, but only about 400 yards wide.
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 simple ceremony for Kara & Axel in the grounds of a house with history
1 April 2018 at Pitcalzean House, Nigg, by Tain
On the road again..northwards for the wedding of Kara & Axel at Pitcalzean House, Tain. And accompanied by my wife Ann - and Tanni too of course!. A gorgeous day for another wedding - clear blue sky and sunshine. A simple outdoors wedding with the ceremony beautifully translated into French for the Swiss members of Axel's family and presented in velum booklets for the guests. It was chilly out there in the grounds but their love kept us all warm. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Amman! 💘“Love is like a butterfly,it goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes”.
Pitcalzean House was built in 1794 by George Murray and rented to various families until 1900. And there's a connection with one of my Humanist heroes...Charles Darwin. One of the occupiers of the house, George John Romanes (Scientist) was a dear friend of Darwin and his experimental research was noted by the great man. They conversed for eight years by letter while Darwin lived in London. George John Romanes (1848-1894), the eminent Darwinist scientist, was born in Canada, but brought up in London. His childhood was dogged by ill health, hampering his education, and he showed no early sign of his later brilliance. Darwin had substantial influence on the studies of Romanes. Despite early strong religious beliefs, Romanes was converted to Darwinism, and wrote a critical treatise on theism, under the pseudonym Physicus. At the end of his life, he wrote a second religious treatise, this time orthodox in belief, under the pseudonym of Metaphysicus
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!
Stylish wedding in a grand Border setting...
18 November 2017 - Charlotte & Owen
Springkell, a beautiful Palladian Mansion built from 1734 and just 6 miles from historic Gretna Green. Very grand surroundings, the east and west wings were added in 1830. And the venue for my last wedding of the year...thank goodness, with a round trip of 850 miles this weekend! The bridal party carried swords (don't ask 🤔), their dog delivered the rings, beautiful dress worn by the bride. Lots of love, a few tears, huge emotions, a very unique and memorable day for newly weds Charlotte & Owen.
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
1000-year history merged with a wonderful future for this loving couple
21 October 2017 - Lucy & Todd get married at Errol Park!
For the wedding of Lucy & Todd. Dating back to 1747 and hidden behind ancient boundary walls, Errol Park is an enchanting, romantic place, which has remained one of Scotland's secret treasures. And the perfect place for a romantic wedding, a specatular place with a fascinating history (see below).
And history was made today, with the wedding of this lovely couple who had a considerable personal input to their ceremony, fabulously original vows and their story composition too...it was a real delight to work with the new Mr & Mrs Alexander-Harding. Live long and love lots.😍
When Kenneth III was King of Scotland in around 980, dastardly Danish Vikings made a raid into Scotland. A peasant named Hay and his two strapping great sons were ploughing a nearby field. When Hay saw the invaders, he and his two sons (who were known to love a ruck) ran to fight, encouraging others to follow. The effect was for the weary invaders to retreat believing a new army was about to hit them- Big Jessies!
King Kenneth rewarded Hay with a dram fuelled ceilidh in his castle at Perth and a gift of land. Hay decided on some land around Errol. King Ken, who was a keen falconer, and obviously still quite drunk, determined the boundaries by flight of falcon. The falcon flew through the Carse and landed on a large stone near St Madoes, which to this day is called Hawkstane, and remains some 1000 years later, at the boundary of the estate.
The falcon’s journey is thus described: “The falcon flew to ane toun IV miles from Dundee called Rosse and alighted on ane stane which is called The Falcon Stane and so he got all the lands betwixt Tay and Arole six miles of length and four of breadth which lands are still inhabited by his posteritie”.
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.
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
a beautiful backdrop to a lovely couple's special day
Jill & Christie marry at the Dowans Hotel, Aberlour
30 September 2017
I visited the lovely Dowans Hotel in Aberlour today, for the wedding of Christie & Jill, with a beautiful backdrop of the garden pond with fountains and the changing colours of the autumnal leaves. A few years ago, Jill had been going through some rough times and Christie was just the person to share, not only her troubles - but also her hopes and dreams at that time. Christie encouraged Jill to follow those dreams...she did, they found adventure and love and now they're married. "In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine."
Great hotel staff, an awesome whisky room for the connoisseur and a lovely setting overlooking the River Spey, one of Scotland's premier salmon rivers.
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.
Glasgow Old Fruitmarket
16 September 2017 - Kirsten & Donald's wedding!
They met online and the first message from Donald was “if you were a cake what cake would you be?” “Victoria Sponge” Kirsten replied…turns out it was his favourite. Whew!...that was lucky!
Some things Kirsten loves about Donald..."You push me to follow my dreams; you have never made me doubt how much you love me; you can’t cope when I cry, it shows you care!" Some things Donald loves about Kirsten..."You sing ‘soft kitty’ when I’m sick (look it up - big bang theory song); you embrace my inner geek; and you tell me straight when I’m an idiot!"😍 A lovely, simple ceremony for a wonderful couple. Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs MacKinnon ! Live long & Love lots.
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."
"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"
a simple, non-fussy ceremony was what Mary & Chris wanted...
07 September 2017 at Duisdale House, Skye
a simple, non-fussy ceremony at Duisdale House is what Mary & Chris from Wales wanted...BUT it was no less loving. Wiuth just 5 guests in this lovely setting, wedding planner Marie was marvellous, the couple lit a candle in memory, had pictures of family weddings on display, handfasting with Forsyth tartan, the clan tartan of Chris's forebearers. Mary was a wee bit emotional, Chris was cool as cucumber. And a smashing cake too!! " To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up."
Duisdale House is a former Victorian hunting lodge, overlooking the Sound of Sleat — not far from the elegant curve of the bridge connecting the Isle of Skye to the mainland. Sitting on a hill and surrounded by extensive gardens and the historic Duisdale Forest, with panoramic views ...a lovely place I can recommend for a romantic weekend away (note to self - must return with my wife as Tanni dog got there first!)
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.
Allison and Scott got married...and their kids almost stole the show!
02 September 2017 at Eden Leisure Village, Cumbernauld
And today's wedding of Allison & Scott ...at Eden Leisure Village, Cumbernauld. They met at a party where Scott had been esconsed for 3 days!...he complimented Allison as she walked past and then he "moon-walked" - an original courtship display! But right there and then she knew he was the man for her. They've got two gorgeous wee daughters now - Ava and Gracie - and weren't they just the cutest flower girls? Normally cool and calm Allison was fine before the ceremony - but was a bag of nerves once she walked down the ailse escorted by her mum Jacqui who handed over her daughter's hand to Scott. But Allison hid the nerves well. Scott was cool as cucumber - and fair chuffed to be marrying his beautiful bride. Lovely outdoor ceremony, guests stayed in little Hobbit huts on site, a day which was all natural, warm and loving. "Better than I was, More than I am, And all of this happened, By taking your hand."
From Russia with Love...
Yana & Andy marry in Perthshire on 26 August 2017
Amy & Andy...young love
25 August 2017 at The Vu
All the way from Philly to Quiraing - to a place of wonder & amazement!
21 August 2017 - for the wedding of Melodie & Jesse
lots of originality at the wedding of Freya and Grant...
19 August 2017 - Tyninghame Village hall
a woodland circle of love...
Lucy & Will from London marry on the Glorious 12th.
Love & coincidence #2
5 August 2017 - Thainstone House for the wedding of Inga & Leo
Love & coincidence #1
5 August 2017 - a garden wedding for Annette & Tony...
this wedding meant SO much to the brige & groom - and me too!
01 August 2017 at Fairy Glen
The Bride, the dress, the flower girl Charlotte...they ALL had that WOW factor!
29 July 2017 at Seamill Hydro...
Fiona and Martin marry on the farm
22 July 2017...an Ayrshire country wedding for Fiona & Martin
a lochside idyll in Perthshire
for the wedding of Maj. Will & Kelly...18 July 2017
Good afternoon and welcome, välkommen och, god aftermiddag...
15 July 2017 - Cullen Bay - for the wedding of Sabina & Pete...
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
Chelby & Michael's wedding...a stately home, grand old trees and young lovers
1 July 2017 at Broxmouth Park
young love and romance at Aswanley
26 June 2017 - Hayley & David tie the knot
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.
We will definitely send you some wedding pictures as soon as we get them from the photographer, which should be in 2 or 3 weeks."
Elaine & David elope to Tokavaig in Skye
15 June 2017 - Tokavaig, Skye.
w-a-y up north for Eva & Daryl's wedding on the peninsula
11 June 2017 - at Skerray...
a tepee wedding on the village green
3 June 2017 - Gemma and Andrew get married at Duffus
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
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
a summer day at Faerie Pools, Skye
25 May 2017 - wedding day for Jane & Jeff 😍
Kim & Bernie...bitten by more than the Love-bug
23 May 2017 - Fairie Glen, Uig, Isle of Skye
A garden wedding in Fife...
21 May, Carol & Danny in Leslie, Fife
Carol was so organised, did all the planning, Danny happy to leave it to her...the garden was beautifully decorated, a small, intimate guest list, Carol looked fantastic, she made her own lovely handfasting cord...their 3 things were just lovely - and quite unexpectedly romantic from Danny! A super day.
all the way from Canmore in Canada...lets elope to the Isle of Skye
17 May 2017 Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye
A short boat trip from Elgon to Loch Coruisk, after a short 30 minute hike over bog and rocks to an idyllic spot recommended by the photographer. It was indeed a magical place, very intimate and loving ceremony, 2 x Handfasting and a quaich ceremony, my wife was a witness and my dog Tanni escorted us.
"Neil & Ann, so great to met you finally after all the emails (80!). What a memorable day, a little breezy! Thanks so much, the ceremony was perfect. Wendy & Steve"
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...
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
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.
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"
back to Achnagairn again - twice in a week!...for the wedding of Victoria & Craig...💖 the new Mr & Mrs Moffat ! 16 February 2017
a beautifully simple & loving wedding cermony; the couple loved it, the guests loved it, there were many laughs and lots of enjoyment. Mother of the bride made their handfasting cords. It was just a perfect day.
(like the new trews?) 😁
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
a snowy wedding day at Aviemore...👰🎩
11 February 2017 - Christine & Kevin, now Mr & Mrs Smith 💞
A beautifully simple and loving, family orientated ceremony. The couple wrote their own vows and designed a lovely original quaich ceremony involving their dads. It was a mid morning wedding, leaving plenty time for the bacon rolls, sledging a loads of fun afterwards. 😀
Wedding of Danielle & Robbie
23 December 2016 - Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurcus
"well, that's my last wedding 💍of this year done; Danielle & Robbie's elopement wedding💖, outdoors at Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurcus Forest 🌳, ❄4c, under umbrellas some of the time, heavy rain & wind, absolutely wonderful couple so in love, 😍baby due any day and kicking during the ceremony...with only my wife and daughter as witnesses and my wee grandsons as helpers! The couple used their own handmade handfasting cords in their family tartans.
"It was magical. Thanks from both of us for making our dream come true" they said. It was certainly magical. Best wishes for the future Danielle & Robbie.
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...
"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."
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.
"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"
“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.”
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.
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."
what is a boy? Arran William Ashbrook, aged 5
01 April 2016 - Edinburgh 2016
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
Thankyou Neil for such a wonderful, personal and meaningful naming ceremony for our wee boy. It was perfect. Caroline & Anthony
Photos & Videos
My Humanist Heroes - enjoy!
Sir David Frederick Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS FLS FZS FSA is an English broadcaster, world leading & inspirational naturalist - and a Humanist.
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.”
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.
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.
Have a listen and enjoy!
a short audio on Humanist Ceremonies...
one on Humanist weddings...
another on civil partnerships...
vow renewal?...listen here...
another on welcoming & naming ceremonies...
and finally, one on Humanist funerals & memorials