Congratulations to Allan & Rhona who got married at Rosslea Hall Hotel, Rhu with a lovely compassionate Humanist wedding ceremony. This alternative form of wedding wasn’t a first for me as in Scotland they have become the third most popular variety of Wedding(*). Held outside on the lawn within the grounds of the hotel, and with the sun splitting the cloudy sky, it was a musical affair with the uncle of the bride playing guitar accompanied by her friend on harp. In keeping with Scottish tradition the couple included ‘tying the knot & sharing a drink from the communal whisky drinking cup (Quaich)’, as part of the ceremony.
The best man had taken his speech very seriously and set with projector he produced a slide show which was all too revealing… (Say no more!!). After the speeches the dad played a popular folk song on the banjo to which he had written his own lyrics. Also after dinner, the bride and her sister went to dip their feet in the waters of the Clyde as part of what had become a family tradition for every beach they went to. This also gave me the chance to shoot in the golden hours of the day, just before dusk, the best time to shoot!
Thanks to this wonderful couple and their families for allowing me to help capture this auspicious occasion.
*NB. The first legal humanist wedding took place at Edinburgh Zoo on 18 June 2005 between Karen Watts (from Ireland) and Martin Reijns (from the Netherlands). In 2010, 2,092 legal humanist weddings took place in Scotland.