Congratulations to Mark & Nicola who got married last month on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, at Culag Lochside Guest House. This secluded loch-side beauty, with relaxing grounds and stunning views, is a wonderful setting to get wed. Nicola was from a bag-piping family whom I’d had the privilege of meeting four years before when I had shot her sister Pauline’s wedding also on Loch Lomond; while Mark’s family had made the trip across from Ireland. They had certainly brought the luck of the Irish across with them as far as the weather was concerned and so a fun day was to be had with a jovial atmosphere throughout and smiles on all faces.
The service was conducted by the local Reverend Ian Miller. Ever the comedian and also a keen Celtic fan, he jumped out of the car on arrival to report they had taken the lead 2-0 in the first Old Firm derby of the season. His obvious excitement probably the same reason he had nearly knocked me down in the car, while I was taking pictures of the pipers. Towards the end of the service, with a little rain threatening to fall, Revd. Miller went into over-drive in order to keep everyone dry, or perhaps to get back to his car for the 2nd half of the match (more like!).
After the service, at the local Luss pier, Nicola’s dad had organised a boat trip on the Loch which of course quickly won the name of ‘Love Boat’. He had also organised for a young girl piper, who had only been playing for about a month, to pipe in the couple as they passed. Dad not to be outdone by the bride, had 2 outfits for the day, quickly changing into the 2nd one to pipe the couple back down the Loch to the Culag for the function.
Harpist : Pippa Reid
Minister :Ian Miller
The Venue : The Culag