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Photos and Testimonials
Occasionally, couples travel from quite far to get married in our beautiful country and even though I can’t always meet them in person beforehand, we still have video and telephone calls to get to know each other. Beth and Sam came over from Ireland in 2021 to be married at the stunning Achnagairn Castle just outside Inverness and the first chance we had to meet in person was the evening before their ceremony. This is what they had to say:
We had a wonderful day and loved every second of how personal and engaging the ceremony was, as did all our guests. We had so many guests remark on what a wonderful ceremony it was and how you managed to get across the essence of us as a couple so well! They couldn’t believe you hadn’t met us in person until the day before!! You made our day unforgettable, and we can’t thank you enough.
Photo credit - Lauren Polson Laurenpolsonphotography.com/weddings
Sunset Handfasting ceremony at Loch Ness for Ellen and Blair from Australia ...
Read the blog about their special evening here
Photo credit - Campbell Donaldson
Blair and I can’t thank Glynis enough for all the wonderful hard work she put into creating such a magical ceremony for us. Our original ceremony was cancelled on the day, I found Glynis online at 9am and she couldn’t have been kinder. In the few hours we hand to pull everything together, Glynis tailored a really personal ceremony for us, including creating a keepsake booklet of the ceremony that we will treasure forever. All our party agreed that the day worked out perfectly and we couldn’t be happier.
Michelle and Adam said 'I do' at Achnagairn Castle and they lit a memory candle at the beginning of their ceremony to honour and remember those they had loved and lost. Many couples do this and it's a very poignant and special moment in the ceremony without in any way making it sombre.
Because many of Michelle's family are from South Africa, I was able to incorporate a South African blessing into their ceremony and afterwards, the couple left me separate testimonials:
You've been a guiding light and made the whole process so easy and enjoyable. It's been a true pleasure (Michellle)
The ceremony wsa absolutely incredible. (Adam)
Photo credit - Andy Taylor Photography
As numbers for weddings began to ease after lockdown, Eilidh and Rhys took the plunge and tied the knot at Bogbain Farm in Inverness with Rhys' family live-streaming in from New Zealand as they weren't able to travel. They were an absolutely beautiful couple and their ceremony so clearly reflected their love and joy in one another and ended with a quaich ceremony where they toasted each other and their marriage with a tot of the uisge beagha! This was another wedding where I was able to make the introduction in Maori to honour Rhys' native land.
Glynis conducted our wedding in May 2021 and was absolutely fabulous. She spent time getting to know my husband and I and created a lovely ceremony that really reflected who we are as a couple, incorporating my husband’s New Zealand roots, our personalities and the story of our lives together. We had lots of people comment at the wedding (and those who watched on livestream) that it was a beautiful ceremony. I couldn’t recommend Glynis highly enough, she really made it a special and memorable day. Thank you so much for the lovely service you put together for Rhys and I, lots of the guests commented on how lovely it was and a lot of people who watched online said it was very emotional. So thank you for your hard work and for making it so personal to us.
What a joy in the midst of all the Covid crisis to conduct a very special double wedding! Brother and sister Adina and Oz wed their respective partners, Bob and Meg, in an enchanted forest setting two days before Christmas. Acting as each other's witnesses, no-one else attended, although it was live-streamed to their friends and family. Intimate and joyful, it was proof positive that it's the love between couples and the vows they make to each other that are important, no matter how many people are there to witness them in person. This is what they had to say about the ceremony:
Glynis was the celebrant for our “Double Covid wedding” on December 23rd and we were blown away by what an incredibly beautiful ceremony she did for us. Our ceremony was completely tailored to us, telling our individual love stories in such a beautifully romantic way. Thank you Glynis, for being a huge part of our magical day.
Zoe and Paul were another wedding couple who made the decision to have their wedding with only 17 guests present and it was conducted in one of the smaller rooms at Drumossie Hotel in Inverness after which they had photographs taken in the gardens. Although their gorgeous rescue dog didn't attend the wedding itself, she slept patiently elsewhere before making her modelling debut with mum and dad! The other star of that show (apart from the beautiful bride and groom) was most definitely the bride's young nephew Cole, their little ring bearer - and you can read my blog on working with children and animals which I love doing.
We chose Glynis at Highland Ceremonies for our wedding day as she was recommended by a friend for a relaxed, intimate lockdown wedding. From the very first phonecall we we were put at ease and had all of our questions answered. Our ceremony was so perfectly suited to us, and we've had nothing but compliments on the style of our wedding and our ceremony, with huge credit to Glynis. Glynis has a comforting and calming nature which was extremely appreciated over our 6 week planning period! Planning in such a short time might seem like a stress without giving full attention to every individual detail, but choosing to have Glynis officiate our day was one of the easiest decisions to make, and we are so grateful to have had her there.
Our stunning Scottish landscape offers incredible opportunities for outdoor weddings. Leanne and Lewis were married on an exceptionally blustery day high up in the Cairngorm Mountains with gusts coming at us at over 50mph and causing more than a few difficulties for those in heels! Still, it all just added to the fun, as well as some spectacular photographs and memories. And Jess and Joel from Australia had photographs reminiscent of a film set after they chose to head up on the gondola and were married on Aonoch Mor near Fort William, the closest point they could get to Ben Nevis without us actually having to trek up there. This is what they had to say about their day:
We were very blessed to have Glynis as part of our special day. From the start of our journey all the way from Australia to the Scottish Highlands, Glynis made us feel very comfortable and took the time to deliver a very intimate experience that we will cherish forever. Glynis was professional, warm, and spoke true from the heart, delivering a beautiful ceremony that we will never forget.
Some couples like to renew their vows for special occasions or after a long period of marriage. Karen and John from Inverrness did just that to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary and chose to do this at one of their favourite spots at Inverness Castle overlooking the River Ness. Despite worries about the slightly unpredictable Scottish weather, the sun shone in bright blue skies the whole day. It also turned out they were an additional and very popular attraction for some of the visiting tourists from different countries that day. Karen later said:
We had met with quite a few celebrants before we met Glynis and felt she was the right person for us straight away. She was able to pick out our feelings and thoughts that made our day very special, professional and organised, and she was excactly what we were looking for.
And here's a slideshow of some more of the beautiful weddings I've had the privilege of conducting over the past few years ...
Mark and Cheryl - Abriachan
Beth and Sam - waiting for the bride at Achnagairn Castle
Norman and Julie at Garrogie Estate
Mark and Cheryl - Abriachan
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