Real Life Wedding of Jennifer & Mhairi.
This months real life wedding feature kindly supplied by Susan & Gerrie Douglas - Scott from
Humanist Wedding Scotland..
Your Wedding, Your Day, Your Way.
Your wedding should be as unique as you are!
A humanist wedding in Scotland gives you absolute freedom and complete personalisation from the location to the 'I do!'
Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott are two of Scotland's most in-demand Authorised Humanist Celebrants and have conducted 100s of legal humanist weddings across Scotland.
Whether it is Gerrie or Susan who is your celebrant, you can relax knowing that your ceremony will be everything you have hoped for.
Working closely with each couple, very ceremony is packed full of personality, love, smiles and a few laughs and tears, all in the right place!
IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU TWO
From Loch Lomond to Ayr to Glasgow and Galloway and beyond – Celebrating love and life in Scotland is the most amazing and rewarding ‘work’ that I have ever done. I love going abroad too to conduct personal weddings (though they may be after the legal paperwork was completed).
I’ve been a Celebrant for over 12 years and conducted many hundreds of ceremonies. Over the years I have been in front of around 250,000 people - it's a lot when you add it up!
I speak advanced (nearly fluent) Spanish and passable French and Italian which comes in handy in ceremonies quite often.
In the past I managed to escape working at the Scottish Executive where I advised the Health Minister on ‘involving people’.
I am now a consultant on the same topic, which means I can have a posh freelance job title (lol) and be flexible to do what I really want to do – celebrate life and love!
I’ve been a celebrant since 2007 and I love it! I started off offering families support with their loved ones' funerals, couples with celebrations of commitment and naming ceremonies.
In 2010 I had the great joy of conducting my first legal marriage ceremony. I am now so excited about the being able to marry all people. I conducted one of the first lesbian weddings a few minutes after midnight when Scottish equal marriage became legal on 31st December 2014! I married my good friends Chris and Jooles shortly after Gerrie and I were married then Gerrie married Aynsleigh and Chloe. It was a momentous occasion and I can highly recommend getting married! its fantastic!
I am self-employed and all my work involves people at its centre. My life’s career focuses on equality, disability, health and social care. For me this complements my work as a celebrant, really helping me understand people from their own life experiences.
I live in Glasgow and travel between here, through Ayrshire to Dumfries and Galloway. On occasion I travel all over Scotland so get to see many parts of our beautiful country. I spend a couple of days every month in Scotland’s national book town Wigtown, where I am co-owner of ReadingLasses Bookshop and café.
In the rest of my life I am also busy but above all friends and family are important to me. My partner Gerrie and I have been together for over 17 years and we have seen our five children grow in to wonderful young people – beautiful too but I’m a biased mother!
For more information,
07739 826377 Gerrie
07711 470196 Susan
Visit - www.humanistweddingscotland.com
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
G Wedding Directory would like to thank Jennifer & Mhairi for allowing us to publish their story.
Andrew & John.
We have known eachother for around 12 years and have been together almost 10 years (this August). There was no big proposal or grand gesture in deciding to get married. Mhairi always said ‘we need to buy a house first’ Jen didn’t agree. Mhairi is the sensible one, but Jen is the persuasive one. We both mutually decided one day ‘let’s just do it’.
Mhairi is originally from Bridge of Weir, just outside Glasgow and Jen is from Belfast, we met at University of Glasgow. We were friends for almost 2 years first, but Jen pestered Mhairi for about a year (‘at least’ Mhairi says). As we’ve already established, Jen is the persuasive one and after following Mhairi around for a long time, Mhairi gave in to Jen's charm and persistence and we finally got together on a 'subcrawl' in Glasgow - a tour of pubs along the subway route.
Once we decided to get married we looked at a couple of venues and considered getting married by a registrar but settled on a humanist ceremony as it seemed a lot more personal and flexible and fitted with the sort of wedding we wanted to have. We contacted Gerrie Douglas-Scott, who was very friendly and extremely helpful. We met up and had a chat and knew she was the right person to marry us. She gave us lots of guidance on putting the ceremony together and it allowed us to put our personalities and personal touch into the ceremony.
We decided on Oran Mor for a few reasons: it was located in the West End of Glasgow which is where we met and had lived together for a number of years. It was a venue we were familiar with, and being a converted church, it was a beautiful setting. Louise and the events team were always very helpful and did a great job on the day. We only had a very small wedding, with our immediate families, so we got married in the Gallery above the main auditorium, under the wonderful ceiling mural by Scottish artist, Alasdair Gray, who we are great admirers of. After the ceremony, we had dinner in their private dining room with windows overlooking the Botanic Gardens.
We were very lucky to be able to have Neil Thomas Douglas as our photographer and he captured some excellent pictures around several locations in the west end, including Ashton Lane and University of Glasgow, where we met. We had some lovely colourful flowers (gladioli, hydrangea, delphiniums and sunflowers) arranged by the very helpful Rachael at Blooms, on Dumbarton Road. Our cake was absolutely delicious and looked superb, made by Sydney at Bella Cakes. We were transformed by hairdresser friend, Debbie and Make up Artist, Lynsey Findlay did a fabulous job on our faces!
We had such a wonderful day, everything went perfectly (although the weather was a little iffy). We only wish we could do it all again!
After the wedding, we went away on a glamping minimoon for a couple of nights to Loch Tay Highland Lodges. The weather was a wash-out but we embraced it in our waterproof gear! We are hoping for better weather when we go on honeymoon to New York in September and as tennis fans, we are looking forward to going to the US Open as well, and will hopefully get to see Andy Murray.
Photography by neilthomasdouglas.com.