As a Humanist Marriage Officer, I get to see some of the hidden gems that Scotland has to offer and one such location is Clarack Loch near Aboyne in Aberdeenshire.

I was here for the happy occasion of Christine and Gordon’s wedding as they had asked me to conduct their ceremony for them.

Thankfully the weather was kind to us and I was able to conduct the ceremony on the edge of the loch with stunning views as the backdrop.

Christine and Gordon had chosen to include a reading in the form of a poem called On your wedding day, which is a poem I really like and is perfect to include in a marriage ceremony as it really sums up the sentiment of the day.

The happy couple also decided to drink for the Quaich.

The word ‘Quaich’ is derived from the Gaelic word ‘Cuach’ which means ‘shallow cup’ or as we know it today ‘drinking cup and it’s two handles make it ideal for sharing. In a marriage ceremony it is used as a symbol of the life couples will share together and the Quaich represents the cup of life. In drinking from the same cup, couples are symbolising ytheir commitment to share all that their future may bring.

Traditionally it is whisky that is drunk, but not being big fans of it themselves, Gordon & Christine decided that a skittle bomb, Cointreau and Red Bull, was better suited to their taste buds.

The whole wedding was really a family affair as everyone pitched in and even the flowers were arranged by Christine and her Mum.

A definite perk to the job is getting to visit some stunning places and that’s another one ticked off the list this year.

Congratulations again to the happy couple and wich you a warm and bright future.