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Joanna & Craig's Wedding - March 2019

It’s a mixed spring day on the shores of the beautiful Loch Lomond at the idyllic setting of Lodge on the Loch. Unfortunately, it was raining when I arrived. But despite the rain the view across Loch Lomond, even though there were low dark rain leaden clouds was mesmerising.

It’s little wonder that so many couples choose to get married on the shore of the loch in hail, rain, snow and even sunshine! The views this afternoon were breath taking.

“Is there a monster in the loch?  No!”

Could I see Rob Roy MacGregor scuttling about on the other side of Loch Lomond? No!”

Could I see Ben Lomond in all its spring coloured glory emerging from the mist? Oh yes!”

It was a day to be playing bagpipes with a magnificent back drop at the fantastic setting of the Lodge on the Loch!


I took up my position at the entrance to the Lodge’s reception to welcome the guests. Unfortunately, I was wearing my cape due to the inclement conditions. Thankfully, I discarded it after ten minutes as the dark clouds rolled away to showcase a crystal blue spring sky.

Craig the Groom emerged from the reception area with his Best man and ushers for a few album photos. I managed to steal a couple of frames from them before they all headed back inside chatting excitedly before the start of the ceremony.

Bang on half past two, the guests were seated in the Glen Luss suite. I could feel a real air of excitement and caught a couple of ladies talking about the Bride Joanna’s dress and what it would be like.

One of the wedding co-ordinators said that Joanna and her Bridesmaids had been ready for over half an hour but wanted to be traditionally late, which they were! But no one seemed to mind. The flower girls and Bridesmaids entered the Glen Luss suite in their lovely blue bridemaids’ dresses as I played ‘Highland Cathedral’. A second later, Joanna made her grand entrance with her Dad. Her dress did not disappoint. Joanna looked stunning as I played her into her wedding ceremony.

At the end of the formal wedding proceedings and to a lot of applause and cheering, I played the happy couple out of the Glen Luss suite and into their drink’s reception to the traditional sound of Mairi’s Wedding.

At the end of the wedding ceremony the extremely professional staff of the Lodge on the Loch had changed the venue to an exquisite room befitting of any wedding breakfast!

So, for me, my part in the wedding celebrations was coming to an end! My final part of the proceedings was to play Joanna and Craig to their places at their top table. With a massive announcement from the MC I struck up with Scotland the Brave. The whooping and cheering was still ringing in my ears as I made my home.

Very Best Wishes to Joanna and Craig for their future together!

A really lovely post which Bruce and Jenni loved. Everyone I talked to said what I wonderful job you did, the Pipes just adds that special touch to an event, I thought you were outstanding. Many thanks again.
We booked Alan to pipe at my father in laws funeral last week and we were delighted with the service. Alan took the pain out of this part of organising by dealing directly with the funeral director including times, arrangements and payment.
"Having Alan at our wedding made the event so special and provided beautiful music for our church yard wedding. Despite a 6 month delay due to COVID, Alan was flexible, professional and was relaxed on the day."
It's my third wedding of the year and it's the last week in October! I'm glad to say that I'm back in one of my favourite area's of Scotland, Lochaber! to be precise St John's church, Ballachulish near Glencoe. Autumn is in full glow.
So the strange times continue and this is only my second wedding this year and it’s now the start of September!
We really enjoyed having Allander Pipers play at our wedding! We are not originally from Scotland and it was wonderful to have traditional music playing as we walked out from the ceremony.
Alan, thank you for playing the pipes at my Mums funeral today. it was very moving and everyone commented on how lovely it was. Many thanks, Vicki.
Alan, I just wanted to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you from myself and all the family, you did a great job and made the whole service so much more dignified. My dad must be so proud of his beautiful send off. Many Thanks, Stephen McKinnon
Hi Alan, thank you so much for a beautiful tribute to my brother everyone was making lovely comments about your piping thank you so much.
Today I have been asked to play at the wedding reception of Christophe and David at the splendid venue of Studio 93in Garriochmill Road, right next to the stunning Botantic Gardens.
I had been asked about a month ago to play the pipes at my friend Ciorsti’s wedding at Bonawe House, Taynuilt near Oban. Naturally I said yes so, ALLANDER PIPERS was on the road up north.
It’s Friday evening and I’m heading out to Govan to Play with the Govan Schools and Community Pipe Band for the crowning of the Queen ceremony at the Govan fair.
So, it’s a glorious day and I’m heading to Marr Hall, Erskine on the banks of the mighty River Clyde for the wedding of Sydnee and Fraser.
Today I visited St. Mary’s primary school in Maryhill, Glasgow. It’s the grand opening of their new MUGA (multi use games area). I had been asked to play the pipes for the arrival of their V.I.P. guest but had been sworn to secrecy as to who it was.
It’s a cold crisp Saturday afternoon at the Cottier Bar, Restaurant and Wedding venue in the heart of Glasgow’s Westend and I’m at one my favourite venues
It’s a mixed spring day on the shores of the beautiful Loch Lomond at the idyllic setting of Lodge on the Loch.
I headed down to the Brig a Doon Hotel in Ayr for the wedding of Laura and Chris.
It was a great pleasure to have Alan playing at our Burns Supper. He added a real touch of Scotland to our event and I’m sure it’s not just the community council that will be looking forward to having him back in our village again.
In March 2018 I was asked to play at the British Dental Awards at the Marriot Hotel in Glasgow City Centre.
‘Alan is a highly professional musician who plays to the highest standard. He is a real people person with a passion for piping and he provides a friendly, professional service’
A magnificent venue for a Wedding Reception, The Lodge on the Loch on the banks of Loch Lomond. Congratulations to Vicky and Daniel.