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Laura & Chris's Wedding - March 2019

I headed down to the Brig a Doon Hotel in Ayr for the wedding of Laura and Chris. I was looking forward to this one as my good pal the Celebrant George Smith of Fuze Ceremonies was officiating.

You know that it will be good service with George at the helm, cracking banter, the ability to relax everyone but you know that he will always strike the right balance between fun and formal. All the ingredients of a great wedding ceremony.

I had never played at the Brig a Doon hotel before, I had heard so much about it and when I arrived, I was anything but disappointed! It is a beautiful hotel in a stunning location. The hotel’s garden is beautifully manicured with the River Doon flowing through it. The 15th century cobblestone ‘Brig’ central to Robert Burns famous poem ‘Tam O’Shanter’ and the Burns monument and gardens are a spectacular backdrop.  I do not think Laura and Chris could have chosen any better for a wedding location! With a beautiful blue sky, a stunning setting, welcome to the first official day of summer!

I played at the front of the Brig a Doon hotel to welcome Family, friends and quite a few tourists! At three o’clock I was given the thumbs up that Laura was ready. Now, you may think there is nothing special in that, but at the Brig a Doon nothing is as it seems. They have a cottage across the other side of the road opposite the hotel. So, to add to the spectacle and with a little help of Jenna the MC to stop the traffic, I played Laura (who looked stunning in her wedding dress and flowing veil), her Dad and bridesmaids across and along the main road to the entrance of the hotel.

I made my way to the hotel’s very impressive ballroom and waited at the top of the stairs on the mezzanine level. Once the ceremony had concluded and George had given the new Mr & Mrs Brown his blessing, they made their way followed by family and friends to a very well deserved drinks reception to the strains of the obligatory Mairi’s Wedding and Donald MacLean of Lewis, two pipe tunes worthy of any wedding celebration!  

Many congratulations to Laura and Chris it was a fantastic day!

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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.
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"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."
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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It’s a mixed spring day on the shores of the beautiful Loch Lomond at the idyllic setting of Lodge on the Loch.
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I headed down to the Brig a Doon Hotel in Ayr for the wedding of Laura and Chris.
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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.
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In March 2018 I was asked to play at the British Dental Awards at the Marriot Hotel in Glasgow City Centre.
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‘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’
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A magnificent venue for a Wedding Reception, The Lodge on the Loch on the banks of Loch Lomond. Congratulations to Vicky and Daniel.
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