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Peter and Lizzie's Wedding - Ballachulish

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. The two hour drive from ALLANDER PIPERS country was a magical journey through everything Autumn has to offer, deep greens, all shades of browns through to the shimmer of gold and everything in between. It's a drive I'll never tire of but I'm always careful of the sixteen mile lochside journey along the west side of beautiful Loch Lomond.

 

St John's is a stunning church which sits just outside the village of Ballachulish overlooking Loch Leven. It was built in 1842 on lands gifted by the then Laird, John Stewart of Ballachulish. The church posses the alter vessels that were used by Jacobite troops the night before the battle of Culloden in April 1746. However, these very historic relics are held elsewhere.

 

 

 

So, to the day itself. A chilly morning not what you want for an outdoor wedding service but this is life at the moment in a pandemic. Peter arrived at the church beaming from ear to ear, He had written in the back windscreen of his car 'Just Married' and had attached some cans to the rear bumper, something I hadn't seen in years! I welcomed him into the church grounds with 'Hielan' Laddie', The Minister, Amanda Fairclough arrived a few minutes later and after setting up a makeshift alter in the graveyard (not as spooky as it sounds, the church grounds are extremely picturesque)! 

The ceremony was ready to begin. Lizzie and her Mum arrived with her nieces as Bridesmaids and were ready to be piped from the church gates to the alter. Lizzie and Peter had been waiting since March  to get married as their ceremony had been cancelled from then and due to the current circumstances. A camera phone had been placed near the alter to broadcast the service to Family and Friends.

 

Time for the Bride to make her entrance. I struck up the pipes and played the wedding party through the church grounds to the tune 'The Brown Haired Maid.' Lizzie looked absolutely fantastic! I could see dark clouds arriving over Loch Leven but the threat of rain wasn't going to stop this wedding! The Amanda, the Minister,  conducted a very memorable,good humoured energetic service. Once married I played the happy couple to the church to sign the register to the sound of  'Highland Cathedral' (very fitting, I thought)!

Fifteen minutes later Lizzie and Peter emerged from the church to the sound of 'Mairie's Wedding'

 

Another COVID wedding service completed, it was unconventional but under the circumstances it was brilliant! What more could you wish for! Beautiful surroundings, a Lovely couple and ALLANDER PIPERS supplying the music. Things could not have been better.

Time to go. I wished Lizzie and Peter the very best regards for their future together headed back to ALLANDER PIPERS country through a picture perfect Scottish scenery.

BRING ON 2021! 

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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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