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!