We asked one of Phil's close friends since school to be our celebrant. We knew immediately he was the man for the job and he did not disappoint. He put together a perfectly personal, funny and thoughtful service. We felt it was important to have someone marry us that knew us and Fraser was just that.
Phil's sister Jenny did the first reading, which was the lyrics to Van Morrison's 'Someone like you'. We love the song, my dad is a huge fan of Van Morrison, and the words fitted us perfectly, so it worked really well. My close friends Vicki and Diveesha did the second reading, which was an adapted version of 'You Got The Love' by Candi Staton, they swapped a few words around to make it personal and extra entertaining. We loved it.
During the canapés we had a great friend and very talented musician, Harry Pane
, sing and play guitar. He was amazing, he played a list of our favourite songs and set the perfect tone for the afternoon.
As a couple who love games we knew we wanted something immersive and active to break up the time between the meal and band starting. We nominated a couple of our friends who are equally competitive, to take on the role of the games masters. They put together a photo scavenger hunt where teams had to perform tasks and upload a photo to our Instagram handle in categories to be judged - it was hilarious.
In the evening we had a Scottish Ceilidh band called 'Ceilidh Minogue
' who were incredible!
Everyone really entered into the spirit regardless of dancing ability, were a lot of laughs and a lot of tumbles!
After the band, we asked an Usher and Best Man to be DJ's for a few hours which was brilliant, let's just say they more than rose to the challenge.
Our canapes were amazing, we had Cap Ferret oysters, scallops with barbecued chipolatas, beetroot arancini, gazpacho, beef tartar with a quails egg and many more. For our mains, we had home cured salmon to start, followed by confit of duck and a trio of deserts to finish, washed down with an espresso martini.
We are incredibly lucky to have a very talented chef in the family, James Souter, who made us a gorgeous macaroon tower as a wedding cake.
Phil's mum made our favours, which were Scottish tablet and shortbread, beautifully presented in a small white box wrapped in striped string.
and his lovely wife from real simple photography were amazing at capturing our day. They had photographed our friend's wedding and we loved their photos, so brought them over to France to work their magic once more. We didn't want anything too posy or staged and they did a great job of being there at the right time but not being noticed. They were also lovely people to have around on the day, and it was a bonus that they knew so many of our guests from previous weddings!
Yet another useful and incredibly talented friend Jen
helped to video the day. She had been given strict instructions to film to a minimum, as we wanted her to be part of it rather than behind the camera the whole time. Being the hard working perfectionist she is, she persisted to film from all angles until dark.