Emir and Jill live on the other side of the world in Auckland in New Zealand. They met several years back after both left Scotland to work in the land of the kiwis. Jill originally hails from Strathaven and Emir from Dundee so when they were deciding where to get married, it made sense to get back to Scotland to party with family and friends. Jill told me she has missed the cold of our winters and longed for a crisp winter wedding. That’s exactly what she got – it was freezing!
It was back again to my favourite home venue, the Strathaven Hotel, and fortunately the temperature outside didn’t match the warmth of the welcome inside from Sheila and Malcolm. I really do love getting back to the Strathaven Hotel and, no matter what the weather’s like outside, every wedding here never fails to impress. Emir and Jill had a wonderful wedding and they are blessed with exceptional family and friends and it was great to see so many of them so relaxed and so happy to be in their company once again. They are also blessed with the most beautiful daughter, Eloise, she was dressed like a princess and she played her part in the proceedings perfectly.
Although happily settled in New Zealand, there are parts of Scottish life they both miss dearly. In addition to Jill’s fondness for the crisp winter days, Emir is a dyed in the wool Dundee United fan – the so called “arabs”. Hopefully he managed to catch the ne’erday derby in Dundee and his team’s impressive 6-2 victory – a belated wedding gift no doubt!
My thanks and best wishes go to each and every guest and member of staff at the hotel for their patience and co-operation. Special thanks go to Fiona, Lana, Amany, Megan, Eloise, Senga, Michael, Stevie, Garry, Rhys, Owen and Nathan, with an extra special mention for David, Linda, Lorraine and Amgad – you all contributed so much to make sure the wedding was perfect and to arrange it all over Skype from half-way around the world says so much for you all. Thanks again to Emir and Jill for the opportunity to play my small part and may your marriage and your family continue to be blessed with everything that is good in life. Here are a few reminders of your perfect day……