Julie and Michael made an excellent choice of date for their wedding at Linlithgow Burgh Halls, choosing one of the hottest days of the summer. In fact - it was one of the only hot days of the summer! Taking advantage of the weather, Michael and his best men and ushers headed down to the tennis courts (Michael is a professional tennis coach) for a pre-wedding warm up on court. It didn't take long to warm up, indeed we were quickly in danger of overheating in the tropical weather! The guys very sensibly took the decision not to wear jackets for the ceremony, instead looking smart and cool in their waistcoats, which helped give a lovely warm relaxed feel to the proceedings. The ceremony concluded with a handfasting with two coloured knots, and drinking champagne from a quaich.
After the ceremony and a few group photos and a spot of roasting in the sunshine, we headed off with Julie and Michael for a tour of the grounds of Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. The setting with the lake and romantically ruined palace could not be a more beautiful and history-soaked location.
The meal had an Ibiza theme, which is where Julie and Michael became engaged, with flip-flops available for guests, appropriately enough given the weather. After some wonderfully warm speeches, The Vinyls took over for the evening entertainment, and some impressively vigorous dancing heading on into the night.