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On the 3rd of September 2016 Findlay Paul, Chartered Accountant and Associate at Springfords LLP, married Dr Sarah Scobie at Kinnaird House in Larbert, a listed building saved by Findlay's grandfather in the 1970s. Heavy rain was forecast that afternoon, however it was a bright day.
Homemade white and blue bunting trimmed the tree-lined approach and the venue itself was adorned with numerous crafts and personal touches; jars decorated with lace, hessian and blue organza transformed into unique vases for the table centre-pieces, handmade clay figures of the bride and groom topped the wedding cake, accompanied by their flower girls, page boys and ring-bearer on the tier below.
Findlay prepared his speech as the guests arrived. Guests were shown through to the drawing room for the ceremony, passing under the 300 metres of fairy lights which Findlay had installed in the vaulted hallway and up the sweeping staircase, illuminating the intricately carved wood panelling and fulfilling his bride’s dream of a starlight canopy effect.
The bride-to-be prepared for the wedding at the former stables, so there was no need to incur the expense of wedding cars (ever the accountant) and no excuse for being late.
The wedding ceremony was performed by family friend, Rev Robert Allan, and was accompanied by a reading by Findlay’s sister, Dr Liza Morton.
As the weather was unexpectedly fair, the wedding party followed the couple out onto the lawn for pictures, drinks and canapés. The photographer, Jennifer Flowers from Stirling, entertained the guests with her direct American approach and captured a number of stunning images.
It was then on to dinner and drinks. The caterers, Cooks and Co of the Borders, were selected following a recommendation from Springfords client Jayne Wang of MW Groundworks. The food surpassed all expectations and the well stocked bar proved a success. Real ale from the local Tryst Brewery was popular and guests enjoyed pulling their own pint. The homemade mojito cocktail, prepared in the large drinks dispenser by Findlay’s American relatives, had perhaps three times as much rum as the recipe suggested, but it was a firm favourite nonetheless!
The sweetie bar for the children proved popular with guests of all ages. Interestingly, none of the adults attempted the homemade giant twister game which was probably for the best as most of the men wore kilts…
The first dance was followed by a lively Ceilidh band and enthusiastic dancing. The bride’s brother Jamie, an English teacher by day and base guitarist by night, played with his band late into the evening.
The newlyweds honeymooned on the West Indian Ocean Islands of Mauritius and Reunion. The highlights included the diverse cuisine, idyllic beaches, a helicopter trip and a well-timed volcanic eruption.
Findlay is delighted to be married to talented artist and oncologist, Sarah. He is slowly coming around to the idea of living in Corstorphine, however he still misses Larbert.
Findlay and Sarah would both like to thank all those who helped make their day special and for the generous gifts, cards and well wishes they received.