At 4 pm, on April 4, 2000, I was married to Maire Smith at Old St Paul's in Wellington, New Zealand. Old St Paul's was the original Anglican church of Wellington, decommissioned and deconsecrated in the 1960s. It is a beautiful building, like most old churches, and, being unconsecrated, does not require a religious ceremony. It is now a historic place, run by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
The bride wore roses in her hair and a white silk satin dress with hand-made lace sleeves. The entire dress was designed and made by Maire.
I wore a kilt in the McDonald tartan. One of my groomsmen, Michael wore a McKay kilt, and Maire's grandfather Ian rounded out the Scots theme with a sash of the McColl tartan.
After the ceremony, we had a reception at Il Casino; not only does it have fine decor, but the food and service are second to none. Maire and I have been going there to celebrate the anniversary of our getting together, and were delighted we were able to hold the reception there. The staff were fantastic, and the groom had the pleasure of a free whisky when one of the maitre d' discovered how nervous he was about the prospect of the wedding waltz.
I've started putting up sets of photographs from our wedding - we have shots from several photographers, and I'll put them up as the prints arrive and are scanned. Expect more over the next few weeks.
Unfortunately, my scanner doesn't do such a good job on seperating dark colors, so even with the Gimp, the darker colours, like my kilt and Jamie's dress, are rather muddied.