|My gift from Stuart|
The afternoon flew by and soon the time had come for us to go to our taxi and take the short trip to the Lothian Chambers on George IV Bridge. We travelled with Helen; Caroline, Linz, and the girls followed in another taxi. When we arrived, we found Stuart, his dad and stepmother, and his friend Ross waiting. Stuart was very nervous and, I think, feeling quite emotionally overwhelmed. The registrar came down to get Stuart and his father (who would act as one of the witnesses) and they disappeared upstairs, where the rest of us soon joined them. Once Stuart and his father had been briefed by the registrar, Stuart returned for the moment now referred to as "The First Look." The photographer was there to capture that moment when Stuart saw his bride for the first time, looking every inch the princess in her beautiful gown. The rest of us, by that time, had taken our seats in The MacIntyre Suite. There were comments about tears and we found it was on both their parts.
|Mr and Mrs Stuart Borland|
Prestonfield House Hotel is a magnificent hotel on extensive grounds within view of Arthur's Seat. Peacocks wander about the grounds and ancient trees, still with green leaves, dotted the finely manicured lawns. We were met by Gareth, a young man who would be part our evening as our host.
|Our private dining room - The Garden Room -|
Caroline and Stuart and the rest of the group went outside to enjoy the sunshine. The photographer spent time inside and out catching beautiful moments. I hope it won't be too long until we get the photographs back from him. I know they will add to the joy as we remember the day.
Needless to say, the wine and dinner and cake, the flowers, the candles, everything to the last detail, was perfect. Caroline did an amazing job putting the day together. I can't fault a thing. It was even beyond our hopes and expectations. It was an absolutely perfect day.