25 August 2008

Whirlwind Weekend

Even though my weekend lasted 5 days (why can't all weeks be like that!) it seemed to pass in a flash! Wednesday I was on strike, not something I like to do but it has to happen occasionally. I met friends for lunch and then went to Edinburgh in the evening to another friend's book launch, but more of that in my next post.

I collected my friend Mariana from the airport on Thursday evening and we headed back to Dundee. Friday was the start of my friends Aileen and Paul's wedding weekend! They had hired Comrie Croft, an independent youth hostel in the rolling, lush, green hills of Perthshire for the weekend and the party started on Friday afternoon with the decorating of the barn where Saturday evening's celebrations were to take place. We were hanging tartan, wrapping pillars, laying tables, blowing up space hoppers.... all this before the BBQ! It was great to spend time with good friends, the gang together to enjoy the celebrations!

The wedding was on Saturday, it was my 6th outing as a bridesmaid (dress anyone?) and I had a great day. Aileen looked amazing and I don't think I scrubbed up too badly.



It's so nice when the individual touches at weddings come together well...like our friend Tracey being able to perform the outdoors marriage ceremony (and the rain staying away so we could enjoy it),
Paul's brass band (check him out in the centre of the photo), The Portishead Town Band, playing Abba medleys, the wedding cake made of cheese, the Scrumpy Jack cider to toast the bride and groom after the ceremony, the caricaturist drawing pictures of the guests, ceilidh dancing the night away......

Aileen and Paul spent their wedding night in a luxury teepee - glamping in style - up a hill in the woods behind the Croft.....a wood burning stove, champagne and each other for company!




Sunday was a fun day, they had organised a mini Highland Games - we had 3 clans competing for glory in a range of events from Tossing the Caber, to Haggis Hurling, Highland Dancing to Tug-of-War, 4-in-a-Sack Racing (I nearly died laughing watching my team compete in this one) and the Starburst Challenge.....so Sunday saw me stuffing my mouth with 10 Starburst and then trying to eat them as quickly as possible (and believe me, I may have a big mouth figuratively speaking but physically...hmm...10 Starburst was a challenge).

All in all, a great weekend and thank you to Aileen and Paul for allowing me to be a part of it!


17 comments:

raining sheep said...

Hello, thanks for visiting my blog. I love the pictures of the highland games. Believe it or not, highland games are pretty popular in Canada. We have some pretty serious competitions and actually here in Alberta, there is a popular set of highlands games held in Canmore, about a 40 minute drive from Calgary. Hubby and I love taking them in - it's fun - always the last weekend in August.

Bethany Hissong said...

You just have WAY too much fun... I'm coming out to live there with you!!!!

Karen S said...

Sounds absolutely wonderful!!!!! And you look very beautiful (and so does the bride of course).
Those mini highland games sounds hilarious, and I love your new header ;)

Anne said...

I agree...you do have way to much fun! I love the new banner!

Manoute said...

What a great wedding! I love the wedding cake....hhhmm...cheese!

Eva said...

wow, looks like a fab weekend! and you and mariana both look beautiful. the highland games look like a great laugh, good posture on the dancing and lovely hairdoo! will email soon, promise!

nicolette said...

Love your new header and all the pictures!!!
You sure have loads of fun, but I guess you should just enjoy it all!

Tracy said...

Sooo nice to see you--how pretty you look...and LOVE the dress! What a great wedding--so lively and fun! Thanks for sharing...And the new banner is terrific! Thanks so much for visiting :o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

Tilly said...

Thanks for stopping by. What a great weekend and a fabulous wedding. I got married back in January so your photo's brought back great memories. And you looked great too!

Claudia said...

We have highland games in Quebec and it looks like so much fun. Your pictures are so nice...I want to visit and "play" in your clan!

Kate said...

What a fabulous wedding!

Melissa said...

ohh, that sounds so wonderful! i adore the pictures- especially the one on your new banner!

monkee maker said...

Oh wow - that's definitely the kind of wedding to have, what a fabulous weekend!

Many congrats to your friends - and you on your sixth outing as a VIP member of the celebrations!

:)

Charlie P said...

That looks like the best wedding ever! A wedding cheese instead of a wedding cake, highland games, ABBA medleys... You make a beautiful bridesmaid, too ;D

amy said...

this looks seriously like the FUNNEST wedding i've ever seen.

and we should have 5 days weekends EVERY WEEK!

Lina said...

You look so pretty in the midnight blue dress!

Jade said...

You look so lovely, Di! And everyone looks like they had a ball.