My pal Alastair, father of the bride, gives a fine speech for Eilidh and Craig at the top table…

UP early…need to hit the ground running as there’s a lot to get done before we leave for Eilidh and Craig’s wedding.

The plan is to leave at 11.45am…at 11.30am I’m still talking to the support folks at the web hosting company to sort out an SSL (security certificate) issue for a musician  client’s website.

Ultimately I have five minutes to get changed into the only suit that (almost) fits me and we’re on our way to Helensburgh.

We park up at the Travelodge..way too early to check in, but Margaret lets the reception desk folks know we will definitely be using our room but won’t be back ‘til after midnight. A London Travelodge once gave our room away because we weren’t there by midnight….they sorted it all out, but there was a bit of a fanny dance with them taxi-in us to a ‘nearby’ alternative.

We wander the half-mile to the church with time to spare so stop for a coffee before meeting up with my pal – father of the bride – Alastair’s mum, dad and sister who I hadn’t seen since Alastair’s own wedding 31 years ago. Lovely to see them.

After the ceremony there’s photos out in the sun and we board a coach to take us to Boturich Castle just outside Balloch…an amazing venue with a great view over Loch Lomond.

We drink beer and champagne outside in the sun with a bunch of Elidh’s colleagues who are excellent company then move indoors for a wonderful meal. 

And, I have to say…I’m not a fan of wedding/covers bands, but Ernest – the band this evening – are pretty damn good. In fact, nothing short of excellent, and a good bunch of guys to boot.

We board the bus back to Helensburgh just after midnight and retire to our Travelodge room just before 1am…..great day and night 🙂

Amazing view up the Loch to Ben Lomond from the wedding venue…