|First night at the hotel|
|Mums drink compared to mine|
The wedding day! An early start to attempt to get ready and help the bride (my mum). I have never seen anyone so stressed out before, but eventually we managed to help her be ready in time 5 minutes to spare! I'm usually one to cry at sentimental events or when others cry so I was quite worried that I'd loose my cool during the ceremony after seeing my mum tear up the day before. We arrived at the black smiths and began the ceremony. This was a little different to other weddings both because of time slots and because of the tradition that is performed at Gretna. The story goes that young lovers would elope to Gretna to the blacksmiths who would marry the couple. They would need to have the ceremony completed quick because of the parents chasing after ten trying to stop the marriage. The blacksmith would create the rings there and then with the couple so during this ceremony the priest banged down the hammer onto the anvil.
|The married couple at the Anvil|
The ceremony shortly ended (I managed to hold in the tears) and we were given access to the rest of the blacksmiths workshop and to take photos around the area.
|Married couple and bridesmaids|
|Bride and bridesmaids|
|Bride and daughters|
The wedding was then followed by a lovely meal held at the hotel. Then a rest for those in need where later reunited in the reception for more drinks/ a watch of the rugby and then later on more food.
|Post wedding selfie|
All in all it was a wonderful weekend spent with the family on the border of Scotland. My mum seemed to enjoy it and so did everyone else.