A uniquely beautiful Elopement in Edinburgh: “The pursuit of happiness …”

Beth has a joyful heart, beating a dance I want to get swept up in every day.

Rachel is my best friend. She brings so much happiness in my life. I can’t wait to explore the world with her by my side.

Rachel & Beth

When Rachel proposed to Beth in the middle of a darkwave goth gig two months into their relationship she was being serious. These two creative, funny, kind, and – by their own admission – eccentric souls had an instant connection and knew that they wanted to share their lives together.

Photo by Jono (Paul Johnson)

So, it was wonderful that, after a year of planning and what felt like endless shifting sands (due to the global pandemic), Rachel and Beth were finally able to go ahead with their Civil Life Partnership ceremony. On a crisp, clear autumnal day, a close circle of their family and friends gathered by St. Anthony’s Chapel on Arthur’s Seat in the heart of Edinburgh.

Photo by Paul Johnson (Jono)

Beth’s family joined us on Zoom and, during the ceremony, we heard some words from Beth’s mum and maid-of-honour, all the way from Australia.

In a personal and emotional exchange of vows, Rachel and Beth made their promises to each other overlooking the city that means so much to them both. There wasn’t a dry eye on the hill.

Photo by Paul Johnson (Jono)

They sealed their Life Partnership Vows with a Handfasting, the gold and white ribbons symbolising the brightness of the day. It was glorious.

Photos by Paul Johnson (Jono)

Beth and Rachel, thank you for trusting me with your ceremony. I absolutely loved being your celebrant. Wishing you so much love and all the witchy happiness you could wish for in your lives together.

Photo by Jono (Paul Johnson)

Thank you to friend of the family, Jono (Paul Johnson), for the gorgeous photos.

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