It was last year that I decided to try and maintain a daily blog post with a story and images and see if I could do this for one full year. I have been doing this meticulously and as I neared my goal I realised I would have to at least have a special blog posting for the 365th day. When I calculated what date this last post would be due I was surprised to see that it fell on my wedding anniversary, 23rd April 2020. Now even more significant was the fact that this would be my 20th wedding anniversary. So what better way to celebrate one full year of posting stories on my blog and to mark this significant anniversary would be to create a story reliving my wedding day.
We decided to get married in Scotland and after some research by my parents on a number of potential venues we decided that the venue for the wedding would be Balbirnie House Hotel in Markinch. This venue was a wonderful old Georgian mansion offering a great venue for the wedding ceremony and the wedding dinner as well as luxurious accommodation for everyone. Furthermore, the hotel was located within the Balbirnie Park Golf Club which added another possibility of some pre-wedding entertainment for the men.
Pre-Nuptial Golf, Balbirnie Park Golf Club
Arriving at Balbirnie House Hotel the day before the wedding giving us time to settle into the hotel but more importantly for the men to have a game of golf at Balbirnie Park Golf Club. So, joined by my two good friends, Loz Darmon and Mark Forsyth; and my two sons Chris Taylor and Neil Taylor we headed out in the afternoon and had a wonderful game with some great weather conditions.
Balbirnie House Hotel, Markinch, Scotland
Balbirnie House is an award-winning luxury country house hotel nestled within 400 acres of beautiful parkland in the heart of Fife. The hotel is a Grade A listed Georgian mansion, voted Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards and Haute Grandeur Europe’s Best Destination Wedding Retreat. Balbirnie House was built in 1777 and is near the village of Markinch, between Edinburgh and St Andrews.
Wedding Ceremony, Balbirnie House Hotel
The wedding ceremony was held in a private room in Balbirnie House Hotel and as we were all staying in the hotel it was easy to get prepared and dressed then make our entrances. We had a local piper play some Scottish music prior to the wedding and then on the lawn after the event where we took some photographs.
Wedding Dinner, Balbirnie House Hotel
After the wedding ceremony we adjourned to the bar and lounge for champagne and the traditional cutting of the wedding cake. We were entertained at this point by a Peruvian pipe group. There was a surprise speech made by my ex-Head Master, Donald Fraser, who stood up and made a wonderful presentation in Cantonses! After drinks we headed back to our private room for the wedding dinner and speeches.
Wedding Reception, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
On returning to Malaysia after our wedding in Scotland we held a wedding reception at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur to give the opportunity to many family members and friends who could not be with us in Scotland. The event was held in one of the hotel’s ball rooms which was well set up for a wedding dinner and the after dinner speeches and entertainment.
It was great to see all our good friends and family at this event and it must be mentioned that my ex Head Master, Donald Fraser, who attended the wedding in Scotland made it out to Kuala Lumpur to join us again.
Tea Ceremony, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The following day we had the traditional Chinese tea ceremony with family members at the hotel in our suite. In a traditional Chinese wedding, the tea ceremony is one of the most significant events. It includes very formal introductions of the bride and groom and shows respect to their families and the couple would serve tea to the groom’s family after exchanging vows.
We had some official wedding photographs taken in Kuala Lumpur and a wedding album prepared by the photographer. Here is a just small selection of the photos taken with a variety of costumes including our formal wedding outfit and traditional Chinese outfits.
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