Scottish Borders Weddings – Handfasting at Aikwood Tower

Scottish Borders Weddings – Handfasting at Aikwood Tower

Sarah and Diego got married in Italy and they also wanted to have a traditional Scottish handfasting ceremony. Their choice for the venue fell on Aikwood Tower, a tastefully renovated, charming ancient castle in the Scottish Borders. The guests represented several countries including the USA, Germany, Italy and Scotland. The conversation and speeches -even the vows!- randomly switched back and forward from one language to another.

Although Sarah herself speaks five languages fluently, for the guests, all speeches were translated to their own languages. Sarah and Diego have very different cultural backgrounds and it was great to witness their mutual acceptance and appreciation towards each other's culture and traditions. Handfasting is an ancient Gaelic tradition where the groom and the bride ties and binds their hands together with a cord or ribbon.

Scottish Borders Weddings – Sarah and Diego's Handfasting at Aikwood Tower

Bridal Preparation, Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Aikwood Tower near Selkirk, Scottish Borders, Scotland

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