A London couple who got engaged at a Hogmanay ceilidh in the Boston Hall at the close of 2012, tied the knot at Traquair House earlier this month.
James Dicker had proposed to Kate Pierpoint in the Ettrick Valley hall while attending its traditional Hogmanay ceilidh, just an hour before the bells signalled the start of 2013.
Huge cheers from revellers greeted Kate’s response when she said ‘yes’, including her mum Louise, dad Steve and sisters Jenny and Helen.
Kate’s family have connections to Selkirk, which made the location of the proposal extra special.
Kate’s mum Louise lived in the Back Row in Selkirk with her late parents Rita and James Murray, before moving to London.
However, the family bought a holiday home on the Crosslee estate and have returned regularly ever since.
It had always been Kate’s dream to get married in Traquair House and the dream came true on Saturday, August 9.
With the groom resplendent in kilt and the bride stunning in her wedding dress, the wet weather that had plagued much of the previous week took a break and the sun shone on 100 family and friends in Traquair House’s Cupid’s Garden for the marriage ceremony.
Kate told The Wee Paper: “It has been my dream to get married at Traquair House since I was a little girl. It really was a dream come true. Introducing the beauty of the Borders to so many friends, some of whom have never been to Scotland, was very special.”
Rob Dicker, the groom’s father, read an extract from The Prophet, while the bride’s mother read an adapted version of Fi Let Us A’ To The Wedding.
Later, Rob introduced the evening meal with the ‘Selkirk Grace’ and for their first dance, a ceilidh band played the theme tune to ‘Game of Thrones’.
After the wedding, Kate and James were heading to Iceland for their honeymoon. But first, later the same week, there were further celebrations when the Boston Hall was again called into action for a family event, when Kate’s parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary at the venue.
And it was here that Kate and James’s family and friends said goodbye. Among them were four Americans, one of whom, Mark, had been James’s best man.
Boston Hall chairman Gordon Harrison had also arranged something a little extra special, where everyone sang The Rolling Hills of the Borders and got to take copies of the lyrics home as a keepsake.
Kate added: “This song is especially important to my family, as it was my late grandmother Rita’s favourite song.”