CROSSRAGUEL ABBEY HDR MSP0002488
Although this old Scottish Abbey has stood for almost a 1000 years now and is half in ruins there are still approximately 3 to 4 weddings held here every year.
This archway is the main entrance to the Abbey with the high alter right at the other end of the aisle. For the wedding guests, chairs are placed on each side of the high alter chamber whilst the service obviously takes place at the alter.
Scottish pipers play their bagpipes on the grassed grounds outside the Abbey.
The showpiece of the ceremony are the two falconers, unbeknown to the guests one standsat the alter behind the officiating priest with a small piece of meat, whilst the other appears here at the entrance. The cue for the bird to be released is when the priest asks for the rings and then the falcon flies the length of this aisle and between the bride and groom to the waiting falconer who unties the two rings from the birds neck.
A massive surprise for all the guests i'm sure.
Following the service the guests are entertained with a falconry display whilst the photographs are taken.