The wedding before the wedding

ImoJim asked us to be the witnesses to their legal ceremony since they were being married by a friend at their wedding which is why we came in 5 days before the wedding. On the car ride from the airport, Su and I started talking about what we were going to wear to the next day. The good news is, they remembered to pick us up at the airport, the bad news is they had forgotten they were getting married THE NEXT DAY! It’s a good thing we came into town to remind them.

Let’s get back to the important part of this discussion, not the wedding, but what Su and I are going to wear. Prior to going to Scotland, there were a lot of emails flying back and forth between us. At one point I mentioned the fact I was going to bring the tunic I bought in Vietnam that I will never wear. I was wandering around in the market and of course got suckered into buying one. Because we met in Vietnam, I figured it would be funny to wear at some point. Su mentioned she also had an Asian style dress so we were hit with a brilliant idea since we were the only two witnesses we could wear our Asian outfits! A fun, ridiculous idea, just like us. But we decided to wait to debut our outfits until it was time to leave for the wedding. ImoJim were just going to wear jeans but since they found out we were going to dress up for their wedding (of course we are!) they decided to also.

James started his wedding day off making breakfast for his hungry meat eating Asians. Eggs and sausage with toast, yes please! Would we like a drink? No, thank you, juice is fine. Want some champagne? Well, it is your wedding day. Next thing you know, the cork was popped, and we had berries and chambord floating in our glasses. I am embarrassed to admit how fast I drank mine. It’s going to be a great day!

When you invite a couple of Asians to your wedding, chances are strong they are going to take a lot of photos. We wanted to document this not only for ImoJim but for their friends and family too. If I had realized how moving the ceremony would be, I would have recorded it also, will have to remember that for their next wedding.

If I was making this video for myself, it would have been to the cast of Glee singing Marry You but since ImoJim are much cooler than I am, had to go with Bruce. Here’s a video of their big day in case you want to see it. It’s too big for me to load here. If you don’t want to watch a video, here are some of my favorite pictures from the wedding.

Looking at these two photos you can see why they are perfect together!

Posing in front of some fake flowers.
They loved our outfits a memento from when we first met.


After the wedding, we walked over to a nearby restaurant for some drinks. I love how Glasgow is such a walking town and I hate walking!

Of course we had to take some pictures as we were walking.

In Vietnam you couldn’t tell we were there so we tried to take selfies where you can see the background. Didn’t work, my head is too big!


This is the Duke of Wellington statue outside of the Gallery of Modern Art and since the 1980s people have been putting a cone on his head. As quick as it’s pulled down it’s put back on. Locals think it portrays their sense of humor. I totally agree. I love it.

More evidence of their wonderful sense of humor, this was displayed at Glasgow’s Museum of Modern Art.

I can’t remember the name of the restaurant we went to but as soon as we got there I went into the restroom because I didn’t realize until I saw the pics how shapeless my top was. I had a waist cincher on underneath my top so my master plan was to put it on over my shirt. I was in the open area of the restroom because I needed room to move. I’m not used to putting it on over my clothes and getting it hooked was a long slow process. While I was doing this an elderly woman came in. I groaned inside wondering what in the world she was thinking about me but of course, I started talking to her. She was so incredibly kind and agreed, it was a better idea to have the waist cincher on the outside. She even offered to help cinch me in. I turned her sweet offer down because it was a lot of work to get my closed in. While we were chatting I told her all about the wedding and she wanted to meet the couple so I took her and her hubby to meet the newlyweds. I was hoping they would order them a drink but they were still very sweet and adorable.

After they left we finally got our drink orders in. Su’s drink came in a martini glass that was only half full. As soon as I saw it I knew she wouldn’t be happy. She asked the waiter if he had drunk some of her drink.  She said it with her syrupy sweet Texas accent but I knew her joke was half serious. All of our drinks we delicious so even tho they were a little pricey we ordered another round because they were so good and we were enjoying our cheese plate and the company. Plus, when the waiter found out they had just got married he brought a lovely platter of tiny cakes over. We had to order another round then, twist our arm.

After drinks we were ready to eat (when aren’t we?). Su wanted something Scottish so we ducked into a pub. I have to say, their food was pretty impressive.

Cullen skink has a similar taste to clam chowder but isn’t quite as thick, it’s also made with haddock instead of clams. Su and I devoured it.
The Scots are quite loose with the term pie. This is a steak pie. Some items that were called pie didn’t even have anything on top. It tasted like beef stew. Yummy!
Balmoral chicken is chicken stuffed with haggis. The white meat was too dry for me but the haggis was the best I had my entire trip. I was scooping it out. The gravy underneath everything was also very tasty.
This was called a cranachan, a traditional dessert with whipped cream and raspberries. Was as good as it looks!

Next door to the pub was BrewDog, a craft beer bar. It was cool, not only is it a bar, you could buy beer to take home with you. While James was stocking up we had some drinks. OK I had an orange juice but Su loved her Punk IPA. It smelled like juice and she says it was delicious. We had a couple of drinks there before we finally called it a night, it was 8pm after all. Don’t you wish you partied as hard as we do?

Oh, I forgot to mention in yesterday’s post that I am always colder than anyone else in the room. The hardy Scots do not keep things as warm as I do (I’m writing this under a sheet, throw, comforter and quilt in the middle of April). Imogen gave me a hot water bottle before bed and I slept like a baby (well, until I work up in the middle of the night for a few hours, my sleep schedule suffers tremendously when I travel). That hot water bottle was amazing. I’ll be buying one next winter to snuggle up with.

Of course, once we got back we were ready for some snacks before bed. How perfect a wedding day for James, he wakes up to makes us breakfast and makes us a snack before bed. I know it was a fantastic wedding day for the Asians!


I like to eat, sleep and experience the world, one meal at a time.

12 thoughts on “The wedding before the wedding

  • April 12, 2016 at 5:47 am

    First of all, the subscription thing worked! I got an email notifying me of a new post. Yay!

    Second, you have to be better at regularly blogging these things because this is fantastic! I feel like I was there — could almost taste the delicious food!

    Third, y’all look amazing in your Asian outfits. You should wear them more often, just for the hell of it.

    Looking forward to the next post. <3

    • April 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Fantastic, I’m so happy that the subscription thing worked. Karen’s has been hit and miss, then again, she has a lot more followers, LOL.

      I’m so happy that you’re enjoying the blog. I wrote this one and was worried it was too boring, thank goodness you were entertained. Why do I doubt myself? I should know better, LOL! As far as blogging, there’s something in the works that I think you’ll enjoy. 🙂

      That shirt was too shapeless. I can’t wear it, makes me look pregnant. I’m actually clutching my shirt/dress to give myself a waist in the pic. Vanity, my name is Leiha.

      Thank you for reading and being my #1 Subscriber Cheryl!

  • April 12, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Well obviously the excitement of having you two there put the legal wedding right out of their heads! LOL

    No getting out of having the Asian as witnesses allowed.

    ooh I need a cranachan! Although it looks like one of those desserts that will go everywhere it looks like its asking to be hit with the fork to a shout of timber LOL

    • April 12, 2016 at 7:29 am

      oh and I wasnt a fan of the scotch pie but that looks delish! who needs all that pastry anyway 🙂

      • April 12, 2016 at 10:34 am

        I need the pastry, I love the crust in a chicken pot pie.

        • April 12, 2016 at 2:18 pm

          I do like a nice flaky pastry top.

    • April 12, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Who wouldn’t be excited?

      I forgot to mention that we were joking around with the officiant, I can’t remember what they called her, was a cool name, and told her we were mail order witnesses. You get what you pay for and unfortunately, they didn’t spend a lot of money, lol.

      It was amazing, I want a cranachan right now!

      • April 12, 2016 at 2:26 pm

        They are called registrars here.

        I did enter my email to subscribe last week. Better try again as didnt get notified!

        • April 12, 2016 at 10:40 pm

          I just posted a new one, can you let me know if it works or now?

          • April 13, 2016 at 5:50 am

            I missed it! guess you need to work on another LOL

  • May 2, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    That cranachan looked Crackalackin!! The next time I get married, I am shipping in some Asians, for sure!!!

    • May 2, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      You better ship us in! Especially if you’re serving cranachan!


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