Some people make a real impact when you first meet them. The kind of unforgettable impression that stays with you always.
Amazonion, blonde, gorgeous and confident with a bubbling laugh, Rosie smoked wee cheroot cigars with unbelievable panache and drank pints faster than me, while making it look like the sexiest thing ever. She was awesome and terrifying at the same time. I count myself lucky that I’ve managed to keep in touch with Rosie over the years – even if it is just once a year when she makes her annual pilgrimage to the Edinburgh Festival.
I missed her this year, which was a shame as it would have been a chance to meet the lucky man who is the love of her life.Rosie, a freelance writer and journalist based in Newcastle, recently married Johnnie McGlade at a ceremony in Nethybridge, which I’m told – in true Rosie fashion – was as batty as it was beautiful.
Not only did Rosie have a selection of Reindeer on hand (for no reason other than she likes them), but she also followed her own nuptials with a wedding ceremony for her pet dog! Rosie’s dog, Sammy, married Rosie’s mum’s dog, Lucy, in a very moving ceremony attended by family and friends – and here are the pictures to prove it. I can say without question that Rosie looked utterly stunning. But bride number two was a complete dog. And a bit of a bitch to boot.
Anyway, enough of the cheap gags and time to offer congratulations to the happy couple. They followed their Wedding at the old church in Nethybridge, with whisky on the shores of Loch Garten. Then it was wedding cake (lovingly prepared by one of Rosie’s oldest friends, Jane Pikett).
To finish off there was more whisky and champagne at the Mountain Bear Lodge at Nethybridge then a reception at Nethybridge church hall, decorated by a group of friends with candles, twinkly lights and Christmas trees.
While I haven’t had the good fortune to meet the groom, what I do know is that Johnie is the founder of No Strings anti-landmine charity. They do great work all over the world (though primarily in Afghanistan these days) educating kids about landmines.
Johnnie is Irish, from Donegal, and they decided on Nethybridge because the Cairngorms were a favourite holiday spot for Rosie and her late father. Anyone who is a match for Rosie is a man worth knowing – and I look forward to meeting Johnnie (and seeing Rosie again) next time they venture north.