Elizabeth Docherty & Oscar Benavides - Wedding - 2003
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Another  Scottish wedding but this one was in America! Elizabeth Docherty Benavides, originally from Maybole but now living in  Stamford, Connecticut in the USA contributed the images and story below. Click on the images above to view them full size.

"Can you believe I did it? After dating for more than 8 years I got married on May 9th to Oscar Benavides. The wedding was wonderful. He is from Ecuador, but we both have lived in Stamford for years. My family came over and all the men wore kilts in the Pride of Scotland tartan, the men on my husbands side wore tails. Having my family here for the occasion was something else. I had my sister Alexa, cousin Emma Docherty and two other friends as bridesmaids. Emma's brother Jamie and her fiancée Andy Conkie served as ushers.

We were married in the First congregational church in Stamford, CT, we chose this church because the Pastors family are from MAYBOLE!  We were married by Pastor Gary Brown. I think it was his grand father that was born in Maybole. In January we started looking at different churches. We met the pastor after the service and he was asking where we were from and when he told us about the Maybole connection my mind was made up there and then. Not many people over here know of our little town. If that wasn't a sign then what was. It was very traditional, we had the piper pipe in the guests and then pipe us out of the church to Scotland the Brave. We even served Haggis as the starter. We had Scottish flags in the reception hall and 2 D'JS to pay music from both cultures. My family felt like Carmen Maranda, swinging the kilts to the Spanish music. Everyone had a fabulous time and many were in awe at the way we combined our two cultures.  I was walked down the aisle by me stepfather and my uncle Alex was waiting at the alter, I was then given away by both men. It was a very emotional moment."   
Liz Docherty Benavides.    More about Liz