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The Union StaffBagpiper Mike Carr serenades the couple, and Judge M. Kathleen Butz (far right) officiates the wedding ceremony of James Maison and Fiona Menmuir.
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Fiona Menmuir and James Maison were married in Grass Valley on Aug. 10. The couple made their first trip to the United States to share their marriage with local friends.

The groom met local residents Gary Stollery, Ralph Fletcher and Ed Beck on a walking trip across Scotland nine years ago.



The prospective bride and groom spent the week prior to the wedding at the home of Ed and Sue Beck. The wedding ceremony was on the lawn of the home of Ralph and Jane Fletcher. The service was performed by Judge M. Kathleen Butz.

The garden was decorated in a Scottish motif, including the St. Andrew’s and Rampant Lion flags and a Celtic cross.




The bride was guided to the altar by bagpiper Mike Carr, and wedding songs were played on the guitar and sung by Joe Anderson. Both men are members of the Pipes & Drums of the Northern Mines and Gold Country Celtic Society.

The bride was given away by Beck, and Sue Beck was the matron of honor. Ralph Fletcher was the ring bearer, and he and Stollery signed the marriage license. Clarinda Stollery was the guest-book attendant. Other guests were Roger and Gigi Haines.

Stollery gave a toast to the newlyweds. After champagne and drams of uisge beatha (“water of life”) – Highland malt whiskey – a reception was held at the Becks’ home. A California barbecue and buffet was enjoyed by the wedding party and other local friends of the couple. Bagpipes, guitar and the music of Scotland went on until well into the evening.

After honeymooning at Lake Tahoe and visiting San Francisco, the bride and groom went to Boston before returning home. They live in Glamis, Angus, Scotland.


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