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Clare + Duncan

by SDM Photography

at St Anne’s Catholic Church

& The Weigh Inn Hotel

Thurso-Scotland

Today we’re travelling to the north of Scotland for a relaxed, nature-inspired wedding. Clare and Duncan (who met through friends and went fly fishing for their first date!), planned a super-pretty celebration with home very much at its heart. From Clare’s rose headdress to the tables named after stately homes from Jane Austen novels, there’s so much to be inspired by here.

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Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
We both grew up in the same small town in the north of Scotland but amazingly our paths never actually crossed!! After leaving school I left Thurso to study and work in Aberdeen but returned home regularly to visit my family. We met through mutual friends while out in our local pub (how romantic), and quickly realised there was something special about each other. I dropped into the conversation that I wanted to go fly fishing and Duncan offered to teach me.
A few weeks later, I returned to Thurso and we had a day of fishing and a picnic in the most beautiful tranquil location. I wasn’t exactly a natural at fishing but thankfully that didn’t put Duncan off!
We were inspired by…
Nature. Duncan is a farmer and I love the countryside. I wanted a very relaxed but traditional wedding. I love flowers so they played a big part in our wedding from my rose headdress to the wild flower seed favours we gave our guests.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
After leaving the church, we choose to get our photographs taken at Duncan’s childhood home, situated on the farm. Duncan’s mother (who had recently passed away) had created a beautiful garden and we felt that by using such a beautiful spot created by her, it was a way to bring her into our wedding.
Secondly, I am a huge Jane Austen fan so I named our tables after stately homes from her novels.
Thirdly, we had a huge wedding with our two huge families who travelled from far and wide to be with us. We are both very lucky to have such big families and were very grateful that so many of them could share our special day with us.
What is your advice for future brides and grooms?
Don’t worry or get stressed. Although our day ran very smoothly, of course there are going to be little hiccups but as long as you come out married (the sole purpose of the day), then who cares. Enjoy your day!!

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First dance – choreographed routine or sedate shuffle?
Definitely a sedate shuffle. I must admit this was the one part of the day Duncan and I were not looking forward to as we hated the idea of everyone watching us dance together but after an entire day in the spotlight, we almost forgot everyone was watching us and we enjoyed having our first dance together.
Where did you spend your wedding night?
We booked a room in the Weigh Inn Hotel where our wedding reception was held, so we could get up and have breakfast with our family and friends the morning afterwards.
Why Scotland?
Scotland is our home and always has been. It felt right not only to get married in Scotland but to get married in Thurso, our childhood home.
What’s the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
I remember the moment I saw Duncan waiting by the altar for me, I instantly felt relaxed and was able to enjoy the day. The week leading up to the wedding was full of nerves and stress but when it came to the important part, it all seemed so easy.

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I love that Clare and Duncan chose to have their photos taken in the garden his mother created – such a beautiful way to honour her memory and make her part of their wedding. Christina x
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VenueSt Anne’s Catholic Church, Thurso & The Weigh Inn Hotel, Thurso
Photographer – Susie Swanson at SDM Photography
FloristBizzy l’Izzy’s, Thurso.
Hair stylistHair at 21, Thurso
Make-up artist – Laura Gray at Body and Soul, Thurso
Wedding dress – It was a Maggie Sottero dress purchased at Wedding Belles, Alness
Shoes – Rainbow Club by Diane Hassall purchased from John Lewis and of course some white Converse trainers for the dance at night time.
Accessories – White pearl earrings and bracelet, both by Tiffany & Co.
Groom’s outfitMcAllans, Thurso
Bridesmaids’ dressesDessy
StationeryBarbara Cowan is an artist who is based in Caithness who created our wedding invitations. We made our own order of service.
Cake – Our cake was made by our very talented friend Debbie Coghil.
Band – Eclipse, Wick
TransportDunnets, Thurso