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Romantic Scottish island wedding

From missing wedding favours to a dog gate-crashing the ceremony, not quite everything ran smoothly on this big day. But Helen & David took it all in their stride and had a romantic island wedding that will be remembered for all the right reasons. We simply couldn’t resist featuring their wedding for #ThrowbackThursday.

WHO SAW WHO FIRST?
David and I had known each other through friends for years before we ‘met’ …we were both living between Stornoway and Glasgow with work and university, but I properly met him when we both moved back to Stornoway in 2008 and he turned up to fix my computer at work! Not exactly romantic, but it worked!
WE WERE INSPIRED BY…
Getting married! I love all the lovely and beautiful vintage type weddings you see in magazines, but it turned out that wedding planning didn’t fit very well with everything else we had going on – we had just bought a house together and I was more worried about rewiring than table settings! But I think that actually helped. I became less worried about the little things – we had a beautiful church and reception venue, fantastic caterers, picked bands with a huge variety of music we love, and invited as many of our family and friends we could – everything else was just happy extras.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
Our whole day was pretty simple and easy going – personalising was just having so many people we know involved. The weeks up to our wedding involved a friend of my father’s working tirelessly to alter my wedding dress, my colleague Mairi making delicate chiffon cover-ups for the bridesmaids …she even drove my father and I to the church on the day!
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
David and I were out for dinner one night and this song popped into our heads that we thought was perfect – Yoshimi by the Flaming Lips. Our fantastically talented friend William Campbell sang and played acoustic guitar and segued it beautifully into Love Me Tender which we felt was a more recognisable tune for the rest of the family to join us on the dancefloor.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Don’t panic! If you get an idea in your head it can be hard to relax or be flexible if you find it’s not achievable. One personal touch I wanted for the day was our favours – photos taken by friends and family of places we love in the islands, beautiful beaches and views – and they didn’t turn up. But what can you do? I managed to amaze myself by not even flinching – these things happen. The most important part of the day, corny as it sounds, is getting to say your vows to your other half – and even then, a dog managed to gatecrash the wedding and run down the aisle mid-way through our service! But it just all added to the fun of the day.
Oh and definitely get a photographer – I had hoped to just ask one of my very capable friends, but it takes so much know-how and patience to get the photos that really capture what the day was like and our photographer, Margaret was brilliant. We barely knew she was there some of the time, yet the pictures she captured are just so perfect and will help me remember all the wonderful things about the day.

 
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
David can be a bit shy about public speaking and was so nervous about giving his speech, but as soon as he started speaking he had the whole room laughing and hanging onto every word – he was brilliant, and I was so happy everyone was seeing just how great my new hubby is.
We love this romantic wedding setting. Tempted to have a Scottish island celebration of your own?
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Ceremony venue – St Columba’s Church, Stornoway
Reception venue – Stornoway Town Hall
Photographer – Soraya Photography
Wedding dress – Benjamin Roberts at Wedding Daze
Accessories – David’s grandmother’s platinum and pearl bracelet
Shoes – Irregular Choice
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Coast
Hair Stylist – Emma at Tangles
Make-up Artist – Joanne at Beautilicious
Groom’s outfit – Celtic Clothing
Stationery – “Our invite (pictured, second image from top) was created with a photograph by our friend, Lauren Maitland. It was an engagement present hand made in Harris Tweed by a friend of a friend, and the photo is taken at Dalmore beach, where David and I would go for walks and to watch the amazing sunsets – using the photo was probably the only kind of ‘theme’ or romantic-type thing we did!”
Cake – Jane at Eoropie Tea Rooms
Caterer – King Boar
Musician – William Campbell