Today we’re heading to the Inner Hebrides for a community wedding filled with sun, sea, sand and Hebridean hospitality. From the handmade 1,000 paper cranes to the beautiful beach ceremony, there’s so much to love.
Who saw who first?
We both moved to the Isle of Coll for work within 6 months of each other. George gallantly set up the ladies football team of which I was a keen member (with zero talent). My cheeky sense of humour and George’s endless patience was a winning combination and we quickly became close.
And how was the big question popped?
Absence makes the heart grow fonder! I had been away in Peru for work, when I returned home to Coll, it was a beautiful sunny day and we went for a walk to our favourite beach. Unbeknownst to me, George had stashed a ring in his pocket and got down on one knee in the spot where he had first told me he loved me. Romantic!
We were inspired by…
The Isle of Coll. The scenery, the produce, the friendships, the community, the place we met, the place we love.
We made 1,000 origami cranes. According to Japanese folklore, folding 1,000 Origami Cranes is a labour of love. Tradition holds that the bride who finishes this task, called ‘sembazuru’, before her wedding day will be richly rewarded with a good and happy marriage. Paying homage to the majestic crane, which mates for life. I thought it would be a lovely thing to do together (I think George made about 3 cranes – great cranes though!).
My brother Hugo sang an acoustic version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ as the bridal party arrived. This caused a few tears!
Tell us about your venue…
An Cridhe means ‘the heart’ in Gaelic, it lies at the heart of community life on Coll. We were so fortunate in that our wedding was so much a community affair – everyone played their part, it was quite overwhelming. Our caterers, Karen and Heather Macintyre are so talented. Everything was locally sourced. We had local langoustines, squat lobster and crab for starters, locally-farmed lamb for our main-course and delicious trio of desserts.
Your photos are stunning! Was it tough choosing a photographer?
is so talented. We absolutely fell in love with her photos – both her wedding portfolio and her landscapes. As we were getting married in such a scenic location, Margaret seemed perfect for the job.