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real wedding recap 2018: an elopement wedding on the isle of skye – rebecca & chris

May 27th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

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It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 4th June 2018 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far. 

Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.

The breath-taking photographs from today’s featured wedding read like an editorial in a fashion magazine. From the bride’s gorgeous 1950s styling – and possibly the largest bouquet we’ve ever seen – to the epic location against a backdrop of ocean blue under a cerulean sky, this is quite literally picture perfect!

Deciding to semi-elope for their big day, Chris and Rebecca invited just a selected few guests for their beautifully intimate wedding on the Isle of Skye.

Following a ‘first look’ moment by the harbour when Chris and Rebecca saw one another for the first time on the wedding day, the small wedding party travelled by boat from Elgol over the sea to a remote area of Skye and trekked into the wilderness for about 20 minutes before finding the perfect place to hold the ceremony. Following the vows there was food, drink, card games and doughnuts for a truly chilled reception.

We just adore the relaxed and romantic spontaneity to this beautiful big day, which shows you can do your wedding day any which way you like. Chris and Rebecca – you’re an inspiration!

With images by John Barwood Photography.

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rebecca says: We got engaged in Valencia, Spain in 2014. We were there for Las Fallas festival, which we’d recommend to absolutely everyone whether you’re planning on proposing or not! We put off planning the wedding for so long until finally, in January 2017, we decided to elope and then we managed to plan everything within a couple of months!

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We got married on 4th May 2017, which was a Thursday. We chose the date as it was our ninth anniversary of getting together, not because we’re huge Star Wars fans. We got married on the shores of Loch Coruisk in Skye. We’d visited Skye a couple of times together and loved it. When we decided to ‘semi-elope’, Skye was the obvious place to do it. We searched online for inspiration and found out about the location and also Misty Isle Boat Trips, who got us to and from Elgol on the day on a private specially chartered boat. On the way we saw seals and a porpoise!

In terms of a theme, we didn’t feel we really needed to add anything, as the location was enough. We didn’t make a conscious choice on colour scheme either. With only one best man and one bridesmaid and no ‘proper’ venue, we didn’t need to worry too much about coordinating things. On the day, just about everyone (all three of our guests and the groom!) ended up wearing blue, except me, but that was just a huge coincidence.

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I wore a vintage 50s dress from Those Were The Days Vintage in Edinburgh. It was the third dress I’d tried on in the first shop I’d visited. I also had a cream jacket made for me my a seamstress, based on a Dior design from the 1950s. I got my vintage reproduction lingerie from What Katie Did.

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Chris wore a hired kilt suit from Georgian Dress Hire in Aberdeen. I gave him a Hugo Boss shirt as a wedding present, which he wore with his old £2 charity shop cufflinks.

The best man’s outfit was also from Georgian Dress Hire, while our bridesmaid Sara wore a blue dress from Mango that I helped pick out.

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We bought our rose gold wedding rings from McCall’s in Aberdeen, as this was where Chris bought the engagement ring.

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Our photographer was John Barwood, along with his wife Sophie. Our photographers were also our chauffeurs and our wedding cars were Chris’ Fiat Panda 100HP and John and Sophie’s rented Vauxhall Corsa. We decorated the Panda like a proper wedding car, with ribbons and a big ‘Just Married’ sticker on the back window. At least the Panda was white…

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For my flowers, I had an absolutely huge bouquet from Simply Flowers in Broadford. It was based on photos of 1950s waterfall bouquets with all of my favourite flowers: anemones, peonies, lily of the valley and lots of greenery. I also wore baby’s breath hair combs in a nod to Elaine’s prom outfit in Back to the Future.

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When it came to the food, we had vegan bacon rolls from Sgaia in the morning and Coruisk House provided our evening meal. For entertainment, we played Cards Against Humanity and drank alcohol on a picnic blanket in front of the cottage we rented for the week. Our ‘cake’ was Co-op’s custard donuts.

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The RAF also organised a Hercules to do a special fly-past of the house in the afternoon; unfortunately, none of us was expecting it.

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Looking back at our day I’d say one of the highlights had to be when we were hiking over rough ground after we got off the boat to reach the loch for the ceremony. The sun was shining, and everyone was in a great mood. Chris and I also really enjoyed our sunset photo session overlooking the Cuillin mountains.

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Our trip to Skye almost felt like a honeymoon in itself; the two of us arrived four days before the wedding and had the rented house all to ourselves. Skye was experiencing a rare heatwave so the weather was amazing, and we got to stay for a couple of days after the ceremony too. We did have a short break in Mallorca not long afterward the wedding as well.

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My top tip to other Brides Up North would be do it on your own terms. It’s your day and no one else’s. Concentrate on what’s really important to you. As a photographer himself, Chris would highly advise picking a really great photographer who will blow you away with their work – like John and Sophie did for us!

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Aislinn Thompson
Aislinn has a background in journalism, having filled all manner of publishing roles from editor to copywriter to feature writer. She is a former wedding photographer who ran her own business with her husband Michael. Together, they have travelled as far as Australia to photograph a client’s wedding (and spent all their earnings on a campervan trip up the Aussie coast!). Aislinn left wedding photography behind to take on the biggest commitment of her life as mummy to her young son Tom. She has been a bride, bridesmaid and even best woman (she has the speech to prove it!), which is almost all angles covered!

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