Laura + Chris / Glenfinnan House Hotel / Scottish Highlands Wedding
On an rainy, autumnal weekend in early October two very close friends of mine got married. Laura and Chris are great nature lovers and adore the highlands, so they couldn’t imagine a better place to celebrate with loved ones - flying in from the Netherlands and beyond - to enjoy the spoils and majestic beauty of Glenfinnan. Many elements of Laura and Chris’s wedding were intentionally made to be as DIY as possible, and inclusive of their friend’s talents, from hand-drawn portraits on the wedding invitations, to the impressive Stroopwafel cake, to the hair and makeup, to the floral arrangements. Laura painstakingly knitted her wedding jumper over many months, and even I got to play my small role in contributing to the wedding. A particular favourite element of mine was their eco-friendly choice to use birdseed as confetti, although in hindsight Laura may disagree on that one! They decided to host the wedding at Glenfinnan House Hotel with a traditional handfasting ceremony (moved indoors at the last minute) and made heartfelt vows to one another as the rain continued outside. After the ceremony we were blessed with clear weather - perfect timing to enjoy a cruise along Loch Shiel, taking in the majestic hills from the water. It was a great privilege to get a chance to visit the Glenfinnan Monument, a tribute to those who fought in the Jacobite Risings, and enjoy its striking position against a backdrop so beautifully poignant, rain or shine. The evening ended in a jaunty ceilidh carrying on into the wee hours. The infectious romance of Scotland certainly made a big impression on all the Dutch guests and they are already planning their next trips back to the highlands.