Family and friends helped to provide these newlyweds with their perfect big day on the little island of Stronsay. Lorraine and Iain met when she gave him a good start home after his 21st bus tour. "We met up again soon after that… and not looked back!" she says.
Iain proposed on Christmas Eve in 2018. "He had my ring wrapped up and disguised in Christmas paper along with a gift bag," says Lorraine. "I thought I was opening an earlier Christmas present, along with a very special one it had been too! He picked the ring himself, and it had been a perfect size. I was in complete shock. We had been together for nine years, so I wasn't sure it had been ever going to take place!"
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"Almost exactly 2 yrs later, I got to put on my gorgeous dress. I wanted something elegant, sparkly with back detail. This dress was precisely what I was searching for. Esther within the store cared for us so well, it had been such an emotional and surreal experience. My headpiece and veil were also from FeelTimes. Esther picked them out plus they were precisely what I was searching for."
AN ISLAND WEDDING
The couple married on Stronsay, the little island where Lorraine was raised, around the 10th of July 2021. "Despite needing to postpone our original date in 2020, because of Covid, we'd the most amazing day," she says. "We were encompassed by our closest family and friends, and it had been very special."
THE BIG DAY
"We got ready inside my folk's house, where I was raised, encompassed by all the children," says Lorraine. "My cousin laid on the fabulous breakfast for all of us. Then my father drove me towards the church inside a tractor! When he walked me down the aisle I'm unsure which one person was most nervous! It would be a great day, dry and never too windy or bright. We got our photos taken inside a lovely garden around the island, then went towards the community center for the reception."
The couple incorporated several themes into their big day. "Sadly, I was not able to share our memories of having several close relatives who're no longer around," says Lorraine. "My granny loved to complete cross stitch and my grandad did tapestry. So I desired to have embroidery hoops within our decorations, to remind me of these. Iain's sister embroidered our table names onto the material, which went within the hoops. His cousin also made stands to keep them."
"Yellow was my granny's favorite color, hence the sunflowers during my bouquet," says Lorraine. "Our favors were badges along with a donation to two charities near to our hearts, the Alzheimers Society and Macmillan Cancer Support. Iain's dear granny was identified as having Alzheimer's a long time ago, and my great auntie too, just this past year. Macmillan was excellent support too when my grandad was ill. We also used old bottles that Iain's dad had collected included in our reception hall decor. Sadly, he's no more with us, so it had been very special for all of us both to make use of something of his on our big day."
"Lauren and Keri did our constitute and hair," says Lorraine. "They made us feel so calm that morning, they were much like the part of the family. As was Leona, our photographer, who had been fab. I didn't realize she was taking photos half of the time! Ingie Breck did our flowers, which would be a tough job once we weren't able to meet as much as discuss plans. We made it happen all over FaceTime. But she didn't disappoint, our flowers were perfect."
"Our cake is made by my father's first cousin and also the catering ended by another cousin. It was extremely important and special that I can have these folk involved with such major areas of our big day. After we cut the wedding cake, we'd a gorgeous meal and speeches, then there is dancing until the little hours," says Lorraine. "The Stronsay Band helped us dance the nighttime away and it had been fab music, of course!"
MY TOP TIPS…
"Relax and relish the run as much as your big day, it is going so quickly!" says Lorraine. "Also, take some time away afterward to take in all your precious memories."
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