Weddings are full of emotions and this one touched us beyond words. It was captured beautifully by Victoria Phipps. Kyle and Lynn are both family people, and wanted to keep their wedding intimate with just close friends and family. When sadly Lynn lost her mother to cancer ahead of the wedding, it inspired her to make the wedding all the more personal and find ways of making sure she was remembered and reflected on during the day.
For instance, some of the pebbles that were collected by family and friends were from their favourite beach in Kinlochbervie, put together with some from Islay, and with little hearts painted on them. They asked people to take a pebble in memory of a loved one who couldn’t be there and to leave it in a special place close to their heart. So far they rest in places including California, Asia, New York and a number others across the world.
Lynn first met Kyle back in 2002 when watching his team play rugby. Even though that first sight of Kyle was of him running towards her caked in mud, she immediately knew how much she liked him. They became friends that day, and in time their friendship blossomed into romance – something Lynn puts down in no small part to her playful 3 year old Border Collie, Jed!
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Kyle´s from the Isle of Islay, a place with an undeniable rugged beauty which reminds Lynn of her home village of Kinlochbervie in the North West Highlands. It became a regular holiday retreat for them, and it was on one summer eve there whilst walking along Singing Sands beach, that Kyle got down on one knee and proposed amid the setting sun. It was a perfect moment befitting the couple. Not to be left out, Jed covered them in sand in the middle of the proposal!
The unique and renowned Ardbeg Distillery proved a perfect choice of venue for the wedding reception, set against the Islay landscape beautifully in keeping with the quintessentially Scottish rustic theme they went for. Friends and family all played their part in bringing that theme to life, collecting jam jars, pine cones, shells and pebbles, with Lynn then getting creative to craft them into some incredible pieces. Kyle even starting to enjoy all the crafting once he got going!
Lynn took her mum, sister and cousin to the bridal shop with her on the day a new collection by Stella York was being previewed. Unsurprisingly, the place was awash with brides to be from the moment the doors opened. Fortunately, having pre-arranged an appointment, when she got there she was ushered to the back room where she had a chance to take a look at the new collection ahead of anyone else! Having chosen seven dresses, there was one that she sort of knew she really wanted from the off. She watched as it was placed third in line to try on. So, she tries on the first one – cute, but a bit too white. Second – that bit too glitzy. Third – cue an epic smile on her face and tears of joy from her mum, then her sister, then her cousin! Clearly the choice was made.
Lynn says she wouldn’t change a thing about her wedding day, with a number of moments in particular standing out as being unforgettable memories. Setting off a lantern for her late mother was a special and poignant moment to remember her and reflect on her on the day. At one point in the evening, a number of their guests were making their way outside and they were unsure why. It was the moon – the most amazing huge and bright moon they had ever seen, it felt as if it were resting atop the hill. A breathtaking memory that proved a perfect ending to a magical day.
Suppliers: Photography: Victoria Phipps Photography, Flowers: Chatterbox Flowers, Wedding Cake: Handmade Cakes By Donna, Aberdeen, Ceremony Venue: St. John’s Church, Port Ellen, Reception Venue: Ardbeg Distillery, Bride’s Shoes: Jenny Packham, Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ‘B2 Jasmine’ From Perfect Bridal Rooms, Aberdeen, Groom’s Attire: The Bute Heather Range, Houston Kilt Maker, Glasgow, Bride’s Veil: Richard Designs, Flower Girl’s Dresses: Monsoon, Hair & Make Up: Lyn MacIntyre, Ladies Favours: Spirited Soaps,Mens Favours: Ardbeg Distillery, Wedding Dress Designer: Stella York.