Talisker beach? In December? What could go wrong? As it turns out – absolutely nothing.
Gavin and Janine travelled from Germany to marry at the very beautiful Talisker bay and we spent the lunchtime before their wedding day huddled over coffees checking and comparing various weather forecasts. We decided that we would like snow on the hills and crisp sunshine – and that’s exactly what happened.
The day began (very early ) and in pitch darkness at the very north of the island for breakfast and hair and makeup (and an exceptionally emotional first look) before we drove south to Talisker. En route we were followed by a rainbow and leapt out of the cars when the Cuillin ridge cleared for a few fleeting moments. At Talisker we met the registrar and piper and we walked together to the beach. The sun warmed us during the service, Gavin’s amazingly tender speech to Janine reduced us all to tears and I cannot look at the images of the ceremony without hearing Highland Cathedral echoing around the bay.
Then the one real hitch of the day – we couldn’t get the champagne cork out of the bottle – crisis averted by the lovely piper but it was a close run thing. Toasts made, a large rock was pressed into service to sign the schedule and then with a snow storm closing in we dashed for the cars. We didn’t make it but it all added to day!
We then drove to the south of Skye stopping at Sligachan for more photos before we arrived at the wonderful warmth of the Duisdale Hotel. More champagne, some photos on the beach and then fond farewells as I left the couple to enjoy their wedding breakfast for two.