Musical Beach Wedding

Morris dancing brought Catie and Simon together, so their musical beach wedding was a perfect fit. They made the day their own with lots of DIY elements including designing and creating their own wedding attire. We love their laid-back approach…

How did you meet?

We met morris dancing! We got engaged on Ord Beach on Christmas Day.

Our wedding day was inspired by…

I’ve been coming to Skye every year pretty much since I was born and it’s my favourite place in the world, and when we got engaged on Ord Beach we knew it was the only place we could get married. So I’d say it was inspired by our love of Skye and Ord in particular and our love of music.

Tell us about your venue…

An amazing house in Ord with stunning views over the bay and the Cuillin beyond and beautiful gardens going right down to the beach.

How was your photography experience?

Rosie was brilliant and really put us at ease, as we were both really nervous! She really listened to what we wanted and captured the day perfectly.

What did you do for flowers?

I had a beautiful bouquet and wrist corsage from Simply Flowers, my mum who is a very good gardener did flowers for the reception venue.

Tell us about your wedding dress…

I knew I didn’t want a traditional dress and I’m quite tall and an awkward size so decided to make my own. I love teal and blues and greens so knew I wanted something that colour, and I was keen on a regency style dress (think Pride and Prejudice).

We got a pattern online and set about customising it. We got the fabrics from amazing shops in Manchester and Birmingham and some from my super-talented friend Grace’s (extensive!) collection of material. It was very much an evolving process, and what we ended up with wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when we started but I was so pleased with the result. Grace made me the jacket with leftover fabric. The embroidery and beadwork took the most time, I’m glad it all stayed intact!

And the groom’s outfit?

Simon designed the outfit, sourced the material and made leather buttons. The jacket, trousers and waistcoat were then made by our friend Daisy. Simon handmade his shoes (amongst other things he’s a clogmaker).

What did you do for musical entertainment?

We are both morris dancers and amateur folk musicians and so are most of our friends, so we had a wonderful musical procession from the cottage down to the beach.

Tell us something surprising about your day…

Instead of a reading Simon sang Somewhere Along the Road (made famous by Maddy Prior) and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, including the celebrant who I’m sure must be used to emotional ceremonies!

Any advice?

Have the ceremony that you want to have, not the one you feel you ought to have because it’s expected of you or because other people want it.

Why Scotland?

Ord on Skye is pretty much our favourite place in the world. Also the fact that you can legally get married outdoors!

What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

The whole lot! Everything turned out perfectly…it had been raining the day before and in the morning but the sun came out for the ceremony, the midges weren’t too bad, dolphins appeared in Ord Bay later in the evening and there was the most incredible sunset. To top it off some of our guests saw a shooting star as they were making their way back to their campervans! You couldn’t have made it up.

I love the vibrancy of Catie and Simon’s wedding day. It looks like a whole lot of fun. Alie x


Ceremony Venue – 
Ord Beach, Isle of Skye
Reception Venue – An Acarsaid house, Ord
PhotographerLove Skye Photography
FloristSimply Flowers, Broadford
Shoes – Shiny green converse with teal ribbons
CakeFiona McKinnon

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