Location: Isle of Eriskay; Outer Hebrides
A 6 hour drive to Uig, Skye Ferry terminal – nearly 2 hours on a ferry to Lochmaddy, North Uist and an hour and a half drive through Benbecula, South Uist over the causeway and finally to the Isle of Eriskay. We’ve arrived.
We started the journey on Wednesday morning (1st of July) on our journey to our bride’s location for her marquee wedding. The location was a quaint B+B/pub on the Isle of Eriskay called the AM Politician Lounge Bar (where the boys were also staying for the next 3 nights.) The bar is named after the cargo ship that sank off the West coast near Eriskay in 1941 carrying barrels upon barrels of whisky bound for Jamaica and America; the barrels were rescued by the habitants of the island and thus, the name still lives on; as does the whisky. The grounds in which the marquee was to be situated was on the beach over looking the gorgeous waters and white sandy beach.
Thursday was the erection day for the marquee; Eoina and Garry (the bride and groom) had ordered a 12m x 30m (40ft x 100ft) Clear Span Marquee (aluminium structure.) The number of guests for the big day was 170. A fantastic turn out by the couples nearest and dearest to help them celebrate their vows. In typical island fashion; everyone on the island wanted to pitch in and did pitch in to make their day a huge success, which is fantastic. As well as the marquee; the couple had also ordered: draped ivory lining throughout their marquee (ceilings, walls and swag pelmets), Panoramic windows looking onto the spectacular views, our 18mm anti-slip reisen plywood flooring throughout as well as our varnished dance floor. Our ‘usual’ marquee wedding has a 5m x 5m dance floor this is the size that we would recommend. However, in this case the couple were determined to have everyone up and dancing and participating in a big island ceilidh so their dance floor was 10m x 10m!
The lighting within the marquee: Eoina opted for fairy lights (embedded in our ivory lining) above the dance floor. These lights are great because during the day the lights subtly catch your eye however, as night falls the lights become more and more apparent so it feels like you are dancing under the stars but without the hassle of pesky midges and the Scottish weather. As well as fairy lights; the marquee also had two 18-arm brass chandeliers and up lighters too for a warm glow.
The marquee also hosted two sets of glass double doors to allow two different entrances to the marquee; one to the bar/B+B and one to the beach. A great idea that Eoina also opted for was a walkway bay. This covered the guests in case of rain (luckily the weather behaved itself on the big day.) The walkway acts as a shelter and a handy entrance tent to the main marquee and just to give it that VIP feel we added a red carpet too. Lastly, the furniture, we provided 170 Limewash Chiavari chairs with ivory seat pads – these chairs are like gold dust in the wedding season. They give a gorgeous finish and compliment the ivory lining beautifully for the relaxed, bohemian wedding feel. All the guests were seated at 6ft round tables and the top table was three 6ft trestle tables joined together to seat 10 guests – three of which wereanxious speech givers. Last but by no means least, was arguably the most important feature, the bar! We have recently commissioned a carpenter to build our own custom bar unit. Our specifications were: distressed, wood effect with a smooth finish (an oxymoron perhaps?) but we feel this is how best describes wedding planning – stressful in the process but by the big day everything comes together smoothly and worth all the planning and anxiety.
All in all the day was a huge success, the sun was shining and by the looks of all the pictures both guests and the wedding party looked to have a fantastic, memorable time.
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Wilson and all the very best for the future.