Party goes to great heights for moun­tain­side mar­riage

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LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­ A COU­PLE mar­ry­ing at the top of hill al­most had to give up hope of ty­ing the knot when poor vis­i­bil­ity, storms, flur­ries of snow and can­celled fer­ries con­spired against them.

But a coun­cil regis­trar went to ex­tra­or­di­nary heights to marry the cou­ple at their dream mountain top lo­ca­tion on Mon­day this week ... with a lit­tle bit of alti­tude com­pro­mise.

Rob Everitt, 36, and Rebecca Hold­stock, 29, from Dart­moor, got in touch with An­drew Penny, a regis­trar on Mull, to re­quest their cer­e­mony be held at the sum­mit of Ben More – the is­land’s high­est mountain and only Munro.

Mr Penny said: ‘I had re­cently joked in the of­fice that it had al­ways been an am­bi­tion of mine to carry out a wed­ding cer­e­mony at the sum­mit of the 966-me­tre peak when the call from Rob and Rebecca came right out of the blue.

‘As reg­is­trars in Argyll and Bute, our motto is “It’s your day so we do it your way” – and we pride our­selves on mak­ing each cer­e­mony per­sonal and unique.

‘As well as hav­ing some of the most stun­ning lo­ca­tions where wed­ding and civil cer­e­monies can take place, we are more than happy to ac­com­mo­date cou­ples to have their cer­e­mony wher­ever they want.

‘How­ever, in Scot­land, the weather can be a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor. We looked at the forecast and Mon­day’s weather looked like the most favourable for the climb up Ben More.

‘Af­ter a cou­ple of hours we reached around 650 me­tres, but we couldn’t see much of the sum­mit and made the de­ci­sion to have the cer­e­mony on the plateau about two-thirds of the way up the mountain.

‘I’m re­ally pleased that, de­spite the wind, snow and a typ­i­cal four-sea­sons-in- one­day, we were able to help Rob and Rebecca get mar­ried in the un­usual and stun­ning lo­ca­tion they chose.’

Rob, Rebecca and An­drew were joined by the cou­ple’s dogs, Benny and Lindy, as well as two Mull res­i­dents for the hike, and a photographer who recorded the event.

Rebecca, who is a mem­ber of Dart­moor Search and Rescue and a keen moun­taineer, said she and her groom wanted some­thing out of the or­di­nary, adding: ‘We didn’t want some­thing like a beach wed­ding and when we found out that you can get mar­ried any­where in Scot­land, our thoughts turned to hav­ing the cer­e­mony on one of the Mun­ros.

‘We phoned a few other places but when we got in touch with An­drew on Mull he couldn’t have been more flex­i­ble and ac­com­mo­dat­ing.

‘We got a re­ally warm and friendly re­cep­tion and noth­ing was too much bother for him with the fi­nal ar­range­ments be­ing con­firmed on the Sun­day evening. He gave us op­tions and was happy to shuf­fle things about, de­pend­ing on the weather, which turned out to be the case. We’re re­ally grate­ful to him for all his help in mak­ing our day re­ally mem­o­rable and touched by the kind­ness of Sarah and John from Mull who gave up their day to join us.’

Hav­ing al­most bagged one of Scot­land’s Mun­ros, the happy cou­ple now plan to spend the rest of the week on hon­ey­moon en­joy­ing the sights and hos­pi­tal­ity of the is­land.

Rob and Rebecca – and their two dogs – mar­ried on Mull’s only Munro.

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