Wed­ding dream come true

Muileachs pull out all the stops to help happy cou­ple

The Oban Times - - News - LOUISE GLEN lglen@oban­

A COU­PLE who had set their hearts on get­ting mar­ried on a re­mote beach on Mull had their dreams ful­filled af­ter is­landers pulled out all the stops to help them.

Ed­in­burgh cou­ple Mar­ion Dodd and James Mor­ris wanted to get mar­ried on ‘ the most beau­ti­ful beach’ on the is­land. But as it is cut off from the road it took quite a bit of help and sup­port from lo­cals to make sure the day went off with­out a hitch.

As Mar­ion ex­plains: ‘ We re­cently eloped to marry on Bal­four’s Bay on June 17.

‘Mull means a lot to us be­cause I have been vis­it­ing the is­land with my par­ents and sib­lings since I was a child.

‘James fell in love with the is­land al­most eight years ago when I first brought him here.

‘Bal­four’s Bay has al­ways been the most beau­ti­ful beach I have ever stepped foot on. We al­ways used to ven­ture round by boat on the rare calm sum­mer days.

‘Mull has so many happy mem­o­ries for us, in par­tic­u­lar with my dad.

‘My dad now suf­fers from de­men­tia which is wors­en­ing. Dad can no longer travel long dis­tances so would not have been able to be with us on Mull, if we’d de­cided on a big wed­ding.

‘He would never have wanted me to give up on our dream wed­ding day so rather than give up on our dream day, we de­cided to do it our way, no fuss just love.

‘Our min­is­ter, the Rev­erend Liz Gib­son, wit­nesses Ar­ran Gib­son and Becca Howard, pho­tog­ra­pher Mar­garet So­raya and two skip­pers David and Lynne Suther­land em­braced our crazy idea and went above and be­yond to make our day hap­pen.

‘ We all climbed into a rib at Fion­nphort and bat­tled the rough seas and rain to get to Bal­four’s Bay.

‘Our day was all about love, laugh­ter, fun and ad­ven­ture. Af­ter the cer­e­mony we en­joyed a bot­tle of Moet Cham­pagne and cake on the beach be­fore head­ing back to the cot­tage to thaw out next to the log burner.

‘We have been over­whelmed by the kind­ness shown to us by many peo­ple, in­clud­ing staff at the Bar­riemore B&B, CalMac fer­ries – par­tic­u­larly Morag who raced to de­liver my flow­ers when I ac­ci­den­tally left them – and many lo­cals in Fion­nphort, par­tic­u­larly Veron­ica MacDougall and Linda Cameron.

‘Our big­gest thanks go to Lynne and David, who we hired Burn­side Cot­tage from.

‘We had never met them be­fore our day but they drove all the way from Glas­gow and back so they could lend us their rib and skip­per the boat, he­lium wed­ding bal­loons in­cluded.

‘Last Satur­day, June 24, we had our wed­ding re­cep­tion with our fam­ily and friends in Cheshire just five min­utes away from my par­ents house so my dad could be there too.

‘ We got the best of both worlds. It was the full works, din­ner, some bad speeches, cake, ceilidh etc. And, we got to wear our wed­ding dress and suit all over again!’

Mar­ion Dodd and James Mor­ris were mar­ried on the beach at Bal­four Bay, Mull. Pho­to­graphs: Mar­garet So­raya Pho­tog­ra­phy

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