Fort cou­ple tie the knot at Bel­ladrum

The Oban Times - - News -

JUST hours af­ter the bride­groom fin­ished a set with his band on stage, a Lochaber cou­ple tied the knot at Bel­ladrum Tar­tan Heart Fes­ti­val last week­end.

Jamie Coltart and Kirsty MacKen­zie, both orig­i­nally from Fort Wil­liam, swapped vows four hours af­ter Jamie opened up the Hot­house Stage with his band Blood­lines on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Hav­ing met as pupils at Lochaber High School, the pair, now liv­ing in Glas­gow, have been to­gether for more than six years and got en­gaged over a year ago.

As a small num­ber of close fam­ily and friends squeezed into the in­ti­mate chapel in the heart of the fes­ti­val, it was clear Bel­ladrum was a fit­ting venue for Jamie and Kirsty's mar­riage, re­flect­ing the cou­ple's love of mu­sic, peo­ple and par­ty­ing.

Com­ment­ing on the day, Kirsty said: ‘ We both loved it and said we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

‘It was chilled out, no fuss, just a big party. Ev­ery­one had a good time and was happy to have a re­laxed day and do their own thing so nei­ther me or Jamie had to worry about en­ter­tain­ing.’

Jamie, front man for the High­land band Blood­lines, has played Bel­ladrum for the past three years and has come to love the at­mos­phere of the fes­ti­val.

‘Af­ter find­ing out at last year’s fes­ti­val that Bel­ladrum of­fers a wed­ding ser­vice, they de­cided to book their spe­cial day.

Kirsty con­tin­ued: ‘Af­ter ages try­ing to find a wed­ding that suited the both of us, when Blood­lines got asked to play Jamie turned to me and jok­ingly said 'so we get­ting mar­ried then?’

‘And I said yes. We de­cided it would be a great idea.’

Although it may seem like an un­en­vi­able task to or­gan­ise a wed­ding in the mid­dle of a mu­sic fes­ti­val, the pair said it was sur­pris­ingly easy. Friends, fam­ily and band mem­bers helped with a wed­ding cake, pho­tog­ra­phy and, of course, mu­sic at the cer­e­mony.

Jamie added: ‘So many other peo­ple helped us through­out the day, far too many to men­tion. It re­ally couldn’t have gone as smoothly with­out all our friends.

‘Our friend Fraser, who we had only re­cently met once at the fes­ti­val, saved the day by let­ting me wear his new dress kilt af­ter a last minute wardrobe mal­func­tion.’

Kirsty and Jamie af­ter their wed­ding cer­e­mony on Satur­day. Pho­to­graph: Stephen Bull.

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