A Change of Plans

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A Change of Plans

Deborah and Greg Reid were planning the wedding of their dreams when covid-19 and family illness caused them to change their plans. Deborah tells us about rearranging a wedding in six weeks, the intimacy of a small wedding and her DIY bridal leather jacke

Greg proposed in May 2019 after being together for five years. I had hinted that I wanted to get married but as many do, Greg wanted to do it his own way. He took me to Knoydart, with our dog Rolo for a holiday and popped the question. Of course I said yes!

We had planned to get married in October 2021 but moved it to 21 December 2020 after my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer. We really wanted him there on our big day and as we were eager to get married anyway, we decided to rearrange the wedding in just six weeks!

Amazingly we got everything rearranged in time and most of our suppliers were able to accommodate the new date. We only really had to change our venue!

Our new venue was Meldrum house. We had 15 guests (close family and friends) which was lucky as a few days later the rules on weddings changed to only allow five guests!

We didn’t realise when we booked but we got married on the shortest day of the year! Thankfully, I was right on time for my wedding- actually I was probably early which is a first!

During our wedding we did a Quaich and hand fasting ceremony which meant we literally tied the knot with a wee dram of whisky to finish! As there was less of us at Meldrum house we got married in the little dining room rather than the big ball room, which was much more intimate.

After the ceremony we went outside for confetti photos with our wee dog Rolo. We had to have him come for pictures, he’s like our baby! We then went off and got some pictures taken of just the two of us to make the most of what daylight was left.

Everyone who couldn’t be there put video messages on a website. We were only able to watch a few because they made us cry! One of the messages was from Greg’s sister who lives in Australia with her family as they couldn’t be there in person. We live streamed the ceremony so they could be a part of our special day!

I wasn’t sure what to wear for a winter wedding- I know boleros and shawls are popular but I wanted something personal. I painted my black leather jacket myself for our wedding! I started with a template that said Mrs Reid and then I added flowers to it. I wore it for some pictures and outside when it got colder. It’s a nice keepsake too!

We never would have thought of getting married four days before Christmas but it was actually great! It was stressful planning our wedding during a pandemic but you have to look at the bright side- the fact we halved our costs as well as the guest list saved us so much money!

Having my dad there was so important! The highlight of the day was my dad walking me down the aisle- it was a dream come true!

Deborah’s Little White Book
Dress & veil- Elmar Bride
Shoes - Ted Baker
Kilts - Gibbs Menswear
Flowers - Hays Flowers
Humanist - Rachel Donald
Hair - Gemma Taylor
Makeup - Tracey Cepeda
Photographer- Nicola Stewart
Videographer- Ali Stewart @ Flat 4D Media
Cake - Couture Cakes by Sweetcheeks
Piper - Thistle Piping
Invitations - Love Paper Co