Yay!! This is a special one to me!! My cousin, my ONLY cousin, is married! Erin and Michael have been together for 14 years. They’ve always known they would get married one day, that wasn’t the question. They were just doing it on their own time. They never felt a rush or a need to make a big festivity out of it. Erin DID always have a dream to get married in Scotland though, since she if half Scottish! A year ago I told Erin that I was planning on doing a Eurotrip during the summer of 2017. Then an idea clicked! She asked Michael if he wanted to elope in Scotland that summer. Yep!
It was simple, they would combine their honeymoon and their wedding into one, and I’d meet them in Edinburgh and we would all drive out to the Isle of Skye to get them hitched! On the way there, we picked up her family’s tartan, a hand fastening ribbon, and a bouquet and boutonniere out of Scottish thistle. We feasted the night before and drank some Scottish whiskey. The following morning was the big day. And it wasn’t raining! We met Chloe, Erin and Michael’s officiant, and started the ceremony. It was so amazing hearing the words and poems chosen to solidify their relationship, and I was so honored to be there for it. All of us were getting a bit choked up, and that is when the midge’s started swarming around us! Erin was swatting them away from Michael and we all had a good laugh. They exchanged rings, (and I got to be the ring bearer! Hehehe!), and made it official! They sealed it with a kiss, and now they are husband and wife.
We then got in the car to do some photo scouting. Honestly, you can’t really find a bad spot on the Isle of Skye for photos, that was not our problem. Our problem was those swarms of midges! Swatting away bugs isn’t glamorous, but if it is the worst thing to happen on your wedding day, I’ll take it. The Scottish countryside is breathtaking. We really enjoyed just walking around the muddy and marshy back roads. I’m SO honored to have played a part in Erin and Michael’s special day. I love you both!!!!