This couple decided to elope to a log cabin in the Highlands

Lorraine McLaren & Shelley Coyle

23rd January 2018

Venue | Eagle Brae Log Cabins, Inverness-shire
Photography | Allan Law Photography

Brides outside

“Shelley proposed twice, once in the middle of Glasgow before same-sex marriage was legal, and once after it was in our favourite restaurant. We never did get round to it, and then I proposed on 14th February 2017 – three days before my first chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.

We didn’t start planning until after my treatment and I felt better. We found our venue, Eagle Brae, in December 2017 and decided not to waste any time and booked it for 23rd January 2018. Shelley loves animals and always wanted to go to a log cabin, so when I found Eagle Brae and we saw the scenery, wildlife and birds we knew it was everything we wished for and more.

On the day, it was just us, our registrar, photographer and one of the team members from the venue. We didn’t have an evening reception, we just relaxed in our log cabin and cooked a lovely meal. We had a party in Soho in Glasgow in February to celebrate our marriage, but the relaxed atmosphere with just the two of us was exactly what we wanted after everything we’d been through.

The best part of the day was when stags turned up as we were having our photos taken. It was just wonderful. The owners of Eagle Brae have a Bernese Mountain Dog and it muscled in on a few of our pictures, which was really funny. Our dog couldn’t come with us so we took his blanket and placed our rings on it during the ceremony.”

Top tip: “Planning a wedding in six weeks doesn’t have to be stressful. But don’t forget about the legalities – we didn’t realise this had a time limit and only got it in four days before the cut-off.”

Dresses ASOS
Flowers Simpsons Garden Centre Inverness
Celebrant Inverness Registrars Office

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