Wedding Day……………….At Last.

Well we got there in the end, despite the weather’s best attempt to thwart our plans. We finally tied the knot at Church Cave on Monday past at 1pm with 34 guests on a relatively calm day. After 8 years of living together on Rona we certainly picked the worst week of March weather this winter and perhaps in all my time here. We are blaming Solar Flares, eclipses and the Equinox, but we got there.

Mr and Mrs Cowie

Mr and Mrs Cowie

It is very difficult to take photos (as I do, sometimes) for the blog when you are getting married, so we are relying on our guests to send some to us for a future blogpost.

It seems a lifetime ago that I posted a blog and so much has happened since then. The weather for sure nearly upstaged the first two major events in our lives this year. First of all Eilidh Ann and Alasdair’s wedding in Portree, which was one of the best we have ever been at, a real traditional Highland wedding. With great company, great preparation by both families (especially Irene) and great catering by Campbell Dixon (Portree). After a week of studying the weather for us getting off, looking for weather for the MacAskill wedding and getting people here from abroad to it, I guess we were all pretty stressed. But for the Friday wedding the sun shone and it was just a super day.

Dorte and Arne (our Island owners) were snow bound in Oslo having had to get a round about flight plan to get to Skye at this time for both weddings, so they reluctantly returned to Denmark after a day and a half in Norway going nowhere.

That put a spanner in the works for our wedding plans and our head chef Arne was sorely missed, as were Dorte’s baking skills. But with the help of my son Murray and his partner Stacy we got it all done.

On Monday morning we got up at 6.30am and started, we were all flat out until Dan (MV Stardust) called to say that he would  be on Rona at 11.45am with a full boat. Lorraine had made 60 burger rolls, coleslaws, salads and even made the cake. With 15 minutes to go before our first guests arrived we downed tools and shot upstairs to get ready. Meanwhile Murray and Stacy were sorting out the drinks and setting up the bar, getting showered and changed in between bottles and glasses. We all had been going round in ever decreasing circles.

As it happened we got there,  it was a wonderful day and we enjoyed a very emotional ceremony conducted by our Minister Donnie G. Much appreciated support from everyone; especially Calum & Irene in the past few months who have helped the Lodge look so great(and generously offered stuff from their daughter’s wedding) and took care of logistics on the day. Our wedding buffet prep’ was finished off with the help of the crew of the MV Seaflower, Gemma, Iona and sister Liz, with Mike from Perth taking the helm at the sink. Everyone ‘mucked’ in and all too soon the boats left. Leaving 8 of us to have a quiet evening with one wedding waltz and a relatively early night. Music by entertainments officer Calum MacAskill.

The weather almost to the minute after the last boat got home, broke. Since then we have had a northerly gale.

We were so lucky.

More to follow, but in the meantime a big thank you to our 34 guests for making it to Rona to share our day and to Donnie G and his wife Debbie for their support.


About Bill Cowie

I've been living on the island since April 2002, alone for the first 5 years, my partner L joined me in 2007. We manage the Island for a Danish family who bought the Island in the early 90's. Their hopes for the Island are to make it self sufficient supporting its inhabitants and that is where we come in. We look after the stock, 3 holiday cottages, machinery, boat and of course the visitors. It is pretty challenging but it is a beautiful place to live and work, we love it and strangely enough we love it even more in the depths of winter when all is quiet apart from the gales and rain. We do a bit of fishing, stock work, stalking deer and loads of other stuff. We have good support from lots of people whom we have met over the years and have become involved in the Island. Too many to mention here but keep an eye on the blog, they'll be there for sure in the future.
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5 Responses to Wedding Day……………….At Last.

  1. Hallaig says:

    Whoooop !!!!! Congratulations !!

  2. congratulations guys, and what a lovely photo. There’s a wee something on it’s way in the post.
    Lee & Mel x x

  3. Sarah Champier (Turner) says:

    Congratulations to you both . You look wonderful , we thought of you on your special day and hope you continue to enjoy a long, happy and healthy life .
    Have fun guys .
    Sarah and Alan

  4. Alistair says:

    congratulations to you both. What a beautiful place to get married.

  5. Ali says:

    Many congratulations! We were watching the weather the previous week,and were hoping you would get a decent slot to get down to the cove. I’m sure it was wonderful and not many could boast such a special venue! Glad you had such a lovely day. Let’s hope that’s the end of your spell of wet weather for a few months anyhow. Love and best wishes Ali and Clive

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