With the bride wearing a bedsheet as a veil, the groom in tartan pyjama trousers and slippers and an online ceremony beaming into the homes of hundreds of people around the globe, it certainly wasn’t the most conventional of weddings.
On Saturday April 18, the day that they were supposed to tie the knot in Inverness – cancelled due to the Covid-19 lockdown – musicians Rua Macmillan and Laura McKinlay decided to press ahead with their own quirky version of their nuptials.
Billed as ‘not our wedding day’, the RCS graduates and Junior Conservatoire fiddle tutors hosted the celebrations online from their home near Falkirk … and more than 400 ‘guests’, dotted all over the world, tuned in to share their celebrations.
“We had our mums ‘played in’ to Mairi’s Wedding and I played the Wagner bridal march for Laura as she walked down the aisle – the living room,” said Rua, a member of contemporary trad band Blazin’ Fiddles.
“We live streamed on Facebook, through a daily music programme my band mates have been running, and thought it would be a nice way to mark the day, and give folk a good excuse for a party in these strange times.”
Friends and family watched as they took their vows, with Laura promising to allow Rua to play the Xbox in peace and Rua pledging not to leave his dishes next to, on top of, beside or near the dishwasher when it’s empty.
With fairy lights and family photos as decorations and a light box with the message ‘should be weds’, the couple enjoyed a wedding breakfast of sausage rolls and chocolate before kicking off the party.
“It was so lovely to hear from people from all over the world, and to see that folk had entered into the spirit of things by getting dressed up, some had baked cakes, or filmed themselves doing the Gay Gordons for our first dance!
“We were really blown away – not only to be able to share the day with our friends and family but also to have complete strangers get in touch and wish us well was really special.”
Rua, from Nairn, and Laura, from Denny, were engaged in 2017 and the wedding was booked to take place at Bogbain Farm in Inverness. They plan to do it for real in November.
“We both play in various quartet, wedding and ceilidh bands so we were starting to see other weddings postpone just before the lockdown came into effect,” said Rua.
“We had spoken to our own vendors and they were saying the same thing, so we decided to postpone to November (we thankfully found a date where the majority of our vendors were still free) the day the lockdown was announced.”
Rua graduated from RCS in 2008 from the Scottish music programme (now Traditional Music) and Laura in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance. Laura teaches for Big Noise Raploch in Stirling and both are lecturers within the Junior Conservatoire.
Watch Rua and Laura’s ceremony on the BBC website.