we've been doing SO MUCH research about getting married abroad, which is what we've chosen to do instead of a traditional wedding, and we've finally found a couple different sites that will actually work!!! i'm not sure i can put into words how happy this makes me!
we had wanted to have a private ceremony, that is to say just the two of us, in england somewhere as my fiance's best friend lives there and will be in attendance as our witness. turns out there are residency requirements there though but not in Scotland! bless you scots! (also, did you know cousins can marry each other in italy?! major creepy eeks.)
so we looked around and thought that Skye in the isles off the highlands was really the most beautiful place, which is where the church ruins are, pictured above. The local reverend has married other foreigners right there in the ruins overlooking the sea. INCREDIBLE, right?! romantic, intimate, still technically a church, haha, and just the quiet little kind of place we have been looking for.
(the view from the church ruins overlooking the sea and dunvegan head, photo undiscoveredscotland.co.uk)
originally, we had been planning a smallish more traditional wedding but after my fiance was laid off, we moved, and times got tough, we got to thinking a lot more about what we want out of this life together as well as our financial situation. We both long to travel and now that money is short, we decided the best use of our savings would be to use most of it to survive on as long as jobs remain in short supply. the other part we have decided should not be spent on flowers that fade and feeding relatives at one big reception, but instead on a short honeymoon-combined-ceremony that will be just us and a couple witnesses. the only cost is the plane tickets and some humble lodgings which i think we deserve after waiting this long to get married, never having traveled together except to visit family, and the loss of my engagement ring. times have been hard but they have certainly had a way of putting important things into perspective!
hopefully soon i can share with you the inspiration and fabric swatches for the simple dress i am having made. i can't believe it's all coming together!! here is another post on our plans if you're interested.