Gigha Music Festival completes couple’s dream wedding

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A London couple who planned their wedding so they could honeymoon on Gigha danced ‘like legends’ at the music festival.

Craig and Lucy Williams married at Gretna Green on Wednesday June 27, before continuing north for the Isle of Gigha Music Festival on Saturday.

The couple said: ‘We’d heard about the Boathouse [restaurant] and the festival – we planned the wedding so we could come afterwards.’

The newlyweds frequented the dance floor for many of the traditional dances at the festival ceilidh in the village hall, with band, Deoch ‘n’ Dorus, providing the soundtrack.

Craig quipped: ‘We’re both accomplished Scottish dancers – we’ve come to practice!’

The pair stayed at Springbank bed and breakfast, which reopened in May for the 2018 season after refurbishment, under new owners Andi and Geryl Steininger, and said their welcome was exemplary.

Lucy said: ‘They have been absolutely brilliant, they treated us like locals and friends.’

Although the newlyweds were far-travelled, the prize for the greatest journey went to the bride’s brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Kim Springall, who flew over from Australia for the celebrations.

Everyone seemed to have a great time, joining locals and fellow visitors on the dance floor, and even getting stuck into the notoriously energetic ‘Gigha-style’ Orcadian Strip The Willow.

‘It has been amazing,’ the couple said. ‘Even better than we thought it would be.’

They were joined by Lucy's brother, Tom, and his wife, Kim.
They were joined by Lucy’s brother, Tom, and his wife, Kim.