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Roz Rambling Interview With Ingrid Bruce For Real Life Weddings
25 March 2012



21ST MAY 2011


Sam and Ingrid were married at Fiscavaig, Isle of Skye on 21st May 2011.  Theirs was an unusual wedding.  They had initially planned a small, intimate wedding, with just the two of them and their daughter, Morag, but the guest list ended up growing to seventeen.  The wedding ceremony and celebration were intended to be held outside in their garden with sea views across to MacLeod‘s Tables, but due to unseasonable weather, they had to stay indoors for the whole time.  Ingrid had decorated the pillars outside their house in blue fabric, and she maintained a blue theme throughout the wedding.  Blue is a significant colour for Sam and Ingrid, as it is the colour of the sea.  Both Sam and Ingrid are from islands, and both of them love sailing on their boat, Ezra.  We spoke to Ingrid to find out how she felt on her big day:


So, Ingrid, how did you choose your dress?  I was going to have just a summer dress I could wear again on another occasion.  I wanted a wedding-type dress, but I didn’t want a white, fluffy, flouncy dress.  I wanted something fairly different.  So, being miles away from any shops, I spent hours researching on the Internet and  bought a vintage dress from a wedding dress website.

What did Sam wear?  Sam’s from the Isle of Man, so he wore a kilt with the Manx National Tartan, which incorporates blue for the sea, green for the hills, gold for the gorse, purple for the heather and white for cottages. 

Did you enjoy planning the whole occasion?  Yes!  I basically had all my planning on one A4 sheet of paper-that’s how simple it was and it all came together in about eight weeks!

Are there any funny stories where it didn’t go to plan?  Well, at the reception, we didn’t hire a band, but there happened to be one playing there, so they played for us.  They took ages tuning up, and, by the time they said: “We’ll play a wedding dance for the happy couple,” we were leaving out the door!  We ended up staying on for another two hours.

The whole wedding took place in your house, so what did you do for decorations?  We strung up willow hearts and seeded paper buntings.

How did you feel, the morning of the wedding?  Excited!  Sam was quite nervous, but because the guests arrived the night before, that made it a bit easier as it wasn’t just people you hadn’t seen in twenty years.

What do you remember most about the ceremony?  We got Sonja Ganga Eckl-Riel, an interfaith minister, to do it.  She’s such a gentle person and she made it simple and we didn’t have to do a huge amount of work!    I remember how easy and special the ceremony was.  Because it was in our own home, that made it extra-special.  Everybody just got on and seemed to have a fantastic time.  They all said they’d never been to a wedding like ours, but to me it was just a simple idea, nothing elaborate. 

What about the quaich ritual?  Sam’s brother, Anthony, poured the whisky into the quaich, and cousin Alison poured water.  It was locally sourced spring water from a mile up the road!  The mixing of the whisky and the water symbolizes the merging of two lives united in one profound love.  But, when I was seventeen, I had a really disgusting, poor quality whisky, and it put me off.  I had visions of me having to drink something revolting!  But, thankfully, a quality whisky mixied with the spring water made it a really pleasant drink.

And you had two blessings?  Sam’s mother given him one years ago, when he first went sailing.  She was too ill to join us, so that was our way of including her.  Her blessing reads: “Deep peace of the Running Wave to you, Deep peace of the Flowing Air to you, Deep peace of the Quiet Earth to you, Deep peace of the Shining Stars to you, Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.”  And we had two Kahliel Gibran poems, recommended by Sonja. 

Tell us about your flowers…  I took ideas from different craft sites on the Internet and I made them out of an old dress of Morag’s.  It was the colour of the sea, because of the connection with the boat.  I didn’t want to order hundreds of pounds worth of flowers because I was trying to keep it simple. 

What did you have for lunch?  Champagne, freshly caught local Langoustines and homemade sourdough bread.

You had a tea party afterwards?  Yes.  We had some china teacups, which were my maternal grandmother’s.  She had died, so it was nice to have her teacups and include her.  I topped up the set with ones I bought from an antique shop.  I had bamboo, bio-degradable plates , forks and knives to avoid the washing up!

And you had two cakes?  Jan Lewis had offered to make a cake as a gift to us, but Sam wanted sponge cake and I quite like fruit cake!  So, we decided to have two, one with a royal icing and one more simple. 

What’s the best thing about getting married?  It brings everything you have together and makes life even more special. 

Do you have any advice for other brides?  Do things as you feel you want to, not necessarily traditionally.  I think there are too many things people feel they have to do.  Whatever you do, your day can still be very, very special. 



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