The wedding threatened to fall through: an American couple wanted to get married in Scotland, but the luggage with the wedding dress did not arrive. The islanders joined them.

According to an old custom, the bride should wear something old, something new, something blue and something borrowed at the wedding. At least as far as the borrowed thing is concerned, Amanda Riesel stuck to it – albeit out of necessity. She and her husband Paul, both from Orlando, USA, had to get married in Scotland in strangers’ clothes.

This was due to the travel chaos at the airports, which Amanda and Paul experienced like so many others. The couple wanted to get married on the Isle of Skye, a Scottish island, and flew in from the United States specifically to do so. But when they landed in Inverness, they found that their luggage had been lost – along with the bride’s wedding dress and the groom’s kilt.

US couple celebrates wedding in Scotland – in a strange wardrobe

“We came to the baggage carousel and saw that it was completely empty. It dawned on me that we would have to cancel the wedding,” Amanda Riesel describes the situation in the “Guardian”. It didn’t get that far after all. Rosie Woodhouse, the hired wedding photographer, took matters into her own hands. She comes from the island and is well connected there. “I told them I was sure it would work,” Woodhouse said.

The wedding was supposed to take place on Tuesday, and on Monday evening the photographer described the couple’s situation in social media groups and asked for help. And indeed: the next morning numerous offers had already been received. Helpful islanders offered their wedding wardrobe to the foreign couple from the US. In the end, the bride could choose from eight dresses – and her husband was also taken care of.

Words could not express her gratitude, Amanda Riesel enthused about the residents’ willingness to help and their “perfect imperfect wedding day”. And the wedding rings? At least the couple didn’t have to worry about them – they were safely in their hand luggage.

Quellen: “Guardian” / Love Skye Photography