Thursday, 6 July 2006

Tràigh na Beirigh and beach weddings

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn and Outer Hebrides beaches? There may be a (future) connection; read on... 

Another picture from the excellent collection by Bluewave. In the distance are the islands of of Pabaigh Mòr, Siaram Mòr & Bhacsaigh:


Weddings on the beach are not unknown here. It isn't a developed industry, such as in the Caribbean, for a number of reasons (the main one being the unreliability of the weather: you'd need an indoor backup plan). However, the local papers do run pictures of people who have been married locally; it's often a good indication of how windy it was on that day. The recent loosening of regulations on where you can get married may lead to more Outer Hebrides beach weddings. The locations are fantastic, and some places are well set up for it; last time we stayed at Scarista House (one of our favourite hotels in Scotland), there was a wedding about to take place there, followed by a nice 5 minute stroll to a beach the Guardian ranks as one of the best.

There's also an obvious market in celebrity weddings here. There have been a few minor celebrity weddings (mainly Scottish media folk) over the last few years out here. The seclusion and difficulty in getting to these islands would make it attractive to potential celebrities; less likely to be buzzed by a news helicopter here than anywhere else in the UK. And it is difficult for the papparazi to chase after you on single track roads with the occasional passing place...

So I think Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt missed a trick in going to deepest Africa; they should have gone to even more remote Lewis (Uig, possibly) instead, or Luskentyre or Scarista on Harris. Something there for Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn to consider if/when they do, as well as anyone else wanting a wedding far from the madding crowd.

1 comment:

  1. Vince Vaughn is one of the best comedians today, he is also a very good looking guy.",;