An Argyll and Bute Council Registrar went to extraordinary heights to marry a couple at their dream mountain top location.
Rob Everitt, aged 36, and Rebecca Holdstock, 29, who live in the Dartmoor National Park in Devon got in touch with Andrew Penny, the Council’s registrar on Mull, and made the unusual outdoor venue request to hold their special ceremony at the summit of Ben More – the island’s highest mountain and only Munro.
Andrew said: “I had recently joked in the office that it had always been an ambition of mine to carry out a wedding ceremony at the summit of the 966m peak when the phone call from Rob and Rebecca came right out of the blue.
“As Registrars in Argyll and Bute our motto is ‘It’s your day so we do it your way’ and we pride ourselves on making each ceremony personal and unique. As well as having some of the most stunning locations where wedding and civil ceremonies can take place, we are more than happy to accommodate couples to have their ceremony wherever they want.
“However, in Scotland the weather can be a significant factor. We looked at the forecast and Monday’s weather looked like the most favourable for the climb up Ben More. After a couple of hours we reached around 650 metres, but we couldn’t see much of the summit and made the decision to have the ceremony on the plateau about two-thirds of the way up the mountain.
“I’m really pleased that despite the wind, snow and a typical four seasons in one day, we were able to help Rob and Rebecca get married in the unusual and stunning location they chose.”
Rob, Rebecca and Andrew were joined by the couple’s dogs Benny and Lindy as well as two Mull residents for the hike, and a photographer who recorded the event.
Rebecca, who is a member of Dartmoor Search and Rescue and a keen mountaineer, said that she and her groom wanted something out of the ordinary for their special day.
“We didn’t want something like a beach wedding and when we found out that you can get married anywhere in Scotland our thoughts turned to having the ceremony on one of the Munros,” she said:
“We phoned a few other places but when we got in touch with Andrew on Mull he couldn’t have been more flexible and accommodating. We got a really warm and friendly reception and nothing was too much bother for him with the final arrangements being confirmed on the Sunday evening.
“He gave us options and was happy to shuffle things about depending on the weather, which turned out to be the case. We’re really grateful to him for all his help in making our day really memorable and touched by the kindness of Sarah and John from Mull who gave up their day to join us.”
Having almost bagged one of Scotland’s Munros, the happy couple now plan to spend the rest of the week on honeymoon enjoying the sights and hospitality of Mull.
Judy Orr, the Council’s Head of Customer and Support Services, added:
“Our Registrars will do everything possible to make a couple’s wedding day the special event they want. The area’s scenery already provides a stunning backdrop and we have conducted ceremonies in a huge range of locations, on beaches, loch sides, in castles and family homes. Our Registrars are keen to do all they can to provide a ceremony matched to the wishes of our couples.
“We can also provide help and guidance in making arrangements for the day such as the legal aspects of getting married. So, if you are planning a civil ceremony in Argyll and Bute, you can be assured you will receive a warm welcome and a lot of help from our friendly, reliable and knowledgeable Registrars.”
Last year alone the Registrars helped over 500 couples celebrate their weddings. They can also help with other important family events such as naming ceremonies and re-dedication of marriage vows.
To find out more about getting married in Argyll and Bute see the guide on our website - https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/marriage/