Scottish islanders save American couple’s wedding after losing their luggage | Scotland

Written by Javed Iqbal

It was a perfectly imperfect wedding that has won the Scottish island of Skye an international reputation for kindness.

Amanda and Paul Riesel flew more than 4,000 miles from Orlando, Floridato get married on Skye in the Highlands.

It was a wedding that had been two years in the planning, and it cost the school lunch tutor and her groom more than £ 12,000.

But their dream began to fall apart after their plane was diverted to Philadelphia, a detour that led to three-day delays, with the couple stuck at various airports along the way. Paul said, “We all had breakdowns along the way. It was delay, delay, delay.”

The exhausted couple eventually arrived in Skye at 11pm on the Monday night before their wedding – only to discover that all their luggage had disappeared.

Without a wedding dress or suit, they were ready to cancel the wedding. “We did not know that the luggage had not reached it until we were in Inverness,” said Amanda, who fortunately had the wedding rings and flowers in her hand luggage. “We came to the luggage carousel to see that it was completely empty and our bags were not there. It dawned on me that we had to cancel and there was nothing else I could do.”

But they had rained without the determination of their local photographer, Rosie Woodhouse, and the kindness of the islanders. “I told them I was sure I could make this work,” Woodhouse said. “Skye is a wonderful place.”

Shortly before midnight on Monday, Woodhouse posted an appeal on a Skye social media site. By 7.30am on Tuesday, she had been inundated with offers of help. By 10 a.m., Amanda had eight wedding dresses of her size to choose from – and Paul had a complete kilt set.

Amanda managed to get makeup from a local chemist, and Woodhouse gave the couple a homemade meal in her home.

“Rosie did all this, I was unaware of all the work going on in the background,” Amanda said. “In the middle of the night, people responded, a woman even handed over normal clothes to help. We woke up to this beautiful thing orchestrated for us. Because of her persistence, we got married.

“Every single person Rosie introduced us to and who is offered to help will forever have a place in our hearts,” she added. “The people of Skye will be famous in Orlando because we will tell everyone who will listen that they are the reason our love was cemented for a perfectly imperfect wedding day. There will never be enough words for us to express, how grateful we are. ”

Amanda said fate must have had a finger in her happy day because she ended up wearing the dress from a local school principal. “The local Broadford primary dinner lady, Theresa, was the owner of my dress, and I’m also a dinner lady at home,” she said. “Wearing it meant even more to me when I knew it came from someone who loves and feeds his students just like I do.”

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