A younger couple raced throughout Scotland for an historic handfasting ceremony after their authentic location, the Crannog Centre, burnt down within the night time.
Klara Valkounova and Elliot Nurse, each 25, had been each excited for his or her handfasting ritual whereas holidaying in Scotland.
Nonetheless, a fire consumed the Crannog on Friday June 11- the night time earlier than the Oxfordshire couple’s ceremony.
“I awakened in the midst of the night time and the Crannog Centre had emailed us at 2am to say the crannog had burnt down,” mentioned Klara.
“It has been so loopy and I really feel so sorry for all of the individuals who work there.
“It was heartbreaking.”
‘Now we have to depart instantly’
However decided to not return south with out holding the ceremony – which entails tying fingers collectively to symbolise the bonding of two lives – Klara rushed to search out one other location.
She known as Reverend Lindy Irving for assist at 7am on the Saturday, simply hours earlier than the couple had been due to take a look at of their Fort Augustus lodging.
“She was so superb and type and she or he managed to squeeze us in on the Saturday,” mentioned Klara.
“We needed to pack the automotive and depart instantly.”
Interfaith minister Reverend Irving mentioned she was delighted to assist the couple after listening to their plight.
“They informed me that they had set their hearts on having a betrothal handfasting,” she mentioned.
“They had been keen to fulfill me anyplace on their journey down south from Fort Augustus.”
The spontaneous duo agreed to fulfill the minister on the gorgeous Falls of Dochart for his or her dream ceremony earlier than driving again dwelling.
“It was such an honour to have the ability to be capable of do that for the couple in any case they’d been by way of,” mentioned Lindy.
“And one thing good to return from what had occurred on the Crannog Centre.
“It was so fortuitous that they may meet us on the Fall of Dochart. The setting was stunning – you couldn’t actually ask for far more.”
“It’s undoubtedly an journey we’ll always remember,” added Klara.
After the “magical” ceremony, the couple explored the village of Killin shortly earlier than leaping again into the automotive to journey to their subsequent vacation spot.
“This was a non secular factor for us,” mentioned Klara.
“We needed to rejoice our love and our bond and our future collectively.
“We’re not married, however this was somewhat ceremony for us to vow that we’ll love one another without end.”
The couple have been collectively since they had been 18. This was their first time in Scotland and so they “fell in love” with the nation.
Klara’s household is from the Czech Republic. She hopes that, as soon as it’s protected once more, her mother and father can go to Scotland with them.
The Crannog Centre recently reopened after the foremost blaze.