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Islanders save US couple's 'dream wedding' after luggage gets lost

Metro logo Metro 24/06/2022 Kirsten Robertson
Skye rallied to ensure the wedding could go ahead (Picture: Love Skye Photography/ Rosie Woodhouse) © Provided by Metro Skye rallied to ensure the wedding could go ahead (Picture: Love Skye Photography/ Rosie Woodhouse)

An American couple took the phrase ‘something borrowed’ to a whole new level ahead of their dream wedding in Scotland.

Amanda and Paul Riesel had flown more than 4,000 miles to the Isle of Skye to tie the knot.

The pair flew from Orlando to Philadelphia on a diverted flight, and then onto London and up to Inverness.

But upon their arrival in the city, they were horrified to discover their luggage had gone missing.

The devastated couple were without outfits to wear on the big day and were considering calling off the entire thing off.

But their photographer, Rosie Woodhouse, wasn’t about to let their dream wedding be ruined.

She took to social media to reach out to the Skye community, who responded in their droves.

With hours to spare to the wedding, the couple had been offered a selection of eight wedding dresses, suits and kilts.

Amanda was able to source make-up from a chemist on the island and luckily had packed the wedding rings and flowers in her hand luggage.

In true Scottish spirit, the couple sampled some booze on their flight to Scotland (Picture: Deadline) © Provided by Metro In true Scottish spirit, the couple sampled some booze on their flight to Scotland (Picture: Deadline)

The couple were able to bask not only in the stunning Skye scenery, but also among the kindness of strangers on the island.

Mum-of-two Amanda said: ‘I was oblivious to all the work that went on in the background. We woke up to this beautiful thing orchestrated for us.

‘Because of Rosie’s perseverance, we got married.

‘By 10am on Tuesday there were eight dress offers. In the middle of the night people even responded, one woman even dropped off normal clothes to help.’

For Rosie, the unpredictable weather on Skye often leads to slightly skewed plans or compromises.

She’s used to having to adapt at short notice, but a missing wedding dress was a problem she hadn’t encountered.

‘Nothing like this had happened before,’ she told Metro.co.uk.

‘There will never be enough words for us to express how grateful we are’ (Picture: Love Skye Photography/ Rosie Woodhouse) © Provided by Metro ‘There will never be enough words for us to express how grateful we are’ (Picture: Love Skye Photography/ Rosie Woodhouse)

She added: ‘I was pretty certain we would be able to make something happen for this couple, I knew Skye would pull through.

‘I think Amanda was humouring me at midnight, she wasn’t really expecting anything.

‘At 2am I told her she would have a dress for her wedding. The island wasn’t about to let the wedding be called off.’

By the morning, offers of hair curlers, dresses and suits had flooded in from Skye residents eager to help.

The ‘imperfectly perfect’ wedding was made possibly by islanders (Picture: Amanda Riesel/Deadline News) © Provided by Metro The ‘imperfectly perfect’ wedding was made possibly by islanders (Picture: Amanda Riesel/Deadline News)

For Rosie, who lives in the village of Breakish, the entire experience reflected her love of the Isle of Skye.

She said: ‘To be able to say “I know my community won’t let you down, I know they’ll step up to the plate” is a wonderful thing.

‘It strengthens my resolve about why this is such an amazing place to live.’

Amanda and Paul are still without their luggage, but making do with donations of clothes from islanders.

They also have been making use of supermarkets to top up their wardrobe.

Amanda has described her wedding day as ‘imperfectly perfect’ and posted an open letter of thanks to the entire community of Skye.

She added: ‘It was exactly what we needed without us knowing what we needed and wanted.

‘There will never be enough words for us to express how grateful we are.

‘We are so envious of you all (Scots) to have these as your people and community.

‘There were no strings attached, it was just a pure and genuine love for complete strangers, it speaks volumes for the community.’

Rosie’s photography in Skye can be found by clicking here.

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