Isle of Lewis couple to feature on new BBC ALBA series ‘Weddings’

Claire Thomson and Donald Iain Macaulay feature in the second episode of 'Bainnsean' (Weddings) on BBC ALBA.
Claire Thomson and Donald Iain Macaulay feature in the second episode of 'Bainnsean' (Weddings) on BBC ALBA.

A wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life but it is a special occasion that only takes place after months of careful – and stressful – planning and preparation.

With this pressure in mind, the thought of having a camera crew following you, capturing the highs and lows of the build-up to the big day, is not one that many couples would embrace.

But four happy couples proved to be up for the challenge inviting BBC ALBA’s Bainnsean (Weddings) series to follow them as they plan very different ceremonies – from civil partnerships and Humanist ceremonies to posh affairs in palatial castles – but all containing a lovely mix of glitz, glamour and with twists of modern and traditional.

And week two of the series – which starts tonight (Friday, September 20th) at 9.30pm – joins Claire Thomson and Donald Iain Macaulay, who are planning are traditional Gaelic wedding service in Glasgow.

Bride-to-be Claire, 29, from the Isle of Lewis, currently works as a primary teacher in the Glasgow Gaelic School – which is where she met her future husband, maths teacher Donald, 43, and also from Lewis.

Their mutual love of hill walking brought them together in 2011 and they have a young daughter Katarina.

The show follows them as they plan a service at their local church as well as two receptions, one at a local restaurant and a ceilidh in a city-centre bar.

Series presenter Joy Dunlop joins both Claire and Donald as they prepare for their big day, engaging in everything from hen and stag nights to shopping for kilts, the baby’s dress and the all-important champagne fountain.

Also sharing their special day in the new series are Mhairi Wilson and Joe Evans who, despite living in one of the world’s most romantic places – Paris – decide to have their wedding in the city where they first met.

Joy joins them in France as preparations are underway and follows them back to Scotland during the challenging ‘Wedding Week’ – the only time they have on location to organise their non-traditional DIY wedding.

The third episode sees engineer Laura Nardone and bodyguard Alicai Paterson, both 28 and from Methil in Fife, planning a winter themed civil partnership ceremony.

And the series final follows Julia Metieth from Inverness and Douglas ‘Dougie’ Crawford from Kilmacolm who have set a wedding date for the eighth time – and this time they plan to stick to it!