Champers and Campers
As director of Deeside Classic Campers Ltd., Claire Page is no stranger to nuptials – but usually it’s all about making sure Hamish, Fergus, Murdo, Angus and Archie, her beloved Volkswagen camper vans, are wedding ready!
On Saturday 24 June 2017, the tables turned...
Despite having known each other since school – “Martin was tall, dark, handsome and completely oblivious to my existence,” laughs Claire – and both having a connection with Finzean, these classic car enthusiasts didn’t get together until years later when Claire moved into Martin’s street: “Connections were made and neither of us wanted to let this second chance slip by,” she smiles.
On holiday in Cyprus, a sparkly jewel caught Claire’s eye: “Every time we passed the shop, I drooled over it – until one day it was gone! Tears were shed and a rather secretive Martin said I’d have to let it go. Unbeknown to me, he was now the smug owner of the ring in question.”
However, he kept it in his pocket for almost a year waiting for the perfect moment and finally went down on one knee on Calgary Beach in Mull: “There were more tears – and some bad language when I saw my beautiful ring!”
When planning began, the venue was the priority – Finzean was a natural choice and the couple were delighted that the Laird and Farquharson family allowed them to marry at their beautiful private home. Of course, making sure the VWs were available was also important!
From here, it was full steam ahead and, with the help of friends in the industry, they pulled together a simple, rustic and romantic wedding with lots of flowers and candles: “We were very much involved with our suppliers,” says Claire. “We had some beautiful signage – bespoke with a chalk drawing of a camper van – and a brilliant VW-themed cake.”
Of course, the much-loved VWs were an integral part of the day: Claire arrived at the ceremony in Archie, and Martin in Angus; the newlyweds had a ‘VW champer drive’ and their banquet tables were named after their treasured campers.
Wedding fever started the night before the big day with a meal with wonderful friends and family; then Claire enjoyed a fun and relaxed morning. Excitement followed when she finally got to wear her beautiful dress – a simple and elegant champagne-toned Ronald Joyce gown, complete with pockets and a sparkly belt.
The weather was certainly on their side and they said their vows bathed in sunshine and surrounded by candle-lit lanterns in a humorous and romantic humanist ceremony. Drinks and canapés in the gardens followed, then a meal full of local produce: “We chose the beef as it is reared on Finzean Estate and, being a Yorkshire lass, I had to have Yorkshire puddings!”
In the evening, Jive Candy played music from every era and the ceilidh jigs showed those from down south how the Scots do weddings! Whilst they took their break, The Deesidedly Tasty Company served up a well-received hog roast.
Reflecting on her highlights, Claire points immediately to the ceremony: “It was both hilarious and very moving.” But, of course, the VWs were up there too! She adds: “Our champer drive was just amazing – I’ve experienced just how special my brides feel on their wedding day.”