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Weddings (Bainnsean) is a four-part factual entertainment series presented by broadcaster and singer Joy Dunlop and produced for BBC ALBA by purpleTV.

Series 3 follows four different couples as they prepare for their weddings and ceremonies here in Scotland. All episodes were transmitted in September and October 2013, but you can still find out more about our contributors, watch clips and view photos on BBC ALBA's Programme Page. Here are some key facts about the series:

Our first couple, Mhairi Wilson and Joe Evans, got married on 29 December 2012 at Oran Mor in Glasgow. Despite living in one of the world's most romantic places - Paris - they decided to have their wedding in the city where they first met. Mhairi (27), originally from Elgin, is an Entry Clearance Officer for the British Embassy in Paris and Joe (28, from Edinburgh) works in the Passport Department in the same building. After Joe surprised Mhairi with an inspired proposal next to the Notre Dame Cathedral, we joined them in France as preparations were underway and followed them back to Scotland during the challenging 'Wedding Week' - the only time they had on location to organise their non-traditional DIY wedding.

The second episode follows Gaelic couple Claire Thomson and Donald Iain Macaulay. The bride, Claire, is 29 years old and comes from the Isle of Lewis. She currently works as a primary teacher in the Glasgow Gaelic School, which is where she met her future husband, maths teacher Donald, who is 43 and also from Lewis. Their mutual love of hill walking brought them together in 2011 and they have a young daughter. When Donald proposed in July 2012, they made the decision to get married in Glasgow's impressive Cardonald Parish Church in April 2013.

Our third couple Marine Mechanical Engineer Laura Nardone and Bodyguard Alicia Paterson, both 28 and from Methil in Fife, had a Civil Partnership Ceremony at Balbirnie House Hotel in Markinch on 2 December 2012. Before the wedding day, there were some big questions to be answered - who was going to walk up the aisle first, what surname would they choose, and who would get to wear the stylish wedding jacket they both fell head over heels for? To add to the stress, they also had a much-anticipated Halloween party and hen-do to organise. Being a couple with very specific requirements, Laura and Alicia were not likely to do things the easy way!
The last wedding of the series featured Julia Menteith (28) from Inverness, a stay-at-home mother of two, and Douglas 'Dougie' Crawford (35) from Kilmacolm, a Mental Health Nursing student at the University of the West of Scotland, who got married on 9 February 2013 at Pollok House in Glasgow. The wedding had a Moulin Rouge cabaret-style theme with a humanist service. Only weeks before the wedding, Julia still needed to have major alterations done to her and the bridesmaids' dresses. And did Julia and Dougie learn to do a wedding waltz in time for the big day? 

Weddings (Bainnsean) was broadcast Autumn 2013 on BBC ALBA. Click here for more information.

13 December 2012 21:14

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