Highland Seer Swein MacDonald's daughter has wedding with special theme
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Her father was the late Highland seer Swein MacDonald, who lived in a croft house at Ardgay, and many of whose prophecies were spine-tinglingly accurate.
So it seems appropriate then that Gaye MacDonald chose a Mexican Day of the Dead theme for her wedding festivities.
Gaye (62), a civilian worker at Burnett Road police station, Inverness, married retired electronic engineer Fraser Wilson, (66) on October 31 at Torchwood House, a 19th century stately home in the capital’s Island Bank Road. Registrar was Bonar Bridge native Angie Williams, now resident in Fearn.
The newly-weds met while attending the same spiritualist church and are strong believers in life after death.
Their friendship grew into love after Fraser stepped in to support Gaye when her first husband took his own life in the family home.
“Fraser was there for me all the way,” said Gaye.
Both are members of James Support Group, run by Patrick and Wendy Mullery who live in Cromarty and lost their son James to suicide.
Instead of wedding presents, Gaye and Fraser requested donations for the group and also for Munlochy Animals Aid. More than £400 was raised.
An animal lover, Gaye lives on a croft in Dounie surrounded by ponies, goats, ducks, hens, cats, dogs and a cockatiel.
Although he died around 20 years ago, Gaye says her dad was present at the celebration.
“There was an altar to family no longer with us,” she said. “It was as if they were joining us in spirit. Dad was very present.”
Mexican food was served and the 20 guests enjoyed a slice of an amazing Day of the Dead wedding cake complete with sugar skulls and roses and expertly made by police sergeant Phil Stewart.
“We had a week off afterwards,” said Gaye. “It is just nice to know that life goes on for us into our sixties.”