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By Euan Maxwell
Bride hopes for third time lucky with ceremony

A DUMFRIES bride-to-be has been left "absolutely devastated" after her iconic venue cancelled all future weddings.

Emma Holmes and fiancé Ian Butt received a heartbreaking email from Duck Bay Hotel – located on the banks of Loch Lomond – on Tuesday to inform them that their dream wedding had been scrapped.
Emma, 27, had been planning her and Ian’s big day for just over two years and were supposed to tie the knot next month. However, due to the current restrictions in place, they decided to postpone until June next year.
But this week they received the upsetting news that their wedding had been officially cancelled.
Emma told the Dumfries Courier: “Ian and myself are absolutely devastated about this as Duck Bay has always been somewhere we wanted to get married. We love the place and the views. We had absolutely no idea that this was going to happen as Duck Bay was kind enough to us and many other couples moved to next year due to the Covid-19 situation so to receive the email it had been cancelled was devastating.
“It’s not been easy trying to plan a wedding and look forward to it and has been pretty stressful especially when we decided to postpone as we were in the unknown stage as to whether or not September was going to go ahead. We then made the difficult decision to postpone to next year.”
Emma and Ian are due to receive a full refund from the venue and remain in high spirits that they’ll get to have their big day one day in the near future.
She added: “Now we will need to try and find somewhere else and hopefully they will have our date available as the thought of having to change everything again for the third time is just awful. We are due to get a full refund and hopefully we will find something for our special day.”

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