Earlier this month, Mischa and I flew to Scotland for a sneaky little elopement ceremony in the Isle of Skye. I’m sure anyone who’s planned a wedding has harboured fantasies of tearing up their plans and eloping instead. Once we decided just to go for it, everything fell into place and it was completely stress-free.
We stayed at the stunning Kinloch Lodge, which is the perfect base for exploring Skye. After spending our days trekking around the rugged Scottish landscape, it was heavenly to come back to the lodge and settle in next to the open fire with a cocktail before dinner. Vintage portrait paintings lined the walls, but my love of gin and tonic is stronger than my fear of antiques so I managed to deal with it. (Even though they are definitely haunted and I’m positive the people in the paintings swapped places and new painting people appeared each day)
We exchanged vows under the Old Man of Storr on the Trotternish peninsula. Let me tell you, it was no short stroll up this hill. We traversed rocks and mud up the steep slope, all while fighting the relentless wind. Luckily it was worth it for the view at the top. Plus if nothing else, I am well known for my athleticism and love of being outside so it was a great way to keep the wedding on-brand*.
*Addendum for those who have not met me in real life: this is a joke.
My curls from the morning didn’t stand a chance against the wind, even with a whole bottle of hairspray. But when you don’t have a reception to attend you’re not bothered by getting a little muddy and windswept.
I didn’t want to risk using a Skye florist and not being able to see the flowers until the day, so I turned to Etsy. I found a great store that does silk arrangements, and the owner Jackie was able to create exactly what I wanted based on a few photos I sent her. I’m sure real flowers wouldn’t have survived the wind that day, so it definitely worked out in my favour.
Etsy came through again for my dress. Even though I ordered it online, I still had a ‘YES THIS IS THE DRESS’ moment the first time I tried it on.
One of the best things about not spending £2000 on a wedding dress, is that for the foreseeable future if Mischa questions my sartorial purchases I get to say “Remember that time I didn’t spend £2000 on a wedding dress?”. He’ll then reply with “As if I’d question my wife’s spending on clothes anyway. That’s a sexist trope and I’m all about dismantling the patriarchy”. What a guy.
Overall, we were thrilled with how the day turned out and couldn’t be happier to finally be husband and wife. Eloping wasn’t an easy decision, but it was the right choice for us and we’ll have an official celebration with our families when we’re visiting New Zealand next year. It will be great to spend quality time with them rather than running around doing everything else that’s usually involved in a wedding.
If you’re thinking about eloping or getting married in the Isle of Skye, feel free to ask any questions!
Photos: Wilson McSheffrey Photography
Suit: Hackett London