The pressure of planning a wedding getting too much? Elopement is always an appealing prospect, especially as the table plan begins to take over your life, but what if you’re seriously considering it as a viable option and not just Plan B?
Kinloch Lodge has partnered up with Skye’s top photographer Lynne Kennedy – who skilfully makes shots on such a wild, exposed landscape seem intimate – to launch the Elopement Experience. Between them, Lynne and Kinloch hotelier Isabella Macdonald have a wealth of knowledge and can point you in the right direction for local, respected wedding suppliers, from florists and hairdressers to pipers and celebrants. They are also well aware of the challenges and opportunities that come as part of eloping.
“An elopement doesn’t mean you can’t spoil yourself,” says Isabella. “But you will need to think more practically: for instance, you can bring your glitzy bridal shoes but to get to that idyllic ceremony location, think about packing bridal wellies or walking boots instead.
“It’s also wise to have an alternative location in case of bad weather – one of Kinloch’s drawing rooms is ideal, especially as we have been voted Scotland’s Most Romantic Hotel twice.”
From £899, stay two nights at the lodge and receive dinner in Kinloch’s Michelin-starred restaurant, breakfast and mega-relaxing body massages.
You’ll also be treated to champagne, Belgian chocolate-dipped strawberries and oysters delivered to your room. In terms of photography, for £650 you can hire Lynne for three hours, extend the shoot to five hours for £850, or for the full day, expect to pay £1000.