A Stunning (COVID friendly) Wedding in The Isle of Lewis
Kim and Jamie live on The Isle of Lewis and were married at one of their favourite places, Uig Sands. The views from the hotel and lodge are stunning and has provided the backdrop for many films including Stardust, Macbeth, Prometheus and most recently Spielberg’s BFG.
Kim was getting impatient so asked Jamie’s parents for permission to propose to him. When they said yes, she prepared to propose on a weekend that they’d set aside in for a trip away. The weather was horrific when they got there, but they got the fire going and started to warm up.
Kim told us how she was just thinking about popping the question, but Jamie proposed first! Kim said she didn’t know whether to tell him that he couldn’t propose because she was supposed to ask him! They both had a wee bottle of bubbles tucked away for the occasion.
Kim told us they had thought about eloping, but COVID put paid to those plans! They arranged all the details with restrictions in place so knew what they were getting into. They were lucky with timings and able to have 18 guests.
They did have to ask for volunteers not to come so that they could get the numbers down by a few, which was disappointing for them both. Kim told us they plan to have a party on their first anniversary instead – what a great idea!
Favourite Memory of the Day
Kim’s favourite memory is their boxer dog Harris, delivering their rings to them in the ceremony. Kim told us he had been so excitable all day, but at that moment he gently came up to them so they could take the rings out of a bag tied to his collar. Kim could hear the gasps of adoration from all the guests. Also, Kim wanted to give a special mention to her Mum who decorated the room with glasses of flowers, candles and fairy lights. She told us that she did such a wonderful job every time she looked around the room it looked like a beautiful dream.
Kim told us she felt relaxed on the day. They didn’t want any fuss and all their guests were really chilled. “The biggest stress was deciding whether to be inside or outside. The weather was fairly good, but it was very cold so in the end we decided to stay indoors for the sake of the guests. I spent the morning with my Mum and Mother-in-Law decorating the restaurant and putting the wedding cake together. At lunchtime I started getting ready for the 3 o’clock ceremony, and it all just went in a happy blur from there. “
Kim’s Dress Me Pretty Experience
Kim booked her wedding with only 3 months’ notice so wasn’t expecting to get a wedding dress at all. She told us how she had planned to get something off the internet. However, she really wanted to have the experience of trying on dresses with her Mum. She told us
“Amy was an absolute star and went out of her way to ensure an appointment for us in the hope that it would work out. I sent her my Pinterest board and when I arrived, she already had a few ideas picked out. I added a couple more to the options when looking around. I tried on three dresses, then when I put on the fourth dress, I was so certain that it was the one. It had been the first dress that Amy picked out for me. With requiring a rush delivery, it all came down to whether it would be available in time – there was one dress available in my size, so it really felt like fate!”
Kim wore our Sylvie dress by Essense of Australia. She told us how she felt so comfortable in it. “I’d had quite a lot of alterations done so there wasn’t any train and there was no large underskirt, it meant that I could move freely, and most importantly eat! A huge thanks to Kerry Arnold, recommended by Dress Me Pretty, for all the alterations and advice. She did an amazing job and is so lovely. A great thing about the dress was that it had pockets, so I could have my hip flask with me!” (We love this idea!!)
Kim’s Advice for Brides to Be
“Let it be your day, for you and your partner, not anyone else’s. Having an afternoon wedding meant the morning was really relaxed and minimal waiting around for the guests. Our celebrant, photographer, videographers and the venue staff all made the day so try and meet them or get to know them beforehand.”
Supplier Shout Out
Photographer name: Margaret Soraya
Celebrant: Rona the Humanist Celebrant
Wedding videographers: Cue the Mustard videography
Location: Uig Lodge
Makeup artist: No makeup artists allowed due to COVID, but Selina Taylor in Gloucestershire gave me a fantastic lesson, so I was confident to do it myself on the day.
Flowers: Bespoke Blooms by Maybury Gardens
Cake of Cheese: The Good food Boutique, Stornoway
Bespoke shoes: Solely Original
Bespoke Harris Tweed Jackets made by a lovely lady in Stornoway, and Harris had a matching collar