Diary of a Bride - Pamela and Scott

The Lodge on Loch Goil

I never dreamed of a big, traditional wedding or fantasized about planning one … I’m just not that girl! All I really wanted to do was sneak off to some tropical island and get married quietly on a beach.  But marriage and happy family relationships are about compromise, so in the end Scott and I settled on a relatively small wedding in Scotland.   For any bride-to-be who feels similarly unprepared for the wedding experience and is unable to harness her inner bridezilla, this is my mini survival guide.

1 : Location, location, location

We spent a few days driving around various venues in Scotland and fell in love with the Lodge on Loch Goil.  It’s important to find a venue where you both feel comfortable and can really imagine yourselves getting married … you’ll know it when you see it!

The Lodge on Loch Goil is a great, exclusive use venue.  The whole bridal party arrived the day before the wedding and had a chance to settle in and spend some time together relaxing over afternoon tea and a BBQ.  The lodge felt like home by the time the wedding came around!   The ever efficient Alice (the lodge’s wedding planner) and her staff made sure the whole day ran smoothly and we didn’t have to worry about a thing – it was all taken care of for us.   To make things even easier, the lodge has an onsite florist and arranged the piper and fireworks for us too, as well as recommending other key suppliers.  

We cannot recommend the venue enough – beautiful location; entirely to yourselves; great accommodation for the bridal party; plenty of other accommodation for guests nearby; the staff, level of service and food were all fantastic.  We’ve had such fantastic feedback on the venue from all our friends and family.


2 : Choose a photographer who captures images you want to keep looking at … and who is also a nice person to have around

For all the detailed planning that you will inevitably do, the photographs are the one thing that you will take away with you, share with friends and family and no doubt take pleasure from looking back on for the years to come.  The photos are a window back to the day and to us, it was really important to find a photographer who would capture the essence of the day rather than posed, formal shots.   We searched the internet and loved Nick’s approach – his video about his style sold it for us!

On top of that, we wanted someone who was a nice person to have around – bear in mind that your photographer will be there most of the day, interacting with you, your family and friends.   Nick is just the person for the job!  I have to add that a lot of the time we didn’t even notice he was there, snapping away in the background, as he was so unobtrusive.  We couldn’t be happier with the end result and love the images he captured.

3 : Choose a style of ceremony that suits who you are as a couple

We are not a religious couple but we wanted something a bit more personal than a civil ceremony, so we chose a humanist ceremony.  Our humanist, Belinda, was fantastic from start to finish.  She helped us create a script that truly reflected who we are as a couple and she did a great job of delivering it on the day. The ceremony included a handfasting ceremony and readings from Dr Seuss and the Dalai Lama.    It was a very personal and moving experience to share with our close friends and family.

4 : Make sure the hair and make-up will survive into the evening

Whether you are doing it yourself or using professionals, when you have a trial run for your hair and make-up arrange a night out with your bridesmaids or something similar to make sure your hairstyle and make-up will last the night… and all the dancing!

5 : Dance the night away

A great band is key to making sure your guests enjoy the evening.  One of the recommendations from the Lodge was The White Band.  We checked out their website, listened to their sample music, chose them and have no regrets!  The band was fantastic and the dance floor was never empty – Nick got some great shots of all the action.   The band even played a recent chart release and attempted a song they had never played together (and did it well!) to keep the hen party happy!  They really ensured that all our guests had a great time - if you are looking for a great wedding band, look no further.

6 : Take the occasional moment to yourselves

You’ll want to spend as much time as possible with your friends and family, but it’s also worth taking the occasional moment to yourselves because those moments together are ones you’ll remember forever … and it can be nice to escape the hectic pace of the day to enjoy a quiet moment.   Nick snuck us off for a couple of 10 minute photo sessions at strategic points in the evening and we loved the beautiful shots he got, as well as the quiet moments they offered.

7 : Remember what it’s all about

A wedding is just a day, but a marriage is for life!  So if some things do not go exactly to plan on the day itself, just go with the flow and enjoy it. Looking back, we could not have enjoyed our wedding day more, despite the odd hiccup.  

When all is said and done, the day is about making a commitment to each other in front of your close friends and family.  The rest is just details and what will matter in 5, 10, 25 years time is the vows you made to each other … and the beautiful photos you have to remind you of them.

Stories told by the Bride and Groom about their wedding day

Diary of a Bride a Winton House, East Lothian
Karen & Tom (Winton House)
Diary of a Bride at The Lodge on Loch Goil
Pamela & Scott (Lodge on Loch Goil)
Diary of a Bride at Mar Hall Hotel & Resort
Fiona & Greg (Mar Hall Hotel)
Diary of a Bride at Mar Hall Hotel & Resort
Emilia & Josh (Mar Hall Hotel)

Diary of a Bride in Oban
Petra & Kurt (Oban)
Diary of a Bride Lunga House
Maggie & Oliver (Lunga House)
Diary of a Bride at Crear
Charlotte & Gordon (Crear)
Diary of a Bride Glasgow University Chapel and Oran Mor
Lynsey & Andrew (Oran Mor)

Diary of a Bride Kilbrandon Church Seil and Lunga House
Carole & Stephen (Lunga House)
Diary of a Bride at Lochside House Hotel
Bethany & James (Lochside House Hotel)
Diary of a bride at St Andrews in the Square
Catherine & Douglas (St Andrews in the Square)
Diary of a Bride Oran Mor Glasgow
Emma & Andrew (Oran Mor)

Diary of a Bride Mar Hall Hotel
Lucy & Martin (Mar Hall Hotel)
Diary of a Bride Glasgow University Chapel and House For An Art Lover
Niove & Roddy (House For An Art Lover)


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