Pamela and Andrew met on the internet and Andrew proposed in Lapland on New Years Eve 2010. They looked on the internet for small, intimate venues and The Lodge on Loch Goil came up with excellent reviews. They went to see The Lodge and loved the location and what they offered. Pamela told us “the venue and the food were absolutely amazing – everything ran like clockwork and everyone danced all night long in to the wee hours!”. Pamela also commented that they “wanted something very chilled and relaxed and the idea of not walking down an isle was very appealing as neither of us are religious.” Another big plus for them was that The Lodge supplied a bus service and the guests were transported to and from the venue, so there were no drivers.
Pamela researched the internet for wedding dress designers and saw a dress by Ronald Joyce. She then sourced a supplier locally, tried it on and loved it. Pamela wanted something quite fitted at the top and not too full at the bottom and this dress fitted all her requirements. She decided that shoes were not important to her and simply chose a pair which were comfortable. She decided her veil would not be on for long so chose one which was reasonably priced (but with a little bling to match her dress). Jewellery was sourced online from Vintage Jewellery (for Pamela’a hair) and Swarovski (for her necklace and bracelet).
The Lodge made recommendations for both hair and makeup – Pamela had a trial, loved what they did and so went ahead with both girls. The flowers Pamela chose for the wedding party were simple but elegant with a little bit of bling on the ivory roses. The bridesmaid’s bouquets had a thistle through them to tie in with dresses and also add to the Scottish feel. Pamela and Andrew’s little flowergirl had a wand flower which she loved. Pamela and Andrew’s cake was madly a friend who works in the business. Andrew and his best man Craig both hired morning suits from Greenwoods of Durham.
Pamela was piped down the path to the loch side but she told us “to be honest, I didn’t hear a thing at that point and I have no idea what he was playing!”.
Andrew and Pamela had the Ballochmyle Ceilidh Band for their evening entertainment. Pamela told us “the band have played at many of our friends’ weddings so I knew how good they were and I used to go to school with two of the guys so they were a prefect choice. The dancefloor was never empty and we liked the fact that they also played pop songs too which was a great mixture. They also continued to play beyond when they were booked to as the dancefloor was so busy, so we couldn’t have asked for any more.” Their first track was Lady Antibelum – ‘When you got a good thing’. Andrew made up a CD of songs he thought appropriate but out of the ordinary asked Pamela to choose one. Pamela said “this one I loved because it was so fitting and I loved the fact it was not a well known song but the lyrics were fantastic.”
Pamela and Andrew sourced the internet for wedding photographers and came up with a shortlist. Pamela told us “we both chose our top three and Archibald Photography came out top for both of us. We loved the fact that the landscape and surroundings were an important factor in Mark’s photographs and felt if he could capture the same at The Lodge the photo’s would be amazing – which they are! There is one of us walking along together chatting casually and smiling. We’re very relaxed and it is just a lovely photograph, including the beautiful scenic background. We also love the candid photos of the guests which truly capture the day.”
Andrew and Pamela both loved their day from start to finish. Pamela said “there is nothing we would change and I haven’t laughed so much in all my life. Several of my friends and family have mentioned that it is the best wedding they have been to. The ambience of it all was truly wonderful and the fact that we had the whole wedding venue just to ourselves was terrific. Alice and the gang at The Lodge had everything so organised that all we had to do was enjoy the day. We loved getting married down by the loch front and as you can see from the photographs, we also laughed a lot through the ceremony! No major surprises throughout the day – except the fact that the Scottish and English wedding party all got on amazing well and new friendships were formed from both sides of the border!” Their day was “unique, memorable and perfect.”