“We were well down the track of planning a big wedding in the country,” recalls Jess, “but it all became too much.”
“With the advancing illness of Ian's parents and the realisation that, as bride, I would be the centre of attention...
“The thought was not something I relished.”
Jess knew that Scotland was the natural choice for a secret elopement. “We both have ancestry there and are enthralled by the majesty and history of the country.”
“Many of the castles and hotel estates offer a 'Wedding Package For Two', and Inverlochy Castle Hotel made it all so simple for us by taking care of all the planning, so we could focus on each other and our special wedding day.”
The beautiful bride chose a beaded gown and accessories by Vinka Design . A sweetheart neckline with capped sleeves featured on the fitted bodice,and a full skirt and cathedral-length veil added to the regality of the surroundings.
"It was tricky to travel with my wedding dress," admits Jess. "We had a dress carry bag each as well as 'carry-on' luggage on the flight. The airline crew were most accommodating."
So would Jess recommend an intimate elopement wedding for other Kiwi brides? Absolutely. “The best thing about eloping was the fullness of the day,” she recalls. “We shared every minute together and there was no pressure to entertain our guests or to stick to a tight time schedule.”
“Our wedding day was – ours.”
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