verb (used without object), e·loped, e·lop·ing.
‘to run off secretly to be married’
Scotland has traditionally been the place to run away together to get married, to escape the stricter rules of other countries …… or parents and family! This custom was particularly popular in the Scottish Borders with the most famous location being Gretna Green where couples would seek out a fisherman, or a blacksmith who would marry the couple for a couple of guineas or a “dram” (of whisky). Recently, more couples have been coming to Skye to make their marriage vows, either eloping or just for an intimate ceremony by themselves or with a few close friends and family. What could be more romantic and magical than getting married “On the croft” in Edinbane on Skye?
Early in 2017 we hosted out first elopement on the croft and at Tigh Dubh and wrote a blog about the experience. The response persuaded us that maybe there are quite a few people out there who would like to come and exchange their vows “on the croft” in Edinbane. So if you would like to Elope get in touch with us and we can help you
organise your day ….. in secret of course. We can act as witnesses, we can put you in touch with the local registry service at Highland Council, make links with local churches, local Interfaith ministers or Humanist Celebrants – it’s your choice.
Here’s a few ideas you may like to add to your wish list.
Wedding breakfast – seafood platter – lobster, langoustine, salads and seafood canapés, (and a naughty pudding!) Shiatsu massage with Reiki treatment, hair & make up, a piper, clarsach player, flautist or fiddler for that perfect tune.
Have a look at https://edinbane-self-catering.co.uk/2017/05/21/elopement-a-perfect-day-on-skye/
We can also advise on local places to visit, to eat and activities, just ask!
You are welcome to bring your own photographer or here are a couple of local recommendations http://www.lynnekennedyblog.co.uk/ , http://www.karenthorburnweddings.com and http://www.loveskyephotography.co.uk
Most photographers have packages + can accompany you to scenic/famous Skye locations if you require …… if the croft is not enough (we won’t be offended …….. just terribly terribly hurt!) If you are looking for a celebrant or multi faith Minister try Davina McCluskie www.scottishhighlandweddings.com or Sonia Eckl- Reil http://www.heartandsoulceremonies.co.uk
If the time of year is right we may be able to gather some wild flowers, for more formal arrangements or simple buttonholes contact http://www.caroles-skye.com
Musicians are notoriously difficult to tie down and organise – here’s one fella that can some time help! http://skye-piper.co.uk/about-the-skye-piper.html let us know your thoughts + we will see who we can rustle up
for you. We have good contacts with fiddlers, flautists, and clarsach players.
Photos by: Lynne Kennedy