Our unique country house, with its uninterrupted island views, sheltered location, and attentive team, is working hard to build a reputation for being one of the best small Scottish wedding venues on the West Highland coast.
Over the last couple of years, our experienced wedding planners paid close attention to ever-changing restrictions, accommodating all kinds of celebrations from same-sex weddings to humanist ceremonies.
Amongst all the wonderful partnerships we hosted, we’re delighted to tell the story of Kate and Robin, who finally tied the knot with us on the 10th July 2021.
A Scotland wedding inspired by generations
Kate’s family have been visiting the hotel for years; she recently learned that it was the grounds of Loch Melfort that inspired her to take some of her first steps some 31 years before. And, with that in mind, it seemed only natural that they would add our hotel to their list of settings to explore when searching for their dream wedding venue in Scotland.
Kate told us,
“We always wanted to choose a location on the west coast with a beautiful view and as soon as we came round the corner at Loch Melfort, we knew we’d found our dream wedding location! And, it did not disappoint on any level.”
Getting married in Oban, Scotland during Covid
By July 2021, a lot of the heavier wedding restrictions had been lifted across Scotland, however, social distancing was an ongoing requirement and there was still a strict no dancing policy in place.
With the Scottish weather gods firmly on side, the party spent most of their celebrations out in our grounds. Guests were free to soak in the views and spend time together on the new decking area that had been completed at the beginning of the year. To enable a worry-free environment, Kate and Robin enjoyed 2 days exclusive use of the hotel. Our owner Calum (and his talented gang) laid on a special outdoor musical performance on the Friday evening and provided guests with an authentic Highland welcome.
Reflecting on the ways our team adapted to changing COVID rules, the couple told us:
“The hotel could not have done more for us and we are so grateful for everything they did to make our day what it was. Sam and Calum were constantly in touch with us, following ever-changing COVID regulations and always trying to find solutions.
2 weeks before the wedding, we had to change our plans to ensure we had an outdoor ceremony and Sam could not have been more helpful (or understanding) about us pitching a tepee on the lawn. She was constantly looking at ways to adapt the day to still incorporate what we had wanted. They moved things around and always made us feel completely at ease.”
The best things about a Highland wedding
Having laid on a private spread, prepped rooms for guests, and figured out how to erect a giant tepee in the garden, our team spent the 2 days enjoying the ceremony and celebrating with our Loch Melfort Hotel regulars. At the end of their stay, still buzzing from the excitement of the festivities, we were keen to hear about the couple’s favourite moments …
Here’s their list:
- Walking from the tepee around to the decking for our first drink as husband and wife and just thinking “Woah this is amazing”
- Our ceremony in the tepee
- Sam’s margaritas on the deck (we love those too!)
- Going for a swim with my bridesmaids in the sea in the morning (and waking up the hotel with our screeches)
- See the guests walking into the dining room with THAT view
- The sun coming into the dining room halfway through the speeches
- The FOOD
- THE VIEW
- Sam and Calum’s organisation
- Seeing everyone we loved (FINALLY together) on the decking with a drink in hand
Final wedding thoughts
We wanted to thank Kate and Robin for taking the time to get in touch and share their wedding memories with us. Building a destination retreat that people want to come back to again and again has always been our dream, so to hear that many of the guests are planning on a return visit is music to our ears.
The Loch Melfort Hotel team are looking forward to helping Kate build another 31 years of memories on the Argyll coast.