Wow. Just look at that venue!!! Mansfield Traquair has to be one of the most breathtaking venues I’ve ever come across and it’s in the beautiful city of Edinburgh too, one of my all time favourite cities.
English Groom Andy fully embraced Bride Yvette’s Scottish background by wearing a kilt – and very dapper he looked indeed. Yvette looked beautiful too, wearing an Essence of Australia gown with such a pretty neckline and lace overlay.
And in another nod to their heritages, the blooms combine pretty Scottish thistles with delicate white English roses. So pretty.
Yvette The Bride: I went shopping with my mum and my sister to help me fine ‘The One’. We looked at a few different shops before narrowing it down to a couple of favourites. I decided one day to go back to see them on my own so I could decide for myself as I am easily swayed! Fleur at Perfect Bridal Rooms was fantastic and ended up finding me a dress which I fell in love with as soon as it was on. I went back with my mum to see what she thought and she even shed a tear – just the effect I was after. My shoes were bought before the dress! I love Irregular Choice so nothing else would have done for my wedding day.
Andy is English so I left it up to him whether he wanted to wear a suit or a kilt. However, he was more than happy to wear the kilt and we chose The Royal Pride of Scotland, mainly for the colours! We hired these from McCalls with no problems and luckily they fit into our colour scheme perfectly.
We first chose Edinburgh as our location because Andy is from Wigan and I am from Nairn, so this was a halfway point for travelling friends and family. We were set on having a humanist wedding but also liked the setting of a church so when we saw Mansfield Traquair and it Baldacchino and murals we were blown away. We left the viewing smiling from ear to ear so we knew it was a winner.
We wanted to create a warm, romantic atmosphere so went with a navy/ivory/gold theme. It fit perfectly with the venue too. Helen at Mansfield Traquair helped us fine tune some of the decor like napkins, linens and chair covers. Tower Productions did a great job with our lighting and we specially requested the fairy lights. I say we, more like I begged! They made our dancefloor light up and really transformed the area.
We went with Planet Flowers after seeing what they had previously done in the venue and we were not disappointed. We don’t know a huge amount about flowers so just showed some pictures. They came up with the most stunning bouquet I could ever have imagined. The centrepieces and other arrangements were beautiful and everyone has commented on them. The white roses and thistles were a perfect symbol for our English/Scottish coming together.
The Wedding Party
The Groomsmen wore the same tartan as Andy as he wanted them all to match. I must say they looked very handsome. The bridesmaid dresses were from Berketex Bride. We all chose them together and opted for a plain yet elegant dress. My very talented Mum created the belts/bows that just made the dress ‘pop’. The whole wedding party looked stunning and the day wouldn’t have been the same without them by our sides.
We had a humanist wedding and our celebrant Ken McMillan was superb in the run up to our day, helping us create a very unique and personal ceremony. We had two readings; A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton and The Art of A Good Marriage by Wilfred Peterson. These were read by my cousin and Andy’s school friend. We felt our ceremony was relaxed and fun yet full of love and emotion. I heard there wasn’t a dry eye in the house – mine included!
We chose Paul Black as our drinks reception entertainment after seeing him play in a bar in Aberdeen. We loved his music and voice and it added to our chilled out atmosphere. He played the likes of Ed Sheeran, who I love. For our evening entertainment we had the band Replay. We saw our evening band Replay, at one of Hire a Bands showcases in Glasgow. As soon as we heard them play, we booked them straight away. On the evening they called a ceilidh set and kept our dancefloor filled all night.
Mansfield Traquair provided our caterer for food (Heritage Portfolio) and we loved the tasting day. We were originally going to have a set menu for all guests but the food was so delicious we decide to offer a choice. Some of our canapes included chocolate dipped strawberries, haggis neeps and tatties on a spoon and pork puff pastries (among others). For our wedding breakfast we had a chicken and chorizo terrine or Mediterranean tart to start. This was followed by the most mouth-watering beef or chicken. As I am a bit of a pudding monster we asked for a trio of desserts, which was incredibly presented!
Not enough can be said about Jay and Christina at Elemental. They were fantastic and we had every confidence in them to capture our special day. At no point did we feel uncomfortable, rushed or posing too much. They were super patient when we were mingling with our guests but we still managed to stick to our time schedule. The pictures turned out beautiful and we could not be happier. Jay even came to Andy’s rescue on the wedding morning when his waistcoat tore. Jay whipped out a needle and thread from his bag!
We were very pleased that we did all our own stationery, from the invites to the table plan. We stocked card from Pocketfold Invites, eBay and got all our ‘bling’ from Hobbycraft. Many an evening was spent cutting and sticking but seeing it all come together made it all worthwhile and we really felt we made it our own.
During our meal, we put down our cutlery, held hands and took a moment to look around at all our friends and family. We tried our best to take it all in and it was a very special feeling. We made sure we enjoyed all the planning and at no point did we get stressed.