Christmas Winter Wedding Inspiration
Photographed by Paul Raeburn
When Laura and Stewart decided on a Christmas winter wedding at Mansfield Traquair we were nearly as excited as they were! The winter season is perfectly suited to Mansfield’s utterly unique and spectacular interior – especially magnificent in winter as darker days allow for some stunning lighting effects in the late afternoon and evening.
Highlighting Mansfield’s soaring ceilings and spectacular stained glass the couple chose soft amber lighting for the daytime segueing to lilac up-lighting in the evening which sets off Mansfield’s beautiful interior painting to dazzling affect. Laura and Stewart had fun with a subtle Christmas theme. Projecting snowflakes on the floors and adding Christmas trees to the hall for quests to decorate with messages for the couple was a perfect touch. The Mansfield drape was shut while guests arrived only to be pulled back to reveal the full splendor of Mansfield Traquair.
Although Laura and Stewart live in London they couldn’t resist the pull of the North, and Edinburgh, for a truly magical winter wedding. The ceremony was in a local church and they arrived at Mansfield in style, after their guests, in a cream Rolls Royce to the sound of a piper. Laura’s brother Alistair was MC to a traditional receiving line warmly welcoming the newlyweds.
The couple are firm foodies with families to match and the menu was of utmost importance, especially for Laura’s mum who helped with many details. Canapés included peppered blue lamb fillet with essence of fresh peas and mint, and seared yellow fin tuna with micro cress and peanut cream.
The fabulous wedding breakfast featured a signature Heritage Portfolio starter, ‘Scottish Tapas Trio’ with crumbled haggis, a salad of heritage potatoes, creamy Dunsyre blue parfait and a Mull Cheddar and chutney glazed smoked haddock. The main course was roasted beef fillet and braised shoulder galette with fondant potato and honey glazed roots and finished with a chocolate fondant pudding was served with chilli ice cream. It’s no wonder that the chef, Robin, was treated to a personal toast and thanks from the bride and groom!
In keeping with current trends, there was a ‘blush booth’, an old-fashioned photo booth in which guests could pull faces and create mementos of the evening. And, to keep spirits from flagging during the dancing, a supper was served at 11pm – haggis, neeps and tatties, along with wedding cake, kept everyone on their toes until the wee hours when bride and groom slipped away.
“We had the most magical day and many of our guests repeated that they thought your attention to detail was just second to none… a big thank you to both [Helen] and Linda for all your help prior to the wedding and on the day itself… Thank you.”
“Jenny and I wanted to thank you both for a fantastic wedding reception for Laura and Stewart… our thanks to the chefs for a superb meal, the waiters for their friendly and attentive service and the doormen who welcomed everyone. We were so impressed with the attention to detail in every aspect of the day, and realize the hard work that went into that. We will never forget the amazement on the faces of all our friends and family when the drape was parted to reveal such a fantastic setting. Laura and Stewart and all our guests enjoyed an unforgettable day.”
– George and Jenny (mother and father of the bride)
Photography - Paul Raeburn
Caterer - Heritage Portfolio