Packed with homemade touches, 1920s influences and super pretty florals, Lynne & Martin’s Scottish spring wedding is making us smile lots today. With friends and family congregating from all over the UK, and their baby boy as the (hiccuping!) ring-bearer, it was a beautiful day in every way.
Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Martin says love at first sight! But given we were only 13 when we first met and didn’t get together until years later, I would say more likely gradual attraction! We were also together for a long time (and had a baby) before we got married. All of which made our wedding day even more special.
We were inspired by…
Lots of things…. Mansfield Traquair
itself, the 1920s, blue hydrangeas gave us our colour theme, and the chalkboard idea continued through various elements including our invitations and favours.
How did you personalise your day?
We wanted to design or create as much as possible ourselves. I bought slate hearts and wrote the girls’ names on them for favours/place-settings, while my mum made delicious tablet to go in matching bags for the boys. My sister and others collected hundreds of jam jars which we decorated with twine and lace to hold the tea lights which lit up the baldacchino and other areas of the venue.
We used a personalised chalkboard for our table plan, and we commissioned a ‘welcome’ chalkboard featuring different elements that were important to us. I also bought an old frame on eBay and made a photo board with lots of old wedding pictures from our families – intended to get people involved with our Polaroid guest book.
Finally, I made our bride and groom cake topper from some wooden clothes pegs! We had a lot of input into our ceremony, as it was a humanist one and we wanted to make it personal to us, and we also spent ages making up play-lists for every part of the day.
What was on your wedding menu?
We had lots of different delicious canapes – some of them had a Spanish theme, which we wanted as we lived in Madrid for a few years. For the wedding breakfast we had kiln smoked Hebridean salmon with pickled cucumber, herbed crème fraiche and lime mayo; a main of crispy chicken with roasted chorizo, red onion and lemons served with herby potatoes, leeks and fine beans; and our dessert was double chocolate pavlova with berries and cream. The starter and main were served ‘family style’ (in large platters to share amongst the table), which suited us as it fitted in with the Spanish style and also helped to break the ice at tables where guests didn’t know one another. The food was all fantastic, and several guests told us it was the best wedding meal they’d had.
How did your first dance go?
Neither of us wanted to have a traditional first dance where we were the only ones on the dance floor. We wanted everyone to get involved, so we had a lively Strip the Willow for our first dance. We weren’t sure if it would work, but in the end it was great – everyone was really up for it and it started the evening off with a bang.
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
We didn’t want to risk a long-haul flight as we were taking our 7 month old baby with us, so we went to the Amalfi Coast in Italy where we spent an amazing 10 days.
Take a moment on the day to relax, look around, and take everything in – there are so many demands on your time on the day itself, it goes by in a flash. I wish we could do it all over again!
We’re both from Edinburgh and although we considered getting married abroad, I think we both knew we would have our wedding here. We wanted a city centre venue and once we saw the stunning Mansfield Traquair
our minds were made up.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Seeing all of our family and friends together in one place and having such a fantastic time. A lot of them live abroad or in other parts of the UK, so it’s rare to get everyone together, and it made it a really special day for us. Also our baby boy being the ring-bearer and hiccupping loudly through the whole ceremony!
A Strip the Willow first dance sounds like a great way to get the party started, don’t you agree? Christina x