I’m thrilled to be able to share with you a real highlight of the wedding year for me, Garry and Lynsey’s magnificent Mansfield Traquair wedding day.
Mansfield Traquair is one of Edinburgh’s finest wedding venues. Located on the edge of Edinburgh’s New Town in the city centre, it’s often referred to as ‘Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel’. I’ve had the pleasure of covering many weddings at this stunning building, and every time I come here, I still want to stand and take in the splendour of the interior.
I’ve met Garry and Lynsey on a few occasions, most recently at our pre-wedding photo shoot at Holyrood. They’re a lovely couple, fun to be around, relaxed and affectionate towards each other even when they have a photographer pointing a lens at them for a couple of hours. I knew their wedding day would be brilliant fun to photograph!
Add to this all the beautiful personal touches and meticulous attention to detail that had gone into creating this wedding and you know it’s going to be a brilliant wedding day.
Both the boys and girls were getting ready nearby at the beautiful Nira Caledonia Hotel in Edinburgh’s New Town.
Everyone was very relaxed and looking forward to the occasion. I always enjoy photographing the preparations, and it’s great to capture the little details that make each wedding unique. I especially loved Garry and Lynsey’s bespoke wedding rings, finished beautifully with personal inscriptions on the inside.
Back at Mansfield Traquair, the guests were starting to arrive. It was a shame about the rain, but what a beautiful venue in which to spend the day indoors. Spacious and beautifully lit, there’s a wow-factor when you first enter the building.
I love a Humanist wedding ceremony, each one is always unique, and the vows are great as they tell each couple’s story. How the couple met, when they fell in love, and the story of their journey to their wedding day. The ceremony hosted by the lovely Melanie Leckie. A highlight of the ceremony was the Page Boy and Flower Girl’s reading. They did a great job and had the guests in stitches with their double act.
Unfortunately, it was still raining after the ceremony, so the formal group photos were restricted to indoors. A bit of rain was all right, Mansfield Traquair has an abundance of space, and I used my portable studio flash to enable a selection of group portraits to be taken.
Garry and Lynsey were happy to brave the rain, so we drove in their beautiful Mark 2 Jaguar car to Calton Hill to shoot a few newly-wed photos.
I’ve done quite a few photo shoots at Calton Hill. It’s an excellent location offering some of the best views of Edinburgh. As you would expect, on a typical Saturday the place would be packed with tourists, but the rain had the benefit of making all but the hardiest of visitors go elsewhere. We practically had Calton Hill to ourselves!
Twenty minutes later and we had a beautiful collection of photos, and I think the weather enhanced the pictures.
The rest of this lovely wedding day was indoors back at Mansfield Traquair. I loved the speeches – heartfelt, emotional, amusing and entertaining, always a highlight of the day for me capturing the range of emotions on display. I love the photos of Lynsey looking lovingly at Garry during his speech, the look on her face tells you more than any words ever could.
My day ended with the cutting of the most incredible wedding cake, created by 3D Cakes, followed by the first few dances with entertainment provided by a brilliant band called Killer City Sound.
So here’s the story of Garry and Lynsey’s Mansfield Traquair wedding, told in the following photos.
A few of the other wedding suppliers who helped to make Garry and Lynsey’s Mansfield Traquair wedding so unique:
Flowers: Planet Flowers
Piper: Alan Buchan
Groom’s Outfit: 21st Century Kilts
Favours: MacMillan Cancer Support
Daytime entertainment: Capella String Quartet
Cars: Ecosse Classic Cars