Edinburgh winter wedding at Mansfield Traquair.

As a destination wedding photographer, this can mean I am flying around Europe and it might sometimes mean I am being an Edinburgh wedding photographer in one of my favourite places- Scotland!

Tamsin and Neil booked me for their magical winter wedding 2 years ago and we immediately connected. Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the UK and I was thrilled to have such a perfect couple book me for their magical winter wedding.

As their wedding was in the Winter, We had to ensure that the timings of the day worked well for the winter light. Tamsin and I had this conversation ahead of the day and we discussed the best photo spots in Edinburgh and how we could achieve the perfect winter wedding photos. Regardless of rain or sun. Tamsin had a 1 o’clock ceremony and then hired a private white cab to take us to some of the best photo locations in Edinburgh.

On the day of the wedding, we were greeted with the perfect winter weather. Crisp blue skies and the most magical golden and blue hour as we watched the sky change colour above Edinburgh.

Edinburgh wedding suppliers

This incredible luxury winter wedding will hopefully give you all some winter wedding inspiration and ideas.

Photographer: Courtney Marie Photography
Venue: Mansfield Traquair
Wedding car: One Fair Day Vintage Taxi Hire
Dress: Pronovias
Suits: Slaters
Florals: Planet Flowers
Make up: Rae Mathison
Hair: Chris Disckson Hairdressing
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

The wedding day

Tamsin rented an apartment for her bridal prep as both of them now live in London.

Tamsin had sent me links before booking her apartment so that I could offer advice and guidance to ensure we could achieve the best bridal prep photos for her and the girls.

Tamsin’s vision for the day described in three words was magical, timeless and fun. It’s safe to say all three of these words were exactly what the day felt like.

After the ceremony, Tamsin and Neil hired a magician for the time they would be away from their guests and wanted to ensure the canapes and drinks would be flowing for their guests.

When they had returned from photos, all of the guests should be seated so they could then make their entrance and Mr and Mrs and then allow the day to flow nicely.

Tamsin and Neil’s order of the day worked perfectly for both guests, light and photographs. Once the ceremony was over, we started on all of the group photos as we knew it would be getting dark when we returned and only had limited time for the venue to seat guests before dinner.

The ceremony
We Left the apartment to a short 5-minute drive to the ceremony where all guests were eagerly awaiting Tamsin’s arrival. The couple opted for a Humanist ceremony complete with a handfasting. This is a popular choice in Scotland.

Tamsin chose her dad to walk her down the aisle.

Edinburgh Winter wedding details

The details of the wedding were simple but classy. The floral styling was classic colours of white and green with large vases to help fill the large height of the room.

For speeches and dinner. Tamsin asked for a honeymoon table for just her and Neil to sit instead of a top table. This is such a lovely way for you to both embrace the moment of seeing all of your friends and family in one place together.

She hired fairy lights to fall down the sides of the historic walls of Mansfield Traquair and to really turn the space into a magical winter wedding.

Choosing the perfect winter wedding dress

The Dress

Tamsin chose her dress after lots of back and forth. When Tamsin first got engaged, she knew it would be at Mansfield Traquair. Neil is originally from Edinburgh so the couple is very familiar with Edinburgh many times. When she was looking at the best wedding venues in Scotland, she knew this was the one.

Shortly after she was looking at wedding dresses and came across ‘the one’. It’s nothing like she imagined she would wear but it suited both her and the venue so perfectly, it was a MUST. I couldn’t agree more. As an Edinburgh wedding photographer, I think the venue is so important to take into consideration when choosing a wedding dress. And with a luxury wedding venue like Mansfield Traquair and its high ceilings, A statement dress like this Pronovias gown was a perfect choice.

Edinburgh wedding photo locations

As an Edinburgh wedding photographer When it came to choosing the best photo locations in Edinburgh, I had already had some ideas in mind. I didn’t want the couple to be away from their guests for too long so we only had a short window and we had to select only a few of the best photo places in Edinburgh to visit.

The couple hired a car (vintage taxi Edinburgh) to take us to the locations and I planned each location around timings and light. I can’t recommend this car company enough.

As soon as the group photos were finished, we all hopped into the car to visit two of my favourite photo spots in Edinburgh.

We decided on Circus Lane and Calton Hill. Calton Hill was a must for sunset/blue hour so we decided to visit circus lane first.

We then made our way to in my opinion – The best photo spot in Edinburgh, Calton hill. Above the city and with a 360 view of the city, I knew this was the location we would go for sunset. As we arrived, it was incredibly busy with other people hoping to watch the last of the golden light hit the rooftops. From one side we could see the rooftops light red as the last of the perfect golden light hit them and to the other side, we were above the clouds as we could see cloud inversion surround the water on the outskirts of Edinburgh and were greeted with the most perfect blue hour and crescent moon. As we stood there watching the sky slowly turn into millions of shades of pastel, We didn’t care about the cold. It was a magical moment for a perfect magical winter wedding.

Wedding Speeches

As we arrived back at the venue, the guests were sat and ready to greet the new Mr and Mrs. The speeches were incredibly emotional as Neil sadly had his father pass suddenly last year.

Following on from speeches, the couple enjoyed a 3-course meal and relaxed into the day whilst watching their closest friends and family enjoy the day from their honeymoon table.

The Party

Before the party started, Tamsin wanted a quick hair change. She had her fabulous team of hairdressers with her for the day so they were able to help with the second look. Tamsin opted for a hair down second look.

Tamsin enjoyed an intimate moment and first dance with her dad before her first dance with Neil. They offered a free bar to all guests that attended the day and the party was in full swing!

Final Words

If you would like more information on hiring me as your Edinburgh wedding photographer or for an alternative venue as a destination wedding photographer then please get in contact today. I can’t wait to hear from you.

Feb 11, 2022

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