Romantic secret wedding day at Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh

This super-organised couple brought the wow factor by keeping their fairytale venue under wraps.

Ensuring every detail was just perfect, Yvette and Chris surprised guests with their secret reception at Mansfield Traquair.

Here, Groom Chris shares all from their big day planning.

“Yvette was different to anyone I had ever met. I felt like I could see so much about her from the moment I set eyes on her, and then she had such an outgoing, unique attitude with such a positive and smiley way about her.

I had planned the proposal for some time and booked tickets to the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry. Surrounded by the stunning display of lights, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. Thankfully she said yes!

We decided to keep our reception venue a secret from our entire wedding party and guests. I noticed Mansfield Traquair had a wedding showcase.

When we walked in Yvette caught her breath; we were mesmerised. On a second visit, my mum and Yvette’s aunt – two of the four people who knew our venue – experienced the same reaction. We knew it was the place.

We started with an enchanted forest theme, but thanks to the creative mindset of our florists we formed a more modern meets tradition theme. We decided to go for a different table plan, using a combination of zigzag and banquet-style tables.

I absolutely had some groomzilla moments when trying to ensure the level of detail I required on things was met. So much so that I thought ‘Groomzilla’ was a term made up only by Yvette!

In keeping with our secret reception venue, for the bridal march we decided on The Secret Wedding.

As we had an hour’s bus journey between the ceremony and reception, our best man supplied guests with McDonald’s and miniature wine and beers on the bus.

We invited the guests in to Mansfield Traquair from behind a drawing curtain. We wanted to enjoy the fascination on their faces. It was the highlight!

We had two stunning silk performers suspended from the ceiling of our venue, which is known as ‘Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel’. They put on a jaw-dropping display, proving that anything is possible at a wedding.

Being married there is a deeper sense of closeness and security. Your heart feels fuller knowing that you have this person who seems absolutely in tune with everything that you look for in life.

Do your own thing, ensure that you make it about what you and your partner like and not from the recipe of others.”

Photographer: Fern Photography | Videographer: Next Scene Films | Chris’ wedding ring: Blair and Sheridan

Yvette’s engagement and wedding rings: Ian Gallacher | Florist: Planet Flowers

Bride’s dress: Halfpenny London at Anne Priscilla Bridal | Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bride’s jewellery: Thomas Sabo | Groom’s outfit: A Suit That Fits  | Stationery: Origami Fox

Cake: Cakes-n-Crafts

Transport: West of Scotland Chauffeur Drive  | Hair and Make-up: Laura’s Hair Salon Glasgow

Celebrant: Fr John Gannon | Band: Franco | Quartet: Rhapsody String Quartet