Diary of a Bride - Karen & Tom 

Pencaitland Parish Church, Winton House

 

The Location

Picking the perfect location was fairly straight forward as we more or less knew what we were looking for- somewhere we could entertain our family and friends for the weekend that was welcoming and relaxing but would also make our wedding special. 

When we looked at Winton House and Estate, we knew this would be the venue. The grounds and main house were absolutely beautiful, filled with antique furniture, carpets and paintings but most importantly, with a relaxed welcoming atmosphere. We invited our extended family and close friends for a drinks reception on Friday evening and the Winton chef Elizabeth did not disappoint, serving a beautiful banquet for everyone to enjoy. Robert Ogilvy (son of the Ogilvy family who own and live on the estate) impressed us with his repertoire of songs on the impressive grand piano during the drinks reception.

After having a couple more glasses of wine than I had planned (!), excited, Tom and I parted ways and headed for bed.

 

The Accommodation

We would highly recommend the accommodation on site (Winton House, Winton Cottage and Winton Farmhouse) and the nearby Adniston Manor where we managed to fit our large family and bridal party of 52 people! A great way to ensure everyone can enjoy the weekend without any stress! Other guests stayed in local hotels and B&B’s. It was lucky we reminded guests to book early as the Edinburgh festival was taking place and as a result, everywhere became fully booked very quickly.


The Wedding Day

Tom and the ushers were staying in Winton Cottage, which includes a games room and terrace, a perfect way to relax before the big day! The boys plus both fathers headed off to clay pigeon shooting on the Winton Estate whilst the girls got ready in the main house. 

I spent a long time speaking to friends about suppliers (this was clearly a pink job!) as it was so important to us that we were made to feel comfortable and to enjoy the day. Nick was the only supplier we chose blind so to speak and both Tom and I were absolutely delighted by the way he conducted the day. It felt like we had known Nick for a long time and he managed to capture moments we will cherish forever. Nick worked around the awkward shape of the church, the stressed groom (!) and the rain effortlessly.

The wedding ceremony was conducted by Reverend David Torrance at Pencaitland Parish Church at the entrance of the estate. David was just as warm and charming on the day as when we had met him beforehand and conducted a great service. He also joined us for the drinks reception where he enjoyed an ice cream from the S.Luca Rolls Royce ice cream van! Rae McGonigle from Winton managed the day to perfection- we would have been lost without her.

Banyuls Saxaphone Quartet played in the church and during the drinks reception and even added a bit of cheese with ‘All You Need is Love’ for the recession! Rachel at Floral Amitions produced beautiful centerpieces for the tables in the marquee with ivy decorating the tent poles and we were entertained by David Clifford and his Ceilidh band. Our family have used David for a number of birthdays and weddings and he certainly did not disappoint! We wanted everyone to have fun and the London taxi photobooth from Amazing Photobooths certainly helped! They provided lots of props and it was made even more fun by the fact you were in a taxi, even managing to get my 86 year old grandmother in there dressed up! The evening celebration was finished off with fantastic fireworks from 21cc, an incredible way to end the best day of our live.


The Highland Games

I don’t really think we knew what to expect by arranging a Highland Games, but I think we may have had even more fun on Sunday than we did on the wedding day! The Winton team surpassed themselves and it went without a hitch. 

Tom’s dad (T.M Greenshields butchers in Uddingston) supplied his usual mouth watering feast of meats for the BBQ and a team of family members led by my aunt Lynda prepared delicious salads and accompaniments. The Highland Games team had everyone involved in tossing the caber, throwing the sheaf, running the assault course and even threw in a competition at the end between Tom and myself (obviously I won!), finishing with a team tug of war.

Drinks were flowing in continuation from the previous day and although not health and safety compliant, the most fun was had during the wine assault course race as the sun was setting over Winton Farmhouse. We can safely confirm strategically placed glasses of wine around an assault course gets the party going!

A huge thank you to you Nick, you are a true talent and we cannot wait to give the beautiful albums to our families for Christmas!



Stories told by the Bride and Groom about their wedding day

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