Real Weddings 5th January 2022

Suzi & Matthew's Rustic Wedding

Suzi and Matthew married at Aswanley, on the 17th of September 2021. The weather was perfect and the setting was beautiful. Considering the chaos caused by Covid, they count themselves very lucky to have their original wedding date and a completely normal wedding! Captured by the talented Nicola Stewart, we've included some of their stunning photos along with more details from the day below:

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First things first, we want to know a bit about you! How long have you been together, what do you do, do you have any pets etc..?

We have been together for 6 and a half years. I am a self-employed beauty therapist and Matthew is a mechanical field service technician in the oil and gas industry. We have a cockapoo puppy; Frank, who we love to bits. We love going on long walks with him in the countryside.

Popping the question - how did it happen?

We had been away for a day’s shopping in Aberdeen and on the way home we decided to go for a walk in the grounds of Fyvie castle. He popped the question at the bench overlooking the pond. 


Did you have a specific theme/style? Was it traditional, or did you do things a bit differently?

Aswanley was the perfect setting for a rustic, laid back wedding. We wanted the day to be fun with an old-fashioned knees-up - which it was!

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What was your favourite/most memorable moment of the whole day?

I don’t think I can choose a favourite moment, as the whole day was amazing; there were so many laughs and giggles, the band were incredible and the food was out of this world. Even the ceremony was great; our Humanist Celebrant Robin Wiseman kept the celebration light hearted.

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Why did you choose your venue, and what was important to you when making the decision?

We looked at a few venues. Aswanley was the last venue we visited. We immediately fell in love; it has such a cosy and welcoming feel, even although it is a blank canvas. I just knew this was our venue.

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My Mum came with me to look for my dress. It was an absolutely stunning Enzoani dress from Blush Bridal in Fraserburgh. Luckily, one of the girls in the shop picked it out for me as I wouldn’t have picked it myself! It was ivory lace with a low button back, thin straps and some sparkle. My dream dress (I realised after I had tried it on!)

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When planning your wedding, did you have any help or did you do it mostly yourselves? What were the most important aspects for you?

We planned the day ourselves. We are foodies so the menu was a massive deal for us but we didn’t actually try any of the food beforehand! We trusted Val Morrison’s recommendations and she smashed it! Her food is to die for! All of our suppliers were recommendations and they were all superb. I would recommend each and everyone of them.

If you could give any piece of advice to current brides-to-be (about planning their weddings or the Big Day itself), what would it be?

Remember your wedding day is about you and your partner to be - do what you want to do and don’t try to please everyone else. Try to take in every minute and even if things don’t go to plan it will still be an amazing day! 

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Photographer – Nicola Stewart

Videographer – Pinnacle Films - Edinburgh

Venue – Aswanley, Huntly 

Florist – Val Morrison

Stationery – Paper and Petals

Catering – Val Morrison

Cake – The Cake Kitchen MacDuff

Music – Three Card Trick (band), Myke black (solo singer)

Decor & Styling – 3 Tiers & Sitting pretty

Dress - Enzoani

Accessories – Bliss Turriff and Lily and Roo

Hair & Makeup – Zoe Gordon Julia Stronach

Bridesmaid dresses – Dessy group

Groomswear – Neil Selbie & Co – Petercoulter 












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