susan + duncan | aswanley house

Susan and Duncan were married on 27th May at Aswanley. "We were engaged on the day we got the keys to our new home. Duncan went down on one knee right there in our kitchen, so special and I was so distracted by the move that I genuinely had no idea!"

Huge thanks to the lovely Jen Owens for sharing her images of the day and the fantastic LoveLock Wedding Films for sharing their trailer. You can catch Jen on her website, Facebook or Instagram and the guys from LoveLock on their website, Facebook or Instagram.

Susan + Duncan at Aswanley // LoveLock Wedding Films

"The country views and vintage barn style of Aswanley is very us.  It’s romantic, rustic and simple and you can style it as much or as little as you want to and put your own stamp on it.  We had in our hearts that we would get married outside in the sunshine surrounded by the gorgeous views and farm animals (we managed this, yay!) but the back-up options indoors felt ‘right’ also so it was perfect!  We also wanted the entire day at the same venue so we didn’t lose any travel time between the ceremony and meal – convenient for our guests.  We viewed Aswanley first and didn’t bother going anywhere else after seeing it!"

"The hen weekend was my favourite part of the planning process - if you are allowed to say that!  Not that I planned it (or I tried my best not to, haha) but that is probably why it is one of the favourite parts.  You get all of your favourite people for one weekend and have so much fun!  It’s a BIG part of the wedding process and leaves amazing memories.  All twenty one of us went to a huge lodge in Aviemore that had a hot tub and sauna – in the middle of the countryside.  I won’t go in to the antics of the weekend but I had such an amazing time with all of the people I love dearly."

"Dunc would say he was very involved in the planning, I would say he helped out with the big decisions; venue, food tasting and guest list but not the detail.  The detail, I very much managed such as sourcing and liasing with all suppliers, invite designs, table plan, flowers, budget/costs, favours, etc. Dunc was interested though and often had good input and was a great support."

"I had no idea what I wanted to wear and was waiting for that ‘moment’.  After a handful of shops and hours later, I got it! I tried a few other shops in the Highlands and Aberdeenshire before going to Ivory Grace.  Service wise, I was in the main so disappointed, particularly with one shop. They just seemed disinterested, stressed out with time keeping and often rude and uncreative in the sense that they wouldn't just take a punt on what you may suit and just let you choose.  I'm sure this works in some cases but when you don't know what you want and you're beginning to stress out, this was the last thing I wanted.  I left the shop with my bridesmaids and Mum upset, got to the car and started crying - I am not a crier so I started stressing more!! To make it worse, I had another appointment in an hour to try more dresses on and I didn't feel I wanted to go. I genuinely felt helpless and that I would NEVER find 'the one'." 

"So, an hour later, we all rock up to Ivory Grace. We arrive to such a warm welcome by the lovely Kayleigh and Kat.  Kayleigh had some chilled fizz, little chocolates and iced water ready for us and seemed so excited! I felt awful as I had already in my head decided that I wouldn't be finding my dress today after such a horrible experience at the other shop earlier that day."

"OMG, what a u-turn! The dress collection and service made me feel amazing! I had so much fun trying everything on and the girls just doing it all for me and asking what I think (not telling).   My bridesmaids and mum felt so relaxed and comfortable and at home.  The shop itself was smaller than the others we'd been in but it was just so homely and warm."

"Anyway, as soon as I saw myself in the Sassi Holford, Danielle dress, that was it.... I LOVED it! I had that feeling that everyone said I would get, I honestly couldn't believe it.  Then the veil was added and I just knew that this was my dress - it was very much me and also versatile as it meant that I could have two different looks; traditional but modern for the ceremony and fun for the evening."

"I chose the Danielle bolero with the dress from the Bride Decides Sassi Halford range and took this off in the evening and added a gorgeous Augusta Jones sparkly belt to the dress.  Kayleigh at Ivory Grace was amazing, I was stuck between the bolero styles so she ordered in some that I'd viewed online so I could settle my mind at my next appointment."

"We had a religious ceremony, my parents next door neighbour performed it.  Because this was a family friend, it was extra special and personal." 

"My favourite part was being outdoors, walking up the aisle in the sunshine with my Dad and walking down the aisle being covered in confetti with Dunc – both moments were so precious and exactly what we wanted and had hoped for (but you can’t control the weather!)."

"My favourite detail would be our table plan – my sister’s other half kindly made us a ladder and painted it white.  It was huge and gorgeous!  I had sourced twelve gins bottles (some from Dunc and I ☺ ) and others from a local whisky shop (Inverurie Whisky Shop), who do gin tasting.   The twelve bottles were our favourite gins and we used these for our table names.  The bottles had flowers in them that matched my flowers , the bridesmaids and the table flowers.  I then asked our stationery supplier to make the tags with guests names for the table and hung them over the bottles.  It was a lot of different suppliers involved and I didn’t see the finished product until the day and I was so happy with how it looked and it was different, personal and related to something that both Dunc and I enjoy i.e. gin!"

"The second detail would be the whisky barrels we had made (well Susan’s parents did!) – they were awesome!  Mum and Dad Morrison got two new whisky barrels made for us by a local Cooperage.  Mum then sourced (with difficulty) matching wood to the barrels and created two Surname plaques (Morrison and Barclay).  We asked our flowers supplier for two massive flower bouquets to sit on top of these and they created the detail and view at the front during our ceremony.  So special and personal – also we now have the Barclay whisky barrel in our garden and every time we see it, it brings back those amazing memories.  Mum and Dad have the Morrison barrel and I love how I feel and the sentiment behind it when I see it at their home "

"The massive strip the willow towards the end of our dance is my clearest memory.  It was immense and we have a cracking video of it from one of Susan’s Mum’s friends. Too much fun!"

"This sounds boring but agree your budget before you start anything!  We did this and I think it saved any disputes and stresses.  Once you have set your budget, discuss what you both want from the day and get online and start looking at ideas then shortlist Suppliers who have great recommendations and book them quick – if they are recommended and therefore good at what they do, they will book up quick!!  Because we did this in the first three months of being engaged and had a two year plan, we got everyone we wanted which was ace and gave you breathing space to be organised (and keep saving!)."


Venue: Aswanley

Band: Callanish

Florist:  Lotus Flowers

Cakemaker:  Naked cake, decorated with flowers and fruit made by Linda Barclay (Mother of the Groom)

Make Up: KayV Makeup Artist 

Hair:  Susie Shand from Urban West 

Bridal Outfit: Sassi Holford (store was Ivory Grace, Aberdeen)

Bridesmaids Outfits: Dessy (store was Happily Ever After, Ellon)

Grooms Outfit: Georgian Dress Hire, Aberdeen

Transport:  Deveron Coaches for guests and Silver City Wedding Cars, Aberdeen

Stationery:  Pretty Little Ladybird Crafts

Favours:  Homemade by Mandy (my sister) - little love heart tablet in a little bag with the guests name tag for the table overlaying it.  They were gorgeous! 

Photographer:  Jen Owens with second shooter Donna Murray

Videographer:  LoveLock

Caterer:  Country Flavours of Alford

"We were super lucky and chose extremely well with our suppliers! Our photographer Jen Owens was amazing – so chilled and lovely and I love how Jen made the time to meet with us before the day and managed all the detail – the finished pics are amazing!"

"Our videographers were Lovelock were brilliant – we love our film, despite Dunc not buying into getting a video, it is now all he goes on about and tries to claim that it was his idea, it wasn’t – I went sort of behind his back and paid the deposit as I knew he would love it."

"Pretty Little Ladybird Crafts were amazing – takes your idea and creates something that you hadn’t even thought was achievable."

"Our caterers Country Flavours of Alford need a mention – Susan was amazing! And the food was such a talking point."