a stylish scottish wedding at aswanley featuring a dress from rowanjoy

Felicity and Callum were married on 13th October at Aswanley in Aberdeenshire. They were planning their wedding for a year. Many thanks to Nicola from Nicola Stewart Photography for sharing her images of the day. You can catch Nicola on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

“We needed a venue that was spacious to accommodate up to 150 guests and wanted one that would be ‘exclusively ours’ for the day. We wanted a relaxed and fun wedding (essentially a big party) yet wanted to retain a sense of ceremony and occasion. Aswanley was the perfect venue for us, matching the tone we were after. The rustic barn style is simple yet elegant and allows room for personal finishing touches, without being so blank canvas that it’s overwhelming. The grounds are beautiful and extensive.”

“On a side note the loos at Aswanley are a sight to behold, huge cubicles and plenty of them with ample vanity space and large mirrors (no other venues we saw came close).”

“If you are considering a blank canvas wedding (which we were) Aswanley has a fully equipped catering kitchen, including cutlery, crockery and glassware on site, as well as chairs and tables so immediately takes a lot of the essential elements (and extra costs) off your plate.”

“Once the venue was booked and nearby accommodation reserved (we stayed at The Craigellachie Hotel) I enjoyed the whole planning process but namely: liaising with our lovely suppliers – Lesley our Humanist celebrant, Nicola our photographer and Val our caterer and florist – to plan and map out our perfect day.”

“We chose to pay corkage and supply our own fizz and wine, so had a blind tasting session with Callums parents, where we sampled and rated about five bottles of fizz and six wines side-by-side to determine our ‘winners’. We made an evening of it and it was lots of fun.”

“Taking after my Mum and being quite crafty and arty, I loved all the design elements – designing the save the date, invitations and order of service, making the name tags, table plan and favours by hand, and watching my Mum craft paper flowers (in there hundreds) to create beautiful garlands for the iron wheels that descend from the ceilings at Aswanley.”

“Callum was heavily involved. We took a divide and conquer approach. He managed finding and the booking the band (we chose Empire Band who were brilliant), whilst I found our photographer for instance. For the major things: choosing our venue, planning our ceremony, deciding on timings for the day etc. we worked together and made joint decisions. We also had lots of help from both sets of parents!”

“To my delight and surprise, I found my dress very easily. Mum and I went dress shopping in Edinburgh and visited three shops in one day. I bought my dress from Rowan Joy an independent dress maker who has a stunning collection and will make bespoke designs.”

“I have lots of favourite moments; walking down the aisle at the end of the ceremony – nothing will ever beat that feeling!  I loved the meal and speeches and we played ‘Mr & Mrs’ before our first dance which was a great crowd-pleaser and awesome way to gather people together on the dance floor, prior to the band starting up.”

“We displayed photographs of us with our guests (friends and family) from over the years’ on string with mini pegs, along the bookshelves in the fireplace room at Aswanley (the location of the drinks reception and bar). It was great to see guests finding themselves in the photos and reminiscing on good times we’ve shared together.”

“The meal and speeches in their entirety is my clearest memory. That was a really special part of the day for me, my nerves had settled by that point and I was able to look around and absorb everything. I felt very blessed and grateful to have all our favourite people together in one room, under one roof.”

“Accept help from others and don’t get bogged down in the details (no one notices really). On the wedding day itself, really absorb what’s going on around you and make sure you eat! I missed out on the canapés, pudding, evening pies and cake and will always be annoyed at myself for it!”


Venue: Aswanley

Band: Empire Band

Caterer: Val Morrison Catering

Florist: Val Morrison

Cakemaker: Janette MacPherson Cake Craft

Make Up/Hair: For hair Vanity Hair & Beauty We did our own make-up.

Bridal Outfit: Rowan Joy

Bridesmaids Outfits: For Her and For Him

Hair Accessories: Rene Walrus who works from the same studio as Rowan in Edinburgh.

Grooms Outfit: Georgian Dress Hire

Transport: Deveron Coaches

Photographer: Nicola Stewart Photography

Humanist celebrant: Lesley Simpson

“Nicola our photographer is a talented and lovely lady who we cannot recommend highly enough. Easy-going, warm, genuine and extremely hardworking, Nicola kept in regular contact with us on the lead up to the big day, to ensure we had a foolproof plan for our photos. On the day itself, she fitted in perfectly with the bridal party and crowd, knowing exactly where to be when, moving with stealth and grace, and working tirelessly to capture all aspects – from morning prep right through to the evening dancing!”

“Lesley our Humanist provided heaps of support and guidance to help us plan your perfect ceremony. Lesley takes great care to ensure the tone of your wedding ceremony reflects your characters’ and the type of couple you are. She commands the room in a gentle, relaxed manner and puts people at ease with her warmth and humour.”

“Val our caterer and florist (as well as the rest of her team) for the five-star food, seamless service, beautiful flowers and showstopper floral arch for the ceremony. No detail was missed!”

“Lauren and Sarah at Aswanley who were both exceedingly helpful and accommodating throughout the whole planning process.”