A gorgeous rustic-themed wedding at Aswanley, Huntly

Planning a wedding when your other half spends a lot of time offshore takes a lot of messages and super organisation but it all paid off for Rebecca and Alan.

The couple tied the knot at Aswanley on a blustery day back in April and not even the wind, rain and hail could dampen their spirits.

Rebecca tells us all about their gorgeously-styled rustic-themed wedding in her own words… 

One of the most important things that Alan and I wanted was for our day to be relaxed, nothing over the top, and just an opportunity to celebrate with close family and friends.

It was pretty rustic with lots of DIY decor and nothing too fancy.

After only viewing one other venue, when we saw Aswanley we just knew our wedding had to be there. The rustic and relaxed feel of the venue was exactly what we were looking for. Aswanley is one of the places that is beautiful on its own and really didn’t need much ‘dressing’. We also loved that it was in the middle of nowhere, just surrounded by fields and the river nearby – perfect for a relaxed and rustic wedding.

Lauren at Aswanley was great and very quick at getting back to us with advice and information.

The most difficult part of wedding planning for us was having Alan offshore quite a lot. So many messages went backwards and forward with links etc. Other than that, it really wasn’t overly stressful.

My wedding dress was Pronovias from Perfect Bridal. I can’t recommend them enough! I knew I didn’t want anything too fancy and was after something quite simple. Kayleigh was a huge help and narrowed it down quickly to exactly what I was looking for and she knew what would suit me best.

Our hair stylist Sarah Bothwell was recommended to me by a friend and I’m so glad we went with her. She did hair for myself and my five bridesmaids. Our hair stayed in pretty well considering the eventful and changing weather throughout the day.

It survived the wind, rain and even hail! I already can’t wait until I can book in with Sarah for another hair up.

Stacey Strachan did our make-up and I absolutely loved it. So many friends have asked about her now.

Stacey was so attentive to what each of us liked in make-up and has the patience of a saint. I would absolutely love to have Stacey on hand everyday!

Alan had his kilt made by a family friend. We decided that the boys should all go for different tartans as some already had their own kilts. Although they were all different we tried to tie them into Alan’s kilt by sticking to tartans with green.

Bob Johnstone was our humanist on the day. We met up with Bob before the wedding and he was so lovely. He really took the time to get to know us, how we met and how we wanted the ceremony to be.

Our photographer Emma Lawson was absolutely amazing and made us both feel very comfortable. Being people who don’t like getting their picture taken very much, we were both apprehensive but so glad that we chose Emma and her second shooter Suzie. Six months on and we can’t stop looking at our pictures!

The whole day was exactly as we had imagined and we honestly wouldn’t have changed a thing.

So many of our guests raved about Myke Black’s singing and Val Morrison’s food. They were definitely two of the most talked about parts of our day. Myke sang during our ceremony and during drinks.

Our band Northern Star were great on the day and really made the evening.


Married life is great but it’s still so funny getting used to the name change and being called husband and wife.

Our best advice would be to go with recommendations from friends and make a spreadsheet to keep track of money and payment dates!

The day itself goes past so quickly and we would love to do it all over again. No matter how many times people tell you how fast it goes, it’s hard to really understand until it’s your day.

Venue: Aswanley | Photographer: Emma Lawson Photography | Filmmaker: Orchard Wedding Films

Transport: Central Coaches | Bride’s dress: Pronovias at Perfect Bridal Rooms | Bridesmaid dresses: Coast

Groomsmen outfits: McCalls | Celebrant: Bob Johnstone | Cake: Blackbird Bakery

Florist and Catering: Val Morrison | Entertainment: Northern Star and Myke Black 

Jewellery: John Lewis Stationery: Pear Paper Co and Alan’s Aunt

Hair: Sarah Bothwell | Make-up: Stacey Strachan