Aswanley barn wedding, Scotland wedding photographer - Ashley and Matthew.

Today's moodboard takes us back to a relaxed barn wedding at Aswanley in Aberdeenshire in Scotland. Ashley and Matthew wanted an informal celebration with personal humanist ceremony, no long drawn out periods of time where guests were left to wait around, "family dinner" style meal and a big enough dance floor to spend all night on. Aswanley, a rustic stable conversion set in a beautiful Scottish countryside, was a perfect venue for them and allowed them to make the space truly their own. For the ceremony Ashley and Matthew chose readings about love & relationship advice with a hint of humour, lit candles to remember loved ones who couldn't be there to share the day, and tied a knot made out of the same tartan material as Matthew’s kilt to symbolise an ancient Celtic tradition which is where the phrase of “tying the knot” comes from.

For decor inspiration Ashley and Matthew mainly looked at Pinterest and wedding blogs. They decided to go for an elegant vintage style to complement the style of the barn. Hazel from a Vintage Tea Party selected some beautiful items such as vintage china, antique books to prop the homemade table numbers on, and some vintage cameras were dotted around as a nod to Matthew’s love of photography. Ashley and Matthew found unique little ways of involving their guests with a Polaroid guest book & table planner. They asked everyone to replace their seat tag with a Polaroid picture of themselves & a message to them. This was a huge hit with the guests and also doubled up as a great keepsake to remember the day.

To help achieve the “family dinner” feel, the couple chose three long tables set close together to allow people to chat and move around freely during the meal.  Instead of having formal style centrepieces for the tables, they preferred the idea of throwing together an assortment of different jars and bottles to hold flowers like hydrangea selected by local florist Kim Dalglish, candles, and various props with chandeliers hanging above the tables.

Instead of a cake a dessert table was set up to finish the meal.  Tarts and beautiful French macaroons made by Almondine were served on vintage Italian gilded trays and glass cake stands, placed on top of some old whiskey barrels borrowed from a local distillery.

See more of Ashley and Matthew's wedding photos in Scotland HERE.


Bride's dress - David Fielden from Pan Pan Bridal

Wedding planner - Rebecca Barnett 

Campervan - Waterside Weddings

Catering - Black Cherry Catering