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Photographed by Susan Renee Photography

at Aswanley


This #ThrowbackThursday sees us reminiscing over this glamorous, rustic wedding. Childhood sweethearts Samantha and Matthew have said “I love you” each and every day since they’ve been together. We love their style…

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
I was 14, nearly 15, and he was 16 when we first met and we’ve been together coming up for seven years in May. We instantly liked each other and that was it for us, we said ‘I love you’ after three weeks of officially being together and have said it to one another every day since then.
We were inspired by…
A glamorous rustic barn dance, we wanted it to be as homely and comfortable as possible for our guests.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
In as many ways as possible:
Our senior pastor, Ben, from our church – who’s known Matthew since he was born – married us, our youth pastor and good friend, Danny, spoke a beautiful sermon and another pastor, Mark, who was best man at Matt’s mum and dad’s wedding prayed a blessing over us.
My younger cousin, Rebecca, was our flower girl and she carried a basket, with a heart with the words “Matt here comes your girl” burned onto the wood.
Our recessional song that we walked out to was “Must’ve done something right” by Relient K which played as Matt proposed to me a year earlier.
We also used VOGUE and ELLE magazines as well as Financial Times newspapers as part of our décor to represent the industries that we both work in.
First dance – sedate shuffle, or choreographed routine?
Song: “Loving you, Loving me” – Dave Barnes
We didn’t choreograph it but some people thought we did because Matt dipped me backwards in the middle of the song and started spinning me round. It was natural and perfect for us.
Honeymoon or Mini Moon?
We couldn’t decide which to choose until two weeks before the wedding when we decided to book a 10 day honeymoon to Koh Samui, Thailand. It’s a great decision to just go away somewhere to relax if you can do it, we got a great last minute deal and it helped us get away from the wedding stress and enjoy being married.
What is the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
Walking down the aisle as Etta James sang “At Last” in the background and thinking that in two minutes I was going to be his wife, I don’t ever want to lose that feeling.
Why Scotland?
Because its our home and one of the most beautiful places on earth!
We love the idea of giving your groom a note at the top of the aisle – beautiful. Feeling inspired? Alie
Venue – Aswanley, Huntly
Photographer – Susan Renee Photography
Filmmaker – Darren Campbell, ETERNAL videography
Make-up Artist – Bridal Party did their own
Wedding Dress – Ian Stuart ‘Bali’ dress from his Belle Époque collectiony
Wedding Shoes – Nine West
Accessories – My wedding clutch was vintage, it was my mum’s ‘going away’ bag from her wedding
Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Coast
Groom’s Outfit Supplier – The Scotch Corner, Turriff. The kilt was the Isle of Skye tartan.
Florist – The Flower Shop, Peterhead
Catering – Val Morrison, Inverurie
Cake – Made by my sister, Louise