Wedding Flower Goals at Aswarby Rectory
We love everything about Madga K Photography's work - her style is relaxed, romantic and utterly magical. Team it with one of our favourite venues, Aswarby Rectory, and you have the ingredients for a picture-perfect wedding day. Anna & Jack's celebration was just that and we can't wait to share it with you...
TELL US ABOUT YOUR VENUE...
“After months of searching and even talking about a wedding in Italy, we finally found our dream venue, Aswarby Rectory. As we had planned to have a smaller wedding, we really struggled to find a venue that was intimate enough and had an enchanting and romantic feel to it. Aswarby couldn’t have been more perfect. From the stunning fireplace, to the minimalist decor and vintage furniture, Aswarby was the most magical setting for our special day. We loved having the whole venue to ourselves and being able to use the grounds outside to continue our celebration.”
DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING...
“When we starting planning our wedding, we really didn’t want to have a theme or pick one particular colour to focus on. The venue was so beautiful in it’s own right that we didn’t want to take away from this. We decided to make the flowers our focal point and had a mixture of pastel shades with the most spectacular display on top of the fireplace and one long continuous display down the centre of the dining table. We dotted rose gold glass candlesticks and tealight holders in between the flowers and went with lavender napkins to compliment the flowers. I made our mirrored welcome sign and favours (multi-coloured matchsticks in little glass bottles) myself. I also brought mini stroop waffles home from my hen do in Amsterdam and decorated these for the guests to help themselves when they wanted. We had a table with a photo and candle on for Jack’s Mum who sadly passed away seven years ago and I stitched a picture of Jack with his Mum into the inside of his tuxedo jacket so he felt she was with him the whole day.”
WHAT DID YOU ALL WEAR?
“I ended up wearing two dresses. They were both high street buys with one from ASOS and the other from Missguided. I had never intended to wear two dresses but when I saw the beaded gown on ASOS, I simply couldn’t leave it behind. I opted to wear the sequin dress for the ceremony and welcome drinks and changed into my Missguided gown for the meal and evening drinks. My second dress was a little more casual and lighter which was great in the hot weather! All of the men wore black tie, including Jack’s Best Man and the Groom opted for a velvet paisley jacket and bow tie to stand out a little from the crowd. We didn’t have any bridesmaids or a maid of honour as we had a very intimate wedding.”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT & DRINK?
“We wanted the evening meal to feel like our guests were round at our house, enjoying an extra special dinner party! So although we decided on a set starter and main, we used our gorgeous wedding cakes as the dessert. Once the speeches were over, rather than eating dessert at the table, the catering staff cut our cakes into canapé size slices and served them on boards to our guests in the bar and garden.
The starters were:
Trio of hand dived scallops with pea pannacotta, lightly spiced crab cake with saffron aioli and whiskey cured salmon
Compilation of duck with plum flavours
The main courses were:
Fillet of beef wellington, truffle potatoes and tenderstem broccoli
Lamb rump, parmesan gnocchi, pea flavours, mint and shallot
Our wedding cake flavours were:
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Prosecco & Strawberry
At around 10pm we had a late night snack of Reuben Sandwiches and Sweet Potato Fries served in the garden.
We were able to provide all of the drinks up to the evening which meant our guests could enjoy Aperol Spritz’s, Prosecco, Wines and Beers whenever they wanted. “
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS?
“During guest arrival and also during the reception after the ceremony we had a wonderful Jazz Duo playing. As the weather was so good, they were able to set up outside to entertain guests while they mingled in the garden. We also had a cigar and whiskey bar set up for the guests to help themselves to. To keep everyone busy we left a Polaroid camera and guest book for people to put their snaps in and leave us a message.”
ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
“The most valuable advice we were given was to just do what made us happy! Whether that’s having a small wedding with your closest friends and family or inviting 200 people, it’s your day and you have to do what feels best for you.”