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Rustic, relaxed and romantic at Aswarby Rectory

Aswarby Rectory was the perfect setting for Charlotte & Ryan’s wedding day –which was planned in just six months! We’ll hand you straight over to the beautiful bride so you can find out a little more about their big day...

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Venue
Aswarby Rectory
Location
Sleaford
Ceremony
80
Breakfast
80
Reception
80
Dress
Alexandra Anne
Flowers
Elder & Wild
Cake
Claire Elizabeth Cakes
Photographer
Jo Greenfield Photography 

“The whole day was magical from start to finish and was more perfect than we could have ever imagined. We had our ceremony at the stunning Aswarby Rectory, filled with candles down the aisle and rustic benches, followed by reception drinks in the grounds outside. The night ended with lots of gin and all the dance moves thanks to our band Tailor & Co. From the moment we drove through the gates and stepped inside Aswarby Rectory we both knew it was where we wanted to get married. It is a beautiful hidden secret, nestled in the Lincolnshire countryside, decorated in a simple and elegant way, with a rustic feel throughout. As soon as we met the team, Donna and Richard, they were so welcoming and helpful and were more than happy to go out of their way to make our day as perfect as possible.”

“Rustic, romantic and relaxed were the words we wanted to use to describe the style and setting of our wedding day. Our colour scheme featured neutrals and golds with hints of pastels throughout including my favourite colour –pale green/blue which I tried to sneak in as much as possible! Florals and boho wreaths were incorporated on our invitations, menus, order of ceremony, seating plan and welcome sign. We collected jam jars from friends and family and bought a selection of candles, recycled glass vases and decorations from HomesenseSostrene Grene, H&M Home and IKEA. We purchased a personalised wooden guest book from Etsy and provided guests with a black and white polaroid camera to take photos and leave a message for us.”

“Our flowers were from seasonal local florist Elder & Wild -they were absolutely stunning and filled the venue with the most amazing scent of fresh wild flowers. We chose the ‘Wild & Free’ option, which allowed us to choose our floral palette to suit the look and feel of our day. Elder & Wild supplied us with buckets of fresh locally grown flowers and created a free-standing meadow piece for the fireplace, buttonholes for the groomsmen and my beautiful bridal bouquet including cream, champagne and pale pink coloured roses, peonies and ranunculus filled out with greenery and eucalyptus to add the rustic bohemian feel I was looking for.”

“I fell in love with the lace and hidden detail in all of the Rembo Styling dresses and I loved the fact it was a bit boho but elegant at the same time. I found my dress at Alexandra Anne -a beautiful bridal boutique tucked away in the Chatsworth Country Estate. Jess was so lovely and patient with us, I finally decided on the ‘Wild Wonder’ and it was absolutely perfect, I didn’t want to take it off! Ryan and his groomsmen wore grey checked suits from Reiss and my five beautiful bridesmaids wore green sage pleated dresses from ASOS with all matching shoes from H&M.”

Salted Orange catering provided all of our food and it was delicious! The wedding breakfast consisted of cold meats, cheeses and antipasti served on wooden planks –we wanted the food to fit in with the relaxed vibe. We had chicken and truffle mashed potato and then a selection of three desserts. For the evening food we had ‘Tex-Mex’ as a nod to the three years we lived in Texas together. Our beautiful cake was made by Claire Elizabeth and it was exactly how I pictured it. The cake was a simple two tier semi-naked cake with gold foil, decorated with some of the flowers from Elder & Wild, and it tasted as good as it looked!”

“In the evening we had the feel-good trio Tailor & Co who entertained guests with classics and modern hits and kept everyone on the dance floor. We had the fire pits lit and had sparklers outside once it got dark, followed by more dancing and all the gin! My top tips for future brides and grooms would be to enjoy the planning, be as organised as you can and make the most of the planning process from start to finish because you’ll miss it when its gone! Try and make your wedding personal to you and your other half, and don’t get too worried about the traditions -it is your day so make sure it has everything you both really want and is perfectly suited to you and your personalities.”

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