March 5, 2022

Holly and Rich’s intimate and relaxed modern 70’s vibe October 2021 wedding all took place at Aswarby Rectory in Lincolnshire, on the sunniest of days.   The venue was the perfect style for their wedding ceremony and reception.

Holly and Rich only contacted me in March 2021, as they were looking for assistance with decor and styling ideas. After a zoom consultation, and them telling me that it was only their venue and caterer in place, they actually booked me for partial wedding planning, including assistance in sourcing their suppliers, as well as help with the styling aspects and just generally being that support up until their wedding day, including the afternoon before, wedding day management, as well as the morning after to ensure everything had been packed down.

Such a fabulous couple to work with and a wedding day that was filled with emotion and laughter.  It was such a shame that Holly’s family couldn’t come over from Canada but they made sure that they were included in lots of ways during the day.

I asked Holly and Rich a few questions about their wedding planning journey, so over to them.

Tell me about the proposal?

We got engaged on a beautiful farm property in the Peak District.  It was on my 29th birthday (Holly’s) and I had a feeling it was coming but was still a really lovely surprise.  We had been together for 10 years at this point and it felt like the right time for both of us.

The proposal was simple but perfect – the cottage was super cosy and the fire was roaring in the background.  We went out for a nice pub dinner to celebrate – just what we wanted.  Low key and really romantic.

How would you describe your style?

We really love things to feel raw and a bit stripped back.  It took us a while to find the right venue that had plenty of light, natural beauty, and raw materials on show.  Aswarby Rectory ticked every box for us – both internally and externally.  The whole property and surroundings are absolutely stunning.

The decor was similar – earthy and natural tones with pops of colour was what we went for, with black accents for some contrast.  In the end, we had tons of gorgeous grasses and dried flowers along with dark coloured glassware and vases.  Our florist did a stunning job, we were literally speechless when we first walked into the venue fully decorated.

Why did you feel the need to have a wedding planner?
What made you choose Amy?

We wanted the wedding to feel intimate and relaxed – a fully stress free day.  Neither of us are big planners, and while we had a vision generally, we weren’t sure how to pull together a day that was so well organised and lovely that everything felt calm and collected throughout.  We didn’t want to get too bogged down or stressed about things that didn’t really matter in the long run.  But details definitely matter in planning a wedding (we realised that pretty quickly) and we knew we needed help.  That’s when Amy came on board and completely took the weight off our shoulders.  We translated our vision onto paper for her and she just ran with it. Within days she was solving some of the problems we were facing and it all felt like a breath of fresh air.  Without Amy, we probably would have had a completely different wedding experience – something far away from our original vision.

Why did you feel the need to have a wedding planner?

While we sorted the venue and dress pretty early on, the added pressure of the pandemic on the wedding industry meant, we were struggling to find suppliers as everyone was inundated. We also started to get overwhelmed not knowing where to start, how much to budget, the average costs of things – we basically got very bogged down in everything early on.  Amy just swooped in and took the stress away almost immediately.  We felt very much in safe hands. Her connections and experience led to us landing our dream suppliers, leading to an amazing wedding.

What part of your wedding planning did you enjoy the most?

The fact that we got to enjoy the fun parts rather than getting stressed.  Meeting up with Amy for dinner to chat through the details while attending food tastings, trial appointments, venue visits and other lovely parts of the process without feeling completely overwhelmed was priceless for us.

What part of your day did you enjoy the most?

For both of us, the best part was of course the actual wedding ceremony.  It was surreal and amazing for it to finally happen after nearly 12 happy years as a couple.  It felt so right.

There were also some other big highlights.  For me (Holly), it was getting ready with my bridesmaids and God Daughter in the morning.  There was so much laughter and I felt so relaxed, everything just went perfectly.  I also loved the meal – that was something I looked forward to in the lead up to the wedding.  Just seeing all our family and friends celebrating over great food, wine, and conversation.

For Me (Rich), it was seeing everyone together again.  After the various lockdowns and isolations, seeing everyone together was really special.  The weather was also amazing – I originally worried whether the October weather held up, but it felt like a summer’s day. Everyone just seemed so happy.

What advice would you give to a bride (or groom) whilst planning their wedding?

We’ve said it to virtually everyone we’ve met who discussed weddings, and we’ll say it again – get a wedding planner!  For all we knew, not a single hiccup or tiny detail went wrong on our big day.  From our perspective everything was absolutely perfect, there wasn’t a moment of stress.  We’re not sure if Amy would say the same, but that’s why she’s so amazing.  It’s worth it 1000 times over.

Would you do anything differently?

If we could have changed anything, it would have been that Holly’s family from Canada could have been there.  But the world had other ideas in 2021.  There were a few moments of grief and sadness, but they were necessary and to be expected.  But we’re planning a big wedding party with my family in Canada this summer where we will make up for lost time.

Five words to describe Amy

Professional | Caring | Detailed | Empathetic | Amazing

Such a beautiful wedding to work on with some fabulous suppliers on board – thank you to you all. Another huge thank you to Richard, Donna and Daisy at Aswarby Rectory for being so lovely and accommodating.  Aswarby suited the look that Holly wanted for her wedding perfectly.  Here are a selection of some of Holly and Rich’s wonderful photos by James Green Studio.


Wedding Planner – Amy Thorne of Amaranthyne Weddings
Photographer – James Green Studio
Videographer – James Smith Weddings
Wedding Dress – Rue de Seine from Jean Jackson Couture
Makeup Artist – Estera Sutton of Kokoshka Makeup
Hairdresser – Rachel Neslen
Florist – Lincolnshire Flower Company
Cake – Wendyfull Cakes
Caterer – Black Peppermint Food Company
Petal Chairs and Placemats – Boelle Events
Dinnerware, Crockery and Glassware – Whitehouse Event Crockery
DJ – QL Discos

Venue – Aswarby Rectory

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