Ashley and Alan’s Autumnal Orangery wedding in Holland Park

Ashley and Alan are such a charming couple, from the moment we met them we slipped into easy conversation and Ashley’s meticulous and extensive planning and research for the day meant her excitement and energy about her wedding day was truly infectious. As the day neared, all the emails back and forth with the details of the day between Ashley and I meant it felt like going to the wedding of dear friends, and on the day it was really exciting to see her vision come to life.

Both Ashley and Alan got ready at the very elegant Melia White House Hotel in Regents Park. Ashley had this as her base for a few years when she first moved to London from Singapore so it was the perfect choice for the wedding day preparations as it held a special place in her heart.

I’ve just re-read what I’ve written above and am amazed I’ve taken this long to tell you about how beautiful Ashley looked on the day. As she slipped into her chic custom-made Stewart Parvin gown, there was an audible gasp in the room as it fitted her like a glove and when teamed with her floor length veil, radiated elegance reminiscent of a classic movie star. Alan couldn’t hide his emotion and joy at seeing her.

The couple had opted for an intimate and cosy day with their nearest and dearest at the very scenic Orangery in Holland Park, acres of beautiful sculpted parkland in the very heart of London. Holland Park is peaceful and beautiful at the best of times, but on a crisp sunny afternoon in autumn, it really is spectacular. Before the ceremony we managed to take some time to walk through the park including the impeccable Kyoto gardens with Ashley and Alan and get some couple portraits making the most of the beautiful golden sunlight.

The ceremony always is a very poignant part of the day, but with the golden light streaming through the glass walls and ceiling of the orangery, and the autumnal colour scheme Ashley had opted for there was a real feeling of nostalgia and magic in the air.

After the post ceremony drinks, canapés and group photos, events moved on to the poignant speeches and then dinner lit by candles as the sun set on a truly special day.

Ashley had chosen some brilliant wedding suppliers, special mentions have to go to Jeff Woods Visuals, Elliot Bassila at Rossano Ferretti  who was Ashley’s hair stylist, Mary Jane Vaughan  for the beautiful flowers, Louis Mariette for the beautiful side tiara and Maggie Hunt who was Ashley’s make up artist.

Below is a narrative of their day, you may notice there’s two shots of the fountain couple shot. Myself and Henley couldn’t agree on which to include and ended up shaking on adding both. My favourite is the colour, his the black and white. Let us know which you prefer, extra Limeleaf points for saying the colour version!

– Laura

Ashley drinking tea in the Melia White House Hotel in Regents ParkLip makeupAshley getting ready for her weddingAshley the bride smiling during makeupBrides gown carried across Melia White House Hotel room in Regents ParkStuart Parvin gown carried by Ashley (bride)Alan the groom getting readyGrooms jacket buttons

Groom Laughing

Stuart Parvin wedding dress

Ashley's flower tiara

Alan with friend in the Melia hotel.

Bride and bridesmaids look at brides shoesAshley under her veilAshley's veil extendedBridesmaid taking a photo of the bride with an iPadBride and groom laugh with grooms mother

Mary Jane Vaughan wedding flowers

Ashley stands by flowers in hotel lobbyMelia hotel front doorsSmiling bride with flowersAshley approaching taxi outside the Melia HotelBride in London taxi cabAshley smiling in London taxi cab before her weddingGrooms sister and mother through taxi windowHub cap reflection of wedding guests and bride in taxiBride smiling in London taxi cabAshley and Alan smile during their wedding ceremony

Orangery ceremony at Holland Park

Ashley places ring on Alan during their wedding ceremonyAlan lifts Ashley's veil in the orangery, Holland park.Autumn wedding flowers in nice light

Belvedere wedding flowers

Alan and Ashley in the kyoto gardens, holland parkAshley and Alan couple photo silhouetteAshley and Alan prepare for a couple photo near the Orangery, Holland Park.Pedestrian watches bride and groom pose for photo

Holland Park wedding photo of bride and groom

Kyoto garden wedding photoBride and groom in the gardens of the BelvedereSilhouette of the bride's veil and groomAshley and Alan enter the orangery for their wedding breakfastAlan delivers his speechAlan and Ashley pose for photo in the Orangery/Belvedere archesBelvedere Holland park wedding photography of bride and groomBelvedere Holland park wedding photography of bride and groom through fountainWedding guest puts hands up in front of cameraFamily moment with wedding partyLeaving the Holland Park Orangery at the end of the dayBride in london taxi

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  • Ashley Wong - Dearest Laura and Henley

    Ever since we stumbled across your website in 2010, we have felt that you would be the only photographers we would trust with our own wedding because you have a unique ability to make every wedding look special.

    So we are immensely happy with the photographs and slideshow you have delivered to us. They captured the day and elevated it into a series of images that have drawn enthusiastic compliments from all our family and friends who we have shown them to. We especially like the way that you transform an undistinguished background, such as an autumn tree or a small fountain, into a dramatic backdrop to a romantic moment. Not to mention that you make us, two ordinary people, look and feel like honoured celebrities. We will have many fond memories just looking back at these pictures in future years.

    Having you as our wedding photographer and friendship was truly an honour and a treat. We will not forget the guidance, support and advice you so generously provided us in the run up to the wedding – and we hope we did not bombard you with too many emails! For all that you did (we saw through a guest’s video how hard you were working while everyone was having fun) and what you are, we will always be grateful. Thank you so much for making our September 29 2012 such an electrifying occasion and bestowing us with such beautiful keepsakes. We will always cherish it.

    Your no. 1 fans

    Ashley and Alan

    PS: In response to your fountain query, we just cannot make a call between the colour and black and white shot! We love both.

  • Zarenah B - What fantastic photos! They all clearly captured the joyous moments for both Ashley and Alan, It makes me want to re-do my wedding day!

  • Ashley and Alan's chinese wedding at The Mandarin Oriental in Singapore - Limeleaf Weddings Blog - […] Ashley and Alan had originally booked us for their wedding ceremony at the Holland Park Orangery in London back in 2012, and as Ashley is from Singapore, she wanted  a traditional Chinese wedding back home so she could celebrate with friends and family who were unable to attend the wedding ceremony in London. Having never been to Singapore before, we were both struck by the beauty of the city, the iconic and modern buildings mixed with the colonial designs of Raffles Hotel and the symbolic Merlion to give a really unique feel and ambience. […]

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