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!