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Culturally Rich Elegant Wedding Filled with Whimsy

Anyone that knows me, KNOWS how I feel about Hello Kitty. Translation: I LOVE HELLO KITTY. So clearly, this wedding is my new absolute favorite, kawaii to the core. With Natasha Hurley Photography behind the lens capturing every culturally significant detail paired with elegant whimsy to the max, we’ve got it all waiting for you to favorite via The Vault!

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From Natasha Hurley Photography… I am thrilled to share this beautiful and heartfelt wedding set in The Queen’s House in Greenwich, London. The day maintained Chinese traditions whilst also incorporating an elegant, classical English wedding feel. The couple opted for a Tea Ceremony in the morning (prior to which there were ‘games’ which had been dreamed up by the bridesmaids and which the groom and his groomsmen had to pass before being allowed to see the bride). After the Tea Ceremony the bride and groom tied the knot in the opulent Queen’s House with its black and white tiled floor and classical columns. The couple included summer English garden games for guests during the drinks reception and a gumball machine with lucky dip toys which also doubled up as favors. The bride decorated the gardens of the Queen’s House with giant tea-cups and saucers as seating. The bride wore a beautiful full length gown and cathedral veil for the ceremony changing into traditional Chinese dress for the Tea ceremonies and toasts in the evening.

From The Bride…We envisaged a very classic, traditional and elegant wedding with subtle hints expressing our playful personalities set our home of London.

One of the reasons we chose The Queens House as our venue was because we fell for the beautiful architecture from the black and white marble flooring to columns outside to the history of the building it definitely was a classical setting. We are really lucky to have such a beautiful, charming venue local to us, it was the perfect location in Greenwich Park with a view of the River Thames. In terms of color I particularly love the blush pinks and wanted to keep it quite neutral but also adding touches of gold and black to give it a slight hint of a luxury feel and sophistication.

Origami Heart Wishes – My brother is very creative, I gave him a sample of an origami heart I really liked and wanted to incorporate into the wedding as as wish for our guests to write on so we could keep forever. After a few days he changed the design to suit what we wanted, made a batch and taught all my aunties, uncles and cousin’s how to make them. It was a fun session with all my family and 6 hours later 250 gold and pink origami hearts were made, thank you to all my family!

I have a big love for flowers and have always had an idea of what I wanted my bouquet to look like – blush color tones with my favorite flowers and natural looking. My wedding planner (Mark Tilley from Palette) and I had our initial meet and he understood exactly what my thoughts were, we looked through my pinterest boards and it was confirmed that my bouquet would consist of blush peonies, blush and sand colored roses and white turning green hydrangeas that I would use as my substitute for foliage. The first time I saw my bouquet, it was a feeling of love for the most perfect union of flowers and admiration for Mark. The bouquet was much bigger than I anticipated but I secretly loved that it was.

The 1st time I ever tried on a wedding gown, it was the Alcanar by Pronovias. Lace, simple, strapless with a small sweetheart neckline, princess cut that was light, fluffy and had a big train. It was everything I wanted & when I put it on it made my maid of honor Leekim cry. I spent another 6 months trying on lots of other dresses in all designs, shapes and materials which were all stunning but nothing compared to that vey 1st dress. So it was decided with a matching veil and pearl covered peep toe Gina’s, a pair of simple rose gold diamond drop earrings I would walk down the aisle in the Alcanar gown.

We wanted something different, something unique and we spent a long time brainstorming lots of ideas. We wanted something for our guests to associate with us, with the wedding, with happily ever after as after all that is what a wedding is all about. We hired a giant gumball machine and put this outside the orangery in the garden where the string quartet was playing classic Disney songs with everyone singing the words off by heart. We had made personalized tokens for each guest with their name on and put it on their seats. After the ceremony they could then use the token to redeem a giant gumball. Once you received one and popped it open, out came a Disney Tsum Tsum with a little personalized thank you card from us. Along with the Disney music in the background and with the Disney Tsum Tsum it was a little bit of magical surprise and happily ever after for everyone.

I was initially unsure with how I wanted the cake to look as there are sooo many amazing cakes out there especially after visiting all the wedding exhibitions and seeing all the displays, the cakes were simply out of this world. I did lots of research and of course put together a pinterest board with designs, colors, and details I liked about each cake. I met with Maria-Antonia from Villa Dolce who advised me from her experience what would work best. I then took what I liked out of each cake on my pinterest and sketched them onto a bit of paper, it was an all white 5 layer cake. Our logo on the middle layer with beading, lace detailing, and ribbon on all other layers. On the day the cake was decorated with flowers matching my bouquet and cutting into the cake revealed a yummy bright red velvet flavored sponge.

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Photography: Natasha Hurley | Cinematography: I Wedding Visuals | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Villa Dolce | Bride's Shoes: Gina | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bespoke (made In Hong Kong) | Catering: Palette Events | Hair + Makeup: Julie Cooper | Groom's Attire: Dress 2 Kill | Groomsmen Attire: Burberry | Venue: The Queen's House, Greenwich | Event Planning + Floral Design: Palette Events | Tea Ceremony Venue: Ardoe House Hotel

Elegant Eshott Hall Wedding

Elegant yet approachable, this sweet Eshott Hall totally made me fall head over heels in love with this adorable couple. Their wedding was a wonderfully timeless affair, but their personality still seemed to seep through each gorgeous image captured by Sarah-Jane Ethan. Her images paint the prettiest picture of their special day, and you can get lost in all the goodness here.

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From The Bride…David being Irish and me being a northern lass it was meant to be that we met in a bar on a night out in Newcastle in 2004. I guess you could say our eyes met across a crowded dance floor! After a year of knowing each other David moved to Leeds, where I followed soon after. We then moved a little further with David’s work taking us to Romania and Norway!

After 11 years together we knew we wanted a magical day surrounded by our closest family and friends. The inspiration for the wedding came from the type of wedding we wanted – small and intimate! It was important to us that we got to spend time with all of our guests especially as we live in Norway and don’t see people as often as we would like. Being able to spend quality time with family and friends who had travelled to be with us was very important.

Inspiration for the theme of the wedding came once we chose the venue. The ballroom at Eshott Hall, where we had the wedding breakfast and reception is so full of natural light and has beautiful ornate gold mirrors and chandeliers. I chose the colour scheme, blush and gold, to compliment the elegance of the room and to be in keeping with the light and warm tones.

We chose our venue based on the size of wedding we wanted and because having accommodation at the wedding venue was a priority as many guests were traveling from overseas…including the bride and groom! Being from the North East looking at venues in Northumberland seemed like the way to go. Plus it’s a beautiful part of the country! We came across Eshott Hall whilst doing an Internet search of venues and then because we live abroad I sent my sister and niece to scout it out! With their approval we booked it without visiting it ourselves! Luckily we trusted their judgement. Not only was the hall, grounds and location perfect but the size too! This helped us keep the wedding to the numbers we had initially set.

I left choosing my dress a little last minute – 4 months before the wedding! This did limit my choices as most dresses take a least 6 months to make. But in my case, thankfully, it couldn’t have worked out any better! I chose my dress with some fabulous help at Y.A.P bridal boutique. From the moment I walked into the shop I was made to feel like the most important bride in the world! The dress I chose was an A-line style dress made of lace with an overlay of tulle and hand-beaded lace appliqué. I fell in love with the neckline and delicate capped sleeves on the dress. The lace edging at the bottom I thought was simply stunning! As soon as a stepped into the dress it had a real romantic feel! I knew it was the one!

There were so many elements of the day that we simply loved! We stayed at the venue the evening before the wedding along with most of our guests so this was a great way for everyone to get acquainted. Saying our vows during the ceremony was so special and magical. It was as if I had already said them years ago! We had some time between the wedding breakfast and the evening reception where we were all hanging out in the various rooms of the hall, relaxing on stately sofas! David and I loved this time where we were really able to chat with our guests and share lots of fun moments. We also loved the evening reception where we had a band and despite it being a small wedding the dance floor was never empty!

The first supplier we booked was our photographer, Sarah-Jane Ethan. We fell in love with her creative, fun and unique style of photography! When I viewed images on her website I loved that all of the couples she had captured seemed so relaxed! We simply couldn’t have asked for a better photographer! She captured the day as it naturally happened and she did this in a professional and friendly way. Her photography is so personal and her ability to capture all that happens, a laugh, a tear and kiss is something we are truly thankful for when we look back at our photographs!

Advice we would give to couples is to choose a venue that suits the wedding you want e.g. budget, theme and especially size. Discussing how we both imagined our day to be before looking a venues was really important in making sure it fit the bill.

I love being creative so it was really important for me to design and make our wedding invitations, order of ceremony cards and table plan and place cards. It saved money and those weekends when we were both cutting card and tying pieces of string was so worth it to see it laid out on the day. And because everything was handmade it was a lovely when guests complimented on the stationary and we could say we made it!!

The first supplier we booked was our photographer, Sarah-Jane Ethan. We fell in love with her creative, fun and unique style of photography! When I viewed images on her website I loved that all of the couples she had captured seemed so relaxed! We simply couldn’t have asked for a better photographer! She captured the day as it naturally happened and she did this in a professional and friendly way. Her photography is so personal and her ability to capture all that happens, a laugh, a tear and kiss is something we are truly thankful for when we look back at our photographs!

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Photography: Sarah-Jane Ethan Photography | Floral Design: Fleur Couture | Wedding Dress: YAP Bridal | Cake: Cake Poppins | Bride's Shoes: LK Bennett | Jewelry: Oh No Rachio | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Debenhams | Makeup: Cordelia & Co. Inspired Makeup Artist | Hair: Lisa Cameron | Band: The Heist | Groom's Attire: Tiger Of Sweden | Venue: Eshott Hall | Chairs: The Finishing Touch Company | Photo Booth: Snaparazzi

Romantic English Garden Wedding

Considering a longer engagement? What if I told you that this wedding right here is what 19 months of planning gets you? Amazing, right?! It’s the ultimate Pinterest worthy celebration complete with a homemade cake, garden romance, and of course endless love. As far as we’re concerned Andy & Emma had the BEST wedding day. See it all captured by the majorly talented Sarah-Jane Ethan in The Vault!

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From the Bride… Andy proposed on my 21st birthday. He left me hanging all morning and just before my birthday party that afternoon he approached me with our little girl, got down on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful ring, I was so shocked! Having Poppy there with us made it all the more special for me, together we shared another new chapter in our lives. Four days later Andy continued his romantic streak and we travelled first class to Paris, which was my birthday surprise. We had 4 magical days finishing of my 21st and celebrating our engagement. It was perfect.

Once we had discussed a wedding date there was no question about the venue. Before I had even met Andy I attended a small wedding at Newton Hall and just fell in love with the place. I remember saying to my dad that day ‘This is my dream venue if I get married’ Andy was so easy going he agreed to make an appointment with Newton. We didn’t want anything too formal and Like me Andy loved the unique vibe and felt it was perfect for us. SOLD, this was the beginning of planning my dream wedding.

I used Pinterest a lot when planning the wedding, you can find so many different ideas and styles on there. I created boards to collect things I liked and it helped me vision the look I wanted. The great thing about Newton Hall was that it already had so much character, we didn’t want to take away the unique interior. I made a few bits myself to add a little personal touch. Instead of wedding favours we made mini thank you bags for those who helped us throughout the planning and had personalised activity bags for the kids. Andy’s job was to create the cake, it was a complete surprise to me on the day and he done really well, I loved it and it fitted our theme perfect.

My dress was actually my second bought, oops! I finally found ‘The one’ 6 months before the wedding after doubting my original choice. I chose it from the very first shop I visited back in the early stage of planning. I loved the lace detail on my dress and the tiny buttons that ran right up the back. I also tied a small sequin belt to add a little extra sparkle.

After 19 months of planning our special day finally arrived. Andy was so nervous for the ceremony, it really meant a lot to him. The whole day was just magical, a highlight was our cocktail reception; the nervous part was over, everyone was now relaxed and we were introduced as Mr & Mrs for the first time to all our family and friends and that was a great feeling.

Sarah-Jane Ethan was our photographer. When I first browsed her website I loved the way she captured people’s weddings. Her images were bright and seemed to have that natural feel, which is what we were looking for. Talking to Sarah-Jane Ethan was always a pleasure, she was always so happy and friendly and on the day she made us feel so relaxed. We didn’t want a lot of formal pictures, we wanted our day to be captured naturally with life and laughter. I love the close up shots from around our venue and the finishing touches which make memories of our long planning. I love looking back at our photos they tell the story of our day and how everything fell into place so perfectly.

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Photography: Sarah-Jane Ethan Photography | Floral Design: The Finishing Touch Company | Wedding Dress: AJ Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Irregular Choice | Makeup: Tara Makeup Artist | Hair: Luxe Mobile | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Wedding Venue: Newton Hall | Decorations: The Finishing Touch Company | Photobooth: Snaparazzi