I love the sunny glow of this wedding – Emily is too gorgeous for words and the portraits from Northbrook Park are incredible. It’s wonderful to see a low-key wedding too: one where the focus is purely on the romance of the day and the company of close friends and family – and captured so beautifully, Emily and Ash’s wedding is certainly one I’ll remember for a long, long time.
Images are by The Springles, who are lovely UK & destination photographers Ash & Kat. Discover them here:
“The thing we care about most when photographing a wedding, is of course the couple. We massively support marriage, having got married ourselves last year. We also love getting to know people and being able to share their first steps into married life is such a blessing for us. Emily and Ash were so obviously captivated by each other. They are one of those couple that have a tangible energy and connection that’s just SO obvious for everyone that meet them.” ~ The Springles
Emily & Ash had the most amazing day and have shared their favourite suppliers, top tips and advice for other couples in their English Wedding Blog interview at the end of today’s feature. Here’s a favourite snippet: “Enjoy everything [your wedding day] throws at you and don’t stress about it. It’ll blur into one great day or make a good story if things don’t go exactly to plan.” Amen to that!
Photographers Ash & Kat loved the venue: “Northbrook park was incredible! The setting is absolutely gorgeous, with peacocks wandering round and light streaming into the ceremony room. It’s a large enough space for different settings for ceremony, reception and guests milling around outside – but small enough to be intimate.”
The English Wedding Blog interview: Emily & Ash
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
The Springles (Ash and Kat) are local to us and after seeing their work online we had to meet them. As soon as we did it never felt like anyone was a client and it was more like a chat with old friends. In the initial meeting, we were immediately put at ease, helping us think through what we wanted from a photographer (or 2!) for the day, at no point pressuring or forcing ideas onto us. Their friendly and thorough approach alongside fantastic previous pictures sold itself and made it a very easy decision.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
The Springles were amazing from our first meeting to sending the photos over, we really couldn’t have asked for better people to capture and share our wedding day. The pre-wedding shoot, even for a groom who spent most of his younger years doing anything to stay out of photos, was a great experience and put us both at ease in front of the camera. The idea of having two photographers wasn’t something we initially thought of but we’re so glad we did. The different angles, we feel, really capture the atmosphere of the day. Both Ash and Kat went above and beyond, helping with music and even bridesmaid’s eyelashes (!) without missing a beat and the photos speak for themselves.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were on honeymoon when we received the slideshow Ash and Kat had put together for us. Battling with dodgy wifi, we watched the first few minutes so many times waiting for it to load but never got tired of looking over them. It perfectly told the story and helped us relive every special moment of the day.
Northbrook Park, Surrey (http://www.northbrookpark.co.uk/)
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Relaxed & happy
Your wedding style or theme:
Walking the line between traditional and simple.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Magazines, venue recommendations, friends of friends.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Don’t panic buy! Think about what you really want- talk about what’s most important to you and try not to get caught up in all the excitement.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The photography, the venue and the open bar. All things that people commented on throughout the day, and looking back really stood out.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We designed the invitations ourselves and used printed.com to get them made up.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
My dress was never really that important to me – but I did have a great time in it on the day!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
In keeping with the low-key theme, a simple tiara (the envy of all the small girls there!) and sentimental rings.
And what did the groom wear?
Charcoal tails with a cravat and waistcoat that matched the flowers and the bridesmaids.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
All five bridesmaids wore a powder blue knee length A-line dress. Homemade white faux-fur stoles to keep the February cold at bay and matched their strappy white court shoes.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
One of the amazing bridesmaids took on the task of doing my make up. We visited MAC a few weeks before for a girly day to buy some nice make up and do a practice run. She’d done my make up lots of times before, and it was nice having someone I trusted to do it- I wanted to still look like me on the day! My hair was done by a professional – she was recommended by family, so I started going to her regularly. I don’t normally do very much with my hair, but having a couple of trials were invaluable for making sure I was happy on the day!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Not really knowing exactly what we wanted, Fiona Curry (http://www.fionacurry.com/) really helped us put together ideas. Ivory bouquets with flashes of blue to match the bridesmaids dresses, and stunning centre pieces (with fairy lights a great addition) to compliment the venue perfectly. Fiona was brilliant and knowledgeable suggesting a range of options, all beautiful whilst helping us keep to our budget.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We deliberately didn’t go heavy on decorating the venue, keeping it simple, as we loved it as it was.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We did the table plan, table names and place names with the help of Emily’s sister. The tables were all named after things/places that are important to us- and we wrote a poem for each that explained why they were special – they were a lot of fun to write! Em also made the cake as she enjoys cooking – kept her very busy in the 2 days before the wedding!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We went for a square 4 tier cake with different flavours for each layer; fruit, lemon, coffee & walnut and lastly chocolate & peanut butter which Emily made and decorated with the help of Ash’s mum! Terrifying, but went down really well.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had the band “Badgers… Lots of them” (http://www.badgerslotsofthem.com/) play in the evening who were great fun, had a great range of songs for everyone and were really nice guys. We put together a playlist on a laptop to fill the time between their sets – but it was the band that really kept people on the dance floor.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Making a commitment to your best friend.