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A pink-and-navy themed wedding with hand-made details at Ashridge House in Hertfordshire

A pink-and-navy themed wedding with hand-made details at Ashridge House in Hertfordshire


Written by Katie Byrne


Becky and James said their 'I do's against a historic backdrop, adorned with home-spun decorations

 

Becky Walkinshaw, 24, a full-time mum, and James Kennard, 27, a sales director at a recruitment agency, held both their ceremony and reception at Ashridge House in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.

Budget: £30,000-£40,000 

James and I chose a navy blue and blush pink colour scheme for our day. The colours worked really well together and helped to create the elegant and romantic ambience that we wanted. 

Our historic venue was just gorgeous! We loved everything about Ashridge House, from the carved stone staircase where we said our vows, to the marble fireplace and gold leaf ceilings which adorned the room where we ate our wedding breakfast. It was so convenient to have the whole day in the same place; this way our guests were able to experience a different room for each part of the day.

We chose white peonies, white hydrangeas and a mix of white and blush pink roses. I opted for my favourite flowers, but luckily they also complemented our wedding day style perfectly.

My mum helped me to make our favours. I also hand-made our seating plan which was a map of the world – the tables were named after places we had visited as a couple.

The cake was made by a family friend and we opted for a design which was simple yet still very pretty. When we went to cut it, our two-year-old son started singing Happy Birthday, which made everybody laugh.

  

For our evening entertainment we had a percussionist and a DJ. My family were the first up on the dance floor, but myself and my friends were definitely the last. We partied until the final song!

My tip for brides-to-be: If you’re planning to do a bouquet toss, make sure you buy a separate, smaller posy – this way you won’t have to throw your own. When I threw my bouquet, one of my guests really wanted to catch it and made sure she did which really made me laugh!

Steal their style!

Photography: Julia and You Florist: Gingerlily Flowers Venue: Ashridge House Dress: Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids’ dresses: White by Vera Wang Groomswear: Jack Bunneys


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