An exquisite intimate British-Japanese Wedding with beautiful dusty pink, grey, and blue detail

Today I am thrilled to share this exquisite intimate British-Japanese Wedding with beautiful dusty pink, grey, and blue detail.

Luke and Sonoko held their celebrations surrounded by their closest family at friends at Ashridge House in Hertfordshire.

Images were captured by Emma Pilkington Weddings.

Planner Valentina of The Stars Inside says of this gorgeous British-Japanese Wedding…


In early March 2020, just before the coronavirus situation escalated on a truly global level, the wonderful Luke and Sonoko celebrated their union at Ashridge House, a breathtaking Grade I neo-gothic country estate in the hills of Hertfordshire.

Luke and Sonoko travelled to the UK from Japan, where the bride and her family are from, and where the young couple now live.

Their vision for their wedding was to have an intimate gathering of 50 or so of their nearest and dearest, and to host a weekend of laid-back, joyful moments for the two families to come together.

Little did we know that this cultural and social togetherness would come to be even more meaningful, just weeks after their day!

Aesthetically, the bride wanted to pay homage to Japan, while also embracing elements of all that is quintessentially and timelessly English.

The design concept paired inspiration from their native fields of cherry blossoms with that of Royal weddings of decades past, modernising and refreshing that vintage look we all know and love.

Our palette had playful touches of dusty pinks, greys, and blues, with an almost minimalist and Ikebana-inspired approach to texture.

This organic, artful style of floristry and decor breathed beautifully beneath the gilded ceilings of the manor house, giving the couple – and each and every guest – space and time for what matters.



Wedding Vendors

Venue: Ashridge House

Photographer: Emma Pilkington Weddings

Event Planner: The Stars Inside

Dress: Claire Pettibone at Blackburn Bridal

Shoes: Bella Belle

Jewellery: Julie Bridal and Beacon Dress

Beauty: Naho Ikeda

Floral Designer: Verity & Thyme

Cake Designer: Holly Clarke Cake Design

Design and Decor: BrambleSky Event Decor

Linens and Napkins: Just 4 Linen

Silk ribbon and Styling Silk: Pom Pom Blossom

Candlesticks and Charger Plates: Duchess & Butler

Tables and Cutlery: Classic Crockery

Confetti: Shropshire Petals

Other Decor: The Stars Inside / Lights4Fun / Bramble Sky (metal frame for the signage) / Wedding Lux Co (acrylic table numbers)

Organist: Jenny Hoare

DJ: Nathan Ing

On the Day Assistant: Elizabeth Grace Wedding Planning 


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