ashridge house fernery summer wedding inspiration

I’ve seen many beautiful weddings at Ashridge House, but not one held at their Victorian fernery. Probably because the fernery doesn’t have enough space for a normal-sized wedding? Maybe because it’s a little hidden behind the main house? Probably because intimate weddings weren’t a thing? Well, until 2020 happened.

These days, smaller venues have become more popular due to the increase in the number of micro weddings and intimate celebrations. Admittedly, the majority of weddings are still held at larger locations with big parties. But from what I’ve seen so far, lots of couples have now trimmed down their guest lists and gone down the intimate wedding route. Now that’s all well and good. However, it seems that there aren’t a lot of sources that show what a small beautiful wedding could look and feel like.

an idea unfolds

Cynthia of Kimberley Rose Designs decided it was time to give couples some ideas. She got in touch about working on an editorial. Together, we wanted to provide wedding inspiration for those wanting to celebrate only with their nearest and dearest. And what better location to do it than the light-filled Victorian fernery at Ashridge House?

The best thing about getting married in a fernery is that you don’t have to worry about the fickle British weather. Or have a backup venue should the weather turn. With the glass roof and walls, there’s enough light for flattering photos and good protection from the elements. Rain or shine, the party continues without interruption.

ashridge house fernery summer wedding inspiration

Imagine your Ashridge House fernery wedding, a relaxed, romantic, and intimate celebration filled with neutral colours. A beautiful combination of terracotta, peach, taupes, stone, creams, ivory, and green, with hints of silver and stone grey. You’ll notice how we incorporated elements inspired by the Persian culture or at least their modern equivalents. Think of figs, dates, flatbread, pomegranates, and the like.

ashridge house fernery wedding details

We setup up a long trestle table fit for 12 people covered with a luxurious pale blue linen tablecloth and lined limewashed Chiavari Tiffany chairs at each long side. We used Duchess and Butler’s Pearl chargers and tableware along with matching gold cutlery. And in the middle is a banquet of sumptuous fruits, cheese, nuts, and canapes perfect for grazing. Louise of Louise Langdon Florals created wild, foraged garden-style floral centerpieces filled with David Austin roses.

Our bride wore an A-line wedding dress with a full skirt in the softest tulle and loose floaty sleeves. On her hair are beautifully draped intricate vines of Hermione Harbutt accessories. Adie of Adie Hair & Makeup kept her hair and make-up simple and fresh. Perfect for the subtle and understated elegant overall look we were going for. Our groom wore a brocade suit that complemented the pastel theme and our bride’s dress.

Fen of MonAnnie Cakes went for a simple two-tier luxury wedding cake. See the details mirroring the flowers from the table? She made the sugar-paste roses match the real ones on the centerpiece and added an embossed monogram to complete the luxurious look.

creative team:

Photography: Cristina Ilao | Planning + design: Kimberley Rose Designs | Floral design: Louise Langdon | Tableware: Duchess & Butler | Cake: MonAnnie Cakes | Hair + makeup: Adie Hair & Makeup | Wedding rings: London Victorian Ring Co | Stationery + calligraphy: Velvet May Designs | Wedding dresses: A Lover’s Thread | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Hair accessories: Hermione Harbutt | Styling mat: Marry & Lilo | Silk ribbons: Silk & Purl | Napkins: Wilbur & Wolf | Groomswear: Aristocracy London | Venue: Ashridge House Fernery, Hertfordshire

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Close-up newly married couple portrait at an English garden wedding in Ardington House Oxfordshire England UK; Bride is wearing a white Chantilly lace A line long sleeves Claire Pettibone wedding dress, updo chignon classic hairstyle with half flower crown, groom is wearing a beige suit with a white dress shirt and a nneutral sand straw hat with grosgrain ribbon: Photo by Cristina Ilao

"I just don't have the words to thank you enough for our wedding photos. It goes without saying, but these pictures of us with our loved ones will be cherished forever. You're amazing, Cristina! I'm so happy that we chose you as our photographer, and I'm so happy to have formed a friendship with you." - Ashlyn and Hunter