A Japanese Influenced Wedding at Hengrave Hall Part 1

Hanako and Roger beautifully married together cultural traditions of East and West with their stunning wedding at Hengrave Hall. They proudly reflected each of their respective heritages and blended traditional Japanese and English influences by combining their Japanese inspired wedding ceremony with a traditional English marriage blessing.

I love how they represented the influence of the traditional Japanese cherry blossom in May and echoed it’s soft shapes and subtle shades of pink with it’s quintessentially English counterpart in the form of old English soft pink garden roses.

After asking Hanako’s father in Japanese for his daughters hand in marriage, Roger waited for when he felt was the perfect time to ask Hanako the big question. Having sweated for a couple of days trying to pick the perfect moment, Roger eventually asked Hanako to marry him at her family home near Tokyo in front of her parents and sister!

Scott Wood Photography expertly captured the wonderful images of their elegant wedding day at the exclusive Sufflolk wedding venue, Hengrave Hall. Both Hengrave Hall and Scott Wood Photography are valued members of our exclusive, invitation only, Premier Portfolio.

We chose Hengrave Hall, Bury St. Edmunds for our wedding venue. Hengrave Hall appealed to us because it was the most idyllic of settings. Having seen 8 or 9 different venues, Hengrave was the obvious choice, with its old but beautifully presented rooms, the delightful private church, the wonderful gardens and the superb catering by La Talbooth Catering.

On our wedding day, we had an intimate Civil Ceremony at midday in the library at Hengrave Hall with just 25 guests. To celebrate her Japanese culture, Hanako wore a traditional Japanese Kimono. The traditional Japanese dress was given by family friend Mrs. Fumiko Odagiri. Mrs. Odagiri wore this beautiful kimono when she was young and the obi (long belt) was her mother’s, it is about 80 years old! The Kimono and Obi are very precious in Japan and usually inherited from mother to daughter. The long length sleeve can only be worn by an unmarried lady therefore it was Hanako’s first time and last time to wear this precious kimono. Roger dressed more traditionally for an English wedding and wore a Jaeger suit, Hermes tie and Duchamp shirt.

Our wedding was photographed by Kevin Scott Wood of Scott Wood Photography. We met Kevin at a Wedding Show. After reviewing all the photographers exhibiting at the show we sent the list to Hanako’s father in Japan to cast his professional eye over it and he advised us to speak to Kevin, which we were delighted with as it confirmed our original choice! We all absolutely love the images from our day. The proof book was fantastic as Hanako was able to take it with her to Japan recently for her family to see and the web gallery also enabled everyone to view the images wherever in the world they are.

Part 2 of this wedding is available here.

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