Fatima and Zaraf’s Fusion Wedding feature in Khush Magazine
‘Finding a venue was tough as I had something really specific in mind. I needed a home away from home, somewhere in the countryside where we could spend time outdoors and which would be flexible with what we wanted to do. And that’s what I found in Poundon House. It couldn’t have been more perfect.
‘Poundon House has a huge marquee in the back, which is already set up for weddings, so we didn’t go overboard with our own decorations. Instead of a top table we chose 5 main tables so our parents could enjoy spending time with their friends and family who had travelled from afar for the wedding. Each of these tables were decorated with a sequined silver table cloth which my mum had commissioned especially.’
Fatima and Zaraf really wanted a Fusion wedding, with so many family based in Pakistan, Kashmiri & Bangladesh yet the couple grew up & live in London, they really wanted their wedding to represent all these cultures and parts of their lives. Music is another element that they could mix the cultural heritage – from Dhol players to harpists.
So much about their day was unique. The photographers are based in New Zealand and happened to be travelling Europe. The dress was designed by Fatima – the fabric is from Dolce and Gabbana, a floral silk, and it just looks so fitting and romantic in a country house garden wedding along with the stationary and table cloths.
With so many guests having travelled from around the world to be there for the weekend, Fatima and Zaraf also wanted their guests to relax and enjoy themselves, so the day was informal, fun and unique.
The photo booth was a tuk tuk, a really fun idea to create photos that are keepsakes for all the guests and a family to look back on, as well as a great way to mix East and West to create the Fusion feeling. In keeping with the fun and informal feeling, there were also giant garden games like Jenger which is a great idea if you have lots of children to kee them entertained – and for the grown up too!
The flowers were by Jessica Rose Flowers, who Fatima’s mother organised. The colours of the flowers really tie in with the dress, blushed pinks and deep reds, as well as the floral design of the dress.
And we haven’t even mentioned how they met and the engagement, which you can read here in full blog in Khush Magazine.
Photography by Aparat Photography.
Flowers Jessica Rose Flowers