What a wedding – enjoy this stunning Indian country house wedding of Trish & Akhil. When Trish sent me her photos – amid corona lock down – I couldn’t think of a better escapism than a happy wedding day from last summer. Trish & Akhil were married at Poundon House on the 10th August 2019. What a wedding day it was. There was a real feeling of love and celebration in the air, beautifully captured by their photographer Raja Shah.
So, make yourself a chai (we love Mira’s Manek’s chai mix), relax and enjoy this fabulous Indian country house wedding day at Poundon House. As always, a big thank-you to Trish & Akhil for not only choosing Poundon House as the venue for their wedding, but also sharing their wedding photos with us. We know what an intimate day your wedding is, so we do appreciate it. These Real weddings are a great way to have ideas, to see the photo opportunities around the house and grounds, and above all get really excited for your own wedding day!
Here are Trish and Akhil in their own words:-
We were both the last children to get married for our parents, and having had one sibling get married in a temple in India and one on a beach in Kenya – we both wanted to have a wedding on home turf. Knowing that we would have family and friends travel from afar to the UK, an authentically British venue was something we didn’t want to compromise on. Cue Poundon House, a beautiful country mansion house in Oxfordshire with lush green gardens and a marquee that could accommodate 350 guests – result!
N.B. we had 45mph gale force winds on our wedding day and can confirm the reception marquee is pretty much indestructible!
What was your wedding theme and what was the inspiration behind it? Wedding fatigue (we were the sixth couple out of our friends to get married in 2019) and balancing family traditions with our more introverted natures / personal values definitely shaped our wedding planning. You could say our general theme for the day was to be a no frills, yet fun and fancy celebration! For example, we didn’t have a formal sit down evening reception and this saved having a seating plan.
I love your photos! How did you choose on Raja? Raja Shah is such a great wedding photographer and really knows how to manage large crowds. He knows just the right moments to take pictures and really respected that we weren’t keen on too many posed pictures. He has taken some amazing actions shots, especially at our evening party and captured how much fun we had celebrating with family and friends.
You had really pretty flowers – who helped you with the flowers? The original bouquet and floral lapel pin arrived in an awful state, so Akhil’s brother and his wife went to Signature Flowers and asked for an emergency bridal bouquet – they had 30 minutes to sort. Signature Flowers delivered a gorgeous bouquet and they still apologised for not being able to have spent more time in arranging them – I thought it was perfect.
Who did you choose for the food? Our catering company were Shimla, who catered for Trish’s brother’s wedding a few years prior. They never disappoint on delivering fresh and tasty food. They provided a traditional Gujarati breakfast and lunch. Instead of having a wedding cake, we opted for a trio of desserts for guests to choose from, buffet style. For the evening, after a champagne and canapé reception there wasn’t a formal sit down dinner. Instead, we had worked with Shimla to put together a buffet style spread for 350 guests with a variety of dishes. We wanted to offer something more interesting than what is usually expected at Indian reception parties. We had an Indian, Indo-Chinese and Mexican stations with colourfully designed menus printed on foam board for a street food market feel.
How did you arrive in style? Akhil: I am a huge Japanese sports car enthusiast, and my dream car is the legendary Nissan Skyline R34 GTR (admittedly, I will need to win the lottery to buy one at some point in my life!). They are extremely rare and sought after nowadays (there are estimated to be only around 50 left in the UK), and only one UK wedding car hire company had this car on their roster and were unwilling to travel to Poundon House. I gave it one last shot by sending a plea for help message to a forum for Skyline GTR owners, “GTROC”, and luckily one
owner kindly offered to chauffeur me in for my entrance in my dream car! Delighted with that outcome but also still wanting to taste the experience of driving a flagship Nissan supercar, I
managed to rent the Nissan GT-R (also part of the same family as the R34 GTR but a newer generation) from the Hertz Dream Collection for the weekend. What a weekend it turned out to
be in the end; I drove to and from Poundon House in a 545 brake horsepower supercar, got chauffeured in my dream car for my grand entrance, and best of all married the woman of my
The photos show you love to party – who did the tunes for you? Milo and his team at Funkasia were amazing. They were proactive in the lead up to the wedding making sure they had all the logistics in place. For our evening party, the DJ’ s kept everyone in the mood; catering to the children when they were on the dance floor at the start of the night to engaging the whole crowd with an entertaining dance off at the end! The dance floor wasn’t empty once – we highly recommend them.
What was your first dance track and why is that song so special to you? We didn’t have a special song in mind as we aren’t the most romantic of couples. We wanted tracks that were
upbeat fun but had meaningful lyrics:
Entrance track: ‘Nothing like this’ by Craig David
More than just a feeling
This is more than just a crush
This ain’t some romantic gesture
This right here is called real love
First dance track: ‘Something just like this’ by Coldplay and The Chainsmokers
I’m not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts
Some fairytale bliss
Just someone I can turn to
Somebody I can kiss
I want something just like this
What was your favourite time / part of the day and why? Of all the many events from our wedding week and day, our most memorable was definitely our Hindu marriage, largely owed to the Brahmin Sundar Maharaj for leading such a wonderful ceremony. He made our day so very extra special not only for us, but our families who share the same sentiments and friends of various faiths who all fed back so positively.
We‘re keen to promote ethical and sustainable weddings. Is there anything that you did/used in your wedding that you would like to highlight? E.g. recycling, low carbon footprint, DIY, organic produce, local suppliers etc. We chose to have a plastic free wedding which cost more but meant that nearly a thousand plastic plates and cutlery were saved being thrown away. Trish had been collecting terracotta La Fermiere yogurt pots each time she bought them from her work canteen at lunch. She didn’t want to throw the little blue pots away and had 60 in total by the time of the wedding. They were blue and matched the Poundon House marquee, so Trish organised for the pots to be used to hold flowers for the evening party. La Fermiere means the farm, which also seems fitting for a country mansion house. The flowers used in the evening were from the floral runner arrangement on the top of the mandap from the Hindu ceremony; the flowers were picked out and used for the evening party so the flowers and colour choices had to fit the whole day.
We knew we were a great match for each other, but the whole process of planning our wedding really made us realise we make one solid team. Every decision we made had minimal quibble, we let the suppliers lead us with their expertise and enjoyed the flow of the wedding day how the universe intended it to be, wearing our big smiles (as the pictures show).
Once again thanks Trish & Akhil for sharing your photos and words with us :))
Who helped Trish and Akhil create their perfect Indian countryhouse wedding?
Catering – Shimla Foods
Brides Bouquet – Signature Flowers
Photographer – Raja Shah
DJ – DJ FunkAsia
Mandap & Decor – Gayatri Weddings
Additional furniture the evening party – Raj Tent Club
Bride’s Hindu Ceremony wedding dress – Mongas
Bride’s Civil Ceremony & Evening party dress – Ralph Lauren
Bride’s jewellery – Red Dot Jewels
Brides bangles – Avari Couture
Hair and make-up – Bare to Bold
Groom’s Hindu ceremony suit – Sonas Couture
Groom’s Civil Ceremony and Evneing party suit – Reiss UK
Transport – Hertz Dream Collection