Every couple that marries with us is so special, so when we see the photos of their wedding day, it means a lot that they share this with us.
Vaishali tells us about her weddinghere to Chris last September in her own words. We hope that it gives you some ideas and inspiration for your own weding day.
‘When planning the wedding there were few things that we wanted to ensure, our friends and family would have a good time and that the day would a reflection of us as a couple.
Finding Poundon House meant that we could do this and incorporate the Hindu ceremony and evening reception in one place.
As Chris is not religious, but I had been raised Hindu, it was important to me and my family to have a traditional ceremony. Key to this was our Pundit, Rajubhai delivered a wedding ceremony that was hugely meaningful and emotional but also ensured that our guests understood the different rituals.
Ensuring that the wedding day reflected us meant incorporating some non-traditonal elements into the wedding, my entrance music was Yazoo, Only You and I was walked in by my mum’s brothers and sister (instead of just brothers).
I was lucky to have two dresses a Indian and traditional white gown. I had always wanted a traditional wedding gown and found the perfect dress on my first trip. For my Indian outfit, I knew what I didn’t want! Finding what I did was the challenge. On an wedding open day held by Preeti I found designer Dina Kashap who was able to take my pintrested ideas and convert them to reality. Dina was great, she really helped to guide me and create a design that ticked every box. For my makeup I had a clear view on what I wanted and soniamua delivered for me. She was great at keeping me calm and helping the morning go smoothly for me.
Our wedding was a fair size and so we needed to have a venue that could accommodate everyone. We looked at a number of venues in London but couldn’t get away from the conference room vibe, we visited Poundon House and seeing it on a beautiful sunny summer day meant that we knew it was the right place for us. From the open space to the different options for all weathers it would be perfect. We had planned to be on the lawns, but mother nature chose otherwise but instead of having to be in the marquee were able to use the patio which meant we were outside but ours guests were dry. The marquee is also a great space and having the patterned ceiling did mean we could get away without to much additional decoration.
A friend had got married the previous year and I had loved her flowers and so used the same florist, Amelie Floral Design. Amy took the time to listen and really managed to capture what we wanted.
We looked at a couple of caterers and Preeti really came out on top. They were able to help and guide us with all the planning and helped us to craft a day that really worked for us. We didn’t want a huge break between the wedding and the reception but we also needed time for an outfit change and they found a way to make it work so that out guests felt comfortable and had plenty to eat and drink whilst we got ready for the party.
For the cake, knowing that wedding cake often gets wasted meant that we wanted an alternative. We opted for a tower of Krispy Kremes donuts. They went down a storm and leftovers were donated to a friend’s church for their Sunday service.
We had Divine musiq DJ for us. As it was a mixed crowd we really needed the music to suit everyone and Danny managed it. I spent my whole night dancing away.
We also hired The Rickshaw Wallah as a photobooth which always goes down well. During the break we also included a virtual reality game for the boys.
We kept things really simple for the decor the maquee is beautiful as is it. We had Amy create our centre pieces and added lottery tickets as our favours (unfortunately no one won big that night).
For our table plan, we used our friend who is an artist. Lucy had also designed our wedding invites.
Chris found Joanna Nicole Photography through twitter and she managed to capture the day perfectly. She was there with out intrusive. We didn’t want to spend too much time on the couple shoot and she managed to get the perfect pictures of us in the quickest amount of time
Wishing Vaishali and Chris the very best!!