Morning! Now, as much as I love my traditional Engilsh countryside garden type wedding, there is only so much pastel a girl can take before she is screaming for a little bit of colour. Enter Seema and Ryan. Naturally, all the weddings I blog are full of smiling faces, tears of happiness and lots of laughs but today’s wedding day takes that to the next level. So much colour, vibrancy, smiling faces and pure happiness that it is so hard not to smile your way through the images. Seema picked up her Sari in India and intended to fuse her and Ryan’s heritages throughout the day. It worked perfectly.
photography | Olly Stabler
I bought the wedding dress and all the accessories in India during a holiday back in February 2017.
It was all bought from a store called Rajwadi in Valsad, Gujarat, India.
My vision was to always wear a traditional indian outfit for my wedding but it was important it had a fusion/english twist as Ryan is English. I had an idea of what I wanted to wear by doing hours of research and was lucky enough to find exactly what I wanted in the store.
The dress was a sari lengha suit which comprised of a short crop top/blouse, maxi length skirt and shawl.
The colour theme was gold and cream to give it a fusion twist of both cultures. It was all heavily embroidered and had lots of tarnished gold sequins scattered all over. The top and skirt were matching in embroidery design and colour.
For the blouse top: I chose the design and it was then made by the Tailor in store. It took 3 days to make.
Skirt: This was maxi in length, and came with netting underneath to give it real volume and puff!
Shawl/Veil: The colours and embroidery all matched the skirt and blouse and was versatile enough to wear as a veil and then as a shawl to drape over my shoulders.
For the accessories – I bought a series of different gold bangles which were mixed and matched to go with my outfit. I wore these on both arms.
I bought costume jewellery which again was tarnished gold which I carefully matched to the colours of my outfit. I wore a choker necklace, and matching long earrings.
I also wore a gold “damini” or “tikka” which is Indian for head jewellery.
I changed for the evening as my day outfit was soooooo heavy due the fabric, embroidery and sequins. It also meant i could freely dance!
My evening outfit was a dusky pink long sleeve mesh top with gold embroidery and beading, worn back with a full gold maxi skirt.
These were from Office. They were Rose gold open toe high heels
Hair by Yazmine Shields.
Make up by Stephanie Hedley
The wedding florist was Claire Budding from Budding Floral Designs, Anstey, Leicestershire.
Brides Bouquet: It was a neat and tidy hand-tied bouquet. It included cream Hydrangeas, dusky pink roses, dusky pink Lysianthus, cream roses, Gypsophelia and gold sprayed hypericum. To be finished off with variegated pittosporum. It was stem wrapped in ivory satin secured with pearl headed pins.
Bridesmaids Bouquets: They were smaller versions of the Bridal Bouquet but did not have any gold Hypericum.
White rose petals lined the wedding ceremony aisle and stairs. And white and orange rose petals were also used as confetti
The standing tables for the reception and wedding breakfast were scattered with Individual single stem/random bottle vases with flowers that matched the bouquet.
We had 2 bridesmaids – both my nieces. They wore matching outfits/accesories which I bought in India. They were also bought from Rajwadi in Valsad, Gujarat, India.
The skirt was a cobalt blue maxi skirt with huge gold circular paisley patterns scattered around.
The top which was separate was beaded around the neckline and had a smaller gold paisley pattern.
The outfit was finished with a cream mesh shawl finished with gold beaded around the edges.
They wore gold bangles and their own shoes.
They also wore a gold “damini” or “tikka” which is Indian for head jewellery.
Ryan wore a traditional Indian Wedding Sherwani. Again bought from India, from Rajwadi.
The jacket was off white with an embossed paisley pattern, thigh length with gold button fastening.
Gold draped harem style pants
Gold “Jutti” pointy shoes
We had one page boy / ring bearer (my nephew) who wore a traditional Indian Kurta suit. A gold kaftan style shirt, white pants and a blue scarf.
The Groomsmen also wore a traditional Indian Kurta Suit. A cobalt blue grandad collar kaftan style shirt, gold pants, gold scarf and gold “jutti” pointy shoes.
Our aim was to bring the magic of India to the UK. Celebrating and dancing the night away with outfits and food inspired by ‘The Old Country’. The day was a very relaxed affair with a small ceremony followed by a stand-up reception and drinks. Put simply… It was a curry and a pint for the lads, and a glass of bubbly for the gals. No formalities, No Table Plans, No Speeches, No Toasts (Ok, maybe one to the bride!!). We just wanted guests to get dressed up in their best clobber, preferably Indian, and put their dancing shoes on as the DJ was in full swing all night. Bhangra music headed to rural Leicestershire!
The look and style of the wedding centred around a Bollywood theme with a fusion twist. So a mixture of english and Indian themes and traditions. Ryan and I wanted a really relaxed wedding and to move away from tradition. This matched our “relaxed” personalities and was fitting for the venue.
I decorated the venue myself. I put out plenty of Indian style cushions and draped my mums saris around the sofas. All different colours.
The tables had single stem vases with flowers, and scattered with jewel coloured tea lights and gold lanterns i had collected from my years of travel, and plenty of fairy lights draped over the bannisters. I made sure the decorations gave the venue a feel and look of India. I also hung out lots of polaroid photos of myself and Ryan along the railings and walls.
The aisle for the wedding ceremony was lined with Gold lanterns and candles and scattered with rose petals.
We also hired a traditional Indian Tuk Tuk which was parked outside the venue. The guests were able to get in and have their photos taken in it. I was brought to the entrance in this with my dad which was fun!
Our wedding cake was made by our friend Leanne Siddon.
She makes cakes in her spare time alongside doing a full time job. She had never actually made a wedding cake before so this would be her first one! We decided to give Leanne her first shot at making a wedding cake and she did not disappoint. The only brief I gave Leanne was what flavour we wanted and that we wanted it to be a naked cake. She came up with the rest and she did the most wonderful job.
She supplied us with the most beautiful 3 tiered naked cake with a simple inset of sponge, jam and fresh cream. She then decorated the top and sides with real flowers.
The whole lot got eaten on the day with many people going back for seconds and thirds!
Our good friend Ruth Wilson made the toppers which were figurines of myself and Ryan. All done to add a bit of fun to the cake.
The venue was The Pumping Station in the Village of Cropston, Leicestershire.
It was a Victorian Water Pumping Station dating back to the 1870’s and was recently restored to become a bar and wedding/party venue.
It opened in January 2017 after 2 years of renovation by the owners Liz and Simon Thompson. We went to visit the venue in February 2017 after googling “unusual places to get married in Leicestershire” and The Pumping Station came up as an option. Within 30 seconds of visiting the venue and meeting the owners, we knew this was the place we wanted to get married. It hadn’t even had a wedding when we booked it but this didn’t matter as we knew it fitted our personality and was going to be perfect for us. Everything about the place and the warmth of the owners just felt right.
Our photographer is the son of Ryans friend. We knew that Olly Stabler was a photographer so we decided to give him a call and set up a meeting to discuss our requirements. We really liked Olly’s professionalism the moment we met him but he was also very personable and approachable. He put us at ease instantly (neither of us like having our photos taken!) We asked for his advice on a number of issues and he was always so helpful and patient.
We were extremely pleased with the results and would not hesitate in recommending him in the future. The photos turned out exactly how we wanted.
We chose to have a “stand up” wedding breakfast rather than seated table plans. Again we wanted an intimate affair and wanted to spend the day mingling with guests so this seemed the perfect choice. Although I was nervous about this because I have never actually been to a wedding where we haven’t sat down for a proper sit down meal. I was unsure of what the guests would think! Ryan reminded me we should do what we want and not get too bogged down with tradition and what people would think. And he was right! It was a huge success.
The catering was done by Donna Bee catering, Market Harborough, Leicestershire
The catering team served Indian Bowl Food as the main meal. They were brought out in wooden bowls and a choice of 4 main dishes per guests were offered. 2 x veg, 2 x non veg.
Canape starters which included samosas, king prawns with mango chutney.
Chicken tikka masala with preserved lemon rice and garlic and coriander naan
Slow cooked lamb dopiaza with masala mashed potato and lightly spiced crispy onions
Vegetable biryani with mini vegetable samosa
Chickpea curry with naan and cucumber raita
Guests could pick and choose whatever they wanted, the majority seemed to go for the slowed cooked dopiaza lamb with curried mash. This was a winner!
- We then served canape style deserts.
For the evening food more indian snacks (samosas, kebabs, chicken tikka) was served and pizza for those fed up with Curry.
Plenty of Presecco and a choice of beers, wines and cocktails from the bar.
We went to Marrakech, Morocco for a week straight after our wedding.
We compiled our own playlist for the day music and had a DJ in the evening.
Our DJ was DJ Glamour, Leicester
He catered to all music tastes and genres, and also threw in some bhangra music!
The whole day was magical and I struggle to pick any one highlight. I loved arriving in the tuk tuk and seeing all the guests and Ryan’s face when I walked down the aisle! It was so emotional.
The last dance was also a highlight – we danced to Swedish House Mafia surrounded by our friends in a big circle (the last ones standing anyway) and it was an epic way to end the most perfect day!
Plan things early. Stay focused on what you REALLY want and need. Don’t pander and cater to others just because they think that is best… It’s your day!! However learn how to delegate with the people you really trust as you cant possible do everything – well I couldn’t anyway!
Be creative yourself and don’t be afraid to give something a try. Ryan and I created our own menu boards, welcome signs and we even made our own Polaroid Wall with mdf board, chalk board paint and string!
Get your music planned well in advance and make sure you have a memorable last song; this counts just as much as the first dance!!
Where did you find your inspiration?
Instagram, Pinterest, Travel, friends weddings, magazines. Look at as much as you can possibly stomach and remember that everything is inspiring looked at in the right light.
We said ok to blog because we wanted to show how much fun a wedding can be. We didn’t do anything traditional and we created our own rules. Out of everybody who came, even the evening guests, they all said what an amazing time they had and can we do it again….sometime!! We believe this was the case because it was so relaxed and guests could mingle and talk all day long.
No subdividing guests on to tables with a seating plan, separating them from there friends for hours. Keep the crowd of people you love and cherish together and they will provide you with the most magical memories of all.