Katya and Prakash at Syon Park part 2

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Morning! Yesterday I featured Kateryna and Prakash’s wedding from Syon Park: a feast for the eyes, a real delight with the most luxurious wedding venue, a stunning bride and groom and lots of gorgeous portraits and pics of a wonderful celebration.

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Today wedding photographer Natasha Thompson shares some more pics of the day, elegant posed pics and more of the story of the wedding reception. Groom Prakash tells us how this glorious wedding day unfolded from the point we left the happy couple after they signed the register and joined their guests.

We begin with Kateryna’s family and a Russian tradition you may not be familiar with: “Katya’s parents then took us through a traditional Russian ceremony of drinking wine and breaking bread. We got to then spend a short amount of time with our guests before we were then whisked away to the gardens around the Great Conservatory for more photos.

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Whilst we were away, drinks and canapés were being served to our guests in the courtyard and our magician was meandering around the crowd breaking the ice between people with his magic.

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After about 90 mins in the courtyard, our guests were then brought to the Great Conservatory. It was really special to be in such beautiful surroundings with our friends. It was nice to just hang about in the gardens before dinner.

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Then we were all called into the Great Conservatory for an evening of food, wine, speeches and dancing. In between we all got out of chairs to hang about the gardens for some Russian wedding games.

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All in all, the venue really added to the enjoyment of the day for everyone. It has a grandness and beauty whilst remaining soft and unpretentious. The staff are also amazing. We really got to relax and enjoy the day knowing that logistics were being looked after with great care.

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The weather turned out to be superb. It was bright and warm the whole time through.

We have a lovely bunch of friends and family and they collectively made for such a warm and happy vibe for us. Katya and I were made to feel very special throughout the day.

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One of the wedding games was trying to guess the knees of my wife by feeling the knees of five seated women, not knowing who was part of the line up.

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I was convinced that the knees of the 4th woman were Katya’s. I confidently took off my eye shield to find I had just chosen her mother! She was very pleased and I’ve never seen her look so happy.

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A single piece of advice for English Wedding readers? There is no need to feel guilty about not being able to spend one-on-one time with everyone at your wedding. Let go and succumb to however way the day wishes to unfold!

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Recommended wedding suppliers: Syon Park

At Home Catering – Exceptional! Usually whenever I’ve been centre of attention I find it hard to eat. But this food was so tasty and both Katya and I polished our food off! Amaury Girardeau was our wedding coordinator and he was wonderful to deal with.

Gina Mackey – magnificent harp player and singer.

Max Pritchard – our magician. He was wonderfully friendly. His tricks were amazing. And he helped break the ice between people whilst everyone gathered in the Syon House courtyard.

And of course our wonderful photographer Natasha… The reason why she is appearing on your blog speaks for itself of course!

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Kateryna, Prakash: thank you for sharing and congratulations on what looks to have been a perfect wedding day. I wish you many more happy years together.

Huge thanks to Natasha Thompson, London wedding photographer, for submitting this wedding to English Wedding Blog for the feature. I hope you’ve enjoyed it.

Please leave your comments for Katya and Prakash, and for photographer Natasha below.

Enjoy your day everyone!

Claire xxx

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Lola T.
    9 years ago

    Oh! What a beautiful couple and wedding! I love all images, especially the cake. The traditions are very interesting. Can you tell me why Russians have this tradition of baking bread?

    • Claire
      9 years ago

      Hi Lola, thanks for your comment 🙂

      A quick google led me to this – I think it explains the bread tradition: bread and salt wiki – hope that helps!
      Claire xx

  • Hannah Webster
    9 years ago

    I’ve been at a wedding where the bride’s family welcomed the groom by baking bread and having them share it. They were both parched after several hours photography on a very hot day (we were int he Crimea) and could barely chew & swallow, poor buggers. 🙂 I adore the venue. x

  • Natasha Thompson
    9 years ago

    I’ve witnessed this tradition at some other cultural Russian-English weddings and it was also a little game: the bride and groom bite the bread without using their hands and whoever has the biggest piece in their mouth is the winner! 🙂

  • Jenny Mcavoy
    9 years ago

    Love the venue-especially that breathtaking glass domed roof. That cake is gorgeous too

  • hannah
    9 years ago

    that cake looks so yummy! lol
    beautiful pictures- really pretty and unique- i love it

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