Gorgeous bride Nazma told me her wedding to David was a multicultural fusion of love, family, friendship & everlasting memories. And you know what? I think this is one of the loveliest days I’ve had the pleasure of featuring on the English Wedding Blog! The colours, elegance and character of the day are stunning – this is a wedding to warm your soul and make you smile out loud. Enjoy – the English Wedding Blog is BEAUTIFUL today!
“Warwick House is a dedicated wedding venue. The stunning layout meant that nothing really needs adding other than personal touches. The neutral colours meant that any colour theme can be incorporated at the venue without looking out of place.
We made the stationery ourselves – it was a combination of a labour of love and stress! Making wedding stationery can be a timely and patient process so I’d recommend only doing it if you’ve got the time and help from some crafty minded friends!
As well as the stationery and signs, we created personalized confetti cones/cake boxes by buying the templates and stickers online which was a cheaper alternative to buying them ready personalized. There are a lot of small independent retailers online where you can get handmade and quirky additions to your wedding day. We ordered personalized love hearts for the table confetti from an eBay seller as well as personalized ‘Mr & Mrs Fox’ red and gold bunting.
We wanted to have a traditional 3 tier cake but with an Indian theme. Searching many vendors we came across Cakes by Sophie Page in Coventry. She was a local and independent baker with great reviews and after a consultation/tasting session we knew she was the choice for us. She had a unique and wide array of flavours to choose from for each tier. She transformed our thoughts in to an unbelievable cake design. The cake was a flowing Sari incorporating the detail of both the Naz’s lengha and Dave’s Sherwani and the final piece was better than we could have ever have imagined.
For the restrooms we made up baskets full of toiletries & cosmetics to be used by our guests. We enjoyed the handmade additions as they added a more personal touch to our big day!
The stunning images on the blog today are by lovely wedding photographer friends of the blog, Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photographers, who you can discover more from here:
The English Wedding Blog interview: Nazma & David
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Rob & Sarah had previously captured weddings at Warwick House and we loved their style straight away.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Rob & Sarah were fantastic. They made us both feel at ease and made us feel as though we had known them for years. Their style is to just let the whole day flow and they capture all the incredible moments naturally. A lot of guests commented that they forgot the photographers were even there! Rob & Sarah work great together (being married you would expect so too!) and go above and beyond to help make the whole wedding occasion something never to be forgotten. Sarah also photographed Naz’s Mendhi party and got involved in all the fun activities that went on! All the girls loved her.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were shown slideshows of the Mendhi & the wedding which made us relive the best day of our lives all over again. We couldn’t stop grinning as we viewed the pictures where every type of emotion had been captured by Rob & Sarah. The photos were incredible and although there were hundreds upon hundreds, every single one seemed to tell a story.
Warwick House, Southam
Your wedding style or theme:
Fusion of Reds, Golds & Indian themes.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Recommendations from the venue and many internet/blog searches as well as attending wedding shows.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Use the internet/pinterest to get cost saving ideas. We made our own invites & wedding signs – there are so many templates online so get creative!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Photography – our wedding day went so quick. Having such incredible photos to look back on is priceless.
Food – Everyone remembers food at a wedding! We wanted to give our guests a meal never to forget.
Live band – Gets everybody on the dance floor for a boogie!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
My wedding dress was beautiful and after trying it on for the first time I knew if was the right one. The deep red & antique gold embroidery was exactly what I wanted.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Modish, Alum Rock Birmingham.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My Asian designed jewellery from Rangoli, Birmingham complimented my wedding lengha perfectly. I picked a design that enhanced the antique gold embroidery on the lengha. It included a choker, long chain necklace, earrings, headpiece & hand piece. My shoes were a wedding gift from my husband….Jimmy Choo’s!
And what did the groom wear?
As it was a fusion wedding David had 2 outfits – An Asian style Sherwani for the ceremony which was hand embroidered in India. The groomsmen wore Kurtas to complete the Asian theme. In the evening we all changed in to wedding suits hired from Slaters – they were a lot more comfortable to dance in!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The bridesmaids wore champagne gold Saris from Sitara, Birmingham. They were so elegant with hand embroided beadwork & all my girls looked stunning.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired a professional….you don’t want the worry of having to do your own hair & make up on the biggest day of your life.
I used Henna Nazir, a renowned Asian make up artist. She listened to exactly how I wanted to look & created the most amazing hair design. I didn’t need to top up my lippy once during the day!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
As our theme was red & gold we wanted to incorporate this in to our wedding flowers. We used Petals Of Medinah, Birmingham to design and create our fresh arrangements for centerpieces, bridal bouquets, button holes & garlands. Everyone commented on how beautiful the flowers were, in particular the addition of diamante pieces and gems in the bridal & bridesmaids bouquets and how well they complimented the Indian dresswear.
Petals of Medinah provided a tailored service and gave us great advice. As we didn’t have a top table the team there helped us design a unique centerpiece for the ‘main’ table that really gave a wow factor.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We used a local live band called House of Chords. We were able to sample their playlists online and loved that they played a range of genres which got the grandmas up on the dancefloor as well as the kids. Having a live band makes such a difference to the atmosphere at a wedding reception and is definitely a worthwhile investment in our opinion.
In order to break the ice between guests we hired a magician (Maximilian Somerset). He had a very unique style of magic carried out with great humour. He went down a storm and all afternoon we would keep hearing gasps wherever he was performing
We treated the guests to a caricature artist. We used a local artist called Paul Rose who was at our evening reception all night producing caricatures for the guests. As part of the package we were gifted a framed colour caricature of us both which now takes pride of place in the living room.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
A bridal tip is to make a small emergency kit containing safety pins, bobbles & clear nail varnish for any last minute wardrobe malfunctions on the day.
A grooms tip is not to over rehearse your speech. Just speak from the heart and let it flow.
Our advice…. Enjoy the whole day – after months and months of planning it goes so so quickly. If things go wrong or there are mini hitches just don’t worry. It doesn’t matter. The day is about just the two of you. All your loved ones have come to share your happiness on what is the biggest day of your lives so far. Just enjoy every second. When you go for your couples photo-shoot, relax and take in the moment where it is just the 2 of you…..it will be one of the few times during the day where you can just have some personal time as husband and wife.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The feeling of life being complete yet knowing that there are so many incredible adventures together still ahead.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Caricature artist: https://www.facebook.com/PaulRoseCaricatureArtist/
Suit Hire: http://www.slaters.co.uk
Make Up Artist: https://www.instagram.com/hennanazirmua/