I thought we’d end the bank holiday weekend with something insanely beautiful. One peek at today’s wedding and you will be hooked!! (Oh – I have to quickly remind all of you lovely wedding suppliers that today is the last day to join the English Wedding Directory for just £30 – click here to find out how!) And now for our incredible wedding… bride Esha is stunning!!! I adore both of her wedding dresses (the red evening dress is a knockout!), her hair and beautiful henna and the bouquet is breathtaking! – and Rehan’s whole look is wonderful (the detailing and embroidery on his jacket is fabulous. More grooms should look this good!!) It’s a fantastic day with amazing details – there is so much here to inspire you, I just can’t stop looking through all of the beautiful pictures.
“When it came to planning the wedding, I spent a lot of time Googling suppliers and getting inspiration from Pinterest. I had a clear vision of what I wanted and so set about creating boards which helped me to visualise and share the look with suppliers. I have lots of creatives in my family, and so I pulled them in to help make personalised decorations with the theme in mind. I cannot thank them enough for their help!
“Coming from Asian families, you can’t compromise on good food. In the evening, we wanted to create a relaxed feast-like feeling and to serve up a good hearty meal before the party began. We also worked with our caterer to create cocktails which went down a treat. As for the venue, we just fell in love with the concept of a grand Indian house in the middle of the countryside. We couldn’t find anywhere else that was as stunning and that represented us so well.
Images are by Essex Wedding Photographer Luke Hayden
Luke shot my cousin’s wedding the year before we got married and after seeing their moving pictures and hearing about how great Luke was to work with, I got in touch with him immediately. It’s always good to go on a recommendation from someone you trust.
Rehan and I are both generally a bit camera shy but Luke made us feel really at ease. We started by having a pre-wedding photoshoot which we did in and around Shoreditch which turned out to be a really fun day and got us used to being photographed. On the big day, Luke arrived before us capturing the venue and details before all the guests arrived and then stayed with us the whole day, taking photos of us getting ready, saying our vows and of course, the big party at the end. Luke managed to capture all the different parts of the day, venue and guests perfectly and did it in a unique way.
When we saw the pictures for the first time, all the memories of the day came flooding back. Somehow all the emotion, laughter and spirit was captured in the pictures. There were pictures of parts of the day that we both had missed, for example, pictures of Rehan walking into the venue as part of the Bharat (the groom’s entrance) that I wasn’t there for, so it was great to see those.
Discover more from Luke Hayden Photography here:
Wedding photographer’s website:
Sezincote House, Gloucestershire
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Make as many decorations as you can yourself – it makes the day more personal and the guests notice the detail.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We worked with the wonderful Aditi Kapoor Sibal from Painted Elephant Parties to create our wedding stationery. Again, we wanted it to reflect the venue so we worked with Aditi to put the designs together and then got the items printed through local suppliers. It certainly was a labour of love!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I did… eventually. I went to India with my mum to do what’s called the ‘wedding shopping trip’. It includes seeing family and buying everything you need for your Asian part of the wedding including outfits for the wedding, evening party and mendhi (henna) party, bangles, jewellery, gifts for guests – the list goes on. I managed to find what I was looking for, a beautiful white sari for the civil ceremony and was planning to get a dress for the evening handmade. We did find a designer for this, however when I came back to London and was sent a picture of how the dress was progressing, I was literally horrified! It was terrible. I therefore started to shop around in London and found a great boutique which had a floor length red lace dress, which although seemed made for a giant (I had to have it fitted), was everything I was looking for.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Amaya Ashu, now known as Este Couture
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I didn’t spend a fortune on my wedding shoes. Instead, I bought two pairs from Dune which were great. I opted for a slightly lower heel for the day and then went for a pair of killer bronze heels for the evening. All of my jewellery for the day was bought in India, and I just borrowed my mums earrings and wore a necklace that Rehan bought for me in the evening.
And what did the groom wear?
Rehan wore an antique gold kurta for our civil ceremony which we only found a week before the wedding and he hired a sword to complete the look. He carried it off really well. For the evening party, he changed into a three-piece suit which was a bit more comfortable.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My bridesmaids all wore beautiful saris which I bought during my trip to India. I had a garden look in mind, so all of the pieces were different shades of green and I bought dark-gold blouses to go with them. They all looked stunning on the day!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired a professional to do my hair and make-up. I tried out a couple of different make-up artists and chose the one I felt most relaxed with and who understood the look I was after.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
I cannot recommend my florist enough (details below). Again, I had a very specific look in mind for the flower arrangement and bouquets. I wanted to create an outside-in feel for the evening party and my florist understood what I wanted straight away and placed candelabra’s, moss, flowers, leaves and vases running down the middle of the tables, which we had arranged in banquet style. It looked exactly like a midnight summer’s feast, especially when all the food was served.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue itself was stunning so we didn’t have to do that much for the civil ceremony except from organise the flowers. As we had more than 200 guests for the ‘feast’ and party, we had to hire a marquee which we kept quite simple. I chose fairy lights to run across the ceiling and focused on the table decorations. I also kept the bar as rustic looking as I could, and my brothers made a cool bar sign out of wood which we attached lights to.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
With the help of my family, most of the decorations for the wedding were handmade. From the seating plans to individual signs which my bridesmaids carried in to the civil ceremony which read ‘here comes the bride’ to various chalkboards to menus and table numbers. It was great to see it all come together so nicely on the day after a long year of planning!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
I found a beautiful picture of a cake on Pinterest and chose a local supplier who was able to re-create the look for me. I wanted the cake to blend into our theme and so asked our florist to also provide flowers and foliage for the cake which worked well.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had lots of different types of music at our wedding, starting with Dhol players who performed at the Bharat (Groom’s entrance) and also a tabla and sitar duo who kept our guests entertained during the canapés. I’m lucky enough to have a very talented family member who is guitarist so he composed and played music for our civil ceremony and we hired a DJ for the party at the end which was great fun.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Make it your own!
What’s the best thing about being married?
It feels like a new chapter in our lives which is exciting.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Luke Hayden Photography: http://www.lukehayden.co.uk
Painted Elephant Parties: https://www.facebook.com/paintedelephantparties/
The Cracked Pot Flower Boutique: http://www.thecrackedpot.co.uk
Este Couture: http://estecouture.com
Cotswold Chocolate Company: http://cotswoldchocolatecompany.com
Nisha Mehndi: http://www.nishamehndi.co.uk