What better on a blustery Monday morning than a riot of glorious colour and a beautiful wedding to share? Today we’re joining gorgeous couple Kiran and Ross who were married at Stoneleigh Abbey in Warwickshire, and who chose lovely Hannah K Photography to capture their day. Kiran’s red lengha is just stunning: beautifully embroidered and made for dancing! We love how she teamed it with two dupattas: one with stunning gold trim for the daytime, switching up to a tartan version to match Ross’s tartan for the evening do! Lovelies, I hope this stunner of a wedding brightens your day.
Wedding photographer’s website
How did you choose your photographer?
We did lots of online research and instagram digging! Having shortlisted 5 we telephoned each and we got the best vibe from Hannah! She made us feel so relaxed and comfortable…great as we were a little apprehensive about being in the spotlight and having so many eyes (and lenses!) on us.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
She was great and exceeding our expectations! She was a joy to work with and was so attentive from the very first call until the final edits. We knew we were in good hands and she didn’t disappoint!
Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?
We had visited SO many venues and couldn’t find one that would accommodate so many guests but also have the charm and character that more intimate venues had. As soon as we drive up the tree-lined road and pulled up to the Abbey, we knew this was the one – even without seeing the rest! Then when we were shown round and saw how beautiful the Abbey and the grounds were it was a no brainer. And as a bonus it could be hired exclusively so there as no risk of coinciding with another wedding. It was perfect and made the most beautiful backdrop for our photos.
Did you love wearing your outfits? How was the dress / suit shopping experience?
Kiran wore a traditional red lengha for the day and wore 2 “dupattas”, a traditional red for the ceremony and then a bespoke tartan bordered one for the evening reception to match Ross’s kilt.
Kiran had her traditional Indian outfit and her bridesmaid saris bespoke tailormade in India. There were a few delays but thankfully I started the process early so we got them just in time!
Ross had his kilt tailormade in Scotland by MacGregor & MacDuff Kilts. The tartan print was Ross’s bespoke family tartan.
Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness
Our florist also did our decor and was brilliant at fulfilling our brief and adding her own touches also. The bouquet was arranged to match kiran’s red dress and her bridesmaids cream saris. We added some thistles for a Scottish touch and wanted lots of foliage to make it look as lush and natural as possible.
As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?
Both of us were clear that we didn’t want a sweet cake as we definitely have a savoury tooth! We are lovers of cheese so it was an easy decision to choose a cheese cake instead! Given the 300 strong guest list we ended up with a massive tiered cake comprising of 16 kilos of all our favourite cheeses….and it was AMAZING! Our vendor also offered sweet treats so we also had a donut wall and pick’n’mix cart so any sweet toothed guests wouldn’t miss out.
Tell us about any special personal touches, or creative projects you made yourselves
We did a traditional Indian “milni” ceremony (which literally means “coming together”) where members of each families greet each other with a flower garland to welcome them into each other’s family. So the bride’s dad will greet the groom’s dad, mom with mom, uncle with uncle, sister with sister etc. Our guests (especially the non-Indians) absolutely loved this part and thought it was a brilliant way to understand how the wedding party are related to the couple. You can also have some fun with the greeting and some cheeky members will try to lift the other person up!
We also managed to hire a bagpiper who plays with a traditional Indian drummer. Perfect to merge our Indian and Scottish backgrounds!
Our favourite part of the day was The entrance to the reception hall, dancing in with the Scottish bagpipe and Indian drums and feeling the energy from the room was insane!
What was your first dance song? Why did you choose it?
Our first dance was an acoustic version of “Lean On”. After one verse and chorus the confetti canon exploded and the bass dropped into an Indian Bhangra remix. Our guests flooded the dance floor and it was packed for the rest of the night! We also hired a Scottish Ceilidh band so it was great for our guests to experience traditional Scottish dancing, as well as Indian Bhangra. A great fusion and our guests loved it!
Favourite wedding suppliers
Food and catering (including drinks):
– Spice Nation for canapes and wedding breakfast
– Kegs to Go for drinks
– Sweet and Scrumptious Carts for cheese cake, sweet stand and Donut wall
Hannah K Photography and team
– Bups Saggu DJ
– Bastian Creations – a professional busker we heard in a train station in London who we hired to provide the background acoustic music for canapes
– Chris the Piper – Bagpipe and Dhol fusion for reception entrance
– Craigievar Ceilidh Band – Scottish Ceilidh dance
– Ride my TukTuk – Rickshaw hire for photo-booth
Solihull Wedding Creations
Stoneleigh Abbey in Warwickshire