Claire & Giran’s glorious Asian fusion wedding at Upton Court, with GK Photography

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A gloriously colourful celebration of love, with a super cute couple and the most amazing floral styling! This beauty of a wedding will brighten your Friday – and we’ll be sharing fave pics on our insta all weekend! Congratulations Claire & Giran – you’re absolutely gorgeous and your wedding is amazing!

Wedding photographer’s website

G K Photography –

Wedding photographer review

We chose Greg after seeing his beautiful photographs on his website and loved the way he utilised bright colours in his work. Greg provided us with a free engagement shoot prior to the wedding which was a great chance to get to know him and for us to feel more comfortable with having our photos taken. Greg is such a lovely guy and made us and our guests feel at ease throughout our wedding day. We loved the final photos and have received many great compliments.

Your best moment or memory

The whole wedding was incredible but one of the biggest highlights was the maids of honours’ hilarious song speech which has since gone viral.

Tell us anything you did differently – we love hearing about NEW traditions (or none at all!)

Our wedding was a vibrant and colourful Asian Fusion wedding, centred around embracing each others cultures. Claire’s side dressed in Indian clothing whilst Giran’s side wore traditional English wedding attire. The ceremony (led by the celebrant Jac Woods at Cherish Life Celebrant) included the lighting of a unity candle with Giran, Claire and their mothers all lighting a central candle to signify the joining together of two families and two cultures.

Videographer name + review

Hawaiian Shirt Photography and Videography –

We were so pleased with Hawaiian Shirt Videography – Tom was great at communicating prior to the big day and ensuring everything was planned carefully. Simona was very helpful and friendly on the day and captured great footage resulting in a beautiful video.

Venue name + review

Ufton Court –

Ufton Court was a wonderful venue for our wedding. The setting is gorgeous and the facilities were big enough to host 150 guests which was perfect for our Asian Fusion wedding.

The choice of caterers was varied and Ufton Court was one of the few venues that we found that offered free corkage which meant that we could incorporate our love for French wine into the day, providing wine from one of our favourite vineyards in Provence.

All of the proceeds that Ufton Court make go towards their children’s education charity. As Claire works with children, this felt like the perfect set up. Loretta worked with us to plan our day with such kindness and patience and Chloe coordinated everything on the day, making us feel very at ease and the day run smoothly.

Wedding Caterer name + review

Preeti Catering –

We chose Preeti Catering who provide delicious Indian Cuisine and still over a year on people continue to rave about the food at our wedding. Ricky was great to work with and helped to plan the day meticulously. We attended a tasting and were guided through creating the optimal menu. Within the package we chose, staff from Preeti Catering served the alcohol that we provided throughout the day and all evening, which is a rarity as most caterers will only serve alcohol purchased from them directly. This was a real win!

Tell us a little about your outfits – both of you!

Claire wore a traditional white A-line wedding dress and Giran wore traditional Indian clothing bought from Green Street in London. Claire also didn’t see Giran’s outfit until she walked down the aisle and was very impressed.

Dress or suit shop name + review

J S Couture – Claire bought the dress from J S Couture near Baker Street. It was a lovely shop and the owner was really friendly and gave us plenty of time to choose the perfect dress.

Florist name + review

Wessex Flower Company –

We absolutely loved working with Alicia and she completely embraced our theme. The flowers were a combination of bright colours and arranged with such care and passion. We were blown away.

Cake maker name + review

Giran’s mum made our beautiful wedding cake which fitted into the theme perfectly.

Stationery maker’s name + review

We used a combination of Etsy, Zazzle and DIY and were really pleased with the results

Any crafty projects or homemade styling touches?

To reflect our love of wine our table plan (each table named after a type of grape) was arranged on a board made of wine corks. The order of the day was drawn up on a chalk board, signs were made and engraved and table place names created by friends who attended the wedding.

Wedding readings?

I’ll Be There For You by Louise Cuddon
Take My Hand, by Dick Johnson

First dance song?

First Dance – Can’t take my eyes off you – Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

Wedding Band

Got It Covered –

We used the band Got it Covered after hearing them play at our friend’s wedding. They were full of energy, very talented and great to work with.

Hair + makeup name + review

Thorne Brides –

We were so lucky to have Sarah and her team doing the hair for my bridal party and hair and make up for myself. Sarah is very experienced and took time to find out exactly what we wanted and was very efficient. The trial was a great opportunity to get to know Sarah, she is very personable and made us feel so relaxed on the morning of the big day.

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.


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