Reshma and Luke held their interfaith wedding at Parklands, Quendon Hall in Essex on a gloriously sunny September day.
Bride Reshma comes from a modern Indian family, whereas Luke is English, and so they wanted to have elements of both cultures integrated into their wedding day.
Parklands was the chosen backdrop for the wedding due to the glorious surroundings incorporating a 100 acre deer park, and the fact that the venue could be hired exclusively for the day, and was able to accommodate their 300 person guest list.
With a background in design, Reshma was clear on the style and design for her wedding but wanted help bringing everything together and sourcing additional suppliers. Their biggest concern was ensuring that the day ran efficiently and ensuring that all of their guests felt special and looked after.
Parklands is a 17th Century Grade 1 listed mansion house and while the décor inside is relatively ornate, the marquee was much more neutral allowing them to adapt it to their own vision.
The chosen colour palette was champagne, cream and cappuccino and the overall feel for the day was sophisticated elegance. This was achieved through the room styling and décor.
The Indian ceremony took place in the morning and the marquee was transformed into an authentic ceremony set-up including a beautiful mandap from Jay and I incorporating hand carved pillars in antique cream and gold, and sumptuous draping. Chairs were covered in cappuccino coloured sashes and a white carpeted aisle was placed down the centre of the room leading up to the mandap.
As guests entered the marquee, the walkway was covered in ivory petals on the floor and a table was set-up with Ganesh on top surrounded by red rose petals and church candles.
The ceremony was performed by the Maharaja and was really beautiful to witness as Luke was welcomed into the Indian culture and the two families joined together. Luke, Reshma and the wedding party all wore traditional dress for the ceremony creating an explosion of colour in the room.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed bowl food and drinks provided by caterers Chak 89 whilst we were busy changing the room around and removing all signs of the Indian ceremony to make way for the Civil Ceremony which was taking place later in the day. It was at this point that the Bride and Groom also changed into their English attire.
The Civil Ceremony was beautiful with Reshma and Luke saying ‘I do’ as their guests cheered and clapped. As the afternoon reception got into full swing, guests moved into the main house and gardens to enjoy Pimms and canapés while Immi Photography took the formal photographs.
One of the biggest challenges of the wedding was transforming the marquee from the ceremony space into an elegant dining room for such a large number of guests in a short time frame. However, with moments to spare the room was finished with tablescapes comprising mirrored plates, scatterings of ivory and cappuccino rose petals and tealights in place. Place settings were kept simple with napkins tied in a cappuccino coloured ribbon adding the only other burst of colour to keep things clean and crisp.
As a surprise to the Bride, we worked with Luke to arrange for traditional Dhol Drummers and Bollywood Dancers to perform during the drinks reception. This was a great addition as they entertained guests before making their way into dinner.
As guests took their seats for dinner, the Dhol Drummers introduced the newlyweds, before Bollywood dancers took to the dance floor to perform. This created a great atmosphere and soon many of the guests had joined them in dancing even before the starters had been served!
Guests enjoyed an authentic Indian feast before the cutting of the cake and the start of the evening reception, where a DJ played all night long as guests danced and enjoyed cheese and chocolate fountains.
Reshma and Luke wanted help with every aspect of their Indian English fusion wedding and we worked with them to develop their plans and fine-tune their vision. If you are interested in finding out more about our wedding planning services, please do get in touch.
Venue: Parklands Quendon Hall // Caterer: Chak 89 // Mandap: Jay & I // Bar Hire: Pinnacle // Florist: Halo Blossom // Cake: Mimis Cakes // DJ: Choice Entertainment // Dhol Drummers: Masters of Entertainment // Photographer: Immi Photography // Videographer: Mela Productions // Chair Sashes: We Got It Covered
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