Classic styling was the key to Fareen and Saadi’s elegant celebration infused with every shade of pink
An hour after their first meeting on a blind date, Fareen hopped on the back of Saadi’s Harley Davidson and zoomed off into her happy ever after. “We’ve barely been apart since,” she says. Saadi wasted no time, asking Fareen to marry him ten months later at her home, with a ring and a bouquet of roses. “It was a complete surprise, as we’d had a romantic dinner at Claridge’s the night before and, being a bit of a showman, I thought he might have done it there. I’m glad he didn’t – public proposals aren’t my thing.”
Photography by Chanelle Segerius-Bruce
Location-wise the couple wanted somewhere they could hire exclusively overnight and spent four months looking at nearly 20 venues before settling on Botleys Mansion, a magnificent Palladian manor house in Surrey.
To decorate the 18th century country house they chose a pink and gold colour palette. “We tried to keep things fairly classic and not too gimmicky, as we didn’t want the wedding to date,” explains Fareen. “The only theme was getting married!”
The rosy colour theme ran throughout the reception, from the menu cards to the cocktail list which offered guests the choice of strawberry daiquiris alongside pina coladas and mango mojitos.
Fareen wore a silk gown by Pronovias accessorized with a crystal belt and custom-made silk jacket, before changing into a silk and velvet sari in the evening.
Saadi went for two outfits, too, opting for a hired morning suit to say his vows and a tuxedo for the reception from grooms outfitters Moss Bros and Adam Waite.
Fareen’s bridesmaid, Semina, wore a pink sari of her own choice and carried a fluffy bouquet of white hydrangeas.
“We wanted flowers to be the main decoration with full blooms rather than lots of foliage,” says Fareen, who chose pink and cream hydrangeas, peonies and roses for the tables which were arranged by Lily’s Flowers.
"The flowers on the ceremony chairs were moved to the top table and the pink and gold looked wonderfully summery in the sunlight coming through the glass roof of the reception venue,” says Fareen.
Fareen sourced tealights, votive candle holders, mirrors and table numbers from sites like etsy.com, weddingmall.co.uk and thelastdetail.co.uk, but asked wedding planner Louise Musgrave (purely-events.co.uk) to help with the logistics. “She saved my sanity on the day,” says Fareen. “I didn’t have a hundred questions or crises to deal with, I just concentrated on getting ready and getting married. I have no idea if anything went wrong, but everyone told us the whole wedding looked stunning!”
Little touches included confetti shaped like butterflies, punched from old sheet music, a craft table and a caricaturist, all rounded off with an amazing display of fireworks.
A candy table gave guests the chance to indulge their sweet tooth!
The cake – three individually flavoured tiers of chocolate ganache, carrot and green tea – was dressed with a pink satin bow and created by Maki’s Cakes.
The stylish menus were designed by Piccolo Press who also created the escort cards and Save The Dates.
The ornate gold embossed invitations were created by Revelry Invitation Studio.