You & Your Wedding loved that Priya and Rahul mastered the art of breaking old traditions and creating new ones for their wedding day! The pop of colour throughout the entire wedding, from Priya’s skirt to the flowers and the décor, made this wedding extra fun and fabulous. Pulling off such a memorable wedding did not come without difficulty – see how Priya and Rahul conquered challenges and brought their Pinterest dreams to life.
Priya and Rahul wanted to break old wedding traditions and create a beautiful blend of their cultures by having an English countryside fusion wedding incorporating their Hindu, English, and Mauritian heritages. A “reveal” before the two ceremonies, booking the first female Hindu Priest in the UK, and incorporating both Priya’s Hindu culture with Rahul’s half-English half-Mauritian culture(s) made their day unique.
The couple were surprised by the limited options they found when researching venues for fusion weddings. Finding a space that allowed the small fire that is part of the Hindu ceremony, their own caterer, along with having a separate space for their civil ceremony, proved to be no easy task. Luckily, they found Grade II-listed mansion Elmore Court, which ticked all their boxes. “From allowing external caterers to a small fire for our Hindu ceremony, the answer was always, ‘We can certainly make that work,’” says Priya.
Venue in place, Priya and Rahul planned their wedding in just 11 months, but having a strong sense of their desired aesthetic helped guide them: “Classy and elegant with pops of colour,” Priya says. From sourcing the stunning flower-bedecked mandap for the Hindu ceremony, to working with a designer friend on the pretty stationery suite, and having a custom-made hand sewn skirt comprised of over 10,000 beads from Zoya’s, Priya and Rahul had to work quickly and efficiently. “She took her 100-page ring binder and excel spreadsheets everywhere she went for at least 10 months!” says Rahul.
Inspiration for their day stemmed from posts on Pinterest and Instagram, where the couple saved an array of shots that helped them style the whole day, “With the help from some of our close friends/family and inspiration from Instagram, Priya pretty much knew what she wanted the day to look like,” says Rahul.
In order to bring the couple’s Pinterest dreams to life, florist Sorori Design and stylist Lauren Grey created a series of fairy-tale arrangements in ivory and pink, with colour pops throughout. Their mandap for the Hindu ceremony had to fit both indoors and outdoors as they wanted this ceremony to be outside. The company, Mayur Art Manap, worked closely with Priya and Rahul and offered practical solutions in case of bad weather.
The outdoor Hindu ceremony preceded the intimate civil ceremony and was attended by all 150 guests. “We decided to break with tradition and book the first female Hindu priest in the UK,” says Priya. “She translated everything into English for our non-Indian-speaking guests but also fulfilled the traditions in a fun and charismatic way.” Priya and Rahul were encouraged to write their own vows – part of the ceremony was the lighting of the holy fire which required the couple to walk around the fire seven times, each round representing one vow to one another.
The gorgeous reception décor included gold and ivory table runners and vanilla scented candles for the tables. They also had a pink and ivory sign for guests to sign as the guestbook, and a Polaroid camera. Pink and ivory flowers adorned the tables.
“Seeing the reception room decorated in its entirety brought a tear to my eye,” says Priya. “I’d spent months working on the finer details, and having it finally come together was magical.”
Wedding guests were treated to Priya and Rahul’s favourite Indian street food including: chicken tikka bites, chips served in newspaper, cocktail samosas and an array of curries which were washed down with champagne, beer, and/or wine.
Entertainer Howard Wing surprised the guests and a DJ got everybody dancing until midnight. After the last song was played, the couple retired to the house’s living room with their loved ones. “It was the perfect time to unwind and debrief – but also to continue the party!”
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