Good morning lovelies. I have a gorgeously vibrant Anglo-Indian barn wedding to share with you on the blog today. The punchy colours, stunning imagery and of course, our sweet couple Nisha & Adam make this one wedding day you really shouldn’t miss.
There’s something about a Hindu wedding ceremony that touches me emotionally. The symbolism of the ceremony and the rituals the bride, groom and their respective families perform just exudes history steeped in tradition, family and community. It goes without saying too that I’m rather very fond of all the beautiful, colourful saris, pretty henna tattoos and exquisite jewellery!
Words by Nisha. Images by Light Stories.
For me, an Indian wedding is all about colour. The bride gets married in red, and orange is traditionally a very auspicious and lucky colour. It made sense to celebrate in a way that allowed everyone to see how vibrant a celebration a Hindu wedding is.
I had a very good idea as to how I wanted our day to look; bright colour to reflect the Indian nature of the wedding but also with a modern / contemporary feel. I love barns, their high ceilings and beautiful grounds so my venue helped shape a lot of our choosen wedding decor.
My jewellerey was a wedding set (earrings, necklace and tikka) given to me by my mum. The red bangles were a gift from my mum’s brother (this is traditional) and the beautiful diamond cluster ring was my grandmother’s.
My wedding dress was by Indian designer Sawan Gandhi, bought from boutique Bibi London. I wanted an outfit that was non traditional yet kept the integrity of a Hindu bride. I was also keen to wear my outfit all day so it was important that the look would translate from morning to evening.
As we had a hindu wedding, I was so luckily that both my mum and dad gave me away during what we call the “kanya daan” (Kanya is girl/daughter and daan is to give or literally donate).
One of my many talented aunts made sheer gold organza runner with mirrored borders to top table cloths, each table had small white rose and flower centerpieces.
We had small pots of mango chutney as wedding favours to compliment the meal. Each had the label “Spread the Love” with our wedding date. The children’s favours held sweets instead of chutney!
My beautiful wedding cake was made by a friend who enjoys baking! It had 3 tiers and was very elegant. The tops were lighted dusted with gold glitter.
If you could impart any words of wisdom to a bride planning her wedding day, what would they be?
Enjoy every minute as the day goes too quickly. Do not upset yourself by worrying about everything. Focus on the things that are really important to you as people will not dwell on what was ‘missing’. Your guests are there to celebrate with you- not pick holes!
Most importantly, find time to be with your partner throughout the day. It will be impossible to be at each other’s side at every moment because you need to make your guests feel special and give them your attention, but every 40 minutes or so, find each other and have a quick moment for just the two of you.
What was your most memorable moment of the day / evening?
How happy and excited our friends and family were. How proud my parents felt.
Thank you so much Nisha and Adam for sharing your beautiful wedding day with the WTW blog, and thank you to to Josephine from Light and Stories for sharing these beautiful images.
photographer: light & stories / ceremony venue: farbridge west sussex / reception venue: farbridge / bride’s dress: bibi london / bride’s accessories (veil, tiara, shoes) shoes: jimmy choo / jewellery: from my mum / bride’s hair and make-up: annie shah / groom’s suit: paul smith / cake: friend / flowers: my aunt, kiran Mehta / disco: easy dj / caterers: the clay oven