A Colourful Hindu Wedding, Complete with Horse: Aditi & Amit
13 Apr 2015
A hive of colour with orange, purple and green at its heart, this wedding features three meals, three dresses.... and a horse!
Three meals, three dresses and a whole host of bright and beautiful colours and patterns filled the day of this Hindu couple, who took just eight-and-a-half months to plan their Big Day.
Photography by Essex Wedding Photographer Luke Hayden.
Three meals, three dresses and a whole host of colours and patterns... couples dream of the opulent day that Aditi and Amit were married in the summer of 2014 - at Micklefield Hall, Hertfordshire. And yet it took this couple just eight-and-a-half months to plan the day that consisted of their Hindu and civil ceremony. Letting us behind the doors of their 280 guest list wedding, Aditi tells us about the planning behind her big day, from the proposal to advice she wants to pass on to other brides-to-be.
How did Amit propose to you?
Amit proposed to me by taking me back to a number of places we had been on dates to in the past. It was themed like a treasure hunt and there were hidden clues in each place he took me to, all the clues spelt out a postcode that took us to a beautiful farm in South Down, then he got down on one knee and proposed. If that wasn’t enough, he got his professional photographer friend to follow us around and document the whole day, I have a beautiful album that’s laid out like a story of our proposal.
How did you prioritise the aspects of your Big Day?
When budgeting for the day, we decided to prioritise most of the money to go on the food, what with three meals being served throughout the day. We had an Indian brunch buffet before the Hindu ceremony, Indian-style canapés and street food at lunch, and then full Punjabi dinner. The next most important thing to me was the Décor. In the end we made our own favours and little ornamental details. Because of the amount of guests we had, this took up most resource and was hugely time consuming, but totally worth it in the end!
How did you find the wedding photographer for you?
After being pointed in the right direction from a friend, we found Luke Hayden Photography online. We loved his style and met up with him to discuss our day. We really got on in person and exceeded all expectations on the big day, where he went out of his way to provide us with a beautiful set of pictures which we were thrilled with. We also had a pre-wedding shoot around London and loved his creativity.
Tell us about your dresses.
I needed two dresses for the day, an outfit for the civil wedding and an outfit for the Hindu wedding. In the end I settled on a designer called Prakriti Poddar for my civil wedding dress and the ‘Lehnga’ for the Hindu wedding was from a bridal store in Kolkata. Amit’s suit and accessories were from Duchamp, and the shoes from Loacker. The bridesmaids were in various shades of peacock, with matching ‘maang tikas’ and the flower girls had jasmine in their hair, and a costume change into a white and gold ‘salwaar kameez’ for the civil ceremony.
You day was filled with beautiful little details - tells us a bit about them.
Our seating plan was three freestanding garden trellises with lace and name tags attached. Each one was hand-written, and took my Dad an age to put together. Our tables were places dear to us, people’s houses, restaurants and street names.
Which moments standout as the most memorable?
Overall there were so many special memories that I’ve taken away from the day that I couldn’t possibly name them all, but here are a few! Amit managing to persuade the venue at the last moment to move the chairs to either side of the pond, seeing my bridesmaids in peacock coloured saris and lenghas standing together, dancing with my parents at the reception, my brother’s speech, and lastly going for a private walk with Amit mid-reception to take in the fact that we are husband and wife!
What's your advice to future brides-to-be?
Try and delegate what you can, we were lucky enough to have lots of help from our families which meant we could enjoy the day!
Steal their Style:
Luke Hayden Photography – www.lukehayden.co.uk
Tinker Taylor Cinematography – www.tinkertaylor.tv/weddings/
Brightside Bakery – www.brightsidebakery.com
Karma Cabs – www.karmakars.net
Prakriti Poddar Designs – www.facebook.com/PrakritiPoddarDesigns
Article Courtesy of Boho Weddings