Two become one
05 Mar 2014
Two become one
There were four parts to Ian and Tina’s wedding, including civil and Hindu ceremonies at Castle Howard
Ian Johnson and Tina Patel
Where: Civil and Hindu ceremonies followed by reception at Castle Howard, North Yorkshire
Photography: Gurj Panesar Photography
I arranged the whole of my wedding with the support from my best friend Pratima Patel, my cousin Nabu Patel and her husband Jai. The castle’s events team led by Jane Nordli and Penny Soeder were on hand and ready to deliver whatever I requested.
There were four parts to our wedding, the henna evening for the ladies held at The Crazy Bear in Oxfordshire, the civil ceremony, Hindu ceremony and reception.
We chose Castle Howard for both ceremonies and the reception as, being Australian, Ian has a love of English history and is a fan of the architect of the castle, Sir John Vanbrugh.
On the morning of the civil wedding we had a family breakfast, chatting and joking like any other morning. The boys looked handsome in grey morning suits with cerise paisley ties. I wore a beautiful ivory lace dress with a low back. I walked down the aisle to When You Say Nothing At All by Ronan Keating, with my son Nian by my side. We walked back through the Great Hall and then out to the Garden Room steps where everyone was waiting with confetti. We were absorbed with the live jazz band and having a fabulous time with all our friends and family.
The day after the civil ceremony I arrived at the castle for the Hindu ceremony which began at 9.30am with my parents, Ghelabhai and Paravatiben Patel, performing the first religious ritual. I designed both my traditional dress and the evening gown and had them made by a family friend back home. Both Ian’s and my son Nian’s traditional outfits were designed using the same colours, to match my dress. Contrary to traditional Asian weddings, this was a very intimate affair and everyone enjoyed the ceremony and learnt so much about the rituals. It was amazing and at the same time we all had fun throughout the ceremony thanks to the pandit.
We served traditional Indian street food for lunch. Ian and I mingled with the guests as they ate, before having photos taken in the grounds and getting ready for the evening black tie reception, where we had dancers performing. We ate in the Long Gallery. I had put a lot of effort into personalised menus, table names, table settings, fabrics, colours, crockery, glassware, flowers and candles. The cake was beautiful, but the challenge was how to cut it. We finished off with the dancers performing their last sets for us which left everyone on a high and ready to party.
WHO DID WHAT
Photography: Gurj Panesar Photography, 07976 923495, www.gurjpanesar.com
Venue: Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, www.castlehoward.co.uk
Mandap: Imperial Weddings, 07949 508885, www.imperialweddings.co.uk
Dress: (civil ceremony) Maggie Sottero, www.sotteroandmidgley.com
Hair & Make-up: Carbon by Sharon Roda, 07838 617714
Groom’s suit: (civil ceremony) Moss Bros, www.moss.co.uk
Stationery: Noble Fine Art, 01325 378133, www.noblefineart.co.uk
Flowers: Queen’s Flowers, 07909 442279, www.queensflowers.vpweb.co.uk
Cake: Butterflies and Angels, 0114 245 2500, www.butterfliesandangels.co.uk
Catering: Castle Howard; Aagrah, 01274 668818, www.aagrah.com; RK Sweets,
Preston, 01772 200505, www.rksweets.com
Transport: Helijet Aviation, 0113 2500 588, www.helijet.co.uk; Fletchers Coaches,
01653 695322, www.fletcherscoaches.co.uk
Entertainment: Apna DJs, 07774 638421, www.apnadjs.co.uk; Mad Dog & The Sophisticats, 07710 083073, www.maddogjones.co.uk; Desi Nach, 07971 094338, www.desinach.com