Today, we have something a little different for you that I just couldn’t resist. As a fan of colour, multi-cultural weddings are such a visual treat for me and I love all the ceremonies and tradition. You might remember this particularly gorgeous couple from their super stylish engagement shoot and it’s fair to say, the wedding blows the socks off even the styling that went into that!
All the stunning photography is by Ali & Niels from Blue Sky Photography.
Kiren and Sandeep were married on 7 August 2010 – We had our Wedding day ceremony at Berkley Street Gurudwara, Glasgow, followed by the celebratory lunch at Radisson Blu, Glasgow.
The Reception was at Hopetoun House, Edinburgh, the next day.
My wedding day outfit was a traditional Indian wedding dress from a very famous Indian designer Manish Malhotra. He designs many outfits for the bollywood industry and I had him create a bespoke design for me.
He created the design encapsulating contemporary with traditional mogul aspects as I had envisaged. It was traditionally red and gold in colour with crystals and bead work all over. I loved the finished product it was just so unique and certainly gave the wow factor I wanted!
I wore an uncut diamond and gold set from Hazoorilal, Delhi on the day. It was an authentic piece which replicated jewellery that was worn by the royal family during the Moghul Empire in India.
It was extremely opulent and rich in design. I had a red rose bouquet hand tied with red ribbon and jewels from Planet Flowers.
I also wore gold and glitter shoes and matching clutch which were both from Jimmy Choo – simply devine and definitely skyscrapers!
A Dramatic Face
My make up was very pronounced on my wedding day. I had very dark eyes and red lipstick to compliment my overall traditional Indian look.
My hair was given a lot of height at the back with a long pleat which was decorated with a long jeweled hair piece which clipped along the pleat. It was very traditional in style to compliment the overall look.
I always knew that I would have my sister and close cousins as my bridesmaids. All three of them have different strengths therefore I knew they would look after me on the day.
They were all wearing the same design of outfit but in different colours – fuscia pink, blue and green. The outfits were Indian in style and looked amazing. They each had gerbera corsages/bracelets (matching the colour of their outfits) on their wrists. This was an alternative idea to bouquets which worked really well. Planet Flowers made these for me.
I also had three flower girls who were dressed in purple and gold dresses accessorized with little cones with petals and 3 page boys dressed in traditional Indian turquoise and white outfits.
Sandeep had a traditional Indian outfit made for the ceremony from Ziggi Studios. It was a show stopping piece at the Asiana Fashion show in London.
It was very opulent and bold in design once again replicating what royalty wore during the Moghul Empire in India.
The Story of the Day
We both started the morning getting ready at our respective homes. Family members came round to the houses in the morning to meet and greet us. Various pictures were taken. I left the house in my dad’s Bentley with the bridesmaids.
The bride’s side of the family met the groom’s side of the family at the temple. Sandeep arrived in an open top vintage Bentley. The first ceremony known as the “milni” then took place at the Temple between the men of both families. This was an exchange of garlands.
The ceremony occurred in the temple and Sandeep and I were married by way of a traditional Sikh marriage.
The wedding lunch was at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow. Sandeep and I arrived in an open top vintage Bentley. I walked down the aisle with my dad to bittersweet symphony playing in the background by the string quartet. Sandeep and I had our registry wedding and exchange of vows at the lunch. This was very different as usually this is conducted at the temple. But I always wanted to walk down an aisle and have my dad give me away so it seemed perfect to do it this way.
To decorate for the lunch I decided to use white and gold. It was a very fresh and crisp look with candelabras dressed with white calico flowers and lovely tea lights to give the room that intimate ambiance.
The aisle was covered in red and white petals and the main stage area was dressed to host our registry wedding and exchange of vows. To create a relaxed mood I had a string quartet playing in the background.
An Emotional Farewell
After the wedding lunch Sandeep came to my house to collect me (Doli). Various ceremonial rituals were performed from Sandeep bartering at the door with my sisters who refused him entry into our house to throwing of rice by me to bless my home as I left.
This is a very emotional time for the bride’s side of the family as the doli signifies the leaving of the bride from her parental home.
Photography – Blue Sky Photography.
Venue – Radisson Blu
Make-Up – Kaval from Impressions 4 U in Glasgow.
Table Flowers – Mood Flowers, Glasgow.
Bouquet & Corsages – Planet Flowers
Planner – Supernova Events
Are your minds blown?!
Well come back tomorrow to see the second part of this Extravaganza of a wedding – the reception party the next day at Hopetoun House…
PS! We’ll be revealing the contemporary real brides this afternoon!!