This morning’s wedding is full to bursting with cultural influences, colour and love. An English and Indian fusion affair with a Hindu ceremony, beautiful feminine floral arrangements and an abundance of carefully thought out and personal details.
Johanna wore not one but two stunning bespoke traditional Indian gowns and Vish was equally as fashion forward in his Tuxedo style Tom Ford suit. The venue really is something else – Sezincote House is an Indian house in the middle of the Cotswolds, absolutely breathtaking in terms of architecture and dramatic views.
Johanna The Bride: Our wedding was very unique, I’m originally from Ecuador and Vish was born and lives in London, but his family is from India, so when we started planning our wedding, we wanted it to represent us; both of our cultures, style and taste, we wanted to create something simple but elegant and very special.
We decided to have two weddings, one in the Cotswolds, UK with a Hindu ceremony and one in Guayaquil, Ecuador with a Catholic ceremony. (I’m sharing our Cotswolds wedding) …From the moment I moved to London (6 months before the wedding), we started the planning. Since I’m a graphic designer, I started designing all the wedding stationery; we loved incorporating lots of personal details. Probably the hardest part was to put all the ideas together… but we found an amazing florist/stylist, Willow Crossley, who helped us to express what we wanted to convey.
I have only the happiest memories about our wedding; I can say it was filled with love and joy from beginning to end, a truly magical, unforgettable day for our guests and us.
For my bridal dress I wore two traditional Indian dresses, for the ceremony I had a red “lehenga” with gold embroidery, and later I changed into a red “Anarkali suit”. I had the help of my lovely Mother-in-Law; we went together to some Indian boutique shops here in London and found these beautiful dresses and jewellery on the first day! And for my make-up I was very lucky since my Sister (my Maid of Honour) is an amazing make-up artist, she did my Mums and my Bridesmaid make-up as well. It was very special having just family in the room while getting ready.
Vish went for a midnight blue Tom Ford tuxedo and the Ushers wore a tux with a mint bowtie and succulent corsages.
The Bridesmaids were my Sister and my Best Friend, since they both don’t live in London, we picked a mint fabric (matching the Usher’s bow-tie) and they had their own dresses made, then I brought some green fabric and a gold embroidery border from an Indian shop, put them together and gave them a bit of an Indian dress detail. Additionally they wore bindis, Indian jewellery stickers used on the forehead.
We looked for venues for weeks, until we came upon this unique place. Our venue, Sezincote House, is a stunning Indian house in the middle of the Cotswolds, so after finding it by accident, we knew this was the place! The house has the most beautiful Orangery where we had our ceremony and afterwards our guests enjoyed its gardens. For the wedding breakfast and evening party we hired a marquee with a clear side looking out to the lighted house.
Overall the surroundings of Sezincote House were our colour theme. From the breathtaking gardens to the beautiful house and its colours, we wanted the decor to be simple and tasteful, with lots of whites, greens, with a touch of blush and rustic finishes. Willow, our florist/stylist, did some gorgeous flower arrangements for the house entrance, ceremony and all over inside the marquee. We had some lovely low centerpieces with a mix of green hydrangeas, café-au-lait dahlias, roses, succulents, eucalyptus and greens.
We had lots of personal details; I had made custom chalkboard signs for our “Negroni bar”, please sign, cake and coffee, photo booth and entrance sign. I designed the menu, matching the wedding invitations and had made a stamp of our last names “SP” monogram for the place cards. I also had bespoke matchboxes with our names and wedding dates for the sparkles we had later in the evening.
To give it a London touch, we had “Alfie” the black cab photo booth parked outside the marquee, which was a lot of fun! And we also hire a vintage double decker bus to transport our guests from the hotels to the venue. As per Ecuador details, where I’m from, half of our wedding cake was Victorian Sponge and half Double Fudge Chocolate cake made with Ecuadorean Chocolate!
For the table names, we picked not just places but also personal things that meant something to us. On each table we had a handwritten note by Vish placed on a cork with the meaning of each name (each cork were from bottles we had drank and collected throughout the years!).
For our place cards, with the help of my Mum and Sister, we stamped luggage labels with a gold “SP” monogram, attached a mint/white cotton twine and sent them to the calligrapher, Lucy Hall, to write all the guest names.
The Orangery was already beautiful inside. Willow did some lovely flower arrangement in jam jars and hung them on each chair end. Both of our chairs were also decorated with flowers and we had the traditional four pillars made in birch with hydrangeas on each corner. I designed the ceremony leaflets matching all the wedding stationery and added the mint/white cotton twine just to give it a little detail.
During the day, we had a string quartet playing at the ceremony entrance and afterwards while drinks and canapés were served.
In the evening, we had a great DJ and the amazing Jumping Band. They were the best; our dance floor was packed all night! Outside the marquee we had Alfie, the black cab, photo booth that was great fun.
Food & Drink
The food was amazing; Wesley House did a fantastic job! Our canapés included lamb koftas, pumpkin and pine nut risotto balls and mature Stilton and caramelized fig on walnut bread. For the wedding breakfast we had some vegetarian guests, so we had both options. To start, twice baked cheese soufflé with Parmesan cream and spiced Indian dahl cakes with avocado relish. To follow, Duo of Cotswold Lamb and a Thai vegetable curry. To finish, sticky toffee pudding, and vanilla ice cream for the boys and brioche bread pudding with apricots, prunes and Armagnac served with ice cream for the girls. For late in the evening we had pulled pork baps and falafel wraps.
The talented Jennie Brooks from Cutis & Co. Cakes made our cake. It was all white with green succulents and our “SP” monogram. Half was a Victoria Sponge cake (brushed with Madagascan vanilla sugar syrup and layered with champagne and strawberry ham and vanilla buttercream) and half double chocolate fudge cake (layered with a dark chocolate buttercream).
We immediately fell in love with Source Images work. We loved all the bright, spontaneous and beautiful photos. Jordan Banks photographs captured the exact feel of the day, all the memorable moments, our guests having lots of fun and us in our happiest day.
Photography by Source Images
- Bridal Shoes Rupert Sanderson
- Grooms Suit Tom Ford
- Wedding Venue Sezincote House
- Catering Wesley House
- Florist Willow Crossley
- Wedding Cakes Curtis & Co. Cakes
- Marquee Mudway Workman
- Photo Booth Alfie The Black Cab Booth
- Band Jumping Band
- String Quartet Mantuan String Quartet
- Lighting & DJ Knight Light
- Makeup Andrea Paulson
- Hair Tabitha James Kraan
- Invitations / Stationery Pea-Nut Design Studio