Irram and Daniel were the first couple to hold a wedding at Thicket Priory. Hosting a Nikah ceremony within their multicultural wedding to honour Irram's Pakistani heritage and including a petting zoo, because, who doesn't love animals?! They both look incredible in a tuxedo and gold dress. As do their entourage of bridesmaids and wedding guests in traditional saris and black-tie suits. They culminate the day with a sparkler exit which catches the embellishment on Irram's gown beautifully.

Nikah ceremony at Thicket Priory in York with the bride in an embellished gold wedding dress.

Since we both come from different cultures, myself being Pakistani and Daniel English. One of the unique things I felt we achieved was the seamless merge of both cultures without one overshadowing the other and this truly honoured our relationship together. The venue was another, since we were one of the first couples to marry at Thicket Priory it felt incredibly special as though we were apart of the history of the venue and all these incredible couples to come would follow in our footsteps on the most important day of their lives. And not to mention the fact the place has been refurnished to the highest standard without loosing any charm.

Irram & Daniel


We wanted something opulent yet understated and timeless. But I'd always loved the idea of a whimsical outdoor forest wedding so I tried to incorporate small elements of that into the wedding without making it seem like a theme. Ultimately, Thicket Priory is such a beautiful venue that we didn't need to dress to achieve as the venue shone on its own. We opted for gold candelabras covered in ivy with lengths of hand dyed grey muslin cloth laid down the centre of the tables. And a show stopping moon arch for our Nikah ceremony that really give the whimsical forest feel I was after.


The stationery was my baby and something I was excited to create myself. Coming from a design background it kind of made sense and a part it thoroughly enjoyed. From the save the date gold leaf flaked cards to the white invites wrapped in gray velvet ribbon and sealed with gold wax. And everything in between like the printed glassine envelops for the macrons and confetti I had dried from flowers I'd received though the year and the colouring activity books I designed to keep kids entertained. It was a true labour of love.


I had initially seen an image of a cake by Jasmine Rae and that was it. We however don't live in California and I don't think a cake would survive a cross Atlantic flight. So there was really only one person we knew who could craft a cake like this and it was Dominique the owner of Poppy Pickering! Dominique's expertise shone creating the sculptural masterpiece of a cake. She absolutely nailed it with her interpretation. Not only did she deliver a cake that looked spectacular and tasted incredible, the attention to detail and service she provided was impeccable.

I'd always known I wanted to walk down the aisle to Jose Gonzales Heartbeats. It was a lovely nod to the early years of our relationship.

After marrying the love of my life of course, my favorite moment was petting the animals at the petting zoo we'd hired. It was the first decision I made after saying yes and honestly it was a great one. Who doesn't want to pet cute fluffy friends on their wedding day. Kids and adults alike loved it.

Irram & Daniel

Yesterday we featured an orthodox wedding and today a Nikah ceremony. We love learning and seeing everyones religious ceremonies and interpretations of weddings. It is, as we always say, Your Day Your Way.

Lorna Shaw

Written by Lorna Shaw

Photographer: Phoebe Jane Photography | Venue: Thicket Priory | Custom Designed Wedding Dress: Bombay Stores | Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS, Rafia | Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen: Psyche | Accessories: Atiya Choudhury | Shoes: Dune | Food: Miraaj | Drink: Belvoir Fruit Farms | Cake: Poppy Pickering | Florist: Fleuradamo | Hair & Makeup: Anisha Siddique | Guitarist : Dan Walker | Macaroons: Marks and Spencer | Animals: Ian's Mobile Farm | Ice Cream Cart: Sundaes Yarm

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