Oh have we got a treat in store for you this morning! If you’ve taken a peek at the first image in the slider here then you’ll know that a riot of gorgeous colour awaits you in the big day of Smriti and David.
This awesome pair have taken the very best of all things Indian and English and rolled it up into a tasty ball of spicy red, embellished fusion loveliness. I’m particularly enamoured with Smriti’s wedding dress and the boys look dapper in their scarlet accessories.
And Smriti’s wedding bouquet? Insert multiple heart eyed emojis here…
The Brides Fashion
Smriti The Bride: I wore a custom made gown made by the wonderful Jacqueline Byrne; we worked together on the dress for about seven months and she created the perfect fusion between Indian wedding dress and white wedding dress. I’m Indian and Dave is from Australia; we were having a traditional wedding in India and I knew I’d be decked out in full red and gold wedding Indian attire for this wedding, so I wanted some sort of white wedding dress for our English wedding. White is not a traditional Indian colour for weddings – white is worn at funerals. So Jacqueline and I decided on a cream satin dress with beautiful draping, lots of gold and lots of gold lace – the perfect mix of India meets London meets Shoreditch! Jacqueline was an absolute pleasure to work with and could not recommend her more.
Jaqueline also made the bridesmaid dresses for my best friend from university, my best friend from law school and my little sister. They are all so different so whilst the fabric of the dresses was the same for each, each one of them had a slightly different style. I wanted to make sure they were all happy and comfortable on the day.
Harley was wonderful and went above and beyond – she totally understood what we wanted to create on the day – she is literally brilliant! Bright colourful yet elegant bouquets. Minimalist flowers in dinner room but bright bold colours for the indian style reception. The flower wall in the dinner room was incredible!
Trinity House in London provided a classic London setting for our ceremony.
After the ceremony everyone hopped on the red buses we had hired, had a glass of champagne and made their way to Shoreditch Studios for the reception. We have lived in Shoreditch for years and spend all our free time here, the venue was 5 minutes from our flat. It’s a photography studio so provided a perfect blank canvas for us to do what we wished. The venue is split into two studios – we had the drinks reception and dancing in studio 2 decorated in an Indian style – lots of beautiful draping and wonderful lighting.
I gave Arabian Tents a very detailed brief and they totally delivered. They created the draping in the indian style reception room, hung up what seemed like a million orbs and basically were the go to guys for all suppliers on the day – perfect!
We were so lucky with the weather! It was so warm and sunny and everyone was outside during the drinks reception. Raj Tent Club provided a beautiful indian style marquee in the outside area of the studios.
Studio 1 was used for dinner and offered a total contrast to the other room with minimal decorations. We incorporated a beautiful wall of roses which included about a hundred glass orbs with tea lights in them that created the most amazing ambience and looked great, some incredible light up letters supplied by Vowed and Amazed, and a whisky barrel bar. We wanted the dinner room to have a cool yet intimate and friendly vibe – and it did! We both love our wine and had people sign wine bottles as opposed to guest books.
Barz8 events provided the bar in the evening including cocktails! The cocktails went down a treat, although I am sure a lot of people had sore heads in the morning!
Our four tier cake with both chocolate and vanilla cake flavours was made by Maisie Fantasie. Each tier was edged with red ribbon and the top tier was decorated with a display of red sugar roses to match the colour of the ribbon colour. Elegant and delicious!
Our caterers on the day were Sausage and Pear – they were brilliant and everyone said how they kept the day on track and how good the food was. We had a charcuterie board sharing platter to start. We wanted everyone to be full – weddings are long days and we didn’t want anyone to go hungry. For mains, we had pies supplied by the wonderful Christian at Mud Foods; delicious, wholesome and organic! As we were quite specific on fillings, Christian very kindly made us custom pies that aren’t part of the usual range! Absolutely delicious and the best pies we have ever had. We served the wedding cake for dessert – it was so delicious that we wanted to make sure everyone had some and it obviously helped us go less over budget. Evening food was falafel sliders and pulled pork sliders.
Our save the dates, invites, rsvps and thank you cards were done by the incredible Hannah at Little Red Press London. She was fantastic and helped create the theme of and design the stationery. We opted for a classic elegant letter press with a henna style motif to give it an Indian feel.
For the ceremony, we enlisted the talents of Clemenza String Quartet. I walked down the aisle to U2 – All I want is you. After we were married we walked out to Beach Boys – God only knows. As guests arrived the quartet played jazz/contemporary songs which set the relaxed mood of the day.
Party Up are THE BEST WEDDING BAND EVER. The guys were professional, friendly and just fantastic. They had everyone dancing (even our dads!) and that’s exactly what we wanted. The garage interlude between the usual songs was brilliant and everyone loved it! We have given their details out to several of our friends who were getting married and wanted to book them!
We found both groups at Function Central.
Marie was great on the day and has provided us with so many wonderful photos. We are so happy we chose her! Everyone loves the photos and thinks they are just amazing. Marie arrived the hotel on the morning of the wedding and stayed until even after the band had started – she captured every shot and made sure it was a great one!
We didn’t initially want a video. When we decided we did, we knew we didn’t want a traditional wedding video. When we saw some of Mark’s wedding films, we were blown away. His Super8 films are elegant, warm, pick up the details and just capture the day so beautifully. He is so calm and wonderful and we love our wedding video so much. I have watched it about 30 times. I am yet to watch it without crying. Just perfect.
Our wedding favours were Bloody Mary kits – we love Sunday brunches with multiple bloody Marys and thought what better gift to give to people who will be waking up hungover the next day! We sourced the little bags from Etsy and had them printed. We then sourced miniature bottles of vodka, tomato juice and Tabasco.
We spent ages making a video of all our favourite film clips, just a minute or two each – it formed the perfect background to when the band were playing! Also, having our old family photos on the white wall during the drinks reception was great and only added to the family atmosphere, for example, our grandparents, who have passed away, were there for all to see and it really felt like they were with us.
Photography by Marie Wootton Wedding Photographer
- Bridal Gown Custom made by Jacqueline Byrne
- Bridesmaids Custom made by Jacqueline Byrne
- Florist Harleys Flowers
- Bar Barz8 Events
- Entertainment Function Central
- Videographer Mark Brown Films
- Light Up Letters Vowed and Amazed
- Catering Sausage And Pear
- Cake Maisie Fantasie
- Stationery Little Red Press
- Indian Marquee Raj Tent Club
- Ceremony Venue Trinity House
- Reception Venue Shoreditch Studios
- Photo Booth Just Pose