When you perfectly blend your Indian, English and Scandinavian heritages you get the incredibly stylish wedding of Shivani and Dan at Syon Park. They fill the glasshouse venue with tropical flowers, wear the most amazing outfits and are full of joy from beginning to end. What a Tuesday this is turning out to be!
What Made Your Day Unique
Our day was a celebration of us as a couple. I am of Indian heritage and Daniel is English with Scandinavian descent. Rather than having two ceremonies, separating our union into different days, we created a wedding that was authentically us. We took traditions from both sides and married them together in a way that was personal and unique. Our favourite examples- Daniels Tux which was classically cut but made in Damask Jacquard fabric, and my Ivory gown and veil embellished with traditional Indian embroidery and goldwork. The best of both worlds seamlessly woven together creating something wonderfully new.
We started with a broad search based on the ideas we had for our day. Once we secured our venue we researched suppliers who had already worked there and looked for the quality and style we wanted. Meeting with people was a great way of choosing who was right for us too. Instagram proved to be an invaluable tool in finding suppliers and getting a really good look into their work straight away. This is where we found our videographer, photographer and makeup artist. The strength of their work made them clear choices and we can’t recommend them enough!
We’ve featured some incredible real weddings at Syon Park over the years. Every couple puts their stamp on the venue, and every time we see it we are floored; not only by its impressive architecture but also by the couple’s creativity. Shivani and Dan, fill the orangery with brightly coloured tropical plants, their love and families; perfectly blending their Indian, English and Scandinavian heritage. Their outfits alone are off the chart!
Inspiration & Styling
Classic opulence, abundance and botanical grandeur. Inspired by our love of palaces and palm houses. We wanted to transport everyone to another place, another time, a feast of discovery for all the senses that was all-encompassing. Styling was sympathetic to the surroundings, grand and harmonious with a modern flare. The palms and tropical flora in the arrangements lived among the exotic trees in the Great Conservatory. They also featured hand-painted across our invitation suite. Even the shade of Ivory I chose for my dress was influenced by the warmth of the Great Hall and its Graeco-Roman splendour.
The very best moment has to be after the ceremony and after the official signing of documents and after being announced as Mr and Mrs for the first time. We were taken through the Great Hall, received by our guests and whisked away to a private chamber where we were alone together for the first time as a married couple. It was truly a moment of elation and triumph, a moment we basked in together, the beginning of a whole new world for us both.
Fashion & DIY
I (the Bride) am a Fashion Textile Designer, but have never designed bridal wear. I searched for a blend of a traditional Indian and English dress. I found beautiful examples of both but never together. After several appointments and dresses, I found the most beautiful embroidery design on a gown and was mesmerised! It had delicate floral goldwork, a crystal lattice base and was not like the many others I had seen. I had this created into a wedding dress based on my own design, all details down to the embroidery thread colours. Creating the dress I wanted was a dream come true! Our invitation suite was also a labour of love and very personal, created by us, for us. The finishing touch had to be addressing each invite with gold ink calligraphy and a wax seal which was such fun and sparked a new hobby!
Have strong ideas of what you want your day to feel and be, try and find out as much as possible about what you both want and what your biggest priorities at the beginning. It saved us so much time agreeing on the big things from the start, it made the whole planning process a great journey. Knowing as many ‘must-haves’ helps when you do start contacting suppliers because it will be clear when they can’t provide them and you can continue your search elsewhere. Also being aware of any rules of your venue is a must.
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